Hop to It

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I used to have an apartment overlooking Forest Park. Each year, on the day of the Great Forest Park Balloon Race, my fiancée and I would sit on our deck with a couple of beers and watch the balloons rise into the air and -- one occasion -- almost crash into our building's parking lot.

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Now that we've moved, you couldn't pay me to get anywhere near Forest Park tonight and tomorrow. (Though if you paid me and offered to park my car, I might consider it.)

Instead, tomorrow you just might find me at the Schalfly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street) for the annual Hop in the City festival: lots of beer, food and live music.

Or you might find me on my deck with a six-pack of beer and some of those cheap grocery-store happy-birthday balloons.

Next week, we'll talk some more about the restaurant culture in St. Louis and we'll try some barbecue and Tex-Mex. Or is that "barbecue" and "Tex-Mex"?

Whatever you do this weekend, eat something good.

-Ian Froeb

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