Win a Copy of Local Author Amanda Doyle's New Book, 100 Things to Do in Saint Louis Before You Die

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Item 36 on the St. Louis area bucket list: Pick fresh fruit at Eckert's!
Summertime is as good a time as any to show off some St. Louis pride -- why not cross some items off of that bucket list while you're at it? With the help of local tourism expert Amanda Doyle and her new book, 100 Things to Do in Saint Louis Before You Die, find some new fun destinations and revisit the ones that locals often leave behind.

Read on to learn about Doyle's book and how to win a copy!

See also:
- Amanda Doyle Presents: Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis By and For St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood
- 25 Reasons to Love Summer in St. Louis
- 8 Best Ice Cream Spots in St. Louis

Doyle, who also penned Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis By and For St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood as well as children's book, To the Top! A Gateway Arch Story, aims to provide a quick and concise guide of the city she holds so dear with her new book.

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When asked how she narrowed down the 100 items on her list, Doyle explains, "I started this process with an enormous Google doc... I looked for things that fell between iconic and things that people know about but still haven't done, like eating a slinger at Eat-Rite Diner. The items have a slight twist too. We have Ted Drewes on the list but there five other places people call the best on the list to try as well."

Some edible adventures outlined include scarfing down doughnuts at a curated list of local mom-and-pop doughnut shops, attending a local fish fry and exploring a variety of Missouri wine destinations. Other items include checking out Chuck Berry live at Blueberry Hill, exploring the newly renovated Central Library, and biking the riverfront trail.

"I find that I easily forget about the things that are so easy and obvious to go and experience and wanted everyone else to have an easy guide at their fingertips," says Doyle. "If you have done all 100 of these things, you'd have a pretty rounded view of St. Louis, and then you can start your own list!"

Doyle will sign and sell copies of her books on Friday, July 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Let Them Eat Art in Maplewood as well as Saturday, July 13 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Ferguson Farmers' Market.

100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die Giveaway
We're excited to auction off one copy of 100 Things to Do in St. Louis Before You Die by Amanda Doyle right in time to get it signed by the author herself at one of her upcoming events.

Rules: To enter to win, tell us in the comments sections: What's your favorite thing to eat in St. Louis during summertime? To be eligible, you must leave a valid e-mail address (or Twitter handle or Facebook profile URL) in the comment-entry field. One guess per e-mail address. We'll pick a winner by Friday.

Location Info

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Ferguson Farmers' Market

Spot Drive and Florissant Road, St. Louis, MO

Category: General

Downtown Maplewood

7378 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO

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wigglypup2
wigglypup2

Ted Drewes!!!!!

wigglypup2@yahoo.com

earp30wyatt
earp30wyatt

Ted Drews of course.....in the heat of the day....wait till it gets all melty,and huddle by your car hoping for a bit of shade....maybe get lucky and get a bench in the shade. Watching everyone else trying to eat it,and then drinking their water in the little cups,and wiping drips off your fingers,and usually the front of my shirt,and seeing the people with Michael Wallis' book on Route 66. I usually talk to those people to hear about their Route 66 vacation. They all ask me the same thing..."how did you know?" and then laugh when I point to their book.  I also have facial hair which always gets sticky. I have to wash my face in the restroom before we leave!

gumbah04
gumbah04

summer in st Louis means bbq'd pork steaks!!!!!!!!

StLborn
StLborn

Shrimp Grinder with a cold beer at Broadway Oyster Bar.

cohen6a
cohen6a

Ted Drewes. But hold on for just one hot second.

The secret to Ted Drewes is to make just absolutely outrageously good combinations. See, most people think to only get one thing in their concrete. My heart weeps when I hear someone in line in front of me order "a cookie dough concrete." 

STEP UP. DREAM BIGGER.

I waltz up to that stand and give the lovely person taking my order a memory test: "May I please have an abaco mocha concrete with health bar, oreo, and Tedad's?" INCREDIBLE. "May I please have a lime, marshmallow, and graham cracker concrete?" KEY LIME PIE IN THE HOUSE. "May I please have..." remember, ordering awesome still means your manners should be awesome, too.

THAT. THAT is my favorite thing to get in Saint Louis summers. The world is just too full of potential to not explore.

fkranzberg
fkranzberg

Chocolate Banana Shake at Crown Candy...

fkranzberg@gmail.com 


Joey Josephson
Joey Josephson

Meatloaf sandwich at Riverbend cafe, crab cakes at Oyster Bar, cannelloni bianco at Cunnettos, empanadas at Arcelias, and just about anythng at Fraziers! I miss St.L food.

SophieZavaglia
SophieZavaglia

It's a tie between a pineapple, coconut, chocolate concrete at Ted Drewes and barbequed pork steak with Kenrick's BBQ sauce!

(I might have to go get some Ted Drewes now...) sophie.zavaglia@gmail.com

Kathie Steffens
Kathie Steffens

Number 1 - Eckert's - Belleville, IL. Why don't you read before you start posting smart ass replies.

Kathie Steffens
Kathie Steffens

I was responding to the "What's your favorite thing to eat in St. Louis during summertime?". Excuse me, I thought Collinsville was considered part of St. Louis.

Zachary Ainsworth
Zachary Ainsworth

Thanks, Kathie. We'll let you know when they make a 100 Things to In Collinsville Before You Die

Kathie Steffens
Kathie Steffens

Keller Corn from Collinsville is the best in the world.

bunni972
bunni972

Ted Drewes!!

bunni972@yahoo.com

Kat Ellis
Kat Ellis

Not a bad answer, per se....just kinda figured. I am at the lake...no TD here...

Meg Mertz
Meg Mertz

Actually, I enjoy going to S&J Snowball and Custard shop to get a snow-cone! However, Ted Drews is a great place to go as well... HA!

Meg Mertz
Meg Mertz

and that would be a bad answer why?

Kat Ellis
Kat Ellis

Lemme guess what about 1000 people will say...Ted Drewes?? LOL

rachelquinley
rachelquinley

Crown Candy Chocolate Marshmallow Shake.  rachelquinley@gmail.com

chica2270
chica2270

Fresh produce from my garden and the Soulard Farmer's Market.  Ted Drewe's and Pappy's barbeque

chica2270@hotmail.com

candyforall
candyforall

tomatoes tomatoes! tomato sandwiches, tomato salad, fresh tomato pasta sauce, and just eat um up! candyforall@yahoo.com

jngoff9
jngoff9

Ted Drewes, obvi. jngoff9@gmail.com

lchoate1
lchoate1

The huge mangoes on a stick covered in cayenne pepper on cherokee street when it's realllllly hot out. (lchoate1@slu.edu)

hotstepher
hotstepher

Bun at any of our many fabulous vietnamese joints! STL is rich with those places! Also, Ferguson Farmers Market is on Saturdays, not Thursday...

cardsman2
cardsman2

Bi-color sweet corn from Keller's roadside stand in Collinsville, IL 

cardsman2
cardsman2

Bi-color sweet corn from Keller's roadside stand in Collinsville, IL

cardsman2@gmail.com

girkabob
girkabob

I love getting paletas from La Vallesana!

girkabob (at) gmail (dot) com

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