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Southeast Asia

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Siam Aims to Be a Place to Eat, Drink and Be Bear-y: Review

    Siam (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) Hours: 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Wed.-Sat., 1 p.m.-3 a.m. Sun. (Closed Mon. and Tues.) It was an early Friday night at Siam, and the place was filled with its usual suspects: young professionals bidding farewell to the week over martinis, a gaggle of beautiful people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2014

    A Look Inside Siam STL, New Nightclub Serving Pan-Asian Fusion in the Grove

    On June 14, Siam STL (4121 Manchester Avenue; 314-533-7426) held its grand opening, filling a void left by the closure of Novak's Bar & Grill -- arguably one of the Grove's best gay bars and nightlife destinations. The new concept for the neighborhood's longstanding hotspot is one-part lounge and da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2014

    The 5 Best Bars for Pride Fest 2014

    Pride Fest is extra sweet this year -- Mayor Slay helped four couples flout the state's ban on same-sex marriage this week. It's a step in the right direction, so let's celebrate. Of course the parade is downtown, but check out where you should be before and after. See also: Concerts and Cocktails ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    St. Louis Restaurant Openings & Closings: May 2014

    There must be something in the air -- St. Louis had tons of openings in May and, by our count, no closings. If only this optimism would last the rest of the year! As always, let us know in the comments if we missed any. See also: Gioia's Deli Gets in the Food Truck Game

  • Calendar

    January 30, 2014
  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    St. Louis Lutherans Head to Philippines to Help with Recovery and Relief

    The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod plans to raise and distribute $1 million worth of aid and supplies over the next three weeks in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan tore through on November 8, causing wide-reaching devastation and more than 10,000 deaths. The church planned to have members from ... More >>

  • Film

    November 7, 2013
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    August 8, 2013
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    August 8, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    Qui Tran Lives the American Dream and Continues His Mother's Legacy at Mai Lee

    This is part one of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Qui Tran of Mai Lee. Part two, a Q & A with Tran, will appear tomorrow. Part three, a recipe from Tran, will be available on Friday. Qui Tran can't discuss his childhood without mentioning Mai Lee (8396 Music Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-64 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Askinosie Chocolate Expands Lunch Program

    No, not to you. The award-winning Springfield, Missouri-based chocolate company will be using proceeds from two of its products to fund school lunch programs in villages in Tanzania and the Philippines. The PTA's at Mwaya Secondary School in the Kyela region of Tanzania and Malagos Elementary Scho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending December 23, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books and Subterranean Books. You have seen almost all these books on the bestseller list ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2012

    How Hollywood Movies Led to Genocide: The Act of Killing at the Toronto Film Festival

    Film critic Karina Longworth is reporting from the Toronto International Film Festival this week. The best, most daring and form-defying documentaries in the world right now are being funded by the Danish Film Institute, and so it goes that the nonfiction knockout of TIFF thus far is The Act of Ki ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 19, 2012
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    March 1, 2012

    Spice World: You're a Star, Anise

    Welcome to Spice World, in which Gut Check zeroes in on overlooked spices from around the globe, introducing those you may not own -- and probably should. History: Star anise, the brittle, woody fruit of an evergreen tree native to Vietnam and China, has the sharp smell and taste of black licoric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Finding Hip-Hop in Kazakhstan and Country in India: American Voices Sets Up in St. Louis

    Diplomacy between nations doesn't always involve dignitaries or high-level negotiations. A group with a presence in St. Louis engages in "cultural diplomacy," which involves exchanging musical expertise between Americans and countries often hit hard by conflict. Since it became incorporated as a non ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    William Franke: Founder of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Mired in Lawsuits

    ​William Franke, the man who once owned the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and who in 2004 helped found Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to attack the war record of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, is today getting some bad press of his own.  Franke, who made millions in real-estate ... More >>

  • Music

    September 29, 2011

    Zee Avi

    7:30 p.m. Monday, October 3. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    The Hangover Part Two and Bangkok Noodles from Pearl Cafe

    Image via​The Hangover Part Two finally answers all those questions The Hangover left, puzzling moviegoers: "Will the guys keep in touch with Alan (Zach Galifianakis)?" "Is Stu into transsexuals strippers?" And most importantly, "Would it be funny if the exact same thing happened again in two ... More >>

  • Film

    May 26, 2011
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    May 26, 2011
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    May 5, 2011
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    April 12, 2011

    Bob Dylan's Five Least Receptive Audiences

    Image via​Bob Dylan played his first ever show in Vietnam over the weekend as part of a brief tour of Asia. There was some amount of fanfare associated with this tour, and this stop in particular, given that so much of Dylan's most vibrant work was written as a response to military action in p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Kraken Wise: Squid Rocks

    ​No question about it: Squid and octopus are in. On a whirlwind visit to New York late last year, Gut Check partook of octopus dishes at four different restaurants on four consecutive nights. Last week, right here in blogland, our featured chef of the week Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto shared her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Nearly 100,000 Missouri Veterans Honored

    Medal for World War II vets.​For more than a decade, the state of Missouri has awarded medals and certificates to all its native -- or transplanted -- sons and daughters who've served in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War . And the program is coming up on quite a milestone: 100,000 ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Publishing Job Applicant's Resume Angers Readers

