Friends, loves, etc…I can TASTE the end of my college career! I mean that quite literally, since I was actually given two free cupcakes courtesy of Phoebe’s Cupcakes, the business that my final photojournalism project is covering! I will present the final photo slideshow (with sound!) on my blog this week And there may or may not be more pictures on a certain blog Tuesday morning!
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I will have officially graduated by this time just two weeks from now. It’s quite scary, but as I’ve said before, I’m ready! I look forward to having a short break after graduation. I’m going home to Arizona for the end of June and beginning of July. Then there’s an incredibly awesome Maui trip planned with my mom. And then, last but not least, I return to Chicago and my new apartment with Bobby for the start of “what’s next.” And just what is next?
I’m excited to report that I have a PR internship lined up! I’m going to be working for a firm in downtown Chicago in their consumer marketing practice. It actually involves a lot of food companies, so I’m very excited because I’ll get to “combine my passion for writing with health and nutrition” – and you may recognize that line from my About Bender page Everyone I’ve met so far has been so welcoming and enthusiastic, which really has made me more eager to get started. They also know about the blog, so if you’re reading…Hi!
So that’s what’s up. I want to thank all of you who have been sending kind words and congrats my way these past few weeks. I truly think of you all as my good friends, and wish everyone lived by me 😉
Alright, here now is the final recap from my trip to St. Louis. I enjoyed writing part one and part two. As many of you commented, my cousin really knows how to entertain! Our last day was no different.
Meet Me in St. Louis: Sunday
We woke up early again on Sunday and had leftover waffles, quiche and sausage from Saturday’s breakfast. We watched some old episodes of The Office while we let our stomachs settle, and then decided to head to the gym. After our workout, we made our way to Whole Foods for some hot bar action! The one by Lisa’s house had a huge selection.
I went with a little of everything There was tofu, sweet potatoes, marinated mushrooms (my favorite!), Greek salad, artichokes, peanut noodles and Gorgonzola cheese, all on top of gigantic bed of spinach. It was definitely filling! I also splurged on a Kombucha – I wish these came in 24-packs!
After lunch, we meandered around the store and looked at some of our favorite products. Eventually, we returned to the prepared foods section and couldn’t help but try some sorbet samples. Well, one thing led to another…
I got the piña colada sorbet, and was not disappointed.
After lunch + impromptu dessert, we headed back to Lisa’s and spent the afternoon talking and looking at more pictures on her porch swing. It was so pleasant! Eventually, the rain brought us inside, so we got ready for our big night out on the town – with my aunt, grandma and Lisa’s husband Where did we end up?
Harrah’s! My family (grandma especially, haha) loves going to the casino every once in a while. We are not huge gamblers by any means, but it can be really fun! This was actually my first time ever being able to play, so I was very excited! But first, we went to dinner at the Range Steakhouse.
There was so much to choose from on the menu! The side dishes in particular stood out as simply mouthwatering. It was a tough call, but I eventually decided I just had to try the “Sweet Potato with Pecan Butter” – yum!
We started out with a basket of fresh bread. Can’t go wrong there, right?
We had a choice of salad, and I decided to go the not-so-healthy route with the iceburg wedge. It’s definitely one of my favorite salad options, especially at a steak house. Oh the blue cheese dressing was GOOD!
And then came our entree. I went with the special, which came with a small filet mignon steak and three GIGANTIC prawns (shrimp).
I’m not kidding – these “shrimps” were huge.
And my amazing sweet potato with pecan butter. I’m not sure what the actual ratio of butter to pecans was, but I can tell you that it took butter to a whole new level. I usually wouldn’t even add it to my sweet potato because I don’t really think it tastes like anything, but I had to make an exception!
After dinner, my grandma and aunt headed for the slots, and Lisa, her husband and I headed for the poker tables. Lisa and her hub are big fans of Texas Hold ‘Em. I know how to play but I was a little nervous. They assured me that I would get the hang out it quickly.
It was SO much fun! I ended up winning three hands with a straight, a pair of Aces and a high card. I sat next to Lisa, so I felt a lot more comfortable. I would definitely do it again! I loved how it was interactive and think it would be fun to replicate at home (with candy instead of money maybe, haha!).
We got back late from the casino, and went to bed early because I had to catch the morning train. I had an absolute blast, and have already invited Lisa to Chicago for our next adventure!
And so marks the end of my St. Louis recap. It only took me three weeks 😉 I have a couple of product reviews (including Alisa’s book, which is way overdue) to get to this week, and I hope to be able to cook something a little bit fancier than a bowl of cereal for a post or two.
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!