In her semi-regular column Real Life of a Pastry Chef, pastry sous chef Mary Boehne of Cielo (999 North Second Street; 314-881-5800) at the Four Seasons Hotel dishes on secrets of the trade and about the industry as a whole. This week's topic: Thanksgiving. Every year I am asked the same question: ... More >>
Randy and Jason Sklar share your pain, St. Louis. The Creve Coeur-born pair watched the World Series from their homes in L.A., but distance didn't lessen the hurt from the Cardinal's big loss. As consolation, the brothers are returning to St. Louis this Friday for a show at the Cherokee Performing ... More >>
St. Louis is getting a lot of celeb love lately. First, our hometown favorite Jon Hamm defended Imo's Pizza on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and even did a taste test. Jimmy Fallon stopped by Crown Candy Kitchen during his comedy tour, and we thought perhaps he could be the late-night foil to Kimmel's Imo's ba ... More >>
This week yields plenty of stops from artists all across the board including the Tontons, Tame Impala, Pretty Lights, Barenaked Ladies and Minus the Bear. Keep reading for our critics' recommendations for the week, and as always, remember to peruse our concert calendar for more options.
First Five Star Burgers, now some creamy frozen custard! Andy's Frozen Custard will open its first St. Louis location in Kirkwood at the end of the month. Props to Kirkwood Patch for following this development from the first mention of Kirkwood as a possibility. (We noticed it on Facebook yesterday. ... More >>
Summertime is as good a time as any to show off some St. Louis pride -- why not cross some items off of that bucket list while you're at it? With the help of local tourism expert Amanda Doyle and her new book, 100 Things to Do in Saint Louis Before You Die, find some new fun destinations and revisit ... More >>
In St. Louis, we're often quite displeased when a misleading national crime report puts us in one of the top spots. But today, we're going to just embrace our latest achievement in the rankings department, no matter how flawed the methodology may be! St. Louis, ladies and gentlemen, is the No. 1 " ... More >>
Earlier this month, when Gut Check got wind of the impending arrival of the three new limited-time-only Lay's potato-chip flavors, our first thought was: Where can we get us some Chicken & Waffle?! See also: - Lay's New Limited-Time Flavors Now Available in St. Louis Grocery Stores - Taste Test: La ... More >>
Most entertainers can point to a few unique moments in their careers where in a matter of minutes, things changed. These brief moments reshape an entire career, a life -- and if a few things click, an entire generation of fans. When tracking the career trajectory of comedian Tommy Johnagin, these un ... More >>
Gut Check has been looking back on the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2011, but we're also keeping an eye on the Best of St. Louis 2012 by nominating finalists for our awards this fall. To see hundreds more winners and finalists, suggest your own contenders and download the Riverfront Times Best ... More >>
Easter-egg hunts are all fine and good: there's the thrill of the chase, surreptitiously throwing elbows to be the first one to grab the brightly colored plastic ovum, the victorious score, and finally, the sweet second of anticipation before breaking open the loot to find...stupid jelly beans. Now ... More >>
Fact: Gut Check frequently eats lunch at the Chipotle Mexican Grill (6316 Delmar Boulevard; 314-678-3200) in the Delmar Loop. Not only is the location just steps away from the RFT offices, it's ahem, Chipotle. We love its burritos, tacos, chips and salsa and burrito bowls, and, as far as we know, it ... More >>
Kholood EidMisplaced your Christmas cheer? Hop in the car and head to St. Louis Hills after sundown, because the denizens of the south city neighborhood have plenty to go around. View a slideshow of St. Louis Hills holiday lights. Every November to December, the 6500 block transforms into ... More >>
