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 blue jean baby From mini-shorts to megabells and tie-dyed skinnies to embellished jackets, statement denim replaces traditional staple jeans this season.

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cover story Interview with a vampire Kristin Bauer of “True Blood” feels good to be alive.

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features

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StL after dark 101 places to dance, dine, rev up and unwind.

raising the bar

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A look inside the hottest new additions to the St. Louis nightlife scene and why they’re stealing the spotlight.

Night + day A glimpse into the lives of two St. Louis nightlife promoters.

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22 N  OW SERVING Bissingers doubles its Central West End space, and meet the ALIVE Iron Bartender winner.

44 e  ntertaining Savor Cinco de Mayo with this recipe for fresh fish tacos paired with refreshing Blue Moon.

24 S  HOP TALK Aww stylish new locale for Loop boutiques. Plus, the best shopping bargains around STL.

46 r  eal estate Tips from real estate expert Claus Schlaefli.

explore 26 HOT EATS Our intrepid editor heads to Edwardsville and instantly becomes a fan of Fond. 28 HOT spot Atomic Cowboy's hip entertainment venue, The Fox Hole, offers gritty rock, poetry readings and everything in between. 30 HOT BLOCK Laidback and casually cool, Maplewood is a neighborhood with charm to spare. 32 one to watch Women’s Professional Soccer star Hope Solo powers up for Saint Louis Athletica’s season opener.

style 34 s  tyle Don the latest sexy style from the upcoming SATC 2 movie.

self 48 Health Shed winter inches with the help of Wellness Alternatives of St. Louis.

community 52 weddings High School sweethearts celebrate their union joined by friends and family from near and far. 54 engagements Three St. Louis couples share their engagement stories. 56 GET  INVOLVED Play It Forward-STL puts new and gently used musical instruments into the hands of St. Louis children. 58 SOCIAL SCENE Saint Louis Crisis Nursery Razzle Dazzle Ball and the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball.

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36 s  tyle Start the season on the right foot with these sexy summer wedges.

90 CITY LIVING GUIDE St. Louis condo and loft listings to help you find the perfect living space.

38 JEWELRY  Play matchmaker at Décor, where your dream diamond awaits.

92 S  T. LOUIS RESTAURANT GUIDE The best places in town to eat, drink and dance.

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7 things you must do this month.

40 m  arket watch Our four favorite real estate finds of the month.

106 S  CENE IN ST. LOUIS Chingy’s private birthday bash and Saks’ Spring Fashion Soiree

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CALENDAR Don't miss the Found Footage Festival.

42 h  ome design Get growing this season with these tools for the urban gardener.

136 a  rchetypes A no-bullshit coversation with nationally recognized artist Tom Huck.

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Left photo by Attilio D’Agostino; Middle photo by Larry Dimarzio; Right photo by Jennifer Silverberg.

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s we put together our May issue, several things were happening simultaneously. We moved our office to a beautiful new Benton Park building, and in turn, did a little spring cleaning. The weather warmed, giving way to 70-degree days and the first thought of summer. After what seemed like the longest (and coldest!) winter we’ve had, we are excited that the season of shorts, shades and St. Louis baseball has finally arrived. And with summer days come summer nights, when the St. Louis nightlife scene heats up with patio parties, rooftop bashes and late-night excursions to your favorite bar or restaurant. The city is chock-full of places to eat, drink, dance and get your game on, and the ALIVE editors had no qualms about going out and “researching” the latest places to party for our feature story, "STL After Dark." We also compiled a list of six new hotspots that have been stealing the scene and “Raising the Bar” (p. 82) with their cocktails, cuisine and crowds. Meanwhile, writer Matt Sorrell and photographer Tuan Lee slipped behind the velvet rope at HOME Nightclub in Ameristar Casino Resort Spa to get a glimpse of what it really takes to run a high-end nightclub (p. 84). And writer April Seager went deep into the preternatural underbelly to bring the vampire phenomenon out of the coffin in St. Louis, profiling cover girl Kristin Bauer and getting the scoop on her role on the hit HBO show “True Blood.” We also spent an afternoon and evening at one of our favorite patios in St. Louis (Atomic Cowboy) sipping mojitos and brainstorming all of the fun things we would do in the summer sun. Personally, we have been waiting to wear a new pair of sassy shorts (Elizabeth) and killer shades (Kelly) for a while now so we’ll be using our list for some excuses to get out and enjoy summer days and nights in St. Louis.

Elizabeth Tucker Publisher/ Co-Founder

Photo by Tuan Lee.

Kelly Hamilton Editor-in-Chief/ Co-Founder

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Brandi is allergic to office work. Luckily, she discovered a number of cures while researching the hottest newcomers to the St. Louis nightlife scene ("Raising the Bar," p. 82). Next time she’s feeling itchy, she knows where to treat herself with some delish dishes, outstanding drinks and the most fun crowds in town.

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Freelance writer and editor Amy De La Hunt always laments the many evening hours she spends at the computer, catching up on deadlines. So hitting the town to research this issue’s list of 101 places to dance, dine, rev up and unwind for one of this month's features, “STL After Dark” (p. 76) was a nice break from her “day” jobs at St. Louis Kids Magazine, Gayot.com and Parents as Teachers, among other clients. She’s been an enthusiastic contributor to ALIVE since 2007.

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Though he’s a Midwestern boy at heart, for his second ALIVE feature, Matt got in touch with his inner lounge-lizard and immersed himself in the Vegas vibe of HOME Nightclub “Night + Day” (p. 84). When he eventually emerges from the glitz and glamour, he’ll be back writing in Richmond Heights with his wife Beth and their menagerie of dogs and cats.

This month’s cover story put freelance writer April Seager faceto-face with a powerful vampire. Fortunately, Kristin Bauer only bites on HBO’s “True Blood.” Bauer has a blithe spirit—as an art student in St. Louis, she wore a purple Mohawk— and freely shared secrets from the film set. (Who knew wind machines help vampires fly?) On p. 72, Seager rounds up the Twilight saga and other vamp projects that feed on local talent in “New Blood.”

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Amy De La Hunt photographed by Katie Clancy; Brandi Wills photographed by Todd Thomas Photography; Self portrait by Matt Sorrell; April Seager photographed by Greg Rannells.

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The Big Big Tour March 28 Homebuyers got a chance to partake in a free city-wide tour of for-sale residential properties for the 2010 Big BIG Tour and City Living Expo. Attendees checked out real estaterelated services, local businesses, nonprofits and schools and familiarized themselves with the home-buying process before heading out to explore the Big Big Tour properties throughout the city.  Photos by Derek Feldman/ALIVE Scene Team.

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Gather your besties for a night of fierce fun at ALIVE's Sex and the City 2 Release Party on May 28. Kick off the night at Café Eau with cocktails from 360 Vodka, vitaminwater zero, appetizers, live music and a fabulous summer fashion presentation from Brown Shoe and Blush Boutique. Then, enjoy a screening of the year’s hotly anticipated sequel. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club. Time: 7pm-midnight. Cost: $25 for movie and party; $15 for party only.

Set the roof on fire

Just in time for warm weather and Cardinals baseball, Joe Buck’s Downtown will unveil its rooftop bar and beer garden on May 14 at 10pm. Cool off with a cocktail or beer and enjoy the view, or take in lunch or dinner from Joe Buck’s menu of American favorites. On Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy live music and DJs. For more info, visit jbucks.com or call 314.436.0394 (1000 Clark St., Downtown). To RSVP, please email joebucks@ ailvemag.com.

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Join PROMO, Missouri’s largest statewide organization advocating LGBT equality, for Urbanaire 2010 on May 8 at the Rialto Ballroom. This chic soiree will feature champagne tastings, globally inspired cuisine and world-class entertainment. Proceeds benefit PROMO’s mission to create a safe, supportive and visible LGBT community in Missouri.

For more info or to purchase tickets, log on to promoonline.org or call 314.862.4900.

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Score Chic Fashion Finds Is your closet in need of a seasonal upgrade? Head to the Saint Louis Galleria for Macy’s Fashionista Fashion Show on May 1 to enjoy complimentary cocktails and apps, scope the latest trends and score a special shopping incentive. You’ll also find out how you can help support the Animal House Fund. Time: 3pm-5pm (Macy’s Second Floor, 1155 Saint Louis Galleria, Richmond Heights) To RSVP, please email fashionista@ alivemag.com.

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Unwind After Work

After a long day, there’s no better way to relax than to join the Clayton Chamber of Commerce for Parties in the Park where the work-weary can take in live music and sip cold drinks in the serenity of Shaw Park. The free summer series kicks off May 12 from 5pm to 8pm with tunes by Griffin & the Gargoyles with eats from Chez Leon. For more info, log on to partiesinthepark.org or call 314.726.3033.

