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Budget Crunch: 8 delicious deals to try now in STL

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Got $10 and a friend? Then we’ve got eight delicious deals you must try now in St. Louis.

 

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1. Turning your favorite food into an ice cream counterpart is a fun game. Choco Tacos. Ice cream cookies. Boozy floats. But now we have doughnuts. Swing by Vincent Van Doughnut in The Grove and magically turn any of its house-made doughnuts into a ice cream sandwich for around $7.

2. Now through October, sample the new fall lunch and dinner menus at The Presentation Room, the student-run restaurant by L’Ecole Culinaire. For $10, enjoy a three course-meal that includes appetizer, entree and desert, all inspired bites from culinary students and future chefs in the making. Choose from flavors like chicken white-bean cassoulet, black and white pasta with steamed mussels or a juicy bourguignon burger, and don’t forget about the vanilla bean ice cream with port wine glaze.

3. Cantina Laredo in downtown Clayton is featuring half-price combination steak and chicken fajitas on Wednesdays after 5 p.m. While you’re there, enjoy a 3 G’s Please cocktail made by bartender Lucero Ortiz, the recent winner of the 2017 National Tequila Day competition.

 

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4. 4204 Main Street Brewing in Alton recently changed its name to The Perfect 10 Pub and Grill, and it’s everything you could want in a hangout spot – literally, everything on the menu is $10 or less, including daily specials, like its Monday steak and beer night – an 8-ounce sirloin with one side and a 4204 beer.

5. If you’ve got a taste for something light and fruity, check out the wild flavors of Bissinger’s Gummy Pandas. At $4 a package, electrify your taste buds on the cheap with flavors like Strawberry Mango and Blackberry Hibiscus. They’re perfect for late-summer campouts or between sets at LouFest.

 

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6. School is back in session, and hungry college students can get their fix of sweet and savory Italian treats at Piccione Pastry on College Night. Every Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m., college students with an ID get 25 percent off just about everything in the store. That’s a lot of panini and cannoli, kids.

7. Every home cook knows the important of taste testing before you serve the meal. Lend a hand (and your taste buds) to Kakao Chocolate in Maplewood on Taste Test Tuesdays. Watch the chocolate shop’s Facebook page for the daily code word, then utter it at the counter for a free tasty treat. “Classic” for a milk chocolate-sea salt caramel? “How do you like them apples?” for an apple caramel? Yes, please!

8. Can’t make it to the Grafton Apple Festival this weekend? Get a taste of the season with The Daily Bread’s apple pie. Each pie is filled with more than 2½-pounds of apples, and you can snag a slice for a few bucks in Des Peres.

Photos courtesy of Vincent Van Doughnut, Cantina Laredo and Piccione Pastry 

Kevin Korinek is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for making homemade pie.

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Eat This: Cannoli at Piccione Pastry

Friday, February 19th, 2016

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The cannoli at Piccione Pastry are some of our favorite things. They literally come in brown packages tied up with string. Delicate fried pastry shells crumble like sugar cookies with each bite. They embrace dreamy sweetened ricotta filling in a variety of flavors like traditional, pistachio and gooey butter. Pick up some of each, and you’ll sing like Julie Andrews, too.

-photo by Carmen Troesser

Extra Sauce: In case you missed it…

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Get caught up on all last week’s food news, from sneak peeks of just-opened restaurants to new places you must try this month. ICYMI, here’s the latest in the St. Louis restaurant scene:

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1. After success in University City and Columbia, Missouri, owner David Choi is taking Seoul Taco to another college town: Champaign, Illinois. Click here for the Sauce Scoop on his first Illinois location.

2. Cardinals fans have one more post-season to enjoy at Joe Buck’s downtown and J. Buck’s in Clayton. The baseball-themed restaurants are closing for good Oct. 30. Click here for the Sauce Scoop.

3. After a combined 44-year run, family-owned Dooley’s Beef N Brew House is closing its doors for good on Saturday, Oct. 17. Click here for Sauce Scoop on why owner Sean Dooley is closing up shop.

 

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4. Ramen is on the rise in St. Louis, and doors recently opened at Robata, a ramen, yakitori and sushi eatery in Maplewood. Click here for the Sauce First Look.

5. Owner Travis Howard opened doors at Retreat Gastropub Friday, Oct. 9, and Sauce stepped inside a few days before to check out this outdoors-inspired gastropub in the Central West End. Click here for the Sneak Peek.

