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    October 28, 2013

    Some 12-Year-Old Boy Has Hacked the Cardinals Wikipedia Page

    The St. Louis Cardinals are a gay butt sex team -- at least, that's according to Wikipedia. Someone hacked the team's Wikipedia page, and while the three-word addition was promptly removed by Wiki editors, the description lingered on Google's and Bing's Cardinals search pages. If you Googled the C ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    Which of These Missourians Are Hall Of Fame Worthy?

    It's time to select the next inductees to the Hall of Famous Missourians, and the state is using democracy to do it! Controversy arose around last year's selection after then House Speaker Steven Tilley chose conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, eventually eliciting some angry petitions. Limbau ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    The Glee Treatment: "Fuck That Shit" and Five Other Rejections From Bands

    Regardless of what anybody thinks about the actual program, there's no disputing that Glee has become an absolute juggernaut in the music industry. As of October 2011, songs from the show have been downloaded 36 million times. And during that same time period, 11 million physical albums that have be ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Five Unnervingly Specific Facts About Miranda Cosgrove Wikipedia's SOPA Blackout Kept You From Knowing

    ​Wikipedia's decision to black out on Wednesday in support of the efforts against SOPA and PIPA hurt a lot of demographics--high schoolers looking for paraphrases to paraphrase, search engine optimizers who kind of hoped Wikipedia would be shut down, people who needed an episode guide for A Mi ... More >>

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    January 17, 2012

    SOPA Protests Keep Kids From Researching SummerSlam

    ​Attention, high school students: You have to read the book now. Tonight at midnight, Wikipedia shuts down for 24 hours to protest both House Bill 3261, more commonly known as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and its related bill in the Senate, the PROTECT IP ACT (PIPA). SOPA and PIPA have raise ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Ten Musicians Who Support Occupy Wall Street

    Adbusters​"Occupy Wall Street" started out as a 1,000-person mid-September protest in a New York City park against, among other things, financial disparity and corporate influence. Since that time that protest has grown into a nationwide movement, spurring on the creation of "Occupy" spinoffs ... More >>

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    September 13, 2011

    7 Breakfast-Inspired Ice Cream Flavors We Don't Want to Try

    Ice cream flavors have gotten increasingly bold in their flavor combinations. Take, for example, Baskin-Robbins' newest creation: French Toast. For those who enjoy adventurous flavors, you can get your fix locally at the Bleeding Deacon Public House (4123 Chippewa Sreet; 314-772-1813) where bacon- ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Eight Awful Uses for Terrible Flavored Vodkas

    Hey vodka makers? You're out of control. It was cute and interesting many, many years ago when the likes of Absolut, Stoli, and Smirnoff got the bright idea to make flavored vodkas. Vodka with pepper flavor for bloody Marys? Great! Citrusy vodkas with tonic? Perfection. But come on. With the annou ... More >>

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    June 6, 2011

    Blink-182, My Chemical Romance Coming to Verizon Wireless: $20 Tickets Available

    Wikimedia Commons​Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance bring their 2011 Honda Civic Tour to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (did I miss any mandatory corporate name drops in there?). It's the Amphitheater's 20th anniversary, and in celebration, the first 2,500 lawn tickets sold for this show o ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Applebee's Gets Toddler Drunk: Six Kiddie Cocktails They Should Try

    ​An Applebee's in suburban Detroit accidentally gave a two-year-old a margarita in a sippy cup instead of the apple juice his mom ordered, a mistake that wasn't discovered until the kid's blood alcohol level was .10 -- beyond the legal limit for drivers. The kid was okay, after a trip to the d ... More >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Food Fights Signal Bad Manners, End Times.

    Sure, we all love food. But are we willing to fight for it? Go to jail for it? Or, perhaps, die for it? Judging from recent headlines, the End Times have arrived, signaled by that famine horseman who's prompting people to ape shit on one another over snack foods. Or maybe it's just time to offer ... More >>

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    December 15, 2010

    Poll: What Were Your Favorite Concerts of 2010?

