This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Qui Tran of Mai Lee. Read part one, a profile of Tran, here. Part three, a recipe from Tran, will be available on Friday. Mai Lee (8396 Music Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-645-2835) isn't simply a job for chef Qui Tran. It's his legacy. His ... More >>
Despite spending way too much time on the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives page of the Food Network website, charting the path that Guy Fieri cut through St. Louis earlier this year, I somehow missed that last night's new episode -- "Pubs and Grub" -- included Dressel's (419 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361- ... More >>
Kevin Nashan is excited. OK, so, this probably won't surprise anyone who knows the owner and chef of Sidney Street Café (2000 Sidney Street; 314-771-5777). Better to say Kevin Nashan is really excited. Better yet to let him say it. "I'm really excited about everything that's going on" in t ... More >>
WARNING: This post contains the words "Paula Deen" and "lumpy corn dog." While shopping malls and radio stations are already gearing up for Christmas, we at Gut Check are patiently awaiting the beloved return of Thanksgiving. Gorging on Halloween candy was a good warm-up for the the inevitable st ... More >>
Think. Think about what you're about to eat from Big Lots.Times are tough. No doubt about that. The economic free fall explains why there's a new discount or closeout store every single half-block. While it might be tempting to purchase reduced-price food along with off-brand electronics, De ... More >>
To review: Our sister paper City Pages published a profile of former Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives producer David Page that painted star Guy Fieri in a less than flattering light. Though both Fieri and the Food Network refused comment to writer Gregory Pratt, after the article's publication Fieri's ... More >>
Friday (Oct. 7): Soulard Oktoberfest @ Lyon Park This annual event features plenty of chow and booze -- approximately 2,000 kegs of it. Admission is $5 each day, but dress in lederhosen or dirndl and get in free! Friday, Oct. 7 from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. ... More >>
Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Rhubarb and Honey: Kimberly made her own version of pork and beans. Veg St. Louis: Lois compiled a list of her favorite veggie burgers in St. Louis. A Veggie Venture: Alanna made a beet salad with yogurt and pita.
Welcome to Read This Now, a recurring feature in which Gut Check recommends books, longer articles and other material worth an investment of your time.Lucky Peach is a new quarterly food magazine founded by Momofuku chef David Chang and food writer Peter Meehan and published by McSweeney's. The n ... More >>
Ah, Corporate America. Once again you've taken something good and pure, created by the people, and turned it into a bland advertisement for bad food. Last week a well-choreographed flash mob infested Times Square to do a "spontaneous" dance routine to an Arby's commercial broadcast on a giant scre ... More >>
Did you scoff at the storm warnings, shun the overcrowded grocery stores, and post insults on Twitter about just how stupid it is to panic at the impending snowmaggedeon/pocolypse/MG? And do you now find yourself snowbound and eying your dog because he's looking mighty tasty? Don't panic! And plea ... More >>
Just last week Gut Check chewed the fat with celeb chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter Restaurant in Manhattan. Guarnaschelli had popped into St. Louis as part of a promotion to help kids eat better, on behalf of that paragon of healthy-eating, Sara Lee. The schtick was that Guarnaschelli was g ... More >>
Here, via a colleague, is a video of Guy Fieri eating. And eating. And eating some more.
Grub Street, the food blog of New York magazine, put together a video montage of various Food Network celebrities reacting to just how damn delicious their dishes are. A similar video, featuring only Giada De Laurentiis, floated around the Internet a few months ago. The technical problem that kept o ... More >>
This week's episode of South Park ruthlessly mocked Food Network, celebrity chefs, foodies and, most likely, you (and me). At any rate, I could post any number of scenes, but I think this might be my favorite.Because this is South Park, though the truly NSFW language is bleeped, you should use prope ... More >>