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  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Coffee Cartel's Julia Mager: Featured Barista of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Kaitlin Steinberg profiles Julia Mager of Coffee Cartel. Below is a Q&A with Mager, followed by her recipe for a white-chocolate mocha. This week, we took the word "bar" in Girl Walks ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    21 Worst Halloween Candies Of All Time

    Gut Check isn't so old that we don't remember the hierarchy of Halloween candy: i.e., good stuff and crap. While neighbors who neglect to buy the best sweets suffer at the hands of t.p.-ing teenagers, Gut Check's house remains unscathed. Stay on the good side of neighborhood ne'er do wells by avoid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Best and Worst Halloween Candy Countdown: No. 14

    It wasn't all that long ago that Gut Check was donning our finest Disney princess Star Wars character drag outfit and joining the swarms of greedy American children on the hallowed Halloween quest for candy. So we remember well the post-trick-or-treat ritual of sorting the bounty into two piles, i.e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Overserved with Venice Cafe's Misty Rose Martin

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Katie Moulton profiles Venice Cafe's Misty Rose Martin. Below is a Q&A with Martin, followed by the recipe for the Brite-O Bucket. Katie MoultonMisty Rose Martin brightens up happy hour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Ten Lamest Halloween Candies

    It's that time of year again. On Sunday evening millions of pint-size Iron Men and Hermiones will fill the streets and ring our doorbells, visions of tooth decay Skittles, Snickers and Hershey's full-size milk chocolate bars dancing in their heads. Yes, folks, it's Halloween, and our collective pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    The World Goblet Round 3: Argentina vs. Spain

    ​While scanning the World Cup groups in order to plan our daytime drinking over the next month, Gut Check noticed that most of the great wine-producing nations are represented in the tournament field, including all of those with a reputation for crafting good, value-priced wines. Because Gut C ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 26, 2007

    Drinks of the Year

    Kristie raises a glass to her favorite drinks of 2007.

  • Dining

    August 1, 2007


    El Scorcho, 7356 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-5566

  • Dining

    July 25, 2007

    Little Italy

    Italian tapas: A new taste sensation, or just another mixed metaphor?

  • Music

    July 10, 2002

    Oops, They Did It Again

    Fear not, noise-dorks: The mighty Oops! tour returns from the past to deliver the future.