Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Blue Owl Restaurant (Kimmswick)

As I continue my Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time series, today I’m sharing my lunch experience at Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery in Kimmswick.

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I’ve been hearing that everyone should try the Blue Owl Restaurant for years. A couple of months ago, I found myself about 10 minutes from Kimmswick after visiting my newly adopted foster dog in her Mehlville home.

I decided to take the opportunity to explore Kimmswick and get lunch at the Blue Owl Restaurant.

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Kimmswick:

If you’ve never been to Kimmswick, be sure to allow a little time to explore this quaint historic shopping area.

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In addition to the shops with antiques, home goods and hand crafted items, there are several other places to each or drink besides the Blue Owl. There are also a number of historic buildings that will take you back in time.

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See the rest of my Kimmswick pictures

Blue Owl Restaurant & Bakery:

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My visit to the Blue Owl was on a beautiful day, so I sat out on the patio. I never actually went inside so I don’t have any pictures of the interior for you.

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The Blue Owl has a small town feel to it. Don’t expect hip decor…instead you get plastic patio tables and chairs.

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Known for desserts, the Levee High Carmel Pecan Apple Pie is shown on the front of the menu. I didn’t order this, but it looks so good that it might just be worth a return visit.

It must be good…they offer delivery for this pie though much of the U.S.

Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Bluew Owl Restaurant (Kimmswick) | Arch City HomesThe full story of the restaurant is shared on the back of the menu. I made it partway through while I waited for my food to come. They really should hire a good copywriter who can capture the essence of the history without going into quite as much detail.

The Food:

The Blue Owl menu includes breakfast, salads, soup, quiche and sandwiches. And of course, dessert.

They are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM – 5 PM, and Tuesday – Thursday from 10 AM – 3 PM.

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Knowing I wanted to order dessert, I decided to go with the Terrific Trio special.

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I started with the tossed strawberry salad. The candied almonds is what sold me on picking this salad, but the poppyseed dressing really made it a winner.

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I love egg salad and almost never order it at restaurants, so I decided to give it a try. While I did enjoy it, I prefer my egg salad a little less runny. If I went back, I’d give something else a try instead of ordering this again.

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The star of the meal was the banana cream pie. It was really hard to choose; they have so many tempting desserts. If I was there with friends, I think I would insist we all order a different pie so we could share.

Living in Kimmswick:

Very few people live in Kimmswick.

The historic city is only 1/4 mile in size. The 2010 census had just 157 people living in the city in 56 households.

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Almost no homes become available in Kimmswick. In the last 5 years, only 6 homes have sold. They ranged from 5 years old to a home build in approximately 1877.

Kimmswick is surrounded by Imperial, located in Jefferson County south of the St. Louis area along Hwy 55.

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While it’s nearly impossible to move into Kimmswick, over 400 homes sold in Imperial in the last year.

Are You Thinking About Moving?

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I also work with buyers who want to find the home of their dreams, but don’t want to overpay.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the St Louis area, give me a call at 314-265-8073 and let’s talk about your options.

Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time: Prasino (St. Charles)

As I continue my Exploring St. Louis One Meal at a Time series, today I’m sharing my brunch experience at Prasino in St. Charles.

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I am a big fan of restaurant breakfasts, and am always in search of new places to try.

I’ve been to Prasino before for lunch, and was excited to see that they offer the full breakfast menu until 3 pm every day. I ordered a lunch item on that first visit and vowed to make it back for breakfast. A couples of weeks ago, I met a former client there to both catch up with him and check out Prasino’s Sunday brunch.

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For longtime St. Louis residents, Prasino is located where the Noah’s Arc restaurant sat empty for years. The location, just one exit over the river into St. Charles, has been transformed and is worth a visit regardless of where you live.

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There are several outside seating areas along the grassy median. It’s a great place to sit if you are waiting to meet friends or you live in the apartment building.

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Watch for new restaurants coming soon including PF Chang’s and Noodles & Company.

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Including a movie theater was a great idea. It makes dinner and a movie so easy.

Prasino:

I love the decor in Prasino. The outdoor patio, which is pet friendly too, is a great place to sit during the warm months.

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The mix of modern elements and warm woods work really well together.

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They also have a couple of private rooms like the wine room you see in this picture.

