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    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 3.18

    North Korea refuses to accept food aid from the U.S. (BBC News) Here's an interesting approach to working in a very loud restaurant: a lawsuit. (San Francisco Chronicle) Cupcakes are so five years ago. The new hotness? Whoopie pies. (New York Tim...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 18, 2009 @ 9:48 am
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    Review + Slideshow: Thai Sawadee

    I return from a long afternoon at the car dealership with my review of Thai Sawadee, a tasty new joint in Chesterfield. Thai Sawadee is located at 171 Hilltown Village Center. Call 636-728-0308 for info. In this week's Back of the House slideshow, J...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 17, 2009 @ 9:50 pm
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    The Noble Writ: Green Wine for St. Patrick's Day?

    A green wine for St. Patrick's Day? Not exactly. But when this wine lover's thoughts turn to spring, I'm reminded of a handful of refreshing white wines that I tend to neglect during winter. Grner veltliner ("grner" is the German adjective form of...

    @ Gut Check by Dave Nelson on March 17, 2009 @ 3:47 pm
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    Throwback of the House: No Luck for the Irish

    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 March 17, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
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    Top o' the Morning Brew: Tuesday, 3.17

    The USDA's new Country of Origin Labeling (pr COOL) law goes into effect today. (MSNBC) Apparently, it's food-allergy-news week: A new study finds that black male children have the highest risk of food allergies. (U.S. News & World Report) Resear...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 17, 2009 @ 11:16 am
  • Blessed Brisket: Smoking Joe's Bar-Be-Que is making downtown a little more savory


    Blessed Brisket: Smoking Joe's Bar-Be-Que is making downtown a little more savory

    The only good thing about being from a place without an ironclad barbecue tradition to call its own -- two places, in my case: St. Louis is my home now, and I was born and raised in Baltimore, where we're too busy steaming crabs to figure out anothe...

    by Ian Froeb on July 1, 2009
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    Gut Check: Ian dines with kings, but keeps the common touch

    A who's who of St. Louis food types descended upon 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar in Lafayette Square on Monday, June 22, for the inaugural Dorm Room dinner. Spotted in the crowd were Gerard Craft and Mathew Rice of Niche, Chris Sommers of Pi, Stephen G...

    by Ian Froeb on July 1, 2009
  • Where's the Beef?: Has Allison Burgess created faux food, fad food -- or a groundbreaking meat substitute?


    Where's the Beef?: Has Allison Burgess created faux food, fad food -- or a groundbreaking meat substitute?

    Nearly ten years ago, during a business lunch at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton, Allison Burgess realized her reverence for animals made it nearly impossible to enjoy dining out. "I have a profound respect for life," she says. "I could never be comfort...

    by Aimee Levitt on July 1, 2009
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    The Sneak: Who Kolaches the Watchmen?

    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: Watchmen, in all its nearly 3 hours of incomprehensible, geeky glory. No one...

    @ Gut Check by Dara Strickland on March 16, 2009 @ 5:43 pm
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    FoodWire: New Restaurant in Billy Sherman's Deli Space?

    I was on Olive Boulevard, heading back to the office from Chesterfield a few hours ago, when a sign for something called Joo Joo's caught my eye. The sign, which in smaller print describes Joo Joo's as a restaurant and karaoke bar, is located at 12...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 16, 2009 @ 4:30 pm
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    The Return of STL Bites

    On the off chance that you're a regular reader of this blog but not his, you need to head over there right now and read what he has to say. You might not agree with him -- hell, you might want to punch his lights out -- but if he's talking about it, ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 16, 2009 @ 3:31 pm
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    Review Preview: Thai Sawadee

    This week I visit Thai Sawadee, which opened late last year in Chesterfield. Behold the pineapple fried rice: The kitchen had sliced a pineapple in half lengthwise, removed the fruit and filled the cavity of one half with a generous mound of fried ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 16, 2009 @ 1:02 pm
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    The Morning Brew: Monday, 3.16

    President Obama addresses food safety and announces a ban on downer cattle. (New York Times) Concern that allergen warnings on food products are inaccurate or misleading. (U.S. News & World Report) A new treatment for peanut allergies in children...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 16, 2009 @ 10:36 am
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    The Week in Gut Check

    Well, a few hours have passed, and the Map Room Fan Club has yet to take issue with my post teasing their excitement about the new Benton Park spot. Stay tuned, though: I don't think we've heard the last of them! What else found its way into Gut Che...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 13, 2009 @ 6:21 pm
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    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 3.7-3.13

    St. Louis Eats & Drinks: The Pollacks visit one of my favorite spots, Edwardsville's Erato on Main. Show Me Vegan: Lisa makes ice cubes containing edible flowers. STL Hops: Mike offers advice on how to contact breweries whose beer you want to see i...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 13, 2009 @ 5:36 pm
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    Don't Stalk George Clooney. EAT HIM.

    Yeah. You read that right. From the always reputable E! (via Eater) comes news that the animal-rights organization has somehow acquired a towel soaked with Clooney's sweat and wants to use said sweat to flavor tofu. "The technology actually exists...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 13, 2009 @ 4:21 pm
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    The Dive Bomber: Barb's Rendezvous

    Barb resembles Carol Channing: a tiny woman with a white bob and a voice so gravely that it could fill the potholes in the street outside Barb's Rendezvous. She held court at the center of the bar, and every patron stopped to say hello. My friend Ar...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on March 13, 2009 @ 3:01 pm
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    The Map Room Fan Club by the Numbers

    On Tuesday, I reported that the Map Room, a caf and wine bar, is now open in Benton Park. The post now has eleven comments, nine of which are strongly positive. (The other two are reactions to the comments.) Here's the eyebrow-raising part: The exa...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 13, 2009 @ 1:13 pm
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    FoodWire: Celebrate Pi Day at Sugaree Bakery

    Received an e-mail from Pat Rutherford-Pettine, owner of Dogtown's Sugaree Baking Company (1242 Tamm Avenue). The bakery is celebrating Pi Day -- tomorrow, March 14, or 3.14 -- with those pi-shaped cookies pictured here and plenty of pie. The bakery ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 13, 2009 @ 12:02 pm
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    The Morning Brew: Friday, 3.13

    Salmonella cases continue occur, mostly from peanut-butter crackers. (MSNBC) (Note to fellow RFT employees reading this: That includes the crackers in our vending machine!) A new Chinese food scandal? Questions about injecting meat with water. (W...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 13, 2009 @ 11:09 am
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