• Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Amateur Weatherman's Warning for Missouri Is Kinda Spectacular

    Meet Frankie MacDonald, a 28-year-old weather guru from Nova Scotia whose YouTube forecasts have become something of an Internet sensation. Earlier this week MacDonald issued a dire message for Missourians: Be prepared for a major winter storm this Sunday, March 2.

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    February 4, 2014

    Bob Dylan's Super Bowl Ad: Selling Out, or Sign of the Times?

    By Erik Thompson The decades-old debate about what constitutes "selling out" in music has grown to become a tired one. The music industry itself has irrevocably changed. Music has become so ubiquitous in advertising, movies, TV, and video games, that drawing any type of line in the taste-making san ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Slayer, Exodus, Suicidal Tendencies Coming to the Pageant 5/15

    Prepare yourself, St. Louis metalheads, one hell of a tour is coming to St. Louis this spring. On May 15, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus will hit the Pageant with what remains of Slayer (proposed name change: "Kerry King and the Slayers"), ensuring that St. Louis necks will be snapped and bangovers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Announced - St. Louis in April

    Miley Cyrus has captivated fans and onlookers alike this year with her increasingly provocative behavior (the "Wrecking Ball" video, near-nude photo shoots with Terry Richardson, that whole VMAs thing) and is now ready to take the show on the road. Cyrus announced a 38 day tour in support of her lat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    St. Louis Pepsi-Cola Plant: Worker Mensud DJelmo Killed In Packing Machine, Cops Say

    A worker died inside the north St. Louis Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company plant on Friday evening, after he reportedly became trapped inside a packing machine, officials say. The victim, who police identified over the weekend, is 42-year-old Mensud DJelmo, who lived on Burnett Walk in south St. Louis c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    12 St. Louis Food and Drink Deals and Freebies for Tax Day

    Today is Tax Day, also known as mass chaos at the Springfield Post Office Day. Whether today finds you scrambling to get your info in order or basking in the smug satisfaction of submitting your taxes weeks ago, there is a reward: food and drink deals at restaurants across the St. Louis area. Once ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Sixteen Songs Forever Ruined By Their Commercial Parodies

    Most people who meet me learn within about thirty minutes that I'm in a state of constant agony. Not because of some sort of tragic childhood or traumatic physical ailment, but because I have television commercials circa 1987 to 2000 stuck in my head at all times. The word "bucket" triggers the song ... More >>

  • News

    March 28, 2013
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    February 4, 2013

    Two New Barbecue Joints Ready to Open in South City

    In November of last year, we spotted Wilson's BBQ, a new barbecue joint preparing to open at 4904 Devonshire Avenue, just west of the intersection with South Kingshighway Boulevard in the Southampton neighborhood. The restaurant's neon Open sign was dark and its front windows were soaped when we sto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    St. Louis Zoo Says There's No Evidence Employees Were Poisoned

    Apparently, some of the animals at the zoo can be found outside the cages. At least two workers at the St. Louis Zoo have complained that someone intentionally put chemicals in their beverages. A supervisor and his employee in the maintenance department both say they got a nauseating shock after le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Lawsuit Settled Alleging Mouse in Mountain Dew

    As bizarre lawsuits go, it was the case that kept on giving. In 2009, Ronald Ball of Granite City sued PepsiCo, claiming he'd gotten sick from drinking a can of Mountain Dew.It wasn't the soft drink, though, that caused him to vomit up the neon green beverage. It was the mouse he says he found insid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    Taco Bell Test Markets MTN Dew A.M. Breakfast Cocktail, Gut Check Proposes Ten Alternatives

    This week, Reddit reported that select Taco Bell locations are test marketing a new breakfast cocktail comprised of one part orange juice, one part Mountain Dew. Dubbed "MTN Dew A.M.," the drink is described as a "mixology" of the two beverages, proving that Taco Bell has no idea what "mixology" mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    The Best Super Bowl Commercials by the Music

    The Darkness saved Samsung's ad from spiraling down into forgettable territory. ​Let's be blunt. This year's Super Bowl was dismal for Midwesterners. Sure, there were exceptions. Transplants from Boston, New York City or New Jersey may have enjoyed the game. Some may have had a rooting intere ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Seven Commercials That Led to the Taste Test Comedy Revolution

    ​Cheese is awesome, but it can't replace love. Or car keys. Your computer. Your job. Some Second City alumni try to prove that cheese isn't a substitute for non-food items, and trying to force the issue will break a woman. In doing so, Kraft's Cracker Barrel Cheese (not to be confused with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Moneyball and an All-American Snack Banquet

    Walking into Moneyball, it's hard not to anticipate the stereotypical baseball movie: chewing tobacco, player enlightenment, inspirational pep talks from the coach before the big game, maybe even some angels in the outfield. But above all, you expect a show, a tense series of games that eventually r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Bobby Flay's Spicy Mango Six Other Diet Pepsis No One Wants

