Okay, I’ve lived in Saint Louis my whole life, and I love my city! Wouldn’t trade it for the world. As you can imagine, I also have a list of places that I LOVE to go when I have free time. I would list them all but we don’t have a billion years to spare here so… Anywho, I’m gonna give you my top 5 favorite places that I love in the city. Here we go!
This is the BEST ice cream on the plant! I remember the first time I had Coldstone, I thought I had literately died and gone to heaven. Why do I love this place so you ask? Well, they have like a million flavors and you can create whatever combination you cook up in your head… if you haven’t been there, I’d suggest you go… it will be worth your while.
2. CiCi’s Pizza
This is another one of favorite places. To all of us broke and struggling (I put the emphasis on struggling here) college kids, this place is truly a god send. Not only is CiCi’s an economic jackpot, it’s really good and everything you’ll ever want out of an Italian meal. You get pizza, pasta, salad, and dessert. Trust me, it’s endless. Did I mention it was a buffet?
Everybody loves a good water park right? Well this aquatic playground isn’t going to disappoint. When the summers are hot and sticky (and they will be) You’ll will want to move to Aquaport and never ever leave. I’ve been there almost every year since I was ten, and I’ve loved every minute of it! This Place has double floaties, a ton of water slides, and of course the lazy river! Go there people, you won’t regret it!
4. Lotta Watta Creek
People love good food (well at least I do) and Lotta Watta Creek is certainly a place to check out if you do. Not only does this restaurant have great food from every category, the portions there are HUGE!! I kid you not, ONE cheese stick will fill you up and you will end up taking the rest home… trust me.
5. City Museum
It’s awesome! That is all.
“Are you doing anything this weekend?” That’s a common question asked among Fonties on a Friday afternoon. Answers usually involve hanging out with friends and going somewhere around town. That “somewhere around town” usually involves food!
As far as food goes, I have some personal favorites here in St. Louis! One of my favorites is Fitz’s, which is right in the University City Delmar Loop. Fitz’s is a cool restaurant that serves some of the best, yet classic American food like pepperoni pizza and pretzels with cheese. They also have their famous Fitz’s Root Beer and Root Beer Floats that are simply amazing!
Another one of my fav places to eat is the Courtesy Diner which is right off of Laclede Station Road. (There are two other locations in St. Louis as well!) It’s about 10 minutes or so away from campus and is a must go for college students. Courtesy Diner is open 24 hours so you can go whenever you’re feeling like a hamburger or, my personal favorite, some French toast with extra powdered sugar!
So, hey, if you and your friends are trying to find something to do this weekend, check out Fitz’s or Courtesy Diner. Both are delicious and I highly recommend them! They are just two of the amazing restaurants in St. Louis!
Despite the fact that I was born in Saint Louis and grew up only 45 minutes from the city (on the Illinois side), I never really got to know Saint Louis until I started at Fontbonne.
After adjusting to transferring to Fontbonne, I started to explore Saint Louis more than I had before. I’ve finally realize how much this city has to offer, and I’m loving it! Here are some of my favorite things about Saint Louis:
Saint Louis has a TON of concert halls, so it’s perfect for music lovers. I’ve been to more concerts and music festivals than I can count, in Saint Louis, since the age of 14. A few of the concert halls in the area include: The Pageant, The Fabulous Fox, Peabody Opera House, The Firebird, and Off Broadway. The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater also holds many bigger concerts or music festivals.
I wish I could stay I’ve been to, even a fraction, of the restaurants in the Saint Louis area- unfortunately I have not. What I can say, is that whatever type of food you love is almost guaranteed to be in found in Saint Louis! Sauce Magazine is a great source for places to try in Saint Louis (Fontbonne usually has this magazine in the front doorway of the library if you want to check it out). I also love the checking out Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s when I need to stock my fridge with healthy options.
This applies to Saint Louis overall. Coming from Southern Illinois, variety wasn’t exactly what I grew up with. A variety of culture, food, people, traditions, and beliefs is refreshing. This semester I’m diving into things I’ve never been exposed to before. I will be visiting a Buddhist temple for my World Religions class and writing a paper on my experience. In my Food Pathways of Diverse Groups I will be cooking foods from different religions and cultures around the world all semester long. Sometimes it can be hard to tackle new experiences head on, but I believe it’s one of the best things a person can do to be a well-rounded, culturally-sensitive person. Learn something new every day!
I finally went on a trip that has been on my bucket list for a long time: Los Angeles! I started planning this vacation a few months ago with two of my closest friends, Delane and Taylor. The three of us have fun together no matter what we do, especially when we visit one of the most famous cities in the world. I have family that lives in L.A., so we were very lucky to be able to stay with them. My cousin, Stephanie, also gave us rides everywhere, so we didn’t have to face the crazy L.A. traffic on our own.
In just a few short days, we packed in so many adventures that I don’t even know where to begin! We did a lot of the touristy things of course, such as reading the Hollywood Walk of Fame names, hiked to the Hollywood sign, stalk celebrity homes in Beverly Hills, a visit to Venice Beach and Canal, and shopping around Downtown Disney and Universal Studios. We considered all of these essentials when visiting L.A. We also did some things that are a little less traditional, such as a hot air balloon ride in Orange Country and browsing the Observatory in Griffith Park.
One of my favorite parts of traveling is trying new food. We considered going to famous restaurants, like having Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Instead, we ate less crowded places (well, at least a little bit) that locals recommended. I love cities like L.A. that are so diverse, so you can find such a wide variety of foods. My favorite dinner was the one at a Brazilian restaurant in Burbank. I tried plantains there for the first time. My favorite breakfast was at The Griddle Café in Hollywood. They had the largest and most unique dishes, such as Chips Ahoy French toast and Frosted Flakes pancakes.
It is has been a goal of mine to travel as much as possible before I graduate in less than a year. I like exploring a variety of cities so I can get a better sense of where I might want to move outside of St. Louis (if that’s what I end up deciding to do). Also, I know that once I have a full time job, it will be harder for me to take off work whenever I want. Something that surprised me about L.A. was how spread out everything was. It is not as compact as other major cities I have visited. Also, the weather was not as hot as I expected. Especially at night, it gets chilly there. Delane, Taylor, and I all really enjoyed our time in Los Angeles. I would like to spend more time there again someday. Who knows, maybe I will end up living there!
Recognize this sign?!