    Wikimedia Commons​A to Z goes out to shows. Many shows. In fact, this year alone we've reviewed... well, more concerts than we can count. Trying to figure out which ones we liked best has been a daunting task. I mean, Rush was fantastic -- but in an entirely different way than Minus the Bear o ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    "The Largest Concert Stage and Tour Production in History" Is Coming to Busch Stadium in 2011

    Adam.J.W.C./Wikimedia CommonsAC/DC's huge outdoor stage. Is this who's coming? We'll find out Monday.​Just got a rather intriguing press release in the ol' inbox from LiveNation and the St. Louis Cardinals, inviting the media to a press conference at 11 a.m. Monday morning. According to the re ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Post-Dispatch Union Scribes Suck It Up & Accept Lee Enterprises' Concessions

    Wikimedia CommonsTalk to the hand...​The mood was somber on Saturday afternoon as St. Louis Post-Dispatch employees strode into their union meeting to vote on Lee Enterprises' "last, best and final [contract] offer."The St. Louis Newspaper Guild's contract for P-D employees expired in June 2009; t ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Tax-Exempt Missouri Yacht Buyers Might Be Drowned by Bills

    Wikimedia CommonsAhoy, Jeff City! Days may be numbered for yacht owners' tax exemptions.​OK, what's more surprising about this scoop from the Kansas City Star? A) that Missouri is home to some 16,000 yachts, or, B) that none of 'em are subject to state sales taxes.The Star reports that as Jeff Cit ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    The Noble Writ Climbs the First Rung on the Riesling Ladder

    This week we continue our exploration of German riesling. I have a particular passion for the grape, the subject of either misunderstanding or outright dismissal by most people interested in wine.User "Siego," Wikimedia CommonsA vineyard growing Mosel riesling​Germany enacted a comprehensive (if ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    The Most Googled Recipes of 2009

    User "Carstor," Wikimedia Commons​Yeah, yeah. I realize we're several weeks into the new year so enough with the 2009 crap. But this is interesting, I swear! Via Serious Eater comes Restaurants & Institutions magazine's ten most Googled (by Americans) recipes of 2009. 1. Chili2. Meatloaf3. ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    The Noble Writ Keeps It Real with Traditional Rioja

    Traditional Rioja holds a special place in my heart: It's one of the few wines that can achieve a captivating level of elegance. These wines have tremendous complexity, but in a very understated manner. This alone distinguishes them from most every other Spanish wine on the shelf.User "Gurrea," Wik ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    The Novice Foodie Presses for Better Coffee

    Ah, coffee. I love the comfort of the morning coffee ritual: the first sip, the way a warm mug feels in my hand, the permeating aroma as I get my day going. But woe was the Novice Foodie this past summer when my doctor said I had to cut out caffeine for a while to ensure I wouldn't drop dead at a m ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    User "Chris 73," Wikimedia Commons​We wrote some haiku,also drank Dark Honey booze,failing to stay warm.What else happened this week?Throwback of the House resolved to try macrobiotic cuisine.The Noble Writ made resolutions for himself and his column.The Novice Foodie celebrated shallots.The Beert ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    The Novice Foodie Sheds Tears of Joy for the Humble Shallot

    In his bestselling memoir, Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain lists as the first necessary food item in the chapter titled "How to Cook Like A Pro" -- before butter, my friends -- the humble shallot. He writes, "You almost never see this item in a home kitchen, but out in the world they're an e ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Hot Chocolate at Bittersweet Bakery, Kakao and Rue Lafayette

    We are contemplating the meager Christmas decorations we have managed to get up this year, which must be taken down and packed away again. This task will be made easier by the fact that most of the boxes still lie about the living room. We started the month with twinkly eyes and big plans. We would ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    User "Wikidemo," Wikimedia Commons​Next week, Gut Check kicks off our third-annual (!) Gut Check End-of-Year Bonanza as we count down the Top Ten Dishes of 2009 and look back at the year that was -- or will have been. (It's not over yet!) But this week we've already started on our Christmas shoppi ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    The Beertender Celebrates Rauchbier, or Smoke on the Wasser