    Thanks, Bobby Flay. The Spicy Mango Diet Pepsi and Pineapple Chipotle Diet Pepsi you commissioned for your "Tacos & Tequila" event last weekend most certainly increased the Patron consumption. At least PepsiCo had the good sense to not put these flavors on the mass market. They already have enough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Eight Awful Uses for Terrible Flavored Vodkas

    Hey vodka makers? You're out of control. It was cute and interesting many, many years ago when the likes of Absolut, Stoli, and Smirnoff got the bright idea to make flavored vodkas. Vodka with pepper flavor for bloody Marys? Great! Citrusy vodkas with tonic? Perfection. But come on. With the annou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Happy Birthday MTV! Eight Food Commercials Revolutionized by Music Videos

    ​Happy birthday, MTV! Although you take a lot of whacks for not playing music anymore, there's no doubting the swift and massive change in American culture after your debut. Not only did video kill the radio star, it smacked the crap out of staid old food advertising. In a few brief years, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Pepsi Contest Could Help Local Children With Their Science

    Courtesy of Pepsi​The Pepsi Refresh Project sounds like a mildly sinister plan for the newest attempt to defeat Coke: Pepsi With Lime, Pepsi With Rum, Pepsi Less Than Zero, Pepsi Is Better Than Coke. The real result, at least if applied to the St. Louis area, could be something much more akin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    The New Coca-Cola Freestyle Machine Is Peachy Keen

    Ian FroebCoca-Cola's new Freestyle soda fountain at the Ferguson Wingstop​On Monday, Gut Check told you about the slick new devices from Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Pepsi's "social" vending machine is still just a prototype, but Coca-Cola's Freestyle soda fountain is now available in St. Louis at the Win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2011

    Diet Pepsi Empowers with Women's Inspiration Network​ Diet Pepsi's taken some flak over the introduction of their new skinny can, intended to appeal to women concerned with the slimness and attractiveness of their diet beverage cans. The market of women who feel bad about themselves because of their soda cans is huge, we tell you. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2011

    Coke, Pepsi Introduce Futuristic New Soda Fountains and Vending Machines

    ​Perhaps realizing that the "battle" between the world's two most iconic soft drinks (sorry, Dr Pepper) is simply a matter of whether you prefer the achingly sweet flavor of one or the other, both Coke and Pepsi are looking past the beverage to the beverage-delivery system as a new way to differen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Proctor & Gamble Ditches Pringles. Seven Other Foods They've Abandoned

    larryfire.wordpress.comAnd go they shall ... to Diamond Foods.​ An era ended this week when Proctor and Gamble sold Pringles to Diamond Foods for $2.35 billion. For the first time since the mid-1860s when they got big on making lard, P&G is out of the food game. As they pass from the kitchen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Real-Deal Diner: The G-B Grill in Alton, Illinois

    Suzy RustDon't believe everything you read: The G-B Grill only serves breakfast and lunch; it closes at 3 p.m.​The G-B Grill (1858 East Broadway, Alton, Illinois; 618-465-9896) sports a big plate-glass window that looks out onto the brownfield that once was Alton's booming industrial corridor. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    ​This week we found out that St. Louis is more of a slow food city than one might expect, especially considering our penchant for food trucks. In other matters of national ranking, St. Louis was named the drunkest city in the Midwest. What else did we do this week? Pepsi's slim, fashionabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    Super Bowl Commercials Are So Last Millennium

    This trio is no longer limited to a flatscreen.​Quick: What's your bet for the first Super Bowl ad on Sunday - Budweiser, Pepsi or Ford? Or, how about Option 4: Who cares? That's the attitude of Washington University marketing Professor Seethu Seetharaman, who opines on the Wash U. website ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Farmhaus' Eric Scholle: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Farmhaus bartender Eric Scholle. Below is a Q&A with Scholle, followed by a video of him mixing an Eggnog Martini. Alissa NelsonYou wanna make an Eggnog Martini? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    Pepsi Wants You to Snackify

    Time to snackify your soft drinks. The Wall Street Journal says that Pepsi believes customers wants to "snackify" their drinks. What the hell does that mean? It means they're looking for ways to market a new fruit puree that's thin enough to drink but thick enough to be a food. Apple, grape, and che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Vote, Often, For Solar Panels For Parkway North

    Courtesy Wendy LowVote for us, darn it!​A few years back, Parkway North High School student Wendy Low and some of her friends thought it would be a great idea for the school to use solar panels to meet its electrical needs. The administration was all for it. Just one thing: Solar panels cost money ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    In Defense of Spaghetti Tacos

    image via​Really, there's no defense for spaghetti tacos, a creation that outraged the food blogosphere recently with rants from the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Atlantic and yes, even Gut Check. Spaghetti tacos were introduced on the Nickelodeon show iCarly, where they even got th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Robin Murphy of Bailey's Chocolate Bar, Rooster, and Bridge, Part 2

