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    August 7, 2014

    Yet Another Ranking Says Saint Louis Zoo is Tops in U.S., World

    Here in St. Louis, we know our zoo is one of the best in the world. Now a ranking from travel site TripAdvisor makes that official. Of the 275 top zoos in the world, the Saint Louis Zoo ranks at No. 4, between No. 5 Singapore Zoo in Singapore and No. 3 Loro Parque in Spain, according to TripAdvisor ... More >>

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    June 13, 2014

    Saint Louis Zoo Named No. 2 in USA Today Poll, No. 1 in Our Hearts

    The loyal supporters of the Saint Louis Zoo put up a hell of a fight trying to vote the local gem into the No. 1 spot on USA Today and 10Best's list of the top zoos in the country. The Toledo Zoo walked away with the top spot, but St. Louis was the runner-up.

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    May 22, 2014

    Vintage Vinyl Makes USA Today's "10 Best Record Stores" List

    St. Louis is among the nation's top cities in many aspects, with courteous drivers, literacy and dog guardianship all coming to mind. But now our independent music shops are getting a little attention too, with Vintage Vinyl landing a spot on USA Today's list, "The 10 Best Record Stores in the USA." ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    USA Today: How to Spend a Hipster Weekend in St. Louis

    The word "hipster" is used so often now we're not totally sure what it means anymore. In USA Today's latest weekend travel guide, "hipster" means eating donuts, shopping for vinyl and drinking craft beer. (Actually, that sounds pretty great.) The national newspaper offered readers its top picks f ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011
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    December 2, 2010

    Child Nutrition Bill Blocked

    When the House voted on the Child Nutrition Bill yesterday, Republicans moved to amend. The Associated Press reports that the amendment to the $4.5 billion bill that would improve the nutritional quality school lunches and provide more free meals to needy kids was blocked by an amendment to require ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Heart Attack Grill Gives Free Bypass Burgers to Obese Customers

    Fat? Eat for free! The aptly-named Heart Attack Grill in Arizona is giving free food to people who weigh over 350 pounds. The New York Daily News reports that the medically-themed restaurant features burgers named after heart surgeries, waitresses in sexy nurse uniforms, no diet soda, and fries cook ... More >>

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    February 15, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 2.15

    ​ Renowned restaurant El Bulli to close and become a culinary academy. (New York Times)As planting season nears, Haitians face another potential food crisis. (Bloomberg Business Week)Agriculture Department narrows definition of "organic". (USA Today)Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert launch sat ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Recalling that Near-Disastrous Flight From St. Louis to Chicago on September 28, 2007

    Should this plane have been grounded? According to a new study, more than 65,000 flights should have been over the past six years.​Since 2003, at least 65,000 U.S. airline flights should never have been permitted to leave the ground because shoddy repair work and improper maintaina ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 1.27

    ​ U.S. finally has a nominee for food safety undersecretary. (USA Today)Salami recalled in light of salmonella outbreak. (WKOW-TV)Haggis is legal again. ( dish of 2010: fried chicken. (The Seattle P-I)

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    January 20, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 1.20

    ​ How to reduce BPA. (USA Today)Captain D's is for sale. (The Tennessean)British artist recreates American death row prisoners' last meals. (The Daily Mail)Invasive Asian carp, coming soon to dinner? (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)Breakfast, brought to you by robots. (

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    January 18, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 1.18

    ​ New Jersey state Assembly passes bill requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts on menus. (Convenience Store News)Anti-E. coli treatment might lead to cookie dough shortage. InBev labor dispute affects Stella Artois supply. (USA Today, BBC)People make dinner parties difficult. (Ch ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.11

    ​ New vegetables to grow in 2010. (The Patriot-News)Sam's Club gets into the vodka business. (ABC News)Meat massager sentenced to ten years in prison. (WYFF-TV)Chain restaurants and diet meals might fudge on calorie counts. (USA Today)Happy 75th birthday to the beer can. (Packaging Digest)

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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 7, 2009

    USA Today Highlights Taverns Nationwide that Ignore Smoking Bans

    ​USA Today today (I love saying that) turns it attention to bar and restaurant owners who flout their local smoking bans. The article opens at a watering hole in Chicago where smokers donate $5 to the "smoke jug" -- a collection pot that the tavern owner uses to pay fines when he's busted for viol ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 11.18

    ​ Chicago tortilla company has long history of making kids sick. (USA Today)Eat your veggies if you want to be hot. Or use them to build models of the London skyline. (The Daily Mail, The Mirror) Canadian Parliament's dining room to serve seal meat. (Toronto Star)Smuggler disguised Bolivian ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 11.17

    ​ World Food Summit underway in Rome. In the U.S., food insecurity jumped 3.5 percent in 2008. (Reuters, The New York Times)There's a chicken wing shortage. Panic imminent. (USA Today)Iraq vets open coffee house aimed at war-weary soldiers. (Los Angeles Times)Crane at New York's Ground Zero ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 8.26

    ​ The American Heart Association warns about eating too much added sugar. It's lurking in places you might not expect. (Reuters, U.S. News and World Report)Oregon restaurant does the unthinkable -- publishes nutritional information on menus. (Restaurants and Institutions)Despite increase in ... 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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    May 7, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 5.7

    The FDA isn't keeping up with its audit of state-level food-safety inspections. (USA Today)KFC wasn't prepared for the onslaught of customers with coupons from Oprah for free grilled chicken -- but there were no "riots." (AP)ABC News claims to have identified our favorite "recession foods."

