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First Look: Clementine’s Creamery in Clayton

Monday, July 10th, 2017

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Location number two of Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery is now open for business at 730 DeMun Ave., in Clayton.

Picture a combo of a classic European cafe and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, and you’ll have the vibe of the new spot. Outdoor seating, restored copper trim around the front windows and window art from local artist Phil Jarvis set the scene outside. Inside, details like charcoal and white Portuguese floor tile, an antique sideboard and a wall full of copper molds create an atmosphere both rustic and urbane.

Clementine’s has 24 flavors of ice cream on hand – eight “naughty” (with booze) and 16 “nice” (sans alcohol), which can be had in cups, by the pint or ensconced in a variety of cones, including house-made waffle cones and flavored cones from The Konery in Brooklyn, New York.

Floats are available, too, and owner Tamara Keefe said shakes will also be a thing in the next week or so. The location is also offering macaroons from Like Home/Comme A La Maison.

Hours for the new location are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Heres’s a first look at Clayton’s newest ice cream shop:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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Trendwatch: What’s on the plate, in the glass and atop our wish list right now

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

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1. Proof in the Pudding
We’ve come a long way since Snack Packs – like the butterscotch pot de crème at Olive & Oak, a rich caramel pudding capped with salted caramel and whipped cream. At Pint Size Bakery, occasionally available Yum Cups are filled with rotating pudding flavors. But we all know chocolate reigns supreme, like the blend of milk and dark chocolate pudding with a black cocoa brownie, Thai basil ice cream and fresh blackberries currently on the menu at Taste. Retreat Gastropub recently offered an orange- and lemon-scented chocolate pudding served with toasted marshmallows and almond biscotti, while ClevelandHeath serves its version with Chantilly whipped cream and chocolate-dipped puffed rice.

 

2. Activate
Charcoal has made the move from face masks to the table. Gaining popularity as a detox ingredient at California juice shops like Pressed Juicery and Juice Served Here in recent years, activated charcoal has been making an appearance in cocktails like the inky mezcal-based Moonwalk at New York’s Mission Chinese Food. Closer to home, the black-hearted ingredient showed up for brunch in a chocolate-charcoal waffle at Hiro Asian Kitchen. Try a taste of the darkness at Clementine’s Creamery, where the black cherry ice cream is made with activated charcoal.

 

3. Bring in the Funk
Savory caramels are currently lending a sweet, funky accent to all manner of cuisine in St. Louis. The Copper Pig and Juniper have both combined fish sauce and caramel to great effect – the former on chicken wings and the latter on chicken and waffles. At Vista Ramen, crab caramel brings subtle sweetness and an unctuous umami pop to a tender pork rib dish. A little funk works just as well in cocktails, like The Sound of One Hand Clapping recently at Planter’s House, which combined tequila and mezcal with a miso-caramel syrup. On a more vegetal note, a beet caramel adds earthy sweetness to roasted beets, charred carrots and whipped herbed goat cheese at Boundary, while Vicia recently offered hazelnut financiers with an onion caramel sauce.

 

4. Get Crackin’
Pistachios have been lending their mild, nutty flavor to a variety of cocktail menus around town. The Lights Down, Music Up at ClevelandHeath uses Dumante Verdenoce, an Italian pistachio liqueur, to complement apricot and lemon in the rum-based drink. At The Preston, The Lady of Kildare, a unique tiki cocktail with Irish whiskey instead of the usual rum, includes a house-made pistachio syrup that plays well with tropical flavors like coconut and pineapple. And the Garden of Forking Paths at Taste utilizes the nut itself – ground and rimming a Collins glass.

 

5. The Big Cheese
Grilled cheese sandwiches have been subbing in for buns lately. Take The Big Lou special at The Corner Butcher in Fenton, where two of the sandwiches held two patties topped with nacho cheese. The Libertine appended GC to a classic BLT for a brunch special, and the ever-fluctuating menu at Shift: Test Kitchen recently experimented with The Sasquatch, pulled pork and cole slaw between two gooey sammies. Head to Festus for a Fatty Melt at Main & Mill Brewing Co., a classic patty melt with two grilled cheese sandwiches. And of course, Sugarfire Smoke House and Hi-Pointe Drive-In get in on the action with the Sweet Baby Cheesus special.

 

6. The Spice Route
Area bartenders are reaching into the spice cabinet for a taste of India on their cocktail menus. Retreat Gastropub mixes gin with coconut milk, turmeric and ginger in the curry leaf-topped Golden State, and combines rum, mango, vermouth and chai in its Cash Me Outside cocktail. Reeds American Table opts for yellow curry and coriander mixed with coconut milk in the Philosophical Zombie, while Planter’s House recently featured a chai five-spice syrup with bourbon, tequila and amaro in the Exit Stage Left. Polite Society’s arsenal of house-made tinctures and infusions includes a blood orange and cardamom gastrique featured in the Sanguine cocktail, made with vodka and coconut water. Frazer’s makes use of Desipop, a masala-cumin soda, in its rum-based Kama Sutra. Over at Eclipse, they’re shaking cardamom bitters into the Effervescent Love Machine, while just down the street, the team at Randolfi’s also added cardamom bitters to Advice from a Fortune Cookie and curry bitters to A Rule of Plumb.

