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Late Wednesday afternoon, my boss decided to close the office for Friday, too, giving me a four-day weekend.  Yay! I'm going somewhere.  I just don't know where, yet.  Thought about flying to Florida to join friends on vacation, but talked myself out of that.  Thought about my Dallas road trip a couple weeks early, but I really don't want to be gone all weekend.  So that left a daytrip: St. Louis or Indianapolis?  And I really could not decide.  I went back and forth.  I figured I'd have to go by myself.  My sister had to work and my best friend had another obligation.

This morning, having somewhat overslept for just a daytrip to Indy (something of a three-hour drive for me, plus an hour time-change), I decided to go to St.

Soulard Market
Louis instead.  And to be nice to my mother, I called her to see if she would want to go along.  Surprisingly, she agreed, almost willingly.  While I waited on Mom, my sister texted me, saying she wanted to go, too, if she could convince her boss.  She wasn't able to, though, so it was just me and Mom for the day.  We were leaving Salem by 10 o'clock.

Once I'd driven-thru Starbucks in O'fallon for a venti mocha frappuccino light, I called OnStar for directions to Soulard Market; I wasn't 100% sure where it was.  It was super easy to find, and a parking space wasn't that difficult, either.  Mom and I walked down the block, and entered the market at the Grand Hall.  Not really knowing where to start, I noticed the meat market where bison was sold (on my list to get), but decided I would get that on the way out.

  We started down the Northeast wing, overwhelmed by the fresh produce.  Mom bought some blueberries, and I was just happy being at the market.  Back in the Grand Hall, I saw someone carrying a fresh pretzel snack, and I HAD to have one! Glancing around where she got it, I saw the basket of pretzels at Schmitz Sip & Snack.  Yes! And Gus' Pretzels at that! Mom and I continued perusing the market, and I was absolutely in love.  I just wish I lived closer!  I think we were there on a good day, because I imagine this place being packed on a Saturday.  On our way out, I did get a package of bison burgers.

Our next stop was to be The Sweet Divine, a cupcake shop in Soulard.  I didn't know where it was, so I called OnStar after I had already driven away, but it turns out, it was within walking distance, probably just a block over from where we were.

me and Mom
  I have followed The Sweet Divine since they were only a food truck roaming St. Louis.  Now, they have a storefront location, in addition to the truck.

It was hard to choose from the cupcakes on display.  I momentarily debated on the salted caramel, but got the chocolate cookie dough.  And, oh. my. word!  That cupcake was amazing -- instant sugar rush, but oh, so worth it!  The chocolate cupcake had a chunk of chocolate chip cookie dough baked into it.  Plus the icing was rich and creamy!  I am already planning a return to the Sweet Divine ASAP!

My next intended stop was the CityGarden, downtown.  But, I only got to drive by, Mom didn't want to stop.  Fine.  Whatever.  It looked rather enjoyable, plus several food trucks were parked within or nearby.

  Mom acted like she was done, so I didn't argue, I had plenty of shopping to do in Fairview Heights, yet.  But, Mom asked what Greek food was, since I had mentioned eating at MoMo's to use the groupon I had purchased months ago.  She agreed to give it a try, so I headed on west to go to MoMo's.  I had a general idea as to where it was, but I had to call OnStar for specifics.  And, I lucked into a parking space right across the road.  It wasn't busy, and since Mom didn't want to eat outside, we claimed a table inside.  I had a $30 groupon to use, so I immediately ordered an appetizer of hummus.  And I also wanted to try the baked feta.  The hummus came out first; it was good, but I think I was hungrier than I thought, because I devoured it.
chocolate cookie dough cupcake
  The baked feta was okay, but I don't think I would get that again.

I still had money to spend, so I ordered a lamb gyro, and Mom got a meatball sub.  My gyro was huge! And very good! I couldn't contain all of it, especially knowing Mom wanted to order baklava because she'd never had it.  Mom's first taste sent her into her goofy-mood.  She just had to figure out the spice, not believing it was cinnamon.  She even made the waitress go check in the kitchen.  It, indeed, was cinnamon.  Good. Grief.  It took us over an hour to eat lunch, which was fine.  It was kind of nice to have a leisure meal, I just hope Mom appreciates it.

I didn't have anything else for St. Louis, so we went back to Fairview.

hummus platter
  Where, despite melting cupcakes in the backseat (for my sister), I shopped -- going to a scrapbook store and the mall before coming back home. (Hey, might as well. I was already over there).

Overall, a pretty good day.  Mom and I didn't get into any real arguments, and it was a nice change of pace.  I certainly enjoyed my extra day off!

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Soulard Market
Soulard Market
me and Mom
me and Mom
chocolate cookie dough cupcake
chocolate cookie dough cupcake
hummus platter
hummus platter
the Sweet Divine
the Sweet Divine
take a bite!
take a bite!
black trap... my dad used to haul …
black trap... my dad used to haul…
baklava
baklava
traditional gyro
traditional gyro