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It’s warming up. Yes, I’ve lived in this town long enough to know not to declare with any certainty the rough part is over, but still, it is March. Even if this little heatwave is just a temporary reprieve from what no one can argue has been a brutal winter, it gives a temperate moment of reflection to thoughtfully ponder what the hell went on for the last three months. I mean, if one more person posted a screen shot of a -18 degree day…We heard the explanation dozens of times: The polar vortex.
It’s not a birthday without cake, so to commemorate St. Louis’ 250th birthday, one cake just wouldn’t do. Public art exhibit Cakeway to the West invited local artists and organizations to design and decorate 250 4-foot tall fiberglass birthday cakes that will be displayed around the city throughout the year.
It's time once again for the James Beard Foundation Awards. The annual ‘Oscars’ of the culinary world recently announced its list of semi-finalists, and St. Louis is represented in a big way. Chefs GERARD CRAFT (Niche); KEVIN WILLMANN (Farmhaus); KEVIN NASHAN (Sidney Street Cafe); JOSH GALLIANO (The Libertine); and BEN POREMBA (Elaia) all are in the running for the title of Best Chef: Midwest. Chef RICK LEWIS of Quincy Street Bistro has been tapped as a contender for Rising Star Chef of the Year, and Taste in the CWE has been nominated for Outstanding Bar Program. Finalists for the awards will be announced on March 18, in Chicago, and the winners will be revealed in NYC in May. Congrats to all, good luck and thanks for representing St. Louis' culinary scene so well!
To get you in the mood for this Sunday's 86th Annual Academy Awards, we have LN's longtime movie critic, Debbie Baldwin, comparing notes with Brandon LaMew, who's been ranked No. 15 among Netflix's top film reviewers worldwide.
There are two types of people: There are those who—when they receive a high-tech gadget gift—tear off the packaging, throw away the instructions, plug it in and then start playing with their new toy.
Let’s start with the back story: Russ Henneberry is a good friend and mentor. I have learned a great deal from him about building websites and Internet marketing, among other things. Regularly, I would go to his site to read his latest article. On one occasion, I noticed an audio icon near the top of the latest post. Not knowing what to expect, I clicked on it. To my delight, Russ was reading his post, with inflections and pauses that made the article easy to understand.
When you think of preventive health, you may think of smoking cessation, screening tests and annual physicals. But one of the most important preventive health practices available involves nothing more than lacing up your sneakers and getting active.
The first glimpse of the Tunnel View—one of the most photographed vistas in the world—renders one speechless. Famed naturalist John Muir once exclaimed, “…by far, the grandest special temple of nature I was ever permitted to enter.”
Expectations have followed him everywhere. Whether as the second pick in the NHL draft in 1993 or when he was traded for a popular All-Star like Brendan Shanahan, Chris Pronger knew he had to perform. Some cave under the pressure, but Pronger thrived. All he did was make six All-Star games, win two gold medals at the Olympics, a Stanley Cup, a Norris Trophy for being the top defenseman, and a Hart Trophy for being the Most Valuable Player.
Is it me? Maybe it’s me. Perhaps I’ve gotten jaded over the years. Then again, maybe it’s just a really crummy year for movies. Sure, there were a few bright spots; but overall, disappointing is the word that sums it up. Let’s take it from the top…
Family harmony is not only a guiding principal of the Schnuck business—it is part of each family member’s annual review. “[Our father] ingrained it in us so deeply that regardless of the business, family harmony is above everything else."
The Sher household is always buzzing with activity. And it’s not just because of the Shers’ own biological and adopted children (ranging in age from 4 to 32) and the two grandchildren for whom Linda Sher helps care. It’s also, in large part, due to the 59 children she has fostered in the past 18 years as a volunteer through Lutheran Family and Children’s Services.
Nanci Bobrow is the ultimate juggler. As a mother, grandmother, psychologist and community leader, she has mastered the art of balancing family, work and volunteer life—with a little social time thrown in here and there.
Getting physically fit isn't just a New Year’s resolution for the young. Research indicates that regular exercise and physical fitness are key to reducing many serious health risks and enjoying a long and active life. And it’s never too late to begin.
The Golden Brett is back. But this time, the legendary hockey superstar may be knocking on doors to score goals, instead of using a stick and puck. Brett Hull is back in St. Louis to take another run at helping the Blues reach the Promised Land.
We’ve all been to a wedding where we are met by an usher who hands us a program for the ceremony. These programs provide a guide to the marriage ceremony; and some guests wish to keep these as a keepsake of the wedding. The program is especially useful if there are guests who are not of your faith. It will allow them to understand the sacred elements of your particular wedding service.
Skincare entrepreneur and Ladue High School alum Lauren Padawer is ready to take her company to the next level. She’ll be appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank to bat for Alaska Glacial Mud Co., which she owns and operates from Cordova, Alaska.
Everything about modern living is efficiency- and comfort-focused. We went from starched collars and powdered wigs to three-piece suits and jeans and tees. As far as etiquette goes, there are certain formalities that seem to be standing the test of time. Please and Thank you seem to have marched into the information age unscathed. That being said, the rules applying to form of conveyance have relaxed considerably. Texting is de rigueur…for everything.
Ah, the beginning of another year, time to reflect and make resolutions. If you’re looking for suggestions, how about sitting down for family dinners? We’ve all seen the Norman Rockwell painting of the family sitting down for Thanksgiving. Multiple generations are ready to share the turkey. Just how they planned to carve that turkey at the dining room table has always been a mystery to me, but that’s another story. The message that picture sends is one of a family coming together for conversation and sustenance.
If one of your holiday gifts involved a diamond and a significant four-word question, your new year might be full of etiquette books and vendor samples. For those still radiating newly engaged bliss, Kate & Company has some advice.
Little Country Gentlemen, the evening time concept that shared the space at 8135 Maryland Ave. in Clayton occupied in the am hours by Half & Half, has announced that it's closing after service on Dec. 31. Half & Half will remain continue on as-is. Little Country Gentlemen opened in the summer of 2012, taking the place of Medianoche.
As we continue our discussion about crafting your elevator speech, remember that your speech might have great content on each ‘floor,’ but if not delivered properly, the results will not meet the intended goals. Last month, we discussed the first element of nonverbal communication, eye contact. Let’s look at some more:
Has wine become a natural beverage of choice for American consumers? Let’s take a look at what’s on the pulse and the likely future trends for wine.