14 Reasons To Thank The City Of Saint Louis

14 Reasons To Thank The City Of Saint Louis

For the city that doesn't always get the credit it deserves.
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I was dragged to Saint Louis kicking and screaming. As a child, I couldn't stand the Midwest! I consider myself to be from New England. But now that I am older, the culture of SaintLouis has really grown on me. I've realized, this place isn't that bad and it's actually really cool. After traveling all over the country (and even the world), I have seen how unique it is to live in Saint Louis. I just want to take a moment to thank Saint Louis for...

1. Going all out for holidays.

Hundreds of Easter Egg Hunts, family gatherings, all types of parades, Christmas lights (you know they are a big deal), and *cough cough* Soulard Mardi Gras *cough cough*

2. Imo's Pizza and Toasted Ravioli (T-Ravs)!

I though New York Style was the only type of pizza, but yo, thin crust and provolone cheese rock. You get to really appreciate the toppings! T-Ravs are a Saint Louis special! Thank the man that decided to take a ravioli and fry it!

3. Cardinals Baseball

It's a religion out here. The Cardinals baseball is always good. GO BIRDS!

4. The weird fascination in high schools.

There is a lot of high schools in Saint Louis, and for some odd reason, it's important as to which one you went to. It's rivalry, it's who you may know, it's what sports you played. So, what high school did you go to?

5. The Zoo

The second best zoo in the U.S. and it's free. I always love going to see the elephants! But there are many critters to see at the Saint Louis Zoo!

6. The 1904 World's Fair

Yeah, you know waffle cones? You're welcome!

7. Because talking to strangers is normal.

No one seems to be very shy around here. Whether you're waiting in line at the checkout, jogging a 5K, eating at a restaurant, it is just normal to talk to the people around you. Maybe it is just me and my friends, but we always seem to make new friends where ever we are.

8. The Loop

I swear every celebrity that has come to Saint Louis has stopped by Blueberry Hill. It's definitely worth a stop. There's also roll ice cream down the street! It is just a unique place to shop and eat.

9. Blues Hockey

There is Canada and then there is Saint Louis. Hockey is a strong organization in Saint Louis, and I'd like to think it's because of the Blues. For 50 seasons this team has called Saint Louis home. Like the Cardinals, it's another religion in Saint Louis. Can I get a "LETS GO BLUES"?

10. Crown Candy!

Heart Stopping BLT. Ice cream. Yum!

11. HWY 270 & HWY 141

Yeah, I just live on these two highways. Sometimes they are cleared, sometimes they are backed up for miles. Either way, I thought I'd mention them for getting me from Point A to Point B.

12. Awesome weather

Just kidding. It's sunny one minute and hailing another. Like the saying goes, "if you don't like the weather wait ten minutes." It's literally "hot and cold" here!

13. Teaching me family is the best medicine

Family is such a big part of the Saint Louis culture. I feel like I have not only gotten closer to my real family, but found my family in my friends I have made. Family is the always there to catch you when you fall, and pick you up and dust you off. Family encourages you to continue chasing your dreams.

14. For just being Saint Louis

Saint Louis is such a unique place. I am just so grateful to call it home. It took me many years and many trips away from Saint Louis for me to realize how special it really is. It makes me so happy to come home after a month away and see the Gateway Arch from the window of the airplane. I have finally accepted Saint Louis as my home, but Saint Louis accepted me years ago.

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4 Breakfast Spots Near The University of Kentucky That Will Actually Get You Out Of Bed In The Morning

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If you're a breakfast foodie like I am, you know that is an absolute priority to find the most popular breakfast spots despite the city you may be in. You don't want to visit the touristy and basic restaurants that everyone else goes to, but instead, you are determined to uncover the locations that are the best of the best. Most foodies will go to great lengths to discover these places. As a University of Kentucky student and major foodie, I have searched all over Lexington to find my favorite places to visit on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This took my entire first semester and many trips to the ATM, but today, I am now blessed to say that I am a regular at all 4 of these incredible breakfast spots.

1. The Great Bagel

The Great Bagel is one of my all-time favorite restaurants to visit on Sunday mornings. The restaurant offers a variety of bagel sandwiches and freshly squeezed orange juice, and it makes for the perfect early morning start to a day filled with homework or relaxation.

2. Chocolate Holler

Though not a true restaurant, Chocolate Holler is one of the most popular coffee shops near the University of Kentucky. Because it is only a 3-minute drive from campus, Chocolate Holler is always buzzing with UK students who come to socialize or study. The coffee shop is most well known for its chocolaty drinks and the music is great there, too!

3. Stir Krazy

Stir Krazy is a local smoothie bar down the street that serves protein shakes, smoothies, and tea. Though It only consists of these three beverages, the shakes at Stir Krazy are enough to fill you up for breakfast or lunch. Each shake or smoothies range from 200 to 250 calories and serves as the perfect energizer before a workout or a filling recovery drink after a workout.

4. La Madeleine

La Madeleine is a French breakfast and lunch cafe conveniently located on campus (and only a 30-second walk from my dorm). Their breakfast is served all day long and their croissants are to die for. I highly recommend building your own omelet for the most fulfilling experience. Not to mention, their iced caramel macchiatos are a great refresher on the side.

No matter which city, state, or country I am currently in, I make it my mission to eat as a local would. In Lexington, Kentucky, these four breakfast spots are guaranteed provide you with a plethora of different types of food to get you through even the worst cases of morning hunger. Though these places are my current favorites, I am now looking forward to containing the search for more breakfast restaurants, cafes, and juice bars throughout my next four years in this city.

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