Does St. Louis have the best BBQ?

St Louis BBQ

St. Louis, the ecstatic and historical heart of Missouri situated along the western banks of the Mississippi River. The city inhabits America’s most iconic symbols and landmarks, hotels and entertainment like no other. St. Louis has the most begrudging nightlife due to a plethora of attractions and the queer yet, fantastical BBQ joints relished with blues music.

St. Louis style BBQ is different, unique take at barbecued products, the ribs are grilled and then heavily sauced instead of slow-cooked. It’s a St. Louis tradition and they are known for their peculiar and amazing taste when it comes to meat and SAUCE! Let’s be honest it’s the sauce that indicates a difference between two barbecued dishes. St. Louis have this extra-too-sweet, a little bit tangy, one tad sour, tomato-based sauce occasionally prepared without the use of liquid smoke. And as you know St. Louis-ans they always want a little extra on their plate which is why the sauce is smeared cripplingly on the ribs and served with your choice of sides. Some of the best joints located in the vicinity are;

Pappy’s Smokehouse

From its debut in 2008 and promptly adored to winning “Best BBQ” for three years after the opening, Pappy’s has never ever disappointed a tongue or a taste bud in the whole town! The local favorite are its grilled ribs; sore to the touch, ripe and excruciatingly luscious with those burnt ends making it crisp from the corners, impregnated with either smoldering quintessence of apple and cherry woods. Perfected with a brittle amount of herbs and spices commencing an aromatic aura because no one smokes up ribs better than Pappy’s!

Bogart’s Smokehouse

It was heard that the former pit master of Pappy’s is the owner of Bogart’s, I smell BBQ sauce here somewhere… It practically means they were hatched in the same batch of eggs. As you can guess amazing ribs, marvelously cooked and violently glazed with sweet, sticky and absolutely taste burstingly good apricot varnish. However, the pulled pork and beef brisket are as much a specialty as the ribs all with thirst-quenching sauces and sides. Their Fire and Ice Pickles are the best sides offered on the menu imbued with a saturated amount spices and honey with a garlic edge to it.

PM BBQ

PM is a small laid-out bistro and takeout for a smoking-hot-piece-of-BBQ of course! The Ribs are the core attraction but the sweet corn spoon bread is one thing that all others drop dead in front of. PM BBQ has a consistent taste that hasn’t changed over the years, the best homemade BBQ meal is here! They specialize in all kinds; the best burnt brisket sandwiches that scream yummy though and through and the babyback ribs to showcase their famed Memphis-style barbecue technique saturated with hot, flaming adhesive sauces.

The above are however, not the only BBQ joint in the town there are several others with the gratification of a blues music playing backstage and alcoholic pleasures.

Traveling With Weather

With all the current news of hurricanes and bad weather we thought this would be really helpful to post. When the winter comes a new set of travel challenges will occur with the snow and ice.

It never hurts to be prepared in advance. The snow will be falling in those areas it does before we know it.

Of course this is not an issue in the desert like this picture shows!

Travel in Arizona
No snow in the Arizona deserts! They just melt like the snow in the summer.

 

Driving safely in snow and icy roads

Speed
– Slow down for wet, snowy, or icy conditions. You will be more
likely to maintain control of your vehicle at lower speeds. Slow down when
approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots. These are all
potential problem spots for black ice, which is a thin coating of clear ice
that can form on the pavement surface that may be difficult to see
especially at night.

Following distance –

Decrease your speed and leave plenty of room to
stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between
your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

Abrupt Maneuvers –

Avoid excessive actions while steering, braking or
accelerating to lessen the chances of losing control of the vehicle. When
you’re driving on snow, ice or wet ro
ads, avoid abrupt steering maneuvers.

Braking –

Braking gently will help you avoid skidding. If you have anti-lock
brakes (ABS), press the pedal down firmly and hold it. If you don’t have anti-
lock brakes, gently pump the pedal to avoid wheel lock-up.

Vehicles –

Don’t assume your vehicle can ha ndle all conditions. Even four-
wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.
If your vehicle is equipped with Electronic-Stability Control (ESC), make sure
it’s turned on. ESC will assist you in maintaining control of your vehicle if it
loses traction. Keep your lights and wind
shield clean and turn on your lights
to make you visible to other motorists.

Road conditions –

Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and
infrequently traveled roadways, which tend to freeze first. Even at
temperatures above freezing, if the co
nditions are wet, you might encounter
ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges. Be aware that road
conditions are constantly changing.

Stay Alert –

When driving in adverse weather conditions, look farther ahead
in traffic than you normally do. Actions by other vehicles will alert you to
problems more quickly, and may give
you a split-second of extra time to
react appropriately.

Cruise Control –

Avoid using cruise control in winter driving conditions.
Remember: Winter conditions call for a different kind of driving than normal
weather: slower speed, slower acceleration, slower steering, and slower
braking.

