Adjusting to life back in STL


What a whirlwind August has been!  We are moved into the new house, however we have loads of unpacking and organizing to do.  Work is in full swing and class begins tonight for me!  The kitchen was our first room to unpack…of course!  Still trying to figure out the proper ‘flow’ of the new space…it’s been rearranged twice…I’m sure we’ll rearrange again.

I’ve been lucky enough to have some great meals around town.  Last night was Bobo…it was my second visit since being home and it didn’t disappoint.  Ginger pork and egg noodles….delicious.  I usually get the chicken….and although I liked the pork…the chicken is still my fav….headed over to Eclipse for a night cap on the roof.  If you have yet to get down to Eclipse at the Moonrise Hotel  in University City…I’d make a trip.  The food is wonderful…the drinks are great and the rooftop views rival any bar in the city.  They have a decent beer list…and the wine list it thoughtful, as well.  But the calamari is delectable.  Best I’ve had in StL in a very long time. eclipse

Speaking of Eclipse…I’ve been lucky enough to have been invited to an installation of a Full Moon Foodies Dinner.  Hosted by Wes Johnson and Brendan Noonan…it’s a late-night meal focusing on creative cooking…each dinner has a theme and guests are invited to a late night dining experience at Eclipse.  Wes has graciously given me the green light to publish my thoughts on their late night adventures.  Stay tuned….September 4th will be an exciting night.  It will be a vegetarian meal….looking forward to see what the guys can do with this season’s bounty!

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Food & Wine Feature Mathew Rice!!


F&W is showcasing another stellar recipe from our very own Mathew Rice, Pastry Chef at Niche and Veruca Bakeshop.  You’ll find it on pg. 77 of the February issue.  It is a feature highlighting the under appreciated milk chocolate.  Mathew did a knock up job on his Milk Chocolate Cookies with Malted Cream.  I’m going to make them this weekend as a present to myself and as a bit of a band-aid for my homesick heart.

I just did a whirlwind tour of St. Louis this weekend and boy oh boy…did I have fun.  It was a bittersweet trip…as you all may know, the Shaved Duck is going under a transformation.  I was able to spend some quality time with my favorite bartender and the staff before they bid the Duck adieu….but, I’m not fretting too much…by the time we are back in StL I hope to see them back in action…from what I hear, works are in the making for a new spot due out in the Spring with Brendan Noonan, Wes Johnson and Pat Thomas.  Fingers crossed. And I hope that the new menu makeover at the Duck is what they need and wish them best of luck!!

I also developed a sick fascination with Bobo Noodle house….more on that later.  I just wanted to fill you all in about Mathew’s F&W recipe feature.  Hope you all had a relaxing and peaceful holiday.