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Valentine's Day

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Draft Pick: Schlafly's Milk Chocolate Stout

    Welcome to "Draft Pick," a column by Gut Check contributor and craft-beer aficionado Richard Haegele. Each week, Richard will profile the most exciting new draft being poured in St. Louis, how it was made and where you can find it. Initially touted as nutritious beer in the early 20th Century, milk ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    First Look: Brevan's Patisserie's Family-Friendly Desserts and Sweets in Edwardsville

    "You see that, Papa? It looks nothing like it did this morning!" says Amy Maddox across the room after a near-massacre of the pastry case at Brevan's Patisserie (1009 Century Drive; Edwardsville; 618-307-5772). With an extra hand from her dad every now and then, Amy runs the shop with her husband, p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    Guess Where I'm Eating Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Fries and Win $20 to Porter's

    Good morning Gut Check readers. We hope you had a great Valentine's Day and, more importantly, kicked off Mardi Gras the right way this weekend. Let's celebrate by playing our weekly guessing game. If you're the first one to guess where we got this delicious pulled pork sandwich (plus some crispy sw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis From January 10 to 16

    This week, Fitz and the Tantrums, Eleni Mandell, Heatsick, Cheap Art and more stop into town. Plan a romantic weekend with yourself or someone else, or just go out every other night this week and stay in to watch Lifetime movies to your heart's content come Cupid's retribution on Friday. Love it or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Noise/Experimental Shows: February 2014

    Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of hangups, but that's why we're here. Every month, we supply a short list of sure bets in St. Louis, ranging from nee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Mizzou Study Says Happily Married People are Healthier, or Another Reason to Hate V-Day

    In case you need another reason to hate Valentine's Day, the University of Missouri has some exciting news for you. Christine Proulx, an assistant professor in the department of human development and family studies, has discovered that happily married old people are healthier than divorced or widowe ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013
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    February 12, 2013

    Pizza Hut Giving Away "Last Minute Lovers" Packages -- Eau de Pizza Hut Perfume Included!

    In December Gut Check wrote an unrequited love letter to Pizza Hut Canada after hearing it had given away 110 bottles of a very rare perfume called Eau de Pizza Hut. The 'za chain described the scent as featuring "top notes of freshly baked, hand-tossed dough." But alas, Gut Check wasn't one of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Missourians Warned to Stay Away From Skunks

    Skunks. So cute, so cuddly, so (if Looney Tunes is to be believed) romantic. You almost want to run out and trap your girlfriend one for Valentine's Day this Thursday, don't ya? Well, don't. Skunks are wild animals, ya'll. And they've got those musk glands they can squirt you with. That stuff will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Beyoncé, Ryan Gosling, Other Celeb Faces In Missouri Medicaid Expansion Campaign

    Expanding Medicaid in Missouri may not be super sexy -- but Ryan Gosling and Beyoncé are! This is sort of the thinking behind the Missouri Medicaid Coalition's latest campaign to pressure lawmakers to expand Medicaid in the state. And what better way to spread the word than some good ole' fashion ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 02.04-02.10

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. One Hot Stove: Nupur made green peas pulao. Iron Stef: Stef shared crab cake scotch quail eggs. Family Style Food: Karen made chocolate hazelnut baci cookie kisses. Eat Write: Judith shared barbecued beef made in a slow cooker. Rhubarb and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    The Best Concerts in St. Louis this Week: February 4 to 10

    Between the Superbowl, Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day, there's no shortage of excuses to celebrate something somewhere sometime soon lately, or even retroactively. Find a place to party this week from a varying list of tasty shows -- just choose your flavor. This week's recommendations await after t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2013

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 01.28-02.03

    Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. A Periodic Table: Shannon made buttermilk raspberry swirl ice cream sandwiches. Sounding My Barbaric Gulp: Kelly shared a liver recipe for Valentine's Day. Cupcake Project: Stef made gumbo cupcakes for Mardi Gras. The Sweets Life: Natalie s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    Shamus Aid: Chris Ward Creates Benefit Album to Revive Fallen Wizard Entertainment CEO

