First item on the agenda this morning: breakfast at Rooster in downtown St. Louis. Given that one of its breakfasts was named by Food Network as the best breakfast in Missouri, it had to be on the list. The Finnish pancake I ordered was interesting… a custard pancake with jam and syrup. It’s probably not something I would order again, but it was good. Unfortunately, the restaurant had a pervasive smell of grease, and I realized after I left that every piece of clothing I was wearing smelled like bacon.
After breakfast it was off to the Illinois side of the Mississippi River to get a picture of the Gateway Arch. There is a park that supposedly has a great view of the Arch with the St. Louis skyline. I read that the area is a little run-down, and that’s definitely a good way to describe it. Think pothole laden streets and long-forgotten factory buildings. I quickly took a couple of pictures and headed back to the city. Next was a quick visit to the St. Louis Science Center, but it was overrun with families and was definitely geared towards young children. So I made the decision to come back to the hotel and rest for a couple of hours. Besides, I needed to shower and change into something that smelled a little less like bacon grease. Luckily my suitcase was filled with Gators gear for the weekend, so I had plenty of options.
The SEC championship is broken into two sessions, with the four lower ranked teams competing in the afternoon and the four higher in the afternoon. I went to both sessions, though I don’t have any strong feelings about any of the afternoon teams. In between the two sessions there is a two hour break, so I wandered over to Urban Chestnut Brewing Company a few blocks away from the arena. Urban Chestnut is a small brewery operation (bonus: they also brew their own cider!) with casual bar food. I settled into a table and enjoyed some warm pretzels with Bavarian cheese dip and butter (the mustard was way too spicy for my taste) before heading back to the Chaifetz Arena for the evening session.
I wish I had better news to report on the gymnastics front, but alas LSU took home the championship. They would have been hard to beat, so it wasn’t unexpected. Florida had a rough floor rotation that was their undoing.
I am exhausted tonight and I have a flight back to Boston at 9:45 tomorrow morning, but just wait til you see what I have planned for tomorrow’s breakfast… 🙂