So we made it into East St. Louis Illinois last night and found a great spot behind the Casino Queen. St. Louis Missouri is just across the river and we can see the arch from the coach. We only have one more highpoint left this trip which is Missouri, and have some extra time, so well stay here another day or two and experience St. Louis as it is our first time here.
As excited as I am about exploring St. Louis, I can’t stop thinking about pie. You see, the Amish cherry pie made quite an impression on me, but now it’s gone and I’m having a hard time coping.
Seriously the cherry pie that we bought in Pennsylvania was mind mind mindbogglingly good, yes that’s a real word. It was like a celebration in my mouth with every bite, really I don’t have the words to describe how good it was. I’m in mourning now that it’s gone, and may need some antidepressants and expensive therapy to get over the loss of that beloved pie.
I don’t know exactly why it was so good, but I suspect it has something to do with their absolute control over the whole process. They grew, harvested and processed all of the ingredients, expertly combined them and handed us this glorious creation still warm from the oven. It was confectionery perfection.
We Brake For Cheese
After our fantastic experience with the Amish bakery we stumbled across in Pennsylvania, we jumped at the chance to buy some Amish Cheese on out way through Indiana. They were not actually making anything here, and the proprietor was not even Amish. The shop was buying from a few different Amish communities in the area and offering it to the public, so it was not as fresh as buying direct. They were out of everything but cheese, and the cheese was certainly good, but not as amazing as the baking was.
Beg, Borrow or Steal Pie
If you ever find yourself in Amish country, see if you can find the Amish bakery for that community. They won’t typically have any signs, so you cannot tell from the road. The Amish generally sell or trade within their own community and don’t interact with the outside world, but they are very polite and most likely will sell to you if you ask. You will have to ask around, and hope that they are willing, essentially you’ll be begging.