This cake is a St Louis food phenomenon and it is completely addictive. Here is a recipe for it given to me by my friend Deb:
1 stick of butter (softened)
1 yellow cake mix w/pudding
1 8 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese (softened)
1 box of powdered sugar (save 1/4 - ½ cup for topping)
Combine(mix) cake mix, butter and 2 eggs. Spread cake mixture in bottom of a greased / floured 9 x 13 pan.
Combine(mix) cream cheese, powdered sugar and 2 eggs and pour over cake mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees (preheated) for approx 20 - 30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
Sprinkle saved powdered sugar on top after baking.
Go to gym next day and climb on treadmill.
This is often the first question a St Louisan will ask you when they meet you. Why? It establishes your social standing and is a way to bond if your high school is compatible with theirs.
I've had coworkers who moved here from other parts of the country tell me that when they admitted to the person they were talking to that they went to high school in another city, the person shut down and they became persona non grata.
I know that in the song, "Meet me in St. Louis" it's pronounced St. Louie, but if you say it when you're there, folks will know straight off that you're a tourist. All of the locals pronounce it St. LOO-is.
Toasted ravioli is an appetizer that is only available in St. Louis,MO area. Generally it is square, meat ravioli that breaded and deep friend so it is crispy. It is served with marinara sauce and sometimes with a bit of parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. Here is a website below to order some on line.
Laclede's Landing Area.... In 1764, a French fur trapper named Pierre LaClede established Saint Louis as trading post on the west banks of the Mississippi River. Business was good from the beginning. Soon the village became the center of commerce with furs as the main source of exchange for goods. Today, Laclede's Landing, a nine - block industrial area that once housed companies producing coffee, leather goods, mattresses, tobacco, whiskey, candy and machinery for the barges, features some of the most unique restaurants, sidewalk cafes and clubs in the metro Saint Louis area. During the day, the historical district is also home to people who work at the many offices located on the edge of the Mississippi River. At night, horse drawn carriages and live music add to the atmosphere of one of the premier entertainment areas in St. Louis. This pic taken in front of a sculpture on road by the river, in front of Landing's entrance.... it was called 'St. Louis' Tall Grass', made of glass, stucco and cement.
The locals of St. Louis can be friendly, but don't expect us to be as friendly as in the south. Many people will be pleasant, but they won't really stop and talk to strangers. I'd say we are more friendly than some people in, say, the northeast, but we aren't as outgoing as people in the south.
Like my beloved New Orleans, the symbol of St. Louis is the fleur de lis. How many can you count when you go to visit??
St. Louis has some of the most devoted sports fans I've seen yet! Here's a tribute to them!! -- TWA Stadium (Home of the RAMS)