Wednesday, October 19, 2011

St. Louis Artist Eric Nichols

Eric Nichols is one of those artists who is hard to classify. He's certainly an artists to be reckoned with across several mediums: watercolor, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics. His style is futuristic feeling, yet drawing inspiration from very organic sources.  Eric's is actively exhibiting his work at various Saint Louis area galleries. He's also been landing shows in Chicago and on the West Coast.

Check out more of his work online at: http://backwards-e.com/

Monday, October 17, 2011

Breakfast is Good at Allin's (Saint Charles, MO)

I found myself at Allin's again this weekend enjoying a large plate of eggs, hash browns, toast and coffee. Allin's is tucked out of the way, yet easy to access off I70(First Capitol near the Lindenwood campus). This is a cosy little joint where the photos of local patrons fill the walls. Most of the patrons live nearby. Great food and conversation draw them in. Homemade and made to order. While there are plenty of chain breakfast options nearby (Denny's, IHOP, Waffle House, Bob Evans, Cracker Barrel), Allin's Diner you get a one of a kind local dining experience. Next time you're going to be in St. Charles stop in for a cup of coffee (the good stuff) and a stack of pancakes. I can only speak to breakfast as I have not had the opportunity to enjoy lunch. Word is it is equally delightful. They are typically closed for dinner.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Not So Incredible...But Still Fun

Our first visit to America's Incredible Pizza Company was on New Year's Eve 2006 in Springfield, MO. It was a fun diversion for the kids then...as it was for the kids today when we visited their location in St. Peters. A couple things to note if you are considering taking your kids (and you probably don't want to go if you don't have kids). First off, lower your expectations. You're not going for the food. If you go in with low expectations then you might be pleasantly surprised by the pizza and buffet fare. Go early, in fact I'd recommend going between 3-4 PM so you can take advantage of the lunch pricing. Also would recommend Fridays where you get an additional $10 in game credit for every $20 spent. We fed 10 people and $60 worth of game credits for our 4 kids for a total bill of around $100. Not bad. Our expectations were low. We had the place to ourselves. The kids had a blast riding go karts, manning the bumper cars and sampling the other games. All walked away with prizes from tickets won. And the adults had a good time as well. So to recap. The pizza's not incredible (if you want that hit Dewey's or Pi). The games are good and more diverse than say Chuck E Cheese. This doesn't have to break the bank (go early and take advantage of special food and game offers). You can have fun. However, if you stop by and the parking lot is packed...just drive away and come back another day.