Remarkably, if you were to come across a wish list from 2013, many of the items would not be found on this year’s list. In one year, the technology/gadget landscape changed.
We sampled the fare at Panorama not long after the doors opened and were suitably impressed. Since then, the restaurant has undergone some changes in the kitchen, necessitating a return trip.
Story: In 1938, 8-year-old Berry Gordy Jr. witnessed the thrill his parents experienced when American boxer Joe Louis defeated German fighter Max Schmeling in a heavyweight bout. Gordy Jr. was determined to bring happiness to others in a way much like he saw in his parents’ faces at news of that epic boxing event.
Story: It’s another deadly dull day for Angela and Stu. The couple, who’ve been married for some 20 years, aren’t nearly as passionate as they were when they met in high school, at least not Angela. She’s grown weary of their threadbare existence and the livelihood that depends on their moribund convenience store.
Story: Five months after the outbreak of World War I, a number of British, French and German troops positioned in trenches alongside “no man’s land” in Europe stopped their fighting for a brief but poignant period on Christmas Eve, 1914. Tentative and leery at first, they slowly emerged from their rat-infested trenches to extend holiday greetings to each other. They sang songs, exchanged simple gifts and even participated in an impromptu soccer game on the frozen terrain.
Earlier this year, Urban Chestnut Brewing Company underwent a major expansion. Not only does this second location put out a lot of extra barrels of beer, it also houses a restaurant that boasts an impressive menu of elevated pub fare.
Story: Figaro, valet to Count Almaviva of Seville, is set to marry Susanna, maid to Countess Rosina Almaviva. The womanizing Count, determined to have Susanna, threatens to invoke the “feudal right of the manor,” by which he may take the place of his valet on the latter’s wedding night. This doesn’t set well with either Figaro or Susanna, who make plans to thwart the Count’s efforts.
Story: The times are tough in County Kildare, Ireland, and business hasn’t been good at the convenience store run by married couple Aiden and Dee. In fact, they’ve been forced to rent out their house and move their family of four into the back of their small store to make ends meet.
Story: Oh, the pressure. As the parents of a 4-year-old, Greg and Alexandra are steeped in stress. That’s because they are New York City yuppies who are convinced that they must spend thousands of dollars to get Jake into one of Manhattan’s prestigious academies for kindergarten students.
Since stepping into the executive chef role, Melissa Lee has been slowly putting her mark on the various eateries at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The latest to benefit from her expertise is The Grill, which has transformed into a creative dining destination.
Nail polish is all about the color, right? Well, it turns out there’s a little more to it than that. For some insight on getting great manicures, we turned to industry veteran Deborah Lippmann. As luck would have it, her company is now celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Congratulations!
Story: Polly and Walter’s living room sofa doubles as a bed in their tiny and cramped New York City loft apartment. Space is at a premium because Walter, a seldom-employed actor whose glory days are behind him, has filled their dwelling with costumes from his many performances through the years as well as outfits he’s purchased along the way.
Hendel's Market Cafe, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is housed in a former grocery and general store that was founded in 1873. The building was transformed into a restaurant in 1994, and it retains all of that rustic charm.
Story: Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, arrives in Messina following success in battle, accompanied by several of his men, including Benedick, Claudio and Don Pedro’s illegitimate brother, Don John. Don Pedro is invited to spend a month at the home of Leonato, whose daughter Hero is in love with Claudio.
Story: Otto Frank, a German-Jewish businessman, moves his family to Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1933 following Adolf Hitler’s ascendance to power in Germany. Otto, his wife Edith and daughters Margot and Anne remain there after the Nazis take control of most of Europe.
You can always tell when Oscar season has arrived. Films grow maudlin and tackle subjects like racism, genocide and human dysfunction. The Judge is early out of the gate for Academy consideration and packs a cast of lauded actors, a couple of whom have already made the trip to the dais. The film isn't perfect, but if you want to see some spectacular acting, this is your movie.
If you're thinking of heading to the Cineplex this week, here's the recap of what's worth seeing:
Since it opened earlier this year, Three Flags Tavern has been one of the tougher reservations to get around town. After finally getting a table, it became immediately obvious why folks have been crowding this establishment.
What is your dream for the perfect place to spend your retirement? Maybe it’s a newly remodeled home on 20-plus acres, including a lake and plenty of rustic walking trails. Perhaps it’s close to family, and offers convenient access to a slew of artistic, culinary and intellectual activities, as well as provides a full continuum of medical care.
Story: Bo lives a quiet but adventurous life with her parents in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in New Mexico. The “Land of Enchantment,” however, can be challenging for the home-schooled Bo, who yearns for amenities such as indoor plumbing and modern communication devices.
We're lucky here in St. Louis to have no shortage of good new restaurants. Many of these get a decent amount of press, especially when there are well-known folks involved. The Purple Martin is somewhat of an exception to this.
It seems that lately, a slew of former Saturday Night Live cast-members are branching out, with varying degrees of success. One need only glance at a Rob Schneider comedy to know the downside of these attempts. Will Forte turned in a solid performance in Nebraska, Tina Fey has had spotty success, and Will Ferrell is a superstar. And while Kristen Wiig had a monster hit with Bridesmaids, this is her first foray into an actor-driven independent film, and she and her SNL castmate Bill Hader deliver.
Nothing grabbing you at the theater? Here are the options for home:
I have to say I almost skipped this movie because the title sounds so much like a Western. I just kept picturing Clint Eastwood at a cemetery at high noon for the shootout, a low whistling music in the background...you see my point. This movie, however, is most definitely not a Western. Here, action mainstay Liam Neeson helps a man find out what happened when his wife is abducted. Sound familiar? Rest assured, it's not Taken; this film is something much darker, and much less satisfying.
When Duff's left the CWE, it left quite a hole in the neighborhood's dining scene. But almost immediately, the folks behind such popular eateries as The Tavern Kitchen & Bar and The Corner Pub stepped in to put the space to use. The result is Cucina Pazzo.