( eat. ) : dining out @ ruth's chris steak house downtown

( eat. ) : dining out @ ruth's chris steak house downtown

Ruth's Chris Steak House Downtown is having a birthday and they're celebrating in a big way: with new menu features! Last week, I had the honor of sitting down to dinner with some of St. Louis' most influential and best bloggers (still trying to figure out how I got included!), courtesy of ALIVE Magazine, to sample both their new Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl happy hour menu and prix-fixe dinner. The night was full of refreshing cocktails, an overload of food to try, and great company; which is what dining out should always be about, right?

Ruth's Chris Steak House Downtown is located inside the Hyatt, in Downtown St. Louis. Aside from its' close proximity to the iconic Arch, Ruth's Chris is the ideal location for grabbing a bite and drinks after work or before any Downtown event and their new Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl menu is affordable, and more importantly: tasty.

The night began in the R-Bar, getting to try a smorgasbord of bites from the menu, including a couple of my favorites: the seared ahi tuna, crab sliders served with zucchini fries (!!), and salmon chips, among a bounty of others. The cocktail menu was expansive and deliciously made and a must try is the ginger mojito. I'll let you in on something about me...I love ginger. Ginger in dishes, ginger ale, ginger beer, all of it. So this cocktail was incredibly refreshing for the summer months. Their happy hour menu offers an array of handcrafted cocktails satisfying every spirit, from whiskey, to vodka, to tequila. In addition to cocktails, they also offer a selection of craft beer on draft, this time including one from Bell's Brewery, and a couple of St. Louis favorites.

Seared Ahi Tuna off the new Sizzle, Swizzle, Swirl menu.

Highlighting the evening, though, was dinner. With Ruth's Chris new prix-fixe menu, you and your dining companions can enjoy a signature Ruth's Chris dinner for a fraction of what you'd think a Ruth's Chris dinner would cost. The new menu offers a salad, a trio of entrees, sides and dessert duo for only $39.95 a person. Our table at last week's dinner had some of the best dinner companions, including ALIVE staffer and best friend, Lindsay Pattan of Heartland Underdog, Rachel Brandt of the Daily Wild, Kristen Linares from 13th & Washington (she does my hair!), Julia Ann from Oh, Julia Ann, and so many more!

Trio of entrees from Ruth's Chris prix-fixe menu (from left): 4oz filet topped with crab cake, stuffed chicken, broiled tomato.

Click through for pictures of night, notes on the dinner, and how YOU can win dinner for four at Ruth's Chris Downtown, thanks to ALIVE Magazine!


( see. ) : prepping for summer; top 5 guide to summer in st. louis

( see. ) : prepping for summer; top 5 guide to summer in st. louis

Summer in St. Louis is probably one of the best times of the year. While spring is undoubtedly the best season, it never lasts long enough around these parts, and we go straight into the heat of the city summer. While yes, it is usually very hot and VERY humid, the town and the people come alive, things get a little bit more exciting and there's never a lack of things to do.

As I prepare for this summer, which I'm convinced is going to be one of the best yet, I wanted to share my own personal top 5 events, places, and things that I've got planned and a few things that you can do to to ensure that your summer in St. Louis will be equally as awesome!


( see. ) : instagram roundup; may favorites

( see. ): instagram roundup; may favorites

It's already June? I'm not where where the first five months of 2014 have gone, but time's been passing too quickly for me! I missed my April Instagram roundup, but I assure you, if you follow me, it was a great time! May was filled with exploring the city, enjoying my new bicycle (it was National Bike Month, y'all), and celebrating how awesome St. Louis can be as we shift into summer.

Click on through to check out my recap of the month in pictures and be sure to follow me on Instagram at @amandahumbolt for even more adventures around the city. And psst: this month a road trip to the mountains!


( see. ) : upcoming - ALIVE magazine's 'hot list' party + the cortona at forest park grand opening

( see. ) upcoming: ALIVE magazine's 'hot list' party + the cortona at forest park grand opening

There's less than a week until the annual "Hot List" bash that ALIVE Magazine throws to celebrate the best places to eat, drink, shop, workout, and be seen in the St. Louis area. Last year's event was a blast (albeit a little stormy) and this year's soiree is only going to be bigger and better!

Partnering with the newly opened Cortona at Forest Park, ALIVE will not only be honoring 2014's "Hot List" winners, but also the GRAND OPENING of the Cortona. I was able to get a sneak peak of the building before the big reveal on the Saturday, May 31st event at the exclusive Blogger Preview held on Friday.

