Sometimes it takes an event like Wizard World Comic Con to prove that "nerd" doesn't necessarily mean "dork" nowadays. Tens of thousands of people swarmed the America's Center this weekend for St. Louis' first-ever Comic Con, a three-day event celebrating pop culture and science fiction. The event ... More >>
When Gut Check first received notice about a new concept for the Central West End called Central Table Food Hall (23 South Euclid Avenue), grandiose visions of Hogwarts' Great Hall-style dining with magical, never-ending feasting supplies came to mind. Of course, such a thing could never exist in re ... More >>
This week, at long last, I finally manage to get in the door of Blood & Sand (1500 St. Charles Street; 314-241-7263), the members-only restaurant and bar featuring the cocktail wizardry of TJ Vytlacil and the cooking of Chris Bork.
Update: Alert reader Micah Herstand has informed us that we were mistaken in our reporting. Unlike many of the other institutions mentioned in the Daily Meal's rankings, Wash. U. does not have 24-hour dining. He writes: The Whispers Cafe space is open 24-hours, but they stop serving coffee and foo ... More >>
John Hendrix makes a living creating illustrations and covers for periodicals such as the New York Times and Rolling Stone. It's a difficult field to break into, and it's just as difficult to maintain one's standing because you have to keep producing at a steady rate. "Sometimes you get a call at ... More >>
image viaGuess who left Hogwarts to go work at the Republic school libraries?Hey, guess what kids? Banned Books Week starts on Saturday, and the fine, upstanding citizens of Republic, Missourah, are all ready to celebrate. In June, you may recall, Republic's school board banned two books from ... More >>
Avoid trusting R/Hr fans and matchbox twenty haters in particular. It's Friday morning, and you are depressed. If you still have a pair of IMAX glasses on, or regular glasses made to look like omnioculars, you're depressed because you just got back from the midnight showing of Harry Potter an ... More >>
Chrissy WilmesThere's something wonderful about waiting in line in a swarm of like-minded fans for the release of a film you're ecstatic about. Waiting in a crowd of hundreds of excited Muggles dressed in their Hogwarts' finest, however, is downright magical. And perhaps the theater was as ... More >>
If Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton's promise (which turned out to be a joke/hoax) to become a white rapper was just one more sad reminder of a series you used to love, we don't blame you -- but we would like to discourage you. Harry Potter, as I'm sure you will remember, is after all a little m ... More >>
Calm down -- just because the Harry Potter movie franchise comes to an end this weekend with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the Hogwarts kids will live on in these wizarding-inspired eats. Until they're devoured. Then commence moaning like Myrtle. Of course, for the f ... More >>
Image viaWould you like a danish from a Supreme Court Justice?Sometimes at Gut Check International Headquarters, we get tired of eating gourmet meals day in and day out. We admit it: We like a little kitsch once and a while. Today, this story from the HuffPost Food about outrageous themed res ... More >>
image viaThe ol' 844 steams down the track.Update, January 18: The Little Rock Express beat out the Tuscola Turn, 76,217 votes to 73,175. Daily RFT apologizes to Tuscolans who cannot take a little trash-talking in the name of friendly competition. -------- The nineteenth century was definit ... More >>
Webster Grovians, prepare yourselves! Tomorrow the newest edition of Time magazine hits newsstands, featuring, on its cover, the tortured visage of native son Jonathan Franzen beside the headline "Great American Novelist". Franzen is the first living writer to grace the magazine's cover since ... More >>
Image sourceWho is that handsome devil? Could it be attorney Al Watkins? Alas, no. "It is with the highest degree of regret that I inform you that I am not a member of the Ladue Yacht Club," Watkins told Daily RFT.You may have noticed that there aren't many bodies of water in Ladue, unless yo ... More >>
Image sourceFriends, for four weeks now, we've been watching Rod Blagojevich together on Celebrity Apprentice. It hasn't always been great -- actually, since every episode is now two hours, most of it is actually pretty damned boring, especially the parts where the celebrities meet the recipi ... More >>
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