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Patisserie Chouquette

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    October 24, 2014

    #60: The Egg Rolls at Bek-Hee Chinese Restaurant

    I'd driven by Bek-Hee (10200 Page Avenue, Overland; 314-426-4773) hundreds of times without giving the place a second glance -- the hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant looks like just another Overland chop suey dive. Then I got a tip from a trusted colleague that the restaurant is under new ownershi ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    Comet Coffee's Mousse Cakes: Gluten-Free Tortes With Distinctive Fruit Fillings

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Since opening in Aug ... More >>

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    October 17, 2014

    #61: Pumpkin Maple Latte at Kaldi's Coffee

    This time of year, pumpkin spice lattes are about as ubiquitous as falling leaves and decorative gourds. There's something about that first chill in the air that whips folks into a squash-guzzling frenzy -- and everyone from beer brewers to dog-biscuit manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon. Se ... More >>

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    October 15, 2014

    10 Best Bakeries and Candy Shops to Score Special Halloween Treats

    We here at Gut Check International Headquarters are all about helping guide our readers to the very best eats, and come Halloween-time that includes making sure you and your little ones are armed with great trick-or-treating jokes. Food and drink-related ones, at that: Q: Why did the ghost go into ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    #62: Casconcelli at Giovanni's Kitchen

    "Luxurious" is the word that kept coming to mind as I savored bite after bite of the casconcelli at Giovanni's Kitchen (8831 Ladue Road, Ladue; 314-721-4100). Chef Alessandro Bozzatto's hand-made half-moon shaped pasta is like edible silk -- good enough to be enjoyed on its own, but positively decad ... More >>

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    October 7, 2014

    Whisk's Apple-Cinnamon "Pop Tartlets": Fall Flavors Wrapped Up in Flaky Pastry

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Whisk: A Sustainable ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    Chef Chat: The Vampire Faure of La Patisserie Chouquette

    "I'm not saving lives. I'm making chocolate shoes." What Simone Faure says may be true, but you wouldn't always know it. People line up at her shop, La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935), desperate for her ornate baked wares as if their lives depended on it. See Also: La ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    #66: Home Wine Kitchen's Shortbread Sea-Salt Biscuits

    Narrowing down a favorite brunch item at Home Wine Kitchen (7322 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-802-7676) is like choosing a favorite child. Red wine braised pork belly versus crab-covered poached eggs? It's just not fair. See Also: Cassy Vires, RFT's Best Chef Winner, on Foam, Fried Chicken and H ... More >>

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    September 12, 2014

    A Look Inside United Provisions' New Restaurant, the Dining District

    In early August Gut Check got a sneak peek at United Provisions (6241 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-833-5699), the international-grocery store from the family behind Jay's International Food Company and Global Food Market. A month later the hybrid grocer and prepared-foods vendor has its s ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014

    The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: September 4-10

    We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Instagram was practically made for pictures of food. Gut Check has rounded up our favorite foodie accounts in St. Louis, but there are so many cool photos every week, we wanted to share what St. Louis' best chefs, bartenders and eaters are Instagramming. ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    #67: Death in the Afternoon's Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich

    The grilled mahi mahi sandwich at Death in the Afternoon (808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236) is so beautiful it could grace the pages of a glossy food magazine. Its sesame-studded, perfectly round bun glistens with a buttery sheen, and the grill marks on the gossamer piece of fish look as if they we ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    #68: The Brisket Burger at Three Flags Tavern

    "You know," the bartender said as she leaned in a little closer. "The servers from O'Connell's [Pub] come in here for our burger." It's no wonder she had such a hushed tone. O'Connell's Pub has legendary burgers. That some of the employees have been spotted bellying up to the bar at Three Flags Ta ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Corner 17's Fluffy Ice: A Frozen Taiwanese Treat Topped with Fresh Fruit

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. In addition to its s ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    #70: Urban Chestnut's "Strammer Max"

    Urban Chestnut's (4465 Manchester Avenue; 314-222-0143) chef Andy Fair says that people come to the Grove Brewery and Bierhall, first and foremost, for the beer. This may be true, but his creative twist on classic German food gives the suds a run for their money. See Also: Review: Urban Chestnut Gr ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    #72: Broasted Chicken at Frank & Helen's Pizzeria

    Frank & Helen's Pizzeria (8111 Olive Boulevard, University City; 314-997-0666) is a St. Louis institution. The University City eatery has been serving diners its signature thin crust pizza, "charcoal steaks" (you have to love that sign out front) and Italian specialties since opening in 1956. On any ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Ben Poremba's Old Standard and the Dining District Take Shape

    Chef Ben Poremba already has a lot on his plate: Elaia, Olio, La Patisserie Chouquette. Now he's adding not one but two more high-profile projects to the list. His hotly anticipated fried chicken restaurant now has a name (Old Standard) and a big chef (Chris DiMercurio). He's also opening the Dining ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    #74: "Burger" at Small Batch Whiskey & Fare

