• Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Daily RFT's New Blogger Wants Your News Tips!

    Howdy, y'all! Welcome to the Daily RFT, the news blog for the Riverfront Times. I'm your host, brand-new staff writer Lindsay Toler. Let's play, Who's Sittin' on a Hot Scoop? Every so often, we reach out to you, loyal blog readers, for story ideas. We get some really, really, really, really great ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 24, 2012
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    April 26, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Abigail Washburn on Earl Scruggs and Getting Into an Old-Time Trance in China

    It's safe to say that of all the ambassadors for old-time music - from Bill Monroe to Pete Seeger to Ralph Stanley - Abigail Washburn has had, through her passion for and knowledge of China, the most remarkable of international impacts. At one time, the singer, songwriter and instrumentalist had pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    #47: Veggie Breakfast Burrito at the Mud House

    On Cherokee Street hungry diners can find a burrito for any time of day or night, and the Mud House(2101 Cherokee Street; 314-776-6599) has your breakfast needs covered with a veggie breakfast burrito that's almost too big for its plate. A giant flour tortilla is stuffed with black beans, tomato, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    #48: Lengua Tacos at La Vallesana

    Evan C. Jones​There are many tempting options available at La Vallesana (2801 Cherokee Street; 314-776-4223), but whether you're getting quesadillas, burritos or tortas, there's something on the menu that leaps out to most people as something to avoid: tongue. Offal is something that most Am ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    #49: Hummus and Balela Platter at Nosh Bistro

    Bryan Peters​When Nosh Bistro (1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-781-4734) closed a few months ago, we sank into a brief, but profound, funk. We'd grown terribly fond of their hummus and balela salad platter, and we didn't want to know a world without it. So you can imagine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    #51: Root Beer Float at Dr. Jazz

    Julia GabbertRoot beer float at Dr. Jazz​ Dr. Jazz Soda Fountain and Grille (29 N. Gore; 314-961-5299) is a homey little restaurant in charming Webster Groves. Dr. Jazz serves up your typical club sandwiches, burgers and lots of comfort food like chili fries and onion rings. The best part, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    #52: Le Croque Monsieur at LaBonne Bouchée

    Ashley AtkinsLe Croque Monsieur!​LaBonne Bouchée (12344 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur; 314.576-6606) offers the Francophile a wide selection of authentic French cuisine, ranging from le quiche du jour to le vol au vent to petit fours. But Gut Check's favorite way to eat à la française is to devou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    #54: The Gracey at Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium

    Emily Wasserman​Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium (1170 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-932-5414) serves up a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, burgers and hot dogs, offering selections for red-meat-loving carnivores, but also vegetarians. The ingredients are fresh, and many of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    #55: The Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza at Katie's Pizzeria

    Emily Wasserman​Katie's Pizzeria (6611 Clayton Road; Clayton; 314-727-8585) is a small establishment serving up delicious, albeit unique, pizza. With ingredients ranging from smoked salmon to speck, Katie's pizzas aren't for the culinary faint of heart. Each pizza is uniquely crafted and made ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    #57: Fish and Chips at Llywelyn's

    Following closely on the heels of fish and chips in terms of prevalence on any pub menu is the sandwich version - a piece of fried fish on a bun. Fish sandwiches can range from the blah to the greasy, but at Llywelyn's Pub (4747 McPherson Avenue; 314-361-3003), the full flavor of fish shows up in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    #58: Chicken Kabob at Al Waha

    Kristie McClanahan​Chicken and rice is ubiquitous the world over: Stick it in a tortilla and call it a Mexican dish in Chihuahua, or blend it with coconut milk and curry in Chiang Mai and call it Thai. No wonder, though -- chicken and rice is uncomplicated, versatile and, when flawlessly prepa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    #59: Seafood Ravioli at Gian-Tony's Ristorante

    Erika MillerSeafood ravioli at Gian-Tony's comes drenched in the best flavors of Italy.​There's nothing more relaxing than lounging in a steaming hot tub, letting the hot water soothe away the day's tensions. For food, the equivalent of relaxing in a hot tub has to be sitting in a simmering, f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    #60: Raw Veggie Burger at PuraVegan

