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    The Morning Brew: Friday, 3.6

    At long last, the end (we hope) to a story Gut Check has been tracking for most of its lifespan: Whole Foods has settled with the FTC over its takeover of Wild Oats. (Reuters) Food firms increasingly rely on private health inspectors, but the curr...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 6, 2009 @ 9:52 am
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    Bacon Explosion Guys Score Six-Figure Book Deal, Cholesterol Level

    Stunning news from the struggling publishing industry, via Eat Me Daily: Jason Day and Aaron Chronister, who run the Web site BBQ Addicts, signed a six-figure book deal with Scribner. Day and Chronister were responsible for popularizing -- though not...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 5, 2009 @ 5:02 pm
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    FoodWire: Oyster Fest Begins Early at SqWires

    SqWires (1415 South 8th Street; Web site) is hosting a pre-party, of sorts, for this weekend's Stout & Oyster Festival at the Schlafly Tap Room. From 6:30 p.m. on, pay $25 (tax and tip not included) for an all-you-can-eat and -slurp oyster buffet. ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 5, 2009 @ 3:34 pm
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    FoodWire: La Dolce Via Returns

    La Dolce Via owner Marcia Sindel Today has a theme: The return of restaurants past! Though, unlike Chuy Arzola's, we knew all along that La Dolce Via (4470 Arco Avenue; Web site) would be returning. After a couple of months of renovations, the Fo...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 5, 2009 @ 2:28 pm
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    Combos Snack Food Ranks St. Louis 6th Manliest City in U.S.

    Combos, the pretzel-and-processed-cheese food that comprised an unhealthy proportion of my adolescent snacking, has released a new study revealing the 50 "manliest" cities in the country, and St. Louis ranks sixth! It trails only (in order) Nashville...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 5, 2009 @ 12:24 pm
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    FoodWire: Chuy Arzola's Returns

    Sauce and Feast broke the news earlier this week, and now there's a big, honking ad in the dead-tree edition of the RFT trumpeting the news: Chuy Arzola's, the Dogtown institution that closed last year, is returning. The Mexican restaurant will take...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 5, 2009 @ 11:45 am
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    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 3.5

    Minnesota, which first caught the salmonella outbreak linked to Peanut Corp. of America, could serve as a model for food-safety efforts. (USA Today) Venezuela President Hugo Chavez nationalizes Cargill's operations in his country. (Reuters) Bam! ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 5, 2009 @ 9:30 am
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    Gut Check's Schwag Bag: Greg's Hemp Oil Salad Dressing

    For the uninitiated, hemp is a cousin of cannabis sativa (aka: marijuana, pot, cheeba, etc.) but it contains no THC, the psychoactive ingredient responsible for giggling, the munchies, and a fondness for the band Phish. But while hemp oil doesn'...

    @ Gut Check by Keegan Hamilton on March 4, 2009 @ 6:08 pm
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    Drank Slow Rolls Its Way into St. Louis

    Cross-posted at the Daily RFT. Here's some news you can snooze, the makers of relaxation elixir Drank recently inked a deal to offer the beverage at more stores in St. Louis. According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Drank is now available wher...

    @ Gut Check by Unreal on March 4, 2009 @ 5:04 pm
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    FoodWire: Beechwood Bistro Now Open

    Beechwood Bistro is now open at the entrance of Union Station. The new restaurant should make a lot of noise at Union Station -- if only because the retail is so very quiet. /rimshot/ Beechwood Bistro comes to us from the same folks who opened Sage...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 4, 2009 @ 4:01 pm
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    Java Enabled: Portrait of a Coffee Farmer

    One Saturday morning a couple of years ago, when I was living in Washington, D.C., for the summer, I stepped into Murky Coffee in Eastern Market looking for a new coffee to try. As I perused the tightly packed stout brown bags, something caught my ey...

    @ Gut Check by Zach Dyer on March 4, 2009 @ 2:46 pm
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    FoodWire: Wine Dinner at Five 3.12

    Forest Park Southeast* bistro Five (4317 Manchester Avenue; Web site) is hosting a "Provence Wine Dinner" on Thursday, March 12. The dinner will pair chef Anthony Devoti's cooking with selections from Major Brands sommelier Linda McGovern. The dinn...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 4, 2009 @ 12:24 pm
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    FoodWire: More St. Louis Dunkin' Donuts Franchises Sold...

    But when will a Dunkin' Donuts actually open in St. Louis? A press release from beloved-by-many coffee-and-doughnut chain announces that the company has signed an agreement with another franchisee to open at least ten Dunkin' Donuts in the St. Loui...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 4, 2009 @ 10:48 am
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    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 3.4

    A bipartisan effort in the U.S. Senate to strengthen the FDA's food-safety powers. (San Francisco Chronicle) A record number of British pubs closed last year, with much blame being assigned to a beer tax. (Guardian) The hottest cut of meat right ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 4, 2009 @ 10:14 am
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    Review + Slideshow: The Bleeding Deacon

    My review of the Bleeding Deacon is now available online. The Bleeding Deacon is located at 4123 Chippewa Street. You can find the menu and more info at its Web site. In this week's Back of the House slideshow, photographer Jennifer Silverberg shows...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 3, 2009 @ 6:35 pm
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    Taqueria el Jalapeo Review Prompts P.R. Blitz

    Silly me, thinking I could share my desert-island fantasies without any consequences. In last week's review of Taqueria el Jalapeo, I wrote the following: It won't surprise regular readers of this column to learn that if I were stranded on a deser...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 3, 2009 @ 5:09 pm
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    The Noble Writ: Chardonnay for the Chardonnay Haters

    The world produces an ocean of chardonnay. In California alone, almost 100,000 acres of this incredibly popular grape variety are planted. That's enough chardonnay to make -- using modest crop and efficiency estimates -- over 250,000,000 bottles. Add...

    @ Gut Check by Dave Nelson on March 3, 2009 @ 3:48 pm
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    FoodWire: February Openings & Closings

    Gut Check collects each month's restaurant openings and closings in handy digest form. Openings Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill Booster's Caf (Dinner) McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant The Billy Goat Chip Company Closings Veruca Did we miss ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 3, 2009 @ 1:30 pm
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    Throwback of the House: The Cold War on Cheese

    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 3, 2009 @ 12:20 pm
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    Panera Ranked Healthiest Fast Food by Health Magazine

    Using criteria that was created with the help of our expert panel, we scored the chains on such factors as the use of healthy fats and preparations, healthy sodium counts in entres, availability of nutritional information, and the use of organic pro...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on March 3, 2009 @ 11:18 am
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