The summer season is officially here and the Cardinals will hopefully have a great month of July. Tuesday’s game was a prime example of how dangerous the 2, 3 and 4 hitters can be, as Lopez, Pujols and Holliday went 9-11 in Tuesday’s game. The big hitters look like they are showing signs of becoming a great weapon for the Cardinals offense. Also, in Tuesday’s 8-0 victory against the Diamondbacks, Albert Pujols tied Stan the Man’s Cardinal record of 37 multi-homer games. I know Albert is honored to be recognized next to Stan in this accomplishment. Once Albert has his 38th multi-homerun game, he will be the Cardinals’ all-time leader.
The Cardinals are just a half game out of first place and are neck and neck with the Reds. There is no doubt that the Cardinals are fighting hard with Brad Penny and Kyle Loshe out of the rotation. Brendan Ryan and Skip Schumaker have been up and down and Yadier Molina has slipped slightly offensively. However, as a team the Cardinals have stood up to the challenges they have faced and it seems like a different player or players picks up the team offensively each game.
I have to tip my hat to Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter who have been performing tremendously on the mound. There is no doubt the bullpen has been tested and overall they have done a nice job. Jamie Garcia has done a nice job and has overcome the pressure and spotlight that is on him. The Manager continues to work his magic while facing some difficult situations. He has been doing a great job at getting the players to start hitting, running, stealing, and switching up the lineups in order to put the best combinations in a position to succeed. I was really impressed by Tony moving Holliday into the 2nd batting slot when he was struggling a little bit. This sparked Holliday and he is now showing the offense we all know he is capable of.
I have just booked my top notch fishing trip through the Panama Canal. This trip will have me departing from Los Angeles and arriving at Fort Lauderdale on the Princess Cruise Lines. This 15 day fishing excursion launches on February 8th and will go down the coast of the Pacific through Central America, where we will go through the Panama Canal, and up the Atlantic to Ft. Lauderdale. For more information on this trip go to www.1destinationtravel.com or call 217-223-8747. I’m excited about this trip and look forward to you joining me.
I would also like to thank the Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis for honoring me as media person of the year. Last night at Lumen we had our kickoff cocktail reception for this great organization which supports scholarships for media communication students. Mark September 29th down on your calendar to reserve your table and help support scholarships and internships for collegiate journalists. Go to www.stlpressclub.org to find out more details on this event which is guaranteed to be an entertaining night while serving a great purpose.
I hope to see you at the Ballpark and look forward to the 4th of July festivities in beautiful downtown St. Louis.
Upcoming Downtown Events
7/1-7/4 St. Louis Cardinals Home Stand Busch Stadium
7/4- Fourth of July 7/15- 7/22 St. Louis Cardinals Home Stand Busch Stadium
7/24 Live on the Levee-Sauce Cafee, El Borracho St. Louis Riverfront 7/30- 8/4 St. Louis Cardinals Home Stand Busch Stadium
Upcoming & Current Promotions
El Borracho to join the Sauce Cafe at Live on the Levee
Award winning Cantina, El Borracho, will be the featured restaurant on July 24th. Come enjoy some great mexican fare while listening to the sounds of the Silversun Pickups. To make reservations, please visit www.celebratestlouis.org
The menu for the evening is:
Hot Tortilla Chips & Traditional Salsa
Ensalada De Casa
Build your own tacos w/
Oaxacan beef barbacoa
Yucatan style chicken
served with fresh steamed tortillas and the appropriate garnishes
Maiz Mexicana and arroz chile con chileverde on the side
Tres leches cake, mango compote, lime and mint sauce
Purchase a gift card and receive a free bottle of Mike's Cabernet
Join us for Happy Hour
The introduction of our steak toppings section of the menu has really added an extra element to our award winning steaks.
We have several choices on the menu and I think that you will find one that suits your taste buds. No matter which cut of steak you prefer, there is a topping to complement that particular cut of beef.
If you prefer the always tender filet cut, there are four choices that really go well with this premium steak,
Au Poivre, Diner, Oscar, and Shannon. If you are a pepper person, the Au Poivre topping is prepared with a peppercorn cream sauce and a peppercorn crust, no lack of pepper. If you are the type of person that thinks bacon goes with everything or enjoy breakfast for dinner, try the Diner. The Diner is two thick strips of Nueske Bacon served with a fried egg, sunny side up, an excellent choice for a late night feast, after the ballgame. Our most popular topping is our take on the traditional Oscar. We have prepared this with a citrus chili hollendaise sauce with lump crab meat and asparagus. Order our 12 ounce filet and top it off with the oscar and you are indulging in our house specialty. If you are someone that really wants to take it up a notch, treat yourself to our most premium topping. The Shannon is the Oscar plus 4 ounces of Maine lobster, doesn't get much better than that.
If you prefer a the traditional Strip Steak cut, I recommend the Scampi and Maris topping. The Scampi is 4 jumbo shrimp with white wine, garlic, capers and lemon juice. The Maris takes 2 large "Maris" cuts of King Crab legs and tops them with a chili herb butter sauce.
If you really enjoy a big, juice ribeye, the Austin should be your choice of topping. The Austin takes four of our jumbo shrimp and smothers them and your steak in a cajun cream sauce with caperberries.
Of course, you can mix any of these excellent toppings to your steak preference. I hope you make your way down to Shannon’s soon to try these excellent toppings with our famous cuts of beef.
We are really excited that Sauce Magazine has decided to do a write-up on our featured drink this month. I would tell you about it but, I will let the prefessionals from sauce do the job, here is what they had to say about our Mint Julep Shake:
For that, we looked to Mike Shannon’s, where executive chef Nick Zotos is featuring Mint Julep ice cream created expressly for the steak and seafood restaurant by the folks at Serendipity. You’ll find the ice cream paired with a hot brownie on the dessert list, but head to the bar and you can request a Mint Julep shake.
This Southern comfort shake features Woodford Reserve Bourbon, a small-batch whiskey from Kentucky, which is combined with Serendipity’s light green ice cream, condensed milk, heavy cream and fresh mint, garnished with a crystallized mint leaf. At 45 percent alcohol, Woodford is fairly strong, but Zotos’ shake recipe calls for only half a jigger. “It’s just enough to taste it on the finish of the shake. It’s not overpowering, and it doesn’t have enough booze in it where it would put somebody over the limit.”
This isn’t the first time that Zotos has used liquor to rustle the shake family tree. At rapper Nelly’s Black and White Ball last year, Zotos added Crown Royal whiskey to a variety of shakes, including a chocolate malt shake with Whoppers candy and the crowd favorite, a pairing of the Canadian whiskey with Morello cherries.
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