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    St. Louis Craft Beer Week Begins Saturday

    First, an apology: In this week's Gut Check column in the dead-tree Riverfront Times, I screwed up the dates for the first annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week. Events begin this Saturday, May 30, not last Saturday, as the column had it. My sincere apolo...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 28, 2009 @ 12:30 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 look at the rolls served up by Miso on Meramec's new chef, Elliot Harr...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 28, 2009 @ 11:50 am
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    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 5.28

    New legislation would give the FDA greatly enhanced power to protect food safety. (Washington Post) World-famous sushi restaurant Nobu warns diners bluefin tuna is endangered, yet still won't pull it from its menu. (Independent) Restaurants learn...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 28, 2009 @ 10:58 am
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    Java Enabled: Coffee Break Point

    The first shot was fired across the bow last Tuesday at approximately 10 a.m. CST. The perfect storm of "economic conditions" finally made landfall at my day job, and several people, including my boss, were swept away. Being at the bottom of the tote...

    @ Gut Check by Zach Dyer on May 27, 2009 @ 6:33 pm
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    Review + Slideshow: Cco Louco Brasil

    A little late, but better than never: My review of Cco Louco Brasil is now online. The Brazilian restaurant is located at 512 North Euclid Avenue. For more info, including the menu, check out the Web site. In this week's Back of the House slideshow...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 27, 2009 @ 5:06 pm
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    A Sneak at the Opera

    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. This week, she snuck into Gut Check International Headquarters on a Wednesday with ...

    @ Gut Check by Dara Strickland on May 27, 2009 @ 3:42 pm
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    FoodWire: Ranoush Now Open

    Ranoush is now open at 6501 Delmar Boulevard. The Syrian restaurant takes over the space formerly occupied by the Lebanese restaurant Saleem's. No more details at the most, unfortunately. No hours posted outside, no Web site that I've been able to ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 27, 2009 @ 3:08 pm
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    FoodWire: Clayton Smoking Ban Nears Approval

    This is usually Daily RFT's beat, but now that it looks definite, I'll post the news here: The Post-Dispatch reports that Clayton is all but certain to pass a ban on smoking in restaurants and most other public places, effective July of 2010. In a ni...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 27, 2009 @ 11:24 am
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    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 5.27

    New FDA head Margaret Hamburg pledges to improve food safety. (AP) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate is embroiled in controversy over two writers' possible conflicts of interest. (Wall Street Journal) Trying to hype a beer from Laos. (New York Times)...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 27, 2009 @ 10:31 am
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    The Noble Writ: So You Want to Be a Wine Geek?

    Wine is a daunting subject: tens of thousands of producers, located in unique microclimates all around the world, each creating between one and dozens of wines, each of which is different to some degree every year due to variation in the weather. How...

    @ Gut Check by Dave Nelson on May 26, 2009 @ 3:39 pm
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    Cooking For Your Cat: Cat Birthday Cake

    Today is Bess' birthday. She is ten. That's a pretty long time to have been around. The day I turned ten (which was longer ago than I care to reveal here), I received a red ten-speed bike from my grandma, got mugged for some of my leftover birthday c...

    @ Gut Check by Aimee Levitt on May 26, 2009 @ 2:30 pm
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    Throwback of the House: Orange Jell-O for the Diet-Conscious Dearly Departed

    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 26, 2009 @ 12:21 pm
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    Review Preview: Coco Louco Brasil

    If you dine at Cco Louco Brasil, beware the teapot. Your server may bring this to your table at the end of your meal, along with dainty white demitasses and a knowing smirk. The arrangement looks exactly like the tea service at the average Chinese ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 26, 2009 @ 11:27 am
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    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 5.26

    A new study suggests a link between childhood obesity and food allergies. (New York Times) The plant that shipped salmonella-tainted pistachios knew about the salmonella, the FDA reports. (AP) The growing number of small slaughterhouses where you...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 26, 2009 @ 10:28 am
  • Cold Spell: Ice Kitchen deserves a chilly reception for its concept and its food


    Cold Spell: Ice Kitchen deserves a chilly reception for its concept and its food

    "So you're familiar with tapas?" I don't fault the server for asking the question. On two previous visits to Ice Kitchen, two different servers had made the same inquiry. They were just following orders, I'm sure. Yes, I'm familiar with tapas. You...

    by Ian Froeb on September 9, 2009
  • Weed Eaters: A raw-food movement is beginning to sprout in St. Louis


    Weed Eaters: A raw-food movement is beginning to sprout in St. Louis

    Angela Raines eats weeds. Lamb's quarters, purslane, dandelions -- rugged plants that flourish in Missouri. The kind dogs pee on and landscapers whack. The 27-year-old Richmond Heights resident has been "raw" for the past year. More precisely, sh...

    by Nicholas Phillips on September 9, 2009
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    News and Notes: A Benefit for Grace Dinsmoor and restaurant openings

    Chef Grace Dinsmoor of the popular tapas restaurant Modesto (5257 Shaw Avenue) has been battling a severe bone infection in her right leg for the past several months. On September 13, Bar Italia (13 Maryland Plaza) will host a benefit. The benefit, ...

    by Ian Froeb on September 9, 2009
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    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    What a bummer of a week: Both Revival and McLozzi Deli & Marketplace closed. (And speaking of final meals, where else but Gut Check could you learn what Dennis Skillicorn ate before his execution?) Also this week in Gut Check: - We exposed a shill...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 22, 2009 @ 5:22 pm
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    FoodWire: New Chuy Arzola's Now Open

    Chuy Arzola's has opened its new location at 3701 Lindell Boulevard, the former location of Joe Boccardi's Ristorante. At present, the transplanted Dogtown institution is open for dinner only. For more info, call 314-652-4283. (That's the phone numbe...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 22, 2009 @ 4:30 pm
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    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 5.16-5.22

    Show Me Vegan: Lisa makes smoky black-bean soup with cilantro sauce. St. Louis Eats & Drinks: The Pollacks visit one of my favorites, Nachomama's. STL Hops: A special series from Mike and a couple of friends -- how to spend 36 hours in Madison, Ind...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on May 22, 2009 @ 3:46 pm
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