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    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 6.25

    How about a little news of the offbeat today: Wallabies eat poppies, make crop circles. (Reuters) Lil Jon's wine wins an award. For real. (Baller Status) Has Burger King's new print ad finally gone too far? Does anyone still care? (EW.com)

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 25, 2009 @ 11:01 am
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    Java Enabled's Day at the Roasters

    It was a bad day to hang out near a coffee roaster -- much less two. The high was 96 degrees, with the humidity already maxing out at typical St. Louis swampy levels, when I went to view the roasting operations at both Northwest Coffee Roasting Compa...

    @ Gut Check by Zach Dyer on June 24, 2009 @ 3:47 pm
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    It's a Lovely Day for a Snow Cone, Don't You Think?

    OK, so summer has arrived with a wallop this year. It sucks. But we can spend the next few months either complaining about how underwear-meltingly hot it is, or we can do what little we can to relieve the misery that is summer in the Midwest. How ab...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 24, 2009 @ 1:45 pm
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    FoodWire: The Wedge, Bella Vita Closing

    A busy week for local restaurant news continues: In case you missed the news from late yesterday, my colleague Annie Zaleski reports that Carondelet pizza joint, bar and concert venue the Wedge will be closing in two weeks. Food is no longer avail...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 24, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
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    Photos: Making a Spring Roll with Midland Wok's Cleo Phan

    To go with the review of Overland's Midland Wok ("Feet First: Midland Wok brings the essence of pork to Overland"), photographer Jennifer Silverberg takes us in the kitchen at the cozy Asian eatery, where owner Cleo Phan walks us through making the c...

    @ Gut Check by Nick Lucchesi on June 24, 2009 @ 11:15 am
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    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 6.24

    Creve Coeur-based Monsanto faces lower profits and imminent layoffs. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) The FDA warns that pistachios from the salmonella outbreak earlier this year are being repackaged and sold. (Reuters) Will the recession-busting deals ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 24, 2009 @ 10:04 am
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    Review + Slideshow: Midland Wok

    My review of Midland Wok is now available online. Midland Wok is located at 11082 Midland Boulevard in Overland; call 314-428-4393 for more information. In this week's slideshow, Jennifer Silverberg and Midland Wok owner Cleo Phan (pictured left) sh...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 23, 2009 @ 8:20 pm
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    FoodWire: The Wedge Closing?

    On A to Z, my colleague Annie Zaleski reports that pizza joint, bar and concert venue the Wedge will be closing. Food is already gone -- doors are staying open till the drinks run out. Related content: Back of the House at the Wedge (photos)

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 23, 2009 @ 7:19 pm
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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
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