There are only 2 weeks left until the very end of this semester. After this is a 1-month break for all of us. Many of us may have cool travelling plans or just go home (if you are not from St. Louis) for Christmas. And of course, many of us would stay in St. Louis and enjoy the Midwest cold.
Food is of course an inevitable part of holidays. Holidays are to gain weight. But not necessarily if you have good AND healthy food – most famous Asian dishes are like that. Though Yelp is pretty helpful, the reviews are not always accurate. Now, I, as an Asian food lover that has tried many Asian restaurants since I first cam to St. Louis, have 3 recommendations to make your cold winter warmer.
- Hongkong Dimsum: WeiHong seafood restaurant Where: 7740 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130 Why: Though are Not high-rated compared to Lulu and Wonton King, this place is my personal favorite. The Dimsum is served from 12-3pm and are all newly cooked. The place looked sketchy and old but it makes this restaurant look more mysterious. The Dimsum is the best compared to other places since its fillings are tastier. The service is also quite good during non-rush hours.
- Pad Thai: Pad Thai Where: 12676 Lamplighter Square, Saint Louis, MO 63128 Why: I I I have to agree with Yelp on this one. I had the best.Pad.Thai.ever. There are lots of meats and beansprouts compared to the usually large portion of noodle. It is not too sweet like how they often make it in Thai restaurants in America. This restaurant gives a more authentic taste of Thailand and authentic is always best.
- Vietnam’s Bun Bo Hue: Truc Lam Where: 3737 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63116 Why: You have the fullest, tastiest, hottest Bun Bo Hue here. Though Pho are generally more well-known as the signature Vietnamese food, Bun Bo Hue has been rising in popularity. I have eaten this dish at more than 5 Vietnamese restaurants including the famous ones, but this one here in Truc Lam got my heart. The portion is relatively bigger and there are more things to eat inside the bowl, compared to other places. Their service is fast, too. This place is a must if you want to try Vietnamese food.
Hope this list saved you some time choosing where to eat during your winter break!
As some of you have heard, Fashion Week was last week in Saint Louis. Many designers showed their newest collections and new designers faced off in several competitions. ALIVE Magazine and SIBA put on amazing events and the whole week was a success. I wanted to take a moment to discuss how important fashion is, not just in all of the big cities who have their own fashion weeks.
Fashion is everywhere and in everything that we wear. If you want to wear something exactly as a store has it on display, go for it. If you want to wear stripes and polka dots, go for it. You should wear what makes you feel good and gives you the most confidence. If you feel your most successful in leggings and an oversized sweater, or a tight skirt and a tailored jacket, wear what makes you the best version of yourself.
The worst thing is feeling uncomfortable in your own clothes, or trying to make something your own just because it is the latest trend. As I have said before and will continue to say, trends are not investment pieces. You should buy trend pieces from places like H & M and Forever 21 for a lesser price before deciding to spend the big bucks. For example, you may love the look of a suede skirt, but you’re not sure if it’s the right look for you. Buy the cheaper version and if you fall in love with it, make it a staple in your wardrobe and go spend the proper amount of money on a good quality suede skirt. Always give things a test drive before you spend a great deal of money on a single item.
As my father always says, “If you buy quality, you won’t be disappointed.” By spending the money later on a piece you really enjoy, you will be able to ensure that the piece lasts enough time for you to get all the wears out it before you decide to sell or re-purpose it; hello suede jean patches.
Remember, you do not have to be walking in or attending Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan, or even Saint Louis to be the Fashionista that you want to be. Wear what makes you happy and makes you feel beautiful.
I’m really excited for Halloween. So far I have made witch’s broomstick cookies, monster brownies, and sugar cookies. I’m in the process of making cupcakes! I have also visited some haunted houses. On the way home I have been listening to Halloween music and watching movies at home. I also decorated my porch and carved pumpkins. I will also carve another pumpkin and I look forward to going to Ghouling pianos this Friday!
Of all the seasons in the midwest, I have to say that autumn is hands down my favorite one. The weather has cooled down from the hot weather of summer, but hasn’t hasn’t become the unbearable cold of winter. Everything is crisp and there’s a riot of color everywhere. One of my favorite activities in autumn is to go for long walks around my neighborhood, in the parks, and hiking out on the trails. The changing leaves make for a beautiful landscape and the weather lends itself well to wearing hoodies and drinking hot beverages.
My favorite park to walk in is Tower Grove (mostly because it’s so close to my house), but there are tons of parks in the city from which to choose. Forest Park is probably the best known one, and Lafayette Square park is small but so full of color it’s worth going to. I’m also a huge fan of Castlewood Park in the county for some excellent hiking, the trail is good and there are look out points on the top of a giant hill where you can see for miles. Laumeier Sculpture park offers a beautiful landscape and some really cool sculptures all throughout the grounds.
There are so many more awesome places to visit in the city and out in the county, I recommend taking some time to explore the area and enjoy the autumn colors!