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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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This town has always loved the fancy hotel brunch. Cielo at the Four Seasons Hotel downtown is going after people with that hankering. They’re hopping, so busy that when I broke the old family rule and walked in one Sunday... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I’ve finally decided that Shakespeare is like George Gershwin. You can do all kinds of riffs and jamming on his work and the results are still distinctively Of The Artist, as well as always interesting and nearly always worthwhile. Proof... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Whether through naivete or determined optimism, I never quite believed that the classic St. Louis inquiry of “Where’d you go to high school?” was a sly social stratification. Perhaps it’s the small town girl in me, wherein that question often... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Lots of good things to eat at the 38 Eats promotion of St. Louis restaurants during this Shakespeare marathon weekend, and I sampled three Wednesday afternoon. A particular salute to the porchetta Ben Grupe is offering at Elaia. It’s an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
It's getting into high season for St. Louis entertainment. Lots of great things are coming up, and this weekend is Shake 38, the marathon celebration of Shakespeare and his works, an operation of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. They must be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Probably no one worries about whether a play is a comedy or a drama except critics and people who teach theatre. For the average person, the question is, is it funny or not? Having not so long ago gone through... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Dancing at Lughnasa is a memory play, much like St. Louis’ own The Glass Menagerie. Mustard Seed Theatre has put together an ensemble for Brian Friel’s 1990 play that enlivens an already sparkling script. It’s a family drama, seen in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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North County is mostly terra incognita to me. So when I set off to find the Knights of Columbus #2951 in Florissant, it was map time. Actually, it wasn’t hard to get to, but as I turned west onto St.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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A road trip? Yes, please. En route to any number of places, Ste. Genevieve's historic sites or the Ste. Genevieve County wineries, or across to Elephant Rocks State Park or down to the whitewater at Silver Mines, 12 North in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
This has turned out to be a surprisingly lovely spring, at least right now, trees starting to green as the sunlight slants through them, redbud and dogwood blooming simultaneously, which doesn’t always happen. Then, for contrast, there’s what’s inside Tower... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The Cod Squad headed south, almost to the Meramec River, in fact, to St. Francis of Assisi in Oakville. (Am I the only one old enough to remember this area before it had an actual name?) Sure enough, in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
This is very short notice for you, the reader, I know. For the first time, the Rep’s Ignite! Series is repeating a show. This series of play readings is mostly for people who are dedicated theatre buffs, because it’s no... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Sex with Strangers has just opened. It’s from Rebels and Misfits Productions, opening their second season with a series they’re calling “An Intimate Theatre Project”. And it is intimate, certainly. It’s in a former private home that now seems to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Town and Country doesn’t do a Lenten Fish Fry. At Assumption, it’s Friday lunch almost every week of the year. (They’re skipping April 14 this year because it’s the Orthodox Holy Friday, for instance.) But... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Herewith, a few words on scrambled eggs. I never saw the sense in them until I bought my first MFK Fisher book, a compendium of her work called The Art of Eating. I was bedazzled. And eventually I got around... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I only ate here once, with a long-ago swain who was trying to impress me. The main thing I recall from that night at Port St. Louis was the decor. But lots of other folks have a clearer recall. I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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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 Mar 23, 2017 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 Mar 20, 2017 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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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 Mar 19, 2017 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 Mar 17, 2017 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
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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
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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
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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