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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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    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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    Java Enabled: Chill Out with Cold-Brewed Coffee

    The biggest difference between conventionally-brewed and cold-brewed coffee is the drop in acidity and bitterness. Cold-brewed coffee is generally lighter on the stomach and takes on a slightly sweet taste. I've heard some cream and sugar fans say co...

    @ Gut Check by Zach Dyer on June 17, 2009 @ 5:49 pm
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    FoodWire: Local Harvest Caf Changes Hours

    Local Harvest Caf & Catering (3137 Morganford Road; Web site) is now open for dinner on Sunday. The Tower Grove South spot's new hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Tue., 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. I reviewed Local...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 17, 2009 @ 12:19 pm
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    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 6.17

    New FDA head Margaret Hamburg meets the press for the first time since being confirmed. (New York Times) A new U.N. report finds that crop prices have fallen with the global recession -- but should still rise over the next decade. (New York Times)...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 17, 2009 @ 10:24 am
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    Review + Slideshow: Miso on Meramec

    My review of the reinvigorated sushi restaurant Miso on Meramec is now available online. Miso is located at 16 North Meramec Avenue in Clayton. Visit the Web site for more info. This week's Back of the House slideshow offers a change of pace: A phot...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 16, 2009 @ 8:03 pm
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    The Noble Writ: Is the Bloom off the Kiwi?

    In addition to aggressive export, the New Zealand wine community has been at the forefront of two revolutions. First, as an industry, it committed early to employing screwcaps to close wines. Second, it has committed to having all vineyards in the co...

    @ Gut Check by Dave Nelson on June 16, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
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    FoodWire: Dinner at La Dolce Via Thursday

    La Dolce Via (4474 Arco Avenue; Web site) welcomes chef Ramon Cuffie back into the kitchen for a four-course dinner this Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m. The cost is $35, or $45 with wine pairings. Reservations required. To make those reservations or for ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 16, 2009 @ 2:32 pm
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    Throwback of the House: Dad's Denver Nightmare Brunch

    My dad's the guy who nuked some bologna for ten minutes back in the day. He's not much of a cook, but now that he's retired, he's starting to find his way around the kitchen. He can make apple pie and jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped i...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on June 16, 2009 @ 11:51 am
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    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 6.16

    Scientists question the correlation between moderate alcohol consumption and good health. (New York Times) A food and music festival conceived by Ed Levine of the food blog Serious Eats goes horribly, horribly awry. (San Jose Mercury News) (Levin...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 16, 2009 @ 10:36 am
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