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Budget Crunch: 6 delicious deals to try now

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Got $10 and a friend? Then contributor Holly Fann has six delicious deals you need to devour this month.

 

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1. The burger at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Clayton is a glorious, meaty, satisfying sammy. Usually priced at $16, the restaurant offers its massive 10-ounce burger with seasoned house-made chips for $10 Thursdays in the bar – a perfect opportunity to indulge in some of the city’s best beef at a budget-friendly price.

2. There are still a few more days to enjoy Anheuser-Busch annual holiday lights display through Dec. 30. After you stroll through the self-guided tour, head to the Biergarten where guests 21 and older can enjoy five 5-ounce samples of A-B beers and ciders. Food stations offer hot snacks; opt for $2.50 s’mores kits ready for the nearby fire pits.

 

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3. Sriracha Granada is a glorious green, locally made hot sauce popping up all over city. With a touch more heat and slightly sweeter than the red Sriracha we are all familiar with, this sauce is delicious on anything from eggs to burgers to pho. Bottles sell for around $6 local shops including Edibles & Essentials and Fields Foods.

4. New to Laclede’s Landing, The Roaring Twenties fills you up on Tuesdays with a Two Dog Tuesday special: two of their loaded hot dogs or sausages, fries and a drink for $10. Try the heart stopping Cuckoo Dog, a beer-battered, deep-fried dog with beer-battered bacon, jack cheese sauce, caramelized onions and mustard, and pair it with the healthier Russo Dog, a veggie dog with cucumbers, tomato, red onions and basil relish.

 

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5. The complex Spiced Caramel Spread sold at the Nathaniel Reid Bakery in Kirkwood is pure velvety caramel flavor. Reid suggested pairing it with fresh fruit, on ice cream, drizzled on pies and tarts or even in savory preparations like on a roast pork or duck breast. For $8.50, you may also enjoy a spoonful of it straight from the jar.

6. The $10 khao soi at Fork & Stix is the perfect remedy for wintertime woes. A gorgeous bowl is filled with a curry broth, egg noodles, red onions, crispy noodles and addictive pickled mustard greens and is perfect to cure what ails you.

 

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Guide to Drinking 2014: Cider Comes Back Hard

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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While the craft beer boom continues to brew, it’s hard to ignore the presence of its up-and-coming cousin, craft cider. Sometimes barrel-aged, generally artisanal, and often naturally gluten-free, these fermented apple beverages are being produced not only by cider-focused establishments such as Crispin, California Cider Co., and Colorado Cider Co., but also by many craft breweries as a beer alternative.

Local breweries such as Urban Chestnut and Schlafly have made hard ciders readily available to the market, while others like Crown Valley Brewing regularly experiment with recipes for seasonal releases. Looking for a sweet way to enjoy the remainder of summer? Grab some cider, find some sunlight, sit back and swill.

2012 Etienne Dupont Cidre Bouché Brut de Normandie
Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this French “cider under cork” smells of green apple, while the flavor profile packs a bittersweet punch of bleu cheese and honey. Its effervescence holds a subtle funk and natural sweetness that doesn’t linger on the palate.
Fields Foods, 1500 Lafayette Ave., St. Louis, 314.241.3276, fieldsfoods.com  

Apple Knocker Hard Knocks
Fermented in American oak barrels with Belgian yeasts by Illinois cider house Apple Knocker, Hard Knocks boasts the flavors of deliciously tart apples and citrus. If you’re in the mood for something sweeter, try its cousin, Sweet Knockers.
The Wine and Cheese Place, all locations, wineandcheeseplace.com

Urban Chestnut Bushelhead
Wine-like, full of apple aroma and flavor with big alcohol warmth, this local cider truly is apple juice for grown-ups. Try Bushelhead on draft at Bailey’s Range with the restaurant’s cinnamon ice cream, and you will taste perfection.
Bailey’s Range, 920 Olive St., St. Louis, 314.241.8121, baileysrange.com  

Schlafly Hard Apple Cider
Complete with a robust Granny Smith apple aroma, a crisp, almost effervescent mouth feel and a slightly dry palate, this refreshing hard cider on draft at Schlafly Bottleworks is perfectly balanced for even the pickiest of cider drinkers.
Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Ave., Maplewood, 314.241.2337, schlafly.com  

Ace Pineapple Cider
The California Cider Co.’s pineapple cider is deliciously sweet up front with a tart finish. The wonderful pineapple scent gives summer patio drinking a touch of the tropics. This seasonal has been flying off the shelves; if you see a bottle, nab it.

-photo by Carmen Troesser

Hit List: 6 new places to try this month

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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Small Batch: 3001 Locust St., St. Louis, 314.380.2040, smallbatchstl.com

Restaurateur Dave Bailey’s newest concept, Small Batch, pairs the liquor of the moment – whiskey – with 100-percent vegetarian fare in an elegant bistro setting marked by high ceilings, large windows, marble on the bar top and tables, large mirrors, original tile flooring, and ironwork supporting a newly built mezzanine. Order a  flight to sample the extensive whiskey selection. Among small plates, opt for the offbeat eggrolls stuffed with mushrooms and blue cheese, accompanied by a thick fig-port wine dipping sauce. Also nice for sharing is the gratin, which holds an unexpected combination of cipollini onions and white grapes. The light-as-a-feather gnocchi stands out among heartier fare.