6 place your bets Can’t make it to Churchill Downs this year? No biggie. Join The Stable May 1 for its annual Derby Party to cheer on your favorite thoroughbred, sip classic mint juleps and place a bet in the mouse races. Ladies, wear your derbyday finest and enter the Best Big Hat Contest. Time: 2pm (1821 Cherokee St., Benton Park). To RSVP, please email derby@alivemag.com.

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Scintillate at the Symphony

Head to Powell Symphony Hall May 14 to hear international music sensation Ozomatli grove with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. The Grammy Award-winning group, revered for its genius fusion of hip-hop, Latin and rock sounds, has been making body-moving grooves since 1995. For more info or to purchase tickets, log on to slso.org or call 314.534.1700.

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Calendar: May THEATER/DANCE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: ALEGRÍA May 5-9, Chaifetz Arena

Meaning “happiness" in Spanish, Alegría is a Cirque du Soleil classic that features a dazzling cast of 55 performers from 15 countries who amaze audiences with of acrobatics, choreography, tumbling and aerial arts. For more info and to purchase tickets, log on to thechaifetzarena.com (One S. Compton Ave., SLU, Midtown).

ALL HANDS ON DECK

FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHY May 7-July 26, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Over the years, The Kemper has acquired an impressive collection of awe-inspiring new photographs through gifts and purchases. The works, which range from historical to contemporary, offer viewers the opportunity to examine the evolvement of photography to include found objects, collage, installation and video art. For more info, visit kemperartmuseum.wustl. edu or call 314.935,4523 (One Brookings Dr. Washington University Campus) HELLO MODERN ART May 8-June 12, phd gallery

St. Louis native Leslie Holt brings a new Hello Masterpiece series to phd gallery. Holt’s adorable starring character, Hello Kitty, travels through 19th and 20th century masterpieces in 40 miniature oil on canvas works. Ten percent of all sales from the exhibit will benefit VSA Arts of Missouri, an emerging statewide organization that promotes access to the arts for people with disabilities (2300 Cherokee St., Benton Park). VATICAN SPLENDORS: A JOURNEY THROUGH FAITH AND ART May 15-September 12, Missouri History Museum

Nearly 200 rare and never-before-seen works of art, historical objects and cultural artifacts from the collections of the Vatican will be on display in an extraordinary exhibit featuring chronicling the important historical moments in the history of the papacy and the Vatican. For more info, visit mohistory.org. Tickets on sale at vaticansplendors.com (5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park).

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JORDIN SPARKS May 15, The Pageant

The chart-topping season-six winner of “American Idol” will take the stage at The Pageant with special guest, up-and-coming singer-songwriter, Kate Voegele. Grammy-nominated Sparks captured the attention of the greater American public with her soaring rendition of the national anthem at Superbowl XLII and hasn't let go since. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com or 314.241.1888 (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop).

THE SINKER May 7-22, HotCity Theatre

FESTIVALS

Successful and attractive novelist Josh finds his world in tumult after his childhood friend, George, and literary agent, Liz, reveal that they are both madly in love with him. After George and Liz throw a party for Josh, all hell breaks loose when a mysterious gun and Candi, Josh’s sexy writing student, turn up the next morning. Tickets on sale at 314.289.4063. For more info, visit, hotcitytheatre.org (501 N. Grand Blvd., Kranzberg Arts Center, Grand Center).

CON-TAMINATION 2010 April 30-May 2, Holiday Inn Viking-St. Louis

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN May 11-23, Fox Theatre

FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL May 9, Mad Art Gallery

Based on Mel Brook’s 1974 classic comedic film by the same name, this musical will win over crowds with hilarious numbers such as “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Transylvania Mania.” Tickets on sale at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111 (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

Featuring the peculiar and hilarious videos found at garage sales, thrift stores, in warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country, this critically acclaimed festival makes its first appearance in St. Louis this month. Among the found footage? A collection of Saturday morning cartoons recorded to VHS, clips from a 1987 video dating reel and a home movie taken at a 1985 heavy metal festival. Tickets on sale at foundfootagefest.com (2727 S. 12th St., Benton Park).

MUSIC PEARL JAM May 4, Scottrade Center

Easily one of the most influential bands of the ’90s, Pearl Jam continues to be admired for not only their ability to remain musically relevant over time, but also for their stance against rock-stardom excess and for backing meaningful causes. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com or 314.241.1888 (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown),

St. Louis’ first horror, Sci-Fi and pop culture convention is a weekend will feature celebrities from movies like The Howling, George A. Romero’s Day of the Dead and Dawn of the Dead, viral gamers, musicians, rogue filmmaking seminars, an appearance by the 1966 Batmobile and more. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit con-tamination.com (10709 Watson Rd., Crestwood).

SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS May 26-June 30, Forest Park

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis with the bard’s most well-known play, Hamlet, a timeless tragedy about revenge, family ties, rage, corruption. For more info on the festival, visit shakespearefestivalstlouis.org.

"Focus on Photography" photo courtesy of Kemper Art Museum.

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Now in its third year, this beloved festival, presented by Dance St. Louis and the Touhill, brings dancers from 30 companies throughout the Midwest to showcase dance styles from ballet to hip-hop. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit dancestlouis.org (One University Blvd., UMSL, Florisant). LITERARY & SPEAKERS A SPECIAL EVENING WITH LAURA BUSH May 20, St. Louis County Library

Join former First Lady Laura Bush as she discusses her memoir, Spoken From the Heart. Proceeds will benefit the St. Louis County Library Foundation. The taxdeductible ticket price includes admission for two, a pre-signed copy of Bush’s book and a year membership in the Foundation’s Friends group. For more info, visit slcl.org (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac). EMILY GIFFIN BOOK SIGNING May 25, Saks Fifth Avenue Plaza Frontenac

Emily Giffin, bestselling author of Something Borrowed, will be at Saks to introduce her latest tome, Heart of the Matter. Guests will enjoy a reading, Q&A and book signing with Giffin, complimentary appetizers and beverages and a 15 percent shopping discount. A percentage of the sales from the evening will benefit the Cultural Festival of St. Louis. Time: 5pm-9pm. For more info, call 314.567.9200 (One Plaza Frontenac, Frotenac).

FOOD & DRINK THE COCKTAIL HOUR May Date TBA, Sanctuaria Wild Tapas

Each month, Sanctuaria’s resident mixologist Matt Seiter invites curious imbibers to learn more about the history, evolvement and art of the cocktail. Cost: $25 (includes four sample-sized cocktails and snacks). To reserve your seat, call 314.535.9700. SPECIAL EVENTS COCACABANA 2010: KENTACKY DERBY May 1, Paladium Saint Louis

This year, COCA’s fundraiser gets a little tacky—for a good cause. COCAcabana 2010 will include derbyday themed dinner and drinks, live entertainment, charitable gambling, live auction and mock races. Proceeds benefit COCA’s programs that provide meaningful arts experiences to individuals and families in St. Louis. For more info and to purchase tickets, call 314.725.1834, ext. 105 (1400 Park Ave., Lafayette Square). 2010 VISIONARY AWARDS May 19, Sheldon Concert Hall

Join Grand Center in recognizing some of St. Louis’ most inspiring women at this awards presentation that honor the accomplishments of St. Louis women in the arts in categories such as Outstanding Arts Educator, Successful Working Artist and Emerging Artist. For more info, visit to grandcenter.org (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

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"Spring to Dance" photo courtesy of Dance St. Louis.

SPRING TO DANCE FESTIVAL May 27-29, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center


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Double the Pleasure A local chocolatier expands its space. By Cristy Miller | Photo by carrie iggulden

> Now you can enjoy a Bissinger’s “chocolate experience” in twice the space. The local chocolate company, which opened its first café/lounge on Maryland Plaza in 2007, recently debuted its expanded space. The result? More room to indulge in their delicious handcrafted chocolates.

Bissinger's newly expanded space in the Central West End.

Strawberry delights Peanut butter and jelly; salt and pepper; some food duos are timeless—like strawberries and chocolate. Enter Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company’s hand-dipped strawberries. Perfect for a delicious Mother’s Day gift, these strawberries are picked at their peak in May and packaged incredibly fresh. For more info or to order, log on to chocolatechocolate. com.  

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company’s hand-dipped strawberries

A New Buzzworthy Menu Red Kitchen & Bar, located in the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, recently introduced a new spring menu that focuses on fresh Italian cuisine. The seasonal menu includes homemade pastas, artisan pizzas and entrée favorites such as veal piccata, penne pomodoro and red snapper (314.259.3244).

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The Missouri History museum now has a new lunch destination, Bixby’s. The new spot features fresh fare with a focus on local produce and products and a gorgeous view of Forest Park. Stop by on Sundays from 10am-2pm for a delicious brunch as well (314.361.7313).

