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    November 17, 2014

    Rams Defense Hits Bronco Emmanuel Sanders So Hard Wikipedia Declares Him Dead

    Denver Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders died for a few minutes, then returned to life during Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams -- at least, that's what it said on Wikipedia. Sanders was taken out of the game after an extremely brutal hit from Rams safety Rodney McLeod, who was blocking Sand ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Bans Help People Too Stupid to Feed Their Kids, Themselves

    Wikimedia Commons​ It's not just Jamie Oliver trying to save American kids from their parents. The Law is getting involved. Again. Reuters reports today that the Federal Trade Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agricultu ... More >>

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    April 19, 2011

    Taco Bell Tests Dorito-Flavored Taco Shells: Five Repurposed Junk Foods

    ​ Why in the hell didn't someone think of this years ago? If you're lucky enough to live in Ohio or Kansas, run to your neighborhood Taco Bell because hallelujah! They're test marketing taco shells made from nacho cheese-flavored Doritos! That's right - a giant orange Dorito, filled with T ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Alison Krauss Coming to the Fabulous Fox

    Wikimedia Commons​Alison Krauss, the bluegrass singer whose steller career has hit mainstream peaks with appearances on the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack and a recent collaborative album with Robert Plant, will be playing in St. Louis later this year. Her Paper Airplane Tour comes to th ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Here Are Your 2011 RFT Music Awards Nominees

    Wikimedia Commons​Without fanfare, here are the 2011 RFT Music Awards nominees. Bands performing at this year's RFT Music Showcase, which takes place on Saturday, June 4, on Washington Avenue, will be taken from this list. Like they are every year, the nominations are cobbled together from fan ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    So, Who Do You Want to See Nominated for the 2011 RFT Music Awards?

    Wikimedia Commons​Yes, you read that subject heading right: We are about three months out from the 2011 RFT Music Showcase, which is taking place on Saturday, June 4, on Washington Avenue. More details on this are TBA, once we know more. As every year, however, the music showcase features band ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010

    Fenugreek: It's What Makes Your Breasts Better!

    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. Wikipedia | Wikimedia Commons​History: Lest you feel sorry for fenugreek -- its stock overflowing at Whole Foods while its alphabetical ne ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Ten Animal Parts You Probably Didn't Know Were Food

    Photo from bbc dig it​After watching Anthony "No Reservations" Bourdain dine on warthog anus (yes, warthog anus), it seemed potentially instructive to search the web for other implausible anatomical snacks.It was.So, to honor Mr. Bourdain's adventurous palate, here's a compilation of the top eight ... More >>

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    May 18, 2010

    A Couple of Music Showcase Requests

    Wikimedia Commons​Don't forget, voting is now open for the 2010 RFT Music Awards. You can vote right over here! The showcase is in the process of being put together -- and I know absolutely nothing about venues, times or the schedule. Seriously. If you do have any questions about the showcase ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010

    Wait: Somebody Was Murdered In That House? Sold!

    Wikimedia CommonsNow, will the dishtowels be included in that price?​Today's Suburban Journals recounts the story of Dave and Amy Rhymer, a couple in their late twenties who last fall got a real steal on a Collinsville home that was the site of a "grisly" murder.The couple was initially clueless t ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Best. Recipe Typo. Ever.

    Per Harald Olsen, Wikimedia​This morning, Gut Check received a press release containing a recipe for Buffalo wings.Then, a few hours later, Gut Check received a correction to this recipe, which I repost here:Correction to "Spices" (third paragraph) section of this recipe. The sharp eyes of food e ... More >>

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    January 13, 2010

    Drink of the Week: Edradour 10-Year-Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, Pi (Central West End)

    The bartender at the new Central West End Pi looks like a cross between Matthew McConaughey and a young Paul Newman. He is smiling at us. We are having trouble remembering why we are standing there. Oh, yes, whiskey. Pi's whiskey selection is not only broad; it is also given a place of prominence. ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    The Noble Writ: Better to Be Lucky Than Closed

    When to open a cellar-worthy bottle of wine? Unlike many wine-based anxieties, there is a real basis for concern about making this calculation with any accuracy. Determining when a bottle is "ready" presents an incredibly complex matrix of variables: grape variety, producer style, vintage, storage ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    Press Release O' The Day: Are You A Stalker? Are You Being Stalked? Good News. It's Your Month!

