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    October 3, 2014

    Eight Things St. Louis Is Sorry for According to Mayor Slay's Weird Defense of the Cardinals

    Must be October. Why? Because as Daily RFT observed earlier this week, everyone is ragging on the St. Louis Cardinals -- including the Wall Street Journal, which on Tuesday published a "hateability index" that ranked the Redbirds as the most despised team in this year's playoffs. Enter now Mayor ... More >>

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    July 10, 2013

    Twinkies Hit Shelves July 15

    Fear not, Twinkie lovers! The world's longest-lasting dessert will be back on shelves in a mere 109 hours. More than 50 million Twinkies are headed to stores on July 15. Yum, right? See also: -Hostess: It'll Cost You at Least $410 Million to Make Twinkies -Vintage, Psychedelic Ads for Hostess Twin ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Leprosy: Another Reason to Avoid Those Armadillos Invading from the South

    Be sure to cook thoroughly.​Drive outside of St. Louis, and invariably you'll see one or two of them lying dead on the side of the road. Armadillos first began arriving in southern Missouri some thirty years ago and can now be found throughout most the state.And -- as has been proven in other stat ... More >>

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    March 8, 2011

    Subway Passes McDonald's in Total Locations Worldwide

    ​Why has Ronald McDonald gone missing? Maybe he's ashamed that Jared has supplanted him. That's right: The Wall Street Journal reports (via Eater) that Subway has passed McDonald's for the most locations worldwide as of the end of 2010: 33,749 vs 32,737.Actually, what caught my eye in the WSJ stor ... More >>

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    December 14, 2010

    Wikileaks Reveals Venezuela's Food Secret

    Wikileaks has a tasty cable from Venezuela. The Atlantic has the cable about Arepera Socialista, a government-owned restaurant opened by Hugo Chavez a year ago. The food's cheap and tasty, and the workers and diners happy.In Chicago, food trucks are on the lam. The Wall Street Journal covers the cit ... More >>

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    November 29, 2010

    Today's Judgement Day for the Food Safety Bill

    The Food Safety Bill finally gets its Senate vote today. The San Francisco Chronicle rehashes the details of the legislation that was introduced nearly two years ago, and reports that a procedural vote last week indicates the bill's likely to pass.Brent Cunningham of the Washington Post opines on fo ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Roy Blunt Dubbed "Senator Earmark" By The Wall Street Journal

    "Did somebody say earmark?"​Robin Carnahan tried for months to convince Missouri voters that Roy Blunt is a "Washington insider" whose long and cozy history with lobbyists for big tobacco, big oil and other big bad industries made him unfit for office.The strategy, of course, failed miserably. Blu ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    Corpses Aren't Lovin' It in Anti-McDonald's Ads

    It's all McDonalds' fault. The Wall Street Journal reports that nonprofit group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine will air advertisements in Washington, D.C., targeting McDonald's as a cause of heart disease. The spot features a dead man in a morgue, hamburger in hand, with the golden a ... More >>

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    August 23, 2010

    The USDA Snaps Into the New Healthy Eating Incentive Plan

    The government can't tell people what they can eat, but a new USDA program gives incentive to eat healthy. The Washington Post explains changes in SNAP (the new name for food stamps) that will reward people for eating fruits and vegetables. Participants will receive 30 cents for every dollar they sp ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Americans Drink at Home and Keep it Cheap

    It's not that Americans are drinking less. They're just drinking at home. The Chicago Tribune said that two of the city's marketing firms found that 90 percent of drinkers drink at home, compared to 77 percent who drink at bars and restaurants. Twenty-eight percent of home drinkers have started goin ... More >>

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    June 28, 2010

    Bread Co. Up, Airline Food Upchucked in Today's Headlines

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Panera Bread, still stubbornly known around these parts as Saint Louis Bread Co., is scouting locations in Manhattan. "Current real-estate conditions are paving the way for Panera's entrance," Panera's president and CEO Bill Moreton, told the WSJ. Just goes to s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 6.23

    Dinner gets cooperative. New York Times writer Laurie Woolever and a group of young food literati in her building have built on the old idea of the dinner co-op to make life easier, cheaper, and dinner more exciting. Manhattan's defunct Tavern on the Green gets a new life as a food cart hub. The W ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.26

    And the losers are ... The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released their annual Xtreme Eating awards - the most unhealthy dishes available at chain restaurants. Got a hankering for pasta with 85 grams of saturated fat? The Los Angeles Times details the winners, and examines whether ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.31

    Yep, the morning brew's tardy again. Can you say "dentist appointment"? Can you say it with Novacain Mouth? Let's just get started, shall we? Even as Eat Me Daily reports that a Wisconsin legislative committee has approved a bill that would legalize the sale of raw milk, the Wall Street Journal wr ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.30

    The morning brew's a little sluggish this morning -- but hey, it's still morning! Why's everyone hatin' on canned and frozen vegetables? Slate's Daniel Engber takes foodies to the woodshed. "I know it sounds weird," Engber writes. "A crisp salad of watercress and red onions must be more wholesome t ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    Survey: What's the Loudest Restaurant in St. Louis?

