The Boys are Back!

noteNo, I’ve not posted here in a long time or really written much of anything in a long time. Life gets in the way of the things we love sometimes, eh?

The Boys I speak of above are, of course, the St. Louis Blues of the NHL. The Blues opened their season with a home game last night against the Nashville Predators with a big win! Words cannot express how excited I am about hockey starting again, and like last year, I’ll be writing about the Blues over at BleedinBlue.com.

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I’m not the only great writer (see what I did there?) on the BleedinBlue.com staff, so be sure to browse thoroughly, there’s a lot of good stuff there and with a full season (thank the Hockey gods!) there will be even more content this year than last.

I will once again be wagering the success of the Blues against some friends and their respective hometown teams, though it’s more of a “Twitter Friend Bet” this year, as one of them is more or less (semi?) retired from blogging.  I won last year and I think I’ll win again this year. I’m already up a point on the Wild and 2 on the Flyers. Yes, J, SD, I went there, whatcha gonna do about it? 😉

CARDSOne of the beautiful things about October, and one reason Fall is my favorite season, is that in addition to hockey starting up, the MLB playoffs have begun, and it’s always more fun when the Cardinals in involved. They murdered the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of the NLDS at Busch III last night, 9-1. The Pirates are the media darlings this year, the little engine that finally could, and while it could be a good series, the Birds on the Bat are off to a smashing start. Game 2 is another home game this afternoon. GO CARDS!

Other reasons Fall is the best: Baked Maple Pumpkin lattes from Kaldi’s Coffee in Kirkwood, cooler weather, honeycrisp apples, and Thanksgiving.

Stay tuned to this station for commentary on the Cardinals and Life in General and be sure to check out BleedinBlue.com for Blues news and notes. Thanks!

Monday Eats – Pazzo’s Pizza

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Pazzo’s Pizza has quickly become one of my favorite pizza joints in town. Another excellent product of the Del Pietro family, Pazzo’s pizza offerings are, in my opinion, traditional but gourmet at the same time. A super crispy, thin, but yet still hand-tossed crust serves as a base for a wide variety of tomato sauce pies, but their specialty seems to be olive oil based creations with toppings like goat cheese, artichokes, roasted apples, and shrimp. This is not your average pizza hut.

I’ve yet to be adventurous enough to try the olive oil or exotic (to me, for pizza) toppings, but the place always smells amazing. I’v eonly had carry out, but the place has a large, but yet cozy feeling dining room, with a full bar. The young ladies who greet you and take those carry-out orders are always friendly and quick to say hello, give you a menu, and take your order.

IMG_1449[1]My two favorites so far are the Sugo’s: tomato sauce, sausage, hamburger, bacon, pepperoni, and mozzarella, and the Dad: tomato sauce, sausage, pepperoni, bacon, green peppers, olives, and onions. The Mom swaps mushrooms in for the pepperoni and is also great.  You get plenty of toppings, though for my taste, there could be more cheese piled further out to the edges, but it doesn’t take away from the pizza at all. The crust is what’s really incredible about Pazzo’s pies. If you prefer a floppy, New York style, it’s not quite there, but here in St. Louis with so many people preferring the thin cracker crust, Pazzo’s has, in my opinion, hit the sweet spot right in the middle.

An almost famous in St. Louis, Del Pietro’s house salad is the perfect accompaniment, but the menu at Pazzo’s has plenty of other salads, pasta, and appetizers. I look forward to taking the time to visit and dine-in, try some of the other menu items, but I’m already sold on their pizza. Even if I never had anything else they offer it would be one of my favorite places to eat here in town.

Great job, Michael Del Pietro!