    Gareb Shamus was a colossus among men, founding Wizard Entertainment and turning it into the go-to source for news and views on collectables. For years he was on top of his fantastical world, running a company that produced widely-read publications such as Wizard Magazine and Toyfare Magazine. Yet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    St. Louis Is the Fourth-Most Romantic City

    ​Just in time for Valentine's Day (ugh, thanks Hallmark), Foursquare has determined that we're the fourth-most romantic city in the country. This information was gleaned by searching more than 1.5 billion check-ins made by couples on the social media system at typically romantic places such as win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    How to Make a Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Without a Strawberry

    Rick Jordan has one word of advice for Valentine's Day shoppers: "Stop asking for chocolate covered strawberries when they're out of season!" Jordan proclaims wearily from his west county chocolate store, RJ Chocolatier (14882 Clayton Road, Chesterfield; 636-230-9300). Jordan, in chocolate-making c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    A Poetry Reading for Your Valentine's Day Pleasure

    We don't know how you can possibly not know this, but here's a gentle reminder, dear readers: Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. So why not celebrate with what is arguably the most romantic of the arts: poetry! (Argument may come from those who support cooking) C.D. Wright and Forrest Gander, who also ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    The Gut Check Valentine's Day Reservation Guide: One Week Out Edition

    Image via​Valentine's Day is a week from tomorrow, you guys! Last week's edition of our Valentine's Day reservation guide found some decent tables available, via OpenTable, at some of St. Louis' favorite restaurants. Seven days later, many of those prime tables are gone, and we've given one m ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 19, 2012
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    January 16, 2012

    Picasso's Bistro and The Artist

    Kholood EidThe entrance to Picasso's Bistro.​At Picasso's Bistro (138 Chesterfield Towne Center, Chesterfield; 636-532-5353), very little of the art hanging on the walls resembles Picasso's signature style, distorted and dark despite splashes of vibrant color. Instead, you'll find hearts in al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2012

    Tidbits from Neruda, Desserts on the Boulevard

    ​- Joe Bonwich of the Post-Dispatch reports that east-side mainstay Neruda (4 Club Centre Court, Edwardsville, Illinois; 618-659-9866) will close after service on Valentine's Day. Owner Madt Mallinckrodt is retiring from the restaurant business, according to a note on the restaurant's website.- Gu ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011
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    February 16, 2011

    Hear Beth Bombara's First Love Song for Free

    ​On Valentine's Day, Beth Bombara posted "Don't You Know" -- her "first love song," she says -- for free download over at ReverbNation. The song is from her late-2010 album, Wish I Were You. It's a strikingly beautiful song that starts with buckling banjo and then makes room for lush, lacy str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Artgasm: This Weekend's Art Openings, Feb. 11 - 13, 2011

    Offset the commercialism and blind consumption of Valentine's Day weekend with some educational art appreciation. One good option is Dreamscapes, an exhibit of works concerned with dreams and their meanings. Get details on this event and lots more in the list below. Photograph courtesy National In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Chocolate Is Always the Right Size for Valentine's Day

    Laura MillerChocolates at Bissinger's at Maryland Plaza​Valentine's Day is this Monday, February 14. What's that? You haven't done your shopping yet? No worries. On this holiday, it's not the thought that counts -- it's the quality of the chocolate.Gut Check checked in with a few of our favorite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Valentine's Dinner Deal at Robust Wine Bar

    ​The best Valentine's Day dinner deal we've found so far has to be the prix fixe tasting menu offered at Robust Wine Bar & Cafe. Three courses, each with its own three-ounce wine pairing, for $55 per person. Better still, the Webster Groves wine bar will feature this deal all through Valentin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    This Week's Tip of the Tongue Newsletter

    Sign up for Tip of the Tongue here.​Gut Check not providing enough dining tidbits for you? Consider subscribing to Tip of the Tongue, the Riverfront Times' weekly e-mail dining newsletter. This week, take a walk through Winslow's Home and prep for Valentine's Day with "Tony Cole's Chocol ... More >>

