Time for Soul Lifting

It was time for a bit of soul lifting, I headed to the Soulard Art Gallery.

Artists Gather for a little soul liftingSoulard is an old neighborhood.  The name comes from Antione Soulard, who helped develop the area.  There’s a lot of brick, and churches, and bars, and celebrations.  It’s super close to “The River.”   Soulard is also a great place to find artists.  On this particular “break away day”  I choose to visit the Soulard Art Gallery.

Soulard Art GalleryResident Artists welcome every visitor.  There’s always a display of art from regional artists.   Each Resident Artist has a mini gallery.  There’s plenty of color, texture and new views.  Each gallery has it’s own style, look and feel.  It’s a bit like visiting worlds of wonder.

Looking is okay, purchasing encouraged. – Prices fit almost every budget.  You’ll be offer a beverage.  There are invitations to upcoming exhibits.   Say anything nice and an artist will reward you with a bright smile.

Soulard Art Gallery – 2028 S 12th Street – 63104

On to the “The Grove”

Onion Rings and a Coke – seems like terrific transition snack for a wanderer like me.  “The Grove”  has become one of the most fabulous, colorful neighborhoods in St. Louis.  I was passing through around early lunch-ish time, so energy was quiet, and a little low.

onion rings and a coke at O'Shays O’Shays is friendly.  They offer a hearty Sunday Brunch with plenty of choices.  All of their food is prepared in house.  They don’t mind if you’re a light weight and only order onion rings an a coke.  The Irish eye twinkle is easy enough to see. No matter what’s goin’ on in the world.  An Irish Pub can make it better.

Oshay’s Pub – 44353 Manchester Ave. – St. Louis, MO – 63110

Fabulous Part of the City - The GroveHope All is Well with YOU

Milque Toast

The celebrated food writer M. F. K. Fisher (1908–1992) called milk toast a “warm, mild, soothing thing, full of innocent strength.”  Spell this place “Milk Toast” or “Milque Toast” – it’s pronounced the same and, my first visit will be the first of many, regular planned stops because I enjoyed myself completely.  Totally “my kind” of place.

the arrival!Parked in front.  The place is small, but WONDERFUL.  Got the camera out to show you my first – parked – view.  It was easy enough to find,  Highway 44, to Jefferson Ave., maybe two and a half blocks, on the east side of the road.

Comfort Cuisine!It says “Comfort Cuisine.” . . . I was ready to check it out.

The place is teeny-tiny.  There’s a community table and two, or maybe three other places to sit along the wall.  It’s friendly and colorful.  i walked up to the counter and asked if it was too early for soup.  (Yes, I really like soup.)  In unison, three people behind the counter said, “It’s always a good time for soup.”  Then one lone voice said, “We encourage soup for breakfast.”  I wasn’t really That Early, but – I would enjoy soup for breakfast . . . and, not that you asked, but I’ve enjoyed “breakfast for dinner” countless times.  Haven’t you?

you're gonna like itFun and colorful, the kitchen is small, but what they deliver is mighty.  There IS a chalkboard with ideas about what’s available, which wasn’t yet current for my Thursday visit.  There’s also a nice paper menu that explains the basics, BUT, it’s even better when you simply ask what’s cookin’ and you see smiles on the faces about to serve up something yummy.  They are proud of what they have to offer, and I agree, it’s something super satisfying.

There is an outdoor seating area, so on warm enough days, people will be able to gather in larger groups and have elbow room.  While I was there it was fun to share and listen to others . . but, I’m just like that.  Kinda simple in style and wander around solo-style – so i can pay attention to  Wonder All Around.

milque toastYes, I’m sitting THAT close to the wall across the way with three extra spaces. Someone placed a colorful back pack on one of the chairs . . . super cozy, but then it’s easy to hear all the happy goin’ around.

my first milque toast mealHere’s my first ever meal at Milque Toast.  It’s a delicious bowl of Tomato Herb Soup, with a thick slice of toasted multi-grain bread generously slathered in butter.  I also have a cup of coffee (beverage of choice since I was a kid.)  It was so tasty, I could hardly wait to get home and share with friends about this fantastic lunch discovery.  I’ll return, in fact, chances are this will become one of my favorite places.

Milque Toast – 2212 S. Jefferson Ave. – St. Louis, MO – 63104

yum!