You know those people who say, “I don’t care” when you ask them where they want to go out and eat?

I am not one of them.

In fact, an hour can blissfully pass as I search for the perfect restaurant to match my dining desires.

I love to say, “I’ve already been there” when people ask me about the latest restaurant to open its doors. I do have those few staple restaurants as back ups when I don’t have time for my thorough search…Mi Ranchito for my Mexican fix, Riddles for local comfort food, and Miss Saigon for their broth filled “bun” bowls. But if I have my way, I will try somewhere new, there are too many talented chefs in St. Louis and I want to give all their creations a try.

So how do I discover many of these new restaurant gems? I read Sauce Magazine. Sauce Magazine is a foodie’s dream. This month’s magazine covers topics like the opening of David Bailey’s new golden hot spot – “Bridge Tap House and Wine bar” (he also owns Bailey’s chocolate bar and Rooster), compares the heat of buffalo wings from three different restaurants, and spotlights “drinks of the month” for both wine and beer lovers.

Trying to figure out what to do on a Friday night? Peruse through the pages of The Sauce and your agenda will be quickly filled. To manage the overwhelming feeling I get after reading about the restaurants I have yet to patron, food festivals to attend, and wine I have yet to taste, PJ and I have come up with a small solution. Each month we both tear out something from Sauce, place it on the fridge and plan a date to achieve it before next month’s edition comes out and adds to our “restaurants to do list.” Last week we acted on PJ’s interest, The Post Sports Bar & Grill. Hence “sports bar” the flat screens were in full effect, blue moon was on tap, and my husband was easily pleased.

I have yet to find a food guide like The Sauce in any other city. We are foodies are lucky here in St. Louis to have such a free magazine. The only way this resource could possibly be improved would be to include the occasional article from a food loving dietitian’s perspective!

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.