We are big foodies over here, I would eat out every meal if money and weight were no object. Lisa Vanderpump makes owning a restaurant look so glamourous but the reality is that you would probably spend every night and weekend at your place, which would really effect my social life, not sure I am cut out for that.
So what's a girl to do if she wants a restaurant but still wants her nights for herself....
Open a restaurant that closes for the day when lunch is over (brilliant) Am I really going to open a lunch spot, no. I will, however be more than willing to sample these types of restaurants that seem to be popping up
The Woman's Exchange
This tea room is a STL classic, it has been around for years and years. I average at this restaurant about once a month and have been doing that for 10 years, in the 10 years I have maybe seen 1 man dining. This place is all about the ladies. The 2 best things about this place...
and the coveted Cherry Dress that is sold in the little shop at the front of the restaurant
if you are going to lunch with your kids, this is the new place to go
Everything they serve is fresh, organic and healthy
and while you are noshing and checking your emails your kids are happy and well contained
Half and Half
One of my favorite lunch spots sans kids. last year the guys that own this place decided to do pop up restaurants at night. Every couple months they had a different theme (mexican, farm to table) and it was brilliant and wildly popular. The problem, they no longer had their nights free so they went back to just lunch. I totally understand guys.
Death in the Afternoon
I am actually trying this new lunch only spot today, it opened a couple weeks ago and all I keep hearing is how amazing this place is.
This restaurant is a spin off of the "members only" restaurant Blood and Sand. These guys are brilliant, you pay a monthly membership fee otherwise you are not eating here. Its totally worth the fee for the truffled tator tots alone, trust me. Anyway their new baby Death in the Afternoon is the place to eat downtown, as of now anyone can dine here but if it is as popular as its big brother, that might change real soon.
Those Parisians are onto something lunch begins at 11am ends about 2pm then a little cat nap!!
We have a big weekend here over at chez beautiful. First off I think my weekend unofficially begun Wednesday night when my brother in law came to town for a visit. He was introduced to WOP and is quite taken with it...
this rose is my latest summer obsession, perfect for a little wine on porch with friends.
My brother in law is a foodie so we have been eating and drinking like there is no tomorrow
This morning we are going to cleanse our bodies to get ready for the weekend. First stop here
it is a cardio/dancing/drumming workout. Has anyone tried it?? I am always up for something new at the gym.
I am still recovering from my weekend, and it is not because I overindulged in any type of liquids, I was unofficially a "dance mom." My daughter had a dance recital and she had practice Friday night so I had about an hour and a half to grab a bite to eat with the hubs
(best turkey burger ever)
then it was on to cover the last hour of rehearsal.
Saturday morning rehearsal again from 8 am to 6 pm, lucky for me I got to leave at noon.
Sunday was the big day and we left the house at 9am and walked back in the door at 11pm.
(after a long day)
I woke up Monday and was so confused as to the time and day since I spent 14 hours indoors on Sunday watching the same recital 3 times, its enough to make you go mad!! I mean the things we do for our kids right??!!
And finally the pastel I had made of my Scarlett was framed
and she joins the wall with her brother and sister
We have been in our current home for 4 years, I have managed to personalize most of our house except our family room. It is still the same color it was when we bought it. The problem was I did not hate the color, not love, not hate so this room was moved to the bottom of the to do list.
Well now I am so over the color and we desperately need some type of window treatment because the glare from the sun is really interfering with the hubs TV watching time.
It's a fabulous room, it was what sold us on this house, a huge family room with lots of light
but it's time for a change.
First off get rid of the yellow, and paint the walls blue. I have my colors narrowed down to...
Benjamin Moore "blue springs"
Benjamin Moore "summer showers"
Benjamin Moore "santorini blue"
I mean they really all 3 look almost identical but I think I am leaning towards summer shower, but that changes on a daily basis.
For our window treatments I ordered some bamboo shades, I love bamboo shades. I need to block the glare but I don't want our room to feel dark...
this wall color with shades is what i am going for (minus the white couch, I mean I do have 3 kids and a dog)
bamboo shades just a little darker in color
and finally we need to face lift our wet bar
I mean paint the cabinets, change the counter tops and voila