    Bryan PetersNo buns allowed, no buns needed.​St. Louis is no stranger to veggie burgers -- from the divine at SweetArt to the pedestrian at too many places -- and it's important to understand this context. In fact, the owners of PuraVegan first started making veggie burgers at their old restau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    #62: Mixed Grill Platter at Flaco's Cocina

    Chrissy Wilmes​Letting oneself get too hungry is a dangerous thing. When blood sugar runs low, tempers can run high, and the simple act of ordering something new becomes a high-risk roll of the dice. For those times of extreme hunger and limited patience, it's important to reserve a few favori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    #63: Arancini From Mangia Mobile

    Robin WheelerOnly one Mangia has arancini.​ What's in a name? If you're food truck Mangia Mobile, a lawsuit from a similarly-name local restaurant. Mangia Mobile compensates for name overlap by bringing Italian street food to St. Louis. Specifically, Sicilian-style arancini. Owners Catherine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    # 68: Lamb Burger at The Scottish Arms

    Erika MillerThe lamb burger is an American classic with a Scottish Arms twist.​Pubs seem to come in one of two varieties -- those filled with kitsch and bland fish and chips, or those filled with authentic food, drink and conversation. The Scottish Arms (8 South Sarah Street, Central West End; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    #69: Crispy Pork Spring Rolls at Bobo Noodle House

    Robin WheelerCrispy and flavorful, the pork spring rolls at Bobo Noodle House​So ubiquitous, the pork spring roll. Or egg roll. By any name, it's the same creature -- usually crispy on the outside, wrapper still a little chewy on the inside, filled with a pulverized blend of...stuff. Not at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    #70: Turkey Melt and Field Greens Salad at Schlafly Bottleworks

    Chrissy Wilmes​Schlafly's brewpubs, although known primarily for their craft beers, put just as much effort and though into their menu, seeking out high quality food from local sources. From the grilled cheese to the pulled pork to the ribs to the pizza, every dish has a little something extra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    #71: The Vegetarian Platter at Ranoush

    Emily Wasserman​Entering Ranoush (200 North Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood; 314-726-6874) is like stepping into a scene out of Arabian Nights. Sequined tapestries line the walls, brass lamps hang from the ceiling and intricately carved metal rings hold the napkins and silverware. Gut Check uncovered ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Jennifer Silverberg​This week, we lunched on a mandarin orange-and-chicken salad from 6 North Café, brunched on a frittata at Schlafly Bottleworks and continued our countdown of favorite dishes with sizzling rice soup from Hunan & Peking Garden and vegetarian meatballs at Lucas Park Grille. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    #72: Vegetarian Meatballs at Lucas Park Grille

    Lucas Park GrilleWho needs meat with veggie meatballs this good?​Downtown St. Louis isn't exactly a vegetarian's paradise, but Lucas Park Grille (1234 Washington Avenue; 314-241-7770) keeps it real for the herbivores with one of its menu's staple entrées: Vegetarian Meatballs. We've embarrass ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    #73: Sizzling Rice Soup at Hunan & Peking Garden

    Robin Utz​In Gut Check's experience, there aren't enough Chinese restaurants in the St. Louis area offering sizzling rice soup on their menus, and Hunan and Peking Garden's (1262 Old Orchard Center, Manchester; 636-227-6445) is worth the jaunt to West County. The soup is designed to be shared ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 17, 2011
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    June 9, 2010
  • Music

    August 26, 2009

    Sing For China Tour

    8 p.m. Wednesday, September 2. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2009
  • Culture

    January 14, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Raindrops Keep Falling on our Heads

    Anyone feeling a wee bit wet lately can look to the record-breaking St. Louis clouds for the reason.Remember the floods in the spring and in the fall? (Photo from O'Fallon, Missouri in September. More photos here.) That's right. In a year of historical benchmarks -- first black president e ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 8, 2008
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    September 15, 2008