    Woot! Get out your GPS and night-vision goggles, girls and boys: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has signed a proclamation allowing Missouri to celebrate National Stalking Awareness Month!Wikimedia CommonsSniff, sniff! Do we smell a stalker?​And what better time to promote awareness of a perv-y pastim ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Food News Reduced to Haiku: Eric Ripert's Salmon Controversy

    User "Chris 73," Wikimedia Commons​Lovely salmon dish,its curves faintly familiar.Is it not snapper?(Food & Wine)

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    January 5, 2010

    SLSO Having a Good Year So Far, Performing Works By John Cage and Steve Reich in March

    Wikimedia Commons​Received a press release from the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra yesterday, trumpeting some good news about revenue and ticket sales as it passes the middle of its season. As compared to the same time last year: Classical revenues are up 6.5% ($3.41m vs. $3.2m) Classical ti ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    The $750 Cupcake, or Everything You Hated About the Aughts Is Still Available

    It's a new year -- and a new decade -- at Gut Check International Headquarters, so why not kick things off with something that sounds like an Onion article circa 2005.User "Andareed," Wikimedia Commons​Via Las Vegas Weekly comes word of a $750 cupcake: $750 cupca ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    The Beertender Looks Back on 2009

    ​Here's when we glance at the newly purchased calendar, note the slightly strange four digits that signify the upcoming year and wonder where the hell it all went.User "Herr stahlhoefer," Wikimedia Commons​Luckily, it's been another strong year for craft beer. The craft-brewing industry grew ov ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    The Noble Writ Wishes You a Merde Christmas

    User "doomych," Wikimedia Commons​I track my wine inventory online with CellarTracker, which lets me update my Twitter account with what I'm drinking. Here's a recent example: "Not for the poop-averse, but sleek Cab. Franc underneath."A good friend replied that he most certainly was poop-averse. ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    The Noble Writ: A Natural Whine

    ​No concept is generating more discussion, misuse, vitriol or hype in the wine world right now than "natural" wine. If you've been spared the hubbub to this point, this should offer a gentle and balanced introduction.What is a natural wine? Well, the very term is a primary cause of the friction t ... More >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Gossip-Mongers Multiply. STL, Can You Deliver?

    Wikimedia CommonsThe old guard of gossip columnists resurfaces. Kinda makes you wonder if the telegraph will come back again, too.​​First, Gossip-Monger Par Excellence Jerry Berger came out of retirement to pee on the party shoes of his successor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch scribe Deb Peterson ... More >>

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    December 1, 2009

    The Novice Foodie is Full of Crêpe

    Stu Spivek, Wikimedia Commons​Encouraged by last week's no-knead bread success, and bloated from several Thanksgiving dinners, this week I decide to tackle another classic while keeping things light.What's lighter than thin, airy crêpes?When I want crêpes, I usually go to Rooster or Murdoch Per ... More >>

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    November 24, 2009

    The Collected Beer Mats of the Beertender

    User "MBO163," Wikimedia Commons​A special Tuesday edition of the Beertender...Hi. My name is Matt. And I'm a tegestologist.I'll also admit to being a chronic glassware collector and a guy who saves bottlecaps, but neither of those phenomena has a Latin term for it. Yet. Beer-coaster collecting -- ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Reminder: Help Choose St. Louis' Most Underrated Restaurants

    Dave Benbennick, Wikimedia Commons​I've already received some good nominations for Gut Check's list of the Ten Most Underrated St. Louis Restaurants. But I need more! Email your restaurant and an argument of 200 words, maximum, by Monday, November 23. That's right: I've extended the deadline by a ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Sneak of the Dead

    ​Pay attention: In the event of a zombie apocalypse, the information I'm about to give you may be the difference between having your cranium cracked open like the sugar crust on a crème brûlée and parlaying a considerable stash of vodka and ammo into living the good life with a harem somewhere ... More >>

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    October 26, 2009

    Review Preview: Mayuri

    User "Bmaganti," Wikimedia Commons​This week, I visit Mayuri, a new Indian restaurant at 12513 Olive Boulevard (the space formerly occupied by the Indian restaurant Ruchi). The Andhra chicken curry at Mayuri is named for Andhra Pradesh, the state on India's southeast coast that some claim offers t ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    The Dive Bomber: Lounging at Sappington Lounge

    Robin Wheeler​Is there anything sadder than an old bar in a strip mall? What about an old bar sandwiched between upscale rescale shops in a strip mall, with only a battered Chinese restaurant to keep it company? That's Sappington Lounge, which looked so forlorn from the outside that I thought it ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    FoodWire: Casino Queen Opens Sevens

    Kelly Martin, Wikimedia Commons​Casino Queen -- all together now: Home of the Loosest Slots! -- has opened Sevens, a restaurant, sports bar and entertainment venue. From the press release:SEVENS' mouth-watering dining menu will satisfy taste buds with gourmet food specialties complete with a full ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009

    The Noble Writ: Are Sulfites Friend or Foe?

    One of the larger areas of misconception surrounding wine is the use of sulfur compounds, most commonly sulfur dioxide (SO2), during the wine-making process. Many consumers seem to misunderstand why most winemakers add SO2 and what ill effects it might cause. Given that all wines containing more tha ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    FoodWire: Dine Out for Farm Aid Tuesday, September 15 [Updated]

    Bruce Denney, Wikimedia Commons​As most of you likely know, St. Louis hosts this year's Farm Aid benefit concert on Sunday, October 4. As part of the lead-up to the event, several area restaurants will take part in the "Fresh from the Family Farm" fundraiser on Tuesday, September 15. A portion of ... More >>

