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    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 8.27

    Baby scorpion in McDonald's bag - accident, hoax, or the new Unhappy Meal? (Phoenix New Times) Cheap beer is about to get more expensive. (Bloomberg) Move over, ice cream man. Detroit's starting a produce truck program. (Detroit Free Press) Are yo...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on August 27, 2009 @ 10:00 am
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    Introducing Farmers' Market Share: Be Thankful for Tomatoes

    ? Alissa Nelson is a graduate student and compulsive buyer of cookbooks. She enjoys scouring seed catalogs and thrift stores alike. Beginning this week, she will seek the bounty of local farmers' markets for Gut Check -- and then cook it. St. Louis,...

    @ Gut Check by Alissa Nelson on August 26, 2009 @ 5:27 pm
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    Java Enabled: Is Yirgacheffe a Coffee or a Brand?

    Ethiopia trademarked the Yirgacheffe name in 2006 in an attempt to capitalize on the region's reputation. Then, in December 2008, the Ethiopian government mandated that all coffee be sold through a national coffee board, known as the Ethiopian Coffee...

    @ Gut Check by Zach Dyer on August 26, 2009 @ 3:17 pm
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    Vote Today for Best of St. Louis 2009!

    ? Best New Restaurant? Best Burger? We've made our choices, but you still have time to make yours in the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2009 Readers' Poll. This year you can cast your ballot online only. Click on the link above, ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 26, 2009 @ 1:00 pm
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    Review + Slideshow: Racanelli's Cucina

    ? My review of Racanelli's Cucina is now available online. Racanelli's Cucina is located at 6655 Delmar Boulevard (the former Market in the Loop building). You can check out the restaurant's menu and more at its website. In this week's Back of the H...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 26, 2009 @ 11:30 am
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    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 8.26

    The American Heart Association warns about eating too much added sugar. It's lurking in places you might not expect. (Reuters, U.S. News and World Report) Oregon restaurant does the unthinkable -- publishes nutritional information on menus. (Restaur...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on August 26, 2009 @ 10:00 am
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    Marc Baltes Storms the "Dorm Room" at 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar

    ? As I waddled back to my car last night after the latest Dorm Room dinner at Lafayette Square's 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar, the evening air thick with woodsmoke from the grill where Marc Baltes was braising pork shoulder for the next seating, I wond...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 25, 2009 @ 5:04 pm
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    The Noble Writ: How to Decant, or What You Won't Learn at Your 20th Reunion

    Now, I didn't purchase this wine when it was originally released back in 1991 or so. Some wineries will cellar bottles at their facility and then release them years or even decades later. To my mind, this is generally a more reliable method of findin...

    @ Gut Check by Dave Nelson on August 25, 2009 @ 1:45 pm
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    FoodWire: Josh Galliano in Southern Living

    ? Congrats to Josh Galliano, executive chef at Monarch (7401 Manchester Road; website). Galliano is featured in the September issue of Southern Living magazine, which is currently available on newsstands. The one-page profile includes some f...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 25, 2009 @ 12:36 pm
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    FoodWire: Mango Opens Downtown Friday, September 11

    Peruvian restaurant Mango (website) will open its second location at 1101 Lucas Avenue on Friday, September 11. This is one week later than originally announced. The restaurant will open at 11 a.m. for lunch. Its regular hours will be 11 a.m.-11 p....

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 25, 2009 @ 11:15 am
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    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 8.25

    WIC to include fruits, vegetables and bread after 34 years. (Lincoln Journal Star) Egypt names the best dates of the year after President Obama. (Associated Press) Restaurant in southern Missouri town allowed to serve alcohol. What's next? Legalize...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on August 25, 2009 @ 10:00 am
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    Innovations in Sneaking: The Solid-State Cocktail

    While I'm constantly amazed at the number of movie theaters in St. Louis that offer beer, wine and decent coffee, there still aren't many places you can enjoy a good cocktail during the show. What's a sneak to do? 1. Pre-mix the cocktail and bring i...

    @ Gut Check by Dara Strickland on August 24, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
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    FoodWire: Skybox Now the Levee

    Changes abound today! A post on the Urban St. Louis message board reveals that Skybox (800 North Third Street) -- the restaurant/nightclub owned by Nelly, Larry Hughes, Darius Miles and Marshall Faulk -- is now the Levee. (The linked post and its s...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 24, 2009 @ 6:02 pm
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    FoodWire: Wine Dinner at Five Thursday, August 27

    If you didn't already know from its frequent appearance in FoodWire, Five (5100 Daggett Avenue; website) hosts many wine dinners. The latest is this Thursday, August 27, at 7 p.m., featuring wines from the wine importer Quintessential Wines. The fi...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 24, 2009 @ 5:00 pm
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    Throwback of the House: Jellied Chicken, or Blenders Aren't Just for Drinks

    Throwback of the House - Now on Mondays! Good old Betty Sullivan. She was a 1965 Superwoman. Not only did she manage to make three squares a day for her six kids and husband, but she also maintained a busy career heading the test kitchen at Hamilton...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on August 24, 2009 @ 3:45 pm
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    FoodWire: El Scorcho to Become Las Palmas

    ? Thanks to my colleague Annie Zaleski for sending along this tip over the weekend: Maplewood Tex-Mex joint El Scorcho (7356 Manchester Road; website) is not long for this world, if it hasn't already closed outright. Its phone number and website rem...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 24, 2009 @ 2:30 pm
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    Review Preview: Racanelli's Cucina

    ? This week I visit Racanelli's Cucina, which serves pizza, pasta and sandwiches in the former Market in the Loop building (gutted and remodeled) in the Delmar Loop. After the jump, a sneak peek at my review. When I reviewed the new Syrian restaura...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 24, 2009 @ 12:32 pm
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    FoodWire: Soda Fountain Square Now a Special-Events Venue

    ? Word this morning that Lafayette Square diner Soda Fountain Square (1801 Park Avenue; website) will now open only for special events. Bethany Budde, owner of both Soda Fountain Square and SqWires, made the announcement on a Lafayette Square listser...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 24, 2009 @ 11:15 am
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    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8.24

    Tyson to pay for violating federal pollution-discharge permit in Nebraska. (CNN) Fruit growers and border patrol clash over treatment of seasonal immigrant workers. (WHEC) Shrimp fishermen strike in Louisiana. (The Daily Comet) How to survive the...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on August 24, 2009 @ 10:00 am
  • Enchiladas de Maplewood: Ian turns up a southern offshoot of the popular north-county spot Las Palmas


    Enchiladas de Maplewood: Ian turns up a southern offshoot of the popular north-county spot Las Palmas

    The enchiladas de pollo verdes at Las Palmas weren't bad -- far from it. It wasn't my palate they threatened; it was my finely attenuated sense of nostalgia. You see, in my younger, more penurious days, when adding sausage to a boxed mix of red bean...

    by Ian Froeb on January 20, 2010
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