The Purple Pickle sign. That was the first thing that greeted Mercutio Krispytreats and I when we arrived in the little town of Kimmswick for a day of cake hunting. We should have taken it as a…well…sign of the interesting adventure awaiting us.
What we had really traveled to this historic town to see was the cake at the Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery. What we got was a whole lot of unexpected adventure.
Unfortunately Mercutio and I did not have the opportunity to sample the food (or the “Levee High Caramel Apple Pecan Pie“) at the Blue Owl, but if the crowd waiting outside to get in and the huge list of TV shows the restaurant has been featured on are any indication, we were definitely missing out.
But we were on a cake hunting mission and had other sights to see, so we took our standard cake hunting pictures and started back toward the car.
As we were walking back, I noticed a lady a little in front of us walking a cute little dog, and I mentioned to Mercutio how cute the pup was (and probably something about missing Miles James). The lady (we decided to call her Anastasia) must have heard us because she turned around and told us we could pet her dog. As we said hello to the little dude, Anastasia asked us what we were doing in Kimmswick and if we had ever been there before. We said that we were on a cake hunting mission (and then of course, explained what that meant) and that it was our first time in town.
Then, in the true fashion of most people I tend to encounter, Anastasia started opening up and telling us about the history of the town, the best places to eat there and then finally, that just down the road is the Anheuser Museum and Estate. At this, Mercutio and I gave each other a look that said, “We are totally checking that place out.”
And what an excellent decision that was!
Anastasia had told us the estate was right down the road, and while I still decided to map it out on my phone just in case, she was right on. We had barely driven away from the Blue Owl when we came upon a huge spread of land and a massive mansion.
As we got out of the car, and looked around, the first thing we decided to check out were some gorgeous horses penned across from the mansion. They were pretty friendly and even wanted to pose for pictures…although, I was less stoked about the idea of a massive animal sniffing my face than Mercutio was.
We later learned that the estate was owned by Fred and Mabel Ruth Anheuser. When Mabel Ruth passed away in 2000, she gave the estate to the town of Kimmswick as well as a large donation to keep it looking good. And since then the city has added a museum and a tour of the grounds, which, I can say from experience, are pretty fantastic.
Before we left, we even got to check out the view across the river which in the early spring, was the perfect way to start a cake hunting day.
However as if the cake hunting universe knew that we were having a fun time on an unexpected adventure, as we were leaving, we saw a giant reminder of just how sketchy things can be when you are cake hunting: