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Valentine's Day

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Friends Help Raise Funds for Jessica Powell, Survivor of Brutal Domestic Violence Attack

    A woman is trying to make a recovery after being stabbed several times in a brutal attack that saw three others murdered. Jessica Powell suffered serious injuries and her medical expenses are going to be astronomical, so her friends and family are holding a fundraiser to help out. On Valentine's Da ... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    January 31, 2014

    The Best St. Louis Comedy Shows: February 2014

    TJ Miller It's a standup heavy month but with a whole lot of flair. Both Mary Mack and TJ Miller wound up canceling shows last year but are headed back to town for a second go. A local favorite and comedy powerhouse makes yet another move and Valentine's Day is cause for laughter. For those in sea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Vino Nadoz Wine Bar Now a Full-Time Event Space

    Vino Nadoz Bistro & Wine Bar (16 The Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-726-0400) has become a full-time event space after substantial customer demand. It's one of three (soon to be four) in the Nadoz family, along with Nadoz at the Boulevard and Nadoz at the Coronado. Co-owner Steven Becker tell Gut ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    RIP: Remembering Ten We Lost In 2013

    2013 saw a number of significant passings: political figures both respected and reviled (Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Hugo Chavez, Ed Koch), sports heroes (Stan Musial), television and film personalities (James Gandolfini, Annette Funicello, Peter O'Toole) and wordsmiths (Roger Ebert, Elmore L ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    14 St. Louis Celebrities Who Ought to Name a Candy After Themselves

    In the lead-up to this past weekend's Grammy Awards, Gut Check received a press release announcing singer Chaka Khan's new line of chocolates and candles, which were released in the Grammy "gift lounge" this past Thursday. The singer sure had fun naming these new products. The chocolates are called ... 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 7, 2013

    Baileys' Chocolate Bar's Laura Therina: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Jaime Lees profiles Laura Therina of Baileys' Chocolate Bar. Below is a Q&A with Therina, followed by the recipe for the Mexican Chocolate Martini.With the most romantic day of the year ... 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

    December 28, 2012

    Announcing the Winners of the First Voice Media Group Music Writing Awards

    By Ben Westhoff Each week in our print editions and every day on our blogs, the 13 Voice Media Group papers feature some of the best music writing in the country. That's why we're excited to announce the winners of our first VMG music writing awards. The honor goes to the authors of one blog post ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Hamm-O-Gram Contains No Real Ham

    ​Truly, we live in an age of marvels. Hamm-O-Gram is a new online service that will send a personal letter -- that's an actual letter transcribed from your form, not an email -- to the friend of your choice. What's so amazing about that? The letter includes "a picture of Handsome Man Jon Hamm, a u ... 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 >>

  • Calendar

    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 14, 2011

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 2.7-2.13

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Cupcake Project: Stef shared a recipe for Chocolate Coconut Rum Cupcakes. Off the Menu: Judith shares her recipe for Mini Chocolate-Pecan Tarts. Iron Stef: Stef shared a recipe for Coconut Peanut Soup, just in case the temperature take ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Public Display of Affection-Free Valentine's Day Dining Options

    image viaPlease, no humping in public on Valentine's Day.​It's the worst night of the year to get a bite to eat without being accosted by crowds of smoochy couples, many who only set foot in a restaurant once a year and don't know how it works. Still, you've gotta eat. Where to go in St. Louis ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Euclid Records: Label Updates on New Sleepy Kitty, Troubadour Dali and a Painkillers Reissue

    Jon ScorfinaSleepy Kitty, with their record collection​After Joe Schwab filled A to Z in on Euclid Records' pop-up store at Wilco's Solid Sound Festival, he chatted about what the store's record label -- uh, Euclid Records -- is up to. First, the next installment in its "Euclid Sessions" seve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Gay-Friendly St. Louis Lauded by 'The Advocate'

    Let it fly, St. Louis!!​St. Louis is sooo gay...and that's awesome! So says no less an authority than The Advocate, the nation's longest-running publication for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.In its February issue, the mag's second-annual ratings of the most gay-friendly citi ... More >>

  • Music

    December 30, 2010
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    December 27, 2010

    Top Ten St. Louis Music News Stories of 2010

    Wikimedia Commons​As the old saying goes, no news is good news. However, no local news makes for a rather-boring music section - or music blog, as the case may be. If you aren't a regular visitor to this here music blog, definitely become one: We compile breaking news, show reviews and local t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    February 4, 2009

    You Can Take this Heat

    It's just not all in the kitchen

  • 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
  • Dining

    February 21, 2007

    Roger Lassarat 2003 Pouilly-Fuissé

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

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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.

  • Dining

    February 21, 2001

    Side Dish

    Truffes promises sweet delights to those who look past its unassuming façade

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