The Food:

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Of course, we started with cocktails. They even took a stab at my favorite morning drink, a beermosa. I discovered them at Square One Brewery in Lafayette Square. A beermosa is similar to a mimosa with wheat beer instead of champagne.

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I ordered the banana bread french toast. It was wonderful!

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Tommy ordered the vegetarian kefte sandwich off of the lunch menu. I didn’t taste it but he seemed quite happy with the choice.

Menu:

I snapped some pictures of the full menu for you, or click the link to see the menu on Prasino’s website.

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Living in St. Charles:

St. Charles is a great place to buy a home in St. Louis region.

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When St. Louis region residents mention St. Charles, they are often referring to the entire county of St. Charles. In this case, I’m talking about the St. Charles the municipality.

Housing:

As urban sprawl spilled from St. Louis into St. Charles County, the city of St. Charles was the first area to be developed. As a result, you’ll find many homes build in the 1960s and 1970s, but you’ll also find homes that are 10 years old. These newer subdivision homes offer more modern home design than the homes in the historic district near main street which include many homes over 100 years old.

With over 1500 homes sold in St. Charles in the last year, you can find just about anything in the city limits. With a large percentage of homes priced between $100,000 and $300,000, it is an affordable area for most families.

Schools and Community:

Not only do you get more home for your money in St. Charles compared to much of St. Louis County, but you also get quality public schools. Prasino is located in the St. Charles School District but it is located just blocks from Francis Howell School District.

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I recently recorded a video interview with 3 St. Charles residents. They talked about why they like living in St. Charles, favorite places to go, schools and safety.

If you are looking for a home in St. Charles, contact me to get set up with a home search to see everything for sale in St. Charles as soon as it comes on the market.

Are You Thinking About Moving?

I specialize in selling St. Louis region homes regardless of whether they will be the hot listing to hit the market or if they have a challenge that makes it much harder to sell.

I also work with buyers who want to find the home of their dreams, but don’t want to overpay.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the St Louis area, give me a call at 314-265-8073 and let’s talk about your options.

St. Louis Summer Camp Changing Kids Lives

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If you are looking for where to send your year-end donation, I hope you will consider Sherwood Forest Camp.

I first met Mary Rogers when I was walking through Brady Commons at Mizzou in 1988. She was sitting next to a sign for Sherwood Forest Camp, and was recruiting college students to spend the summer in Lesterville, MO helping low-income kids reach their potential.

I ended up spending 3 summers at SFC, and those long days shaped the adult I was to become.

While the camp never left my heart, I got busy with my life and lost touch with my camp friends. A couple of years ago, Facebook came to the rescue. Shortly after signing up for Facebook, I found the camp page, then posted a staff picture from 1989 and watched in amazement as people started tagging each other. I ended up joining the Alumni Association board and getting involved again. Twenty years after working at camp, I went back in 2010 as a volunteer for 4 days with SFC’s youngest campers.

The following year, I went back again, this time staying for the full 5 day session of Mini Camp and spending my days & nights with 66 boys & girls who are 7-8 years old.

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Movie Night

As one of the camp cruisers, I floated around, helping wherever I was needed. I reassured the kids as they said goodbye to their parents and climbed on the bus, getting to know many of them as we made the 2 1/2 hour drive to Lesterville. I helped them tie-dye shirts, cook hot dogs in the woods and cheered on dozens of kids when they said “look at me” in the swimming pool.

It was exhausting, and it was exhilarating.

Watching children try new things, learn to work as a team to accomplish goals and talk through conflicts with their cabinmates was worth putting up with 100+ degree heat without air conditioning and coming home covered in bug bites.

While the kids go to camp simply to have fun, the hidden agenda is to break the cycle of poverty. Children can start coming to camp after 1st grade, and can spend the next 10 summers growing up at camp. They can complete a 4 summer leadership program that includes an 8-day 75 mile river trip, volunteer service and college tours. They are exposed to college student role models and encouraged to continue their education beyond high school.

Over 80% of our kids come from families living at or below the poverty line. Sherwood Forest provides comprehensive, year-round, year-after-year enrichment programs that many of our families could otherwise not afford.

The supportive, stable environment provided by Sherwood Forest has a long-term impact: 100% of young people who complete its Leadership Training Program go on to graduate from high school. Over the last 35 years, three-quarters of the Leadership Program alumni have gotten back in touch with Sherwood Forest, and 94% are now living economically self-sufficient lives. This creates a stronger community for all of us.

