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Trump names Priebus, Bannon to senior White House roles

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump made his first two key personnel appointments on Sunday, one an overture to Republican circles by naming GOP chief Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff, the other a shot across the bow of the Washington establishment by tabbing Breitbart news executive Stephen Bannon as chief strategist … Continue reading Trump names Priebus, Bannon to senior White House roles

Powerful earthquake strikes New Zealand, killing 2 people

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region. Strong aftershocks continued to shake … Continue reading Powerful earthquake strikes New Zealand, killing 2 people


Vicia Comes to Life for Limited Engagements ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) St. Louis’ Cortex Innovation Community is by far one of the most diverse and energetic community with numerous great thinkers and risk takers working together in an effort to change the world.  This pulsating 200-acre innovation hub and technology district sits in the midst of … Continue reading POP IN FOR FINAL POP-UP DINNERS – VICIA


Serving Customers and Building Community – The Living Room Coffee and Kitchen

Maplewood, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Cool things are happening in Maplewood.  Local residents are well aware of the wealth of nifty little shops and cafes that call their community home.  One of those cool little cafes is the Living Room Coffee and Kitchen at 2808 Sutton Blvd.  It’s the culmination of five years of socially responsible efforts that began with Arthouse Coffees, an independent, small batch coffee roaster created to find a sustainable job for a person with disabilities.  Arthouse soon added to its mission, purposefully becoming a way to connect with a whole new community of people.  Just about two years ago (December 2014) Arthouse Coffees opened the Living Room, a coffee shop and bakery in the old Black Cat Theater.  The Living Room is an extension of the Arthouse mission.

Just like its parent, the Living Room does everything fresh and from scratch.  From the delicious baked goods, to the all-day breakfast and lunch menus, and the Arthouse Coffees they serve, everything at the Living Room Coffee and Kitchen is created with care and community in mind.

Besides a full range of Arthouse Coffees, the cafe also serves a variety of herbal teas from their Maplewood neighbor, Re-Trailer Teas, and single estate teas from Spirit Teas.  The Living Room is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday — Saturday, and Sundays 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Their fall menu is in full swing now, and features classic combination in dishes like the Autumnal Salad: mixed greens topped with roasted butternut squash, balsamic vinaigrette, chèvre, spiced pumpkin seeds and pickled red onions.  The fresh bread served with it takes this salad over the top.

At breakfast, you’ll find the granola jam parfait layers cultured yogurt with blueberry jam and fall-spiced granola made with walnuts, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. It’s light, sweet, and creamy, with a warm, spicy edge that’s just right in cooler weather.  And Benny’s Eggs is a simple, delicious twist on Eggs Benedict: two soft boiled eggs and bacon on baguette with their “faux” hollandaise sauce.  It comes with a side salad, making it, perhaps, the ultimate brunch dish.

The cleverness of the menu is matched only by the deliciousness of the food at the Living Room.  For instance, ever had French Nachos?  That’s a pile of crostini chips smothered in sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted garlic, gruyere cheese sauce and then a little dressed green salad.  How come no one ever thought of that before, right?

Even a simple roast beef sandwich at the Living Room is an elegant feast.  Theirs is expertly roasted, layered on asiago focaccia (which they bake themselves), and then topped with white cheddar, pickled red onions, lettuce and horseradish cream.

Prefer vegetarian?  Try the roasted zucchini sandwich.  It’s a baguette loaded with roasted zucchini, fresh mozzarella, tomato jam, pesto yogurt and arugula.  They toast it, so it’s all warm and toasty and gooey.

New this fall: The Living Room is serving a series of special dinners.  Like the pop-up dinners they have hosted in the past, seating is limited.  Unlike their past collaborative efforts, they are creating the entire event this time.  The first of these dinners, playfully tagged “Dinner Series I: Autumn,” was a BYOB, vegetarian affair held for 18 people on November 5th.  For $50 each, diners enjoyed an autumn themed meal of French Onion Soup, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, and Mushroom Polenta with grana padano, Chocolate Espresso Torte and Baked Brie, dressed with apple cider syrup, date chutney and pistachios.  There’s no word yet what will be served at the second Dinner Series I event, but I think a winter theme is a safe bet.  Whatever the menu, you can bet it will be fresh, clever, and scrumptious, and tickets will sell out quickly.  Pretty cool.

Contact Information:

The Living Room
Owners: Chris Phillips and Nate Larson
2808 Sutton Blvd.
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 899-0173


Andria’s Restaurant Still Going Strong O’FALLON, IL: (STLRestaurant.News) Andria’s Restaurant – If you live in St Louis, you already know where to go for a great steak on this side of the river.  But I’m going to let you in on a little secret on the other side of the Mississippi.  If you’re a local … Continue reading A “MELT IN YOUR MOUTH EXPERIENCE” – ANDRIA’S RESTAURANT

Trump names Priebus White House chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump named Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus his White House chief of staff, elevating one of his loyal GOP advisers with a deep expertise of the Washington establishment Trump has vowed to shake up. Priebus, a close ally of House Speaker Paul Ryan, called the appointment “an honor” and predicted … Continue reading Trump names Priebus White House chief of staff

Australian prime minister did not tell Trump of refugee deal

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian prime minister on Monday confirmed that he did not tell President-elect Donald Trump that the United States had agreed to resettle an unspecified number of refugees languishing at Australia’s expense in Pacific island camps. In announcing the deal on Sunday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would not say whether he … Continue reading Australian prime minister did not tell Trump of refugee deal

Rocker Leon Russell dies in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Leon Russell, who performed, sang and produced some of rock ‘n’ roll’s top records, has died. He was 74. An email from Leon Russell Records to The Associated Press says Russell died Sunday in Nashville. The email cites Russell’s wife as the source of the information. Russell had heart bypass surgery … Continue reading Rocker Leon Russell dies in Nashville