    Image via​The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story that restaurants -- new ones, specifically -- are getting louder. Not the kitchens, but the dining rooms. Everything from iPods pumping out music to open kitchens contribute to the dining din.Coincidentally, Ian Froeb's review this week of Bra ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 2.2

    ​ Haitian coffee still available. (San Jose Mercury News)Chinese government working to make dog and cat menu items illegal. (Kenya Daily Nation)Food references in J.D. Salinger's works don't include rye. (New York Times)Candy bars from the past, and how big business killed them. (Wall Street ... More >>

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    January 25, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.25

    ​ A look at the industrial methods to make meat safer. Urinating on the steaks isn't mentioned. (Chicago Tribune, Canton Rep)A-B InBev and unions reach agreement in Belgian brewery strikes. (Wall Street Journal)New generation of winery ends, turns to vegetable production. (New York Times)A e ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 1.13

    ​ Producers quietly reduce sodium. (Wall Street Journal)Heineken purchases Mexican brewing company that makes Dos Equis, Tecate. (New York Times)Study finds antibiotic-resistant bacteria on significant number of soda fountains. (KSL-TV)Florida's produce and fish industries take hit from cold ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    Odds of Dying in Terrorist Attack on Airline: 1 in 25 million; Struck by Lightning: 1 in 500,000

    ​The Wall Street Journal had a compelling essay this weekend about the hysteria surrounding the attempted bombing of a Christmas Day flight into Detroit and the subsequent tightening of airline security. In his article "Undressing the Terrorist Threat", author Paul Campos (a law professor at Unive ... More >>

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    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)

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    December 15, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 12.15

    ​ Government program to trace food's supply chain severely flawed. (Associated Press)Tapas, bar-centric, and hotel locales mark new trends in fine dining. (Wall Street Journal)San Francisco bay area sees decline in local seafood purchasing. (The New York Times)Food fight over shopping cart i ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 12.10

    ​ School cafeteria meat not as healthy as fast food. (USA Today)Center for Science in the Public Interest suggests food label revamp. (The New York Times)Gatorade drops Tiger Woods-themed beverage. Of course it has nothing to do with scandal. (ABC)Beer can collecting becomes a dying hobby. (T ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 12.9

    ​ Wealthy countries leasing land in Ethiopia for farming. (Washington Post)Do industrial farms violate greenhouse gas laws? (The New York Times)U.S. pork not good enough for Russia. (Reuters)Why Stilton isn't made in Stilton. (The Wall Street Journal)Chuck E. Cheese as Fight Club. (Chicago T ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 12.4

    ​ Boston Brewing Company sells $150 bottles of beer. (ABC News)Wine consumers often overwhelmed by "green" claims. (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)Twenty food advocates you should follow on Twitter. ( Mr. Monster Munch. (The Telegraph)The history of avoiding BRIs - Bagel Related Inj ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 10.19

    ​ One year after peanut butter recalls, the industry's doing better than ever. (Associated Press)Grain harvest delay could raise prices of conventionally-produced meat. (Reuters)Twitter to raise funds for literacy program through wine sales. (San Francisco Chronicle)How restaurant critics tr ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 9.16

    ​ What are the top ten food cities in the world? The lists are many and varied. ( your beets. Here's how. (National Public Radio)Camping food transcends s'mores. ( food concept moves to financial world. (The Wall Street Journal)British schoolkids learn whe ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 9.2

    ​ What's wrong with Sheila Lukins' obituary? Lots of things. (The Pollan has his say on Whole Foods boycotts. (' new alcohol tax hike is in effect. (Belleville News-Democrat)Optimistic restaurateurs opting for smaller venues and menus in new vent ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 8.21

    ​ Contaminated food recalls, corporate farming horrors, chemical over-saturation, antibiotic-resistant cooties ... America's in a deep food crisis. (Time)Don't bother catching your own fish for dinner, unless you like mercury. (USA Today)Fourthmeal? Fifthmeal? How many meals a day does this ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 8.19

