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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
  • Will Ian flip for the Original Pancake House?


    Will Ian flip for the Original Pancake House?

    I don't doubt there is a circle of Hell reserved for restaurant critics, and I'm reasonably certain it looks like the long stretch of Chesterfield Airport Road at the Boone's Crossing interchange of Highway 40. We'd be forced to waddle from chain res...

    by Ian Froeb on February 13, 2008
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    Eat Food, Not "Food"

    Michael Pollan's new book, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, answers the question posed by his revelatory 2006 tome, The Omnivore's Dilemma: What do I eat? The opening sentences state, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Catchy, yes, bu...

    by Ian Froeb on February 13, 2008
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    Chocolate Raspberry Martini - Tumo's Ristorante 6419 Hampton Avenue 314-351-4400

    We were in high school the first time we came to Tumo's. It was as far into St. Louis city as we had ever ventured from south county, save for the time we drove Gravois Road for nearly an hour, "just to see where it went," as we later explained to ou...

    by Kristie McClanahan on February 13, 2008
  • Malcolm never saw a frog’s leg he couldn’t keep down, until...


    Malcolm never saw a frogs leg he couldnt keep down, until...

    These are dark days for the frogs. Chytridiomycosis, an often fatal disease caused by the chytrid fungus, which affects amphibians' pores, causing them to die of dehydration, is leveling the world's frog populations. Roughly 165 species of frogs a...

    by Malcolm Gay on February 13, 2008
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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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    Reader Review of the Week on Hiatus

    Did I scare you away? Do you actually not want others to know what you think about your favorite or most hated restaurant? Since I posted the first Reader Review of the Week, no reviews have been added to our restaurant listings. And I don't just m...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 26, 2007 @ 6:05 pm
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    China Syndrome

    A few weeks ago, when news broke of a Chinese street vendor selling steamed buns allegedly made partly out of cardboard, I expressed my dismay at the media's hyperbolic reporting of the story. Using this one incident as an argument in the larger deba...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 26, 2007 @ 1:53 pm
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    House of India Update

    Three weeks ago I reported that House of India (8501 Delmar Boulevard) had closed temporarily due to a kitchen fire. It remains closed; a large white banner announcing its renovations now hangs above the entrance. When I called (314-567-6850) today ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 26, 2007 @ 11:46 am
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    Small Plates: Thursday, 7/26

    The first hour of yesterday's Diane Rehm Show (heard locally on KWMU, 90.7 FM) featured a discussion of the farm bill currently being debated before Congress and its impact on farmers as well as every day consumers. Most interesting -- and most depre...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 26, 2007 @ 10:01 am
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    New Microbrewery?

    Want to know about the cool new spots before they open? Ask Annie at A to Z. Today she has an interview with Mike Glodeck, owner of Foam, a not-yet-opened coffeehouse-bar-lounge- microbrewery-"cultural fondue pot" (Glodeck's words) at the corner of ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 25, 2007 @ 6:54 pm
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    In This Week's Issue

    photo: Jennifer Silverberg The patio at Dogtown's La Gra My review of La Gra Italian Tapas is now available online. Click here to read. Also in this week's issue: Malcolm touches upon a subject close to Gut Check's heart and tries t...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 25, 2007 @ 2:30 pm
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    Small Plates: Wednesday, 7/25

    www.jamesbeard.org Get well soon. Chef Grant Achatz of Chicago's Alinea -- often named one of the best restaurants in America -- has been diagnosed with an advanced stage of squamous cell carcinoma in his mouth. Achatz is 33 years o...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 25, 2007 @ 10:19 am
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    Review Preview: La Gra Italian Tapas

    Though Italian cuisine might not seem a likely candidate for the small-plates approach, Italian dining in America has been moving away from big bowls of pasta in red sauce to a more traditional, multiple-course approach. St. Louis is catching on to ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 24, 2007 @ 7:00 pm
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