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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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It may not be the Summer of Love, but this certainly has become the Spring of Nostalgia for St. Louisans of a certain age. The latest chapter is Motown the Musical, which opened at the Fox Theatre Tuesday night. It’s... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Murder most foul, indeed. Two rich kids from Chicago decide to kill someone to exhibit their immense intelligence and overall superiority. Not a story from a novel, although it’s been novelized. It’s the Leopold and Loeb case from 1924. Never... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
There’s not much of a plot to Million Dollar Quartet, now at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. That’s about the worst thing anyone could accuse the show of. Having gotten that out of the way, let us just say... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Am I the only one that remembers open-faced sandwiches? Thin slices of inevitably well-done roast beef or pork were laid on top of Wonder-type bread, the whole thing, usually with nearby mashed potatoes, was topped with brown gravy. It was... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Big theaters are fine things. Lots of people get to enjoy spectacles, the dancing, the costumes, the sets, the orchestras. But if you’ve ever missed, consciously or not, intimacy, consider this. The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron has opened at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Let me offer a few words in defense of the jack salmon. In many ways, it’s surprising it’s still around for the casual eater. This is a town in which more than once I’ve heard people praising fish that “tastes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Sometimes life is just too rough. I made a fast run to Manhattan to see the new location of Danny Meyer's first-born restaurant, Union Square Cafe. It's bigger, it's brighter, and the food is just as good. One reviewer hints... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Please don’t skip seeing the Rep Studio’s The Royale thinking it’s just another sports story. Yes, it’s about a boxer on his way to the top. But it’s beyond that. It does harken back to Jack Johnson, the first black... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Don’t go expecting Anthony Quinn in Zorba, the current New Line Theatre show. This is the Kander and Ebb musical version, which opened four years after the film Zorba the Greek, in 1968. (Quinn, who did the movie, did, however,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Today is one of the rare Saturdays that Corrye Lopez won't be dishing out tasty tacos at a c-store near St. Mary's Hospital. That's a black bean tostada shown above. I wrote about it this week for St. Louis Magazine's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I admit it, I came late to the Cleveland Heath party. Life always gets in the way, but finally it all worked out. Three of us fired up the No Wait app and headed east to Edwardsville. The bar was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Our boy Will, that multi-tasking, multipurpose guy, is in on another project. SHAKE 38 will have restaurants involved this year. Just who will be involved will be released in three weeks. But for now, here's some details. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
This year’s Cod Squaddery begins with a small – no one riding shotgun for me – visit to Our Lady of the Pillar on North Lindbergh. OLP, as it sometimes refers to itself, is on or at least immediately adjacent... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
How did the chicken cross the road? If the chicken, or the faint-hearted food writer, was crossing the road in Ho Chi Minh City, the answer is VERY CAREFULLY. Ho Chi Minh City, or Saigon as many of us still... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The second of the two performance of Winter Opera St. Louis’ Carmen is Sunday afternoon, March 5 at 3 p.m. It’s particularly approachable in that this is a show whose music has been heard in a hundred places without most... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
My first encounter with a Trader Vic's was in the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago when I was 15 or so. Very exotic, especially to a kid from Desloge. Not that we went inside; that was not the sort of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Speaking of reminders of coming events, please don’t forget that the sixth and final BRIEFS Festival of Short LGBTQ plays is coming up. It’s at the new .ZACK Performing Arts Center, which is at 3224 Locust, just east of Grand... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
It's getting on to that time again. The annual St. Louis Theater Circle awards are coming up on March 20. Again this year, we're holding it at the Viragh Center at Chaminade College Preparatory School at 425 South LIndbergh between... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I miss Erv Janko's pie, but there was more to Sadie Thompson's than that. Read about it here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Interested in fare beyond bacon and eggs? I have just the place for you. I wrote about it for the St. Louis Magazine blog Dining. A good spot for a little hair of the dog then, too. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
There are some musicians whose recordings, no matter how good, how beloved, don’t do them justice. Chief among them, I would argue, is Billie Holiday. If I ever had any doubt of that, they were erased Friday night as Alexis... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The food world seems to be catching on to how good we have it here. Schlafly's Stout and Oyster Fest has made a world best-of list. Read about it here in St. Louis Magazine's blog Dining. And the music sounds... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Pump Boys and Dinettes would seem to be about as far as you can get from intellectual theatre. It’s a show with little dialogue and a lot of music about a gas station (they’d say “filling station”) and a diner... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
St. Louis Actors’ Studio has had a relationship with playwright-screenwriter Neil LaBute for several years. They just finished a second year of taking their annual Neil LaBute New Theater Festival to New York for a four-week run. Each of those... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
To Kill a Mockingbird has quietly become a universal American experience. Whether it’s read in school or viewed as a classic film, almost all of us have known – and in many ways, that word doesn’t need quotation marks around... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks