A Geek-Tastic Evening

A while back I had heard that the creators of Penny Arcade were stopping by St. Louis to chat with us, I thought it was a perfect opportunity for the Supper Club to try a new restaurant and check out the talk. Shh, don’t tell anyone, but we’re secretly geeky (who am I kidding, it’s not that much of a secret).

The restaurant choice: The Royale

Appetizer: The Royale Spread


Crab Cakes

Salmon on the Mount

Top Shelf Grilled Cheese with Bacon

Fish Tacos

Okay, everyone absolutely raved about their own dishes. I had the grilled-cheese sandwich and it was excellent with the tomato and basil pesto. Just the right amount of melted cheese that it didn’t string too much when eaten. I had a bite of the fish tacos and they were very flavorful and tasted so fresh. The breading-crabmeat ratio was perfect for the crabcakes and the salmon was cooked perfectly. I was also a fan of the sweet potato chips that came with my meal. Some were a bit overcooked but the rest were great. If you’re out and about in South City and it’s beautiful weather, head on to the Royale for some enjoyable food and laid-back atmosphere.

After dinner, we headed over to Mad Art Gallery to catch the end of the talk. When we got there, the Penny Arcade guys were taking questions. The illustrator, Mike Krahulik, had a PC tablet projected on a screen and while Jerry Holkins talked, he would be drawing anything from Gabe and Tyco to penises. Since I only knew about half of what they were talking about, I was very entertained by the drawings that Mike quickly threw out. I’ll be honest, I thought that it wouldn’t be very crowded but I was very surprised to see the entire gallery packed like sardines. I mean, when we walked in, I was reeled back by the intense amount of body heat from the room. There were more geeks than I thought that resided in St. Louis. I do have to say, Bob was probably one of the most well-dressed and “coolest” guys there (and that’s really not saying much, so you can imagine who attended).

After the talk, we waited around to get their signatures on their newest release:

How cool are these autographs?

Well, then to finish off this evening, a quick trip to:

Great weather, great good, great experience.

Another Year, Another Gingerbread House Party

Well, hello boys and girls, you just couldn’t resist the deliciousness of Sweetville, USA? Well, come on in, we have gobs more to show you!

As you trek outside of town, skipping down Gingerbread Lane, you come up Gummy Bear Lake. Yes, the lake is named after the founders and it is the destination for the residents of Sweetville. In the summer, you can usually find the lake teeming with Life-Saver rafts and Kit-Kat skiing. In the winter, candy-cane hockey and cinnamon stick skating are the prime entertainment choices.

Strolling a bit further, you come upon Lemon Drop Farm, home to the only chocolate milk cow in the tri-state area. Meet Milk Dud. Raised from just a little calf, she is the sweetest animal around. She loves to frolic with the children when they come by to visit. Her favorite things to eat? Candy, of course. That’s the secret to the best-tasting milk in town, coconut haystacks and root-beer floats. Only the best for Milk Dud.

Oh, look. There’s the Zen Cen, a serene escape from hustle and bustle of town. Here you can relax and meditate upon marshmallow pillows, discuss the meaning of this candied life on Fig-Newton couches, or even stroll through the Gum-Drop gardens. Everyone needs time to de-coat and this is the place to go.

Let’s go visit some of the country folk. Meet Jen, the postmaster of Sweetville. Whenever she’s not at the post office, wrangling the ninja mailmen, you can usually find her at home, with her feet up by her peppermint fire, either reading Candy: The Sweet History or watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Other times, you may find Jen hanging out with her neighbor, Amanda, the owner of Amanda’s Sweetville Tavern. Together, they hear all, see all, know all. I mean, really, the things you find out from residents when they are blitzed on the Flaming Reindeer. Jen and Amanda also are the town party planners, they do throw the best parties. Everyone remembers the Sprinkle Bash 2009, people were picking sprinkles out of their hair for months. It was sprink-taculous! Oh, and don’t mind the bleeding snowman in the front yard, the ninja mailman felt a bit threatened.

A little further down the beaten candy rock path, you stumble upon Monika’s home away from home. As you know, she already has a residence in town but sometimes, she needs to get away from the hustle and bustle her sacchariferous life and the countryside is where she comes to tranquilize.

That’s it, another swift glimpse at the most charming city in the USA. Please come back again!

Here are the rest of the shots from around town.

Crafts Night/Sports Night

What a perfect combination, crafts and sports. It’s like a great peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Oh, what? Oh, they don’t go together? Well, I’m here to prove you wrong, suckers!

Saturday night, while Matt had a couple of guys over to watch the game in the living room:

The girls were in the dining room, carving pumpkins:

The men were content, being able to watch the game, without trying to hear above the girly chatter and the women didn’t have to sit around the TV all night, constantly being shushed. Even Kilgore joined in on the sports watching action:

It was a win-win situation for all and we have awesome pumpkins to show for it.

I have a feeling there will be more nights like these in the future.

“Amadeus” at the Rep

Last Tuesday night, Bob scored some tickets to the Rep because his friend was unable to attend, his loss was our gain. I had never been to the Rep before so I was excited to get cultured. The Rep is actually a pretty small theater and I would say that there is not a bad seat anywhere. It was cozy and intimate, the actors could easily interact with the audience.

Amadeus is a play told from the point of view of Antonio Salieri, a court composer in Vienna who becomes angry at God for gifting Mozart with such musical talent that it becomes his mission to destroy him. It is a fantastic play about jealousy and what it can do to turn a person so ugly.

I really enjoyed the play and the experience of being at the Rep. It is a vastly different experience watching a play here when compared to a theater as large as the Fox. One observation, though, we were probably one of the youngest people there, by ten years. I could have been the play or maybe it’s just the Rep. Who knows? Either way, I will have to remember to check out what other plays will be going on there in the future.

Mikey, thanks for the tickets!

Festival of the Little Hills

What is it about craft fairs that brings out the weirdos to one location? Is it the crazy fried choices (fried Oreos, fried Twinkies, fried cookie dough), or the wares that people try and sell (no, I do not want to buy a rock), the live music, or is it just an excuse to go around riding your Harley with your biker babe hanging on to you? Whatever the reason is, the Festival of the Little Hills was chock full of people Saturday night. I saw quite a few mullets, tattoos, inappropriate clothing (honey, you’re WAY TOO FAT to be wearing that) in the first 10 minutes of being there, it was pretty incredible.

This was my first experience at this festival and there was so much to see. There were people selling jewelry, pottery, paintings, you name it, they probably were selling it. Now, most of this stuff isn’t my style, I’m not really a “country” girl so I bypassed most of the vendors. But we did end up purchasing a couple of pottery pieces and a mix for wine smoothies. I did fall in love with some wood furniture but refrained from purchasing because it was $2,000. Yeah, I’ll stick with my plastic Adirondacks, thank you. The festival was a sight to behold, so even if I didn’t buy too much, I definitely got my entertainment people-watching. Although not my scene, I did have a fabulous time with my girlfriends, walking around and enjoying the fabulous (but highly unusual) August weather.