It’s been a little while since I’ve written to you, but this year I have an extra-special request that only you can fill. Before I get into the specifics, I would like to take this opportunity to point out that I have been pretty darn good lately. Except for the notorious meatball incident and the suspicious fire with the whootzy-whatzit, I have had a downright stellar year. Between volunteering my time at worthy causes in town and curbing some of my more juvenile habits, you are sure to agree that I have been behaving myself quite well, and thus worthy of a little reward at the end of the year. Furthermore, I have grown up a bit since last we corresponded. No longer do I desire world domination, and you will be happy to know that I have finally abandoned my wish to have a scantily-clad Daniel Craig deliver a brand new Aston-Martin DB9 to my house on Christmas morning.
This year, I just want soup. And lots of it.
Here’s what I’m envisioning: My bathtub full of Soupman’s butternut squash soup. No more, no less. I will even scrub said bathtub in preparation for your visit.
In this soup of all soups, the creamy, sweet froth of squash is perfectly balanced by a touch of orange peel and the pungent tang of curry. A cup of this rich, luscious soup is enough to warm you from the inside out on a cold day. It’s soooo good. Comboed with a half sandwich, banana, bread, fountain soda and a piece of chocolate to round out the meal, Soupman sells a generous brown paper sack of food for under ten bucks. (This particular combo ran me $7.85, so this would be a bargain for you and your reindeer on Christmas Eve.)
Soupman features an extensive assortment of soups, offering a rotating selection of eight flavors each day. There is usually one seafood, one vegetarian, a chili, a broth-based soup, and four other varieties. Sold by the cup, bowl, pint, quart and gallon, you can easily purchase enough to feed your family or a holiday party (or to fill a bathtub). Sandwiches are of the homemade variety, usually on fresh, 7-grain bread.
I know you’re busy, so I’ll let you get back to managing the elves and going over your naughty and nice lists. Might I also point out that you are looking quite well and red is definitely your color. Thanks again for your time, and I look forward to eating butternut squash soup well into January.
The Original Soupman, 612 North 11th Street at Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101
314/621-OPEN Open Monday through Saturday 10:30-3:00, closed Sunday.