    This is part two of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice profile of Robin Murphy of Baileys' Chocolate Bar, Rooster and Bridge. Part one is available here; part three, a recipe, we'll publish on Friday. Robin Wheeler​Did your family cook when you were a child? If so, what meals stand out? My mom was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    St. Louis Kids Served Parasite-Contaminated Fruit Cups

    Some children in a St. Louis federally-funded summer lunch program were served fruit cups contaminated with parasites. In a press release from the city's Department of Health, the meals were provided by Preferred Meal Systems. So far no one has become ill, and it's unclear how many children might be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Probably One of the Most Devoted Fans in St. Louis Blues Hockey History Has Died

    Ronald H. "Mr. Hockey" Schmidt​They called him "Mr. Hockey." When 72-year-old Ronald H. Schmidt of Mehlville died in his sleep early Tuesday morning, the St. Louis Blues lost not just a fan. They lost a fan who attended the franchise's first home game in 1967 and who came to know announcers, journ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 12.18

    ​ Pepsi will not advertise during the 2010 Super Bowl. (Wall Street Journal)Meat cocktails turn absurd with the McNuggetini. (NBC New York)A Jewish woman's dreams of the feast of the seven fishes come true. (Philadelphia Inquirer)Educate yourself on cottage cheese. (Columbia Daily Tribune)

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Sneak of the Dead

    ​Pay attention: In the event of a zombie apocalypse, the information I'm about to give you may be the difference between having your cranium cracked open like the sugar crust on a crème brûlée and parlaying a considerable stash of vodka and ammo into living the good life with a harem somewhere ... More >>

  • Film

    August 12, 2009
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    July 6, 2009

    The Best of Gut Check: Hecho en Mexico

    While Gut Check is on vacation, enjoy highlights from the past two years. Every few years I fail miserably to overcome my adolescent's addiction to Coca-Cola. I make it a few weeks or months -- but then, usually without thinking about it, I'm dropping fifty cents into the office soda machine or snag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Elvis Costello Announced as Special Guest for July 11 Sheryl Crow Concert Under the Arch

    This in from Major League Baseball, Elvis Costello will be that previously announced "special guest" at the Sheryl Crow concert on July 11 beneath the Gateway Arch."I cannot think of anything better than sitting in with Sheryl and her band for a few surprise numbers and a rocking good time in St. Lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2009

    President Obama to Throw Out First Pitch at All-Star Game

    strictlyfitteds.comWe know who President Obama will be pulling for -- the American League. This just in from Major League Baseball: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO THROW OUT FIRST PITCH AT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STAR GAMEObama to Become the Fourth U.S. President to Throw Out First Pitch at MLB All-Star ... More >>

  • News

    June 17, 2009
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    April 29, 2009
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    April 8, 2009

    Tea Parties and the "Homosexual Agenda"

    A post last week in which I mentioned a downtown "tea party" in the same breath as a Nazi protest generated a lot of heat from readers. Here's a typical screed I received: "Your [sic] a sad excuse for a human being and an American. You linking people who defend and believe in the Constitution, God, ... More >>

  • News

    February 18, 2009
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    February 11, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 2.11

    Congress issues a subpoena to the head of Peanut Corp. of America after he refuses to testify voluntarily. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)The extraordinary birthday party planned for Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe in a country where most of the population is in desperate need of food aid. (The Times)You mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    The Really Important Stuff About the Super Bowl -- The Commercials

    We witnessed one of the greatest single games in the history of NFL football last night. The flurry of momentum and lead changes, the outstanding performances by players both known and unknown, and a finish that actually outdid last year's dramatics. Simply outstanding. But, really, does anyone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    A Strange Wind in Chicago: Blago Arrested, Tribune Going Bankrupt, Cubs Still Spending Like Crazy

    You know, as a Cardinal fan, I'm always happy when bad things happen to the Cubs. I know, I know, I shouldn't feel that way, but I just can't help it. When black cats charge the field, I find myself laughing and cheering for the cat. When a Cubbie fan reaches out and plucks victory away from an outf ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 5, 2008

    Drink of the Week: Citrus Plunge

    Bruno's American Grill
    2652 Hampton Avenue

  • Music

    March 12, 2003

    Gossip Folks

    Thanks to The O'Reilly Factor and Pepsi, Ludacris got a bad rap

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    January 26, 2000


    James Scott was sentenced to life in prison for causing a destructive levee break during the Flood of '93. But was he simply an easy scapegoat for a town raging at its devastation?

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