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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?! Recognize this sign?!

 

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Scrambled Eggs

by Isabella on April 28, 2014

in College Life,Faith

I went to Sam’s Club today and I bought a carton of delightful brown eggs. When I got back to my apartment, the first thing I did was make myself some scrambled eggs. Mmmm… they were really good. I follow Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for them; constantly stirring over medium heat with a little wedge of butter, when it begins to form, add milk, salt, and then take off the heat while stirring. Sooner or later, it’s cooked to perfection.

Uh…Why am I writing about scrambled eggs?

Because when I get the craving for scrambled eggs, my body clock knows that finals is approaching. Cue freak-outs. Grade woes. Cramming. The whole ridiculous foray into existentialism; “why am I here?” “why am I doing this?” “is it all worth it?” Granted, some of us can manage time better than others, but finals are always served with a side of stress. Like many others, I tend to eat my stress away. I’m trying to do better, I promise! But I also promise that I have a point with my blog post.

Scrambled eggs are really such a comfort food for me. Eggs are regularly a college students’ go-to-meal. And to some extent, eating eggs makes me feel like Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast”- powerful, confident, and goal-oriented. Just… not obnoxiously evil. But it’s the comfort I crave. The feeling that everything’s going to be all right. When you’re away from your parents, especially in a another country, comfort is not readily available to you. But the longer you live here, the more ways, and the more people, you find bring you that sense of, “everything is going to be all right.” Food is only one way I find that. I also find that through hanging out with my friends, accomplishing a summary report, going for walks in Forest Park, going to the Art Museum, and feeling the breeze on my face after this long winter.

A lot of changes are occurring and a lot of people are leaving us, but I am comforted with  my scrambled eggs, and also in knowing that I can trust Fontbonne to give me that omnipresent feeling that things will work out in the end, and there will always be someone here to tell you that.

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Like I promised, this week is the sequel to my last post of suggested St. Louis restaurants.  Most of the places I suggested last week are typical types of food we could find at many places—many people have had pasta, burgers, and donuts before.  So today I would like to bring to your attention some other types of food that may be a little out of your comfort zone.

Change is hard, I know.

As I am not an adventurous eater, I can only offer so many restaurants from my own experiences.  Luckily, my friend Alexis is an adventurous eater!   She has tried many local restaurants in her quest to find the best food, and has provided me with details on the following restaurants, which she recommends to you:

House of India

http://www.hoistl.com/

House of India is a restaurant on Delmar serving authentic Indian cuisine.  The restaurant has an upscale atmosphere, with china and linen napkins, but isn’t too expensive.   And the food is good.  Alexis describes it as “really yummy,” and although my experience is limited when it comes to Indian food, I have to agree.  The naan and mango lassi I had were delicious!  If you do decide to go, make sure you get tips from someone who knows Indian food so you know what to order.

Mai Lee

http://maileerestaurant.com/

Mai Lee is a family-owned Vietnamese restaurant.  The restaurant’s webpage gives a synopsis of the restaurant’s beginnings, if you are interested in the family’s story.  Mai Lee serves both Vietnamese and Chinese dishes, and Alexis says their pho is amazing.

Ranoush

http://www.ranoush.com/

Ranoush is a restaurant serving Syrian food.  What is Syrian food?  Ranoush’s website describes it as “Middle Eastern cuisine;” the menu includes items such as shawarma, shish kabobs, falafel, and lentil soup.  With locations in both Kirkwood and the Loop, Ranoush is only a short drive from many St. Louis neighborhoods.  During the lunch hour, Ranoush has lunch specials on many dishes, and at night adds belly dancers to its energetic atmosphere.  I haven’t yet visited this restaurant, but have heard from many people that it is a popular place to visit!

I hope these suggestions help you to branch out your eating habits this semester.  Sometimes it’s good to have new experiences; they make us grow and learn to appreciate other ideas.  Food in particular can allow us to experience the way another culture lives.  I believe that the United States is continually becoming more culturally diverse, so we should do what we can to keep ourselves up on the new things going on in our changing world.  And, hey, if that involves eating food, then count me in!

If anyone else has suggestions of good restaurants to try, please let me know!  I am eager to try new things this time of year; spring always makes me restless and hoping for something exciting to happen.

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STL Restaurants

by Kristen on February 18, 2014

in In Saint Louis

On Friday, I was treated to a Valentine’s Dinner at Guido’s Pizzeria and Tapas on The Hill (if you are not familiar with “The Hill,” it is the name for the Italian neighborhood in St. Louis).  The food was delicious, and the atmosphere was upscale without being overly priced.  I thought I would blog and tell you about my experience there, but I instead, I would love to talk about several St. Louis restaurants that you might want to try.

