• Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Chef Liz Schuster on Turning Films into Menus and Her Mad Bow Hunting Skills

    I first met Liz Schuster when she was a line cook at a country club, still working her way through culinary school. I was leaving town for graduate school, and as a going away present, she gave me a copy of the film Eat Drink Man Woman. Schuster had very specific instructions: "You'll be living out ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    The Perfect Mother's Day Gift (For Those Who Despise Mom's Special Day)

    Behold your nose. The UMSL corpse flower!​We know how it is. You love your mother, but deep down you harbor a true resentment for her special day. For you, Mother's Day is the worst kind of made-up holiday, requiring you to either present Mom with something mawkishly sentimental or face the conseq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    Java Enabled: Fifteen Shots Later, Part 1

    ​When I received an e-mail a few weeks ago inviting me to sit as one of the sensory judges at the 2009-2010 Midwest Regional Barista Competition, I jumped at the opportunity. At my most delusional, it sounded like "celebrity judge" -- at the very least, it sounded like a great time. Last weekend, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Emergency Umbrella Cleaning Out Its Overcrowded Warehouse

    Columbia, Missouri's Emergency Umbrella Records -- label home to STL's own Gentleman Auction House, among others -- is facing a massive storage crunch. In other words, they're running out of room to store its back catalog. The fallout? The label's backlog of CDs and LPs might be destroyed. A Faceboo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Java Enabled: Coffee's Big-Ass Red

    ​In What to Drink with What to Eat, sommelier Steve Beckta writes about the challenge of finding that perfect bottle of wine to meet the different tastes of every diner at the table: "Scientifically, there may be a bottle of wine they 'should' have. But...they're not going to like that at all. Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Java Enabled's Day at the Roasters

    "It smells sweet, like candy," my friend said as I extended my wrist to his nose. My skin had absorbed the caramel flavors that had been wafting around me all day like a welcome second-hand smoke. It was the smell of coffee roasting.It was a bad day to hang out near a coffee roaster -- much less two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Foul-Stinking Flower Blooms at UMSL!!

    Photo by Nicholas PhillipsA sort-of bloomingThe corpse flower at UMSL hath bloomed!!! (Well, it opened up slightly.)But the Daily RFT can assure you: on Sunday, it did smell like a rotting corpse. And it did remind us of death. I.e., your death. My death. The death that awaits each of us, always. Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Java Enabled: Kaldi's Barista Smokes His Way to the Top

    Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.Tobacco smoke, caram ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 4, 2006

    Sumatra Gayoland coffee

    Typo Café at the Tin Ceiling, 3159 Cherokee Street; 314-910-7321.

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Coffee

    Shaw's Coffee

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Coffeehouse

    Shaw's Coffee Ltd.