Let’s just say this one turned out to be the most “adventurous” of my ten stops so far… My plan was to beat the heat and traffic and leave by 7 am, and stop by World’s Fair Doughnuts on my way to Sump Coffee in South City (which doesn’t serve food). I was off to a great start, leaving on time and enjoying the brisk 82 degree Tuesday morning with the wind at my back. I was familiar with the route from my trek to Plaza Pastries in Week 5 and knew it’d be a breeze (no pun intended). Then, the unthinkable happened. No, I didn’t get a flat and wasn’t hit by a car, even worse…
The sign at World’s Fair Doughuts read “CLOSED for Vacation, July 21-27”. I did a double take and then could only laugh at myself for the bad luck. But, like any pastry addict, I knew exactly where to get my fix, and continued south to Cherokee Street. I’d been to the Mud House once before, and I chose the plump raspberry muffin over the gooey butter cake, scone, and brownie. Then I was quickly out the door and backtracking to my final destination, though Google Maps was off by a few miles (what a bunch of amateurs) and I had to go even further south on Jefferson. Luckily it was still early enough and traffic was light. I pull up to Sump at 8:15, and deja vu, another “CLOSED” sign. This time it wasn’t because of vacation, I was just 45 minutes too early, which was just long enough to not wait around.
The revised plan was to now head back toward home and find a coffee shop along the way, which I did at Arsenal and Grand, called MoKaBe’s. I can only assume there’s some meaning behind the name and a good reason to be spelled that way… I had $2 and change left in my bag and ordered the double-shot espresso. The first leg of my ride added up to 14 miles, so I was just elated to finally sit down and indulge in sugar/caffeine. The downstairs was alright, but I was intrigued by the teal walls upstairs and grabbed a table facing the bookshelf. Overall the muffin from Mud House was average since it was lacking enough sugar to really bring out the flavor in the fresh raspberries. The crumbly top was good but the base of the muffin was a little dry. I didn’t have any problems with the espresso, though I never order it and didn’t enjoy it as much as the typical brews I usually get. The menu had a ton of other great sounding coffees that I’ll try the next time I visit. If you’re looking for a quiet place around Tower Grove Park you should give it a try.
I’ve been analyzing this sketch a lot since Tuesday and think it’s my most visually appealing of the ten. I was determined to get the contrast right and simplified the composition to draw the eye to the yellow lamp.
I’ve decided to extend my tour at least another month or two since a few of the stops didn’t pan out. Sump Coffee is still at the top of the list and there are a handful of donut places in the city that I’m dying to try. But, at the same time I’m faced with the dilemma of trying new places versus returning to some of my amazing stops. Right now I can only afford the indulgence once a week, so maybe I’ll alternate weeks of new and old.
‘Til next week,