So you don't have tickets to the final two Cardinals games at Busch Stadium, but you still plan to head downtown to soak up the ambiance. Why not saunter a few blocks over to the Taste of St. Louis and soak up some gravy while you're at it? On Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, at the Gateway Mall (along Market Street, between Ninth and Eleventh streets), 30 St. Louis restaurants provide samples of their fare as well as compete for the Taste of St. Louis Culinary Championship. (We fervently hope this involves chefs in toques and kitchen whites bashing one another over the head with folding chairs, but it almost certainly doesn't.) The Taste of St. Louis runs from 10 a.m. till 10 p.m. both days, which for even the most ardent gastronome leaves a lot of time to do something besides eat. Fortunately, there is live music from 1 p.m. until closing both days, with headline performances from the Neville Brothers and Ozomatli on Saturday, and from Live and the Roots on Sunday. Also, local artists will display their work for sale, or just as a... More >>>