STL or Indy?
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!