Happy Tuesday! I’m so excited to share my graduation trip from last year with you today. I’m so sorry it’s SO SO late, but I’m finally getting back into blogging more that I’ve got my schedule down pat. My dad took me to New Orleans, and it was so fun!

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum:

Since I am a pharmacist, I had a great time visiting the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. And let me tell you…there were some crazy finds inside. We are talking tinctures of all kinds, cocaine toothache drops, and opium tampons. Even if you’re not a pharmacist, the museum is super cool!

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I really enjoyed seeing the writing from pharmacists back in the day. It was such an amazing experience to see how my profession has evolved over the years.

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Where I Stayed:

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I stayed at the Ritz Carlton in the French Quarter. I highly recommend this hotel for location and superior service. I had stayed at a couple of Ritz Carlton hotels in China, but it’s great to stay at one here in the US. We stayed on the club level which provided daily food offerings throughout the day in the Club Lounge. I ate breakfast in the Lounge each morning and snacks were available throughout the day. The rooms were well-appointed with gorgeous garden decor.

My favorite part of the hotel was the beautiful courtyard! It had pretty statues & lights where I would wind down each evening.

Where I Ate:

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Chophouse: If you know me, you know I live for a good steakhouse. I am SUPER picky about meat, and I will hardly eat it without knowing what I’m getting myself into. After searching for a steakhouse on multiple sites, I chose the Chophouse. It did not disappoint! I recommend the filet mignon & onion rings. Also for appetizer, try the thick cut bacon.

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The Rum House: This restaurant calls itself a “caribbean taqueria”. Y’ALL. These tacos were to-die-for! It’s located on Magazine Street, which was a quaint little section of town. I really enjoyed the location. I recommend the Carolina BBQ or the Buffalo Soldier taco.

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Where I Shopped:

Another one of my favorites on Magazine Street was Kendra Scott. It was so cute outside and more beautiful inside. Can we say decor goals?! It was gorgeous!

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I think I need to take another trip to NOLA just to shop. I’ve heard good things about the Shops at Canal Place. If you have any recommendations, let me know!

Tips:

Stay in the French Quarter! It’s within walking distance to everything. You will want to walk everywhere, because streets are narrow and parking is scarce.

It gets HOT. I visited in early May and it was so hot y’all. I literally felt like I was walking through an oven when I would step outside. If you have naturally curly hair like me, that’s the way to go! I didn’t plan on straightening my hair and that was the best idea I’ve ever had. You’re so close to the ocean that it’s super humid, so plan accordingly ;)

Visit the St. Louis Cathedral! You can hear music all around Jackson Square, and it immediately transports you into the NOLA culture. Also, be sure to walk across the street to the observation area to photograph the cathedral in its entirety. Cafe du Monde is right next door, so be sure to check it out for yummy beignets.

Have you ever been to New Orleans?

If you like this type of post, be sure to check out all of my travel recaps here.

Thanks for reading! XO,

Rebekah

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Happy (Travel) Tuesday everyone! I barely survived Monday, if you know what I mean ;) Since I shared my recap of the Four Seasons St. Louis last week, I thought I would share my favorite St. Louis eats. Because I was only in town for around 24 hours, I think eating three meals is pretty successful ;)

Sunday brunch: scape at Maryland Plaza

Maryland Plaza is a super cute little area, and we had brunch at scape American Bistro. It was actually voted Best Brunch by the Riverfront Times, and I can definitely see why. We got to eat outside on the beautiful outdoor porch in the back. The menu is impressive, and you will receive some beignets to munch on while you wait for your meal. On this particular day, they were filled with vanilla bean cream. YUM! I personally think they were better than any I had in New Orleans.

For my main course, I had the Pecan Praline Sourdough French Toast. This was out of the ordinary for me, because I prefer salty over sweet. However, I’ve never met a pecan I didn’t like ;) I highly recommend this dish, and it’s definitely big enough to split with someone else.

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Monday breakfast: Cielo inside the Four Seasons

Cielo is conveniently located inside the Four Seasons. I know what you’re thinking, a hotel restaurant? YES. A million times yes. This is hands down the BEST hotel restaurant I’ve ever eaten. They have an abundance of choices for breakfast, and I finally got my salty here ;)

I chose the Cielo omelet, and I changed it up a bit. It had roasted shallots, oven dried tomato, bacon, and veche rossa cheese. THAT cheese y’all. I’ve never had it, but it was so so good. It was served with the breakfast potatoes & a bakery item of choice. I got a whole wheat bagel. AND you can’t beat the insane view of the Arch while you’re eating.

