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Ann Lemons Pollack
St. Louis-based food writer.
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It’s a classic: Gooey butter cake is at the heart of the fourth and final Cooking, Carols & Cocktails video from the Rep. Who can say no? Chris Phillips of Perfectly Pastry brings us along as she creates a sheet-pan-sized... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The third of the Rep’s series Cooking, Carols & Cocktails arrived on Christmas Day, a casual, chatty visit with Cathy Jenkins of Cathy’s Kitchen in Ferguson. Tonina, who provided the music in the first episode, hosts this episode, and it’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
The second installment of The Rep’s series Cooking, Carols & Cocktails is now available, and it’s highly enticing. Where else, for instance, are you going to find “Jingle Bells” with some scat singing? Paige Alyssa gives it up in great... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I'm so grateful in this year of staying home that a couple of years ago I got to do one of my long-time travel goals, Christmas markets in Europe. (Christmas is a very underrated time of year to travel. Fascinating... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
And now, as the old Monty Python title goes, for something completely different. The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, dark because of the virus, is putting out a series of four cooking-and-music videos. They’re being released on successive Fridays, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
From Jordan Palmer at S. Louis Mag: https://www.stlmag.com/dining/ann-lemons-pollack-s-newest-book-iconic-restaurants-of-st-louis/ Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I'm happy to report that the BBC has discovered Bulrush, Rob Connoley's restaurant in Grand Center! https://www.stlmag.com/dining/rob-connoley-s-bulrush-featured-in-bbc-travel/?utm_source=second-street&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020_04_12+The+Current Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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It’s time. More accurately, it’s almost time. Iconic Restaurants of St. Louis will be released November 2, two weeks from today. To my immense delight, none of the restaurants in there have, the last time I checked, succumbed to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
What many of us knew (and loved) as the St. Louis Journalism Review, and not just because the board (Joe was a member) met downstairs at the old Balaban's for Sunday brunch and long, interesting discussions, is now the Gateway... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
A lovely piece by Paul Schankman for HEC about the St. Louis Media History Foundation. Lots of nostalgic bits of radio voices and television personalities, nearly all local. Plus some discussion of what we do. Here's the link to it:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
An interesting piece found, of all places in the University of Nebraska alumni publication. So sorry all we can do now is virtual travel, but this is heartening to read. https://www.huskeralum.org/s/1620/magazine/interior.aspx?sid=1620&gid=1&pgid=2302 Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Theatre is a very different thing these days, of course, and there’s another chapter in what the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis is doing this year. They’re giving us radio plays that we can pick up online either when they’re... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Tomorrow, Sunday, is the last day of service for Cusanelli's on Lemay Ferry Road. There's quite a history to it, as I discovered in researching Iconic Restaurants of St. Louis (which I am now finishing up the editing of). Covid... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Another sign that society operates in circles has appeared in St. Louis. Eighty years ago, people listened to drama on the radio. That would be 1940 or so, the year Tennessee Williams’ play Battle of Angels was professionally produced in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I am sorry to report that we have lost Jack Parker, the publican of O'Connell's. Though less seen in recent times, Jack was a master of the trade, almost Zen-like. Here's what I wrote for St. Louis Magazine. https://www.stlmag.com/dining/remembering-jack-parker-owner-of-o-connell-s-pub-died-june-19-2020/ Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I am sorry to report that Local Chef Kitchen is closing. I am even sorrier that we lost chef Rob Uyemura to cancer in February. It wasn't widely reported, and my only excuse for not knowing is that I had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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The name "American Felafel" definitely doesn't mean you're getting dumbed-down fare from the Fertile Crescent. This is Jordanian-style food, a short menu and a variety of choices, many of which are vegetarian. https://www.stlmag.com/dining/american-falafel-opens-on-the-delmar-loop/ Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
I have a soft spot for gin, I admit. But whoever thought this would come to be? https://food52.com/shop/products/7384-monday-non-alcoholic-gin?utm_campaign=20200511_shop_gin_v2_buyer&utm_content=B&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_term=20286451 Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Things are starting to stir a little, which is exciting. Here's a chance to livestream something new, make a contribution if you choose, and avoid the potential for being Zoombombed. ERA is presenting MOSCOW!, Chekhov with vodka. Yes, it's Three... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Finally, we have news about the St. Louis Critics Circle Awards for 2020. We will be livestreaming the awards on HEC TV on April 7, at 7 p.m. We will be practicing social distancing so we won't be hanging out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Finally, we have news about the St. Louis Critics Circle Awards for 2020. We will be livestreaming the awards on HEC TV on April 7, at 7 p.m. We will be practicing social distancing so we won't be hanging out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Things come in cycles sometimes, don’t they? I’ve found myself in the midst of one that involves people from the past coming together again and resolving, at least, halfway, their questions. It’s been all around me. First-person stories in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
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Nelson T. Eusebio III’s production of The Mystery of Irma Vep – A Penny Dreadful at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis gives us a comedy so broad the Veiled Prophet could steer his entire float, queens and all, through... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
It must be quite a show if the names Sondheim and Stupefyin’ Jones pass through my mind in the first thirty minutes or so. Dress the Part, from Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis is a take on The Two Gentlemen... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks
Because of my own life, I've long been fascinated by the question of nature versus nurture. Upstream Theater looks at just that as it presents the American premiere of Wildfire by Quebecois author David Pacquet, the English translation by Leanna... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2020 at St. Louis Eats and Drinks