Southtown Yoga and Local Harvest have joined forces to create St. Louis’ first yoga and food experience, which combines an hour of yoga taught by Brigette Niedringhaus followed by a three-course vegetarian dinner from Local Harvest. This sensory experience happens once a month and classes fill fast. Call 314.772.8815 for reservations.

And The Winner Is... Justin Sampson from Roxane was crowned ALIVE’s 2010 Iron Bartender in a close competition at Flamingo Bowl on March 28. Six St. Louis mixologists competed for the title and battled it out in three rounds. Over 300 attendees cheered on their favorite bartender while enjoying 360 Vodka cocktails, vitaminwater and Miller Lite. In the end, Sampson took home the top honor with his signature Bellinitini cocktail.

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The new side is equally as appealing as the original, but with more seating, including banquettes, a stone fireplace and expanded cases displaying an array of truffles, caramels, cordials and much more. Of course, the lounge encourages you to sit and savor desserts as well, like the chocolate truffle tart with a dense truffle filling, or the dark chocolate honey almond fondue served with seasonal fruit. They’ve also expanded the menu to include more wine options, but the real treats are the choctails, like the creamy Bissinger’s Triple chocolatini with premium chocolate liqueurs and cream, and the decadent chocolate mint martini with rich chocolate and a hint of mint (32 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.7750).


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A trio of shopping staples in The Loop merge to offer fashionable head-to-toe brands under one roof. By Jill Manoff | Photo by carrie iggulden

> Three strong personalities under one roof? Not always a good idea. Three of the city’s best boutiques moving into one mega-store in the center of The Loop? Genius. Longstanding local retailers, Blues and Sole—Delmar’s streetwear-and-footwear sister stores— have been outfitting fashion-forward guys and gals in exclusive lines of designer denim and chic shoes for more than a decade. In late 2008, owner Tammy White also opened G’Sell in an effort to appeal to those girly-girl shoppers in search of going-out dresses and super-cute gifts.

Ever-evolving, White recently moved all three operations to 6317 Delmar. There, you’ll find all of your favorites including G-Star and Hudson denim, Tano and Hobo handbags, Toms and Everybody footwear, Bacco Bucci boots and more. “Our move has helped support our growth, providing more space to add extended product selections, and has allowed us to stay true to our neighborhood roots,” White says. The only difference? Your go-to stores are now like roommates, as opposed to neighbors, which is way sexier (314.863.3600).

Shop Talk Best Days To Shop This Month May 1: One-of-a-kind and with a girly, vintage flair, must-have KM2 shoes by St. Louis designers Megan, Mattison and Katelyn Gelber will be available during the KM2 Trunk Show at Cha boutique (10am-5pm, 9666 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.993.8080). May 6-8: Shop Pulse’s Mother’s Day Sale for 20 percent off all brands, including LAMB and Bailey 44 (1644 Clarkson Rd., Chesterfield, 636.519.4022). May 8: Shop celebforward Rich & Skinny denim, now available at Klutch (Town & Country, 1126 Town & Country Commons, 636.220.6110). May 9: Shop Blush’s Mother’s Day Sale from 12pm-3pm for 10 percent off storewide. Shop newfor-May lines, including Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow jewelry collection and La Mer watches (151 W. Jefferson Ave., Kirkwood, 314.965.4411). May 9: Priced under $100, REUSE, the hot new recycled-denim collection, is now sold exclusively at Tantrum in The Loop (6635 Delmar Blvd., 314.783.0527). May 15: Known for greatfitting men’s shirts that work both for work and after hours, visit the Zachary Prell Meet & Greet at Moris Fashions (11am-8pm, 26 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.361.6800). May 15: The new diffusion line by LA designer Rory Beca, young-and-trendy Hy & Dot at Mary Jane’s is available today (387 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.8867).

May 16: The UK line Lipsy, best known for sexy, affordable frocks, is now available at Jecca. Mention ALIVE to get 10 percent off all Lipsy purchases (West County Center, 314.984.5060). May 21-22: It’s Customer Appreciation Days at Alixandra Collections! Get 10 percent off when you spend $100, 20 percent off when you spend $250 or 25 percent off when you spend $400 or more (9814 Clayton Rd., Ladue, 314.997.2360). May 25: Lusso’s new jewelry line, Tre, hit’s the store today. Perfect summer accessories, the collection is made up of brightly colored glass rings and necklaces that start at just $50 (165 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, 314.725.7205). May 27-31: Shop Pulse’s Memorial Day Sale for 20 percent off storewide (1644 Clarkson Rd., Chesterfield, 636.519.4022). May 29-30: Shop Ivy Hill’s Memorial Day Sale for up to 75 percent off (304 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.7004). May 29: Opening today at 159 Carondelet Plaza, Blue Moon Activewear carries hot yoga wear by lucy and prAna (Clayton, 314.256.1823). May 30: Attend the Sex & the City Party 2 at tag Timeless Authentic Garments for a sneak peek at new summer merchandise, plus pre-movie drinks and snacks starting at 4:30pm (6314 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.721.1370; RSVP by May 14 to laney@tag-stl. com).

New to Frontenac: Eileen Fisher Known for timeless-meets-modern women’s fashions that are functional, simple, sensual and beautiful, Eileen Fisher is opening in Plaza Frontenac this month. Visit the new store on May 22 during the store’s grand opening party, hosted by InStyle Magazine.

The Summer’s Hottest Active Gear

The warmer the weather, the skimpier the clothes, so score the latest fitness accessories and get in season-perfect shape fast! Garmin forerunner

Available at Big Shark, the Garmin Forerunner is like a lightweight wristwatch that tracks your speed, pace, distance and time—perfect for runners at all levels (6311 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.862.1188).

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lululemon athletic tank

Ideal for yoga or a jog, the latest athletic tops by Lululemon are super-stylish and provide ample support (234 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.2683).

newton running neutral performance trainer

Ideal for long-distance runners, the latest by Newton Running allows you to run with greater energy and less impact and comes in great new colors, including pastel peach. Available at Ghisallo, 606 North and South Rd., University City, 314.727.4786. alivemag.com

Garmin photo courtesy of Garmin; Lululemon photo by Egan O’Keefe.

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Rhubarb-Apple Galette with salted caramel and rum cream

A seasoned chef and her farm-to-fork fresh creations make this Edwardsville restaurant an idyllic destination for dinner. By Cristy Miller | Photos by jennifer silverberg

> A restaurant like Fond makes being a restaurant editor a little more interesting. Located in a college town almost 30 minutes outside of St. Louis, Fond is a true find; unexpected and charming with the quality of food that you’d find served in a major city. And while I’m guilty, on occasion, of keeping my dining travels a little too close to the city, Fond is one spot for which I’d happily rack up the mileage. The Chef Common replies from those with whom I’ve shared my Fond excursion have almost all been about the chef; her background, her talent and her passion. Chef, owner and Edwardsville native Amy Zupanci trained at the respected CIA in Hyde Park and spent the first years of 26 ALIVE STL MAY 2010

The Menu Zupanci’s restrained cooking style allows ingredients to sing, not shout, their own song, and it shows in dishes like grilled tuna with a citrus emulsion that plays lightly on the delicate fish but doesn’t overpower it. It is served with caramelized fennel and fingerling potatoes. On one visit, the sea scallop, just one, arrived slightly crispy on one side and served on roasted carrots seasoned with cumin and coriander. A charmoula broth finished the dish and added to the Moroccan influence. One evening, my beet and goat cheese napoleon earned a bite from my sister—who typically has a distaste for the root vegetable. The goat cheese was creamy and perfectly chilled under a hazelnut vinaigrette. I followed this with the halibut entrée, a nicesized cut of the delicate white fish served over spaghetti squash and fingerling potatoes, but had trouble finishing it while stealing forkfuls from her bowl of gnocchi. The gnocchi was perfectly cooked, soft centered with a firm edge, and served with stewed beef and spinach. The dish was served with melted leeks and a touch of parmesan. Pork loin with a bacon cream and a vegetable risotto balance out Zupanci’s delicious menu.

{ Inside Dish }

editor’s picks Tips for a top-notch experience at Fond

Know Before You Go: Reservations are recommended. Top Dish: Steak Tartare, prepared with chive, shallot, capers and charred scallion mayonnaise Spirit Award: Sweet Tea vodka cocktail Best Place To Perch: At a table that borders the comfy banquette

where to go

Hot Eats: Fond

her career honing her skills in top New York restaurants including Savoy, before returning to the Midwest and working with Gerard Craft at Niche. Fans of Niche’s simple, seasonal and fresh American fare will take instantly to Zupanci’s ever-changing French-influenced menu and will love her ingredient-driven approach to cuisine.

