The 10 Best Food Instagrams in St. Louis This Week: September 15-22

Categories: Food Porn

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Smoked cast iron s'mores pie at Quincy Street Bistro. | Instagram/Rick Lewis

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Instagram was practically made for pictures of food. Gut Check has rounded up our favorite foodie accounts in St. Louis, but there are so many cool photos every week, we wanted to share what St. Louis' best chefs, bartenders and eaters are Instagramming. If you see a good one, send it to us!

See also: 9 More Local Food-Related Instagrams You Should Be Following

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The Jellinator Makes Martha Stewart's American Made Finals

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Trish Piazza with the Jellinator. | Courtesy Trish Piazza

Jell-O shots are probably the best thing to happen to that jiggly snack since Bill Cosby. They're a bit of a pain to make, though, especially in bulk. Creve Coeur native Trish Piazza dreaded the annual golf fundraiser for her husband's rugby team. Somehow the task of making 1,000 Jell-O shots for the event always happened at her house, though others came to help. One day, she couldn't take it anymore, and the Jellinator was born.

See also: The Jellinator: A Test of the Ultimate Jell-O Shot Maker

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CBGB Mixes the Best Sandinista -- a Shot Made with Sriracha -- in St. Louis

Categories: Drunken Vegan

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The "Sandinista" at CBGB. | Patrick J. Hurley

The Drunken Vegan, a.k.a. Patrick J. Hurley, is a full-time barman at the Civil Life Brewing Company and cocktail enthusiast about town. He's an unapologetic drunkard, a vegan and a bon vivant, and, no, he doesn't think those last two terms contradict each other.

The "Sandinista" is a curious shot, composed mostly of tequila, Sriracha and lime juice. When it's made well, it's surprisingly good. You can find this unique and potent drink at several places around town, but the best place to order one is CBGB (3163 South Grand Boulevard).

KDHX's own Doug Morgan, host of The Record Sto', claims that even though you can find the Sandinista as far away as Chicago and San Francisco, he invented it.

"We drank a lot of 'em on our way to perfecting it," Morgan recalls.

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The Food of the 2014 Taste of St. Louis

Categories: Food Porn

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The Cup's Confetti cupcake. | Caroline Yoo

The first Taste of St. Louis out in Chesterfield seemed to be a big success. No matter where you live in the metro area, it's hard to resist dozens of the best restaurants, a chef competition and some Food Network celebrities. The main thing, though, is still the food, and we took lots of yummy photos for your viewing pleasure. You can view the full slideshow here, but continue on for some of our favorites.

See also: Taste of St. Louis Owner Says He Was Pushed Out By Summer Rocks

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Your Pick for St. Louis' Most Underrated Pumpkin Beer Is...

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Growlers at Ferguson Brewing Company. | Pat Kohm

Pumpkin beer season is in full swing now, as is Oktoberfest. We asked our readers to let us know which pumpkin beer we should be paying more attention to. After tons of great nominations, we narrowed it down to Ferguson Brewery, Square One Brewery, Crown Valley Brewing and Charleville Brewing. After a vote, St. Louis named Ferguson's Pumpkin Ale the most underrated pumpkin beer in town.

See also: Six of the Best Locally Brewed Pumpkin Beers

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The First St. Louis Tim Hortons Will Be in Maplewood

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Doughnuts from Tim Horton's. | Daniel Nugent

Beloved Canadian bakery chain has been in talks to come to St. Louis for a while now, and it looks like the first location will be in Maplewood. Local franchisee Show Me Hospitality announced it is in talks to build a free-standing cafe at Big Bend and Manchester.

See also: Tim Horton's Plans 40 St. Louis Locations by 2018

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Guess Where I'm Eating Caprese Salad and Win $20 to De Palm Tree

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Caprese salad. | Nancy Stiles

It was a beautiful weekend in St. Louis, and we hope you stuffed your bellies at all the great food events that went on over the past few days. And, you know, did some outdoor exercise or something, too. Anyways, if you're stuck inside like we are, you could use something to cheer you up. All you have to do is guess where we got this caprese salad and we'll give you some free food.

See also: Guess Where I'm Eating This Sausage Pizza and Win $20 to Fork & Stix

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Brewer Chat: 4 Hands Brewing Company's Martin Toft IV

Categories: Chef Chat

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Martin Toft at work at 4 Hands Brewing Company. | Kevin Lemp

Martin Toft IV laughs when he recalls his first foray into making beer. "It was awful. Technically, I suppose it was beer. I don't know why I kept going with it, but it eventually got better," he says.

It certainly did. As a brewer and brewery manager at 4 Hands Brewing Company (1220 South Eight Street; 314-436-1559), Toft is responsible for some of St. Louis' finest craft beers.

See Also: Bottled Wisdom: An Oral History of St. Louis' Craft-Beer Movement

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Lona's Lil Eats' New Storefront Serves "Asian Soul Food" in Fox Park

Categories: First Look

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Lona's grilled chicken wrap. | Photos by Mabel Suen
Frequenters of the Soulard Farmers' Market already know Lona's, the busy little stall in the Southeast wing of the market that serves up kebobs, spring rolls and other hand-held victuals on Saturdays. Last week the pan-Asian restaurant opened the doors at its new brick-and-mortar storefront in Fox Park. Contrary to its name, Lona's Lil Eats (2199 California Avenue) serves big flavors out of its kitchen, featuring an expanded variation on its unique pan-Asian market menu.

As reported by Gut Check in July, husband-and-wife team Pierce Powers and Lona Luo met in Luo's southwest China hometown. Her hill tribe's cooking blends a crossover of cuisines and techniques that Powers refers to as "Asian soul food": a little Japanese, a little Thai and a vibrant flavor profile that includes sweetness, spice, salt and smoke.

See also: Lona's Lil Eats Gets a Storefront in Fox Park

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An Evening With Blue Moon Founder Keith Villa in St. Louis

Categories: Beer, Last Night

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Yes, the orange is actually there for a reason. | Nancy Stiles

The big corporate breweries have been trying to cash in on the craft beer boom for years, but perhaps none have been quite as successful as MillerCoors. Blue Moon was created in its labs in 1995, instead of bought, and became the little brand that could at the direction of brewmaster Keith Villa. Villa stopped in St. Louis last night at the Malt House Cellar (2017 Chouteau Avenue; 314-241-4949) to introduce some new beers and discuss the history of the refreshing brew.

See also: Bottled Wisdom: An Oral History of St. Louis' Craft-Beer Movement

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