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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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The Schneithorst family has been feeding people so long, they had a place in the old St. Louis airport - the one on Lindbergh. And there was the Hampton location for burgers and such. But the Hofamberg Inn morphed into... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Why beat around the bush? Hamilton is stunning. It’s fascinating, it’s beautiful, and, yes, it’s revolutionary. It requires attention, make no mistake about it. But somehow those revolutionary changes to music and casting seem the most natural thing in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Absolutely delicious: Here's brunch at Scape. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Whatever you do, don’t think Stiff is about someone who’s awkwardly formal in their dealings with other people. Even the full title of the regional premiere from Inevitable Theatre Company is Stiff: A Fast-Paced Comedy About Moving Slow doesn’t really... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
"I want everyone to be smart. As smart as they can be. A world of ignorant people is too dangerous to live in." That’s a serious quote to start a review of a comedy. Born Yesterday, the last show of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
As It Is In Heaven isn’t quite a Shaker musical, although there’s plenty of music and even dance in it. It’s a fascinating story of women in a Shaker community in 1840’s Kentucky. The Shakers were a religious community of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
What? No bar-le-duc, the currant jam? (And of all things, I first learned of it in a novel, one of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe mysteries. Mr. Wolfe was a man of exquisite taste.)
It's a pilgrimage, or at least a road trip, for some of us to go up to Florissant. But the trip to Hendel's can be a good way to spend a Sunday midday. An interesting combination of busy - or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Here’s another chance for the reviewer to use that classic Monty Python title, “And Now for Something Completely Different”. Lately, it feels like those opportunities are coming up at least twice a year. But the current production, Caught, at the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Anything Goes comes from the era when musicals were musical comedies, and the music was the important thing. Stories were just something to bridge the gap from one song to the next. Admittedly, there were some madcap romps that came... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Fish fries in Lent? Of course. They've even spread to areas outside St. Louis that have proportionately fewer Catholics than the metropolitan area. But are they just a St. Louis thing? Well, no. Just liike the question, "Where did you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Five years ago or so I wrote about a feta dip – sour cream, feta cjeese, and green onions. This one is better, I think, despite the fact that I went against my own habit and used some leftover feta... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Hie thyself to Rick Lewis' Grace Meat + Three. Rick Lewis is doing great stuff. It's my current review in St. Louis Magazine. And a near-shouting endorsement of those chicken livers, the sort of dish that makes people say, "I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
A couple of weeks ago, I offered a recipe for cookies called hermits here.And as I talked about in the recipe, I went ahead and tinkered with it. This version is named for my friend Mary's mother, who did a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Infected would be a great show if it had a better script. The new offering at Upstream Theatre is by Albert Ostermaier, an award-winning German playwright who taught a semester at Washington University a few years ago. Upstream’s artistic director... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Fasten your seatbelts. St. Louis Actors’ Studio’s current staging of Blackbird is a jolting ride. This year it’s pretty much impossible to view a play about child abuse without thinking about Larry Nassar and the young women he attacked. In... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The parts are not greater than the whole. Or at least they don’t offset it. That’s the bottom line on The Humans, the newest offering from Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ main stage. I’m clearly in the minority here; the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
It is a strange time indeed to be seeing Red Scare on Sunset. Stray Dog Theatre chose it as part of their fifteenth season, which means the decision was made about a year ago. But even compared to that period... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
If one Googles “food that tastes better the next day”, there’s a veritable encyclopedia of stories on that subject.. As respected an authority as J. Kenji Lopez-Alt says it pretty much isn’t so except for things with high acidity whose... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
You may have noticed there's been less action - quite a bit less action - around here recently. There are two things going on. More of my food writing is going into St. Louis Magazine, both online and in print,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
A little musical chairswent on in 2016 with a couple of soutside spots. Spare No Rib moved from its Gravois location to my old stomping ground on South Jefferson, and its morning food operation stayed on Gravois, naming itself Egg.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers was the second of three operas this season for Winter Opera Saint Louis, and it was a very satisfying production. The plot, rival lovers on the island of what is now Sri Lanka, reminds us... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
A woman sits at a desk in a home office, engaged in reading. Another woman silently approaches the stage and walks into the office. How can the reading woman not know someone’s there? Is it a ghost? A memory? This... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Some people toss off the descriptor “ripped from the headlines” as though it’s a bad thing. I don’t agree. Creative people get their juices going from all kinds of places. Works of art addressing contemporary problems can get other people’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Dave and Kara Bailey have brought pizza back to my old neighborhood, near Pappy's and Southern. So that stretch of Olive Street now has barbeque, fried chicken and pizza. Ah, heaven is near! Here's the scoop from St. Louis Magazine. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks