Functional Foods

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Arby's Commercials Are Just The Worst: An (Incomplete) Historical Accounting

    Have you noticed the latest ad campaign from Arby's? It features a "legendary detective" trumpeting the fact that Arby's doesn't get its meat from a "factory," as Subway does, but slices it fresh in the restaurant. In one of these ads, this detective even tries to give a meat slicer to a Subway emp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    "Sex Drive" Harnesses the Power of Horny Goat Weed

    Man has ingested all manner of disgusting things hoping they might put the gusto back in his thrust-o: Tiger penis, dead chicken embryos, ambergris (an intestinal secretion of sperm whales). Why not an energy drink, which some consider the equivalent of drinking sweetened battery acid? Sex Drive En ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    New Caffeinated Kettle Chips Infused With Taurine, Vitamin B and, Uh, Caffeine

    We'd be lying if we said we'd imagined a beautiful Frankenstein hybrid of our favorite kettle chips and our favorite energy drink ingredients taurine and caffeine uniting in one product. That would be a lie. With that said, when Gut Check learned that foodstuffs producer Arma recently released caffe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Red Bull Total Zero: Different Can, Same Cancer

    Not everyone at Gut Check is a fan of energy drinks, but for those of us who have made peace with destroying our livers, they remain a shameless addiction. We know they can't be good for us, but either is a diet rich in cheese and sugar, so it doesn't totally assault our food-based worldview. While ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 1, 2012
  • Calendar

    January 5, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Hog Bomb, HotShots

    Mary ManganYou won't find bacon in HotShots' Hob Bombs.​You've probably heard the term "McJob," or, even more likely, "GenX," both of which were coined by Douglas Coupland in his 1991 novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. We're going to borrow a couple more: Nutritional Slummi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2010
  • Calendar

    January 20, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    St. Louis Video: Slayer, "Mandatory Suicide," 1994

    Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Killswitch Engage and a ton of other bands are at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater today as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. In last week's paper, Phil Freeman spoke with Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, in part discussing the band's forthcoming album, World P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 10.23

    The effort to create drought-resistant crops, starring Monsanto. (New York Times) Doctors want the FDA to do more to regulate caffeine levels in energy drinks. (USA Today) The rare story about food prices going down: The cost of Maine lobster has plummeted. (AP) - Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008
  • Music

    July 16, 2008

    Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

    2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights

  • Music

    June 18, 2008

    Modey Lemon

    8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25. The Bluebird, 2706 Olive Street

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2008

    Ener-Gee Whiz: Steaz Energy (Lime)

    A new feature in which Gut Check attempts to find an effective energy drink...that doesn't taste like ass. Name: Steaz Energy (Lime) Size: 12 oz. Boast: "...the world's first functional energy drink with respect for the community and the environment." Certified USDA organic, fair trade and vegan. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008

    Last Night Review: Free Party at the City Museum

    Small children and their parents still lingered at the City Museum downtown when I got there at five after six on Wednesday night. Workers in red shirts were running around getting cables and speakers hooked up for the bands. I met Don Stueck in the front entrance by the ticket booths. He was cartin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 16, 2008
  • Dining

    January 31, 2007


    99 cents
    6211 Delmar Boulevard

  • Dining

    October 11, 2006

    SoBe No Fear Gold Energy Drink, Rockstar Energy Drink and Full Throttle Energy Drink

    Available at Walgreens locations throughout the St. Louis area

  • Calendar

    February 22, 2006
  • News

    September 1, 2004

    Hole in One

    Unreal sneaks a peek at golfing strippers, learns the health advantages of Pimp Juice and laments fallen fowl; plus, do women who marry Jesus get wedding gifts?

  • Music

    November 21, 2001