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Exploring the Unexpected in St. Louis

Exploring the Unexpected in St. Louis

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Food Beast’s Elie Ayrouth runs wild in St. Louis, exploring blues clubs, pop-up dinners and an LSD-inspired museum. This is All Nighter.

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- [Voiceover] Growing up as a kid, all I wanted to do was stay up all night. I wanted to play video games, I wanted to eat, I wanted to drink. Now I'm a full-grown adult, I have a credit card and an ID, and I'm just gonna stay up all night. - I've never been this excited to go to a museum before. I heard they have booze and they're open. I feel like I'm in a nightmare. How do I get to booze? I don't know if I love this place or I hate it. Brrrr! I have no idea what this place is, I thought it was a museum. - I call it an adult playground, made by artists. - Walking through, though, it feels like someone went to a Chuck E Cheese on acid and then recreated the playground for people that do Crossfit. I'm a gentleman! - [Girl] I'm gonna fall here you guys. - You need a hand? This place doesn't look up to code at all. - That's the world's largest pencil. It actually writes. - Is this sexy or no? What the fuck is going on? Whoa. Yeah is there a limit to how many people can be on this bus? - [Girl] There are really no rules. - Can we space it out guys. Let's even it up a little bit. They took me as a real authority figure. Is this your favorite thing? - Not yet. - Not yet. - Not yet, okay we have to go in here. - Is this where you took boys in high school? What is this? - I wish! - We came out the ass of a whale. That is a sick fuckin' joke, this place is too much. This was good. - It was nice meeting you. - It was good meeting you, thanks for letting me crash the party. Have such a good night. - Have a good rest of your night! Good luck! - Bye, thanks! I gave her the most sweaty hug goodbye. I'm gonna pretend, I'm not gonna look back, this is it. ♫ Hey everybody ♫ Get on Facebook and tell somebody ♫ That Mark Eaton Boss and the Band are in town ♫ I got about 2,000 dollars ♫ I'm just ready to come out ♫ Don't let nobody ♫ - Can I get a PBR and a Purple Rain bomb? I don't know what that is, but I see it on the menu. On to the next. Pop-ups, every pop-up I've ever been to is super cool because they set up a table, they kind of coordinate where you sit based on who you know, who you don't know, and kind of forces you to meet cool people. - Tonight's chef is probably one of the first guys to kinda get the underground restaurant scene going in St. Louis. - Do you take pictures of your food? - For sharing, yeah. - I actually take pictures of mine and I just look at them in bed. - I think people want different ways of dining, the idea of going someplace just one time, that's it and it's gone, there's great appeal in that. - I've never had octopus all congealed like that. - I like the pairing with jalapenos though. - Spicy. - And what to expect is the unexpected. - It's cool how everything's connected. Whoa, this is cool. - [Voiceover] Yeah, right? - Oh, sneaker lounge, this is legit, dude this is a serious collection, look at this stuff. Yo mad Pokemon there, Chuck Berry. So my friend Wafiq, he invited me to this slam poetry night, and I've been to slam poetry but I've never performed. - [Wafiq] Holy shit! - Wassup dude? - Gotta see this show, I should watch my fuckin' mouth. Welcome to my city, welcome to St. Louis. What the hell are you doing here? Comin' to buy some books about Malcolm X, what's going on? There's no stage in there. You gon' be in the same level as everybody watching you. Are you prepared for that? You screw up, they can get you. I'm just lettin' you know. - Give it up for B. Raffioni! - Pizza, pizza is life. Pizza is sexy, it's curvy, it's saucy. Pizza's my wife. It's nipply and napply. Cheese drips everywhere. I wanna fold it. I wanna rip it. I can't wait to start eating some pizza. - Is everybody hungry? - I'm hungry. - I got something special for you, inspired by what you guys are doing, the whole bouncin' around, eatin', drinkin', stayin' up all night, that's kinda my bag. ♫ I was on the way ♫ - Do the one you did at first, do the long one first. ♫ I was on the way ♫ - [Voiceover] Yeah let's get that verse, okay? ♫ You knew I was on the way ♫ - St. Louis is filled with pain, it's filled with people dealing with a lot of hardship, but that's what makes it beautiful, man. - When it comes to St. Louis, no one knows about it, and the only thing that they do know about it is when it comes to the bad thing. - We have everything to offer here in St. Louis and on top of that the people! I mean, that's what I love about it. - We haven't had, as far as artists or music go, we haven't had like a huge artist come out of St. Louis since Nelly, right? - Country Grammar. - Country Grammar, right, what was that '04, '03 something like that, so we in 2016. - I like what you said earlier man, it's about the people factor. You're a good guy, man. You put on for your people, you always have like you always will, you're a good dude, man. - Let's get real right now. - In the meanwhile we gon' smoke this blunt. - Crown Food Mart, this place has a deli inside. Too many options. Spam, I need some pineapple, boom. Savory beef gravy. Need bread if we're gonna make a little Hawaiian themed, island themed sandwich. Get some slices goin', boom. Boom. Ohhhh... Pop open a little fresh pineapple. My island inspired hoagie in the middle of St. Louis. I'm proud of this town, I'm proud of this gas station. This is that wall that every last person in St. Louis told me to visit. I hear it goes for two miles. Can't see where it ends either way. Graffiti's so damn interesting 'cause it varies, some graffiti honestly is fuckin' garbage, and some graffiti looks like this fuckin' temple with this dude floatin' above it, like it's glorious. Fear and loathing in St. Louis. That's dope. So I'm a little more high than I normally am. That's what would be scary is if this wall didn't have shit on it. Imagine a wall this fuckin' big with not a single dent or scar on it. That would be scary. I saw this on a Pinterest once. What you do is take Canada Dry, get a little lemon juice, fresh, a little Jim Beam, never hurt anybody, Jimmy Canadian. Canadian Jim, that's what I'm calling this, this is a Canadian Jim. I think someone's spotted a Charizard. This arch is like a giant rainbow for the city, there's gotta be pots of gold at each end. That's the Arch. That blunt got me really high. That's some St. Louis weed for you. - You high? Yes sir. - I got a 30-pack Crave Case for you, man. - White Castle, is this a thing that you do? This late at night? - It's one of the only things you can do this late at night, St. Louis kinda shuts down around like 3am. St. Louis kinda gets like a bad rep on the news and stuff these days, especially but there's still a really good community here and since it is such a small big city, but you're gonna meet people so fast and you're gonna make connections so quick if you're just a nice person. - I didn't expect to meet half the people I met tonight, and to be honest, I don't know if I'll ever see them again. That's 'cause shit's temporary. Food, people, poetry man. It's like flyin' a paper airplane. You just throw it into the wind. Story of my life.

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