Fond 106 North Main St. Edwardsville, IL 618.656.9001 Entrees: $23-$27 Hours: Dinner Tues.-Sun. and brunch Sun. alivemag.com


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Hot Spot: The Fox Hole at Atomic Cowboy The Grove’s hip hangout taps a new crowd every night with the addition of an annexed entertainment venue. By sheniqua faulkner | Photo by jonathan pollack

But even with the promise of a built-in crowd, Chip Schloss, Atomic Cowboy’s co-owner and Grove visionary, and partner Jim Kellogg expanded the nightspot’s offering to include a dedicated entertainment area adjacent to the bar. Well before the official opening of Atomic’s annexed venue, The Fox Hole, live entertainment had been a key component of The Cowboy’s allure. Last September, Schloss and his team debuted The Fox Hole with a month-long lineup of grand-opening entertainment, and the party hasn’t stopped since. MORE than music The venue is a cozy rectangular space accessed from

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within Atomic Cowboy (a fitting comparison would be Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room). The interior dimly glows with Baroque-style chandeliers, and a giant sliding door opens to the expansive patio. The venue is a simple black box rigged with full theatrical sound, lighting and production capabilities that lets whatever is taking place on stage—from gritty rock performances and DJ showcases to poetry readings and sexy burlesque—take its rightful place in the spotlight. The crowd Atomic Cowboy draws is a mixed bag—one night, gaggles of stiletto-heeled ladies dance to beats from DJ Mahf or DJ Deadasdisco while sipping The Cowboy’s artisan infusions and specialty cocktails; on another, casually dressed hipsters, wearing their requisite skinny jeans, swig PBR and wait for Clownvis Presley to take the stage. Some nights, more subdued crowds pack The Fox Hole to enjoy mellow acoustic guitar performances by local musicians. This month, The Fox Hole once again serves up a diverse schedule of performances, including the classical-jazzfunk stylings of singer-songwriter Dawn Weber, “Cinco de Moustache”—an outrageous Punk-Mex Cinco de Mayo celebration—and a PrideFest-organized band showcase. The month wraps with SLUM Fest, St. Louis’ underground music festival, on May 29. For a complete entertainment schedule, log on to atomiccowboystl.com.

{ Mark Your Calendar }

Upcoming entertainment SLATED AT THE FOX HOLE

May 1: 10pm Clownvis Live May 5: 10pm Cinco de Moustache May 8: 10pm 314nicate May 9: 9pm Mother Load Burlesque Show May 13: 11pm Show-Me Burlesque Festival Party May 19: 7pm Guitar Circle May 21: 6pm Dawn Weber & 10pm PrideFest Band Showcase May 26: 7pm Voices From the Underground Poetry Night May 28: 9pm Superheroes Have Taken Over Burlesque

where to go

> Atomic Cowboy is practically synonymous with nightlife in The Grove. Known for handcrafted cocktails, menu of satisfying Baja-Mex eats and a comeas-you-are vibe, it has been a favorite spot for a diverse crowd of too-cool-forschool hipsters, up-for-anything urban professionals and older, wiser, but just as cool Grove regulars.

The Fox Hole at Atomic Cowboy 4140 Manchester Ave. The Grove 314.775.0775 atomiccowboystl.com

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Hot Block: Downtown Maplewood

{ More To Explore }

the good in maplewood

This charming neighborhood has personality to spare.

Can’t-miss hot spots in Downtown Maplewood

By Sheniqua Faulkner

>If Downtown Maplewood were a person, we’d be great friends. It’s a neighborhood that feels so genuine and unpretentious that when I find myself in its company, I know I can be myself, just as I do when I’m with my nearest and dearest. It seems that whether I’m rockin’ a messy ponytail and a makeup-free face to grab coffee or run errands, or I’m dressed up to dine at one of its fancy eateries or sip at its cool bars, Maplewood always seems to accommodate me. We’re BFFs like that.

1. Acero Ristorante 7266 Manchester Ave. 314.644.1790 2. Boogaloo 7344 Manchester Ave. 314.645.4803 3. Eddie’s Guitars 7362 Manchester Ave. 314.781.7500

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Just around the corner from many of the dining destinations along Manchester in Downtown Maplewood is Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, a beautifully minimalistic art gallery and event space owned and curated by artists Michael Hoffman and Alicia LaChance. May’s featured artist Christopher Paquet’s exhibition “Into The Void” is a dreamlike series of paintings that investigate the power of language. As a word-nerd, I can respect that.

7. Hoffman LaChance Contemporary 2713 Sutton Blvd. 314.960.5322

9. Jones Typewriter Co. Inc. 7278 Manchester Ave. 314.781.0919 10. Las Palmas 7356 Manchester Ave. 314.645.3364 11. Maplewood Bicycle 7534 Manchester Rd. 314.781.9566

Among Maplewood’s adorable locally owned shops and specialty stores is Maven, a cute boutique that specializes in handmade soaps, fizzing bath bombs, salt scrubs, soy candles and yummy-smelling lotions and potions. They also carry great jewelry, clothing and home accessories that make the perfect girlie gifts for birthdays, bridal showers, housewarming gifts—any occasion. With Mother’s Day approaching, I stock up on pampering products for all the amazing moms I know.

Monarch Restaurant and Wine Bar is a go-to eatery for wowing out-of-towners or having a romantic date night, but it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to enjoy this beautiful restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Maplewood. Monarch is a great spot for sipping a glass of wine or a cocktail with friends after work and snacking on bites from the bar menu.

More Online Log on to ALIVEmag.com to see Sheniqua’s Maplewood adventure on ALIVE TV.

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6. Gisele’s 2741 Sutton Blvd. 314.7810800

8. The Jive & Wail 7376 Manchester Ave. 314.781.7000

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A neighborhood wouldn’t be complete without a good coffeeshop or café, and Maplewood has a few. I really like Foundation Grounds Coffee House because of its commitment to being green, right down to its use of biodegradable corn cups and eco-friendly cleaning supplies. The fair-trade, organic coffee is always fresh, and the ingredients in the sandwiches, quesadillas, soups, salads and baked treats are mostly sourced locally.

5. Foundation Grounds 7298 Manchester Ave. 314.601.3588

12. Maven 7268 Manchester Ave. 314.645.1155 13. Maya Cafe 2726 Sutton Blvd. 314.781.4774 14. Monarch 7401 Manchester Ave. 314.644.3995 15. Moosylvania Marketing 7303 Marietta Ave. 314.644.7900 16. Paramount Jewelers 7348 Manchester Ave. 314.645.1123 17. Penzeys Spices 7338 Manchester Ave. 314.781.7177 18. The Post Sports Bar 7372 Manchester Ave. 314.645.1109 19. Schlafly Bottleworks 7260 Southwest Ave. 314.241.2337 20. Vom Fass St. Louis 7314 Manchester Rd. 314.932.5262 Each month, ALIVE spotlights a hot STL block and the shopping, dining, nightlife and cultural destinations that make it a standout. Tell us why your block is hot at letters@alivemag.com. We could be coming to your neighborhood next!

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4. Femme 7270 Manchester Ave. 314.781.6868


stl now

Where There’s Hope

Wildly talented and unapologetically outspoken, Women’s Professional Soccer player Hope Solo plans to take Saint Louis Athletica to the next level this season. By Sheniqua Faulkner | Photo by carmen troesser

> Hope Solo can kick your ass. Don’t be fooled by the statuesque beauty’s model good looks; whatever sport you want to play, her competitive drive and natural athleticism will leave you in the dust. And having a name fit for a superhero doesn’t hurt. Solo, a decorated Women’s Professional Soccer league goalkeeper, was allocated to Saint Louis Athletica in September 2008. Athletica finished in second place in its inaugural season, but lost in the WPS Semifinal playoff game, something Solo hopes to change this season, which kicked off April 11. “When I had the opportunity to choose where I wanted to play, St. Louis was the only city on my list,” Solo says. “I was welcomed the first day I stepped foot in St. Louis. There is a realness to this city. People seem to want to work hard and play hard, and that is my style, because that is what life is all about.” Growing up, playing sports was standard in Solo’s family, and as a kid, she competed with the boys. “Athletics were important to me because they kept me focused,” says Solo. “I never took my eyes off of my dream and still haven’t.” She could’ve played any sport and excelled, but chose soccer, a game she describes as “beautiful” and “fast-paced,” because of its unique balance of graceful movement and brute force, much like Hope herself. When she went to the University of Washington to play college ball, her natural talent and drive to succeed helped her transition from playing forward, an offensive position, to guarding the goal, a change that Solo was apprehensive about at first. Her Olympic dreams were realized in 2008 at the Beijing games. “Winning the gold medal was a culmination of a life’s work,” says Solo. “I wanted that gold medal for more important reasons than winning it for myself.” When asked about her hope for Athletica this season, she doesn’t miss a beat when she replies, “To win the WPS championship.” That type of flat-out confidence and gumption is what Solo is known for, both on and off the field. Her personal goal? “Honestly, I want to be the best goalkeeper in the league,” she says. “And in the world.” Spoken like a true superhero. For more info on Saint Louis Athletica and for the game schedule, log on to womensprosoccer.com/stlouis.