    Sometimes, I just have to have a big, greasy burger -- one that covered in gooey cheese, tangy sauce and served on a soft buttery bun with crispy lettuce, red onions and some juicy tomatoes. I never expected I'd find one to satisfy this craving at a vegetarian restaurant. See Also: Dave Bailey A ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    The Darkness Debuts at La Patisserie Chouquette

    La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) releases its latest creation today: the Darkness. It's a flaky chocolate croissant made with dark chocolate dough, 72 percent chocolate butter and pink Himalayan sea salt. It was originally set to debut on Saturday, July 19, but owner ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    #76: Gryo on Pita at Olympia Kebob House & Taverna

    Please indulge this recently repatriated St. Louisan who just returned from the hinterlands. It's not exactly breaking news that Olympia Kebob House & Taverna's (1543 McCausland Avenue, Richmond Heights; 314-781-1299) gyro is the best in town. Like most, I've been going to Olympia for years, taking ... More >>

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    July 4, 2014

    In Honor of Fourth of July, We Blew Up the Riverfront Times Gingerbread House

    Way, wayyyy back in December, we bought a gingerbread house kit from La Patisserie Chouquette (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) and spent an absolutely grotesque amount of time turning it into the official Riverfront Times gingerbread house. And then, because we're a bunch of pseudo-adults, it ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    #77: The Johnny Cake at Tree House

    I used to feel bad for vegetarians. While I got to dine out and stuff my face with prosciutto and ribs, their menu choices were typically more limited ("Um, we can do a veggie pasta?"). Thankfully, meatless options have gotten much better over the past few years, and vegetarian restaurants like Tree ... More >>

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    June 24, 2014

    Russell's on Macklind's Coconut Cake, A Divine Classic Dessert By the Slice

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Chef Russell Ping of ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    #80: Beef Brisket Birria Taco at Mission Taco Joint

    It's difficult to decide between beef and pork for the ideal taco filling. A well-prepared carne asada gives such a meaty richness, but the sweet pork flavor of something like carnitas is hard to beat. When I go to Mission Taco Joint (6235 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-5430), I don't have to choose. I s ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    The Kitchen Sink's Sweet Potato Fries: A Taste of Thanksgiving In Each Bite

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Servers at the Kitch ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    #81: Cappuccino from Sump Coffee

    Thank goodness former patent attorney Scott Carey had the courage to follow a dream. Since opening Sump Coffee (3700 South Jefferson Avenue; 917-412-5670) in 2011, this soft-spoken craftsman has elevated the St, Louis coffee scene to new heights, serving house-roasted seasonal selections from his so ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    La Patisserie Chouquette Crafts Couture Cake Toppers

    Simone Faure at La Patisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) debuted her newest line of sweet creations on Wednesday and she has managed, once again, to top herself. The Spring/Summer 2014 Sweet Chic collection is a line of cake toppers make of sugar or chocolate that look like v ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    Giovanni's Kitchen's Panna Cotta Trio, A Creamy Dessert in Three Different Flavors

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Here's how we know t ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    #83: Gnocchi at the Good Pie

    One could be forgiven for assuming that the must-eat dish at the Good Pie (6665 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-899-9221) would be the pizza. Without a doubt, it's fantastic, but the delicious pies run the danger of obscuring the best dish on the menu -- the housemade gnocchi. Diners may be t ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Cafe Ventana's Beignets, an Airy Sugar-Dusted Fritter to Go with a Cup of Joe

    Cafe Ventana (3919 West Pine Boulevard; 314-531-7500), a self-proclaimed "bohemian bistro with a French Quarter feel," offers the one pastry that any cafe touting a N'awlins theme ought to: beignets. The hand-cut fritters are brought to life in a bath of hot oil and come with the requisite dusting o ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    #85: Marinated Feta Cheese at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House

    The bar at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House (512 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-3644) is the kind of place that makes you feel like you're on vacation. It could be the Dixieland music -- or maybe it's the hurricanes. A drink like this, at once strong and sip-able, requires some serious bar snacks t ... More >>

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    April 22, 2014

    India Palace's Gulab Jamun: A Fried Delight with Exotic Spices

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Every culture has it ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    #88: WildSmoke's Smoked Chicken Wings

    Choosing a favorite chicken wing is like selecting a favorite song: With so many different styles, it's an impossible task. Sometimes, the tangy, Louisiana-style heat of the Buffalo wing dipped in funky blue cheese is the only thing that satisfies. Other occasions call for some thick, molasses barbe ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Brevan's Patisserie's "Brendan": A Russian Doll of Peanut Butter and Chocolate

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. Few things in life p ... More >>

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    April 4, 2014

    #89: The Duck Proscuitto Flatbread at Bella Vino

    If the bed-and-breakfast-style charm of Bella Vino (325 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-3434) isn't enough of a reason to make the trek across the river, then the duck prosciutto flatbread should be. See Also: Bella Vino, in historic St. Charles, is a meal worth driving for

