Girl Scouts of the United States of America

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    A Gut Check Guide to Pairing Girl Scout Cookies with Local Beers

    Just in case you somehow missed them in front of supermarkets, in your office or at your front door, Girl Scout Cookie Season has arrived. Through this annual tradition, Girl Scouts across the region learn valuable life skills, earn badges and generate work for local dentists. Once you've filled you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Dog-Walkers to Client: "We Don't Walk Dogs for People Who Want Marijuana Legalized"

    When news of a girl scout selling cookies outside a Colorado marijuana dispensary went viral last month, it had far-reaching consequences for a St. Louis family: they were "fired" from the dog walking service they had been a customer of for years. It all started when Tricia Moyer, a mother of two a ... More >>

  • News

    January 30, 2014
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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 >>

  • News

    September 5, 2013
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    September 4, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending August 26, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books and Subterranean Books. This week, we find ourselves in a State of Wonder (incidenta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Girl Scout Calls for Cookie Boycott over Transgender Scouts

    Honestly, Gut Check was starting to get annoyed that the Girl Scouts of America hadn't gotten back to us about the unfortunate associations with the name of their new Savannah Smiles cookies. But then we heard about this story and realized the organization has PR problems that aren't the result of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Girl Scouts Introduce New "Savannah Smiles" Cookie, Gut Check's Thoughts Turn to Porn

    ​Gut Check is going to go out on a precarious limb here and assume that if you were to make a Venn diagram of a) Girl Scouts of America executives, b) aficionados of early 1990's porn and c) fans of the band Okkervil River, it would feature very little overlap.So we're not sure what it says about ... More >>

  • News

    December 29, 2011
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    December 14, 2011

    Holiday Cocktail Countdown #9: Mangia Italiano's The Grinch

    Like any red-blooded American, Gut Check uses liquid medication to cope with holiday stress. Not only does a good winter cocktail make it possible to tolerate family members, say, inquiring about your procreation plans, it helps keep you warm, too. From now until Christmas, we're calling upon local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    The Eight Best Food Scenes From Season Eight of Curb Your Enthusiasm

    HBOLarry David and pals curb their enthusiasm tableside.​This weekend HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm ended its eighth season, which was rife with even more food humor than ever before. Which is saying something from the show that, in past seasons, brought us the Tourette's Syndrome chef and the ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Girl Scouts of the USA Gives Its Rules on Driveway Cookie Sales

    Wikimedia CommonsNot every Girl Scout sells cookies door-to-door. ​Believe it or not, despite our grumblings, Gut Check is heavily involved in Girl Scouts. We co-lead a troop of Brownies who, yes, spend one month a year selling Girl Scout cookies. With all the kerfluffle in Hazelwood about a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Hazelwood Girl Scouts Lose Their Appeal

    Verboten without a permit: Girl Scout cookies​Score one for the bureaucrats.KMOV (Channel 4) is reporting that the judge hearing the appeal of two Hazelwood Girl Scouts hoping to sell Girl Scout cookies out of their driveway has dismissed their plea without comment.The Girl Scouts were represe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Girl Scouts Take the City of Hazelwood to Court For Permission to Peddle Cookies

    Watch out: These could land you in court.​The problem began with Girl Scout cookies. This is a strange truth, to be sure, but that problem progressed when Girl Scouts Abigail and Caitlin Mills were barred from selling those cookies in their home driveway. In March, their home city of Hazelwood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Girl Scouts Take the City of Hazelwood to Court For Permission to Peddle Cookies

    Watch out: These could land you in court.​The problem began with Girl Scout cookies. This is a strange truth, to be sure, but that problem progressed when Girl Scouts Abigail and Caitlin Mills were barred from selling those cookies in their home driveway. In March, their home city of Hazelwood ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Jennifer SilverbergA drink being poured over the ice cylinder at Taste​This week Ian put his regular review on ice, and paid a visit to Taste to check out their innovative ice instead. He also shared #10 on the list of Ian Froeb's 100 Favorite St. Louis Dishes. What else did we do this week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Girl Scout Cookies Make Us Want to Puke -- Episode 3: Shortbread (a.k.a. Trefoils)

