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    Toulouse-Lautrec - Hammerstone's 2028 South 9th Street 314-773-5565

    Oh poor, poor absinthe! For nearly a century it had been so unfairly marked with a scarlet letter, a capital "A," and outlawed by fear-mongering fun-haters since Prohibition. Even absinthe, the flower, gets a raw deal: Rather than symbolize gentlenes...

    by Kristie McClanahan on February 20, 2008
  • Malcolm asks the eternal question: Why's my pork fat so mushy?


    Malcolm asks the eternal question: Why's my pork fat so mushy?

    "It is a solemn thought: Dead, the noblest man's meat is inferior to pork." #8;--Mark Twain Solemn? Perhaps. I think it's comforting. Then again, when it comes to the porcine-person distinction, I'll take my comfort where I can get it. It...

    by Malcolm Gay on February 20, 2008
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    Slam dunk: Dunkin' Donuts returns to St. Louis, and downtown makes good on its promise of new restaurants

    Local foodies were shocked when Matt McGuire shuttered the popular and influential King Louie's last year. Its location at 3800 Chouteau Avenue, on an industrial stretch between South Grand Boulevard and Vandeventer Avenue, isn't ideal, but the spac...

    by Ian Froeb on February 20, 2008
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    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 8/2

    Schnucks has recalled cans of its store-brand French-style green beans because of contamination fears. (AP) Nothing from your pantry has been recalled yet? Just wait. www.popmatters.com And now a special "Where Are They Now?" editio...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 2, 2007 @ 9:59 am
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    In This Week's Issue

    There we go! My review of Fritanga is now available online. Click here to read. photo: Jennifer Silverberg Also in this week's issue: Malcom tries to keep down Oscar Meyer Lunchables while Kristie sweats over the Infierno at El Scorc...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 1, 2007 @ 8:05 pm
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    You Need the Fresh Air, Anyway

    So this week's issue isn't available online yet -- land crabs in the server again -- but if you can't wait for my review of Fritanga, Kristie's Drink of the Week and Malcolm's Keep It Down, the hard copy should be in the nearest RFT box now (or very...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 1, 2007 @ 6:10 pm
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    Still Wondering About Binions

    A couple of months ago I reported on a new restaurant at 5917 Delmar Boulevard, former haunt of Lifestyles Cafe and Happy Taco. photo: Ian Froeb The sign outside the restaurant (pictured in that crappy camera-phone photo to the righ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 1, 2007 @ 4:02 pm
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    Your Daily Whole Foods vs. FTC Update

    We'll be talking about grocery shopping in much more depth very soon. For now, though, today is the second day of a two-day hearing on the FTC's attempts to prevent Whole Foods from buying competitor Wild Oats. CNNMoney has the latest right here. T...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 1, 2007 @ 1:08 pm
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    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 8/1

    Today's Post-Dispatch reports on plans by University City and Olivette to revitalize Olive Boulevard on either side of I-170. The suburbs share some common goals: Both would like a hotel on their sites and attractive, landscaped developments with s...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on August 1, 2007 @ 10:28 am
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    Review Preview: Fritanga

    In my perfect America, tajadas would enjoy the hallowed status of French fries, as appropriate in a steak house as a Happy Meal. You'd be able to buy a basket of tajadas at the movies or the ballpark for $5. (Naturally, a little cup of guacamole for...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 31, 2007 @ 4:43 pm
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    Whole Foods vs. FTC Update

    The court hearing on the FTC's antitrust lawsuit against the proposed merger of Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats is underway. Forbes.com has an AP report on the morning's developments right here. -Ian Froeb

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 31, 2007 @ 12:51 pm
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    Small Plates: Tuesday, 7/31

    Wait! I haven't mentioned China yet this week? You know that can't last. U.S. health officials are meeting with officials in China to discuss food and drug safety. (AP) www.food-info.net Meanwhile, a company in California has recall...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 31, 2007 @ 9:58 am
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    Reviewing Reviews

    My review of La Gra Italian Tapas prompted food blogger (and frequent Gut Check commenter) Jason Clevenger to ask some interesting questions. Here's his comment on a previous post: When I read Ian's review of La Gra I was reminded of G. Harold Car...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 30, 2007 @ 4:54 pm
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    Whole Foods, FTC Ready to Lock Horns

    Tomorrow is the first court hearing in the FTC's antitrust lawsuit to stop the merger of Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats. Forbes.com has the pregame analysis here. What would rahodeb think? -Ian Froeb

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 30, 2007 @ 3:13 pm
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    Small Plates: Monday, 7/30

    I'm still trying to figure out what to call this segment instead of Small Plates. Given Gut Check's love of bad puns, I'm sure the new name will inspire more than a few groans and forehead slaps. Good stuff today. Chesterfield restaurant Aqua Vin i...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 30, 2007 @ 10:05 am
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    Summer Sunday Tomato Madness

    Frankly, this couldn't wait until tomorrow morning. You need to leave now and find some freshly picked tomatoes to accompany your dinner tonight -- or just for snacking while you watch Cal Ripken's Hall of Fame induction this afternoon. (What do you...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 29, 2007 @ 12:00 pm
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    Gut Check Goes Ker-Plooey

    So, like, I had an afternoon's worth of goodies planned for you today, but then -- well, things just went kinda haywire. You may see a bonus weekend edition of Gut Check. Or it might wait until Monday. Quality before quantity, though, I promise. ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 27, 2007 @ 7:55 pm
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    Reminder: Art of Food

    Tomorrow evening Slow Food St. Louis hosts its Art of Food fundraiser at the Mad Art Gallery in Soulard. James Weber provides the details here. -Ian Froeb

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 27, 2007 @ 1:39 pm
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    Aquafina to be Labeled as Tap Water

    The label of PepsiCo's Aquafina bottled water will soon indicate that the water inside comes from a "Public Water Source." (CNN) blog.expotv.com (That's tap water to you and me.) "If this helps clarify the fact that the water orig...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 27, 2007 @ 11:30 am
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    Small Plates: Friday, 7/27

    Wow. Some cans of recalled food are so swollen with botulism bacteria that they are bulging. Seriously, folks: Don't open the bulging cans. (CNN) www.hotjobs.com Red Lobster is trying to overhaul its image from dowdy and cheap to fresh a...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 27, 2007 @ 10:13 am
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