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    March 28, 2014

    #90: The "Dam Burger" at the Dam

    If Pulp Fiction's Jules Winnfield thought his "Big Kahuna" burger was tasty, he would be downright out of his mind for the "Dam Burger" at the Dam (3173 Morganford Road; 314-771-3173). See also: The Dam Cooks Up Bar Food Fit for the Fried

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    March 25, 2014

    La Patisserie Chouquette's Eclairs: A "French Equivalent of Doughnuts"

    Welcome to Sugar High, a series devoted solely to spotlighting the best ways to sate a sweet tooth in St. Louis. We'll sample the best the city has to offer at restaurants, bakeries and holes-in-the-wall, and provide some insight on how these confections are made along the way. From its picture-per ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    #91: The "Hog Mess" at Blind Tiger

    After shooting photos at the Blind Tiger (7376 Manchester Road; 314-646-8822) for Gut Check, my colleague returned to the office, eyes filled with the raptures. "Oh my goodness. You have to have the 'Hog Mess,'" she said. See Also: Blind Tiger serves great pizza in a space with a split personality

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    March 17, 2014

    #92: Khao Soi at Fork & Stix

    Gut Check is counting down the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. My relatively limited exposure to Thai cuisine typically leads me to a plate of pad thai and some spicy papaya salad. However, my predecessor, Ian Froeb (now food critic at the Post-Dispatch), said that I had to try ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    #93: The "Smokehouse Club" Sandwich at Bud's Smokehouse

    Gut Check is counting down the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. The words "club sandwich" typically evoke visions of cold cuts on white bread, triple-decker style. Maybe it's classed up with those toothpicks that have the crinkly plastic on top. Lunchmeat, mayo, iceberg lettuce. ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    #94: Cafe Natasha's Yogurt Dip

    Gut Check is counting down the 100 dishes in St. Louis that you must eat right now. When it comes to food, I don't do well with change. Sure, I like to try new things, and experiment with exotic ingredients. However, where my favorite, go-to dishes are concerned, I'm less flexible. When Café Natas ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    Where to Get King Cake for Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras isn't all boobs and beads. This weekend also calls for lots and lots of New Orleans flavor, from gumbo to Hurricanes and of course, king cake. The treat dates back to the 1700s in French Alabama and Louisiana. The name comes from the three kings (the Christmas ones) because believe it or ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Valentine's Day Do-Over: Your Romantic Date Plan B

    So you forgot to make a reservation for Valentine's Day. Don't panic. There may be some spots left, but we've got a better idea. Lots of places are extending their romantic dinners all weekend or offering alternative activities. We're here to help -- you'll have such a good time, your significant ot ... 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 17, 2013

    Local Holiday Gifts for Your Favorite Foodie

    Thanksgiving may be the holiday focused on food, but Christmas is a close second. There are so many treats to be had: baked goods, chocolates, peppermint, coffee. We know how y'all love to buy local, so we rounded up some great holiday gifts from local restaurants, shops and cafes. Your friends will ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    Call for Submissions: Send Gut Check Your Gingerbread House Photos

    Gut Check would like to introduce you to the official Riverfront Times gingerbread house. What makes the RFT version so special? Well, for one, it's covered in our logo but also, you can't tell from the photo, but our marzipan Santa is hammered. We cheated a little and got ours pre-fab from La Pat ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Where to Get Your Homemade Thanksgiving Pies (and More) in St. Louis

    Your family gave you one job: Bring the dessert. We all know you can't just throw some in some slice-and-bake cookies in the oven and call it a day. This is Thanksgiving, and everyone's expecting a pie. Pumpkin. Or pecan. Or anything autumn-sounding, really. Do the holiday some justice and don't pic ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    The Real Life of a St. Louis Pastry Chef

    Editor's note: Mary Boehne is the pastry sous chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis and its restaurant, Cielo (999 North Second Street; 314-881-5800). Before that she worked as a line cook at Winslow's Home and at the Four Seasons in Vail, Colorado. Today marks the beginning of her se ... 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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    March 4, 2013

    First Look: La Patisserie Chouquette Offers Desserts that Look (Almost) Too Good to Eat [Photos]

    Oh mon dieu. "Kid in a candy store" doesn't even begin to describe the awe and excitement induced by the plethora of encased treats at the heavily anticipated opening of La Pâtisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) last week. But unlike just any sweets shop, pastry chef Simone F ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Openings: La Patisserie Chouquette, Tucanos Brazilian Grill, the Market at the Cheshire

    After reporting multiple restaurant closings to begin this week, Gut Check is happy to provide news of openings immediate and imminent: - La Pâtisserie Chouquette (1626 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-7935) opened this morning in the city's Botanical Heights neighborhood. Owner Simone Faure was previo ... More >>

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