    St. Louis' Paralympian Kerri Morgan Rolls Into Fifth Place -- Again

    St. Louis Paralympian Kerri Morgan today took fifth-place in the women’s 100-meter wheelchair track race at the Beijing Paralympic Games. Canadian Michelle Stilwell earned the gold medal with a time of 19.97 seconds, setting a new world record. By Jennifer Silverberg

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2008

    St. Louisan and Paralympian Kerri Morgan Set for 100-Meter Race in Beijing

    Last week, Kerri Morgan took fifth place in the 200-meter wheelchair track race in Beijing at her first Paralympic Games. At 5:20 a.m. Central Time Monday (6:20 p.m. on the Beijing clock), Morgan will close it out with the 100-meter event. By Jennifer Silverberg

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2008

    In Beijing, a St. Louis Paralympian Rolls Into Fifth Place

    St. Louis Paralympian Kerri Morgan today took fifth place in the women’s 200-meter wheelchair track race at the Beijing Paralympic Games. The world record holder, Canadian Michelle Stilwell, earned the gold medal with a time of 36.18 seconds. (These photos show Stilwell finishing; in the second ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Paralympian Kerri Morgan Set for 200-Meter Race in Beijing

    Kerri Morgan, perhaps St. Louis’ best-known quadriplegic athlete, has her first Paralympic track & field race tonight at 10:12 p.m. Central Time (that’s 11:12 a.m. tomorrow morning in Beijing). (Real-time viewing seems impossible, but you could try logging onto tonight. By Jen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2008

    Live (Almost) From Beijing: Paralympian Kerri Morgan

    Here goes installment number two of St. Louisan Kerri Morgan’s trip to the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. Morgan will compete soon in the 100-meter and 200-meter track & field events. (Read Morgan's first impressions of Beijing here.) RFT: Is the Bird's Nest really blue, or,...? Kerri Morgan: In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    Live (Almost) from Beijing: Paralympian Kerri Morgan

    More than 3,500 athletes are expected to compete at the upcoming 2008 Paralympic Games, including 34-year-old Kerri Morgan, perhaps St. Louis’ best-known quadriplegic athlete. Morgan landed in Beijing this week for her first paralympic contest. Morgan, a killer quad rugby player (featured in thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 26, 2007

    China Syndrome

    A few weeks ago, when news broke of a Chinese street vendor selling steamed buns allegedly made partly out of cardboard, I expressed my dismay at the media's hyperbolic reporting of the story. Using this one incident as an argument in the larger debate about food safety wasn't just shoddy logic -- i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2007

    Cardboard Bun Story Faked!

    I board a plane for Dallas, and my whole world crumbles around me! The story of the Chinese street vendor selling steamed buns made with cardboard is a fake! Beijing authorities said investigations had found that an employee surnamed Zi had fabricated the report to garner "higher audience ratings", ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 2, 2007

    Companion Mun-cha’i-ya Peking

    Vegetarian Roast Duck
    Jay International Foods
    3172 South Grand Boulevard

  • Calendar

    March 7, 2007
  • Dining

    June 14, 2006

    Crème de la Club

    Kyo aims for the heights -- but altitude sometimes gives way to attitude

  • Film

    May 3, 2006

    Technicolor Yuan

    China's most expensive film looks lovely but feels empty

  • Calendar

    January 14, 2004

    Brawl's Well

    That ends well

  • Film

    June 25, 2003

    All Together Now

    Chen Kaige extols the power of music in a time of change

  • Film

    May 8, 2002

    Film Openings

    Week of May 8, 2002

  • Film

    July 4, 2001

    Kicked Butt

    Inept editing, gaping plot holes, unintentional absurdity: What more does a movie need?

  • Film

    August 16, 2000


    Co-written and directed by Zhang Yang

  • News

    March 15, 2000

    China Town

    A film crew from mainland China comes to St. Louis to make a movie about the cultural conflicts that occur when East meets West

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