Sunday, November 27, 2011

Trip To Get The Tree

Since I spent Thanksgiving Day with my husbands family, I did not get to see my brother.
 However, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, my brother and I have a tradition of going out for brunch and then our Christmas trees.

We had always gone to the same place for brunch, but we had not thought it was too good the last few times. My SIL found a new St. Louis restaurant named Salt.
Let's just say.....she did good!
It is in a old mansion across from the St. Louis Basilica
Beautiful courtyard

They had several cheese plates, which I could not pass up. It reminded me of Paris.
I had the blue cheese, Mr. the Italian and my brother the Wisconsin Cheddar.

homemade orange marmalade with salted almonds, raisins,
and toasted french bread, it was divine!

They are know for cooking in duck fat....and their fries and
fried chicken have been rated the best in St. Louis.

So my SIL chose....
with homemade ketchup and mayo

how about some eggs benedict with ham salad?
yes, they were great. good thing this was breakfast and lunch

Mr. and my brother got omelet's

Then it was on to the usual spot to get our Frazier Fur

nice and full, great top and straight bottom. Fits Mr. criteria.

I always wonder what people think when they see us driving by
with two trees on top?

Today will be putting away the Fall, laundry and hauling up Christmas.
It has really turned cold out....usually we put the outdoor lights up today, not
sure if I can talk Mr. into it or not!

Have a wonderful Sunday!



Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I love the Frasier Fir! I always had one at The Inn. Anyway, on to my news. I saw your cousins, the twins, at church in Charleston. We were there for Dan's newphew baby's baptism. I went and introduced myself to them. They are so sweet! Dan and I will try and drop by for appetizers at your party. Thanks for the invite!

Cindy said...

I will have to put Salt on our list of restuarants to visit in St Louis. The food looks divine. I can't wait to see photos of your tree decorated!


The food part was great too, such yummy cheeses and food! I'd like to go and pick a pretty Frasier Fir with you too...Oh, I forgot, got a fake tree! Can't wait to see it shining with lights and ornaments!

Unknown said...

What a geat tradition. Makes the holidays so nice to be doing fun things with family. The food looked so yummy! and what beautiful tree's..very nice..

Anonymous said...

Hi Ann! Oh, the place you ate sounds wonderful and what a pretty courtyard! That's a really sweet tradition you and your brother have too! What a gorgeous tree you found!
Can't wait to see it all decorated.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Olive said...

Eggs Benedict always sounds wonderful to me. I am allergic to live trees so enjoy yours for me.

Anonymous said...

Frasier Fir makes the best Christmas trees. I've had a few of them. Like to see it decorated. Pat

ann said...

My brother moved to Texas years ago. The last Christmas we spent together was in 1990. You are so lucky to have your brother close by to have brunch with and to go shopping for Christmas trees together. Your tree will be beautiful. Be sure to share photos.

Geneva said...

It's so nice that you and your brother have carved out some time for that special tradition. The food looked great and I could practically smell your trees. Happy Decorating!

Rose H (UK) said...

Looks like a great day was had by all!
Your two trees remind me of my dear SIL, we usually went together to get the trees, and often had two trees on our car!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Ann, The cheese plate, oh yum! Sounds like you found a #1 place to eat. We use to cut a fresh tree every year. Now I just use artificial. Miss having a real one sometimes. Can't wait to see it decorated!

Martha said...

What a lovely Thanksgiving weekend tradition. That restaurant looks really good!

Anonymous said...

We will have to check out Salt. It sounds wonderful!

Honey at 2805 said...

The tree is really a beauty!

Victorian1885 said...

What wonderful looking food! Your tree is going to be lovely..

Richard Cottrell said...

I am so jealous of that beautiful Christmas Tree, I can't hardly waite to get one tomorrow, headed to Ted Drews on South Grand in St.Louis. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Donna said...

Ok, I am totally drooling over those wonderful looking French inspired foods, yum! Love Frasier firs, they smell just wonderful!

Annesphamily said...

I love real trees but they don't love me! Allergies! Getting ready for the holidays! Your brunch sounded delightful! Yum! Lots of great choices! Come visit me soon. Hugs Anne

Rebecca said...

Looks like another wonderfully fun day! Can't wait to see the tree decorated!

Sara said...

We did have fun! I'm just happy to be part of such a wonderful family! I'm so glad everyone loved, "SALT" it was good! We need to go back! Thanks for making Christmas so special Ann. :)