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    Food Insecurity Rates at Record High

    Hunger be damned, there's wine to be auctioned! According to Reuters, Christie's Auction House sold the most expensive bottle of wine in history on Tuesday - $304,375 for an imperial-sized bottle of Cheval Blanc 1947, a Bordeaux. While it's the most ...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on November 17, 2010 @ 7:00 am
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    #37: Tom Yum Gai at Pearl Caf

    The tom yum gai soup at Pearl Cafe ? Pearl Caf shares the same owners as Simply Thai, which appeared at #71 on this list with its massaman curry. One of the (very few) unstated rules governing my 100 Favorite Dishes is one dish per restaurant, mu...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 16, 2010 @ 3:53 pm
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    Michelin Reveals First Chicago Restaurant Star Rankings

    ? St. Louis gastronauts take note: For the foreseeable future -- and likely beyond -- this is as close as we're going to get to Michelin-starred dining. Michelin today released its first-ever star rankings for the restaurants of Chicago. Al...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 16, 2010 @ 12:00 pm
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    Romeo's Pizza Coming to St. Louis

    ? Romeo's Pizza, a Medina, Ohio-based chain of restaurants, plans a major expansion to St. Louis, the company announced in a press release yesterday. Romeo's Pizza opened in 2001 and now has 31 locations throughout Ohio. The franchise agreement that ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 16, 2010 @ 10:57 am
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    Food and Fashion Get Friendly

    If Kate lived in Michigan, she'd be able to sell her homemade jam without a license. The Detroit Free Press reports on recent changes in state laws that allow homemade foods to be sold without a license. Most states have laws prohibiting foods made i...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on November 16, 2010 @ 7:00 am
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    Review Preview: SweetArt

    Baked goods and vegetarian/vegan cuisine are on the menu at SweetArt. ? This week I put aside my carnivorous nature and embrace the vegetarian and vegan cuisine at SweetArt. Follow me after the jump for a preview of my review. There I was, sta...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 15, 2010 @ 2:00 pm
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    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 11.8-11.14

    ? Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Cupcake Project: Stef made Persimmon Cupcakes. Andrew Mark Veety: Andrew announced Carl's Drive In as burger of the month. STL Hops: Mike shared a business card from De...

    @ Gut Check by Courtney Schilling on November 15, 2010 @ 11:30 am
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    Reindeer Meat for Christmas? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    This picture of a baby reindeer just sleighs me. ? Then one foggy Christmas eve Santa came to say, "Rudolph with your nose bright, you'll be on my plate tonight." In a PR nightmare that no one could have possibly foreseen, the British supermarket...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 15, 2010 @ 10:24 am
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    Get Happy - San Francisco's Mayor Vetoes Law Banning Fast Food Toys

    TheHill.com reports that this might be the first step in government backing out of what Americans eat. As the "lame duck" Congressional session begins, the website predicts how the new conservative members will respond to stalled food safety and scho...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on November 15, 2010 @ 7:00 am
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    At Joy Luck Buffet, bypass the buffet and focus on joy and luck

    Have you ever eaten a Szechuan peppercorn? If you need to think before answering the question, then you almost certainly haven't. Eating a Szechuan peppercorn -- which is not an actual peppercorn but the dried husk of a tiny fruit -- is as singular ...

    by Ian Froeb on February 3, 2011
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    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Il Vicino in Clayton ? Another week, another wave goodbye for some area eating establishments. Ian reported on the closing of Wang Gang Asian Eats in St. Charles, and he also shared George Mahe's news that Il Vicino has shut its doors for good aft...

    @ Gut Check by Courtney Schilling on November 12, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Jeff Ruby Talks! (About Kicking O.J. Simpson out of His Restaurant)

    I'm still waiting to hear back from the Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse corporate office in Cincinnati about the status of the River City Casino restaurant. However, I feel bad about depriving you of an opportunity to hear from Jeff Ruby himself, so here's a ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 12, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
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    Former Employee of Brentwood Whole Foods Market Alleges Termination for Blowing Whistle on Bad Organic Practices [Updated]

    ? A former employee of Whole Foods Market in Brentwood claims that she was fired after alerting management of multiple instances in which the produce department had not followed the proper standards for handling organic produce, according to...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 12, 2010 @ 2:32 pm
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    Taqueria el Jalapeo Now Fast Burrito

    The jalapeo still smiles. ? This isn't news, per se, since it happened almost half a year ago, but I haven't seen it reported anywhere else, and it involves a restaurant I liked quite a bit: Taqueria el Jalapeo (10009 St. Charles Rock Road, St. ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 12, 2010 @ 1:08 pm
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    Restaurant Tidbits from Via Vino, Gelato Di Riso

    ? It's been a busy couple of weeks for restaurant news in St. Louis. Here are a couple of items that our friends around town have mentioned: Joe Bonwich of the Post-Dispatch reports that Via Vino is now open at 10427 Clayton Road in Frontenac. Via V...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 12, 2010 @ 11:22 am
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    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ? Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl. Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: 7-11 Doesn't Want to be Opportunisitc, Preceeds to Beat Slurpee Summit Idea to Pulp htt...

    @ Gut Check by Courtney Schilling on November 12, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Heart Attack Grill Gives Free Bypass Burgers to Obese Customers

    At least other burger joints are taking a less-evil approach. Wendy's is now using sea salt on their fries. Their marketing chief Ken Calwell tells USA Today, "There's a halo that goes with it. People associate it with good, natural things." With ...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on November 12, 2010 @ 7:00 am
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    Wang Gang Asian Eats Closes St. Charles Location

    Inside the now shuttered St. Charles Wang Gang Asian Eats The fast-casual restaurant Wang Gang Asian Eats has closed its location at 2009 Zumbehl Road in St. Charles. The original Edwardsville restaurant remains open. The St. Charles Wang Gang had...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 11, 2010 @ 4:30 pm
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    Jeff Ruby's and the Case of the Disappearing Website, Part 2

    Is Jeff Ruby saying farewell to St. Louis? ? Last month, I reported on the curious circumstance that the main website of Cincinnati-based Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse no longer lists its St. Louis location at River City Casino. The URL for the St. Louis...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 11, 2010 @ 3:26 pm
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    #38: Cassoulet (and Sweetbreads) at Franco

    The cassoulet at Franco: It looks (not to mention tastes) much better than this photo suggests. ? Ideally, I would have tabbed the sweetbreads as my favorite dish at Franco. Over several years, including a change in executive chefs from Justin Kei...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on November 11, 2010 @ 1:02 pm
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