See You Saturday...

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happy for Starbucks

...That was a week ago when we came up with this little trip to St. Louis.  I mentioned a frozen yogurt shop, and it just escalated from there.  Typically, I see Taylor at least once a week for piano lessons, but tend to come over other times during the week, too. But that's not been the case lately, so when she said 'see you Saturday', she was actually accurate.  I picked her up, and we headed for STL, making one stop of the way -- the mall in Fairview Heights for a detour and Starbucks.  We didn't spend much time there (I knew what I was going after).

 I'll admit, my main motivation for going to St. Louis was to get another cupcake from the Sweet Divine.  I wanted their salted caramel cupcake, so Taylor and I went to Soulard to the bakeshop for breakfast.

  They were busy this Saturday morning, but they did indeed have the salted caramel cupcake.  Taylor had a hard time choosing from the multitude of cupcakes, but got the 'Elvis'.  We sat down to enjoy the cupcakes, and I devoured mine.  A brown sugar cupcake with a perfect salted caramel buttercream topped with a sprinkling of sea salt and caramel drizzle.  Not the healthiest breakfast, but, oh so worth it!

Our next destination was the CityGarden in downtown.  It's a free park with various sculptures and fountains to plan in.  We meandered through the City Garden, pausing to take pictures, but we didn't stay here long.  Several families and little kids were there, enjoying the fountains and picnicking, but we weren't prepared for wither one of those.

St. Louis Citygarden
  

Taylor was super-excited to visit the City Museum, and I think all of St. Louis was there.  We had to wait in line for about twenty minutes to even get in the place!  I paid the entrance fees (two different once since we also wanted to go up on the roof).  Taylor wanted to climb through the cave system, which I didn't even know what there.  I climbed with her, but I might be too old to do some of that!  I know I'll have bruises tomorrow!  Then it was to the roof -- they failed to mention we would have to climb ten flights of stairs because the elevator was out of order.  We were dying by the time we got to the top!  We walked around up there, checked out the schoolbus, and then Taylor played on the slide.

we walked up the 10 flights of stairs. We were exhausted. And hot.
  We were hot and hungry so we called it a day at the City Museum.  We didn't even check out the other interactive activities. 

I had wanted to check out Companion Bakery for quite some time.  I had driven by it once before, but wasn't sure where it was.  So my trusty OnStar got us there.  Again, we had to stand in line, but this gave us time to peruse the menu.  We decided just to snack, and each got pretzels and a molasses cookie to share.  We went ahead and ate our snack there.  The pretzels weren't twisted, they were more like a loaf of a pretzel.  Interesting, good, but I don't know if I'd make a return trip.  Especially since the ambiance of the restaurant is a little on the hoity-toity side.

Since we just snacked for lunch -- and it was 100 degrees -- we stopped for some frozen yogurt at the Flying Cow.  This was our original intended stop because I had told Taylor about a frozen yogurt place I'd been to El Paso, Texas.  She had fun picking out her flavors and toppings, getting a spoonful of goji berries.  The frozen yogurt was a nice, cool treat. 

We'd had a full day, so we headed home after frozen yogurt.  I'm sure Taylor is already planning our next St. Louis adventure!

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happy for Starbucks
happy for Starbucks
St. Louis Citygarden
St. Louis Citygarden
we walked up the 10 flights of sta…
we walked up the 10 flights of st…
frozen yogurt concoction
frozen yogurt concoction
yes, I climbed through the cave, t…
yes, I climbed through the cave, …
last step
last step
pretzel at Companion
pretzel at Companion
us in the car
us in the car