 

Photo by Carmen Troesser

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Extra Sauce: 8 places to celebrate your vote

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

 

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Celebrate your presence at the polls and the end of this explosive campaign season today with treats across St. Louis. Perform your civic duty, slap on your “I Voted” sticker and head to these eight spots with Election Day specials.

 

1. Baileys’ Restaurants
All Dave Bailey’s restaurants (Baileys’ Range, Rooster, Baileys’ Chocolate Bar, Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar, Shift, Test Kitchen & Take Out and Small Batch) will knock 10 percent off your order.
Baileys’ Restaurants, baileysrestaurants.com

2. Clementine’s Creamery
Scoops up this Election Day at Clementine’s Creamery. Buy any ice cream cone or cup and get another scoop free.
11 a.m., 1637 S. 18th St., St. Louis, 314.858.6100, clementinescreamery.com

3. Cathy’s Kitchen Restaurant and Diner
From dishes inspired by regions across the country, Cathy’s Kitchen’s menu is as diverse as our national opinion. Swing in for 5 percent off your order.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 250 S. Florissant Road, Ferguson, 314.524.9200, Facebook: Cathy’s Kitchen

4. Alton Craft Beer Week
Cheers to the end of the election at The Old Bakery Beer Co. Voters get $3 craft beer pours courtesy of Alton Craft Beer.
11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton, 618.463.1470, Facebook: Election Day Special

5. Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions
Dig into a sandwich filled with meaty goodness and get 10 percent off when you grab lunch today at Bolyard’s.
11 a.m., Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions, 2810 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood, 314.647.2567, bolyardsmeat.com

6. Propaganda
Raise a glass in victory (or dismay) as the returns roll in. Propaganda on Cherokee Street offers a free mystery beer or vodka shot while the TV streams the results.
4 p.m. to midnight, 2732 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314.769.9696, propagandastl.com

7. Pint Size Bakery & Coffee
Finish this bitter election with something sweet when you get your free mini rainbow sprinkle cookie from Pint Size Bakery.
7 a.m. to 4 p.m., 3133 Watson Road, St. Louis, 314.645.7142, pintsizebakery.com

8. The Monocle
Tom Halaska’s famous Grilled Bologna & Cheese is back. Enjoy your free sammie and a PBR or Stag and watch the election results on the big screen at The Monocle. You don’t have to have an “I Voted” sticker to participate, but don’t be a mooch – get out and vote!
11 a.m., 4510 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.932.7003, Facebook: The Monocle

 

Liz Bruchhauser and Olivia Dansky contributed to this report.

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Friday, March 18th, 2016

From James Beard honors to new locations of old favorites, here’s what went down last week in the STL food scene, in case you missed…

 

 

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1. Finalists for the 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced March 15, and two St. Louis-area chefs are still in the running in the Best Chef: Midwest category. The James Beard Foundation recognized Kevin Nashan, chef-owner of Sidney Street Cafe and Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co., and Kevin Willmann, chef-owner of Farmhaus.

2. Things are heating up on Macklind Avenue as Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery announced plans to move into 4715 Macklind Ave.

 

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3. The HotPot in Kirkwood will open a new location in the old Surf Dogs building at 137 Chesterfield Town Center.

4. After nearly three years at Adam’s Smokehouse apron, Alex Cupp is firing up his own pit, The Stellar Hog in the current Super’s Bungalow.

 

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5. Ben Edison, former executive chef at Demun Oyster Bar, has taken the wheel at The Delta Queen Steamboat Co., where he became executive corporate chef in February.

6. Guerrilla Street Food plans to blow into the windy city this year and open its second location in Chicago.

 

No-Sweat Summer: Corn on the Cone

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

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It’s not a cookout without a big bite of buttery corn on the cob. Clementine’s Creamery captures that experience in its Summer Sweet Corn ice cream. Fresh corn is stripped from the cob, cooked and creamed using organic dairy, then blended into Clementine’s vanilla ice cream base. The high butterfat content and milky sweet corn create a luxurious treat that turns a classic grilling side dish into the dessert of summer.

 

-photo by Greg Ranells

Hit List: 4 new places you must try this month

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

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1. Clementine’s Creamery: 1637 S. 18th St., St. Louis, 314.858.6100, clementinescreamery.com

Owner Tamara Keefe has peddled her rich ice creams to dozens of St. Louis-area restaurants since last fall, and now customers can snatch up “naughty” (alcohol-infused) and “nice” (non-alcoholic) creations any time at the petite shop in Lafayette Square. A rotating selection of 24 ice creams is made ultra-creamy thanks to a high 16- to 18-percent butterfat content. Try flavors like Manchego with Truffles and Honey (featuring local label Woodside) or Salted Crack Caramel swirled with house-made caramel and chocolate-covered cracker candy. Chocoholics can indulge in the luxurious (and surprisingly vegan) Coconut Chocolate Fudge made with Patric chocolate. Order your scoops in a house-made waffle cone (pictured) or, for a sophisticated sundae, get a waffle bowl and top your selection with house hot fudge lightly spiced with cumin and cinnamon.

