I Wondered How Long it Would be Before Someone Confused us as Mother/Daughter

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me and Taylor, in the car

With Taylor's parents out of town to celebrate their anniversary, I had promised her we would go to the zoo.  We had been talking about it for over a year, and this finally gave us the excuse to go.  Since this would mean a trip to St. Louis, I planned other things too, like Gus' Pretzels and the Global Foods Market and cupcakes (or ice cream).  I came up with different things to choose from, and I would let Taylor decide. 

I picked her up about a quarter til nine; we were getting about a 45-minute headstart (we figured we'd be leaving about 9:30).  My first stop would be Starbucks -- I can't pass this up, especially now since there is a convenient location at Green Mount Road.  I got my 'usual', a venti mocha frappaccino light, and Taylor was excited to try Starbucks for the very first time, and got a caramel frap.

her first sip of Starbucks... ever
  She was a little leery of it at first, but that didn't stop her from drinking the whole thing.  I, of course, had mine completely gone five minutes down the road).

We had thought about maybe grabbing some breakfast (at Companion, a restaurant I really want to try), but instead went to the zoo to start our day. I refused to pay the $15 parking fee at the zoo, so I drove down the road until there was an open street-side space.  We had to backtrack a bit to walk to the zoo entrance, but I figured we would be walking around anyway, and a few more steps would not hurt us!  Upon entering, we were handed a zoo map; Taylor's must-see's: the bears and the big cats, and me, the penguins and the elephants.  We started off with the bears, but none of them were out, which for a minute disappointed Taylor, but she got over it quickly.

  It was on to the penguins, which turned out to be awesome.  There was one penguin that was jumping in and out of the water as he swam.  I LOVED that!

We meandered around the zoo for the next hour or so, stopping at the big cats; one of the leopards was pacing and the lions were nearly restless.  Of course, we didn't leave before visiting the River's Edge, home to the elephants.  It was here that Taylor and I were confused as mother and daughter.  (I had wondered how long it would be before that happened).  The couple couldn't get over the fact that we weren't even related, we looked so much alike.  The elephants were active.  The mom/baby (although he's probably at least a year old) combo were ADORABLE.

no, we are not related, much to the guy's dismay
  Taylor and I agreed that we had seen everything we needed to see, and made a quick stop at the gift shop before leaving.

Taylor was really looking forward to pretzels from Gus', and we were definitely hungry by this time.  I had been to Gus' a few times, but wasn't 100% sure how to get there from the zoo, so I called OnStar for turn-by-turn directions; once we were on 44, I knew where I was going.  Luckily, there was a parking spot available, in their tiny lot, and it was an awkwark place to get into, but I did it.  We went inside and joined the line that was curled around.  This did give us a few moments to watch the pretzel-making process, which Taylor loved.  The guys were friendly behind the scenes, smiling and adding flair to their pretzel-twisting.

Taylor and me, enjoying our pretzels
  By the time we got to the counter we had quite a list: a plain pretzel with cheese, a cinnamon-sugar pretzel, a garlic butter pretzel, a bag of endz, and I was taking home a bag of frozen pretzels and a bratwurst-pretzel to my sister.  It took her a few minutes to gather our order, but we waited patiently while practically starving at this point.  There isn't a dining room at Gus', so we sat outside by the car while we ate our pretzels.  The endz are just bite-size pieces, next time I would just get a regular pretzel.  The garlic butter pretzel was delicious, especially dipped in the cheese sauce, and the cinnamon-sugar pretzel was pleasantly sweet.

Once we had killed the hunger pains, we got back in the car and called OnStar for our next destination because I had no clue where it was.

choosing from the Asian candies
  We wanted to go to the Global Foods Market; I don't even remember how I heard about this place, but I thought it might be kinda cool to check out, and Taylor was just the person to do so with.  It was relatively close, but I wouldn't be able to find it again without directions.  It's a grocery store that has food stuffs from around the world.  I practically got lost in the Central American aisle, and Taylor loved the Japanese candy (her brother is stationed there in the Navy).  We ended up just buying a bag of Japanese jelly-candy (sticking to relatively known flavors of mango, strawberry, and lilikoi) and a Jamaica soda from Mexico, hoping it will be reminiscent of te' jamaica from Nicaragua.

I let Taylor decide what our afternoon snack would be: ice cream or cupcakes.

  I was secretly hoping for Ted Drewes custard, but Taylor was excited for cupcakes, so we went to a new place, stl cupcakes.  I called OnStar one more time, which led us through neighborhoods, including Taylor Avenue, which tickled Taylor.  Once I was at the location, I knew where I was.  We went in the shop behind another lady and ooh'ed and aah'ed over the cupcakes.  There were at least eight different kinds to choose from, and it was hard to make a decision! Taylor wanted two, so I gave in and got two, as well: the cookies and cream and the peanut butter chocolate chip.  We sat at one of the two tables to eat one of our cupcakes each.  The others, we took home.  Stl cupcake is a quaint shop, and the owner/baker Stephanie is incredibly friendly! I thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
our last treat... Sonic on the way home

Seeing as how we'd done everything in St. Louis we wanted to, we headed back across the River.  But, instead of going straight home, we stopped in Fairview Heights to shop (and not see her uncle like I had contemplated -- but that's a completely different story).  I just wanted to go to Archiver's, a scrapbook store, but Taylor lost interest fairly quickly, so I hurried up.  We did make one more stop at Target -- can't pass up Target!  And then to Sonic for something of a 'real' meal, not knowing there was an Imo's Pizza, which we had decided against for lunch, in the vicinity.  (I know for next time!) After that: we headed home.  Our day-out adventure was over.

ahtibat17 says:
Me, too, after writing this! I had to get one of my frozen ones and heat it up!
Posted on: May 09, 2013
vulindlela says:
Very sweet!
Now I am craving a pretzel....
Posted on: May 08, 2013
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me and Taylor, in the car
me and Taylor, in the car
her first sip of Starbucks... ever
her first sip of Starbucks... ever
no, we are not related, much to th…
no, we are not related, much to t…
Taylor and me, enjoying our pretze…
Taylor and me, enjoying our pretz…
choosing from the Asian candies
choosing from the Asian candies
our last treat... Sonic on the way…
our last treat... Sonic on the wa…
driving through Starbucks, from Ta…
driving through Starbucks, from T…
the penguin was jumping in and out…
the penguin was jumping in and ou…
Taylor, looking at the zoo map
Taylor, looking at the zoo map
trying to figure out where we need…
trying to figure out where we nee…
I LOVE this picture!
I LOVE this picture!
Taylor, watching the pretzel proce…
Taylor, watching the pretzel proc…
cinnamon sugar pretzel
cinnamon sugar pretzel
Global Foods Market
Global Foods Market
Jamaica soda, Im hoping its simi…
Jamaica soda, I'm hoping it's sim…
Taylor Avenue
Taylor Avenue
the array of cupcakes
the array of cupcakes
take a big bite!
take a big bite!
the tulips at the zoo
the tulips at the zoo