    Berthold Werner, Wikimedia Commons​One of the things that I love about beer -- and, truth be told, wine and spirits, too -- is the sense that I'm drinking history. When a beer is made according to a nearly-lost brewing tradition, drinking it allows you a vibrant, if brief, glimpse into another er ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    The Noble Writ: Chianti, Not Just for Candles and Hannibal Lecter Any More

    John Menard, Wikimedia CommonsVineyards in Tuscany, Italy​Chianti is another wine making a comeback from a poor reputation. I find myself choosing it to accompany a vast array of Italian and Italian-American dishes, as it can be an excellent companion to food. There's just something about its bri ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    The Beertender: Do the Pilgrims Proud -- Drink Beer!

    ​'Tis the season for the obligatory "What wine should you bring to Thanksgiving?" article. Can we talk about this for a minute? As always, drink what you like, but Thanksgiving means tons of food that are heavy on the carbs -- and you want to pair it with wine? A drink that's 12-14% alcohol by vol ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    The Noble Writ: The Truth About Wine and Thanksgiving

    ​Thanksgiving increases interest in food and wine pairings. Since I have fun experimenting with combinations of wine and food, I generally enjoy the conversations I have with friends and family looking to step out and try something different.However, a significant number of conversations I have a ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Braise Those Greens!

    User "Quadell," Wikimedia CommonsSave those greens, beet fans!​Despite riding my bike in shorts on Monday -- shorts! in November! -- there is something about the trees losing their leaves and three straight weeks of rain that begs for hoodies and comfort food.Since I care about your colon, I'm not ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Five Easy Food Costume Ideas for Halloween

    Kevin Dooley, Wikimedia Commons​I don't like Halloween. It's an adult holiday now, what with all the sexy nurses and sexy pirates and -- I'm going to go out on a limb and hazard a guess here -- this year way too many Michael Jackson-inspired costumes of questionable propriety.At any rate, even bef ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    FoodWire: Crepes in the City Shuttered?

    Wikimedia Commons​Crepes in the City (500 N. 14th St.) appears to have closed. Tables are still set up and art's still hanging on the walls, but the creperie is shuttered today and its website isn't working. A Facebook fan of the place says, "RIP." No one's answering the phone, either. Anybody hav ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Waldo Jaquith, Wikimedia Commons​News broke this week that Balaban's would return -- in Chesterfield, as a tapas bar and wine shop -- but the comeback that excited us most around here was that of Drink of the Week, now written by Alicia Lohmar. If you haven't yet, do check it out.Oh -- and if you ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Drink of the Week: Moët & Chandon White Star

    Waldo Jaquith, Wikimedia Commons​Gut Check is thrilled to welcome back one of Riverfront Times' most popular columns, Drink of the Week -- and to introduce its new author, Alicia Lohmar.I had my first cocktail on a trip to Paris with my dad when I was sixteen. We were at a restaurant he called Po ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009

    The Noble Writ: A Port for Every Storm, Part 1

    As cool autumn weather begins to settle in, my thoughts turn to richer wines that can keep the chill away. One wine that fits this bill perfectly is port. Typically, port is imbibed while enjoying a good book at bedtime or while sitting next to the fireplace, but it makes a lovely match with cheese ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009

    Throwback of the House: Hunger's the Best Sauce for Reuben Chowder

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsA special Tuesday edition of Throwback...You wouldn't like me when I'm hungry. It's a horrible sight to behold. Although I have enough body fat to keep me alive in the wild for the better part of a month, if I go an hour past mealtime without a feeding, there's hell to ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    Throwback of the House: Childhood Memories, Destroyed by Pyrex

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia Commons​Even the most hardcore food snob has that one processed food that she just can't shake. For me, it's pimento cheese. These days, I usually make my own with Scott Peacock's gussied-up recipe, but a few times a year I need the processed-orange-crap-in-a-deli-tub chees ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    Java Enabled: This One's Just Right

    Cups are a superstitious part of any coffee drinker's routine. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a regular coffee drinker that didn't have a preferred vessel for enjoying their dark drink. There's always that one cup or mug -- for some inexplicable reason, it just makes the coffee taste better. ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    Throwback of the House: Sea Pie Guarantees You'll Die Alone

