In case you’re a new reader to the blog, Brett is one of my bestest friends in Madison. We even ran the Madison 1/2 Marathon together last May! We rocked it out…in-style, obvs. Anyways, read Brett’s first post as well as his second post, then read this fabulous third post and wish he was your friend too.
Hello again Everythingtarian Nation! It’s Brett, Queen E’s friend. I’m so excited that Queen E asked me to do another post and share what I have been up to.
The month of August has been kind of hot for me. Like, actually hot. The wall unit air conditioner in my apartment stopped working early in the month. Apparently, he didn’t enjoy the muggy Wisconsin summer heat, so he just decided to stop.
Needless to say, the cooler air of September has been very welcomed by me. The cooler air also signifies that the college football season is finally here!
This makes me happy.
You might remember my love for everything Mizzou. I might be what you consider a Mizzou Everythingtarian. And, as a true Mizzou Everythingtarian, I made the annual trip to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis to watch my beloved Tigers take on Illinois in the Arch Rivalry game this past weekend.
The weekend began with a night out on the town with some of my favorite people – Sarah (a.k.a. Garb), Jon (a.k.a. Bertz) and Garet (a.k.a. just Garet).
Bertz and Garet made the trek north to Madison to cheer Holly and I on when we did our half-marathon earlier in the summer. During Garet’s trip to Madison, he fell in love with cheese curds (see below). This is fairly typical because cheese curds are sooooo good.
Before I left the isthmus, I stopped in to the local market and picked up some Vern’s Farm cheddar cheese curds and sixers of Ale Asylum’s Hopalicous and Capitol Brewery’s Supper Club – two of my all-time favorite Madison brews.
After Garet slammed one bag of curds, we were ready to head to dinner at The Good Pie.
The Good Pie features the only wood-burning pizza oven in town, but most importantly, they have some very tasty-sounding pizzas on the menu…
Garb and I split a salad and the Margherita Pizza. It was very filling and the smoked flavor from the oven made the crust very delicious…
I ate all of Garb’s leftover crust, obvs.
As you can see, we were a happy, well-fed group.
After dinner we made our way down to Novak’s, a staple place to hang out any night of the week. They have a really nice patio and relaxed atmosphere. Any trip to St. Louis obviously includes a Novak’s night.
On the Novak’s patio, it is expected that you drink several of these…
We drank enough buckets to qualify us for the Novak’s Bucket Club. I am really honored to be a member of such a prestigious club!!!
Our original plan was to go for dinner, then stop at Nov’s and get a few beers and be home and in bed by midnightish to get some rest before the big game. As you can see from the Bucket Club Membership, that plan was a failure.
Because we had one too many buckets at Nov’s, Garb and I made an emergency run to St. Louis Bread Co. the next morning. Bread Co. is the original name of Panera – its still called Bread Co. in the St. Louis metro area. We picked up another sixer – this time a sixer of bagels! I picked out a yummy blueberry and slathered a little plain cream cheese on…sooo good.
And then we get to the coffee situation. Yes, it was a full on situation. In my ½ hungover, ½ sleepy, ½ blonde head, I thought it would be faster and more efficient to just get the “tube” of coffee. Note there are only 4 people that were actually going to drink coffee on this morning.
Here is what we ended up with…..
Note of advice: The “tube” option is not faster, it takes forever for them to put together. At one point, Garb suggested that they might be out back picking the coffee beans. It was a learning moment. Don’t order the tube of coffee when you only have 4 people drinking it.
Also, don’t order the tube of coffee on a morning when you have Trop’s to drink!
What is the Trop you ask? The Trop is a Mizzou tailgate specialty that is only found in Columbia, Missouri. It’s kinda like a blended margarita – there are about a dozen flavors you can mix them together to come up with specialty flavors. It is a must-have for any serious Mizzou tailgater.
You may be asking yourself, “But Brett, how did you get the Trop for your early morning tailgate in St. Louis if the Trop is only found in Columbia?”
No, here is how it’s done: Bertz and Garet pic up the Trops on their way out of St. Louis. They put the Trops on ice in a cooler…
Once the Trops were safely secured in the cooler, they drove them to St. Louis. Immediately upon arrival, we removed the Trops from the cooler, mixed them (to make sure the flavors didn’t sit on top of each other in the cup) and put them in the freezer overnight…
The mixing is key. If you don’t, it will be more like a layered drink. I had the Sexy, Silver Tiger which is a 3-way combination of Sex on the Beach, Silver Bullet (pure Everclear…dangerous!) and Tiger Paw. Please, please, please do not ever get just the Silver Bullet, it’s dangerous!
The morning of the game, we took them out of the freezer and enjoyed….
As we walked around down by the stadium, we had several people stop us and ask, “Is that a Trop? But, how did you get it here? Do they have one in St. Louis? Can I have a drink?”
We definitely felt like the cool kids at the party.
As I was sharing my Sexy, Silver Tiger with an appreciative sorority girl, I saw something that made me WAY too excited for a Saturday morning…. TRUMAN!!!!
(As a side note, I have an unhealthy obsession with Truman the Tiger. He is just so happy all the time. Even when Mizzou suffers a really bad loss, Truman is always on the sidelines smiling. Love you T!)
I ran over to Truman, grabbed him and snapped a pic. This really made my day!
Before entering the dome, Garb and I obvs had to get our picture next to the enormous Bud Light bottle.
At the game, we drank a few of these, but not too many, because at $9.75 a pop, we couldn’t afford to get too out of hand. This is also where Bertz decided to do some type of hip bump pose.
Trust me, it was funny.
And Mizzou won the game! All was right with the world.
The next morning, the gang headed to the Soulard Coffee Garden. This is become somewhat of a routine when this group gets together – we always have to get us some Coffee Garden.
Soulard is a neighborhood in St. Louis that has a very French influence. Many of the streets are brick and the houses are close together, separated by little allys. It is probably best known for the Soulard Farmer’s Market, the first farmer’s market west of the Mississippi River.
I had the Denver Omelet and a cup of coffee…
I also nibbled on Lindsay’s beautiful fruit plate…
As I made my way back to Madison, I found myself thinking about how good of friends Garb and Bertz are to me. It is difficult to find people that support you and love you for who you are. I am blessed to have so many good people in my life.
A wise man once said, “Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.”
Keep this in mind as the seasons change. Reconnect with a good friend that you haven’t talked to in awhile. Give them a call, or a Facebook, or a Tweet. Go on a walk, to dinner, or to a tailgate with them. Make an effort to stay connected and close.
Part of being Healthy Everythingtarians is surrounding ourselves with positive energy and love. Some of that energy and love should come from our close friends.
Until next time,