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Monday lunch: Broadway Oyster Bar

Funny story, when I was checking out of the Four Seasons, one of my favorite Dallas Cowboys players was checking out. His name might or might not be Ezekiel Elliott ;) I’m telling you this because I was in such shock when I got to the oyster bar that it took me forever to calm down and order. I’m a HUGE Dallas Cowboys fan, ok? (PS I didn’t ask him for a picture, because I didn’t want to interrupt him. WHAT was I thinking?)

ANYWAYS, I finally settled on the NOLA style BBQ shrimp. OH. MY. GOODNESS. This dish was so so good. Like beyond. It was grilled shrimp in a mixture of butter, Worcestershire sauce, and cajun spices. Obviously anything with butter is good, but this was out of this world. It almost had a slight sweet taste to it. I highly recommend this dish!

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What’s your fave restaurant in St. Louis? Be sure to visit last week’s hotel review on the Four Seasons if you haven’t already. Have a great rest of the week!

XO,

Rebekah

 

Welcome back to this week’s edition of Travel Tuesday! I am so excited to finally share my hotel review of the Four Seasons St. Louis. I was blessed to be able to spend the Labor Day Weekend at this beautiful hotel. As many of you know, I’m a pharmacist by day. Can we say exhausting? I knew I needed to relax, and the Four Seasons St. Louis had me covered.

If you visit the Four Seasons St. Louis website, you’ll see that they have coined the term “urban oasis” to describe this hotel. Let me just say…WOW. I have never heard a hotel described as accurately as this. From the outdoor space to the incredible views of the Arch to the downtown location, you will find yourself right at home in this urban oasis.

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Since this trip was strictly about relaxation, I want to share five ways to relax at the Four Seasons St. Louis:

{ONE}: Take a bath in the DEEP tub

Y’ALL. These tubs are the deepest, most relaxing bathtubs I’ve ever experienced in my life. We are talking relaxation to the highest degree. Thank goodness I brought along my favorite bubble bath. I am obsessed with taking baths. It’s so relaxing to me, and I really like to wind down after a long day. If you’re like me and often choose a hotel based on the bathtub, then the Four Seasons St. Louis is for you!

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{TWO}: Get a massage in the spa

I live for a good massage. I LOVE that the Four Seasons St. Louis brings together incredibly talented masseuses and soft, muted colors for a truly relaxing environment. This full service spa is perfect for a girls getaway weekend!

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{THREE}: Get a blowout in the salon

My hair & I were super thankful for the amazing blowout I got to have with Michelle. She was super professional the entire time, all while being very friendly and welcoming. We talked about the best spots to visit in St. Louis and she helped me create a list for next time I’m in town ;) AND if the Four Seasons spa isn’t mirror goals, I don’t know what is! (see below)

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{FOUR}: Lay out by the pool

The pool deck was the place to be. It ended up being around 90 this weekend, so laying out was definitely in order. My favorite thing about the pool area? Those cabanas. How adorable?! Also I wanted to point out that the Four Seasons St. Louis has thought of everything! Next to the table where you check in to the pool, you will find sunscreen, magazines, and fruit water to make sure all the bases are covered. I have forgotten sunscreen so many times, so this was a welcome thought by the staff.

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{FIVE}: Grab a chick flick or two & watch them in your room

I’m the girl who’s up for shopping and going out on the town on the daily, but I’m also the girl who knows how important relaxation can be. I’m turning 30 this year, so I’ve really been realizing how much I need to slowwww down. Some of my favorite chick flicks include The Holiday, How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Proposal, and No Strings Attached. Trust me, you can’t go wrong with any of those.

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Overall, I was blown out of the water by the service and kindness I received from the staff at the Four Seasons St. Louis. They were the most accommodating hotel staff I have ever stayed with. From the moment I checked in, I knew that I was going to be treated professionally and with so much respect. The welcome gift was super thoughtful!

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Amenities abound at the Four Seasons St. Louis. The full service restaurant, Cielo, serves a yummy breakfast! I chose the Cielo omelet and I was beyond pleased. My server was so kind to go over menu highlights with me, and I was so thankful! There’s nothing like enjoying breakfast with a view of the Arch!

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Be sure to check with the staff to see if there are any cool events going on around the hotel. I got super lucky, because there was an amazing fireworks show that I watched from the pool deck!

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And for all of my bloggy BFF’s out there, the amount of perfect selfie locations in the Four Seasons St. Louis is undeniable.

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Thank you so much to the Four Seasons St. Louis for having me. I can’t wait to be back & explore more of what STL has to offer!

Be sure to check out all of my travel recaps here. In next week’s Travel Tuesday post, I’ll be sharing all of the places we went to eat while in St. Louis! Trust me, you don’t want to miss it.

Thanks for reading! XO,

Rebekah

*I received my hotel stay complimentary of the Four Seasons. All thoughts & opinions are my own.*

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