6. Part market, part cafe, chef-owner Matt Borchardt opened Edibles & Essentials in St. Louis Hills on Monday, Oct. 5. Click here for the Sauce First Look.

 

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7. Julia Li grew up in the kitchens of her family’s Chinese restaurants, including Lu Lu Seafood & Dim Sum. Click here to find out how she’s shaking up the family business in What I Do.

8. We’ve got 5 new must-try STL eateries in October. Click here for the Sauce Hit List.

9. Inspired by her favorite Piccione Pastry cookie, Baked set out to create a vibrant Tricolor Almond Cake. Click here for the stellar recipe.

 

-Seoul Taco photo by Michelle Volansky; Robata photo by Meera Nagarajan; Julia Li photo by Ashley Gieseking

 

 

Baked: Tricolor Almond Cake

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

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I recently tried one of Piccione Pastry’s tricolor cookies and fell in love. It’s a cake-like cookie made with almond paste, dyed three different colors, sandwiched with apricot or raspberry jam and coated in chocolate. I usually don’t like fruit and chocolate combinations, but this simply works. I wondered what it would be like in a giant cake form, so I set out to try to make a tricolor cake for an almond-loving friend.

I had plenty to go around and sent many slices to everyone I knew. They all sent me messages raving about how delicious it was. The cake is very soft and not too heavy, despite its density from the amount of almond filling used. Instead of almond paste, I opted for almond pastry filling, which is lighter and readily available in the baking aisle of most grocery stores. I also drizzled a few tablespoons of amaretto over each cake before sandwiching them together for boozy almond goodness.

If you even think you might like almond desserts, bake this cake. It takes a bit of work if you don’t have three of the same pan (I had to take turns baking each layer in my single loaf pan), but the effort is well worth it when you slice to those gorgeous colors.

 

Tricolor Italian Cake
Adapted from a recipe by Alejandra Ramos
Makes 1 9-by-5-inch loaf cake

¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
6 oz. almond pastry filling
½ cup milk
½ Tbsp. almond extract
1½ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. kosher salt
Red food coloring
Green food coloring
Yellow food coloring
½ cup heavy cream
6 ounces semisweet chocolate
6 Tbsp. amaretto
4 Tbsp. raspberry or apricot jam (I recommend Bonne Maman.)
Fresh berries or fruit for servings

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter 3 9-by-5-inch loaf pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
• In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the  eggs and continue to beat on medium-high until combined, then beat in the almond pastry filling, milk and almond extract and milk until combined.
• Use a spatula to gently fold in the flour, baking powder and salt. Evenly divide the batter into 3 medium mixing bowls. Drop enough red food coloring into 1 bowl to achieve the desired color. Repeat with the green and yellow food coloring in the remaining 2 bowls.
• Pour the batters into the 3 loaf pans. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack and let cool completely.
• Meanwhile, make the ganache by simmering the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat, until the edges start to bubble. Remove from heat, add the chocolate and cover. Let sit 1 to 2 minutes, then whisk gently until smooth. Let cool to room temperature.
• Place the red cake on the serving platter. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons amaretto, then spread 2 tablespoons jam on top in an even layer. Stack the yellow cake on top, drizzle with another 2 tablespoons amaretto and spread the remaining 2 tablespoons jam on top in an even layer. Add the final green layer, drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons amaretto, then cover the cake tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 20 minutes.
• Unwrap the cake and pour the ganache over the top, spreading it evenly down the sides with a small spatula, until the cake is completely covered. Refrigerate 1 hour to set, then slice and serve with fresh fruit.

 

 

Budget Crunch: 10 delicious dishes and sweet deals to try now

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

It’s time for Budget Crunch, wherein intrepid reporter Byron Kerman offers 10 tips on delicious menu items and sweet deals happening now. Got $10 and some change? Grab a friend and sample, split and stuff yourselves with these steals.

 

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1. The Restaurant at The Cheshire is a classy joint, and the new Five-Under-$10 Lunch Specials make it classy and Budget Crunch-friendly. Previous dishes have included andouille and smoked chicken risotto ($10), a duck confit frittata with pickled red onion ($9), smoked chicken with sweet-potato coconut curry and sticky rice ($10), a Reuben made with the Cheshire’s own Medart’s Sauce ($8.50), and rigatoni with roasted squash and winter greens ($9). Keep an eye on the Facebook page; the special changes daily.

