A River Runs By It
The Mississippi is an unmistakable part of St. Louis' culture, just as the Chesapeake is to Baltimore, the St. Laurence is to Quebec or the Rockies are to Denver. St. Louis music is laced with references to the mighty muddy Mississippi and locals like Mark Twain made their reputations writing stories set on it or by it. Almost every business in St. Louis advertises itself as the earliest or biggest of its kind west of the Mississippi if they can. And every resident can tell you what they were doing each year the river flooded in a major way. Just south of the junction of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, barge traffic has long been a cog in its economic engine and cultural exchanges go up and down the river more than they go east to west -- think of the blues/jazz scene that moves up from New Orleans or all of the different styles of barbecue that have stakes along the river system. In fact, New Orleans style bars and restaurants are very popular in St. Louis; moreso than any other city I've been to. St. Louis is definitely a river city.
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Gooey Butter Coffee Cake
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.
Where'd you go to high school?
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.
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.
St. Louisans? Friendly?
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.
Laclede's Landing Area.... In...
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.
Fleur de Lis
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??
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St. Louis has some of the most...
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)
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