    Doesn't that face just scream shortbread cookie!?​If Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa of Food Network fame, baked up a batch of shortbread cookies for a Girl Scout troop in her neck of the Hamptons, here is what the ingredient list might look like: ​ If, on the other hand, you bought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Dogs Can Sniff Out Cookie-Hating Idiots

    Today's comment of the day comes in response to John H. Tucker's report about the city of Hazelwood barring local Girl Scouts from selling cookies out of their driveway.As Tucker reported, Hazelwood claimed the cookie sales were causing neighborhood dogs to bark -- which triggered this insightful co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    ​This week, Gut Check paid visits to Petri Cafe, Nora's and the Wicked Lady Pub, and Ian counted down numbers 13, 12 and 11 of his 100 Favorite St. Louis Dishes. What else did we do this week? We named the Fig-Hattan at Ernesto's the Drink of the Week. We took a closer look at Girl Scout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Girl Scout Cookies Make Us Want to Puke -- Episode 2: Caramel deLites (a.k.a. Samoas)

    ​It's Girl Scout Cookie season, and Gut Check is celebrating by taking a more-than-cursory glance at this annual sugar and saturated-fat bacchanalia and, well, kinda throwing up in our mouth. In our first episode, we decried the non-nutritive abominations known as Peanut Butter Patties, or as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Girl Scout Cookies Make Us Want to Puke -- Episode 1: Peanut Butter Patties

    Why are these girls so cheerful? Must be the partially hydrogenated palm kernel, and/or cottonseed oils.​Gut Check is sick and tired of people gushing about their love of Girl Scout Cookies. We're no hectoring health-food nutjob. We eat (and drink) our share of crap that's no good for us. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Florida Woman Earns Girl Scout Badge in Effin' Someone Up over Thin Mints

    Image viaThin Mints: So delicious. So tempting.​Oh, Girl Scout Cookie season. A time for friendly arguments over which cookie is supreme* and whether Thin Mints are best at room temperature or frozen.** A time for impulse purchases from your neighbor's daughter and mandatory purchases from your bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Food Fights Signal Bad Manners, End Times.

    Sure, we all love food. But are we willing to fight for it? Go to jail for it? Or, perhaps, die for it? Judging from recent headlines, the End Times have arrived, signaled by that famine horseman who's prompting people to ape shit on one another over snack foods. Or maybe it's just time to offer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Twelve Crazy Drinks You've Probably Never Heard Of (Videos)

    ​One day Gut Check was sitting around the office enjoying an after-hours libation when someone said, "Hey, have you ever heard of a Red-Headed Slut?" As a matter of fact, we had. It soon became evident, however, that our colleague was referring to a cocktail. There quickly ensued a lengthy d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Totally Safe For Work: Kendra Holliday Redux

    The Baking Kind​Mom, sex-blogger and Riverfront Times profile subject Kendra Holliday has taken some serious heat lately: When she revealed her true identity after anonymously blogging about her (shall we say advanced) sex life for many years as The Beautiful Kind, some folks decided they'd rather ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    St. Louis Should NOT Host the 2012 Democratic Convention

    Face it: St. Louis just can't cover up all its zits.​Sure, the 2012 Democratic Convention could bring millions of dollars to the St. Louis economy. And, yes, it would be a great way for St. Louis to showcase to the world its recent downtown renovations -- City Garden, Washington Ave., Post Office ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    St. Charles County Could Put Smoking Ban on November Ballot

    ​A meeting of the St. Charles County council last night pitted Girl Scouts versus a bar owner. Both were there there to talk about a proposed smoking ban that could be placed on the St. Charles County this November. Can you take a wild guess as to which opposed the ban and which supported it? The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Fish Fry Frenzy, Week 3: Epiphany of Our Lord

