|Nighttime at Schlafly|
But about Maplewood. What a cool little section of St. Louis. I think Abby mentioned when we got there, we went rather directly to a brewery with a bit of history. The Schlafly Brewery has the distinction of being one of the oldest craft breweries and brewpub in history as well as having become somewhat of an anchor for the community of Maplewood, hosting not only a myriad of functions but is even home to the local farmer’s market as well. We began and ended our stay at Schlafly while in Maplewood and brought home some of their wares thankfully found in the local grocery store. Their presence is hard to miss, as the success of the brewery is profound and a definite must see while in Maplewood.
|Macy post-air-mattress-launch... air mattresses are not made for dogs.|
But wait, we aren’t done yet! The next morning, Abby and I decided to do laundry at a brand new laundromat just blocks away. Look folks, it was a laundromat, so not much to say, but that ‘The Wash House’ was clean and efficient. But after that, we wandered over to Tiffany's Original Diner for a quick counter breakfast. Open since the 60’s, it doesn’t get much more simple or real at this “cash only” diner with a menu that get straight to the point. Kind of like, “do you want this...or that?”. I wanted and got, the most delicious, can’t tell you why, flattop hashbrowns I have ever had in my life, along with...I can’t even remember; there might as well have only been the hash browns. Also located on that route 66 section of Manchester road, are a number of shops and a fabulous looking bookstore, The Book House we unfortunately never got to, knowing we would be there all day. We did however duck into Penzeys Spices where I grabbed a few necessities for the ever revolving spice drawer. We finished up the day at home with a family dinner of grilled pork, brussel sprouts and sweet potato goodness. Also, my first inocent experience with the evil little game of ‘Cards Against Humanity”...never again. I think there is incriminating video.
After amazing biscuits and gravy the next morning, my friend took us on a little tour. We hit Old Mountain Gear Exchange where Greg provides hikers and climbers and outdoors persons with exchanged good for sale. I could safely say that, that particular day, save for a couple of “wanted items”, there were no “needed items”. However, the inventory at OMGE is always moving, so if I lived nearby, I would hit that place at least once a week! Next we headed over to Laumeier Sculpture Park for a little hike around the property, where I learned a few things about outdoor art...until it started raining and the weather turned us into heading for a suburb of St. Louis referred to as “The Grove”. A quick drive around and Abby and I started talking real estate, as in…”if we had a few coins to rub together, what a great investment…”. We talked about it some more while visiting a huge biergarten style brewery called Urban Chestnut Brewing and Beirhall. My friend’s husband joined us and we waited out the turning weather ,partaking in a variety of brews, comparing notes, people watching and feeding our peckishness on fresh in-house pork rinds, pretzels and deviled eggs. Back at Schlafly for dinner and the end of our stay, we enjoyed a pleasant night of feasting and tummy rubbing.
|Our Hosts and some grub @Urban Chestnut|