Checking it twice

When I was younger I couldn’t wait to get out of St. Louis (hence going all the way to California for college) but now that I’m older I’ve learned that St. Louis is a great city filled with delicious restaurants, fun bars and an array of cultural activities (that are mostly free!) So this summer I have compiled a hefty to-do-list of places to eat, drink and enjoy the St. Louis weather (when it’s not storming and/or pushing 100+ degrees outside).

Here’s just a peak at some of things I want to check out and check off my list…

  • Go to a drive in movie
  • Take (free!) salsa lessons at Club Viva
  • Try my hand at a driving range
  • Brunch at Rooster
  • Make a summer inspired cocktail
  • Grab a glass of wine and a nibble at the new Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood
  • Try one of the multisensory inspired dishes at the newly opened Salt
  • Swing at the bar at Boogaloo
  • Cook lobster
  • Head to happy hour at Mosaic for half priced drinks and tasty tapas
  • Catch a classic film (like Breakfast at Tiffany’s) under the stars at the St. Louis Art Museum

The list is a work in progress and as I discover more places and hear about exciting events, I will continue to add to it.

My partner in conquering this list is my sister Brittni. We both love an adventure and are ready to head out into our home city and explore it like we never have before. So tonight we can officially check off one item. After work, we headed down to Washington Avenue to Mosaic to grab some a drink and a quick bite. We sat down and to our delight discovered they had fresh fruit mojitos (for only $4!). We both ordered strawberry and after being informed by our waiter that it would take five minutes or so because they were being freshly muddled, we replied with a smile that that would be perfectly acceptable.

They came out looking like summer in a glass with bright red strawberries and springs of mint. And they tasted as good as they looked! To eat we went with the ahi tartar, truffle frites and fried artichoke hearts. We could have ordered another 10 things from the menu but as tapas fans we knew that they always are bigger than you expect.

First came the ahi tartar which was bright and fresh with crispy wontons and swipe of spicy wasabi paste.

Couldn't wait to dig in!

It was one of the best plates of tuna I’ve ever had. Almost two hours later and I can still taste the spiciness of it in my mouth. Next were the truffle frites, which were more chips than fries but the white truffle oil, parsley and parmesan had such an incredible earthy and aromatic flavor I couldn’t have cared less what shape they were in. And finally the fried artichokes which came with a spicy chili sauce and a chipotle aioli. They were perfectly crispy but there wasn’t any extra oomph factor.

Crispy, truffley goodness!

But overall it was an incredible meal (and as we suspected the perfect amount, only a few truffle frites were left behind) and one that I would be willing to check off my list for a second time.

With one down and many more to go, it will surely be fun-filled summer!

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