Whisk Rolls Out Grown-Up Popsicles Like Avocado and Goat Cheese-Blackberry

The latest fresh, natural pops from Whisk Bake Shop. | Nancy Stiles

We are just dying for spring. The weather keeps teasing us, but we know soon we will be dripping with sweat in 100 plus degree weather with 80 percent humidity. We've already found something that will quench our thirst come those dehydrated days: popsicles from Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop .

See also: Best Cupcakes 2013: Whisk a Sustainable Bakeshop Whips Up All Natural Treats

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The Tap's New Restaurant Features a Multitude of Taps in St. Charles

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The Tap's Hawaiian burger. | Photos by Mabel Suen
In March, the Tap (3803 Elm Street; 636-724-4242) opened in St. Charles, featuring a multitude of taps -- we're not just talking beer, here. Of the 33 beer taps available at the bar, the Budweiser Chill-Rite dispenses the coldest and creamiest brew possible, says proprietor Jerry Berhorst, explaining that a scientifically designed special etching in the bottom of a corresponding glass helps make it possible. Each beer comes with matching glassware, from boots of beer to steins and logoed chalices.

In addition to beer taps at some of the tables, the Tap keeps the theme going with unique options including six wine taps as well as margaritas and sangrias on tap. On the patio, visitors will find a gigantic keg-shaped wood-and-charcoal smoker, which the restaurant will use to roast whole pigs for special events.

See also: The Tap Restaurant + Brewery Has Taps at the Tables

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How to Celebrate Easter 4/20-Style


Easter Sunday is this weekend, and it also happens to be April 20 -- which is, of course, a notorious stoner holiday. Additionally, it's the seventh day of Passover. Luckily, Easter comes with lots of chocolates, candies and marshmallows covered with sugar in the shape of chicks. What could be better? Here are some suggestions for a weed-friendly holiday.

See also: The Ten-Step Illustrated Pot Moocher's Guide to Getting High at Shows

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Sauce on the Side Announces Second Location

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A cazone from Sauce on the Side. | Jennifer Silverberg

After almost two years, calzone joint Sauce on the Size (903 Pine Street; 314-241-5667) is expanding to Clayton. There are fourteen iterations of the Sauce on the Side calzone, but now there's room for even more expansion.

See also: Sauce on the Side's "Costanza" Calzone: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

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#87: Duck Burger at Planter's House

The Planter's House duck burger. | Jennifer Silverberg

It was a given that I was going to be dazzled by the drinks at Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-6203). After all, owner Ted Kilgore is the town's undisputed mixology master. With such a high-profile cocktail program, Planter's House could have phoned it in on its food menu. Patrons are coming in for the drinks, right? Heck, they'll probably be so liquored up by the time they get hungry, they'd be fine with some Ritz crackers and Cheez-Whiz.

That's not how Kilgore operates.

See Also: Planter's House is built on a foundation of mixology magic

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The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: April 18 to 20

Will you be hunting for chocolate in Forest Park this weekend? | Robert S. Donovan

Happy Easter, Gut Checkers! We are already planning the food-coma-inducing brunch we're going to have on Sunday, but there are plenty of other things to keep you occupied until then. Run a 5K while stopping to drink some beer, or check out some of the best coffee places the area has to offer. Read about our food-related recommendations after the jump.

See also: The Best Easter Brunches in St. Louis: 2014

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Pasta House and Schlafly Team Up at Lambert Airport

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Laura Miller

Dining at Lambert Airport (10701 Lambert International Boulevard; 314-426-8000) sure is getting a makeover. First the Budweiser bar rebranded itself as Eighteen-76, then Mike Shannon's added an outpost after a strong debut in Edwardsville, Illinois. Now, international travelers will be able to get even more of a taste of St. Louis.

See also: Mike Shannon's Joins Lambert Airport

Local Italian chain Pasta House Co. and Schlafly beer now have a "combination venue" in Terminal 2.

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Eric Kelly Talks Leaving Scape and Heading to Seattle

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Raw vegetable lasagna at Scape. | Bryan Peters

Eric Kelly opened Scape (48 Maryland Plaza; 314-361-7227) over six years ago in the Central West End. His last day was April 10. Kelly will be moving to Seattle to work with Restaurants Unlimited, a group that currently owns 49 restaurants.

See also: Backbar at Scape is Ready for Spring

"My partners and I weren't necessarily philosophically aligned on everything," Kelly tells Gut Check. "I wanted to expand and grow the group, and the partnership. They weren't real excited about growing. So I chose to join forces with a colleague that I used to work with up in Chicago."

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Taj Mahal, a New Restaurant Serving Modern Indian Cuisine in the Delmar Loop

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Chicken tandoori, vegetable vindaloo, mango chutney and spicy Indian pickles. | Photos by Mabel Suen
If you walk into Taj Mahal (567 Melville Avenue; 314-721-4499) during lunchtime, co-owner Merwin Rebello will likely be the one to greet you at the door. The first question he'll ask is if you'd like to partake in the buffet, followed by whether or not you'd care for some mango lassi. Try to get in a meal before 2:30 p.m., though, because the restaurant closes at that time, re-opening for dinner every day at 5 p.m.

Taj Mahal opened in late March in the Delmar Loop, serving modernized traditional Indian cuisine in the small space previously occupied by Booster's Cafe. Rebello and his chef bring experience to Taj Mahal from stints working at India's Rasoi.

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Pi Pizzeria Heads to Cincinnati

Pi on the Loop. | RFT Photo

Pi Pizzeria is continuing its pizza domination and announced this week it's adding a location in Cincinnati, Ohio. It will be Pi's seventh location overall and only the second outside of St. Louis.

See also: Pi Pizzeria, Gringo Team Up with Mayor Francis Slay for Higher Minimum Wage

"We are thrilled to be there. Cincinnati is having a major concentrated and strategic resurgence," co-owner Chris Sommers tells us, "and we just wanted to be a part of it."

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