  • Music

    December 30, 2010
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    December 7, 2010

    Fitz and the Tantrums Comes to St. Louis

    "Did Motown and Bowie have a love child?" asks a YouTube commenter underneath the video for Fitz and the Tantrums' "MoneyGrabber." Astute observation: The LA band's modus operandi is indeed horn-laden soul with a twist of glam. Fitz & the Tantrums will be at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room on Saturday ... More >>

  • Music

    February 10, 2010

    The O'Jays/Patti LaBelle

    8 p.m. Friday, February 12. The Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 2.13

    Once again, the big news this morning: Three St. Louis chefs are semifinalists for this year's James Beard Awards.Texas recalls everything shipped -- ever -- from a now-shuttered Peanut Corp. of America plant. (AP)Consumer spending on food fell in the fourth quarter. (Wall Street Journal)Is the coin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Society of Really Smart People Meeting on Valentine's Eve

    Gentle Readers:We must make a confession: It's not easy being Unreal. Yes, it seems like all we do is prank-call people and test weird products and go out drinking with cougars and it's all fun and games, but honestly? Well, you just try it sometime.Ever since we became a member of Mensa, the societ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    The Breeders V-DAY STL = LUV4EVER

    We've been sittin' on this one for weeks, people. We tried to get official announcements and press statements but they weren't forthcoming.So here it is: The Breeders are scheduled to be in St. Louis on Valentine's Day to shoot a music video with St. Louis' all-female roller derby league, the Arch R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    It's Oyster Day at Gut Check

    You might be aware that this Saturday is Valentine's Day. In honor of the occasion, Gut Check International Headquarters has declared today Oyster Day. Yes, oysters, the aphrodisiac that looks like snot.First up in the day's festivities is the feature story from this week's issue. Written by Robb Wa ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Heat of the Night

    Life sure is sweet

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Drink Lemp Beer at Lemp Mansion

    All right, so you've already made plans for Valentine's Day. But what about the day before? That's Friday the 13th, you know. Do you really want to spend it watching the reboot of a tired slasher franchise?Why not head over to the Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn (3322 DeMenil Place), which is, um, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Burrito? Valentine? Done and Done!

    It may have escaped your notice amid all the excitement over the Lincoln and Darwin Bicentennials, but Valentine's Day is nigh. (Or, as we like to call it here at Gut Check, Amateur Night.) But what if you don't have a valentine yet?Don't despair, ladies! The website BettyConfidential.com reports th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 4, 2009

    You Can Take this Heat

    It's just not all in the kitchen

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 2.21

    www.smh.com.au A new study links excessive salt in processed foods to children's excessive soft-drink consumption. (AP) Diners at a New Jersey restaurant have their Valentine's Day reservations canceled -- those already there are kicked out of the restaurant -- so, yes, Gordon Ramsay can film an ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 20, 2008

    Toulouse-Lautrec

    Hammerstone's
    2028 South 9th Street
    314-773-5565

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    February 6, 2008
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    February 6, 2008
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    February 6, 2008
  • Dining

    February 21, 2007

    Roger Lassarat 2003 Pouilly-Fuissé

    Tony's, 410 Market Street, 314-231-7007.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2007

    Love's Gone to the Dogs

    www.darwinpress.com Valentine's Day, to put it mildly, is a mixed bag. For every rose-petal-strewn canopy bed and From Here to Eternity-style beach-boink, there's a sad dude shuffling through the Schnucks card aisle at 8 p.m. on February 14. Of course, there's also the glee inherent in rude can ... More >>

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    February 14, 2007
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    February 14, 2007
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    February 22, 2006

    Hello, Muddah. Hello, Fadduh.

    Come get surreal with PreDada Dada

  • Dining

    February 8, 2006

    Sí Me

    Holy camarones — Mi Ranchito doesn't skimp on the shrimp

  • Dining

    May 2, 2001

    Side Dish

    Vince Bommarito of Tony's is known for his goodnatured charm. But there's one thing that makes him hopping mad.

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