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Photographed on location at the Paul Brown Loft Apartments.

Winning the gold medal was a culmination of a life’s work. I wanted that gold medal for more important reasons than winning it for myself.” alivemag.com


style

Get Carried Away With this month’s release of Sex and the City 2, a reunion with Carrie Bradshaw’s lust-worthy wardrobe is right around the corner. By Jill Manoff | product Photos by Egan o’keefe > Upon seeing the original Sex and the City movie, women around the world set their sights on a Patricia Field studded belt and Christian Dior’s Extreme Gladiator Platform; both worn by Carrie throughout the movie, the coveted accessories became hard to come by. With the sequel hitting theaters on May 27, it will be interesting to see what, if any, fashions make repeat appearances, what designers were worthy of inclusion and what innovative combinations stylist Patricia Field came up with to maintain fashion’s status as a favorite SATC character. Seen on the movie posters hyping the new release, Carrie’s girly-dress-with-glitzyextras ensemble is bound to be a popular pairing this summer, and luckily, getting the look locally is only a few boutique stops away.

Peace by Lotta Stensson dress available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. Elizabeth Cole necklace available at Alixandra Collections, Ladue, 314.997.2360. Marc Jacobs sunglasses available at Solstice, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.726.6003. Clara Kasavina clutch available at Susan Lynn’s, Town & Country, 636.530.7337. Jessica Simpson “Nolita” pumps available at Macy’s, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.726.1810.

Log on to ALIVEmag.com to see Fashion Editor Jill Manoff’s SATC shopping trip on ALIVE TV.

{ Editor’s Pick }

halston heritage On top of playing one of TV’s most beloved characters, Sarah Jessica Parker has also earned a reputation as a talent in the fashion world. A major player on the design team for the new Halston diffusion line, Halston Heritage, which meshes references to the fashion house’s archives with modern takes on Studio 54 style, Parker’s stamp can be seen on the line’s chic caftans, halter jumpsuits and silk maxi dresses. While many of the looks are worn by Parker in SATC2, you can get a first-hand view at St. Louis shop Valerie Mills Fine Apparel, where the handbag collection is now available and the ready-to-wear line will be available this fall (Clayton, 314.727.4545).

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Jessica Simpson shoe image courtesy of Camuto Group.

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Lean on Me: 6 Most-Wanted Summer Wedges Start the season on the right foot and stock your closet with a pristine pair of wedge sandals. By Jill Manoff

[TOP] Cynthia Vincent wedge available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080. [top row] Fergie Quench wedge available at fergieshoes.com. Tory Burch wedge available at Wish, Ladue, 314.432.0800. Bakers wedge available at bakersshoes.com. [bottom row] Luichiny wedge available at Bronx-Diba, Earth City, 314.373.1280. Bakers wedge available at bakersshoes.com.

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Cynthia Vincent and Tony Burch photos by Egan O’Keefe. Other photos courtesy Bakers, Bronx-Diba and Brown Shoe.

> If you’re like most, your footwear purchases fall on about the same dates year after year. At the start of the school year, you purchase new sneakers (you’re no longer in school, but—come mid-August—that’s just what you do); at the first forecast of snow, you’re all about new boots and by spring, you’re already jonesing for a pedicure, tanned legs and the pristine pair of wedges that will best show them off. For SS10, designers have outdone themselves; from wooden bases to cork, denim uppers to leather, there are more than enough sexy, sky-high sandals to satisfy every taste.


Spring

RESALE

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CLIQUE Trendsetting Fashion Resale (Juicy Couture, J. Crew, Coach, True Religion, Seven for All Mankind, Rock & Republic, etc...) 11551 GRAVOIS rd. • 314.729.0883 cliquestl.com

PURPLE COW

THE EXCHANGE

Designer Maternity and Childrens (Tea, Oilily, Baby Lulu, Gap, Gymboree, Pea in the Pod, etc...)

Quality home furnishings and unique accessories (Baker, Thomasville, Broyhill, Bassett, Ethan Allen, etc...)

11543 Gravois rd. • 314-843-3888 purplecowkids.com

11437 Gravois Rd. • 314-842-7300 theexchangestl.com

VISIT RESALE ROW • Women’s Closet Exchange • Clique • Purple Cow • The Exchange

NCJW RESALE SHOP The NCJW Resale Shop, a charitable project of NCJW-St. Louis Section, features new, gently used and designer clothing for women and men, jewelry, purses, belts, home goods, accessories and furniture. Proceeds benefit NCJW-St. Louis’s programs for women, children and families in our community. 8612 OLIVE BLVD. • 314.692.8141 COUTURIERONLINE.COM Open MONDAY-SATURDAY ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTI ON

DESIGNER RESALE In business for over 23 years, Designer Resale is a ladies consignment resale boutique that carries active wear, formalwear and everything in between, including shoes and accessories. The boutique carries sizes from 0 to 3x, and inventory constantly changes—there are 1,000 to 2,000 new items in stock every week! 344 MID RIVERS MALL DR. 636.279.3968 DRBOUTIQUE.COM


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A Perfect Couple Play matchmaker at Décor, where your dream diamond and setting await. By Jill Manoff

> To whomever came up with the whole one size fits all concept, nice try. More often than not, what is labeled as such actually fits very few—especially when it comes to style. Not just limited to clothing, the same goes for jewelry; a setting paired with a diamond that fits one person’s tastes in terms of cut and size may not be the dream setting for a bride-to-be who’s picturing a larger diamond in a princess versus an oval cut. In a perfect world, the pairing of settings and stones would be more customized, allowing couples to shop both an impressive selection of settings and a multitude of the highest-quality loose stones available at the best price, and that’s exactly what the experts at Décor Interiors & Jewelry offer. Shop their Chesterfield showroom, and build the ring that fits both your budget and your style (Chesterfield, 314.434.4022).

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Photos courtesy of Turec Advertising.

Create custom-designed diamond rings at DĒcor Interiors and Jewelry in Chesterfield.

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Market Watch Our favorite real estate finds this month. By Cristy Miller 4057 Shenandoah Ave. Tower Grove $295,000

Top Pick

Details: 3 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 Bathrooms,

2,576 Square Feet Homebuyers will love the exquisite renovated space in the heart of the Shaw neighborhood. The home features natural woodwork including a spacious kitchen with hardwood floors, custom maple cabinets and granite, a breakfast bar and walks out onto deck and perennial garden. Standout Spec: Master bedroom features

a full bath and Jacuzzi, walk-in closet and opens to a second-floor deck.

Hot Home

Stellar Starter

Cool Condo

6231 Rosebury Ave. #2 DeMun $479,000

307 Scenic Cove St. Charles $169,000

5696 Kingsbury #104 Central West End $89,900

Details: 2 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, 2,751

Details: 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 1,100 Square

Details: 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 490 Square

Square Feet

Feet

Feet

Located just off the Western edge of beautiful Forest Park in the DeMun neighborhood, this full-floor condominium features hardwood floors, a gas fireplace, and an updated kitchen with a breakfast area and French doors to a private deck.

Here, luxury is standard and amenities abound, from the artful landscaping, waterfalls, lakes and walking paths, to the media room, indoor and outdoor pools, billiards, fitness center and massage therapy room.

Developed by Mills Properties, these condos in the DeBaliviere Neighborhood have been number one in St. Louis city condo sales for the past 6 years with 400 units sold.

Standout Spec: Oversized master suite with a

Standout Spec: Ideally located off the Page

fireplace and dual walk-in closets.   

Ave. Extension, just minutes from Westport, Creve Coeur and Old Town St. Charles.

iently located near Washington University, Saint Louis University, hospitals, Forest Park and the MetroLink.

Contact: Joanne Quick, Metro 360 Realty, LLC, 636.947.7777.

Contact: Johanna Dueren, Re/MAX Platinum, 314.367.7755.

Contact: The Robb Partners, Dielmann Sotheby’s Realty, 314.725.0009. 

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Standout Spec: The development is conven-

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Photos courtesy of the real estate agents; Shenendoah amd Rosebury photos by William Hutton, Jr.

Contact: Mary Roy, Dielmann Sotheby’s Realty, 314.725.0009. Group, 314.714.1105.


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Urban Gardener With the right tools and a little creativity, even city dwellers can get growing this spring. By Sheniqua Faulkner | photos by egan o’keefe

San Diego Hat Company Paper Braid Hat, $38, Bowood Farms, Central West End, 314.454.6868.

