George Orwell's predictions in his dystopian classic 1984 seem more apt for 2014 than the titular year. The scale and scope of our intelligence agencies suggest that Big Brother is well and truly with us. Our corruption of the English language in social media is more than reminiscent of newspeak (LO ... More >>
It's nothing out of the ordinary for the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri to call Abdul Kadir Mohamed. A Somali immigrant turned immigration attorney, Mohamed, 30, has often worked pro bono cases for the ACLU. So he wasn't surprised when the group's executive director, John Chasno ... More >>
We have been waiting all summer for Blueprint Coffee (6225 Delmar Boulevard) to open, and it looks like the day is (almost) upon us. Gut Check went to check things out, and partner Mike Marquard gave us the scoop on the new setup and when he hopes to be open. See also: Mike Marquard Discusses Bluep ... More >>
As the long summer afternoons drag on, we could all use a quick pick-me-up -- not those sugary, chemical-ridden energy drinks, but rather good old-fashioned coffee. Chances are your local coffee shop is like a second home -- special mugs, chatty baristas and free wifi; it's likely you've grown quite ... More >>
This weekend's food events and festivals include a crab fest at Broadway Oyster Bar, PrideFest 2013 downtown, Farm Dog, and the grand opening celebration of the Saint Louis Art Museum's new East Building and more. Where will you eat?
Talk about falling from grace. Tim Lambesis, the 32-year-old lead singer of the Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, is accused of plotting to kill his wife. He posted a $2 million bail on Friday. Lambesis must wear a GPS monitor and stay away from his estranged wife and children.
Way back in the '80s, people liked feeling magnanimous. "I hear there are starving kids in Ethiopia." "Fuck that! We can feed people with a song!" And thus, the idea for "We Are the World" was born. Maybe. I haven't actually talked to Lionel Richie about his motivation for coordinating the song, bu ... More >>
One of the nastiest side-effects of a difficult childbirth is the fistula, when an infant gets jammed so tightly in the birth canal that it cuts off the flow of blood to surrounding organs. Eventually the flesh rots away, leaving a hole, from which things -- piss, shit, menstrual blood -- leak. You ... More >>
image viaDanielle Nierenberg in Arusha, Tanzania.Danielle Nierenberg, a former resident of Defiance, Missouri, now a project manager at the Worldwatch Institute, a think tank in Washington, DC, spent the past year and a half traveling through sub-Saharan Africa as part of a project called Nou ... More >>
San Francisco breakbeat whiz kid Lorin Ashton aka Bassnectar will be slangin' that ill shit on April 9 at the Pageant. Blueberry Hill *Chuck Berry, January 19 *Truth and Salvage Co., February 20 Chaifetz Arena *6th Annual St. Louis Blues Festival, February 12 Cranky Yellow *Cognitive Disso ... More >>
Image viaDo you need the perfect holiday gift for the Wilco fan on your list? Have you already given them the Wilco scarf, Wilco insulated lunch tote, Wilco album transport case and Wilco dog sweater? This year, given him the gift that'll keep him alert so he can listen to Wilco into the we ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergThe vegetarian combo platter at Blue Nile Market and CafeThis week, I return to one of my favorite dining destinations in St. Louis -- Jeffrey Plaza, a homely strip mall at Olive Boulevard and I-170 -- to try the Ethiopian restaurant Blue Nile Market and Café. Follow me after ... More >>
Wealthy countries leasing land in Ethiopia for farming. (Washington Post)Do industrial farms violate greenhouse gas laws? (The New York Times)U.S. pork not good enough for Russia. (Reuters)Why Stilton isn't made in Stilton. (The Wall Street Journal)Chuck E. Cheese as Fight Club. (Chicago T ... More >>
Quite a week here, highlighted by the debut of two new columns, the Novice Foodie and Farmer's Market Share. We also celebrated a magazine appearance by Josh Galliano of Monarch, the cooking of Marc Baltes at 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar and things that even bacon can't improve. What else happe ... More >>
Like Champagne and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Ethiopia's Yirgacheffe coffee takes its name from the region where it's grown. Sweet, fruity and well-balanced Yirgacheffe has become a household name among coffee aficionados. Now, due to changes in how Ethiopia regulates its coffee market, Yirgacheff ... More >>
Yet another call for the government to create a new food-safety organization. (HealthDay News)Ethiopia suspends all exports of coffee. (New York Times)Food costs have decreased, but lower revenues mean restaurants are still struggling. (Reuters)
MP3: Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas Time? (Original 1984)" I couldn't find the best version of this song, which is an extended mix with a totally earnest spoken-word bridge featuring the tune's participants. But here's the original version of 1984's seminal charity single, "Do T ... More >>
As expected, the cost of rice in Myanmar is sky-rocketing. (AP) The World Food Program doesn't have enough money to help drought-stricken Ethiopia. (Reuters) Dan Barber, chef and co-owner of New York City's acclaimed Blue Hill restaurant, urges a return to small farming. (New York Times) The resp ... More >>
Ian takes one for the team and counts down the ten best restaurant dishes of 2007.
In the past twelve months, I've reviewed sixty-two restaurants (and one minor-league baseball stadium) in the pages of the RFT. I've traveled to Columbia and the metro east. I've sampled the cuisines of Korea, Japan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Iran, Thailand, Bosnia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Vietnam (twice), M ... More >>
Dan Horkheimer liked the exhibit tabs on his legal documents spaced exactly one inch apart. He could speak German and Mandarin Chinese and was learning Spanish and Bosnian. He helped drive a neighbor boy to school. He lived with his wife in the north-side neighborhood of St. Louis Place. That's ... More >>
Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant and Grand Mediterranean Kabob Café show what eatin' good in the neighborhood really means.
Sonny Trimble's grave undertaking: unearthing the victims of Saddam's slaughter.
Unreal drops by to chat with Bob Schneider; we visit Africa and the Old School
Banished from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a decade ago, Joseph Pulitzer IV lives in self-imposed exile in Wyoming. What went wrong?
Minority cab companies doing business with the airport may face extinction
Don't like what's playing at the Red Sea? Come back tomorrow.
For fun in any language
Addis is a pretty good Ethiopian restaurant with all the charm of a strip-mall liquor store
Antoine Fuqua and Bruce Willis lend nobility to brutes
The biggest reason the Rams won't make the playoffs is now the Lions' leading receiver
Contemporary Museum St. Louis discovers treasure with the help of some maps
Kaldi's Coffee House & Market Bakery
Mediating the city's liquor-license madness is enough to drive an alderman to drink
A new Somali restaurant shines against its industrial-wasteland backdrop