Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Happy Gillis looked good on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives last night

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Happy Gillis was introduced to national audiences last night.
  • Happy Gillis was introduced to national audiences last night.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has figured out how to make all kinds of food look good. But they didn't have to try very hard on last night's episode entitled "Family Joints," as Todd Schulte of Happy Gillis kicked off the show by making dishes that have bringing in customers since the sandwich shop opened in 2008.

"That's rock star," said host Guy Fieri after a bite of the flank steak marinated in Coca-Cola. The praise doesn't get any higher from the man that stopped through Kansas City last year on his rock and roll, culinary road show. Schulte's hand-crafted sandwiches had the exuberant host eating as much as talking, which is a rarity on the show.

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Claire McCaskill ranks 17th among richest members of Congress

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Claire McCaskill is rich ... must ... not ... use ... same ... Chappelle joke ... as always ...
  • Claire McCaskill is rich ... must ... not ... use ... same ... Chappelle joke ... as always ...

Since everyone in Regular America is super broke, The Hill -- not to be confused with The Hills, although if you do confuse the two, please share your meds -- decided to make us all feel worse by telling us how rich our national lawmakers are, and how they're only getting richer as everyone else gets poorer.

Among the richest: Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Someplace Way Fancier Than You).

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No. 26: Those fabulous french fries from LC's Bar-B-Q

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 9:45 AM

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LC's makes a fantastic beef sandwich and, even better, world-class fries
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To whet your appetite for The Pitch's annual Best of Kansas City issue, we're counting down our favorite Top 50 dishes each weekday until October 7.

Fabulous fries? Yes, we're sounding a lot like like native Kansas Citian Calvin Trillin -- that's right, the legendary Trillin of the grand pronouncements (he once famously called the cheeseburgers at Winstead's "the best in the world," which was great for promoting hometown Winstead's, but not true -- ever), but in Fat City, there are no french fries quite like the crunchy golden potato sticks fried up at the iconic East Side barbecue joint, LC's Bar-B-Q at 5800 Blue Parkway.

And don't even suggest that these greasy, glorious fried aren't friggin' pommes frites. No one wants pommes frites with ribs or brisket. It's un-American!

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Summer Squash's short window closes soon

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Get your summer squash on the grill, stat.
  • Get your summer squash on the grill, stat.

Winter squash is hardy, needing to be scrubbed, peeled and subdued on the grill after months of storage. Summer squash is more delicate. The skin is soft and edible, and it needs to be used within two to three days after you buy it at market. It's squash, just with half the work. 

Zucchini, yellow crookneck squash (similar in taste to winter squash) and pattypan squash are all readily available right now. Each is capable of starring on your dinner plate or making a fine side dish.

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Review + Photos + Set List: She and Him strike sleepy AM Gold at the Uptown, Monday, August 31

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Zooey Deschanel
  • Zooey Deschanel

The musical chemistry of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward may garner comparisons to Johnny Cash and June Carter; but anyone who's seen She and Him play live knows that the duo feels more like a generous older brother and his beautiful kid sister.

A moment during the final riffs of the band's encore, "Roll Over Beethoven," illustrated the duo's dynamic perfectly. Deschanel and Ward shared the keyboard in the furious climax of Chuck Berry's classic song. When Ward finished masterfully pounding the upper half of the piano, he slammed his fingers on it, and walked away. As he strutted across the stage, he suddenly turns and gestures his hands outwards to Deschanel. Isn't she beautiful? It's all her, the gesture said. Deschanel may have been out front, singing tunes in her suburban drawl and jimmying the tambourine, but M. Ward was calling the shots. She and Him's performance last night was his show.

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Missourians can now both infect you with, and treat you for, STDs

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 9:00 AM

I did a Google image search for 'herpes' and this was the least objectionable picture
  • I did a Google image search for 'herpes' and this was the least objectionable picture

If the bad old days, cheating spouses who contracted a vicious strain of sexually transmitted disease would be forced to go through the mortifying, heart-rending experience of admitting infidelity.

As if it's not bad enough to know your husband has been stepping out on you, now you have to worry about how the delicate balance of chemicals in your vagina will handle chlamydia treatment.

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New Roman Numerals video, 'This Motion'

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Photo by Forester Michael.

The first track on that EP was called "This Motion," and yesterday the band debuted the song's video, directed and edited by Brian Hicks of Outpost Worldwide. It's a dark, epic affair that pairs well with the song's dark, epic vibe. Also there's a hot girl in it with sleeve tattoos. You should watch. 

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Historic Galvin's Dinnerhouse gets fried, owner says he'll re-open

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 8:45 AM

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The way it was...

Next month, the venerable Galvin's Dinnerhouse -- a family-style fried-chicken restaurant on the outskirts of St. Joseph -- would have turned 70 years old. Yesterday morning, the old brick building was nearly consumed by fire -- "an electrical problem," according to the local St. Joseph newspaper which quotes the owner, Bill Grace, as "vowing to re-open."

And to think, it all started 70 years ago...as a gas station.

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Johnson County is the new Humboldt: 300-plant haul marks third marijuana grow bust this month

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 8:42 AM

The JoCo pot-grower wasn't this cute, sadly.
  • The JoCo pot-grower wasn't this cute, sadly.

Somewhere in Johnson County, an evidence technician is having an awesome end to his summer.

KCTV reports this morning that sheriff's deputies have unearthed 300 pot plants at a home in Mission, the third such bust this in JoCo this month.

Apparently people still watch Weeds?

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Nature's Own Health Food Market opens September 7 on Main

Posted By on Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Nature's Own opens next week.
  • Nature's Own opens next week.

The sign is up and the groceries began to arrive yesterday. Nature's Own Health Food Market is getting ready to open on Tuesday, September 7.

The corner store at 4301 Main Street has a rich history, which The Pitch's Charles Ferruzza wrote about back in July. A former drugstore and soda shop, the space has hosted a number of grocery stores, including Clearly Nature's Own and Whole Foods.

The Whole Foods location closed July 1 after 17 years of operation. Nature's Own will continue an unofficial tradition by offering organic and local products. A grand opening is slated for September 10.

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