Border Hoe and Weeder tools, $12.50 each, Winslow’s Home, University City, 314.725.7559.

Microgreens: A Guide to Growing Nutrient-Packed Greens by Eric Franks and Jasmine Richardson, $19.99, Bowood Farms, Central West End, 314.454.6868.

Curved Pots, $39.95-$49.95, Crate & Barrel, Richmond Heights, 314.725.6380.

Green Grape Tomato Seeds and Organic Black Heirloom Tomato Seeds, $2.75-$2.69, Bowood Farms, Central West End, 314.454.6868. Italian Genovese Basil, $1.89, Garden Heights Nursery, Richmond Heights 314.645.7333.

Herb Snips, $8.95, Crate & Barrel, Richmond Heights, 314.725.6380.

Big Mouth Frog by Yard Birds, $28, Phoenix Rising, The Loop, 314.862.0609.

Herb Keeper, $19.95, Crate & Barrel, Richmond Heights, 314.725.6380.

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Haws Watering Can, $88, Bowood Farms, Central West End, 314.454.6868.

Crate & Barrel photos courtesy of Crate & Barrel.

> Even if the only land you own is a window box or a small patch of soil, you can grow your own bountiful and beautiful garden this season. Whether you plant mood-uplifting blooms, sow herbs to add fresh flavor to everyday dishes or grow your own organic fruits and veggies (talk about eating locally), you don’t need a green thumb; you just need a few supplies and the desire to get your hands a little dirty.


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Savor and Celebrate Spice it up with these deliciously simple fish tacos courtesy of Schnucks Cooks.

This Cinco de Mayo, you can prepare a tasty meal without missing any of the fun; just 25 minutes of total prep time creates this fresh twist on traditional tacos. Filled with flavor, these low-calorie creations— topped with a crisp and delicious Jícama Slaw—are sure to get the fiesta started. ¡Buen Apetito!

By claire rachel

{ Entertaining}

make it a fiesta The three festive additions to this meal you need for an unforgettable Cinco de Mayo party.

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Brandon’s Fish Tacos (Serves 4)

Pickled Jícama Slaw

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU NEED:

• 1-1/2 pounds tilapia fillets (about 4 fillets) • 1 cup orange juice

• 1 pound jícama, peeled and cut into matchstick-thin strips

• 1/4 cup Schnucks canola oil

• 2 jalapeño chiles, finely chopped

• 1 tablespoon ground ancho chili powder

• 2 red and/or yellow bell peppers, cut into matchstick-thin strips

• Pickled Jícama Slaw • Schnucks nonstick cooking spray • 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas • Salsa and sour cream (optional)

• 1 small red onion, cut in half, then thinly sliced • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 2 cups Schnucks sugar

WHAT to do:

• 2 cups Schnucks white vinegar

1. In large zip-tight plastic bag, add tilapia, orange

• 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper

juice, oil and chili powder; gently massage ingredients in bag to coat fish. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

2. M  eanwhile, prepare Pickled Jícama Slaw (below). 3. P  repare tacos: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray large rimmed baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Remove fish from marinade and place in pan. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until fish turns opaque and internal temperature reaches 145°F. Break up fish into large chunks.

4. O  n microwave-safe plate, place tortillas between two damp paper towels; microwave on high 30 to 45 seconds or until tortillas are warm. Divide fish between tortillas; top with slaw, salsa and sour cream, if desired. Fold tortillas in half over filling.

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FIESTA WITH FLAIR Give your party an authentic touch with decorations and party favors from the Mexican grocers on Cherokee Street. El Capral Mexican Grocery, for example, is stocked with Mexican candy, colorful piñatas, maracas, sombreros and more (2817 Cherokee St., 314.423.0503).

WHAT TO DO: 

1. In large bowl, add jícama, chiles, bell peppers and onion. In 2-quart saucepan, combine garlic, sugar, vinegar and ground white pepper; heat over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Pour hot vinegar mixture over jícama mixture. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.

2. In large strainer, drain liquid from slaw, pressing with back of spoon to remove excess liquid. Serve about 1/2 cup slaw over fish in each taco.

LA MUSICA For a different spin on Mexican music, pick up a copy of “Piñata” by Mexican Institute of Sound. Producer/songwriter Camilo Lara, the sole musician behind MIS, synthesizes traditional Mexican music with state-ofthe-art electronica ($11.97, Euclid Records, 314.961.1878)

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Top photo courtesy of Schnucks; Blue Moon photo courtesy of Blue Moon Brewing Company; Sidebar text by Sheniqua Faulkner.

PERFECT PAIRING Serve a Belgian-style beer on Mexican holiday? Sure it’s unexpected, but when paired with Blue Moon’s Belgian White Ale, these fish tacos are taken to the next level. Blue Moon’s light, spicy, citrusy flavor perfectly complements the tilapia. The beer’s delicate hints of coriander also play well with the aromatic flavors in the Jícama Slaw ($7.49 for a sixpack, on sale through May 31 at Culinaria).


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Get Real (Estate) Whether a property has been on the market for a few days or many months, these five tips will help sellers get their home sold fast. By Sheniqua Faulkner

> With the expiration of the first-

time homebuyer credit in April, sellers with homes that remain on the market may start to feel the pressure and maybe even a little helpless.

2. TALK IT UP Schlaefli also notes that a good agent will also help list a property so that its best features really shine. If a home has had remodels, upgrades or additions, historical traits or unique charm, sellers should make sure their listing highlights these aspects in the MLS listing, on all flyers and pamphlets and all online marketing promoting the home.

Claus Schlaefli, owner of Schlafly Realty Group, comes to the rescue with these expert suggestions for ensuring a quick sale in a tough economy. 3. SPRUCE IT UP 1. PRICE IT RIGHT An important detail that can help sway a buyer to make an offer is price. “The biggest mistake a seller can make is to price the house based on their personal finance situation and not on the fair market value,” says Schlaefli. And it’s important to find a real estate agent who can help a seller do just that. “Sellers who choose a real estate agent who is familiar with the market will price their house correctly, and with the right marketing, a nice house will sell,” he adds. Plain and simple—if the house is priced too high for the area or condition of the home, it will sit on the market.

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Sellers should be prepared for a showing at any moment. This means removing clutter and keeping the home clean. Depersonalizing the space—removing prominent family photos, knickknacks and other things that are very specific to the seller’s taste including wild wall colors—helps buyers visualize themselves in the space. Nearly all sellers can benefit from hiring a professional home staging company. 4. GET COMPS “Don’t feel like you’re being nosy for checking out what your neighbors have sold their homes for,” says Schlaefli. It’s vital for agents and sellers to know the comparables in their area.

If an agent doesn’t mention comparables, a seller should ask. 5. CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES If a home is still struggling for a sale after these measures, Schlaefli suggests taking a step back and reevaluating. If the owner needs to get out of the property quickly or can no longer afford to pay the mortgage, “doing a short sale is the most recommended step to by any means avoid foreclosure,” says Schlaefli, whose agency is recognized in the industry as a leader in short sales. The advantage of a short sale? “When done right, traditionally the sale is final and the bank can not come back afterward for any deficiency.” For more tips on selling or buying a home or for more info about Schlafly Realty Group, log on to SellAHouse CallClaus.com. The Expert 5 top tips from real estate pro, Claus Schlaefli.

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Real Estate Experts Your trusted experts to buy your next home. Take advantage of the current tax credits and make a great investment. These real estate pros can help you find the property, and fill out the paperwork.

SARAH BRICKEY,

PROFESSIONAL REAL ESTATE CONSULTANT KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY 314.677.6352 www.SarahBrickey@KW.COM

Named the St. Louis Association of Realtors Rookie of the Year in 2004, recognized by St. Louis Magazine as a 5 Star Agent in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and chosen as a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Reader’s Choice Nominee, Sarah Brickey is a top-producing agent specializing in residential properties throughout the central corridor. Sarah has a positive approach and proven record of success. She utilizes the latest technologies, market research and business strategies to exceed client expectations.

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Ted grew up in St. Louis and loves all of our unique neighborhoods. Having sold homes in the West County area and St. Louis City for over 8 years, Ted is able to help buyers find the ideal home that is a good investment. Additionally, Ted’s 20 years of marketing experience gives him the edge to help sellers move their homes quickly. Over the years, Ted has developed a niche of specializing in architecturally important houses ranging from mansions built by Barnett, Haynes and Barnett to more modern homes designed by the noted Harris Armstrong and William Bernoudy.

