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    May 8, 2014

    Tom Waits Paved the Way for Shrewd Musicians Cashing in on Literal Commercial Success

    Twenty-four years ago to today, Tom Waits scored a big victory for musicians. In the late '80s, snackfood company Frito-Lay had approached the theatrical, gravel-voiced singer-songwriter about using one of this tunes in a Doritos commercial. Waits said, "Hell, no," so Frito-Lay went ahead with the ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    Millennials: You Don't Know How to Party

    Millennials, you still do all the drugs and have all the sex, but I have to break it to you -- #realtalk -- you do not know how to party. And it's bringing me down. Heading over to what's supposed to be the "jam," hosted by 24-year-old "scenesters," I always hope that there won't be finger foods b ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013
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    August 9, 2013

    10 Must-Have Items When Camping with Juggalos

    At some point in your life, you may find yourself sitting in a minivan in rural Illinois, stressed out as you wear a metal butcher knife pendant around your neck. Your ankles are covered in mysterious goo and all of your beer is warm. It could only mean one thing -- you're at The Gathering of the Ju ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    How Gut Check's Brain Processed News of Doritos Locos Tacos-Flavored Doritos Chips, A Flowchart

    When Gut Check heard Frito-Lay was planning to create a new strain of Doritos tortilla chips to match the taste of Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos in Cool Ranch and Nacho Cheese flavors, our mind all but caved in on itself from confusion. What's happening? There was only one way to make sense of t ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    SXSW 2013: Critically Important Questions Raised By This Year's Event

    Editor: We have so many questions here in Austin. Here are 50 of them. 1. Will I like the pedicab costumed as The Hulk if he gets angry? 2. Are we all really just in New York? 3. Is this t-shirt rad? 4. Do you want to get some 'za, which is now absolutely the slang for pizza? 5. How far can yo ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    The Scene at SXSW: Here's What You Are Missing

    By Craig Hlavaty Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtra ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Chef's Choice: Natasha Kwan of Frida's Deli, Part 2

    This is part two of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Natasha Kwan of Frida's Deli. Read part one, a profile of Kwan, here. Part three, a recipe from Kwan, will be available Thursday. Natasha Kwan, the owner of the vegetarian, vegan and raw-food restaurant Frida's Deli (622 North and South Road, ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    Taste Test: Taco Bell Regular and Supreme Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos

    On January 29, Taco Bell chief executive officer Greg Creed officially spilled the beans about the fast-food chain's forthcoming Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. Originally the Cool Ranch-flavored tacos were to descend on the masses today, but earlier this week Taco Bell announced via its Facebook pa ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    Taco Bell Cool Ranch-Flavored Doritos Locos Tacos Available March 7

    When Taco Bell partnered with Frito-Lay last year to create nacho cheese Doritos-flavored Doritos Locos Tacos, the Internet all but collapsed in on itself like a dying star. While we've already forgotten the name of the 2012 Republican Party presidential candidate, we might never forget the first ti ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    10 St. Louis Restaurants With Winning Super Bowl Food and Drink Specials

    With the weekend creeping closer, we here at Gut Check realize we need to make plans for Super Bowl Sunday -- specifically, what will we be eating and drinking, and where? From all-you-can-eat nacho and wing bars and barbecue dinners to discounts on beers, booze and shots, Gut Check's roundup of St. ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Doritos Super Bowl Commercial Competiton Enters Final Days of Voting, Watch 'Em All Here

    Gut Check loves watching the Super Bowl, but almost more than that, we love watching the food and drink commercials that air during the Super Bowl. In 2006, Frito-Lay pioneered online crowdsourcing to promote its Doritos brand during the Super Bowl. Seven years later that very successful and very p ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012
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    October 30, 2012

    [VIDEO] Cardinals Lose, So Today is Free Doritos Locos Tacos Day

    Though the sting of the Cardinals loss is still with us, it's high time we started looking on the bright side of life. Like, for instance, the fact that the Giants ultimately went on to win the World Series means -- it's Free Doritos Locos Tacos Day! That's right, for a short window of time today, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    The Shack PubGrub Opens in Midtown

    The Shack PubGrub opened for business this morning at 3818 Laclede Avenue in Midtown, the SLU-centric spot previously (briefly) occupied by Pierre Laclede's. (A tip o' the hat to George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine for the heads up on the opening.) The Shack has quite the pedigree: Its owners also ow ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    ObamaCare Upheld? Gut Check's Chowing Down on Our Favorite Gut Busters

    Gut Check rejoiced at this morning's news that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare. Of course, we already have health care, but we know that unemployment is only one terrible blog post away (this one, perhaps), and we suffer from a debilitating preexisting con ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Cheetos Nachos Sold in Texas Convenience Store, Sign Gut Check Up