Here are a few of my pictures from my last session volunteering at Sherwood Forest. Due to privacy issues, I can’t show you pictures with kids faces. I wish I could, because you would see the same sparkle I see when I look at them.

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Climbing Tango Tower

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I hope you’ll take a moment to watch this video and learn more about Sherwood Forest Camp.

Please consider making a donation. Every bit helps.

 

ACH TV: St. Louis Residents Talk About Where They Live ~ Maplewood, MO

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Where is Maplewood, MO?

Maplewood is a suburb of St. Louis County in the part of town that locals call Mid County. It is filled with individually owned restaurants and businesses in a vibrant walkable Main Street style area.

Housing in Maplewood offers a lot of options. In Maplewood you will find affordable starter homes, grand historic homes, a handful of condos and plenty of rental apartments.

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If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the St Louis area, give me a call at 314-265-8073 and let’s talk about your options.

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Local Residents Talk about Where They Live

I will be interviewing local residents about the part of town where they live. Each video will focus on one part of town with 1-3 people who live there sharing their perspective.

We’ll talk about why they like living in their corner of the St. Louis area, favorite restaurants, commute time, schools and safety.

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ACH TV: St. Louis Residents Talk About Where They Live ~ Sunset Hills, MO

In this video, I am talking with Amber Sease with Choose to Lose Fitness about her experiences living in Sunset Hills, MO.

While today’s interview with Amber certainly doesn’t reflect how everyone in the area feels, I hope this conversation can help you decide if Sunset Hills is an area where you might want to live.

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Where is Sunset Hills, MO?

Sunset Hills is a suburb of St. Louis County in the part of town that locals call South County. It is an ideal location with easy access to highways, rolling hills and nice parks.

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Check the map below for the list or recommended restaurants, parks and shopping mentioned in the video by local Sunset Hills resident Amber Sease.

Housing in Sunset Hills:

Housing in Sunset Hills, MO ranges from affordable to affluent.

The average sale price for the last year was $389,000 with prices changing from $64,000 to $1,375,000.

  • Under $150,000 – 12%
  • $150,000 – $300,000 – 29%
  • $300,000 – $500,000 – 31%
  • $500,000 – $800,000 – 24%
  • $800,000 and up – 5%

If you are thinking about moving to Sunset Hills and have more questions, I would be happy to talk with you or connect you with someone who lives in the area who can give you candid answers about any concerns you may have.

Are You Thinking About Moving?

I specialize in selling St. Louis homes regardless of whether they will be the hot listing to hit the market or if they have a challenge that makes it much harder to sell. While I do work across the entire St. Louis region, I have a history of successfully selling homes in the South County area.

I also work with buyers who want to find the home of their dreams, but don’t want to overpay.

Here are just a few of the South County homes in or near Sunset Hills I have sold.

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If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the St Louis area, give me a call at 314-265-8073 and let’s talk about your options.

ACH TV: St. Louis Residents Talk About Where They Live ~ Hazelwood, MO

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In this video, I talked with Stacy Isermann with STL Rent a Box and Torre Skornia with Two Sweet Peas Photography about their experiences living in Hazelwood, MO.

Where is Hazelwood, MO?

Hazelwood is a suburb of St. Louis County in the part of town that locals call North County. It is an ideal location for short commutes to many areas, including the airport and Boeing.

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Check the map below for the list or recommended restaurants, parks and shopping mentioned in the video by local Hazelwood residents Stacy Isermann and Torre Skornia.

Housing in Hazelwood:

Real estate prices in Hazelwood, MO are very affordable.

The average sale price for the last year was $91,000. It’s also a great area to purchase investment property with many rehab opportunities available under $50,000.

SEE ALSO: Hazelwood Housing Market Update

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the St Louis area, give me a call at 314-265-8073 and let’s talk about your options.

Are You Thinking About Moving?

I specialize in selling St. Louis homes regardless of whether they will be the hot listing to hit the market or if they have a challenge that makes it much harder to sell. While I do work across the entire St. Louis region, I have a history of successfully selling homes in the Hazelwood area.

I also work with buyers who want to find the home of their dreams, but don’t want to overpay.

Here are just a few of the North County homes in or near Hazelwood I have sold.

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If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the St Louis area, give me a call at 314-265-8073 and let’s talk about your options.

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