An overview of our stays in Lincoln, Nebraska and St. Louis, Missouri
15.05.2017 - 17.05.2017
Ryan and I spent Monday, May 15 in Lincoln with our friend Allison, a Nebraska native. Ally and I met when I started my job with Husson University School of Pharmacy in summer 2013. She was already a seasoned Assistant Professor who also specializes in ambulatory care. Ally later moved back to Nebraska to be closer to family and currently works as a pharmacist for Walgreens. She is smart as a whip, fearlessly fun, and tells it like it is. Ryan and I were happy to see her new house and meet one of her two dogs, Thia. Her other puppy, Thor, was staying with her mom since Thia is currently in heat.
We started our day by shopping at a western apparel retailer called The Fort. Ryan bought a black George Strait-style Resistol cowboy hat and new shorts while I purchased a fabulous pair of skinny jeans. Ally, a shop-a-holic like myself, couldn’t resist a locally designed Nebraska sweatshirt. Our next stop was downtown Lincoln where we ate lunch at Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill. I tried lavash for the first time and was shocked by the gigantic pan in which it was served. Lavash is a very thin flatbread, so even though it was the size of a large pizza I could still eat half of the meal before I filled up.
Downtown Lincoln was adorned with heart sculptures in celebration of the city’s 150th sesquicentennial. Ally served as our tour guide by showing us sites such as the capitol building and Memorial Stadium. She notified us that the stadium holds an ongoing NCAA record for consecutive sellouts, which I confirmed to be 354 in a row beginning in 1962. This is quite a feat considering the stadium holds over 86,000 people! The three of us spent happy hour at Longwell’s in the Haymarket district where they had 100+ beers on tap for $4 apiece. On our way back to Ally’s place we swung into the supermarket Hy-Vee to get steaks, potatoes, and sweet corn for dinner. Yum! We really enjoyed the home-cooked meal and especially liked sitting around her propane fire pit on the outside patio.
According to Ally, a visit to Nebraska would not be complete without sampling a runza. Per the Runza website, it is a yeast dough bread pocket with a filling consisting of beef, pork, cabbage, onion, and seasonings. Ally and I ordered ours with cheese while Ryan tried the Swiss and mushroom option. It was just what we needed to fuel us to our next stop in St. Louis.
The Maine road warriors arrived in St. Louis, Missouri at approximately 7:00 pm that Tuesday, May 16. Thanks to the wonderful world of Facebook, I re-connected with a fellow pharmacist named Misty who lives with her fiancé Frank in the heart of the city. While messaging on our way there, Misty casually mentioned that her place is located within walking distance of the baseball stadium. A quick Google search revealed that the Boston Red Sox were playing against the St. Louis Cardinals that very evening! This was too much of a coincidence not to attend the game, plus Ryan is a big baseball fan who played as a pitcher in his youth. We met up with Misty and took the brief stroll down to Busch Stadium. Since we didn’t have tickets, we bartered with a scalper outside the stadium who hooked us up with three for $60. It was the perfect night for a baseball game, warm and in the 70s. Ryan and I rocked our Boston hats and Misty wore her red Cardinals shirt. We drank Bud Select which is only available in St. Louis and tasted quite refreshing. Our trio had a blast and the Red Sox ended up winning 6-3.
After the game, Misty escorted us to the local bar scene. She showed Ryan and I Ballpark Village, which is adjacent to the stadium and reminiscent of a college club with loud music, big screen televisions, and a large crowd of people. We were intrigued by the green illuminations on a nearby skyscraper, which Misty informed us was the lighting from a rooftop bar. Say what?! We made the short trek to Three Sixty, named so for its 360-degree views, and took the elevator to the 26th floor. What a spectacular sight! It was the perfect ending to an incredible night.
Ryan and I would be remiss if we went to St. Louis and did not visit the Anheuser-Busch (aka Budweiser) Brewery. We started Wednesday, May 17 with brunch at Rooster where we chowed down crepes and Ryan indulged in a Bloody Mary. We arrived at the brewery upon its opening at 10:00 am and took their free 45-minute tour, which included the stables with Clydesdale horses. At the conclusion, visitors receive a free 16-ounce draft beer of their choice; I requested a Lemongrass Luau and Ryan tried the Kona IPA. As a staw-ber-ita enthusiast, I was ecstatic to see a frozen lime-a-rita slushy machine and had to try one with strawberry flavoring. Needless to say, Ryan and I were very pleased with our St. Louis experience.