File under: "If you can't stand the heat."
Dana Loesch RFT cover shoot | photo by Jennifer Silverberg
Last night St. Louis' vociferous conservative talker/tweeter Dana Loesch called out the chef de cuisine of Clayton's Little Country Gentleman after he took to Twitter to take a shot at fans of her radio show.
- "Patriot Dame": 2010 RFT profile of Dana Loesch
Public service announcement, restaurateurs of the greater St. Louis area: Rumors are coming in that a fake Riverfront Times food critic is on the loose. She's out to wine, dine, opine -- but she ain't got no byline.
"I stink, I stink, I stink."
Here's how an e-mail from our tipster began: "i was wondering if anyone has ever asked about a lady that shows up at bars ( i have seen her a few times at diff restaurants/bars) and she tells everyone she is a writer for RFT, she has always been hammered/so drunk and loud, so rude."
At first, truthfully, our hearts dropped. Things get...rowdy from time to time in the company of RFT scribes. But as the e-mail went on, this incident sounded weirder and weirder.
Gut Check is always hungry for more restaurant news. Feed us your tips.
St. Louis native Karlie Kloss is many things. A supermodel, of course. A style icon whose haircut can launch a thousand words. And, apparently, a huge fan of Momofuku Milk Bar, Christina Tosi's acclaimed and wildly popular New York City bakery.
Kloss is such a fan, in fact, that she has collaborated with Momofuku Milk Bar to create Karlie's Kookies, "a fashionably wholesome cookie line".More »
Food-related curiosities don't faze Gut Check as a rule. Brain sandwich? Bring it on! But one thing that does gross us out the door is when we accidentally touch a wad of chewed gum some knuckle-dragger has deposited on the underside of a piece of furniture. Vile-O-Rama!
Tom Finkel The Webster Groves Gum Wall. [Click pic to see in vivid-er glory.]
And then there's the Webster Groves Gum Wall.
Never heard of the Webster Groves Gum Wall? Neither had Gut Check, until a certain eleven-year-old graduate of Bristol Elementary tipped it to us.
The tipping went something like this:
Gut Check: [pointing across Lockwood Avenue at narrow passageway between between the former Webster Records location and Lockwood Chiropractic] What's on that brick wall over there? Some sort of weird graffiti?
Eleven-year-old: [scornfully; adults are clueless] It's not graffiti. It's gum. You don't know about the Gum Wall?!
We did not. But we do now, and we're here to tell you it's a sight to behold.More »
Update: Tuesday, December 18, 4:35 p.m. Phil Lozen of Domino's Pizza contacted Gut Check asking us to clarify that though he's the founder of Domino's Pizza, Tom Monaghan sold Domino's Pizza in 1998 and has no active affiliation with the company.
Image via Domino's founder Tom Monaghan.
"His views are not our views, nor are his actions in any way related to our actions," Lozen says. "Domino's Pizza has made no public statements about health care, as we are still waiting to see how the final rules will affect our network of small business owners. Domino's is not a political company; it is not a religious company -- we are a pizza company."
It's like national pizza chains don't want our business these days.
Following President Barack Obama's reelection in November, Papa John's chief executive John Schnatter threatened to cut employee hours to dodge offering health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or, "Obamacare."
On Friday, November 14, Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan filed suit against the federal government over a provision within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring employers to offer health insurance, including contraception, to employees. [Tom Monaghan sold Domino's Pizza in 1998 and has no active affiliation with the company.]More »
Just like the sign that hangs from Capitalist Pig restaurant suggests, owner Ron Buechele started a minor revolution on his Facebook page this week when he announced that someone at the city has a big pig problem with his sign.
Capitalist Pig Someone in Soulard is taking signs SUPER seriously.
"Apparently Joe McCarthy has risen from the grave," he wrote. "I had a long discussion this morning with a city official who informed me that the city along with the police department, have received 'numerous' complaints from individuals who do not like our sign, or the name of our business."
He went on to say he's been summoned to City Hall to defend himself. That had fans of the barely-two-month-old restaurant rushing to the barricades. (Capitalist Pig is located inside the Mad Art Gallery.)
"You should show up in a top hat and monocle," wrote one of dozens of commenters. "Do we need to get the Cherokee street presses to crank out Soviet era prop posters in solidarity?"
Oh, yes, please!More »
Gut Check doesn't ask for much. Consider us the winter holiday party hosts who write "No gifts please. Cards welcome!" on invitations. That was before, though. Before we knew the thrill, the ecstasy, that stirred when we heard Pizza Hut has produced a new perfume with "top notes of freshly baked, hand-tossed dough."
Image via Eau de Pizza Hut.
Unfortunately we can't get a bottle of it, or, as we'd prefer, a bathtub filled with it.
And this is particularly difficult for Gut Check, as our default reaction to bad news is to talk through it with pizza.More »
It doesn't quite feel like the holidays until Chick-fil-A (multiple locations) sends you its annual cow calendar that you didn't know about until today. Apparently this year marks the sixteenth anniversary of the cow calendar, and Gut Check is giving ours away. It comes with a "Chick-fil-A Calendar Card" that offers one free Chick-fil-A menu item each month, including free sandwiches, drinks, fries and more. In addition to the calendar hullabaloo, we're also giving away a gift card for one free Chick-fil-A seasonal peppermint chocolate chip milkshake.
All this could be yours.
Here's a bit more about the calendar, if you're curious, from the company:
Just in time for holiday gift giving, the Chick-fil-A "Eat Mor Chikin" Cows are saluting 12 of history's most famous "moonarchs" with the debut of the 2013 Cow Calendar...The 16th edition of the tongue-in-cheek cow calendar, which celebrates Chick-fil-A's ineffable mascots, is "Royal T-Bones: It's a Tough Job, But Somebody's Gotta Steer History." Each month chronicles the lives of 12 historic rulers who led their cow kingdoms to a better way of life, latching onto the credo, "Angus for dinner, no one's a winner."
Right. Click through to enter to win.
Update: Congrats to commenter DoucheMcGee, who first correctly matched the "moonarchs" to significant events in history.More »
Maybe it's the stress of impending travel/family reunions/cooking marathons. Maybe it's the inherently ridiculous appearance of the turkey. Maybe it's the fact that we're "at work" at the moment but not actually working. Whatever the reason, Thanksgiving always brings a feast of ridiculous videos to share, and this year is no different.