    Last week Gut Check was so enamored with the news that Subway was test marketing Doritos nachos at select locations inside Wal-Mart stores nationwide that we recreated the dish for taste test purposes. The next day a tipster informed us that several Subway restaurants housed in St. Louis Wal-Mart st ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    Subway's Doritos Nachos Available in St. Louis

    When Gut Check learned yesterday that Subway is test-marketing nachos made with Doritos, we couldn't wait to try them -- in fact, we were so excited that we bought chips, Cheez Whiz and jalapeños to make some for ourselves. Turns out we didn't have to wait. An operative passed along word this mor ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Nutella & Go! Snack Spotted at St. Louis Wal-Mart, Be Still Our Beating Heart

    During a recent jaunt to the Wal-Mart (3270 Telegraph Road) on Telegraph Road, Gut Check made a semi-life-altering discovery: Nutella & Go!, an individually packaged, snack-size portion of Nutella and bread sticks. Produced by Ferrero, the people behind everyone's favorite hazelnut spread, the to-go ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Subway Is Test-Marketing Doritos Nachos? Gut Check Can't -- and Doesn't -- Wait

    When Gut Check learned that, in an attempt to enter the Doritos-fast food arms race that Taco Bell began with its "Doritos Locos Tacos" a few months ago, Subway is test-marketing nachos made with Doritos at a Nashville, Tennessee, location, our first thought was, "Damn it -- St. Louis never gets to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments from SXSW 2012

    The last few days, Village Voice Media's indefatigable music staff has been regaling you with stories of the best from SXSW 2012. In the midst of these discoveries, we've been culling another list: the worst shit. The acts that ranged from huge bore-fests to downright lame. Below, you'll find our cr ... More >>

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    March 18, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Saturday 3/17/2012

    So, we come to it: the end of all things. Four days of madness, Doritos, Skrillex and finally, St. Patrick's Day. Before we bid SXSW 2012 farewell, allow us to share our favorite moments from SXSW day four. Later, we'll let you know which shows weren't so hot. Find our favorites below, and if there ... More >>

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    March 17, 2012

    The Best of SXSW Music: Friday 3/16/2012

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music editors have selected t ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    Taco Bell's Latest Innovation: The Doritos Locos Regular and Supreme Tacos

    ​Last week Gut Check caught wind that Taco Bell was launching its classic signature tacos with a new twist -- Dorito-flavored shells. First thought we had upon hearing this news? There is a God.

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    What the Hell is Bridge Mix, and Why Is It in Our Off-Brand Raisinets?

    Walgreens has announced a voluntary recall of 13-ounce packages of its store-brand chocolate-covered raisins because they may contain peanut, almond and soy ingredients. Click that link to see the UPC data for the offending packages, which don't appear to have been distributed to Missouri or Illinoi ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Bobby Flay's Spicy Mango Six Other Diet Pepsis No One Wants

    Thanks, Bobby Flay. The Spicy Mango Diet Pepsi and Pineapple Chipotle Diet Pepsi you commissioned for your "Tacos & Tequila" event last weekend most certainly increased the Patron consumption. At least PepsiCo had the good sense to not put these flavors on the mass market. They already have enough ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    RIP Doritos Inventor Arch West Eight Discontinued Doritos Flavors

    As Ian reported yesterday, Arch West, the 97-year-old Texan who blessed the world with Doritos in 1966, passed away last week. His family plans to sprinkle Doritos into his final resting place. While we wish no disrespect to West or his mourning family, we hope they won't be burying these beloved, ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    Creator of Doritos Passes Away: A Tribute

    Image via​Arch West, the Frito-Lay marketing executive credited with creating the Doritos brand of tortilla chips, passed away last week at the age of 97. His family plans to sprinkle his urn with Doritos before covering it with dirt.Gut Check can't think of a better tribute to the man whose creat ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Pregnancy Causing Obesity Epidemic, St. Louis Doctor Claims

    image via zazzle.comGuess again, lady​National experts have suggested that if a woman is obese, she should gain far less weight when pregnant than previously thought: just 11 to 20 pounds.But one local doctor says even that is far too much. Dr. Raul Artal, chairman of the obstetrics and gynecology ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    Real Men Eat Meat - They Just Don't Like It: The Most Homophobic Food Ads

    ​Gut Check was enjoying a day dozing in front of the ol' Samsung when a Klondike commercial came on and jolted us out of our daydreaming. Was it the mere mention of this wholesome family treat that caused us to bolt upright in our Barcalounger? Sadly, no. The ice cream bar maker and its pare ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Taco Bell Tests Dorito-Flavored Taco Shells: Five Repurposed Junk Foods

