Coffee: The World In Your Cup and St. Louis In Your Cup

If coffee is a big part of your life, you will want to visit Missouri History Museum and check out their new coffee exhibit.

Coffee entry

St. Louis’s early settlers were of French descent and the French were among Europe’s biggest coffee consumers. Back in the 250-years-ago day, folks had to roast, grind and brew their own beans, meaning the product in one’s cup could be inconsistent.

(Way more inconsistent than my too-strong or too-weak morning coffee made via our Cuisinart Grind and Brew drip coffee maker.)

Old pots

Shown above are some vintage coffee pots featured in the exhibit.

As a media person, I enjoyed the mid-20th century vintage TV spots for Old Judge Coffee. It was “irradiated for a flavor boost.”

Old Judge magician

Old judge can

Dana Brown and his Safari Coffee are featured.

Coffee Dana

There are video presentations featuring newer local coffee roasters like Stringbean Coffee (Pete Cohen is pictured below) and Blueprint Coffee.

Coffee pete

coffee blueprint

I like the personal part of the exhibit where visitors are encouraged to write down their own coffee memories on a coffee filter. Here are three of them I snapped at random:

Coffee memory 1

coffee memory 2

coffee memory 3

The St. Louis skyline mural, made entirely of coffee beans, is impressive. It really needs to be seen up close and personal so you can fully appreciate it.

Coffee mural

There’s much more to Coffee: The World In Your Cup and St. Louis In Your Cup than I am able to share here.

The coffee exhibit with the long name at Missouri History Museum continues through January 3, 2016. Admission to the exhibit is free.

Missouri History Museum is located on the north side of Forest Park, just off Lindell Boulevard at DeBaliviere. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except Tuesdays when open until 8:00 p.m. Click HERE for more info on the coffee exhibit.

Fresh Thyme Opens Wednesday!

Fresh Thyme markets will open their stores in West STL County and O’Fallon, Missouri Wednesday, November 4, at 7:00 a.m.


The stores will kick things off with ribbon cuttings at 6:45 a.m. When the doors open, the first 250 shoppers at each store will receive free reusable shopping bags filled with $50 worth of healthy and organic groceries.

The stores are located at 13957 Manchester and at 2235 Highway K. (Fresh Thyme opened in Fairview Heights earlier this year.) Online link:

According to their release, Fresh Thyme Farmers Market has “an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, 300 bulk food bins, dairy and frozen, and health supplement products.”

One presumes, based on the name, the stores will have an especially good selection of herbs.

SPECTRE Night at Basso

Basso at the Cheshire will host a special event on Friday, October 30, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in honor of the new James Bond film SPECTRE.


Guests can win promotional items from the film as well as passes to an advance screening. One lucky Grand Prize winner will also receive a complimentary one night stay in the James Bond Suite at THE CHESHIRE!

Special Bond-themed cocktails will be available. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best James Bond inspired “Tuxedo Attire.” Click HERE for more info.

SPECTRE, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, opens November 6. Here’s a trailer:

Basso is located in The Cheshire at 7036 Clayton Avenue in St. Louis.

FREE MOVIE PASSES!!! For the movie Burnt starring Bradley Cooper

Here’s the trailer for the new movie Burnt starring Bradley Cooper as a chef whose career has imploded. Now, he’s attempting a comeback. Sienna Miller co-stars.

Here’s the plot set-up from the website:

After the bad boy of the Parisian dining scene had a spectacular meltdown that raised the eyebrows of the city’s culinary elite, he retreated to the American South where, according to some accounts, he spent time shucking oysters and getting back to his culinary roots.

Now in London, the two-star Michelin chef has his sights set on rebuilding his reputation with the debut of Adam Jones at the Langham and earning the third Michelin star that has eluded him for so long.

Burnt opens Friday, October 30. Also in the cast are Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman and Alicia Vikander.

If you’d like to attend a preview screening of Burnt on Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 p.m. at Ronnie’s, click HERE for free passes!

Remember—seating is limited so it’s always best to arrive early for screenings.

And now… also from the website… a couple of food pics from chef Marcus Wareing, the Michelin-starred London chef who was a consultant for the movie. First, the quail with carrots…

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 5.37.14 PMAnd the mascarpone mousse…

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 5.35.53 PMFor more pics, click on the movie website link, then click on “cuisine.”

James Bond Halloween Event at Fleming’s Steak House

On Halloween night at 6:30 p.m., Fleming’s is hosting a 007 themed dinner. Of course, there will be martinis! (Shaken not stirred.) Click HERE for the full lineup of food items and cocktails. Cost is 95/person.


Because this is a Halloween event, guests are encouraged to dress as your favorite James Bond movie character—a villain, a leading lady, a supporting player or the man himself. Among the many choices: Goldfinger, Jaws, Blofeld, Oddjob, Pussy Galore, Jinx Johnson, Miranda Frost, Anya Amasova, Miss Moneypenny, Honey Ryder or M (male or female) or Q.

If you have a cat suit, you could come as Blofeld’s Persian. Hey, it’s an idea. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes.


Fleming’s is located at 1855 South Lindbergh (63131). Phone 314-567-7610.