Aside from the Cortona's luxury apartment layouts and ideal location (just minutes from the CWE, Clayton, Forest Park, and Downtown), they also have an amazing pool area for residents and a killer indoor commons area that includes local beer on tap (I spotted one of St. Louis' favorites, Urban Chestnut), shuffleboard and billiards, and plenty of plush couches for lounging. Off the commons area, residents also have use of a fully equipped fitness center and an area for events. The Cortona has spared no expense to make their residents feel like home and will host as the perfect backdrop for Saturday's event.

So click on through for pictures from the evening and join me pool side on Saturday for ALIVE Magazine's annual "Hot List" party to celebrate some of my favorite winners, including (but not limited to): Fable & Lore, Lulu's Local Eatery, Taste, + more!

I'm giving away a pair of tickets to the event, and all you have to do to win is COMMENT on this post with your e-mail address, or keep a lookout on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for other chances to win!

General admission tickets are only $15 to experience tastes from local restaurants and food trucks, drinks from Miller Lite, SkinnyGirl Wine, and Pinnacle Vodka, music from DJ TrashTalk, and an opportunity to shop from local shops popping up at the event. Get more details and purchase advance tickets here!


( eat. ) : dining out @ small batch, a bailey's restaurant

Dining Out @ Small Batch, a Bailey's Restaurant

It's been awhile since I've done a Dining Out post. I've been eating at a TON of great restaurants (I mean, I try a new pizza restaurant once a week), but it's been some time since I've written about it. Speaking of that, I still need to let you all know how fantastic the Fried Chicken Sunday Supper is at The Libertine...

But not right now. Today it's all about Dave Bailey's most recent restaurant to open, Small Batch, located in the Locust Business District, in Midtown. Whiskey restaurants have become all the rage in St. Louis over the past year and a lot of places are focusing more on this spirit, including the Gamlin Whiskey House, The Whiskey Ring and countless other restaurants that use this deliciously warming elixir at the forefront of their cocktail menus.

Small Batch is different, though. While whiskey is a primarily "manly" liquor with very woodsy tones that command the pairing with a juicy steak, Small Batch has a serious absence of that on their menu. There's no meat. Anywhere. While it's not advertised as a vegetarian restaurant, it is. The Small Batch menu more than just hearty made-in-house pastas, but also an array of small plates, salads, and a variety of entrees.

My visit to Small Batch was prior to seeing Ben Folds with the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall, and after reading a fairly scathing review via one of St. Louis' local publications. The restaurant had been on my list of places to try for awhile, but timing and dining companions never worked out, but FINALLY, gearing up for "Fancy Date Night" it was happening. Naturally, I had to put their review to the test with my own.

Take a peek through for pictures from my visit and more details about the food, and more importantly, the cocktails from Small Batch.


( see. ) : instagram roundup; march madness

Instagram Roundup; March Madness

It's been way too long! March was a crazy, crazy month on my part and it's been WAY too long since my last post! There were so many things going on this last month and if you've kept up with me via Instagram (@amandahumbolt) you've seen there in addition to being super busy with work, I've also been super busy outside of work.

March was filled with weekly pizza nights, homemade dinners, lots of good beer, and so much more! Take a peek at my favorite moments of the month with the Instagram roundup, and keep your eyes peeled for a lot more posts coming this month, especially with the beginning of Spring (or, at least finally feeling like it!).


( see. ) : upcoming - green with indie, an eco-friendly craft show

Upcoming - Green With Indie; featuring Juxtapose Vintage

One of the surefire ways to tell that Spring is on its way is the arrival of the Green With Indie Craft Show. Each March, this eco-friendly market, presented by the St. Louis Craft Mafia, descends on Grant's Gym at Webster University, showcasing a wide variety of vendors from all around the Midwest region.

What sets Green With Indie apart from other craft shows is that they were the first in the St. Louis area to make a focus on being eco-friendly, sourcing only the finest sustainable vendors for the show. Whether you're a handmade vendor re-purposing materials, or a vintage seller ensuring that history isn't tossed in a dumpster, GWI finds the best and brings them together for this not-quite-spring show.

This year is the second year that my little vintage baby, Juxtapose Vintage, has had the honor of participating in this truly amazing event. Come see us on Saturday, March 8th from 10a-5p to browse all of our newest finds. The past couple weeks we've been putting in a lot of hours on the hunt for the best items to showcase at GWI and can't wait to be surrounded by this year's stacked lineup!

Green With Indie Craft Show
(Website | Facebook | RSVP | Hashtag: #GWI)
When: March 8th, 10a-5p
Where: Grant's Gym @ Webster University
175 Edgar Road
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Admission: Free!