Mabel Suen

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    February 14, 2014

    Meet Eric Hall, Musical Surgeon Obsessed with Splicing Sounds

    In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. Experi ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    The Best Things We Ate This Year

    We ate so much this year. Sure, it's part of the job, but not everything we try is delicious. In the past twelve months, though, there have been a few dishes that stood out to us amid the sea of cronuts, kale and Sriracha overload. See also: The 13 Most Overcooked Food Trends of 2013

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    December 24, 2013

    St. Louis: Here's How to Improve Your Music Scene, According to You

    When we started the Fill in the Blank interview series back in June of this year, our mission was to track down local creatives and give them a simple platform to speak. We provided open-ended questions, encouraging local musicians to rant or rave on the subject at hand. RFT Music would start a se ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    The 7 Best Eggnog-Flavored Treats to Brighten Your Holiday

    Sometimes eggnog gets a bad rap. It may be an acquired taste, but there's more to enjoy besides those huge jugs of the pre-made stuff. Even if it's not your drink, plenty of bakeries and restaurants are offering eggnog-flavored treats to get you in the holiday spirit. It's basically the pumpkin spic ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    The Five Best Places to Eat After a Concert, As Chosen by Local Musicians

    In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. Once a ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From November 4 to 10

    This week, lots of acts stop through St. Louis to grace many of its great stages. Check out Talib Kweli, Steve Aoki, Lee Fields & the Expressions and many more. Click through for this week's recommendations, and stay tuned. We'll have plenty more picks for you for the weekend.

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    October 28, 2013

    Bad Dates Releases its Raw Rock'n'Roll On Tape Tonight - Hear A Track Now

    In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. The Si ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    Beauty Pageant Issues a Noisy "Earbortion" at Scuzzfest This Saturday

    In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. On a c ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Best Cupcakes 2013: Whisk a Sustainable Bakeshop Whips Up All Natural Treats

    In honor of our 2013 Best Of St. Louis issue, we're profiling some of the most fascinating winners from the Food & Drink section. The topic of this conversation: Best Cupcakes. Read the entire Best of St. Louis issue here. Last week, Kaylen Wissinger singlehandedly whipped up more than 1,000 cupcak ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    Best Bakery 2013: La Patisserie Chouquette Pastry Chef Simone Faure Takes the Cake

    In honor of our 2013 Best Of St. Louis issue, we're profiling some of the most fascinating winners from the Food & Drink section. The topic of this conversation: Best Bakery. Read the entire Best of St. Louis issue here. La Patisserie Chouquette's (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) Best Bake ... More >>

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    August 27, 2013

    A Look Inside Amy's Corner Bakeshop in the Grove [Photos]

    In July, Gut Check reported on the opening of a new bakeshop for the Grove: Amy's Corner Bakeshop (4476 Chouteau Avenue; 314-371-2253), located in a building previously occupied by a Joe Bacardi's space used primarily for catering. A month later, Amy Verkamp-McArthy has lots of exciting news to shar ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: August 16 to 18

    Third Fridays mean an open house with Third Degree Glass Factory, an Around the World Wine Dinner at Missouri Botanical Garden and German Night at the Bevo Mill. Learn more about these monthly events and more in our weekend recommendations.

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    July 26, 2013

    7 Places to Grab a Bite on the World Naked Bike Ride Route

    It's nearly upon us, that carefree cycling event that takes nude (and a few never-nudes) bike riders through the city of St. Louis. All that nakedness might leave you hungry -- or in need of a strong cocktail. Either way, follow Gut Check's guide to the best places along this year's route to grab a ... More >>

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    July 9, 2013

    Trendy Cocktails and Sky-High Sandwiches: The Central West End

    St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. The tony Central West End offers one ... More >>

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    July 3, 2013

    SKiN GRAFT's Al Johnson on St. Louis: "Flip the Arch Upside Down"

    Skin Graft Records pushed math-rock and noise in the early '90s, an era when those terms weren't so faux pas and hardcore tended to leak into other genres without fear of scuffing up some favored tradition. The label's roster grew through the next decade, hoisting up the Dazzling Killmen, Melt-Banan ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra to Release Revue Songs This Saturday at Off Broadway

    Perhaps you were one of the estimated 60,000 or so who saw Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' production of Twelfth Night in forest park over the past few weeks. If so, you probably noticed that on-stage music played a much larger role than in years past -- in the play's fictional Illyria, we learn ear ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Jazz: Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is this weekend! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categor ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    The Luminary Returns with the Post Performance Series This Summer, Featuring Local Art and Music Collaborations

    Luminary Center for the Arts makes a comeback on the show scene this summer -- well, not at its pending new physical space on Cherokee Street, but with the return of the Post Performance Series, featuring live music and one-day-only art installations at the Old Post Office Plaza (Ninth and Locust s ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    The Fortune Teller Bar's Mason Jar: Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Sug ... More >>