    A post in which we cut and pasted a resume faxed unsolicited to Riverfront Times today drew a lot of comments. Some people were outraged that we made public the man's credentials while others found outrageous curriculum vitae -- which lists "rode in a jet helicopter at a sharp angle with door open" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Artgasm: This Weekend's Art Openings, October 29 - 31, 2010

    German photographer Murat Türemis traveled to Indonesia right after the 2005 Tsunami and again in 2010 to document the progress and changes. View his black and white photographs of the devastation at the Webster University May Gallery through November 24. Find details on this event and more in the ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010
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    October 1, 2010

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: Good NYT article on Australian chef David Thompson opening a Thai restaurant in Bangkok. http://nyti.ms/9RmZ38 Alton Brown calls out Man v. Food http:/ ... More >>

  • News

    July 14, 2010

    Ronnie's Kids

    Today, "amnesty" is a dirty word. So what happened to the immigrants given a fresh start by Reagan in 1986?

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    "Adult-Child" Slackers, Fear Not: Mom & Dad Can Now Insure You Up to Age 26 in Missouri

    Image viaDude, I won't be insured on my trip to Thailand!​In an effort to blatantly overachieve and comply early with some imminent federal regulation changes, a bunch of Missouri health insurance companies have already decided to insure "adult children" up to 26 years old, even if they are:  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    The Dive Bomber's Worlds Collide at Stan's Bar

    "When are you going to Keith's? Keith's is perfect for 'Dive Bomber!'" Except it's no longer Keith's. Now it's Stan's Bar, as of January 1, anyhow, when bartender Stan took over ownership. Such is the nature of neighborhood bars, being bought by patrons or employees to continue the lineage when the ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010
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    February 19, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 2.19

    ​ Fine dining restaurant starts serving 99 cent tacos. (The Orange County Register)World's second largest tea company on its way to being Rainforest Alliance Certified. (Reuters)A beer tour through Vietnam. (New York Times)Dumbest employees ever try to sneak large hydrocodone pills into Burg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 11.30

    ​ Bumper apple crop goes to waste. (The Associated Press)Southeast Asia's dog meat business. (Globalpost.com)Ten ways to cut food waste. (Mothernaturenetwork.com)New cookbook focuses on cute Japanese food. (Los Angeles Times)Why diagonal-cut sandwiches are best. (National Public Radio)

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Tonight! Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band at Off Broadway

    Ignore the missing apostrophe in the band's name: Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band is totally worth checking out at Off Broadway tonight. The band's self-titled debut came out on Secretly Canadian subsidiary Dead Oceans, so you know it has some good old-fashioned '70s stoner-fuzz, but its tunes also don' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Bistro Toi Update: Indeed, Asian Fusion

    A follow-up to last week's post on Bistro Toi, the new restaurant at 3257 Ivanhoe Avenue (the former KoKo space): As suspected, Bistro Toi is an Asian-fusion joint, with a definite French bent. The menu, now posted in the restaurant's windows, includes numerous small plates such as "Bangkok" wings ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 9.9

    The prime minister of Thailand may be brought down by...his cooking show? (AFP) (By the way, that show has a fantastic name: Tasting and Grumbling.) The FTC won't hold hearings on the Whole Foods-Wild Oats merger until next February. (Dow Jones) Assault by sausage! The zaniest true-crime story yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2008

    Go! St. Louis Weekend Calendar, July 11-13, 2008:

    Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Never fear, Go! is here! This regular feature delivers the top nine can’t-miss activities to complete your fun-seeking agenda. Here's a weekend concert calendar. 1. Downtown Maplewood’s annual one-day fest, Let Them Eat Art, is almost underway. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 6.25

    In light of the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes, official Gut Check cabinet member Secretary of Health and Human Service Michael Leavitt wants a food-safety office in Latin America. (NewsInferno.com) The U.S. reaches a food-safety agreement with Vietnam. (Bloomberg) Food aid is running short for v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2008

    The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Wants You

    There are fourteen men from Missouri whom members of the AMVETS Post 55 in Bel-Ridge are trying to bring home. Each of the men died or was presumed dead at least 37 years ago. They were killed in action, or died in prison camps in Korea, were shot down over Vietnam or lost at sea in World War II. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2007

    The Top Ten Dishes (and the Absolute Worst) of 2007

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2007

    Review Preview: Ba Le and Cheeburger Cheeburger

    www.food4film.com Ba Le's specialty is the banh mi. This was a fusion dish long before fusion became fashionable -- and it remains one of the few positive consequences of France's colonial occupation of Vietnam. Quite simply, banh mi is a sandwich served on a baguette. Yet the beauty of banh mi ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 18, 2006

    Noodlevana

    Does Noodles & Company have a cure for the chain-restaurant blues?

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    July 19, 2006
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    January 18, 2006

    Portrait of the Artist as a Young Tusker

    That elephant nose painting

  • Dining

    November 26, 2003

    Grand New

    Another Vietnamese restaurant on South Grand? Yes, and the food is superb.

  • Dining

    November 12, 2003

    Have Palate, Will Travel

    The Blue Elephant does Thai food with a gourmet twist

  • Dining

    January 1, 2003

    Sen Resurrection

    Thai one on at the relocated, renovated Sen

  • Dining

    October 20, 1999

    STAR TREK

    Our reviewer and her intrepid pals navigate Vietnam Star's gargantuan menu

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