If your vehicle starts to skid
• Take your foot off the accelerator.
• Counter steer: If the rear of your vehi
cle is sliding left, steer left into the
skid. If it’s sliding right, steer right. Steer in the direction you want the front
of the vehicle to go.
• If you have standard brakes, pump them gently.
• If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS),
do not pump the brakes. Apply steady
pressure to the brakes. You will feel the brakes pulse — this is normal.
If you get stuck
• Do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper.
• Turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the
way.
• Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your car out.
• Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the
car.
• Pour sand, cat litter, gravel or salt in the path of the wheels, to help get
traction.

Be Prepared!
Before leaving home, find out about the driving conditions. Monitor your
local news stations or visit state agency websites such as SCDPS.gov.

Before venturing out onto snowy roadways, make sure you’ve cleared the
snow off all of your vehicle’s windows and lights, including brake lights and
turn signals. Make sure you can see and be seen.
Give yourself extra time to reach your destination safely. It’s not worth
putting yourself and others in a dangerous situation, just to be on time.
Winter conditions can be taxing on yourvehicle. Check your vehicle’s tires,
brakes, fluids, wiper blades, lights, belts, and hoses to make sure they‘re in
good condition before the start of the winter season. Dress appropriately and
carry a blanket in the trunk in case you are stranded. A breakdown is bad on
a good day, and can be dangerous on a bad-weather day.

Safe Travel Around Snow Plows

Don’t crowd the plow. Snowplows plow far and wide—sometimes very wide.
The front plow extends several feet in front of the truck and may cross the
centerline and shoulders during plowing operations. Plows also turn and exit
the road frequently.
Don’t tailgate or stop too close behind snowplows. Snowplows are usually
spreading deicing materials from the back of the truck and those materials
can damage vehicle paint. Plows also may need to stop or take evasive
action to avoid stranded vehicles. If you find yourself behind a snowplow,
stay behind it or use caution when passing. The road behind a snowplow will
be safer to drive on.
Snowplows travel much slower than the posted speeds while removing snow
and ice from the roads. When you spot a plow, allow plenty of time to slow
down.
A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them but
they may not see you.

Source: Driving safely in snow and icy roads

We find that these conditions can be deadly because if someone gets stranded in freezing weather and cannot get to help they can freeze to death.

Some people in colder climates choose to keep a large candle and matches in the car. In the event of getting stranded lighting a candle in the car interior can mean the difference between life and death. A large candle can last for days if it is burned on and off.

Traveling With Children To The Game

Traveling With Children - Hair Blowing In the Wind

Traveling With Children – Fun

Traveling With Children - Hair Blowing In the Wind

 

So, how many of us love a good baseball game? Taking a child to his first game is a rewarding experience and brings great memories.

 

Please take a look at this article, it really helps to paint the picture!

“Take a close look at the picture below. Closer. I’m the batter. It’s from a game played in 1981. It might as well be a picture from the baseball’s Dead Ball Era compared to what we see today.

What struck me immediately was that I’m not wearing a helmet. Then I remembered the catchers didn’t wear any equipment other than a face mark. Though the ball we played with was rubber ball which is what they used in Japan (we were playing a team from Tokyo), it was still a hard ball so I don’t know how we got away without wearing any equipment. What really got me laughing though was the umpire. He looks like he came off the set of The Richard Simmons’ Show.

This wasn’t some minor little baseball game out in the back of beyond. The game was played in Central Park. It was the opening game of the Nanshiki Baseball Games, a.k.a., the Friendship Series, five games played across the five boroughs that pitted a team of 11- and 12-year-old all-stars from New York City against a team of all-stars from Tokyo. There was news coverage – John Tesh, he started out as a TV news sports reporter, gave me two of my 15 minutes of fame when he interviewed me for the nightly news – and some congressman made sure we were mentioned in the Congressional Record. You’d never know it from the picture though.

Today we seem to get rankled if there aren’t two umpires with 15 certification badges on their uniforms at an 8U tournament game or if the field isn’t in pristine condition or there are no batting cages. Every kid has their own bat, two usually, batting gloves, an infield glove, an outfield glove and a first baseman’s mitt. My kids are no exception.

I’m not saying it was better in 1981 and I’m certainly not intending to minimize youth sports injuries. It’s a little nuts they let us bat without helmets, rubber ball or not. But when we treat the players like mini-major leaguers and we expect the fields to be mini-major league stadiums and we expect the umpires to be major-league umpires, we start looking at the games like they are the World Series. We lose sight of the fact the games really don’t matter. Worse, we start to teach the kids the trappings are important rather than “just go out and play.” Second game of our summer season. As the visitors stroll in to our admittedly horrible fields, one of the kids turns to a teammate and says, “These dugouts don’t even have roofs.”

Sure, we took the games seriously and our coaches coached hard and they coached to win. But take another look at the photo. No one is asking the people behind the plate to move as if somehow they will have an effect on the game. The bat I’m using was one of four we had for the entire team, and in a million years I never would have thought of asking my parents for batting gloves. And then there’s that umpire who I can’t help but think was fished out of the stands.

None of it detracted from the game or made us play any differently or made a difference in the game itself – we won though the series ended 2-2-1. It was the most fitting outcome, and one I couldn’t imagine being allowed to happen today.”

Source is: When It Really Was Just a Game

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Here is a great video that shows some nice tips on traveling with your kids.

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