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    April 23, 2013

    Recent Openings: Piccione Pastry on the Delmar Loop, Prasino in St. Charles

    Geez. I leave town for a few days, and everything at Gut Check International Headquarters goes bonkers. Specifically, Gut Check might have given you a malware warning when you visited late last week. If so, 1) our sincere apologies; 2) you missed some good stories, including the news that Piccione P ... More >>

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    April 19, 2013

    A Free Jazz After Party: Weird Out With Chikamorachi

    Chikamorachi: Chris Corsano & Darin Gray Saturday, April 20 FOAM at 3359 S. Jefferson Ave. 8 PM, $10 Record Store Day attracts the collector and show goer alike as area stores pile live bands on top of limited releases. The whole affair recalls a certain holiday spirit fueled by feedback and wax. T ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    In St. Louis Music, Life Is a Never-Ending Conflict of Interests

    Art and life cohabitate, informing, imitating and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. Two months ago, my wife and I began renting a building in Edwardsville, Illinois, and moved our home studio ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Last Night Blowfly Stole My Girlfriend and Called My Dick Puny

    The Firebird. 2/6/2013. "Yo, this is fucked up. Listen." Blowfly shuffled on stage last night to spit his piece on pussy hell, incredible fucks and the real first rap. In a world with justice, it would have been shoulder-to-shoulder and cramped, but the Firebird was only half full, with enough roo ... More >>

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    January 16, 2013

    Pazz & Jop Results Are In! See this Year's Winners, Read Advice from St. Louis Artists

    The Village Voice's annual critic's-list-to-end-all-critic's-lists, the venerable Pazz & Jop issue, is now in circulation. Each year the Voice polls hundreds of music critics in an effort to provide the most comprehensive list possible of the former year's most critically-acclaimed music. In additio ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    What St. Louis Taught Me

    This is my last day as music editor of the Riverfront Times. It's been 21 months and two weeks since I moved to St. Louis from Denver, and there has not been a more dynamic stretch in my life. My predecessor, Annie Zaleski, offered me some tips when I started, just as her predecessor had. Daniel Hi ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    Little Country Gentleman Opens September 18

    Little Country Gentleman (8135 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-725-0719), the new Midwestern tasting-menu concept from Mike Randolph, will open on Tuesday, September 18, according to the restaurant's Twitter feed.

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    May 4, 2012

    The Melvins at the Firebird, 5/3/12: Review, Photos, Setlist

    The Melvins w/ UnsaneThe Firebird May 3, 2012 The Melvins beckons a special brand of music worship. The band pushes otherwise psychedelic sounds through sludgy down-trodden songs that confuse rock with metal. This April 2012 tour kicks off a prolific year for the group, and promotes its new EP, Th ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012
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    March 26, 2012

    Music from Final Fantasy at Powell Hall, 3/23-3/24/12: Review, Photos and Setlist

    Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Powell Hall March 23 and March 24, 2012 The most interesting aspect of a Final Fantasy concert could be the audience. The orchestra was often met with thunderous applause and screaming between pieces or at the start of familiar and popular songs -- more like ... More >>

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    March 15, 2012

    First Look: Nico

    A brand-new restaurant has joined the Delmar Loop's league of lunch and dinner destinations just in time for this year's early spring, readily equipped with an outdoor patio, plenty of elegant indoor seating and a fully stocked bar. Nico (6525 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-727-0200), the yo ... More >>

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    February 7, 2012

    Review Preview: Baileys' Range

    Mabel SuenThe "Carolina" burger, topped with pulled pork, at Baileys' Range​This week, I visit Baileys' Range (920 Olive Street; 314-241-8121), Dave Baileys' downtown burger joint. Follow me after the jump for a sneak peek at my review.

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    December 27, 2011

    Plush is Ready to Open in Midtown

    Back in October, RFT Music reported that Plush would be opening "next month," which is new-club code for "we'll let you know when we know." Owner Maebelle Reed has been laboring to get the club off the ground for more than two years, but renovating the 40,000 square foot behemoth hasn't been a walk ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Belleville's Trauma Harness Brings Post-Punk Gloom to the Midwest

    Mabel SuenTrauma Harness dismisses the stage and performs on the floor at Illegal Tone in Belleville. ​ The Wicked Witch of Belleville likes to throw musicians into a dirty black cauldron. She vigorously stirs the pot, concocting odd bands that creep and slither their way into nearby cities. T ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011

    Save Time and Avoid the Lines with Mercado On the Go

    Courtesy of Tiffany Glasco and Mercado on the GoMercado on the Go is a new online grocery delivery business that serves the St. Louis area.​St. Louis native Tiffany Glasco keeps exceedingly busy with her new business, even throughout the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Her service, however, ... More >>

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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 >>