    ​ Why in the hell didn't someone think of this years ago? If you're lucky enough to live in Ohio or Kansas, run to your neighborhood Taco Bell because hallelujah! They're test marketing taco shells made from nacho cheese-flavored Doritos! That's right - a giant orange Dorito, filled with T ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    10 Crimes That Prove Junk Food Makes People Stupid

    New York Post"Hand over the bearclaws or I'll make another crappy sequel!"​This week researchers at Bristol University released a study claiming that kids who consume junk food before age three are more likely to have lower IQs in the future. While nutritional research should always be taken w ... More >>

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    February 8, 2011

    This Year's Five Best Super Bowl Commercials

    ​That was, without a doubt, one of the worst Super Bowls I can ever remember. Oh, sure, the game was just fine. Instant classic material, I guess. Two great quarterbacks, historic franchises, a great comeback that almost happened, plenty of drama in the last two minutes, and a brilliant storyline ... More >>

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    January 10, 2011

    Doritos Nixes Communion-Themed Ad from Contest

    Oh, these are heady days for a food writer looking for any excuse to use the term transubstantiation. Last week, we told you about an outbreak of hepatitis A linked to the communion wafers at a Catholic church.Now comes word, via Grub Street, that Doritos has pulled a contestant from its annual "Cra ... More >>

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    December 30, 2010

    Pepsi Wants You to Snackify

    Time to snackify your soft drinks. The Wall Street Journal says that Pepsi believes customers wants to "snackify" their drinks. What the hell does that mean? It means they're looking for ways to market a new fruit puree that's thin enough to drink but thick enough to be a food. Apple, grape, and che ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Robin Murphy of Baileys' Chocolate Bar, Rooster and Bridge

    This is part one of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice profile of Robin Murphy of Baileys' Chocolate Bar, Rooster and Bridge. Part two, a Q&A with Murphy, follows later today and part three, a recipe, on Friday. Robin Wheeler​David Bailey's name is well-known on the St. Louis restaurant scene. He' ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Marjoram: The More You Eat, the Less You Fart?

    Welcome to Spice World, in which Gut Check looks at overlooked spices from around the globe, introducing those you probably don't own -- and probably should. Forest and Kim Starr​History: What do you get when you strip oregano from its wild roots? Marjoram: It's oregano's earthy, demure next ... More >>

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    November 20, 2009

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    ​Believe it or not, congealed pork blood at the fantastic Vietnamese restaurant Phuc Loi wasn't the most challenging thing I ate this week. That would be Doritos Late Night "Last Call Jalapeño Popper" chips. Talk about regurgitating the week! Then again, maybe we should wait till someone tries th ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    Fight Club Sandwich: Doritos "Tacos at Midnight" Tortilla Chips vs. Doritos "Last Call Jalapeño Poppers" Tortilla Chips

    Every now and then comes a time when a sensible human being must stop whatever he or she is doing and ask, in a voice as polite but also as insistent as possible, "What the fuck?"​Dear readers, I present the latest offerings from the mad flavor scientists at Frito-Lay: Doritos "Late Night" tortill ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    The Land of the Midnight Sneak

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons I was planning on regaling you with tales of the highly appropriate rainbow-hued foods I snuck into the Pride Parade this weekend in Tower Grove Park. Alas, even Southern sneaks wilt like delicate magnolia blossoms in 100-plus degree heat, and I am no exception. ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    The Really Important Stuff About the Super Bowl -- The Commercials

    We witnessed one of the greatest single games in the history of NFL football last night. The flurry of momentum and lead changes, the outstanding performances by players both known and unknown, and a finish that actually outdid last year's dramatics. Simply outstanding. But, really, does anyone ... More >>

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    February 2, 2009

    Anheuser-Busch Dethroned After 10 Straight Years With Best Super Bowl Commercial

    The results are in for USA Today's annual Super Bowl Ad Meter ratings, and for the first time in a decade the winner isn't Anheuser-Busch (or AB InBev, as we affectionately refer to it today).Also for the first-time ever the best commercial wasn't created by an advertising company. This year's top s ... More >>

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    June 25, 2008
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    June 25, 2008
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    September 18, 2007

    Daily Web Crawl

    Your daily guide to what they're whispering about in the next cubicle. photo: Fun for the whole family. HERE Pork prices are on the rise in China, and Ian Froeb tells us why. Annie Zaleski has got the latest on Missy Elliot and her relationship with Doritos. It might be h ... More >>

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    September 17, 2007
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    March 8, 2006

    Warsteiner Premium Verum

    Joel's Shell Food Mart, 1814 Arsenal Street, 314-772-1977.

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    September 29, 2004
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    September 24, 2003

    Best Gaming Store

    The Gathering Ground

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    September 27, 2000

    Best Place to Eat Junk Food

    Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH South) Cafeteria

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