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    Java Enabled: Mokka Express, Revisited

    My Mokka Express isn't to blame, though. I am. Stumptown is a name any serious coffee drinker knows. The iconic Portland roaster is one of the central voices in America's coffee conversation. Its reach pushes the limits of what it means to be an "in...

    @ Gut Check by Zach Dyer on June 10, 2009 @ 4:08 pm
  • Creole Belle: Molly's in Soulard branches out with a bistro


    Creole Belle: Molly's in Soulard branches out with a bistro

    I don't dress up for Halloween. I haven't since grad school, when I paired a cheap business suit with a cheap alien mask from Target and called myself an intergalactic insurance adjuster. The idea impressed no one at the party I attended (but confus...

    by Ian Froeb on November 12, 2009
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    Drink of the Week is Back!

    Several times now I've used this space to trumpet the many new features on Gut Check, the Riverfront Times food blog. This week, I'm especially pleased to introduce you -- or, rather, reintroduce you -- to one of the paper's most popular columns, Dr...

    by Ian Froeb on November 12, 2009
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    FoodWire: Arrests in Maggie O'Brien's Shooting

    Police have made two arrests in the murder of Maggie O'Brien's bartender Michael Dolan. My colleague Chad Garrison has the details of the arrests at the Daily RFT.

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 10, 2009 @ 12:30 pm
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    Review + Slideshow: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

    My review of Five Guys Burgers and Fries is now available online. You can find Five Guys in Town and Country as well as Ellisville. For more information, visit the Five Guys Web site. In this week's Back of the House slideshow, Jennifer Silverberg t...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 10, 2009 @ 11:45 am
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    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 6.10

    A great article by Mark Bittman on the dilemma of eating seafood in these sustainability-minded times. (New York Times) Norman Brinker, the chain-restaurant magnate whose portfolio included Chili's, Bennigan's and many, many others, has died. (AP)...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 10, 2009 @ 10:54 am
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    Slim Jim Plant Explodes

    A North Carolina factory that manufactures Slim Jims exploded today. EDIT: This is much more serious than I understood it to be. I took down the silly video. My sincere apologies.

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 9, 2009 @ 4:32 pm
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    The Noble Writ: Tell Me a Story

    But I need a wine to be more than "good." A "good," technically sound wine isn't what feeds my passion. I need a wine to draw me in -- to capture my attention with something distinctive. Sure, there's a base level of quality that needs to be met, but...

    @ Gut Check by Dave Nelson on June 9, 2009 @ 3:15 pm
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    Slow Food St. Louis Art of Food 2009 July 25

    Participating restaurants include Niche, Monarch, Sidney Street Cafe, Local Harvest Cafe, Erato on Main and Annie Gunn's. An auction will feature local art and gift baskets. Tickets cost $40 ($30 for Slow Food St. Louis members) in advance and $50 at...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 9, 2009 @ 1:30 pm
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    Throwback of the House: Baking the Summer Away

    Ah, summer food. It's the only thing I like about summer. I'd gladly live in a climate that never rose above 60 degrees if it weren't for giving up local produce, cookouts and a good old-fashioned summer cheese bake. What? You don't have the summer ...

    @ Gut Check by Robin Wheeler on June 9, 2009 @ 12:15 pm
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    FoodWire: Small Fire at Mike Shannon's

    Mike Shannon's Steaks and Seafood (620 Market Street; Web site) will be closed till dinner tomorrow after a small fire, reports the Post-Dispatch. The first comment on the article is priceless.

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 9, 2009 @ 11:14 am
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    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 6.9

    The public fascination with what the Obamas are eating, including a certain St. Louis pizza joint. (AP) Russia expands its ban on pork imports from the U.S. (Washington Post) European winemakers stop a proposal to allow ros wine to be made from ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 9, 2009 @ 10:24 am
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    The Audacity of Sneak

    Show: Up, Pixar's latest gorgeous, visually engaging attempt to make me laugh while feeling a little guilty. Total success on both counts. Food: Mochi ice cream, mango flavored. Difficulty: Moderate. This is the easiest form of ice cream to bring i...

    @ Gut Check by Dara Strickland on June 8, 2009 @ 5:31 pm
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    FoodWire: Win $1,000 from Coffee Cartel

    The Coffee Cartel (2 Maryland Plaza; Web site) is giving away $1,000 in cash and prizes to one lucky customer. Who? And when? Well, that depends. The Central West End hotspot is about to serve its six millionth customer. If you're lucky #6,000,000,...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 8, 2009 @ 3:20 pm
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    Review Preview: Five Guys Burgers and Fries

    This week I visit Five Guys Burgers and Fries, which (finally) moved into the St. Louis area last year. Friday evening I cooked steak. That should have sated my carnivorous desires for at least twenty-four hours, but I woke Saturday morning craving...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 8, 2009 @ 1:24 pm
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    The Morning Brew: Monday, 6.8

    A look at the new documentary Food Inc. and the trend toward the political in food films. (New York Times) Wine critic Robert Parker faces charges of defamation in France. (BusinessWeek) A new ad campaign tries to reinvent the image of Spam. (AP)...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 8, 2009 @ 10:30 am
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    Budweiser Raises Eyebrows With "Beer and Porn" Web Ad

    Luckily, the ad-makers hired by Anheuser-Busch can still think outside the box every now and again. Take their recent attempt at producing a viral video on YouTube. "This month, you get a free copy of Pink Slips with your Tongue and Ch...

    @ Gut Check by Keegan Hamilton on June 5, 2009 @ 6:31 pm
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    The Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Also this week: The Sneak tried to combine Wolverine with savory crpes. The Noble Writ celebrated Cava. Throwback issued a hot-dog challenge. Java Enabled attended a coffee cupping. The Dive Bomber learned all about "Tweeter." Have a great wee...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 5, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
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    FoodWire: Taste of Clayton Sunday

    Sunday, June 7, is the annual Taste of Clayton event in Shaw Park. The main event runs from 1:30-7:30 p.m. "Taste, Too" begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends with fireworks at 9 p.m. Each "Taste Ticket" costs $1.25. These tickets are then exchanged for food...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 5, 2009 @ 4:56 pm
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    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 5.30-6.5

    Show Me Vegan: Lisa provides a recipe for "tipsy" soft tacos. Sounding My Barbaric Gulp: Kelly brings chicken-liver pt to Shakespeare in Forest Park. Iron Stef: Stef makes a potato pizza. Becky and the Beanstock: A tasty-looking recipe for belug...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on June 5, 2009 @ 4:09 pm
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