Erika MillerThe Legend Club is 7" worth of meaty, saucy deliciousness.Whether you're new to St. Louis or have lived here your whole life, you know there are some things you'll be ridiculed for if you haven't experienced. Never had Ted Drewes? What's wrong with you? Never boiled in the sun on ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsThree weeks ago Men's Health named St. Louis the sixth-drunkest city in America. Gut Check knows we can do better, so we posted some tips on how to reach the pinnacle of national drunkenness in '12. This past weekend we got an e-mail from a fellow named John Clopton, who ow ... More >>
Bravo, St. Louis! We worked hard, and we did it: Men's Health has named us America's sixth-drunkest city -- and the drunkest city in the entire Midwest! Daily RFTSt. Louis: Where the squirrels go to hide their Everclear!But we can do better. What do Fresno, Reno, Billings, Riverside and Aus ... More >>
Recently the purveyors of adorability at I Can Has Cheezburger released a map on their food blog, My Food Looks Funny, indicating what food best represents each state. According to the map, Missouri's best represented by toasted ravioli. Really? Not so very long ago, people who lived mor ... More >>
Because we know you are wondering, we're going to get this out of the way first: Yes, it is strange to think of the Barenaked Ladies without Steven Page. Dude wasn't just one of the co-founders of the band. He wrote, or cowrote, just about all its hits up until "One Week" (which ... More >>
corle2da.comYou may have seen this excellent vid floating around the Interwebz in the past two weeks. "So St. Louis" is the work of one Corle 2 Da, a Belleville rapper looking to make his mark on this side of the river. "A lot of people call it the new St. Louis anthem," says Corle's manage ... More >>
Context is everything. Tell someone you're going to see Prince's band circa the New Power Generation, and the night's cred is through the roof. But tell someone you're going to see the same band - but fronted by teenpop heartthrob Nick Jonas -- and suddenly the show has a very different connotation. ... More >>
Kevin Ward, Wikimedia CommonsJuly was a quiet month at Gut Check International Headquarters as St. Louis turned its attention to a certain Midsummer Classic. We did offer dining recommendations to our out-of-town guests -- and, for those who took a shine to St. Louis cuisine, tips on how to br ... More >>
Hayford Peirce, Wikimedia CommonsLet's get this out of the way right off the bat: The Manhattan is a Classic Cocktail. If you are a lady wearing a stole and delicate little gloves or a gentleman in a skinny tie and a fedora, fine, but this homage is not for you. It's for my grandpa -- and probab ... More >>
User "Metsfan84," Wikimedia CommonsMy colleague Chad Garrison passed along this Wall Street Journal article reviewing the food at the Yankees' and the Mets' new stadiums. Restaurateur extraordinaire Danny Meyer receives a whole lotta love for his offerings at the Mets' Citi Field. These include outp ... More >>
And B-Sides catches up with Richard Marx.
Ian catches a Slider at the Gateway Grizzlies' GCS Stadium -- and lives to tell about it.
New owners, new venues and old digs: A report on St. Louis' ever-evolving club scene
Strassenfest is a barrel of laughs
Are you listening? The RFT goes stumping with Francis.
Unreal meets a guy who's Optimistic about Iraq, laments the banning of ephedra and listens in on an argument between sports columnists; plus we help you (yes, you!) enter the P-D essay contest
Unreal shares some tender moments with a U. City police officer, meets a granny gone wild and is aghast to learn that the best St. Louis-style pizza is in Kansas City
The splendid new Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis takes our city's art scene to a whole new level
No hoosier jokes, just fine city folks
Cafe Layla ups the ante on South Grand
Only Jay Nixon stands in the way of Angela Coffel's freedom
The landmark restaurants of Grand Boulevard still pack 'em in
The little flower shops wound extra rolls of floral tape, and the photographers wound fresh film, and the Bosnian seamstresses stitched poufs of netting to strapless bodices. DuBourg High was planning its prom.
Is it time to put aldermen on the chopping block?
Central West End
Recounting the tragedies and triumphs of Nigeria's Ogoni people
Elaine Viets pens murder mysteries set in a parallel St. Louis from her new home in South Florida
Rigazzi's looks through a beer glass darkly at the Sidney Saloon