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    The Noble Writ: Thinking Clearly about Alternative Closures

    As I've researched the many issues surrounding cork and its alternatives, a central theme has emerged: Little solid research has been done into both the chemistry of wine aging and the impact of bottle closures on that process. While new studies seem...

    @ Gut Check by Dave Nelson on May 12, 2009 @ 5:04 pm
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    Totally Awesome Commercials for Food We Don't Want to Eat: Denny's

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 12, 2009 @ 3:52 pm
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    Throwback of the House: Meat-Henge

    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 12, 2009 @ 12:29 pm
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    FoodWire: 10th Street Italian Open for Dinner

    We here at the RFT have always been big fans of 10th Street Italian. Rose Martelli raved about the restaurant in 2005, and it won Best Italian Restaurant (Cheap) in 2005 and again last year. ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 12, 2009 @ 11:27 am
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    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 5.12

    The New York Times attempts to sum up all the recent food-safety scares. The EPA bans the pesticide carbofuran. (AP) A man sues Burger King for getting his order wrong and including tomatoes, onions and pickles. (Virginian-Pilot, via Eater)

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 12, 2009 @ 10:31 am
  • Cucina Confidential: Racanelli's upscales the ante in the Loop

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    Cucina Confidential: Racanelli's upscales the ante in the Loop

    When I reviewed the new Syrian restaurant Ranoush a few weeks ago, I suggested that its unique charms -- typified by a belly dancer twirling among its diners -- fit right in with the funky, manic Delmar Loop. There is, however, another side to th...

    by Ian Froeb on August 26, 2009
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    Sneako de Mayo

    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. Let us now praise famous foods. The long skinny baguette sandwich, able to be lai...

    @ Gut Check by Dara Strickland on May 11, 2009 @ 5:16 pm
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    Review Preview: Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill

    This week, I visit Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill, Sammy Hagar's joint. There are restaurants I review because everyone is talking about them, and there are restaurants I review because almost no one has heard of them, and there are -- rarely -- restaura...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 11, 2009 @ 4:40 pm
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    St. Louis Craft Beer Week Begins May 30

    Exciting news for local hopheads: The first ever St. Louis Craft Beer Week gets underway on Saturday, May 30. The week will encompass over twenty events throughout the St. Louis area, including the Beer and Brats Festival at Westport Plaza, a beer di...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 11, 2009 @ 2:04 pm
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    Slideshow: "Memphis in May" at Smoking Joe's

    Click here for more photos. This weekend, two-month-old Smoking Joe's Bar-Be-Que (1901 Washington Avenue) hosted a "Memphis in May Celebration." Freelance photographer Egan O'Keefe visited the event, and you can see a slideshow of her work. (No ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 11, 2009 @ 11:28 am
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    The Morning Brew: Monday, 5.11

    Congress may allow employers to give workers incentives for eating -- and living in general -- healthily. (New York Times) Will there be a price war between the macrobreweries? (Chicago Business) Jamie Oliver and Ryan Seacrest are teaming up for ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 11, 2009 @ 10:37 am
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    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    This weekend we've earned a party: We started a revolution with a beef bake, made munchies for Bess the cat, devised a new category of coffee and learned about Sneak genetics. Next week: The Red Rocker. Have a great weekend. Live long, prosper and ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 8, 2009 @ 5:39 pm
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    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 5.2.-5.8

    The Digest returns after taking last week off because -- well, just because. St. Louis Eats & Drinks: The Pollacks visit the Central West End's Sapphire Pan-Asian. STL Hops: Mike has photos from last week's Microfest. Show Me Vegan: Lisa whips up ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 8, 2009 @ 4:30 pm
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    Three Farmers' Market Open for Season Tomorrow

    The Land of Goshen Community Market opens at 8 a.m. tomorrow in downtown Edwardsville, Illinois, and runs till noon. If you've never visited the Edwardsville market, it's a lot of fun and -- if you're in St. Louis -- a pleasant drive. Finally, the D...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 8, 2009 @ 2:43 pm
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    Eat Pork, Take Photo, Go to...Des Moines?

    From the Department of Press Releases We Just Have to Share on a Rainy Friday When We'd Rather Be Watching Star Trek: An organization called Faces of Agriculture -- which is NOT at all like Faces of Death -- has announced a contest entitled "Pork on...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 8, 2009 @ 12:47 pm
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    The Dive Bomber: Woodstock Lounge

    Consider dive bars in Alton, Illinois, for a moment. Your mind went straight to Fast Eddie's Bon Air, didn't it? Understandable. It's one of the most famous dive bars in the country. Famous dive bars -- that's an oxymoron. Not that I have a problem w...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on May 8, 2009 @ 11:12 am
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    The Morning Brew: Friday, 5.8

    The number of people facing hunger in the world will number one billion this year, according to a new report. (Bloomberg) KFC suspends its free chicken promotion. (Consumerist) ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 8, 2009 @ 8:40 am
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    FoodWire: Celebrate "Memphis in May" at Smoking Joe's Bar-Be-Que

    Want to celebrate Memphis in May but can't make it to the actual city of Memphis? The new Downtown West barbecue restaurant Smoking Joe's Bar-Be-Que (1901 Washington Avenue) is hosting a Memphis in May celebration this Friday from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. and...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 7, 2009 @ 4:37 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, visit the kitchen of Iron Barley for a tutorial on barley paella and le...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 7, 2009 @ 12:45 pm
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    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 5.7

    The FDA isn't keeping up with its audit of state-level food-safety inspections. (USA Today) KFC wasn't prepared for the onslaught of customers with coupons from Oprah for free grilled chicken -- but there were no "riots." (AP) ABC News claims to ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 7, 2009 @ 10:35 am
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