Thursday, October 13, 2016

Private Kitchen Then Snow Factory

The Seagos had been raving about Private Kitchen for some time and the four of us finally organized a trip over there. The restaurant is a husband and wife duo, with Lawrence Chen cooking and Emily taking care of the front of the operation. You have to make reservations ahead of time, even for lunch, and you have to order at the time of your reservation. I don't think they even have a website, and the only place to find their menu was on their Facebook page. Private Kitchen indeed.

I couldn't help but laugh when I saw that the chopstick holders read "private chicken".

I was most excited about the Peking Duck, and it was amazing. It came with little steamed buns that you could make a little duck taco with.

Our resident ice cream connoisseur Lydia suggested a new thai-style ice cream spot on the Delmar Loop called Snow Factory. It was quite an event, and was super busy.

Being a giant Japan nerd I had no choice but to choose ujikintoki which was a green tea flavored ice cream base with red beans chopped up and mixed in. 

So they pour the ingredients and then spread them out on a presumably really cold thing causing it to firm up.

Then they scrape it off into rolls.

I chose the toppings that I believe the samurai of old also ate on their ice cream: cherries, lychee, and gummy bears with an American flag on top.

I'm digging the cool yeti-looking mascot they have. At the end of the day I'm glad I checked this place out because both the process and the product are very entertaining, but I think taste-wise I prefer the classic Froyo situation.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Once at the Fox

Continuing on this weekend's theme of free tickets, Lydia scored a couple from school. This time they were for a musical called Once playing at the Fabulous Fox.

The Fox is my favorite. It's so excellently filled with gaudy details that I notice something new every time I go.

Fish dogs? Got'em.

Hands down the coolest thing about this musical is this interactive thing that they were doing before the show and at intermission. The sole set was an Irish pub, and the actor/musicians were just rocking out on stage before the show had really even started. I was too scared to take part, and I saw not one other person do so, but the attendant who showed us our seats said that audience members were welcome to hop up on stage and buy a drink at the bar. Now that's impressive.

Friday, September 30, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals' Wild Card Race

The Seagos revealed they were in possession of free Cardinals tickets for tonight and they were down to share. Hurrah.

Not only do I enjoy free things, and enjoy baseball games, but this particular game was "important". The Cards were in the running for a wild card spot.

Long time Cardinals baseball smasher Matt Holliday's future with the Cardinals is looking dim after an injury, and as this was one of the last games of the regular season the team gave him an at-bat. He hit a home run. No big deal. After running around the bases he emotionally gave one of those little cap waves to the cheering stadium. Baseball is so dignified.

I got a Holliday ticket this time.

It started raining in a very light and misty fashion that was just enough to cause officials to delay the game.

We retreated to the Redbird Club for shelter and waited a bit before finally giving up and heading home. The good guys won 7-0 so I felt safe that victory was assured. I really like this area's old-timey tobacco baseball card wallpaper.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Debate Watch Party

Today we went to a presidential debate watch party at Public Media Commons.

First I had to put on my team gear.

It was pretty crowded. We narrowly found a place to put our folding chairs.

It was pretty awesome to watch the debate in public, especially to witness other people's reactions to this ridiculous spectacle. I really hope that Trump is the worst presidential candidate that I live to see.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bull Riding at Ballpark Village

Our friends Wing and Joel invited us to Ballpark Village tonight. I sort of loathe the place because it's so artificial and corporate and I think it's hurting the surrounding small businesses. On the other hand I like to hang out so what can you do?

Our destination was PBR Bar. Everyone always laughs when I tell them how disappointed I was the first time I went, thinking PBR stood for one of my favorite brews Pabst Blue Ribbon when in fact it's Professional Bull Riding. Oh well.

The main attraction of the place is the free mechanical bull you can ride.

One of the bar workers was showing off after our pitiful attempts.

Ballpark Village gives away little promos on the Cardinals' away games. This time it was this sweet snuggie. Joel is a Cubs fan so I think this was a big first step toward his recovery.

Just another night in the Lou.