Super "Bowl" Sunday: The Gut Check Guide to Curing the Munchies

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The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos face off this Sunday in the Super Bowl and in case you haven't noticed, both of those states got real friendly with an entirely different kind of "bowl" recently. In celebration of both states' recent legalization of marijuana, many will be marking game day by getting incredibly, unreasonably high. And we know -- too well -- what that means: Everyone is going to get real, real hungry.

We've got you covered. Whether you're staying home, going out, are forced to contribute a food item to a party you don't even want to go to, or want something delivered, we have the perfect guide for your post-Super Bowl munchies.

See also: Best Places in St. Louis to Watch the Super Bowl

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Top 5 Recipes to Celebrate 4/20 -- From a Professional!

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Didn't win our 4/20 Cannabis Cupcakes giveaway? Fret not, dear reader. Gut Check has a treat for you!

It just so happens that a person of our acquaintance -- we'll call her "Mary Jane" -- spent three years traveling the jam-band circuit, supplying cannabis-based baked goods to hungry audiences from coast to coast.

When we prevailed upon her to share some recipes in honor of this weekend's high holiday, she was kind enough to oblige.

Of her years on the Phish trail, Mary Jane imparts, "You learn a lot of stuff on the road -- stuff you don't learn in school, and I wouldn't trade it for the world." But three years was enough; she has since embraced a more permanent lifestyle and transferred her skills to a job at a local bakery.

Given the considerable level of experience Mary Jane brings to the table, Gut Check asked her to select five of her favorite recipes to share with our readers.

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Cannabis Cupcakes Cookbook Giveaway, Right in Time for 4/20 [CONTEST]

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All this could be yours.
Last year Gut Check offered a 4/20 survival guide, and a list of the six best St. Louis restaurants that deliver delicious munchies to your doorstep.

This year, we're giving away one copy of Cannabis Cupcakes: 35 Mini Marijuana Cakes to Bake and Decorate to ensure at least one reader gets baked on April 20.

The cookbook includes recipes for "boosted butter" and vegan-friendly "souped-up sunflower oil," as well as 35 sweet and savory cupcake, muffin and dessert recipes to incorporate said special ingredients into, including espresso cupcakes, carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, lemon and poppy seed muffins, and even "pizza" cupcakes.

Ready to win this baby and get to baking? Click the jump for entry details and contest rules.

Update: Congrats to commenter jsydneysmith, who logged the winning comment: "Kumar for being a thinker; tipping the cops off about a fake shooting to bust Harold out of jail to grab burgers."

See also:
-Dude, It's The Top Six Delivery Restaurants For 4/20, Check It Out
-Gut Check's Survival Guide for 4/20

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Shakespeare's Pizza Expands Again; Sadly No St. Louis Location Imminent

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The good news? Mizzou's beloved Shakespeare's Pizza (multiple locations) is doing so well that it just expanded to its third location. The bad news? You still have to drive all the way to Columbia to dine at one of its restaurants.

The third pizzeria, located on Peachtree Drive in south Columbia, opened in late August. The original Shakespeare's, adjacent to the University of Missouri campus on Ninth Street, has been a Mizzou mainstay since 1973 and recognized as one the best college-town eateries in America. A second Shakespeare's location opened nine years ago in west Columbia.


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Gut Check's Survival Guide for 4/20

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Ian Froeb
Happy 4/20, dudes.
Oh, hello there. What's that? Why do you need a survival guide for April 20, an otherwise unremarkable day on the calendar? Move along. This post is not the droids you're looking for.

If, on the other hand, your glassy eyes keep glancing at that picture of nachos and Visine, then page through for Gut Check's resources to help you deal with the, uh, consequences of your celebration.

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Dude, It's The Top Six Delivery Restaurants For 4/20, Check It Out

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Jennifer Silverberg
The Club Med at Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium, otherwise known as "gimme dat."
Have you ever thought about how weird fingernails are? Is it possible that an entire other world exists beneath our fingernails and every time we trim them we snuff out countless fingernail-people lives? Are we the Adolf Hitler of our nail beds? These and other questions are the things that April 20 is made of if you're celebrating it correctly.

In years past Gut Check has recharged on 4/20 with nachos or home-made trail mix -- throw various foodstuffs in a Pringles can, give it a good shake and viola, home-made trail mix. This year, however, we're in the mood for takeout, because what's easier than having food delivered to your face? The answer is home-made trail mix, but we polished that off hours ago.

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RIP Doritos Inventor Arch West + Eight Discontinued Doritos Flavors

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Arch West, inventor of Doritos, passed away last week.
As Ian reported yesterday, Arch West, the 97-year-old Texan who blessed the world with Doritos in 1966, passed away last week. His family plans to sprinkle Doritos into his final resting place.

While we wish no disrespect to West or his mourning family, we hope they won't be burying these beloved, discontinued Doritos flavors with him. If ever there was a time when Americans needs to stress-eat their long-gone nostalgic favorites, it's now.

Just look what happens in a world without Doritos. (Especially weirdly flavored ones.) it's not good!

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We All Scream For and About Ice Cream

Categories: Munchies, WTF?

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Free waffle sundaes at Maggie Moo's!

Because CofFree Day at 7-Eleven isn't exciting enough, today's free mini waffle sundae day at Maggie Moo's (15801 Manchester Road, Ellisville; 699 F Gravois Bluffs Boulevard, Fenton; 8853 Ladue Road, Suite Q, Ladue)! They're giving away the sundaes to the first 200 customers from 3 to 6 p.m.

It's a good thing they've got that sultry costumed cow as their mascot. That'll keep them out of a predicament like the one a Florida ice-cream shop is in.


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The Ultimate St. Louis Snack - Old Vienna Pork Steak Potato Chips

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The real taste of St. Louis - Old Vienna Pork Steak Potato Chips
Could anything be more St. Louis than Old Vienna Pork Steak Flavored Potato Chips?

Well, Provel flavored chips come to mind, but those don't exist. Yet. Old Vienna's come through with the pork steak flavored ones.

Of course we tried them, so you don't have to.

The chip's a typical Old Vienna, which is a good thing. Thin, ridged, and crispy. Since the bag advertised that the pork steak flavored chips contained St. Louis-style barbecue sauce, we expected a thick coating of artificially red dust. Instead, the chips are a bit pale with only a smattering of red seasoning. The sauce flavor isn't predominant. Otherwise they'd just be barbecue potato chips. Good for Old Vienna for not doing that old trick.

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Belleville's Lincoln Theatre to Open Gourmet Popcorn Shop

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Robin Wheeler
Abe's Popcorn at the Lincoln Theatre opens later this month. Honest.
Belleville's long been a destination for area movie fans, thanks to a pair of unique theaters - the only drive-in in the St. Louis Metro area, and the Lincoln Theatre, a restored Depression-era movie house filled with Art Deco charm right down to the pre-movie pipe organ shows.

The Lincoln Theatre's upping the cinematic ante once again by adding Abe's Gourmet Popcorn to the theater. Gut Check spoke with Lincoln Theater owner Dave Schoenborn about the new venture.

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