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    November 28, 2011

    Princess Delights Offers 100% Guilt-Free Baked Goods

    If Gut Check told you that a baked good existed in the world that had no sugar, salt, butter, artificial flavors or additional processed ingredients and still tasted delightful, would you believe it? Well, free-thinking friends, meet Princess Ezenwa and her company Princess Delights Bakery, which of ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Maude's Market: Recipe for Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash

    Maude's Market offers locally raised heritage turkeys for Thanksgiving this year in addition to a plethora of seasonal items. Read on to see how Maude Bauschard makes the most of the season's harvest with her recipe for apple stuffed acorn squash.Mabel SuenA selection of squash from Maude's Market.T ... More >>

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    November 3, 2011

    Amanda Doyle Presents Finally, A Locally Produced Guidebook to St. Louis By and For St. Louisans, Neighborhood by Neighborhood

    Mabel SuenAmanda Doyle with a croissant and cappuccino from Rue Lafayette, a destination in her guidebook.​Sometimes it's fun to be a tourist in your own town. And now, local writer Amanda Doyle makes it easier than ever to enjoy all the sights, sounds and tastes of St. Louis with her brand-ne ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    October 2011 Openings & Closings

    Mabel Suen​October was a crazy month in St. Louis. While the activity in the restaurant scene paled in comparison to what happened at Busch Stadium, this was still one of the busiest stretches of restaurant openings that I've experienced over the past few years.Notable openings included Baileys' R ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Melt-Banana At Cicero's, 10/17/11: Review And Setlist

    Photo by Stephen HouldsworthMelt-Banana​Melt Banana | Spelling Bee | Yowie Cicero's October 17, 2011 Upon hearing that Melt-Banana was coming back to St. Louis, and specifically Cicero's, fans were a bit confused. Cicero's? Seriously? Isn't that where sappy singer-songwriters and Widespread P ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    Jimmy Hippchen of The Crow's Nest

    This is part one of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of Jimmy Hippchen of The Crow's Nest. Part two, a Q&A, will be posted tomorrow, and part three, a recipe from Hippchen, will be posted on Thursday.Mabel SuenChef Jimmy Hippchen in The Crow's Nest's "prep dungeon."​Jimmy Hippchen started hi ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Todd Lough of Bixby's: Recipe for Shrimp Soft Tacos

    This is part three of Mabel Suen's Chef's Choice profile of Todd Lough of Bixby's. Part one can be found here. Part two, a Q&A with Lough, is published here. Chef Todd Lough's cooking is likened to the overall setting at Bixby's. Located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum with a ser ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Spelling Bee Returns From A Tour That Included A Break-In And Several Great Bands

    Photo by Mabel Suen​Noise-rock duo Spelling Bee recently embarked on a tour that took members Joseph Hess and Mabel Suen to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Bost and more. We explored the band's approach to D.I.Y. in a feature as the tour was kicking off. Now that they've returned, we asked drumme ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Dough to Door Opens in Delmar Loop

    Mabel SuenManaging partners Tamika Moore and Jonathan Weinberg in the kitchen​Dough to Door opened on Friday, August 5, at 567A Melville Avenue, just off Delmar Boulevard in University City. As Gut Check learned during a preview visit last month, Dough to Door offers  made-to-order cookies, b ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Write a Dunkin' Donuts Prostitution Pick-Up Line and Win Four Tickets to Raging Rivers!

    Mabel Suen​While local franchisees busily plan to open Dunkin' Donuts locations across the greater St. Louis area, Dunkin' Donuts employees in New Jersey and Boston have been hard at work tweaking the menu. While one employee decided to add a special ingredient to the infamous DD coffee, anoth ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Dunkin' Donuts Begins Building in Florissant

    Mabel SuenAn assorted dozen from Dunkin' Donuts​Over a decade ago, the last remaining Dunkin' Donuts in the area closed down, leaving a giant donut-shaped hole in St. Louis' donut-hole-loving soul. Still with us? All faith was restored in March of 2010 when the east-coast branded donuts return ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events this Weekend: June 17-19

    Mabel SuenKerry Soraci, owner of I Scream Cakes​This weekend, treat yourself to some cheap thrills by attending a free burlesque show at Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge, tuning into a free concert at Tower Grove Farmers' Market's Harvest Sessions or grabbing some from-scratch ice cream and ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    The Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend in St. Louis: April 8 to 10

    ​It's FRIDAY, FRIDAY! Gotta get down on FRIDAY! Here's where you can find this weekend's FUN, FUN, FUN and partyin', partyin' (yeah), starting with locals Bikini Acid at Floating Laboratories and ending with Lil' Wayne and a few of his famous friends.

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    October 1, 2010

    Eleven Things To Do This Weekend: October 1-3

    This weekend? Busy. Very, very busy. Check out some of our critic's picks on the RFT's music page -- and read on below for much, much more to do. Friday: Taste of St. Louis -- Downtown There's a little something for everyone at this annual event: Soul-funk (JJ Grey & Mofro), rock (Sister Hazel) and ... More >>

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    October 17, 2007
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