Sure, you fancy yourself a socially conscious farmers'-market-lovin' type, lugging around your reusable canvas bags full of heirloom tomatoes and pasture-raised meat -- but, late, sleepless, thinking back on Grandma's Sunday gravy, don't you wonder if you're more of a Schnucks on the Hill kind of St ... More >>
It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty into two piles, i.e ... More >>
Two iconic symbols of Little House on the Prairie: A sunbonnet (worn by Pudd'nhead Books children's buyer Melissa Posten) and a butter churn.If you've ever read any of the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, even if it was more than a quarter-century ago, some things st ... More >>
Aimee LevittEven your dog is reading Henrietta Lacks and listening to Sammy Hagar.Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending March 20, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books ... More >>
The relocated and reimagined Taste -- formerly Taste by Niche -- will open at 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 11, at 4584 Laclede Avenue in the Central West End. Taste strongly encourages that you have a reservation (for any evening, not just the opening), which you can make at 314-361-1200.Taste is the f ... More >>
Laura MillerChocolates at Bissinger's at Maryland PlazaValentine's Day is this Monday, February 14. What's that? You haven't done your shopping yet? No worries. On this holiday, it's not the thought that counts -- it's the quality of the chocolate.Gut Check checked in with a few of our favorite ... More >>
Aimee LevittBrian Pelletier behind the counter of Kakao Chocolate's new location on Manchester Avenue in Maplewood.Nobody thought it would actually happen, least of all owner Brian Pelletier, but on Thursday, February 3, just two months after signing the lease and two days after an ice storm ... More >>
Manage to get through being housebound without attempting to murder anyone with an axe? You deserve a road trip and pie! This Saturday, pie takes over downtown Mascoutah, Illinois, about 40 minutes east of downtown St. Louis. The town's hosting its annual Sweetie Pie Day, where nineteen bus ... More >>
The Grove, formerly known as Forest Park Southeast, has been rumored for past ten years or so -- ever since they cleaned up the crack pipes that used to cover the sidewalks -- to be the most up-and-coming neighborhood in St. Louis. Some may argue that it was eclipsed first by Washington Avenue and t ... More >>
Yesterday Aimee Levitt shared information from the Saint Louis Effort for AIDS (EFA) on the state of AIDS/HIV in St. Louis, and why events like Thursday's Dining Out for Life are still necessary. Even though about 5,000 St. Louisans are living with AIDS, many people are under-informed about t ... More >>
Image via When pampering your pet goes too far. This dog looks like he would rather be in a puppy mill than wear this outfit.Pampering your pets is good, but Pampered Pets is bad. So says a local animal rights group. Metro East Pet Lovers will be protesting Pampered Pets, a pet store ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/mnicolemMerry Christmas from Gut Check! We'll return Monday to wrap up the Year-End Bonanza. In the meantime, Aimee Levitt suggests which restaurants to visit on Christmas itself. -- IanOf all Jewish holidays, Christmas is one of the most pleasant. It's a day free of the pressur ... More >>
We reviewed a lot of shows this year -- nearly 100, judging by the number of posts in the "Show Reviews" archive. Deciding which 2009 concerts comprised the creme de la creme wasn't easy, to say the least. However, the following stood out from the pack. What did we miss? What were your favorites thi ... More >>
RFT staff writer Aimee Levitt and her cat, Bess, continue their culinary adventure.Like every other food blogger in St. Louis and probably the country, I went to see Julie & Julia over the weekend. (It was mandatory. There was a memo and everything.) I enjoyed it. A cat played a minor but alm ... More >>
fancyfeast.com/appetizersFancy Feast's "Seabass & Shrimp Appetizers in a Delicate Broth"One of our favorite Post-Dispatch scribes, Todd Frankel, has a most delicious story out today documenting a secret operation at Nestle Purina. The project, 3.5 years in the making, is hailed as a plan to shak ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergMy review of Smoking Joe's Bar-Be-Que is now available online. Smoking Joe's is located at 1901 Washington Avenue. For more information, including the menu, visit the restaurant's Web site.In this week's slideshow, Jennifer Silverberg takes a look at the restaurant and -- more imp ... More >>
RFT staff writer Aimee Levitt and her cat, Bess, continue their culinary adventure.Bess just hissed.This is a rare occurrence these days. In our old apartment, she hissed a lot, but that was because one of our cat-roommates, Henry, was an asshole. He liked to eat her food and lie on her favorite spo ... More >>
RFT staff writer Aimee Levitt and her cat, Bess, continue their culinary adventure.Sometimes I try to imagine Bess' cat heritage. The first four months of her life are a mystery to me. I know she had a mother and litter-mates. Someone fed her and taught her how to use the litter box and somewhere ... More >>
This week the Bear Market embarks on a great adventure: the sandwich. Last weekend we bought a stack of frozen grocery store panini and flatbread and stockpiled them in the RFT freezer. Barring theft, we will try out a new one every day this week.We had to go back to the supermarket this morning to ... More >>
Aimee's examination of frozen sandwiches continues with the Hot Pockets panini.
This week the Bear Market embarks on a great adventure: the sandwich. Last weekend we bought a stack of frozen grocery store panini and flatbread and stockpiled them in the RFT freezer. Barring theft, we will try out a new one every day this week.A colleague was concerned about our new frozen panin ... More >>
The Bear Market continues its quest to find cheap, tasty sandwiches. Today, an Oscar Meyer Deli sandwich.
RFT staff writer Aimee Levitt and her cat, Bess, continue their culinary adventure. In hard times, one must learn to make concessions. At least this is the message that has been pounded into our heads for the past two months. Seven years ago, it was patriotic to shop. Now it is patriotic to scri ... More >>
Leave bovines and lawn artists alone.