Last January, John Moore got news from his doctor that changed his life. “I just felt miserable—I had no energy, and my blood pressure was through the roof,” he says. “He told me I need to change or I’m going to be that guy who dies in his 40s of a heart attack. It really woke me up.”
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Chef John Perkins has been making waves in the St. Louis culinary scene for a while with his Entre Underground pop-up dinner events and his catering prowess. Then he took a space in the historic Gaslight Square and revamped it for private events and also used it as home base for a series of month-long specialty restaurant concepts he put together. Late last year, he decided to forgo the monthly experiments and use the space to house an ongoing restaurant based on one of them, a successful Southern-influenced event. He called the new eatery Juniper; and it's a cozy, comforting platform for Perkins' unique takes on down-home specialties.
What a difference a year makes. Since December 2012, Debbie Ross has lost 135 pounds with the help of weight-loss coach Charles D’Angelo.
In today’s world, we are getting used to instant gratification. Many smart phones, tablets, computers and other hi-tech items change—improve—so fast these days, it sometimes seems like a minor miracle. In 1969, there was sufficient technology in this country to send men to the moon. The computing power of those days was so limited, though, that nobody—and I mean nobody—would want a cell phone, computer or any other devices based solely on that era’s technology.
St. Louis' latest BBQ joint, Adam's Smokehouse, has opened its doors at 2819 Watson Road in Clifton Heights. The new eatery is a collaboration between FRANK VINCIGUERRA and MIKE IRELAND, who both worked for several years at Pappy's Smokehouse before venturing out on their own. In fact, the restaurant takes its name from ADAM GAFFNEY, a fellow Pappy's employee who passed away last year.
Over generations, Halloween has been adopted by American culture as a holiday of costumes and scary critters. Spiders, owls and other creepy crawlers all have come to be associated with this special night of horrors.
Don’t let appearances be deceiving. Although weight-loss coach Charles D’Angelo doesn’t look like someone who can relate to the pains of being obese; at age 16, he weighed 360 pounds. “I could have been the king of excuses,” he says. “My family was plagued by obesity and its related illnesses.” Instead, he made the decision to change, losing 160 pounds in two years—and keeping it off.
Move over Big Sur, French Riviera and other world-renowned scenic drives, and make room for one more: Canada’s Sea To Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler is breathtaking and gets you very close to heaven on earth.
The following luxury homes and condos came on the market the second and third weeks of March:
Valentine's Day may have passed, but who says you can only have a romantic evening out on Feb. 14? St. Louis has plenty of places where you and your significant other can have a fine meal and pitch some woo all year long. Here are a few of our favorites:
Weighing in at more than 300 pounds, Eric Morff was very unhappy. He couldn’t sleep in the same bed as his wife because his weight-induced snoring kept her up at night. He always found an excuse to not exercise, and spent the weekend sleeping because he was so tired. And he never had the energy to chase his 4-year-old son or 2-year-old daughter around the house. Morff’s weight was disrupting many parts of his life, and through the encouragement of his wife and mother, he finally decided to seek help. Recalling information about weight-loss coach Charles D’Angelo from a previous Ladue News article, he made the call in September 2011 that would change his life. “Charles helped me understand that I was ready to lose the weight, why I was ready and what was important to me: my wife, my children and myself,” Morff says. “I needed to make this change for them and for myself.”
HELEN FLETCHER, currently the pastry chef at Tony's downtown and formerly of the beloved Truffles, as well as and a longtime fixture on the local culinary scene, has released a new cookbook, European Tarts: Divinely Doable Desserts With Little Or No Baking, and an accompanying blog, europeantarts.com. The tome is available at Amazon.com and on Kindle, and features photographs by the author’s husband, T. MIKE FLETCHER.
The meat lovers’ pizza from a Sicilian joint in Louisville was one of Mike Brangle’s weaknesses. On the road all the time as a consultant in the financial services industry, he had a routine, ordering his favorite meals from the same restaurants in each city. With a busy work life, Brangle’s food intake increased while his exercise habits decreased. By October 2011, he weighed 348 pounds. “When you’re at that weight, you’re very self-conscious of how you look and what other people think of you,” he says. “But since I had lost weight in the past, I always thought, Oh, tomorrow, I’ll start losing it. But tomorrow never came.”
When Charles D’Angelo was 17 years old, he had a realization that would change the course of his life, as well as the lives of many others. He weighed 360 pounds—with a 50-inch waist—and was a victim of bullying at school. “It was difficult for me to make it up a flight of stairs,” he recalls. “I had no social relationships, and I would come home from school in tears because I felt that everything was out of control.” He adds that his father’s side of the family had a history of being overweight and suffered from diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
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For a spectacular panoramic overlook of St. Louis, 360 can’t be beat. Perched atop the Hilton downtown, there’s hardly a spot in the restaurant that doesn’t offer a superlative vista to gaze upon. We dropped in recently to see if the menu matched the view.
The Zodiac restaurant, located in Neiman Marcus, has debuted a new menu celebrating the St. Louis Cardinals. Redbird-centric items include Saint Louis Beer & Cheese Soup, Ball Park Chili, Triple Play Slider Plate, Batter Up Bistro Burger and a Cardinal Red Velvet Cupcake, among other delicacies.
360, One South Broadway/Hilton at the Ballpark, 241-8439, 360-stl.com.
If you own a small business or you’re considering a new venture, you might want to keep the phone number to the nearest SCORE office on your speed dial. Established in 1964, SCORE is a national organization (a partner of the Small Business Administration), with more than 360 chapters around the county and four local offices, that offers free counseling to anyone who wants to start or grow a business. “Our experience, knowledge and the fact that it’s all free makes SCORE appealing to any small business owner,” says Bob Boles, a volunteer with the nonprofit.
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Once again, Ladue News readers have proven that they’re in the know about our town’s most exciting hot spots! This year’s Platinum List features iconic St. Louis institutions, as well as some new spots you’ll be wanting to check out.