 

2. Why is there a portable pancake griddle next to the register at Nadoz Bakery + Café in the Boulevard shopping area? Why, so they can serve warm cookies, of course. You can order a Mountain Cookie, made with oatmeal, raisins, chocolate chips, coconut and shaved almond, or that old standby chocolate-chip, warm and ready to be devoured. Cookies are $1.75 each.

 

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3. All the menu items at both locations of Steve’s Hot Dogs have fun names, and that includes the new mac-n-cheese bowl lineup. A layer of that childhood staple is covered with pepperjack cheese, grilled bell peppers, bacon and honey-chipotle sauce in the Kevin Bacon Jamaican Bowl. The Mind Trick Bowl includes jalapeno slices, chipotle-flavored onions and roasted-habanero sauce, and the MacGyver Bowl swaps elbows for rotini and douses them with Alfredo sauce, Parmesan, cheddar, bacon and fried onions ($5.25 to $7.25).

 

4. We know this much to be true: Things go better with bacon. To wit, we present the ingenious $9 Championship Rings at Alumni Saint Louis. Onions slices are wrapped in bacon, beer battered and fried into onion-bacon goodness. Dip them into Alumni’s spicy house-made 314 Ketchup and eat like a champ.

 

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5. Attention, paczki fans: the Polish jelly doughnuts traditionally served just before Lent are available now through Fat Tuesday at both locations of Old Town Donuts. (That would be Cottleville and the 24/7 Florissant locations.) They’re filled with a choice of apple, raspberry, lemon, custard or cream and run around $1.50 each.

 

6. This week’s special Mardi Gras menu at The Dam includes chicken gumbo, Cajun-seasoned fries with spicy remoulade or Cajun aioli, Cajun sausage with grilled peppers and onions, and an andouille sausage burger, all for less than $10 each and available Feb. 10 to 17. On Saturday, Feb. 14 The Dam has a one-day Mardi Gras menu that calls for an antacid or two. Consider the Louisiana meat pie ($8), the andouille breakfast burrito ($7) or the King Cake Burger, a double cheeseburger served between two slices of King Cake ($8).

 

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7. What can you add to your bottomless chili bowl on Chilly Tuesdays at the Boathouse in Forest Park? Smoked Gouda, cheddar, Cheetos, Bugles, shoestring potato chips, pickled jalapenos, chives, tomatoes, red onions, Corn Nuts, salsa, various hot sauces, sour cream, oyster crackers, tortilla strips… The list goes on. Help yourself to the $10 buffet on Tuesdays, when you can also order $1 to $2 extras like sliders, hot dogs, macaroni, fries, baked potatoes or grilled cheese sandwiches. Finish it all off with $2 s’mores around the fire pit for dessert.

 

8. The new Sunday brunch at HotPot Smoothie Shop is geared toward two types of people: those who eat Paleo and gluten-free and those who admire their dietary pursuits but eat more conventionally. HotPot serves gluten-free biscuits and gravy made with Todd Geisert Farms pork sausage. Other items include sweet and spicy beef hash, Paleo pancakes, the Famous Three-Egg Fold-in, traditional French toast, and bacon, eggs and potatoes with onions. Each brunch menu item is $10.

 

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9. Good grief! The February BOTM (Burger Of The Month) at 5 Star Burgers is not for the faint of heart. The $11 Hangtown Fry Burger, a riff on the infamous Hangtown fry omelet, is a Black Angus burger topped with fried oysters, scrambled egg, bacon and a Sriracha-based sauce.

 

10. At Piccione Pastry, happy hour means discounted coffee drinks. Weekdays from 2 to 4 p.m., drip coffee, espresso, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, tea and more are all half-off, dropping to $1 to $2. We heartily endorse the $3.25 rum baba pastry for dipping.

 

Sauce Holiday Countdown: Piccione Pastry Holiday Treats

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

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Didn’t your mother ever tell you it’s rude to arrive without a gift? Show up with homemade Italian pastries and cookies from Piccione Pastry in the Delmar Loop. For only $10, you can get a 1-pound tin of delectable Italian cookies. Or if they’re the pastry type, treat them to our personal favorite, the pannetone: candied fruits wrapped in soft, billowy brioche topped with sugar crumbles. Three muffin-sized cakes are just $8. Piccione is open until 3 p.m. today, so swing by on your way to the party. The treats will be the hit of the night (as will you).  Piccione Pastry, 6197 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314.932.1355, piccionepastry.com 

And now…

For our last holiday giveaway, we have a $10 gift certificate to Piccione Pastry so you can pick up some goodies for yourself, too! Click here to enter!