Guido’s Pizzeria and Tapas:

http://www.guidosstl.com/

As I mentioned above, I visited this Italian and Spanish restaurant on Friday.  As per their heritage, they serve both Italian and Spanish entrees, and have a list of tapas you can order.  Other menu items include appetizers, desserts and drinks.  There were classic dishes I’ve heard of before, as well as dishes with Spanish influence that you wouldn’t find at most Italian restaurants.  On this trip, I stuck with the classics and ordered fettuccini alfredo; my boyfriend ordered cannelloni, pasta tubes stuffed with meat and covered in marinara sauce and cheese.   The food was creamy, flavorful, and steeped in garlic.  My portion was large, although my boyfriend’s was smaller.  We also ordered cheese garlic bread as an appetizer, which came in a good-sized portion.  But beware!  The cheese on the garlic bread is provel, that St. Louis engineered cheese that looks like plastic.  But if you’re a fan, go for it.

Fitz’s:

http://www.fitzsrootbeer.com/

Fitz’s is a restaurant located in the Delmar Loop that is famous for its root beer, which you can purchase bottled at many St. Louis locations.  This restaurant serves American-style food such as burgers, sandwiches and chicken strips.  I wouldn’t say that American food is my favorite, but the atmosphere of the restaurant is worth the visit.  The inside is full of exposed brick and reminds me of an old factory…like a root beer brewery, perhaps?  Jokes aside, if you are a fan of soda (or pop) you should visit Fitz’s and give their root beer a try.

City Coffeehouse and Creperie:

http://www.citycoffeeandcreperie.com/

If you love breakfast food, and if you can manage a little wait time, you should give this creperie a try!  Crepes, like thin pancakes wrapped around a filling, come in both savory and sweet types at this restaurant, located in downtown Clayton.  I went on a Saturday morning, and although the restaurant was packed, the line moved quickly.  I ordered the “St. Louis” crepe, which is a savory crepe filled with grilled chicken, artichokes, spinach and a parmesan cheese filling.   I also tried a fruit and cream filled crepe—both were delicious.  Like the other two restaurants I’ve mentioned, the City Coffeehouse and Creperie is not a chain restaurant, so you can only find it in St. Louis!

Strange Donuts:

http://strangedonuts.tumblr.com/

Located in downtown Maplewood (only a few minutes from Fontbonne!), Strange Donuts is a small donut bakery selling imaginative donut creations beyond your typical glazed or cake selections.  Their regular menu of original donuts and creations is supplemented by a special “stranger” donut that changes every so often.  Some of their strange concoctions have been a pizza donut, a chicken and waffles donut, and a maple bacon donut (which I have heard was actually delicious).  Strange Donuts is open every morning from 6:00am-2:00pm and on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays they reopen from 9:00pm to midnight for the late snacking crowd.

I was going to continue with some other restaurants that serve more foreign cuisine, but, as my blog is already running long, I think I’ll save those for next week. Have a happy Monday! Try something new!

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Free Frozen Yogurt!

by Penny December 12, 2013

Can you believe that there is an event to eat frozen yogurt for FREE? I participated in a “holiday preview” event to help FroYo, a frozen yogurt company, taste new holiday flavors, and then I got a whole cup of frozen yogurt for FREE after I ranked those flavors. Here is the rule for the […]

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Food With Love

by Alumni Posts November 25, 2013

So several months ago, I joined this program with Goodies.co and Food With Love. Every month, for about $7, they send you a box of snacks. These are usually new products that are not yet sold in stores and they ask that you taste and review them. It’s fun! And honestly, the more I think […]

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Strange Donuts

by Tim October 14, 2013

This is a new donut shop located at 2709 Sutton Blvd. It hand it’s grand opening Friday. I saw a post about it on facebook. I didn’t think much of it until my dad told me about it. He said that they make crazy types of donuts. I went to check it on Saturday. There […]

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Manic Monday

by Marielle October 8, 2013

What’s your favorite day of the week? Friday, because it’s the start of the weekend? Sunday, because it’s a day of rest and relaxation? Maybe Saturday, because it’s right in the middle. Whatever day is your favorite, I’d bet my bottom dollar that it’s not Monday. Monday gets a pretty bad rep – it’s the […]

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It’s Getting Colder…

by Kristen October 7, 2013

By the end of the summer, I’m always ready for fall to come, bringing an end to sweltering temperatures.  I love to wear boots, scarves, jackets and sweaters.  Layers are so easy to play around with for making new outfit combinations—and they’re perfect for transitioning between medium outdoor temperatures and sub-zero classroom temperatures.   So I […]

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Taste of St. Louis

by Alumni Posts October 2, 2013

This past weekend I got to experience the Budweiser Taste of St. Louis.  I would not have normally gone to this type of event, but some of my friends were going so I decided to tag along.  It is an annual event and was located in downtown St. Louis by Soldiers Memorial. I went both […]

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