Editor's note: Mary Boehne is the pastry sous chef at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis and its restaurant, Cielo (999 North Second Street; 314-881-5800). Before that she worked as a line cook at Winslow's Home and at the Four Seasons in Vail, Colorado. Today marks the beginning of her se ... More >>
Nineteen. It's the number of times the St. Louis Cardinals have made it to the World Series, and a tally that's second only to the New York Yankees' 40 trips to baseball's big dance. The Redbirds also lay claim to the most championships, again after the Yankees. And while October baseball has mostly ... More >>
Hostess Brands filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week, the second time in eight years that the maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread and a score of other sweet cakes and enriched breads has sought such protection. Gut Check greeted the news with the expected smirk -- aren't Twinkies supposed to last f ... More >>
Something interesting caught Gut Check's eye this week: CNN's Eatocracy claims that the best sandwich in the universe is a plain ol' tomato-and-mayo on white (white!) bread, the reason being that tomatoes are in season during August. This statement makes us think back to our childhood. In f ... More >>
Gut Check wasn't sure what to expect, walking into this film. Very little was known about it -- except that it was a Terrence Malick film, which, when combined with the title of the film and the trailer that included outer space, babies and waterfalls, gave us a few hints about the kind of nebulous ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsThe clock radio comes on playing "Lover Please," from 1962. Swing tempo, brassy saxophone, handclaps like an R&B reveille. You can hear echoes of his gospel days in Clyde McPhatter's pleading: Lover please, please come back Don't take a train comin' down the track Don't, ple ... More >>
Here at Gut Check, we've had our share of fun mocking Michael Pollan's food rules. However, longtime readers of this blog know that I, personally, am a big fan of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.That said, I must admit I cringed when I saw the three new food ru ... More >>
This weekend's NFC Championship game features the Minnesota Vikings facing off against the New Orleans Saints. The former's performance was so inspiring in recent weeks, it inspired Mpls legend Prince, who penned a song in their honor called "Purple and Gold." The Fox affiliate in Minneapolis receiv ... More >>
On Thanksgiving Day, the bars will be open. Maybe not the dance clubs, "ultra lounges" or country club-type places, but most every corner bar will be open, and we've all been in one of those. But maybe not on Thanksgiving. However, if you've ever found yourself driving or walking by one on Turkey Da ... More >>
If you've been paying attention over the past few years, you know how the beer selection in the St. Louis area has ballooned. (Seventeen breweries!) With so much out there, it can get a little overwhelming at times. Here are a few Must-Trys and New-&-Excitings to seek:(Don't forget that STL H ... More >>
Alissa NelsonThis week I bought a $6 head of cauliflower. It was purple -- which was novel -- and it was locally grown, which is obviously what this blog is all about. But, ultimately, it was a single head of cauliflower that cost $6.Can I get political for a moment?This past spring, Alice Water ... More >>
“Here’s an old one for you St. Louis,” at which point the violinists launched into a bluegrass, dueling fiddles rendition of “Volcanoes.”
B-Sides peeks in on a rehearsal for Riders on the Storm and finds out that the (English) Beat goes on for vocalist Dave Wakeling.
The Riverfront Times' performing arts guide
Week of August 16, 2006
The lowdown on eats at the new ballyard
Marion says she's got the best ribs in town. She's right.
Free to Be...You and Me is ebullient but monochromatic
Week of January 5, 2005
Who says cover bands are unoriginal?
Global Foods Market
The year in review: A quiz (For answers, see last page)
Week of December 24, 2003
Nothing to write home about, but certainly worth the trip
Freakazoid piano diva Kristeen Young once haunted St. Louis, but New York City beckoned. So did David Bowie.
Corky's Restaurant lifts classic American comfort food to new heights
International House of Pancakes