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Melt Away Inches The healthcare specialists at Wellness Alternatives of St. Louis can help get you get shapely summer-ready curves with a revolutionary new procedure. By Sheniqua Faulkner

> When the weather heats up, it’s hu-

man nature to want to bare some skin. But even after we’ve gladly hung our winter coats in favor of sundresses and bathing suits, sometimes it’s not as easy to shed cold-weather inches. Medical and holistic health experts at Wellness Alternatives of St. Louis in Town & Country are helping clients achieve full-body health and vitality to not only look hot in this summer’s skimpiest, but to be fit and healthy for life. The center’s “whole-person” approach and thoughtful selection of the most cutting-edge technologies and therapies help patients feel more vital, look better and be healthier for many years to come. SLIM & SMOOTH One of the latest treatments at Wellness Alternatives helps clients eradicate excess fat with a new, non-invasive sculpting treatment called Body by Laser. Wellness Alternatives’ Dr. David Peterson recommends this program to patients who want to get rid of stubborn fat 48 ALIVE STL MAY 2010

safely and effectively without the downtime and pain associated with traditional liposuction. The program couples treatments from the Zerona Lipo Laser with advanced scientific Functional Medicine that helps patients stay slim by addressing lifestyle changes. “It is effective because it addresses the physical manifestation of unwanted fat quickly and it also helps patients address the metabolic, hormonal and lifestyle factors that can help keep stubborn fat from returning,” explains Dr. Peterson, a chiropractic physician specializing in Functional Medicine and Endocrinology. “The laser doesn’t give patients the license to eat whatever they want or neglect their bodies,” adds Dr. Peterson. “So it’s important to support them functionally and help them improve their lifestyle.” The Zerona Lipo Laser emulsifies (literally melts) excess fatty tissue from the hips, thighs, buttocks, stomach—anywhere the patient wants to target—and releases it into the empty space between cells. The excess fat is removed from the body during natural detoxification. The treatments take only 40 minutes and are recommended three times a week for two weeks for the most jaw-dropping results. Patients can see an average loss of 3 1/2 inches (with some patients losing up to as much as 9 inches) safely and painlessly. How smooth is that?

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Wellness Alternatives of St. Louis Health is about so much more than preventing illness, and the specialists at Wellness Alternatives understand that complete healthcare requires a collective balance within the entire body. With specialties in functional medicine, blood nutrition analysis, endocrinology, hormone regulation, acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition, Autism Spectrum Disorders among many more, Wellness Alternatives’ sciencebased, individual-centered approach helps their patients to defy age, be healthier and enjoy more active, fulfilling lives. For more information or to book an appointment, call 636.227.4949 or log on to stlwa.com.

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NEW AGE DENTAL CARE St. Louis

DENTISTS Being able to flash a brilliantly white smile isn’t the only benefit of visiting one of our top dental docs; these pros not only know how to turn your smile from regular to radiant, they also have the knowledge and experience in cosmetic as well as general dentistry to keep your smile as healthy as it is beautiful. Whether you are interested in straightening, whitening or repair, these top docs know what it takes improve your pearly whites and keep them looking great for a lifetime of dazzling smiles.

Eugenia Kardaris, D.D.S. 125 Chesterfield Business Pkwy Chesterfield, MO 63005 • 636.489.2326 Newagedentalcare.com

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General and Family Dentistry Cosmestic Dentistry • Implants Restorative • Invisalign® • Relaxation Cleaning • Whitening The perfect combination of passion and experience make Dr. Kardaris a go-to top doctor when it comes to dentistry, whether general or cosmetic. New Age Dental Care offers the latest innovations in dentistry, including dental lasers, which allow for faster and more effective healing after the treatment of gum disease and other conditions. Dr. Kardaris believes that medicine and dentistry are interrelated, and she combines these two fields to ensure that patients not only receive the best care, but also see the best possible results, which is why her patients continue to walk away with brighter, healthier smiles after every visit.

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Dr. Michael F. Grasso, D.D.S. Michael F. Grasso, D.D.S. 2 West Dr., Suite 120 Chesterfield, MO 63107 636.777.7700 • Mfgrassodds.com

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Veneers • Cosmetic restorations • Implants**• Invisalign® • TMJ** • Whitening • Root canals* Prevention and Hygiene • Laser treatments • CEREC Same Day Crowns • Air abrasion • Dentures and Partials • Intra oral camera • Digital x-rays With 26 years of extensive experience, Michael F. Grasso, D.D.S. stands out as one of St. Louis’ top dental docs. A beautiful smile is a treasure, and Dr. Grasso wants to make sure you discover yours today. He believes a beautiful smile begins with quality care and a strong patient-doctor relationship built on trust and understanding. In addition to individualized care, Dr. Grasso adheres to a comprehensive method of care that optimizes patient health and satisfaction. Constantly seeking the best solution for his patients’ needs, Dr. Grasso offers the latest innovations in dentistry, including treatment for sleep apnea and PRP (Plasma Rich Platelets) for improved healing. (Cuttingedge technology minimizes patient healing time while maximizing post-op comfort.) Dr. Grasso’s passion for the perfect smile has led him to stand out as a premier practice for basic and cosmetic dentistry. He and his staff are dedicated to delivering you a radiant smile from the inside out. One of Dr. Grasso’s favorite quotes, which he applies to his everyday life and career, is from Mother Theresa who said, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” *Dr. Grasso is not licensed in MO as a specialist in the advertised dental specialty. **Specialty area not recognized by the ADA and requires no specific educational training to advertise this service. ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION


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At Last These high school sweethearts exchanged vows in a celebratory ceremony filled with love, laughter, family and friends. By Sheniqua Faulkner | Photos by Wagner Photography

> Katie Lombardi and Chris Markham knew one another since the two attended middle school together, but it wasn’t until their freshman year of high school did a romance blossom when Chris asked Katie out over the phone. The couple moved from the San Francisco area to attend college at Washington University, and after graduation, Katie and Chris made a home in the Central West End. The couple had talked about marriage, but it wasn’t until an unassuming Tuesday evening after Katie returned home from work that Chris popped the question. Chris had spent months training the couple’s dog, Penny, to retrieve a ring box and bring it to Katie on cue. THE PLANNING: Katie, a self-proclaimed organizer, was excited to plan her big day, but because her family could not be involved due to geographic limitations, Katie turned to Ellen Gutierrez of Bride’s Vision (314.580.2381, bridesvision.com) to help. “My mother was across the country, but Ellen was like a St. Louis mom to me,” says Katie. THE VOWS: The couple exchanged vows before 125 guests on September 19 at Washington University’s Graham Chapel (eventservices.wustl.edu) in 52 ALIVE STL MAY 2010

a music-filled ceremony where an organist, a trumpet player and a 40-person gospel choir performed songs like “All You Need is Love” and “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.” When the couple exited the chapel as husband and wife, the choir sang the Stevie Wonder classic, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered…I’m Yours.” THE THEME: Exclusive Events (314.995.7282, exclusiveeventsinc.com) helped add warmth to the reception venue, Kemoll’s Top of the Met (314.421.0555, kemolls.com), with sophisticated colors of black, white and hints of deep red. Parts of the room were draped in chic ivory fabric and 8-foot “candle walls” filled with glowing tealights, votives and pillars in all sizes and heights gracefully illuminated the space. In front of Kemoll’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city, the couple nestled a black sectional couch for guests to lounge and enjoy city lights. THE FARE: Kemoll’s served a delicious Italian menu of calzones, house-made Italian meatballs, toasted ravioli and crab cakes and a dual main course of Veal Francesco and Chicken Agro Dolce with a side of alfredo pasta. the SWEETS: Instead of the traditional tiered wedding cake, Katie and Chris offered guests a

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dessert bar of cannoli, tiramisu, Italian cream cake and Katie’s aunt’s famous biscotti. THE FAVORS: In lieu of favors, the couple donated money to five organizations in honor of Chris’ brother, Jeremy, who died of Muscular Dystrophy in 2007. “We wanted the guests to feel actively involved in the donation, so we let them choose which organization they’d like us to contribute to on their behalf,” says Katie. THE GOWN: Katie found her stunning dress at Simply Elegant Bridal (314.241.8201, simplyelegant bridalstl.com). The beautiful off-white La Sposa gown featured elegant draping, a row of buttons down the back and a dramatic train, and was the perfect marriage of classic and modern styles that Katie envisioned. alivemag.com


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Recently Ringed Three St. Louis couples share their engagement stories.

How we Met: Duane and I met in grade school in the late 1980s through Duane’s cousin Kasey. Kasey and I attended the same grade school (Cathedral School). We were neighbors, and Duane would visit Kasey during summer vacation. Our childhood crush developed into a high school relationship until Duane graduated from Webster Groves High School and went to Florida A&M University. Two years later I graduated from Rosati-Kain High School and went onto Hampton University. We didn’t keep in contact while we were in college. Upon graduation, I moved to Washington, D.C. and Duane stayed in Florida for graduate school in 2000. Seven years later, I was planning to move back to St. Louis (Leslie is Chief Operating Officer for Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri) and sent out a mass email to reconnect with old friends. Duane (Social Worker, St. Patrick Center) responded to the email indicating that he, too, was back in St. Louis and when I returned, we reconnected and have been inseparable since.

