Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 – A Year in Review – Whew!

Welcomed the New Year with these fabulous friends:

Turned 30 and celebrated all month long!

Jeremy and I celebrate my birthday with a viewing of 'Black Swan' at the The Chase Park Plaza
Toasting to the Big 3-0 with my family at Joe Buck's Downtown 
Donned cocktail attire and celebrated with dinner and drinks at home 

Celebrated Valentine’s Day with my girls and these sweet treats from The Cup

St. Louis hosts one of the nation’s largest Mardi Gras celebrations and my neighborhood, Soulard, welcomed half a million visitors in 2011 to watch the “American Treasures” Grand Parade.

Said farewell to Lisa with dinner and drinks at 1111 Mississippi before she left St. Louis for new adventures in Ohio. 

Brought a touch of the big city to Springfield, MO with a trip to visit Ruthie and a visit to the original Bass Pro Shop.

Surprised the birthday girl with dinner at Coco Louco Brasil.

Visited Manhattan and the Jersey Shore with my Jersey Girl, Lori. Sadly, Snooki was nowhere to be found.
Lori outside of the original Magnolia Bakery on Bleeker Street in NYC
After a fabulous brunch at Toast in Montclair, NJ
Fist pumping outside of the Seaside Heights house made infamous on Jersey Shore!
In all its neon glory, it's the Bamboo Bar, made famous by Snooki and the gang 

Visited the “Birthplace of Rock N’ Roll”, Sun Studios, and rocked out to Sara Bareilles at Minglewood Hall in Memphis.

Awoke at 4:30am to watch the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (ahem, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and celebrated in style with sweets fit for a Queen.
Imported British candies from Global Foods Market

Started a new job and celebrated with “Vegas and the Rat Pack” at Powell Symphony Hall and drinks at Cielo.

Visited St. Louis’ newest brewery, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.

Celebrated the engagement of these two cuties at The Wine Press.

Headed West to Colorado Springs for a business trip and had dinner at the swanky Summit at The Broadmoor Resort.

Showed my favorite Bostonian, Jamie, that there’s more to St. Louis than Budweiser.

The big city Bostonian gets her first glimpse of an Illinois cornfield
Jamie and I strike a pose under The Gateway Arch
After a dinner of pizza at Pi
Jamie gets in the 'spirit' with a beer flight at  Square One Brewery and Distillery

Took in a sunset picnic on Art Hill and a free concert performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Remembered those we lost on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with an emotional visit to the "America's Heartland Remembers September 11, 2001” tribute on Art Hill.

Enjoyed a reunion seven years in the making with a trip to Soulard Oktoberfest and the “All Mozart” concert performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Lori and Jeremy strike a pose outside of the sparkling Powell Symphony Hall

Visited sunny San Diego and tried my first In-N-Out burger!

Watched in awe as the St. Louis Cardinals became the World Series Champions! With their 11th World Series win, the Cardinals have won more World Series titles than any other team in the National League and only second overall to the New York Yankees. GO CARDS!

Watched this cute nephew become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scout program.
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Celebrated Sylvia's 28th birthday with dinner at Oceano Bistro, drinks at Bocci Bar and karaoke at the infamous Mike Talayna's Jukebox.


  1. Wow! This year went fast. Love your recap. So much fun. Hope 2012 is even greater!

  2. Oh, it will be! Can't wait to recap The Big Day!


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