A week ago, on the 4th, I had an appointment with my neuro-ophthalmologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. I have a kind of rare nerve disease in my head and he is one of the few doctors in the states near me that studies or examines people with this disorder. Anyway, I woke up ridiculously early, joined my family and Cody in the truck, and headed to my appointment.
We stopped on the way at Hardee’s to have breakfast around five-thirty. My family loves to stop there and so does Cody. I’m not a huge fan of fast food – especially for breakfast – so I got a biscuit and drank the water I had brought with me.
At my appointment, they had me do a couple of eye tests and then dilated my eyes. I am apologizing in advance for the blurriness and strange coloration of the photos in this post. I stay dilated for 12+ hours so I couldn’t really to see to take good pictures. I considered having Cody take them, but his were blurrier than my dilated ones!
Anyway, we always head to The Hill to eat and get gelato after my appointments. The Hill is kind of like St. Louis’ version of Little Italy. It’s adorable, the food is amazing, the people polite, and the atmosphere quaint. I love the houses and the tiny, immaculate yards. It reminds me of Joe’s neighborhood from Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books.
Each year we pick a different place to eat and this year we decided on Mama’s.
I will be going back there! It was amazing – all of it. They brought bread for the table and my parents decided to order cheesy bread, too. My dad had spaghetti and meatballs, my mom and Marley got pizza, Cody had alfredo, and I had lasagna.
The lasagna was almost the best I ever had! It was second only to the lasagna I had in Venice.
The sauce was almost exactly the same, though! You could tell that these foods were made with old Italian recipes.
My lasagna came with the Mama’s house salad. It was the only thing that wasn’t that stellar – in my opinion. My dad LOVED it.. The Mama’s dressing was an Italian vinaigrette, but it was very, very sweet.
After we finished at Mama’s, we hoped back in the truck and headed on over to the gelato shop, Gelato Di Riso. We usually walk over to the shop, but it was humid and rainy so we opted for the dry route.
This shop serves the real deal. Some places in America that serve gelato just sell you creamy ice cream hoping you don’t know or won’t notice the difference.
My dad got chocolate and lime. Marley got strawberry and peach. She picked out her own flavors. My mom got almond and lemon and Cody picked orange and lemon. I adore their lemon. It’s extremely flavorful while being sweet and tart at the same time. I got espresso chip and caramel. It was the perfect combination. We braved the rain and sat at the outside tables because Marley asked to sit there. I have yet to sit inside, but I think it’s too cute.
They also serve coffee and coffee house type snacks. I have never had either, but they always look so good! The guy in front of me last time I was there order espresso and it smelled amazing. I keep telling myself to try it . . .
We wanted to head to the zoo but it was raining too much so we headed home instead.
The day was super fun even without the zoo and with the doctor’s appointment. Sometimes, it is just nice to spend the day with your family.