 

 

This week, Catherine Klene is obsessed with…

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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{Forget the pumpkin spice latte. Yeah, I said it. When the temperatures drop, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram explode with #pumpkinspice lattes, cookies, cupcakes, ice cream…. I’m burnt out on pumpkin-flavored anything after Oct. 5. Jump off the bandwagon and get your fix for fall flavors from a Maple Walnut Cannoli at Piccione Pastry instead. Light, airy ricotta filling is studded with crunchy walnuts and tinged with sweet maple that makes me think of falling leaves and sweaters, not pancakes. That’s a taste of autumn I can savor all month long.}

 

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{Drinking Buddies is set in Chicago, but it should be in St. Louis. This little indie film focuses on the friendship between head brewer Luke and brewery marketing guru Kate and their relationships with their significant others. It’s a perfect little romance in my mind: plenty of honest, heartwarming moments fueled by ever-present brews. So grab your favorite drinking buddy and a mutually agreed upon six-pack and check it out. You can watch it now on Amazon Instant; the DVD hits Redbox Dec. 3.}

 

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{Some nights, nothing comforts like a big bowl of cheesy noodles. You could go for some plain ol’ mac and cheese. Or you can go for the ultimate comfort, the Canestri Cacio e Pepe at Pastaria.  Perfectly al-dente house-made noodles are coated in a silky sauce of pecorino and Grana Pandano, then liberally sprinkled with black pepper. And since I just found out that today is National Pasta Day (thanks, Twitter), I may just celebrate with last night’s leftovers.}

 

 

Hit List: Five new restaurants to try this month

Monday, May 6th, 2013

PICCIONE PASTRY: 6197 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, 314.932.1355, piccionepastry.com

Next time you’re in The Loop, stop by this new corner bakery for a sugar rush that will make you feel as though you’ve been strolling the cobblestone streets of Italy. Dunk bombolini into a trio of dipping sauces (rich chocolate or fruit-forward raspberry and lemon curds), nibble one of nine varieties of cream-filled cannoli or eat the Italian flag with a slice of chocolate-dipped marzipan Italian Tricolor cake (pictured).

BOMBAY FOOD JUNKIES: 573.578.6583, twitter.com/bombayfoodtruck, facebook.com/bombayfoodjunkies

A new truck rolls into town this month that pays homage to the vegetarian street fare of Bombay. Start with the vada pav, a potato burger served with a bright green cilantro-jalapeno chutney, and the pav bhaji, a fiery mixture of vegetables cooked in a slew of spices, sopped up with a buttery Indian bun. Finish things off with a cup of kulfi ice cream, which tastes of sweet cardamom.

ALUMNI SAINT LOUIS: 200 N. 13th St., St. Louis, 314.241.5888, facebook.com/alumnistl 

Chef Eric Brenner (formerly of Moxy) helms the kitchen at this new spot, where STL classics are infused with from-scratch preparations and locally sourced ingredients. T-ravs are rolled out in the kitchen and filled with a blend of salsiccia, veal, beef and cheese. The slinger is topped with farm-fresh eggs. And the gooey butter cake looks more like a blueberry cheesecake. But one bite reveals Alumni’s mission: “To celebrate the people, places and food that make Saint Louis great.”

CENTRAL TABLE FOOD HALL: 23 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 314.932.5595, centraltablestl.com

Part cafeteria, part wine bar, part fine-dining restaurant (pictured above), it’s hard to define this much-anticipated behemoth of a space, but it’s easy to find a reason to stop in. Those who work nearby will find burgers, pizzas, sushi and grab-and-go sandwiches ready in time for a quick lunch break, while dinner patrons will be seated for plated service starting at 5 p.m. That’s when chef Nick Martinkovic’s creative, locally sourced menu shines with wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, globally influenced small plates, an oyster-and-clam raw bar, and freshly rolled sushi from Chop Shop’s own Eliott Harris. With wines by the bottle or the glass, a handful of local brews on draft, and a sake list to boot, there’s something to whet any appetite.

