Taco Buddha

Taco Buddha

We took a trip to Taco Buddha on 8.25.17, a day after their grand opening. It’s a small place on the northwest corner of Jackson and Pershing in University City, next to Cursed Bikes & Coffee. First impression was that the front patio was delightful, small (four tables that seat six each) but charming with lovely outdoor plants and big umbrellas. Outside there was a table to get extra utensils, napkins, lime water, and free apples (!). It’s the little things people. Because of the aforementioned charm and it was nice day, we sat outside. But, the inside was just as charming, simple but inviting.

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First Impressions of Snapchat Ads Manager

First Impressions of Snapchat Ads Manager

About a month ago we were given access to Snapchat's new advertising platform. We were excited to start using this service since many Snapchat users are in the target demo for some of the businesses we work with. The social network boasts 173 million users and growing, 18+ times users open the app each day, and 30+ minutes spent in app each day. After making a few ads for some of our Plato's Closet stores, here are a few thoughts we have to share.

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Vicia

Vicia

We were finally able to get ourselves over to the much hyped Vicia (vi-see-uh) which opened in March in the Cortex Innovation Community (St. Louis’ 200 acre innovation hub and technology district). When I called upon the trusty ‘ole Google Maps to help us find this place, it was described as a “sleek eatery for local, seasonal cuisine highlighting vegetables & sustainably raised meats.” And, I would agree. The restaurant is aesthetically pleasing with being very modern and monochromatic, yet feeling airy and comfortable- albeit quiet/peaceful/serene (I am used to dining with a 3 year old and it’s never quiet!) And the food was different, a good different. We went for lunch which is offered Monday-Friday 11am – 1:30pm as I had also researched lunch was a more causal counter-style service which is more our speed for a weekday lunch anyway. When we got there we were quickly greeted by a gentleman that handed us a paper menu and pointed us toward the counter/bar to place our orders and that we would be texted once ready to pick up at another counter near the kitchen. We just got waters and they were already poured on the bar so just grabbed them and made our way to an outside table in the enclosed patio next to the awesome looking wood-fired grill.

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Pizza Head

Pizza Head

If you're a pizza lover living in St. Louis, now is a great time to be alive. We made our third stop to a new pizza place, this one serving up New York style pizza with attitude. Pizza Head is located on South Grand and serves pizza by the slice along with full pies. One interesting fact about this restaurant, they don't have meat. They have meatless pepperoni and sausage along with a cashew cheese pizza for vegan diets.

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Courtney's Take on Sardella

Courtney's Take on Sardella

I am really feeling the fresh approach to Niche Food Group’s newest venture, Sardella, from the food to the décor. I was so captivated by the space that I even snapped some photos of the vibrant blue tiles and wall of sardine tins. The food, now the food, it’s delicious and different. Or what they call “rethinking breakfast, lunch, and dinner”. If you go for breakfast, do not go seeking traditional options. I had the bowl which according to their menu is root vegetables, quinoa, barley, kale, swiss chard, fried egg ($10). The version I tried on opening day definitely had kimchi in the mix so I’m not sure if that was a typo online. If kimchi is still part of this bowl, I would definitely add avocado for an additional $2 to complement the spiciness. (As you may know- since kimchi is fermented, it has good bacteria and numerous other health benefits – happy gut, anyone?). Portion-wise, the bowl was perfect for me especially since I also had a sweet treat and coffee.

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Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream

Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream

Waffles...good. Ice cream...good. Waffles AND ice cream...AMAZING! We hit up Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream in Maplewood 2 days after they opened(Grand Opening was on a Saturday). They take St. Louis made Serendipity Ice Cream and sandwich it between fresh made waffles. We love the coastal theme of the shop since we go with a similar vibe with our look. It's a small place so keep your eyes peeled driving down Manchester. 

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