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    March 5, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 3.5

    Minnesota, which first caught the salmonella outbreak linked to Peanut Corp. of America, could serve as a model for food-safety efforts. (USA Today)Venezuela President Hugo Chavez nationalizes Cargill's operations in his country. (Reuters)Bam! Emeril personally responds after a woman uses one of his ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.9

    In today's news: climate change, Chicago going vegetarian (?) and a new jet for Starbucks.

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    January 6, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 1.6

    In today's news: CEO news from Tyson and Chipotle, AB ditches the free beer, and scientists give cocaine to bees.

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    November 25, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 11.25

    What will be public-health enemy #1 in 2009? Early indications from leading food firms suggest that salt will be the bad guy. (USA Today) The emerging market for fine wine in India. (Reuters) Because all of you are such good, loyal readers, I give you news -- and video -- of a Japanese restaura ... More >>

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    November 7, 2008
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    October 31, 2008

    The Morning Boo: Friday, 10.31

    How about some truly scary news for Halloween? Government officials officials covered up the spread of China's melamine scandal to eggs for weeks. (AFP) The UN wants North Korea to accept food aid from South Korea. (AP) More from the Iowa kosher meatpacking plant busted on immigration charges earl ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 10.23

    The effort to create drought-resistant crops, starring Monsanto. (New York Times) Doctors want the FDA to do more to regulate caffeine levels in energy drinks. (USA Today) The rare story about food prices going down: The cost of Maine lobster has plummeted. (AP) - Ian Froeb

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    October 8, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 10.8

    A loophole in the new law requiring country-of-origin labeling for meat and other foods. (New York Times) Those within China's food-processing industry expect more scandals in the future. (USA Today) The story of a British man who really, really wanted to attend a German beer festival. (Daily Tele ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008
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    August 27, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 8.27

    A couple of good articles in today's New York Times. First: An in-depth look at the growing trend of "underground" restaurants. Also: Thinking about getting into the (above-ground) restaurant business? If you're reading this blog, you probably already know it's difficult, but this article drives th ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008
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    July 21, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 7.21

    A campaign of violence against aid workers threatens food relief in Somalia. (New York Times) The FDA may ease last year's restrictions against seafood imported from China. (USA Today) A new study finds that women who eat nuts while pregnant may put their children at greater risk for asthma. (Los ... More >>

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    July 10, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 7.10

    The FDA warns that jalapeños, serrano chiles and cilantro could be linked to the salmonella outbreak. (San Jose Mercury-News) The new El Bulli cookbook reveals that one of Ferran Adria's ingredients is a Lays snack product. (Guardian) A fight at a Florida butcher leads to...well, just read the st ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008
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    June 11, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 6.11

    A government official in Myanmar claims that food shortages are not imminent weeks after the devastating cyclone Nargis. (AFP) Rising food costs force the World Food Program to abandon a breakfast program for kids in Cambodia. (USA Today) "The Minimalist" Mark Bittman offers practical tips on how ... More >>

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    June 9, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 6.9

    Cases of salmonella poisoning possibly linked to tomatoes have spread to 16 states. (USA Today) The director-general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization fingers another cause of the global food crisis: the obese. (Canwest News Service) The politicization of food aid in Zimbabwe ... More >>

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    May 13, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 5.13

    The first meeting of the United Nations task force on ending the food crisis. (AFP) A raid at an Iowa meatpacking plant yields 300 illegal immigrants -- and a meth lab in the plant. (USA Today) A new technology that uses DNA to track the source of meat. (AP) This man apparently loves beer more th ... More >>

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    May 5, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 5.5

    As if Somalia didn't have enough problems: Now there are food riots. (AFP) Meanwhile, confusion in Congress over how to pass emergency food aid. (Chicago Tribune) Another meat recall: 286,000 pounds from a company called Gourmet Boutique. (AP) This guy has designed his coffin to look like a Pabst ... 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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    December 3, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 12/3

    A new report finds that the FDA is underfunded and understaffed. (USA Today) Can Congress improve how the nation's children eat at school? Depends on the passage of the farm bill. (New York Times) Heading to Chicago for the holidays? You might want to hold the ice whe ... More >>

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    October 29, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 10/29

    A great big thank you to Jeanette Kozlowski for running the show so well last week. She did so well, in fact, that I'm putting her back in charge while I go back to Playa del Carmen for another few days... What? No? OK. Sigh. The story that will never end: China announ ... More >>

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    October 22, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 10/22

    Oprah might have another James Frey-esque scandal on her hands. (USA Today) Study finds that people who try to ignore food cravings for chocolate or other oh-so-delicious items just eat more. (BBC News) In the UK, it could get a bit more difficult to certify food as orga ... More >>

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    October 15, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 10/15

    How badly did ConAgra mishandle the recall of salmonella-tainted Banquet pot pies? Very badly, say critics. (AP) Meanwhile, some FDA inspectors complain that their workload is overwhelming. (Chicago Tribune) And from the Not Really Surprising But Still file: cooks, server ... More >>

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    June 20, 2007

    The Road to Ravioli

    The latest stop on Ian’s Illinois vacation hits close to home.

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