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    The Noble Writ: Vino Soave

    Me neither. But I certainly hear plenty of quasi-wistful reminiscences about them. I was relatively surprised to learn that many people lumped one of my favorite white wines, Soave, in with these pop-culture laughingstocks. It seems that in a decad...

    @ Gut Check by Dave Nelson on June 23, 2009 @ 5:32 pm
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    Reflections on the Debut of the "Dorm Room" at 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar

    A who's who of St. Louis food types descended upon 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar (1913 Park Avenue) last night for the inaugural "Dorm Room" dinner. Among those spotted in the crowd -- writing that makes me feel just like Deb Peterson! -- were Gerard C...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 23, 2009 @ 3:51 pm
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    FoodWire: Even More Restaurant Tidbits

    A surprisingly busy Tuesday on the local restaurant front. First, Sauce Magazine scores a major scoop: Mixologist extraordinaire Ted Kilgore is leaving Monarch for the soon-to-open Niche Taste Bar, which replaces Veruca in the space adjacent to Ger...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 23, 2009 @ 2:51 pm
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    Keep Suggesting Burgers for the First Fight Club Sandwich!

    Yesterday's post on the inaugural Fight Club Sandwich, pitting your choice of two burgers from local restaurants in a battle to be decided by your struly, has received an awesome response so far. Keep suggesting burgers in the comments thre...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 23, 2009 @ 1:44 pm
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    Throwback of the House: Da Gooey Buns, Eh.

    I'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 delic...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on June 23, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
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    FoodWire: Various Restaurant Tidbits

    News from a few of our friends around town: - The St. Louis Business Journal reports that a new operator has been chosen for Bevo Mill (4749 Gravois Avenue). L&M Catering will use the historic space as a restaurant, catering and special-events fac...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 23, 2009 @ 11:22 am
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    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 6.23

    A Chicago-area company has recalled ground beef contaminated with E. coli. (Chicago Breaking News) The Chinese love Bordeaux, apparently. (AP) ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 23, 2009 @ 10:46 am
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    How to Win Sneaks and Influence People

    In a previous blog post, I talked about the passionate side of sneaking -- particularly for those who seek a Sneak. But you've doubtless noticed that, while one of the things dearest to me in this life is the B-movie laboratory St. Elmo's fire that f...

    @ Gut Check by Dara Strickland on June 22, 2009 @ 5:33 pm
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    Introducing Fight Club Sandwich, Gut Check's Audience-Participation Food Battle

    "Wait, Ian. The headline clearly states, 'Audience-Participation.' This sounds like the same reviewing crap that you always do. What gives?" What gives is that you, dear readers, will get to choose each week's competitors. I'll declare a topic and t...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 22, 2009 @ 4:00 pm
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    Review Preview: Midland Wok

    This week I visit Midland Wok, a Vietnamese (mainly) restaurant in Overland. At the Vietnamese restaurant Midland Wok, the #26 soup -- banh canh gio heo -- is described in English as "big clear noodles and pork." This leaves out some crucial inform...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 22, 2009 @ 12:45 pm
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    FoodWire: Jade Restaurant.Lounge Now Open

    Jade Restaurant.Lounge is now serving Asian cuisine at 910 Olive Street. (The restaurant's Web site is a placeholder; link goes to its Facebook profile.) Joey Ngyuen, whose family also operates downtown's Bamboo Bistro, is the proprietor. Jade is ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 22, 2009 @ 11:35 am
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    The Morning Brew: Monday, 6.22

    The mysterious outbreak of E. coli in Nestl Toll House cookies. (Washington Post) The International Whaling Commission meets amidst concerns of increased trade in whale meat. (AFP) Recession be damned: It's time for the Bordeaux wine fair. (AFP)...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 22, 2009 @ 10:29 am
  • Best Of Food & Drink 2009

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    Best Of Food & Drink 2009

    The winners of our Best Fried Chicken, Best Pizza by the Slice, Best Use of the Worst Cheese, Best Taco Cart and Best Cupcakes awards -- and more -- are now posted in our Best Of Food & Drink 2009 section.

    by Riverfront Times on September 30, 2009
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    The Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Also, don't forget that you can follow Gut Check on Twitter. Today, especially, I was Twittering (or Tweeting or whatever) like a madman. Next week: pigs feet. What more do you need to know? Have a great weekend. Eat something good. ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 19, 2009 @ 5:09 pm
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    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 6.13-6.19

    Feast: George Mahe explores the rise in restaurant scams. St. Louis Eats & Drinks: The Pollacks visit the restaurant in the new Moonrise Hotel, Eclipse. Becky and the Beanstock: Lots of gorgeous food photos. Sugar, Spice & More Things Nice: Lots o...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 19, 2009 @ 3:42 pm
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    FoodWire: Rib Special at Tip Top Tonight

    Now, I usually don't offer second-hand recommendations, so take this for what's it worth. That said, this tip comes from one of my most trusted sources -- and it's about a place I liked quite a bit when I reviewed it a year ago: Tip Top Food & Spir...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 19, 2009 @ 12:18 pm
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    The Morning Brew: Friday, 6.19

    A new U.N. reports finds the number of hungry people has reached an all-time high: 1.02 billion. (Times of India) The future of food and wine...in outer space. (Bloomberg) Yet another reason not to eat shark meat: It might be hiding cocaine! (Mon...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 19, 2009 @ 10:58 am
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    The Dive Bomber: Tears in My Beer at Haney's Place

    One night last year, my husband and I stopped by Rick's Place, our favorite bar, to find a new sign with a new name. We peered in the window long enough to notice a new jukebox and far too many people. Overcome with grief, we left without setting foo...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on June 18, 2009 @ 4:12 pm
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    This Week's Tip of the Tongue Newsletter

    Gut Check not providing enough dining tidbits for you? Consider subscribing to Tip of the Tongue, the Riverfront Times' weekly e-mail dining newsletter. In this week's edition: a celebration of the blue-cheese soufle at Jim Fiala's the Crossing; de...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 18, 2009 @ 12:03 pm
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    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 6.18

    A committee in the U.S. House passes food-safety legislation. (Bloomberg) Be careful when you eat and drive. (Buffalo News) A truck carrying glaze for glazed doughnuts overturns near Seattle. Cue the Homer Simpson drooling sound.... (Q13 Fox)

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 18, 2009 @ 10:39 am
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