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2. Elijah P.’s: 401 Piasa St., Alton, 618.433.8445, elijahps.com

Alton has stepped up its restaurant game in recent months, and the newest addition to the roster is Elijah P.’s, serving up creative burgers, hearty appetizers and plenty of suds. The massive space boasts more than 200 seats between the large dining room, bar and spacious outdoor pavilion. Chef Jarvis Putnam helms the kitchen, creating a menu of approachable dishes like potato croquettes studded with ham and Parmigiano-Reggiano, breaded with crushed potato chips and served with house-made ranch dressing. Burgers make up the core of Elijah P.’s entrees (order the BaconJamBrie), but generously sized appetizers like littleneck clams (pictured) swimming in a fragrant broth of chorizo, white wine, tequila, clam juice and garlic can easily serve as a meal. Among the 60 draft brews and 40 bottled varieties, look for Alton breweries Templar and Old Bakery Beer, heavy hitters from The Lou like 4 Hands and Urban Chestnut, and numerous other standout beers from the Midwest.

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3. Tiny Bar: 1008 Locust St., St. Louis, 314.800.7218, tinybarstl.com

This diminutive downtown cocktail bar squeezes in 10 seats – and that’s if three people don’t mind getting cozy on the couch. With real estate at a premium, quality trumps quantity behind the bar. The cocktail menu, created by Planter’s House co-owner Ted Charak, shakes up classic cocktails like martinis and Manhattans, as well as a few originals. The 1/8th Cocktail, an eight-part sipper that’s fruity and rum-forward, was made in tribute to Eddie Gaedel, the dwarf with a brief baseball career as No. 1/8 for the St. Louis Browns. Five rotating local draft brews are also available, as well as glass pours of exactly one red, white, rosé and sparkling wine. Petite patrons, note the 5-Foot Special: a 25-percent discount for those shorter than 60 inches.

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4. Kingside Diner: 4651 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, 314.454.3957, kingsidediner.com 

Traditional diner fare gets the royal treatment at Kingside Diner. Located next to Saint Louis Chess Club, the chess-themed daily eatery features fare fit for a king but sold at plebeian prices. If breakfast is on your mind any time of day, order the Kingside Slinger, which piles pulled pork, chorizo chili and fried eggs atop crispy hash browns. Those who waver between waffles and French toast don’t have to choose with Waffled French Toast, brioche that bathes for a day in French toast batter before getting pressed in the waffle iron. For lunch, try the Trout and Greens Salad, or dig into the Thanksgiving All Year sandwich (pictured), which combines the flavors of the best food holiday into one giant sammie.

-Clementine’s photo by Meera Nagarajan, all others by Michelle Volansky 

Sneak Peek: Clementine’s Creamery in Lafayette Square

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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Just in time for summer, Clementine’s Creamery is set to scoop at 1637 S. 18th St. The new Lafayette Square ice cream shop celebrates its grand opening Saturday, May 16 at noon.

Owner Tamara Keefe has crafted and peddled her rich ice creams in St. Louis since August 2014, and nearly 20 St. Louis-area restaurants including Old Standard Fried Chicken, Cleveland-Heath and Pi Pizza feature them on menus. Now, customers can snatch up “naughty” (alcohol-infused) and “nice” (non-alcoholic) creations any time at the petite 550-square-foot shop.

Clementine’s will offer a rotating selection of 24 regular and seasonal flavors, made ultra-creamy thanks to a high 16- to 18-percent butterfat content. Choose from seven to eight boozy flavors like the Old-Fashioned or a Moscow Mule, or try a nice option like Salted Crack Caramel or Manchego with Truffles. Keefe will also feature one rotating vegan option, like chocolate coconut fudge made with coconut milk.

Mix and match two, three or five flavors and pop them into a house-made waffle cone or bowl. DIY sundaes will see unique toppings for customers’ creamy creations, too, like candied bacon and honey-roasted pistachios and sauces like house-made hot fudge or lemon-infused olive oil.

Keefe has partnered with several area businesses for her flavors. Gooey butter cake from Lafayette Square neighbor Park Avenue Coffee makes an appearance in one non-alcoholic creation, while the Belgian Beauty features with Perennial Artisan Ale’s Saison de Lis.

Other offerings at Clementine’s include affogatos, ice cream sandwiches made with macarons from La Patisserie Chouquette and the Lava Love, a decadent dessert of molten lava cake from Whisk topped with a scoop of ice cream and hot fudge.

Curious customers can get an early taste tonight, May 14 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. After doors officially open on Saturday, Clementine’s will operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Here’s what to expect at St. Louis’ newest ice cream shop:

 

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-photos by Meera Nagarajan

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