Ground Travel Day
Trip Start Sep 23, 2009
11Trip End Oct 05, 2009
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Where I stayed
Uncle Phil & Aunt Helen's House
September 24, 2009 ~ Ground Travel Day
After a nervous stint packing and a tearful goodbye to Simo (our fur baby), we were on the highway and the honeymoon officially began. We made a quick stop at hubby's work to drop-off leftover wedding cake and we were off to St. Louis
. We arrived at Aunt Helen & Uncle Phil's around 7:30pm where they greeted us with wine. Hubby has raved about Aunt Helen’s cooking for a long time and he was not exaggerating. We sat down to a meal of hot French bread, salad with an array of seasonings and oil & vinegar dressing, large baked Portobello mushrooms filled with a spinach and cheese sauce, and a to-die-for pasta with pruscuitto. I am not kidding when I say that was the best pasta I’ve had in my entire life. I put it in my mouth and couldn’t believe the explosion of wonderfulness. Aunt Helen dared us to find a comparable "true Italian" meal in Italy. They had actually gone to one of the local Italian-owned restaurants in St. Louis to get the salad dressing and it was wonderful but that pasta was amazing. Seriously. Hubby & I were semi-hungry but not starving as we had stopped on the way and I had bought an apple for a snack but we both emptied our plates. Unfortunately, we were too stuffed for her desert – something she called Ozark Pudding but it resembled an apple crumb cobbler filled with walnuts. As our bellies were full, we made it an early night and turned-in around 11pm.