 

The Whiskey Ring: 2651 Cherokee St., St. Louis, 314.769.7249, Facebook: The Whiskey Ring

The Whiskey Ring recently added its name to a growing list of local whiskey bars. This one has a rotating stash of nearly 50 labels. Not in the mood for Basil Hayden’s or 12-year-old Japanese Nikka? The Whiskey Ring has other spirits – recognizable and lesser-known brands – plus eight local brews on tap, bottled beers and a small wine selection.

 

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Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar: 1131 Colonnade Center, Des Peres, 314.821.5455, pairingswinebarstl.com

While Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar offers starters and entrees, it’s the sweet stuff that impressed us. Peanut Butter Affair is layered with chocolate cake, peanut butter fudge and chocolate fudge. Layers of Love (pictured), which features Frangelico-hazelnut chocolate mousse layered between chocolate crepes and topped with dark chocolate ganache and candied hazelnuts, is light and mildly sweet. For a creamy, citrusy delight, try the deconstructed key lime pie.

 

Fields Foods: 1500 Lafayette Ave., St. Louis, 314.241.3276, fieldsfoods.com

It would be an understatement to call Fields Foods just a grocery store. The locally-owned and operated store in Lafayette Square is the newest option for consumers looking to support area farmers, growers and producers, yet it also carries brands that meet the price point of every patron. The prepared foods (all made on-site) section in the 37,000-square-foot store caters to on-the-go customers morning (coffee, eggs, baked goods), noon (wood-fired pizzas, deli sandwiches) and night (rotisserie chicken, smoked ribs). Kudos for its wine and local beer selection, and double-kudos for a wine bar where you can relax with a glass while you hand your shopping list to the concierge.

 

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Taha’a Twisted Tiki: 4199 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.202.8300, tahaatiki.com

It’s rum all the time at the newest nightspot in The Grove. Cocktail offerings include usual suspects like mai tais and Hurricanes, as well as some lesser-known classics like the gin, brandy and ginger beer-laden Suffering Bastard or the frozen, mouth-puckering Missionary’s Downfall. Complement your umbrella drink with chicken wings, Polynesian beef skewers and fish tacos with Asian slaw, pico de gallo and chile lime crema. Forget about life in the city on the back patio where tiki torches, a fire pit and a bar will put you in an island state of mind.

 

801 Chophouse: 137 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.875.9900, 801restaurantgroup.com/st-louis

Everything about 801 Chophouse in Clayton is big: the massive bar, the towering wine racks, the wide tables and booths, and the portions. Order an 8-ounce filet mignon if you want to save room for a few of the 24 traditional steakhouse sides, the majority available as half-orders. Keep an eye on 801’s Fresh Sheet, a changing menu of seasonal salads, sides, fish and featured wines. For dessert, try the deceptively light house-made Milk Chocolate Frangelico Bombe.

 

 

Sneak Peek: Fields Foods

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Fields Foods, a full-service grocery store in Lafayette Square, opens Jan. 4 at 7 a.m. In October, The Scoop reported that construction of the locally owned and operated store was underway at 1500 Lafayette Ave., across the street from The Georgian Condominiums (the old City Hospital) and near the busy intersection of interstates 44 and 55. Fields Foods will carry locally-produced foods and also will stock traditional brands to help meet the budget of every pocketbook.

Here’s what’s in store when doors open at Fields Foods:

 

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-Photos by Michelle Volansky

The Scoop: Fields Foods to offer new grocery store experience in Lafayette Square

Monday, October 7th, 2013

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A unique, full-service grocery store is coming to Lafayette Square. Fields Foods is currently under construction at 1500 Lafayette Ave., next to Walgreens at the intersection of Lafayette Avenue and Truman Parkway, and is slated to open January 2014. Part of a $120 million redevelopment of the former City Hospital site, Fields Foods will stock a vast selection of locally grown food and popular brands. It also will offer a one-of-a-kind shopping experience through the interior design and decor of the 37,000-square-foot space.

As Fields Foods co-founders Chris Goodson and Jeffrey Randol explained, residents of nearby Lafayette Square, Soulard and LaSalle currently have limited options when finding a full-service grocery store, particularly one with an extensive selection of local products. Fields Foods, they said, will be the only full-service food shopping experience available to the neighborhood within a two-mile radius. Goodson and Randol also hope the store’s proximity to major highways will attract customers entering or leaving downtown St. Louis.

The store will feature extensive retail space, a sit-down wine and beer bar, and distinct areas for fresh seafood, cheese, meat, prepared foods and more. While locally grown food can sometimes come at a steeper price, Goodson and Randol hope to keep their inventory affordable through high-volume purchases Fields Foods will make from small- and medium-sized farms that practice sustainable methods. Randol noted education is an important component to Fields Foods’ mission. Products will be marked to indicate local, gluten-free, organic, non-genetically modified and other attributes.

“We’ll have the amenities of a grocery store, but we want to make the experience different,” said Randol. Each food area will be framed in its own decor. For example, the dairy section will be painted to appear as a window with a view of a pasture. A prepared foods section stocked with brick-oven pizzas, paninis and other sandwiches will feel like “a village within the store,” said Randol. In the wine bar area, Fields Foods plans to offer wine dinners, featuring a menu prepared by its executive chef Kurt Von Der Haar and beverages paired by its on-site sommelier. The Fields Foods experience extends all the way to concierge service. Thirsty for a glass of wine? Relax at the wine bar and hand your shopping list to one of the grocery’s employees.

When doors open Jan. 4, Fields Foods will operate daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fields Foods is expected to add approximately 100 full- and part-time jobs to St. Louis.

 

 

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