THE WHEELHOUSE: 15 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.726.7955, wheelhousestl.com

Nearly three-dozen TVs and loads of Red Bull will make college grads flock to this Clayton sports bar, but the from-scratch menu, helmed by Nick Del Gaiso (former sous chef at Scape), will crush any bar food clichés. Almost everything is made in-house, from the smoked jalapenos in the sweet-and-smoky chutney topping the Wheelhouse Burger (ground in the back) to the preserved lemons and freshly whipped mayo comprising the aioli, which accompanies the smelt chips.

— photo by Michelle Volansky

The Scoop: Piccione Pastry opens today in The Loop

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013



The array of food options in The Loop continues to grow. And the latest addition is an especially welcome treat for lovers of all things sweet. Today marks the official opening of Piccione Pastry, an Italian pastry shop located at 6197 Delmar Blvd., at the intersection of Delmar and Skinker Boulevards. As The Scoop reported last October, Piccione is a venture by Butler’s Pantry president Richard Nix Jr. and his wife Elizabeth.

The selection of single-serve Italian desserts at Piccione is impressive. Signature items include Italian-style donuts called bomboloni served with a dipping sauce of lemon curd, raspberry curd or chocolate sauce (pictured), as well as cannoli. The latter is available with a choice of nine different filling flavors, a gluten-free option and even an un-filled version called “chips and dips.” Piccione’s counter is filled with pastries and cakes like ricotta cheesecake, cream puffs, cassata cake and tiramisu, along with cookies of all shapes and sizes. Customers at the 40-seat eatery can enjoy the baked goodness with coffee drinks featuring Lavazza Italian coffee or an Italian soda.

Piccione is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, and until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Extended weekend hours are expected soon.

 — photos by Michelle Volansky

The Scoop: Butler’s Pantry president planning pastry shop in The Loop

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Richard L. Nix Jr., president of the St. Louis-based catering company Butler’s Pantry Catering & Events, and his wife, Elizabeth, are opening an Italian pastry shop in The Loop. The shop, Piccione Pastry, will be located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Delmar and Skinker Boulevards.

Piccione (pronounced “pi-chō-nee”) will offer single-serve Italian pastries as well as Italian coffees and sodas. Among the Piccione signature items future sweet-toothed patrons can expect are eight varieties of cannoli, bombolini made to order, numerous types of Italian cookies, tiramisu, ricotta cheesecake, cassata cake (a liqueur- or juice-soaked sponge cake layered with ricotta, candied fruit and/or chocolate and topped with marzipan and whipped cream), and other specialty cakes.

At the culinary helm of Piccione will be Martin Lopez, who has worked as executive pastry chef at Butler’s Pantry for the past six months. Lopez, a career chef, is a 1987 graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and former owner of Chantilly Cake Co., which he opened in Alton, Ill., in the mid-1990s. Lopez explained that while his pastries will be recognizably Italian in form, he plans to put his own spin on things. (After all, he’s the son of an Italian mother who fused her native cuisine with Mexican flavors when she married her Mexican husband and moved to Mexico City, where Lopez was born.)

Richard Nix explained that his pastry project has been in the works for the last two years. The Italian word Piccione, meaning “pigeon,” is also the last name of his Italian grandmother, Grace Piccione, who once operated the now-defunct Varsity Theatre in The Loop. “We kind of have a family history on Delmar,” Richard Nix said. He’s optimistic that Piccione’s location at the busy corner of Delmar and Skinker Boulevards will attract customers. “It’s like being at the corner of Main [Street] and Main [Street],” he explained. Since the shop will stay open until 11 p.m. – and later on weekends – he also hopes to draw some of The Loop’s nightlife crowd, even without a liquor license.

Activity inside the empty space at 6197 Delmar Blvd., which was most recently occupied by a barbershop, will begin in December. The target opening date for the 40-seat shop is March 1, 2013, upon the addition of a kitchen and interior design, the latter tasked to Elizabeth Nix and designer Mark Herman of Mark, Inc. (Herman also worked on Butler’s Pantry venues including Palladium Saint Louis near Lafayette Square and Bixby’s inside the Missouri History Museum.) “It won’t look like a traditional pastry shop,” Richard Nix said. “You have to keep it in the neighborhood; the neighborhood is so edgy.”

— Photo courtesy of Richard L. Nix Jr.

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