That's longer than I have been away from this blog since I started it in July. I'm practically getting separation anxiety.
This past weekend David and I went on a long-overdue visit to see my parents in St. Louis. We ate incredibly well and my parents were also kind enough to host our friends Scott and Kathy, who moved to Kentucky but came up to visit. Scott and Kathy married David and I, so they have a special place in our lives.
|Scott and Kathy outside the Anheuser Busch brewery in St. Louis, a surprisingly fun tour.|
One of the highlights of the trip was walking St. Louis' "The Hill" neighborhood, which was settled by Italian immigrants in the later part of the 1800s and remains a hub of Italian culture today. There are two good-sized grocery stores, DiGregorio's and Viviano's, as well as butcher shops, bakeries, a gelateria and of course the bocce ball club.
If you're interested in Italian culture in the Midwest, this is a must-stop destination. Despite the city of St. Louis falling on hard times, the Hill remains vibrant and bustling. My father stood in line outside the Missouri Baking Company to get cannoli for Saturday's dinner. Lots of places claim to have the best cannoli in St. Louis, but the lines outside Missouri Baking Company make a strong statement that theirs really might be best.