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsThere's nothing wrong with being alone, according to The Solo Chef, published in 1981 by Conran's. What the hell does a corporation that billed itself as "America's busiest home furnishing store" know about being alone?They knew that " matter how many benefits aris ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Peter Duhon, Wikimedia Commons​This week we celebrated Martha Stewart's birthday by listing the ten most useless cooking tools in this or any other known universe, assuming that the one woman who has everything probably still doesn't have a rolling herb mincer.She probably does, though.What else d ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    Throwback of the House: The Pickle Stretcher Salad Is Not Funny

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsNo one can beat a joke dead into the dirt like I can. Since last week's meat-stretching edition of Throwback, my brain has been on a giant innuendo feedback loop. You know what cracked me up? Pickle Stretcher!Oh, the hilarity of the Pickle Stretcher Salad recipe in 196 ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    A Separate Sneak

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Show: First of a two-episode arc, "Sniper," from the fourth season of Homicide: Life on the Street.Food: Pills, booze.Difficulty: Painful. Do not try this at home. Owwww.So far I've detailed various methods of choosing sneakable foods, appropriate repackaging and ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    The 48-Hour Sneak Project

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons There's an essential difference between discipline and morality, even when one is sneaking food into the movies. As I've discussed in previous posts, sneaking has its own ethics and its own style, a code less concerned with slavish devotion to rules than the cur ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    The Noble Writ: Tell Me a Story

    We live in a time when well-made wine is readily available to just about everyone. You can walk into most grocery stores -- not to mention wine shops -- and find dozens of wines that are cleanly and soundly made starting at or below $5 a bottle.But I need a wine to be more than "good." A "good," te ... More >>

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    June 3, 2009

    Press Release of The Day: Towel w/Arm Openings

    Wikimedia CommonsExcuse me, is that a wearable towel you're wearing?For any of you with "only three arms," or an alter-ego who lived in Ancient Greece, for that matter, check out the $19.95 Wearable Towel, patent pending worldwide.Got this press release today...way too good not to pass along. The bo ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Sneako de Mayo

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Dara Strickland is a leading expert on sneaking food and drink into the movies. She reports on her exploits for Gut Check (from an undisclosed location) every Monday.Let us now praise famous foods.The long skinny baguette sandwich, able to be laid across the bot ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    The Noble Writ: Do Try This at Home

    Dave Nelson is the author of the blog Beer, Wine and Whisky. He writes about wine for Gut Check every Tuesday.Aging wine at home is something everyone should attempt. You don't need a cellar. In fact, I hesitate to use the term "cellar" because it carries so many preconceptions. People tend to think ... More >>

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    April 13, 2009

    Romancing the Sneak

    Dara Strickland is a leading expert on sneaking food and drink into the movies. She reports on her exploits for Gut Check (from an undisclosed location) every Monday.Though the typical variability of St. Louis weather decided to spit disdainful snow on last week's declaration that spring had finally ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    The Sneak: The Sneak of Nature

    Dara Strickland is a leading expert on sneaking food and drink into the movies. She reports on her exploits for Gut Check (from an undisclosed location) every Monday.Show: The pageantry of early spring, Missouri Botanical Garden.Food: One liter of sangria, miniature kiwi fruits.Difficulty: Easy. MOB ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Thursday, March 26: Calendar Pimp Suggests

    Wikimedia Commons Is there an herb that aids blogging?He is the very picture of the modern ethnobotanist. He has information vegetable, herbal and shamanist. He knows about the Hot Plants, and also Psyche Delicacies. From catuaba and tamanu, and why to put them in home pharmacies.

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    March 16, 2009

    The Sneak: Who Kolaches the Watchmen?

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Dara Strickland is a leading expert on sneaking food and drink into the movies. She reports on her exploits for Gut Check (from an undisclosed location) every Monday.Show: Watchmen, in all its nearly 3 hours of incomprehensible, geeky glory. No one should ever b ... More >>

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