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    Small Plates: Tuesday, 7/10

    photo: Ian Froeb Booster's Cafe, 567 Melville Ave. Booster's Cafe has opened at 567 Melville Avenue in the Delmar Loop. The menu features breakfast from 7-10 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Lunch selections include sandwiches ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 10, 2007 @ 4:46 pm
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    Hecho en Mexico

    photo: Ian Froeb Even better than the real thing? Every few years I fail miserably to overcome my adolescent's addiction to Coca-Cola. I make it a few weeks or months -- but then, usually without thinking about it, I'm dropping fi...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 10, 2007 @ 1:17 pm
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    King Louie's Is Dead. (Long Live King Louie's?)

    Joe Whittington breaks the news in today's Post-Dispatch: Local institution (and RFT staff favorite) King Louie's has shut its doors for good. Owner Matt McGuire tells Whittington that the restaurant wasn't able to overcome the construction work on ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 10, 2007 @ 9:33 am
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    Everyone's a Critic

    source: www.wikipedia.org This could be you! Just a reminder, folks: You can now post your own comments -- rants or raves -- about any of the restaurants in our database. You can also give each restaurant a rating of one to five star...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 9, 2007 @ 3:28 pm
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    Today in Chinese Imports

    source: www.ehponline.org You can't check every fish. This week's edition of the Economist has an excellent summary of the problems with goods imported from China -- not only the recent brouhaha over seafood, but also the earlier iss...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 9, 2007 @ 12:36 pm
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    Small Plates: Monday, 7/9

    source: www.theimaginaryworld.com Dude always creeped me out. For your morning coffee (or that first break of a long work week): - A scientist at my undergrad alma mater, the University of Maryland, College Park, is trying to desig...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 9, 2007 @ 9:45 am
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    Weekend Update: Trouble at Cafe Brasil

    Kudos to the Webster-Kirkwood Times for breaking this story yesterday: Cafe Brasil (2811 South McKnight Road) lost its liquor license after police notified Rock Hill's Board of Aldermen of an alleged incident of rape and underage drinking at the res...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 7, 2007 @ 7:35 pm
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    So I Caught a Land Crab. Now What?

    source: stjohnbeachguide.com To the pot with you! Our saga so far. First, we feared the land crab. Then we learned how to catch them. Now it's time to eat. To begin, some words of wisdom from the great Craig Claiborne in the March 2...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 6, 2007 @ 4:44 pm
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    Small Plates: Friday, 7/6

    photo: Ian Froeb House of India, closed for now House of India (8501 Delmar Boulevard) has closed temporarily due to a kitchen fire, according to a sign on its door. The sign states that the restaurant will reopen in two to three wee...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 6, 2007 @ 1:00 pm
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    Catfish Blunter

    source: www.ag.auburn.edu A catfish farm in Georgia Today's Washington Post has a detailed look at the catfish-farming industry in China, both its contamination and farmers' use of hard-to-trace traditional medicine to combat that c...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 6, 2007 @ 10:19 am
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    How to Catch a Land Crab

    source: www.fbo.com.au Actually, you don't need a boat. It's a land crab. After the last post, I can't think of anything but land crabs. Now, if you watched the news clip, you know that it's illegal to eat (and presumably catch) lan...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 5, 2007 @ 5:30 pm
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    Let Me Be the First to Welcome Our New Land Crab Masters

    source: www.nieworld.com RUN!!!!! This is only tangentially related to food, but I can't stop giggling about it: The land crabs are invading! (Video. No registration, but you have to sit through a commercial.) I'll boil water, if yo...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 5, 2007 @ 4:19 pm
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    In This Week's Issue

    photo: Jennifer Silverberg Trust us: There are more TVs. My review of Lester's Sports Bar & Grill is now available online. Click here to read. Also in this week's issue, Kristie is on the case of the apple juice/margarita mix-up at ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 5, 2007 @ 1:18 pm
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    Hot Dog Upset (Stomach)

    source: www.nathansfamous.com You won't be smiling later, friend. Personally, I find eating contests to be utterly disgusting displays of gluttony. And it freaks me out that the winners are usually very, very thin. But if you care a...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 5, 2007 @ 12:02 pm
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    Gut Checked

    artist: Gabriel Metsu / source: developmentalidealism.org Ugh. Shortly after posting this week's Review Preview on Tuesday afternoon, yours truly was felled by...something. I'll spare you the details. At any rate, between that and t...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 5, 2007 @ 10:10 am
  • Grub Street - Gastropub, shmastropub. Newstead Tower Public House is Ian's kind of bar.

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    Grub Street - Gastropub, shmastropub. Newstead Tower Public House is Ian's kind of bar.

    On the first day of the art history class I took in high school, the teacher asked us to define "art." I assumed this was a rhetorical question and we'd spend the next 40 minutes debating what "art" means, only to be told it can't be defined because ...

    by Ian Froeb on January 23, 2008
  • Jin Yang Silkworm Pupa - This week: Silkworm pupa out the Jin Yang.

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    Jin Yang Silkworm Pupa - This week: Silkworm pupa out the Jin Yang.

    You may not know this, but most likely, you stink. Don't feel bad about it. I probably stink, too. You see, we're meat eaters, and according to a recent study, the world's vegans -- or vegansexuals, who engage in "cruelty-free sex," as the stu...

    by Malcolm Gay on January 23, 2008
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    Review Preview: Lester's Sports Bar & Grill

    You can spend as much as $22.95 on a corned-beef or pastrami sandwich here. This will get you "Lester's Triple Decker Combo" -- more than a pound of meat on rye bread with a slice of Swiss cheese. The menu recommends this be shared, and many diners ...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 3, 2007 @ 1:07 pm
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    Tip Your Blogger

    source: www.musicomh.com Please, sir, may I have some news? In a perfect world, yours truly would be able to drive around town all day, checking up on the latest restaurant openings. What I didn't see, I'd discover using my telepathi...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 3, 2007 @ 11:26 am
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    Washington Avenue: Men Plan...

    photo: Ian Froeb 1511 Washington Avenue Continuing our look at the new Washington Avenue Loft District restaurants trumpeted by the Downtown St. Louis Partnership earlier this year: The building at 1511 Washington Avenue, was supp...

    @ Gut Check by Ian Froeb on July 2, 2007 @ 9:04 pm
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