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Since reopening in Chesterfield several years ago, Balaban’s has garnered plenty of accolades, including multiple awards of the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. It had been a while since our last visit and lots has happened in the interim, including an expansion of the space and the promotion of D. Scott Phillips from catering and banquet chef to executive chef last summer; so we recently dropped in to see what else is new.
Q: I love miso soup and can’t seem to get enough of that unique and slightly salty flavor. What is miso, anyway, and what else can it be used for?
The wind was howling and there was almost a foot of beautiful snow on the ground. With below-freezing temperatures, there was no way my wife, Arlene, and I were going anywhere. We were snowed in. What better time than to build a fire and cozy up with a bottle of wine from the cellar?
With the Christmas season now just sweet memories dancing in our heads, the kitchen at Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier continues to hum with activity as the next big ‘chocolate’ holiday approaches: Valentine’s Day.
The love for donuts in the Lou continues unabated. The latest purveyor of these sweet treats to make the scene is the Vincent Van Doughnut food truck, which hit the streets this month. The mobile bake shop will be selling a variety of classic favorites, as well as custom creations out of Clyde, a vintage 1960 Ford Grumman Olson step van. Find out where the truck will be next via Twitter @vinvandoughnut.
To cork or not to cork? That is the question. Let’s examine traditional corks, how they are manufactured and the problems that can occur, as well as other forms of wine-bottle closures.
Robust Wine Bar's Webster Groves location has long been renowned for its fabulous wine selection, as well as the fine food coming out of the kitchen. Earlier this year, Robust ventured into the city for its second location, Robust Downtown at the MX. While the vibe is a bit different than the original, the menu and wine offerings at the new Robust remain top-notch.
Nothing completes a decadent dining experience like the perfect pairing of fine wine and five-star fare. Indulge in these recommendations from some of the city’s top wine connoisseurs.
The Restaurant at The Cheshire, under the direction of Chef REX HALE, has unveiled its new fall menu highlighting a plethora of locally sourced ingredients. Small plates include show-stopping Ahi Tuna, Thin and Raw, as well as Pan Fried Naked Cowboy Oysters, served with butternut squash and bacon salad. For Mains, there’s Braised Pork Shank with caramelized vegetables; Maine Sea Scallops with pumpkin risotto; and Red Wine Braised Beef Short Rib with autumn vegetable ragout (shown), among others. Tasting menus ($32 per person) also are available, with a wine flight option. For reservations, call 932-7818 or visit restaurant-stl.com.
We can’t control our age or genetics, but women can do plenty to control their risk of cardiovascular disease, and that’s important considering that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women alike. A heart-healthy diet is among the most influential factors in reducing risk.
Eleven Eleven Mississippi is celebrating its 10th anniversary next month, and during the first 11 days of November, the restaurant has a variety of activities and giveaways planned, including $10 weekday lunch specials. Also, couples celebrating their 10-year anniversaries will receive a $10 gift certificate, special prizes will be handed out randomly during service, and guests in the restaurant at 11:11 a.m. or 11:11 p.m. will receive a free gooey butter dessert. Owners PAUL and WENDY HAMILTON have chosen Operation Food Search, St. Louis Effort for AIDS, Stray Rescue of St. Louis and the local Alzheimer's Association to receive a portion of the proceeds from the celebration.
It’s fall and there’s a chill in the air. And in St. Louis, it’s Red October. I don’t know about you, but I’m craving red wine.
D'oh! Strange Donuts has opened at 2709 Sutton Ave. in Maplewood. Look for 12 fresh donut varieties each day, and late-night hours for you night owls with a donut craving. Meanwhile, Blind Tiger at Sutton Place is slated to open soon at 7376 Manchester Road, and will offer signature pizzas and a bar with an emphasis on whiskies.
Located on the Washington University campus, Ibby's is a far cry from the stereotypical campus cafeteria; it is a restaurant that could easily be serving up its fare in any area of the city where fine cuisine is appreciated.
The legendary canals of Venice, the tragic love affair of Romeo and Juliet, the jagged peaks of the Dolomites – just a taste of the romance and wonder offered by one of the world’s most inspiring places, Northeast Italy. Rich in history, culture, music and culinary heritage, it is the most visited region of Italy, with more than 63 million tourists every year.
A particular crispness is, or will soon be, in the air—it is almost autumn. Before the chaos of Thanksgiving and the winter holiday season begin, why not throw an at-home party? From planning the get-together to primping the party space, these pros haves ideas and tips to make your next soirée superb.
New seasons bring new trends, and that includes catering menus. These area food experts dished to LN about their autumn offerings—both new and traditional. Find your fall food inspiration here, and even snag a recipe. Hungry yet?
Lafayette Square has long had an abundance of fine places to eat; and lately, the scene there has been even more active with recently opened eateries, such as Tripel, injecting new blood into the area.
From Tony Award-winning musicals and Grammy Award-winning performers to classic and contemporary art, take a first glimpse into St. Louis’ fall entertainment season.
The experience is so often the same: That glass of wine somehow slips out of your hand. As if in slow motion, you can see the to-be-stain leaping toward the lightest, priciest fabric within the bi-state area. What do you do now?
As fall harvest approaches, many people head out to experience classic Missouri Wine Country: rolling hills, vivid sunsets, winding rivers, fertile lands and warm people.
Get your appetites ready, because next week is the ninth annual Downtown Restaurant Week in the Lou. From Monday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 25, enjoy a special three-course menu for $25 at 27 different eating and drinking establishments in the heart of the city. Get the whole rundown of participating venues at downtownrestaurantweek.net.
Chef BRADLEY HOFFMANN, who most recently ran the kitchen at Salt in the CWE, will be assuming executive chef duties at Planter's House, the new eatery from TED and JAMIE KILGORE and TED CHARAK located in Lafayette Square. The restaurant is scheduled to open later this summer.
With the warmer weather, we tend to eat lighter fare and fresher foods, while drinking lighter wines we can savor. I especially welcome seafood to the table which always leads me to yearn for a wine from the Loire Valley of France.