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    August 6, 2009

    By the Boards: Dennis Brown on the STL Theater Scene August 6-9

    It is perhaps the most felicitous opening line ever written:"If music be the food of love, play on."In this very first sentence, Shakespeare sets the elegiac tone that dominates Twelfth Night, which opens this week at St. Louis Shakespeare. Again. Although through the centuries critics have never el ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Throwback of the House: Hot in Herre Orange Mallow Refrigerator Pie

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsThis weekend I'm jetting to slightly-less-hot Philadelphia, and I planned to make a vegetable scrapple from a southwestern cookbook.I couldn't do it, though, because scrapple, like haggis, should never be vegetarian. Also, it's hot, and I don't want anything boiling fo ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    The Noble Writ: A Trying Time for Wine

    Like many sectors of the economy, the wine industry isn't doing well. You might suppose that alcohol sales would be more resilient than most things, and to some extent that's true -- sales of inexpensive wines remain relatively robust. However, high-end wines are being hit hard.My first clue that so ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    The Best of Gut Check: Throwback of the House

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia Commons Robin Wheeler writes the blog Poppy Mom. After years of making and eating fancy food, Robin is sick of it all. She's returning to the basics: recipes that haven't surfaced in three decades. She reports on the results for Gut Check every Tuesday.While Gut Check is on ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    The Best of Gut Check: The Sneak

    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. While Gut Check is on vacation this week, check out some of Dara's best work:The International ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Throwback of the House: The Bombs Wobbling in Air

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsHalfway through summer vacation, and my daughter is completely sick of my face. I know I'm not much fun for a five-year-old, what with my crappy food and my perpetual hangover. A kid can only take so many viewings of the Ice Age trilogy before she revolts against poor p ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    Throwback of the House: Da Gooey Buns, Eh.

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsI'm not here. I'm in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, visiting my in-laws and dining on pasties (with a long A and having nothing to do with stripper attire), fudge and Scandinavian baked goods. These shining examples of regional cuisine aren't just delicious, they're also ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    The Audacity of Sneak

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Show: Up, Pixar's latest gorgeous, visually engaging attempt to make me laugh while feeling a little guilty. Total success on both counts.Food: Mochi ice cream, mango flavored.Difficulty: Moderate. This is the easiest form of ice cream to bring into the movies, ... More >>

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    June 2, 2009

    Throwback of the House: Wiener Throwdown - Circle Pups

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsMy friend Maggie sent me a blog post by Spanno regarding "vintage hot dog horrors." Ha ha. Funny.But...wait. It's just pictures of shitty old recipes. Sure, that crown roast made of hot dogs looks hilarious, but did Spanno make and eat it? No. At least I took the effort ... More >>

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    June 1, 2009

    A Sneak of One's Own

    Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Show: X-Men Origins: WolverineFood: Izumi salad, unagi crêpe, and taro milk tea with boba from BBC Asian Cafe & Bar.Difficulty: Junior-varsity -- food was poorly packed for sneaking and nearly impossible to repackage; mitigating factors included a dark plas ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    Speaking of Butt Heads... Cigarette Litter Annoys People Across Nation

    Wikimedia CommonsThe New York Times reports today that "dozens of municipalities across the nation" have passed laws banning smoking on beaches and playgrounds, because citizens are sick of not only stepping on cigarette butts, but paying millions of dollars a year to clean them up.From the Times:

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    May 27, 2009

    A Sneak at the Opera

    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. This week, she snuck into Gut Check International Headquarters on a Wednesday with this missive ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    The Noble Writ: So You Want to Be a Wine Geek?

    Dave Nelson is the author of the blog Beer, Wine and Whisky. He writes about wine for Gut Check every Tuesday.Wine is a daunting subject: tens of thousands of producers, located in unique microclimates all around the world, each creating between one and dozens of wines, each of which is different t ... More >>

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    May 19, 2009

    Throwback of the House: No Nukes for Cakes

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsRobin Wheeler writes for the blog Poppy Mom. After years of making and eating fancy food, Robin is sick of it all. She's returning to the basics: recipes that haven't surfaced in three decades. She reports on the results for Gut Check every Tuesday.I remember my family ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    The Dive Bomber: Fenton Bar and Grill

    Robin Wheeler writes for the blog Poppy Mom. She also has a strange attraction to drinking establishments with jars of pickled -- or possibly fossilized -- eggs. She reports on these dives for Gut Check every Friday.I got a GPS for Christmas last year, which has led to me getting lost more than I ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    Throwback of the House: Meat-Hinge

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsRobin Wheeler writes for the blog Poppy Mom. After years of making and eating fancy food, Robin is sick of it all. She's returning to the basics: recipes that haven't surfaced in three decades. She reports on the results for Gut Check every Tuesday.Long ago, I found tw ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Throwback of the House: Dinner Entertaining for Jerks

    Todd Ehlers, Wikimedia CommonsRobin Wheeler writes for the blog Poppy Mom. After years of making and eating fancy food, Robin is sick of it all. She's returning to the basics: recipes that haven't surfaced in three decades. She reports on the results for Gut Check every Tuesday.I hate the drop-in v ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    Java Enabled: Once You Go Black, You Never Go Back

    Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.A friend of mine in ... More >>

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