By Tom Murphy In the late 1980s, it was nearly unheard of for Japanese underground rock bands to play in the United States. But Shonen Knife, appearing at the Firebird this Saturday, October 18, played a show in Los Angeles in 1989. By then, the band's music had already spent several years circula ... More >>
Avocado. Avocado. Avocado. Spicy tuna? Avocado. Avocado. Avocado? I'm standing along the perimeter of the rectangular sushi station -- I'd call it the sushi bar but there's nowhere to sit -- at Tokyo Seafood Buffet (8004 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-991-1188), watching as plates of sushi, ... More >>
Back in January, Gut Check told you about Tokyo Buffet, the new and apparently quite large restaurant that will open at 8008 Olive Boulevard in University City. (This is in the same strip mall that houses Seafood City Grocery Store.) Driving by the other day, I noticed that not only is the Tokyo Bu ... More >>
8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
For years, Soulard has claimed to host the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in America. Yesterday, the South City neighborhood definitively laid claim to actually having the largest Mardi Gras celebration in the world -- of a sort.With official counters on hand and a public notary verifying ... More >>
Advertising products they'd never endorse in the United States, American celebrities have always looked to Japan for extra income. Which is a shame, because Americans would have loved to have seen a post-prison James Brown shilling Cup o' Noodles in 1991.
Earlier this week, Gavin DeGraw was hospitalized after he was attacked during a walk home from his club in New York City, and, while staggering away, bleeding, was hit by a taxi cab. He canceled several upcoming shows, and for that we don't blame him at all. But on the grand scale, where King ... More >>
"Form feet and legs; form arms and body; and I'll form the head!" Don't know what your favorite cartoon of the mid-1980s was, but we here at Daily RFT we're definitely partial to Voltron. From 1984 to 1985, the animated series about crime fighters in robotic cats that could come together as a gia ... More >>
thenudiefoodies.comFood and sex keep colliding all over the place, often in the name of doing good. The Loop had a couple of naked ladies promoting veganism for PETA yesterday. Elsewhere, food bloggers are losing their clothes to aid Japan. The Nudie Foodies are 18 "cover model-caliber ... More >>
Image viaHave it your way, especially if your way is on the way to the cardiac-care unit.Maybe I need to rethink all the snarky comments I make about us Americans gorging ourselves on ever more over-the-top fast-food creations. That picture above is an ad for Burger King's new "Meat Monster" Whop ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons The truly horrible catastrophe in Japan keeps threatening people nearly two weeks after the initial earthquakes and tsunami. The nuclear power plants are damaged and there's radiation in the water, spinach and milk! Quick! Stop all exports of these products to the U.S.! Bec ... More >>
Amid panic about nuclear plants exploding after huge earthquakes hit Japan, a local drug manufacturer is seeing a run on a medicine that protects against radiation poisoning. The over-the-counter drug, ThyroShield, saturates the thyroid with potassium idodide so that it can't absorb radiation. "I ... More >>
Making its way around the food blogosphere today is news of a record-setting auction price for a bluefin tuna in Japan: approximately $400,000. The AP report below, via Eater, showcases the beast.The price tag should answer any question as to why the bluefin tuna is on the brink of being wiped out - ... More >>
What do people in Japan eat for Christmas dinner? KFC, of course. Laos News reports that the American chicken chain has created a Christmas tradition of eating fried chicken in Japan. Their catchy marketing slogan is, "At Christmas you eat chicken."If it's a KFC in Brazil, they'd better get ready to ... More >>
Ian FroebToo. Much. Action. at the Post Sports Bar & GrillKeegan is out of town for a few days. I will try to fill his boots.Why are the final matches in each group played simultaneously? Not for the entertainment value.In 1982, unheralded Algeria finished group play with two wins and one los ... More >>
If you're looking for ear-splitting hardcore tonight, look no further than Fubar (3108 Locust Street) in Midtown when bands from California, Boston and Japan take the stage floor on the lounge side of the venue. Mind Eraser, which has played St. Louis three times in the past (all in basements, her ... More >>
Image viaAsparagus, lookin' all tasty. Don't be fooled.Gut Check warned you yesterday that vegetables weren't as benign as you've been led to believe. Already, via Gawker, we have another example.To the right, you see a picture of regular, everyday asparagus. You know, arrives every spring, taste ... More >>
Foot-and-mouth disease is back. Three cows were found with the condition's mouth sores, so Japan has banned the export of beef for three months, according to Forbes. It's the first case of foot-and-mouth reported in Japan in ten years. Jack in the Box has introduced self-service kiosks. Slashfood ... More >>
In today's news: a bad history at the source of the salmonella outbreak, caterpillars in Liberia and deadly fugu in Japan.
In today's news: more countries need food aid, Mexico protests U.S. labeling laws, eating cats in china and brewing beer in space.
China's food-safety head steps down as the melamine-tainted infant formula crisis widens: Over 53,000 have been sickened. (CNN) In Japan, the agriculture minister steps down after a scandal over contaminated rice. (AP) A look at the new PBS series featuring Mario Batali, Mark Bittman and Gwyneth P ... More >>
Tensions between China and Japan over contaminated frozen dumplings have eased somewhat. (Time) Researchers believe pre-chewing food may transmit HIV from infected adults to babies. (New York Times) A video game based on the competitive-eating circuit is in the works. Even if I didn't hate eating ... More >>
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 >>
7 p.m. Saturday, October 27. 2 Cents Plain, 1114 Olive Street.
Disney opts to get rid of transfats from theme parks in Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong in addition to U.S. parks. (International Herald Tribune) www.wikimedia.org The more fast food you eat, the fatter you get. Well, duh. (USA Today) The five-second rule never applies. Ever. (Indianapolis St ... More >>
(Madame Butterfly, The Touhill Performing Arts Center)
Week of October 12, 2006
A soda called Pipi Bubble, Austria's last wandering shepherd, a boat made of 164,321 wine corks: It's all here
Little Tokyo, 16 South Central Avenue, Clayton, 314-721-0100
Central Trading Company, 8150 Olive Boulevard, 314-993-4303
The only thing keeping the Japanese from buying the Midwest's finest beef is the USDA
And plays locally
All American Collectibles
Black on Black: A Tribute to Black Flag (Initial Records)
Robata of Japan
Robata of Japan
Japan's celebrated Kodo drummers thunder into St. Louis