    A church with a bowling alley's a bit out of the ordinary. Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church is also a school, though. What? Your school didn't have eight lanes and an arcade with a smoking lounge and bar? Or a Lenten fish fry in the gym next door? Robin Wheeler​Having learned from last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    St. Louis Legislators Sponsor Bills to Exempt Missouri from Federal Health Care Reform

    Jane Cunningham: Some call her a senator, some call her Nurse Ratched.​Two local legislators -- State Sen. Jane Cunningham (R-Chesterfield) and State Rep. Tim Jones (R-Eureka) are sponsoring bills that would exempt Missouri from any federal health-care reform mandates. (Never mind that Congress ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Con Man Bill Jakob: In His Own Words

    Bill JakobIn the course of reporting "Hornswoggled," this week's feature story about the con man Bill Jakob, RFT obtained a transcription of a sworn deposition that Jakob gave earlier this year as part of a $7.25 million civil rights lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court.Federal investigators warne ... More >>

  • News

    March 25, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 7, 2009

    La Dolce Via is Back and All's Right With the World

    Jennifer SilverbergLa Dolce Via owner Marcia Sindel, once again the baker of the city's finest scones.Things to make St. Louisans happy this weekend: the (temporary) onset of spring, lovely warm weather (also temporary), waking up in the morning to the happy chirping of birds, the sight of Girl Scou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!

    Back in the day, there were few times of the year that made me more miserable than the Girl Scout cookie drive. Every afternoon and on weekends, I would put on my oh-so-stylish brown polyester jumper and sash and roam the streets of my neighborhood, knocking on doors and, if anyone answered, asking ... More >>

  • Music

    May 30, 2007

    2007 RFT Music Showcase

    Week of May 31, 2007

  • News

    January 3, 2007

    Must Love Dogs

    Misty wants your affection (um, not that kind). Plus, one St. Louis man teaches us how to come back from vacation alive, while another reveals our dishonesty.

  • News

    August 2, 2006

    Jogging While Intoxicated

    Just in time for the worst storm in recorded history, Unreal catches up to Hash House Harriers, the drinking club with a running problem

  • News

    May 24, 2006

    Derby Rolls Again

    Roller derby's St. Louis roots run deep. Now a new generation of skaters vows to bring this rock-'em sock-'em sport back to life.

  • News

    May 10, 2006

    Running on Empty

    Truck firms are so desperate for drivers that just about anybody can get behind the wheel

  • News

    April 13, 2005

    Highly Rank

    An embarrassing month for Washington University

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    November 10, 2004


    Week of November 11, 2004

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    September 22, 2004


    Week of September 22, 2004

  • Dining

    July 28, 2004

    Afternoon Delight

    Minions Cafe's down-home food might be better than Mom's -- but don't tell her we said so

  • Music

    January 28, 2004

    Repent, Sinner!

    And your love of punk-pop may be forgiven

  • News

    September 3, 2003

    Breakfast of Champions

    He scaled an intellectual Everest at age twelve. What's he like at sixteen? Meet George Thampy.

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2003

    Baseball Been Very Bad to Me

    The Frontier League shows the way

  • News

    February 28, 2001

    Girl, Interrupted

    Eighteen-year-old Amy Walker was abandoned in a hospital parking lot, slumped over her steering wheel. It was the first time she had tried heroin and the last.

  • News

    July 5, 2000

    Welcome to Brooklyn

    Damn the criticism -- Mayor Ruby Cook runs Brooklyn her way. But in this historic town, best known for its sex trade, she's not the biggest problem. Brooklyn is broke, divided and sinking fast.

  • News

    April 26, 2000

    Urban Caverns

    The homeless take a hike so that a "community" can come together.

  • Music

    March 1, 2000

    Grrl Crazy

    Artist Jim Mahfood produces a comic for young-adult hipsters in his Grrl Scouts