Toasted Ravioli Is 1,859 Percent More Popular in Missouri Than Anywhere Else

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Missouri loves toasted ravioli. The rest of the nation .... not so much.
What do we talk about when we talk about food?

As it turns out, the answer is as varied as the places we live. In Florida, they talk about conch fritters. In Texas, they talk about breakfast tacos.

In Missouri, we talk about toasted ravioli. And apparently we talk about it all the damn time -- 1,859 percent more than any other state.

That's the startlingly specific conclusion of the search-and-discover app Foursquare, which analyzed data from all 50 states to determine that which food or drink is most disproportionately popular in each of them.

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Invented in St. Louis, Huga Bars Are a Different Kind of Snack

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Luis Rivero (left), with brother-in-law and Huga Bars co-founder Luis Mendoza.
Luis Rivero had an idea for a different kind of snack bar -- something that wasn't as dense as a power bar, but also not as sticky sweet as most granola bars, either.

"All the nutrition bars on the market have very American flavor profiles," he says. "Peanut butter, chocolate chip, apple berry tart. The same old flavors. After growing up abroad, I wished we had a nutrition bar that had some of the flavors I'd grown up with."

In August, Rivero quit his job in DuPont's St. Louis office to work on creating just that. His dream came true last week, when he and brother-in-law Luis Mendoza launched a new line of snacks called Huga Bars.

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Neighborfood Takes a Jaunt Through the Loop July 27

       Mission Taco is one of eight stops in the Loop. | Jennifer Silverberg

There are so many good places to eat in the Loop that sometimes it's hard to pick just one. Neighborfood has got you covered. On Saturday, July 27, the dishcrawl will tour the Delmar Loop in University City and hit eight restaurants.

See also:
-Gut Check Tags Along on First Dishcrawl Down Wash. Ave.
-Eat Streets: St. Louis welcomes an influx of dining tours
-St. Louis Dining Tours Round-Up + Win A Savor Saint Louis Central West End Tour For Two

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Ferguson Man Fights to Grow Veggies in Front Yard [Updated]

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City officials say this garden poses safety and erosion concerns.

Update: (Tuesday, July 31, 2:45 p.m.) Karl Tricamo emailed us with the results of his appeal to the Board of Adjustments: "Appeal went well, and the City's [Ferguson] determination that the garden violates code was overturned."

Original post follows.


Karl Tricamo thought he had found a harmless way to provide food for his fiancée and infant son this summer.

But when the recently laid-off Tricamo set out to plant a vegetable garden outside his Ferguson home, he encountered a small obstacle. The backyard didn't get enough sunlight. So Tricamo moved his garden to the front yard, tilling up a 25-foot by 35-foot plot of ground he's come to call a "yarden."

Today the yarden is in full bloom, sprouting multiple varieties of beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes, squashes and melons that Tricamo boasts were all planted by seed and are entirely GMO free. Yet the fruit of Tricamo's labors soon could be headed prematurely to the compost heap if Ferguson officials have their way.

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Albert Pujols Can Buy a Lot of Wheaties for $254 Million

St. Louis Cardinals fans might still be coming to terms with Albert Pujols' departure for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The marketplace, however, has already responded. Seen today at Schnucks:

​(Of course, since this commemorative box of Wheaties Fuel features Albert's handsome mug but no St. Louis Cardinals logos, Schnucks could have just cut a deal with an Orange County grocer and shipped the leftover boxes to the West Coast.)

"It's Not Food, It's Frozen Yogurt"

I'd like to think that this sign, spotted recently on the front door of a business in the Delmar Loop, is a clever commentary on the questionable nature of frozen yogurt, but I suspect the owner of this business is simply exhausted by the number of frozen-yogurt joints that have opened in St. Louis over the past few years and is trying to drive home the point.

Riding Out the Rapture at Taste of Maplewood

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Holly Fann
There was plenty of Schlafly on ice at Taste of Maplewood

The Rapture didn't happen, and it's a good thing. When the festivities and food officially started on Saturday at noon, Taste of Maplewood was already bustling. White tents lined both sides of Sutton Boulevard; a few were manned by vendors offering services (Edward Jones, for instance, and Hatch), but food was the focus -- that, and an array of beer and boozy drinks.
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Holly Fann
Maya Cafe brought the beef -- brisket and empanadas.

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The Hungriest Gas Pump in St. Louis

Bad enough that gas costs $4 a gallon. Now, the gas pumps are getting all pushy-like, demanding that we feed them.

Ian Froeb


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Not Feeling Friskies: A Modern Supermarket Tragicomedy in One Act

"Feed the cat? Or obliterate the pain of my daily existence? Feed the cat? Or obliterate the pain of my daily existence?"

Ian Froeb
​Sorry, Mr. Whiskers.

Royal Wedding Paaaaartay Begins at London Tea Room at 4 a.m. Sharp

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What proud American could fail to be excited about getting up at 4 a.m. to watch the British royal wedding?
Gut Check would like to propose that a true, red-blooded American like yourself would feel a lot less silly watching the Royal Wedding tomorrow morning if you weren't sitting alone on the couch in your pajamas.

Sure, it all goes down at the ass- arse-crack of dawn here, thanks to the time difference, but is that any excuse to not get yourself all spiffed up -- maybe even with a fancy hat, like the good British aristocrat you undoubtedly were in a previous life -- and, more important, enjoy the festivities without a nice cuppa or a proper scone with clotted cream?

We think not!

Jackie James, British expat and manager of the London Tea Room (1520 Washington Avenue; 314-241-6556), happens to agree with us. That's why she'll be flinging open the tea room's doors at 4 a.m. tomorrow, in time for her guests to get caffeinated and settled in front of the big screen that'll be set up in English Living, the furniture store next door, by the time the wedding starts at 5.

"It's open to everybody," says James. "Anyone who wants to get up that early is a crazy person."

She will, of course, be there.

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