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    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 5.21

    A Virginia man is sentenced to five years in federal prison for illegally importing catfish from Vietnam and selling it as grouper and other fish. (FIS.com) Can Congress help resolve a dispute between American wine producers and the E.U. over the ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 21, 2009 @ 11:03 am
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    FoodWire: Farmers Dinner at Monarch

    Got a Tweet from executive chef Josh Galliano about a "Farmers Dinner" at Monarch (7401 Manchester Road; Web site) on Wednesday, June 10. The dinner will feature five-courses from Galliano highlighting produce from Claverach Farm and Root Cellar. T...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 20, 2009 @ 4:17 pm
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    Dennis Skillicorn's Last Meal Before He Was Put to Death

    Conspicuously absent ifrom the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's account of Dennis Skillicorn's execution by lethal injection was what the killer chose for his final meal. The Daily RFT has learned that Skillicorn dined alone in his cell, devouring a double...

    @ Gut Check by Ellis E. Conklin on May 20, 2009 @ 12:42 pm
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    More Plaudits for Kristen Hinman and "The Pope of Pork"

    Earlier this month, Hinman took home a James Beard Award -- her second -- in the category "Newspaper Feature without Recipes" for "The Pope of Pork." ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 20, 2009 @ 11:25 am
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    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 5.20

    America's love affair with sriracha sauce. (New York Times) Bordeaux producers are breathing easier after the 2008 vintage gets the Robert Parker stamp of approval. (Washington Post) Speaking of Bordeaux: What recession? An auction brings over $1...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 20, 2009 @ 10:28 am
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    Review + Slideshow: Winslow's Home

    My review of Winslow's Home is now available online. Winslow's Home is located at 7213 Delmar Boulevard in University City. For more information, including the menu, visit the Web site. In this week's Back of the House slideshow, photographer Jennif...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 19, 2009 @ 10:47 pm
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    The Noble Writ: Few Ros Above Their Peers

    I love ross -- perfect for picnics or just for sipping to keep cool on warm summer nights. I always end up going through a case or so each year. The 2008 vintage has begun to arrive on the market, but quantities seem to be quite small, with some win...

    @ Gut Check by Dave Nelson on May 19, 2009 @ 4:23 pm
  • From Mexico to SoCo: How did fast-food chain El Pollo Loco fare on the long journey?


    From Mexico to SoCo: How did fast-food chain El Pollo Loco fare on the long journey?

    Fast food isn't typical territory for this column, but El Pollo Loco isn't the typical fast-food chain. Though now based in Costa Mesa, California, it wasn't founded there. In fact, it wasn't founded in the United States, period. It's a rare specime...

    by Ian Froeb on September 2, 2009
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    Gut Check: Dorm Room dinnertime!

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

    by Ian Froeb on September 2, 2009
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    One Man's Fruitless Quest for Decent Chicken Teriyaki in St. Louis

    "What this country needs," Woodrow Wilson's vice president, Thomas Riley Marshall, once famously observed, "is a good five-cent cigar." If Marshall were alive and living in St. Louis today, he'd no doubt opine, "What this city needs is some decent ch...

    @ Gut Check by Ellis E. Conklin on May 19, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
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    Anatomy of a Shill: Soulard Smokehouse

    Last month, I posted that Fat Toney's Bar-B-Que in Soulard is now Soulard Smokehouse. There are now seven comments on this post, the most recent of which was posted this very morning. Of those seven comments, six are positive. To be honest, I paid o...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 19, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
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    FoodWire Double Whammy: Revival Closing, McLozzi Deli Closed

    Inside Revival Breaking news from our friends at St. Louis Magazine and Sauce. First, at St. Louis Magazine's Feast blog, George Mahe reports that Revival (3800 Chouteau Avenue; Web site) will close after service this Friday. The news is mixed, ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 19, 2009 @ 12:35 pm
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    Throwback of the House: No Nukes for Cakes

    Robin 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. ...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on May 19, 2009 @ 12:15 pm
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    FoodWire: Thies Farm Strawberries Ready

    Another sign that spring is moving forward at warp factor ten: Thies Farm & Greenhouses has announced that its strawberries are ready to be picked. You can find strawberries at both Thies locations -- 4215 North Hanley Road and 3120 Creve Coeur Mill ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 19, 2009 @ 11:20 am
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    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 5.19

    The Senate approves Margaret Hamburg as the new head of the FDA. (Reuters) Restaurateurs aren't looking to make big capital investments. Instead? Panini grills. (CNN) GQ's Alan Richman rates the 25 best pizzas in America. President Obama's favori...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 19, 2009 @ 10:35 am
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    To Boldly Sneak

    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. Show: Star Trek, the front-runner to be this year's Iron Man: a fun, exciting, ev...

    @ Gut Check by Dara Strickland on May 18, 2009 @ 4:14 pm
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    Review Preview: Winslow's Home

    This week I visit Winslow's Home, the year-old general store and caf in University City. It was a little before one o'clock on a weekday afternoon, and Winslow's Home was clearly the place to be. What's more, the kitchen doesn't rush: "Prepared fo...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 18, 2009 @ 2:40 pm
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    Totally Awesome Commercials for Food We Don't Want to Eat: Burger King

    A bit of a change-up today. Instead of a commercial, a Web site: Subservient Chicken, a brilliant Burger King viral-marketing campaign from 2004 for its TenderCrisp chicken sandwich. Since BK wants you to "have it your way," the site allows you to or...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 18, 2009 @ 1:30 pm
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    FoodWire: Bobo Noodle House Now Delivers

    Bobo Noodle House (278 North Skinker Boulevard; Web site) now delivers. Delivery is available for dinner only, 5-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. The delivery radius is marked by DeBaliviere Avenue to the east, Hanley Road to the west, Clayton Road to the south and ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 18, 2009 @ 12:23 pm
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    The Morning Brew: Monday, 5.18

    Lawmakers have written legislation that would force fast-food restaurants nationwide to post calorie and other health info. (Los Angeles Times) Economists debate whether the recent rise in food costs is anything to fret. (New York Times) The happ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 18, 2009 @ 10:25 am
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