    ​ Super anti-oxidant vegetables developed. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)In other produce superpower news, kiwis are being prescribed for high blood pressure in the U.K., and Michigan State University's turning rutabagas into biofuel. (Daily Mail, Associate Press)Meat prices collapse. ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 8.14

    ​The latest food recalls include listeria-tainted cheese in Pennsylvania and New York, and E.coli in ground beef in California and Arizona.  (United Press International, Los Angeles Times)Whole Foods CEO John Mackey gives his two cents on health care reform. Ezra Klein responds. (Wall Str ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8.10

    ​An outbreak of salmonella linked to meat from a California packing plant. (Reuters)Inside the trouble restaurant empire of Gordon Ramsay. (Wall Street Journal)A new study finds that women eat less when their dining partners are men. (Washington Post)

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    August 6, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 8.6

    The New York Times announces that Sam Sifton, the paper's culture editor (and former dining editor), will be its new restaurant critic.New York coffeehouses are pulling the plug on laptops at peak hours. Is it the beginning of a trend? (Wall Street Journal)(See Zach Dyer's take on this issue from hi ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 8.5

    The U.S. Senate votes to increase the food-stamp rolls. (AP)You know who disapproved of President Obama's "beer summit"? The Women's Christian Temperance Union. For reals.Starbucks tries to make an impersonal coffee experience even more efficient. (Wall Street Journal)

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    August 3, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8.3

    After initially rejecting it, the U.S. House passes sweeping food-safety legislation. (Washington Post)Is the demand for meat behind the slaughter of horses in Florida? (AP)The ballyhooed 2005 vintage of Bordeaux is now a (relative) steal. (Wall Street Journal)

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    March 30, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 3.30

    A U.N. official warns that tightened credit markets could lead to another spike food costs. (Wall Street Journal)American chefs are going ga-ga over the Mangalitsa, a Hungarian breed of pig. (New York Times)A Smithsonian conference on seafood sustainability urges consuemrs to eat less tuna, salmon a ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Repo Man (Version 2.0) Arrives in Midwest

    The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article yesterday about a new automobile device being employed by used-car dealers across the country. The contraption -- which disables a vehicle whenever its buyer misses a payment -- is apparently very popular in the Midwest. The WSJ chose to open its st ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    Return of the Shanghai Shamus

    Washington University professor and author Qiu Xiaolong is out with his latest detective novel. The book, The Mao Case, is the sixth installment of Qui's popular Inspector Chen series. In 2006 the Wall Street Journal named Qui's Death of a Red Heroine one of the best political novels of all time.&nb ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 12.9

    In today's news: job cuts at Anheuser-Busch, Whole Foods sues and a bird-flu outbreak in Hong Kong.

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    November 20, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 11.20

    Yes, it's that time again: the Beaujolais Nouveau is here. This year, though, producers aren't very excited. (Wall Street Journal) A new study suggests that childhood obesity rates could be cut by banning fast-food ads. (Reuters) A year of trouble for Kosher meatpackers in the U.S. has led to a sh ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 11.19

    A new study suggests that obese children are actually eating fewer calories than they need -- and almost none of the nutrients their bodies require. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) Nestle recalls some Lean Cuisine frozen dinners because of plastic in the food. (Los Angeles Times) Restaurants with a str ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    Crystal City Smelter Lands in Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal reports today on the ongoing debate to bring an iron-ore smelter to Crystal City. Click image for a higher-resolution version. The story, "Jobs Unwanted," compares Crystal City to that of many factory towns looking to revive themselves as the nation’s economy transfo ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 9.4

    Several leading food firms say they will not use meat or dairy from cloned animals. (Wall Street Journal) Could meat from cloned animals -- or their offspring -- already be in our food supply? Maybe. (CBC News) Food firm Sysco settles a case with Florida's attorney general stemming from grouper th ... More >>

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    March 3, 2008

    A Few Sips of Wine

    Gut Check doesn't cover wine as much as I'd like -- our interests are broad, but our budget is modest -- but here are a couple of recent wine-related articles you might find interesting. The Wall Street Journal critiques the wine pairings on the tasting menus at New York City's best high-end restau ... More >>

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    February 20, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 2.20

    Consumer prices rose in January, and food costs are partly to blame. (USA Today) How are leading food firms dealing with rising food costs? (Wall Street Journal) A look at artisanal dairy farms, a growing movement. (New York Times) -Ian Froeb

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    January 31, 2008

    Vegans Have a Tight End So I feel kinda bad for posting that giant picture of the cheeseburger in a can yesterday. And I rarely give vegans and vegetarians much attention. (Sorry. If there were more vegan/vegetarian restaurants out there, I'd write about them.) Thankfully, Jeanette sent along this Wall ... More >>

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