This is part one of Gut Check's Chef's Choice profile of Qui Tran of Mai Lee. Part two, a Q & A with Tran, will appear tomorrow. Part three, a recipe from Tran, will be available on Friday. Qui Tran can't discuss his childhood without mentioning Mai Lee (8396 Music Memorial Drive, Brentwood; 314-64 ... More >>
Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending December 23, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books and Subterranean Books. You have seen almost all these books on the bestseller list ... More >>
Welcome to Spice World, in which Gut Check zeroes in on overlooked spices from around the globe, introducing those you may not own -- and probably should. History: Star anise, the brittle, woody fruit of an evergreen tree native to Vietnam and China, has the sharp smell and taste of black licoric ... More >>
William Franke, the man who once owned the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and who in 2004 helped found Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to attack the war record of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, is today getting some bad press of his own. Franke, who made millions in real-estate ... More >>
Image viaBob Dylan played his first ever show in Vietnam over the weekend as part of a brief tour of Asia. There was some amount of fanfare associated with this tour, and this stop in particular, given that so much of Dylan's most vibrant work was written as a response to military action in p ... More >>
No question about it: Squid and octopus are in. On a whirlwind visit to New York late last year, Gut Check partook of octopus dishes at four different restaurants on four consecutive nights. Last week, right here in blogland, our featured chef of the week Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto shared her ... More >>
Medal for World War II vets.For more than a decade, the state of Missouri has awarded medals and certificates to all its native -- or transplanted -- sons and daughters who've served in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War . And the program is coming up on quite a milestone: 100,000 ve ... More >>
"When are you going to Keith's? Keith's is perfect for 'Dive Bomber!'" Except it's no longer Keith's. Now it's Stan's Bar, as of January 1, anyhow, when bartender Stan took over ownership. Such is the nature of neighborhood bars, being bought by patrons or employees to continue the lineage when the ... More >>
Fine dining restaurant starts serving 99 cent tacos. (The Orange County Register)World's second largest tea company on its way to being Rainforest Alliance Certified. (Reuters)A beer tour through Vietnam. (New York Times)Dumbest employees ever try to sneak large hydrocodone pills into Burg ... More >>
A Virginia man is sentenced to five years in federal prison for illegally importing catfish from Vietnam and selling it as grouper and other fish. (FIS.com)Can Congress help resolve a dispute between American wine producers and the E.U. over the terms used on labels? (AP)Food fight! Sara Lee sues Os ... More >>
Ignore the missing apostrophe in the band's name: Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band is totally worth checking out at Off Broadway tonight. The band's self-titled debut came out on Secretly Canadian subsidiary Dead Oceans, so you know it has some good old-fashioned '70s stoner-fuzz, but its tunes also don' ... More >>
In light of the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes, official Gut Check cabinet member Secretary of Health and Human Service Michael Leavitt wants a food-safety office in Latin America. (NewsInferno.com) The U.S. reaches a food-safety agreement with Vietnam. (Bloomberg) Food aid is running short for v ... More >>
In the past twelve months, I've reviewed sixty-two restaurants (and one minor-league baseball stadium) in the pages of the RFT. I've traveled to Columbia and the metro east. I've sampled the cuisines of Korea, Japan, Ethiopia and Eritrea, Iran, Thailand, Bosnia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Vietnam (twice), M ... More >>
Don't let Paul Haggis' heavy hand stop you from seeing his latest.
9 p.m. Friday, April 20. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
www.food4film.com Ba Le's specialty is the banh mi. This was a fusion dish long before fusion became fashionable -- and it remains one of the few positive consequences of France's colonial occupation of Vietnam. Quite simply, banh mi is a sandwich served on a baguette. Yet the beauty of banh mi ... More >>
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