The Proposal: I was out Christmas shopping and Duane called to ask if I wanted Chinese for dinner. I didn’t, so he said that he would get something for himself. Several hours later, I arrived home and we relaxed in front of the TV together. Duane went to the kitchen and came back with a few munchies, including two fortune cookies. He began to eat his snack and offered me a fortune cookie, but I said ‘no thanks.’ An hour later Duane again offered me a fortune cookie and said, “I am going to eat my fortune cookie, are you sure you do not want one?” Again, I said ‘no’. He replied with, “well you should at least read your fortune.” I gave in and cracked open the fortune cookie—there was a neatly tucked note in one end of the cookie, opened it and read, “Duane will ask you to marry him.” Duane then got down on one knee and popped the question. The Big Day: August 21, 2010

The Couple: Leslie Gummersheimer, 25 & Pete Heutel, 31

The Couple: Jaime Adkins, 24 & Greg Berry, 26

How we Met: Pete and I met in October of 2006 when I bought a car from his family’s Ford dealership in Waterloo. During my third visit, the salesman showed me a Shelby Mustang and said he wanted to introduce me to the manager. Expecting a much older man, I was quite surprised (and pleased) when I saw a dark-haired, handsome young man walking towards me.  I bought the car and a few weeks later, Pete called me to “assure my happiness with Sunset’s business,” and asked me to dinner.

How we Met: We both were attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and met in July 2007. But after we first met, we only saw each other when we were with our mutual friends and rarely ever crossed paths. After graduation, Greg’s roommate was determined for us to meet; his roommate was dating my roommate at the time.  Finally, we both attended a mutual friend’s wedding and hit it off right away and began dating.

The Proposal: Pete proposed over Labor Day weekend in 2009 on a trip to Estes Park, Colorado. We were on a hike in the Rocky Mountain National Park when I strayed off of the trail to take some wildlife photos. While we were standing there enjoying all of the beauty, Pete told me that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. He then asked if I wanted a drink of water as he bent down to reach into the backpack. The next thing I knew, he was down on one knee with a little gray box asking if I would marry him.

The Proposal: Two years later on a random Thursday night before Christmas, Greg texted me on my way home to let me know that he was running late at work and wouldn’t be home for dinner. When I arrived, I ran to get the mail and walked in the house without paying attention. When I looked up, I saw a candle on the coffee table and the Christmas tree was lit. I thought that I had left them both on all day. As I walked into the apartment, I saw Greg standing there. He got on one knee, and asked me to marry him. Not even thinking, my response was “Did you ask my dad!?” Of course he did and I said yes.

The Big Day: October 9, 2010

The Big Day: November 6, 2010

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The Couple: Leslie Pinkston, 32, and Duane Gill, 35


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Get Involved: Music from the Heart Play It Forward-STL puts instruments in the hands of local students and encourages them to find their musical voice By Sheniqua Faulkner

Due to difficult economic times, the magazine chose to cease printing a few years later, but the founders knew they still wanted to be a part of giving back to the music community in St. Louis. “With all of our resources, contacts and a solid reputation for our love of live music, we felt that instead of walking away, we would turn our efforts to providing music instead of promoting it, per se,” says Brogan. 56 ALIVE STL MAY 2010

Music Makes a Difference

There are dozens of studies that examine how musicality affects learning, and the consensus among educators and researchers is that music plays an important role in learning, language, memory and cognitive development. For example, a 10-year study involving 25,000 students shows that making music improves scores on standardized tests as well as in reading proficiency exams (James Catterall, UCLA, 1997). “After we satisfy a quota for donated instruments, we intend to pair musicians to schools for in-school performances and lectures,” says Fisher regarding what’s next for Play It Forward-STL. “We also would like to start mentoring programs between the more affluent schools and the schools who are not as fortunate to receive funding or assistance. And we’re planning to take the program to other cities to place instruments in even more hands.” Get Involved

Help by donating a new or gently used musical instrument (instruments can be dropped off at any Glik’s location), making a monetary donation on the Play It ForwardSTL website or attending one of the organization’s benefit events. Brogan says

that simply spreading the word can also make a difference. “Too much money is needed to effectively market this program—money that could be better spent buying, cleaning and repairing donated instruments,” she says. “We rely on word-of-mouth to generate interest in this grassroots organization.” For more info on how you can get involved with the John V. Rudebeck Foundation and Play It Forward-STL, log on to playitforwardstl.org.

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Dine for play it forward-STL On June 18, 20 percent of food and drink sales at local Chevy’s FeshMex locations will benefit Play It Forward-STL. Participants should log on to playitforwardstl.org or chevysfreshmex.com to receive a ticket that ensures their check is counted in the fundraiser. Then all they have to do is dine! The fundraiser starts at 11am at all eight St. Louis Chevy’s locations. Local musicians will perform at all locations from 5pm-7pm.

Photos courtesy of Play It Forward-STL.

> When Samantha Fisher and Rebecca Brogan founded STLSound Magazine, they knew that their media outlet meant they had a platform to give back to the community and affect change. With the passing of beloved local musician John Rudebeck, who was a dear friend of Brogan’s, came the establishment of a memorial foundation in his name that would provide musical instruments, education, mentoring, performance opportunities and outreach to local youngsters with the formation of Play It Forward-STL, an arm of the John V. Rudebeck Foundation.

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Social Scene: The Mayor’s Ball Mardi Gras Masquerade February 12 ∑ A St. Louis tradition marched into City Hall for the 8th annual Mayor’s Ball. The rotunda was transformed by glittering Mardi Gras magic as guests converged for a night of festivities including a catered dinner, entertainment and dancing. The charitable event supports several local beatification projects in St. Louis. Photos by Kurt Hutchenson & Kyle Kabance/ Kabance Photos.

Mayor Francis Slay & Kim Slay

Fire Chief Dennis, Danielle & Michelle Jenkerson

Debra & Representative Russ Carnahan

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Krista Mallette & David Hall

Lou & Tricia Hamilton

Chad Carroll & Terry Laupp

Beth & Charlie Shappard

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Social Scene: Wall Ball 2010 April 3 ∑ Creativity was in the air as art lovers and local artists gathered at NEO for the seventh annual Wall Ball, which benefits St. Louis Open Studio and Gallery (SCOSaG). Attendees enjoyed an evening of art and entertainment, including a unique silent auction featuring live art production by 50+ talented local artists and playlists spun by DJs Rob Levy, Barbara and Innovation. Guests sampled tasty treats from L’Ecole Culinaire and brews by Schlafly, while Hollyberry Catering offered a delicious cupcake raffle. Photos by Kaitlin Drake/ALIVE Scene Team.

Kimberly Kettler & Patti Rensch

Solomon Thurman

John Adams & Frannie and Andy Whiteside

Mike Perkowski

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Joyce Gorrell & Katy Mike Smaistrla

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Social Scene: JDRF’s 2010 Passport To A Cure Dream Gala Launch February 9 ∑ The artful, over-the-top modern Ladue manse of Shri and Shashi Thanedar set the perfect backdrop as 60 of St. Louis’ most fashionable, focused and philanthropic launched the 2010 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Spring Gala, Passport To A Cure (May 8th at the Kemp Auto Museum in Chesterfield). The elegant cocktail party featured international food, eye-catching décor and memorable entertainment. Photos By Dave Myers, courtesy of JDRF.

Connie and Lizzie Kurowski & Brad and Angela Kurowski Daubach

Shri Thanedar & Dr. Bruce Cohen

Laura & Bob Roeder

Angela Kurowski Daubach and Lizzie & Connie Kurowski

Roger and Teri Cohen & Dr. Bruce Cohen

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Nancy Lange-Malyszko & Rose and Craig Kaintz

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Social Scene: Razzle Dazzle Ball 2010 March 27 ∑ Saint Louis Crisis Nursery held its annual fundraiser, Razzle Dazzle Ball 2010: Paris, Ooh La La, at the Westport Sheraton. Over 600 guests enjoyed an elegant evening of cocktails, dinner and dancing as well as silent and live auctions, which included a bidding for a one-carat diamond. All proceeds benefited the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, a nonprofit organization that helps prevent child abuse and neglect by providing short-term, emergency shelter for children whose families are faced with emergencies. Photos by Robert Brown/ALIVE Scene Team.

Betsy Kirchoff, Daeghan Simms, Jennifer Shucart & Caitlin Parker

Allan & Roberta Cohen

Lauren Schneider, Jill Oller & Yoany Finetti

Silk Pajamas

Nicole Nathe and Jessica Bieg

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From mini-shorts to mega-bells, tie-dyed skinnies to embellished jackets, statement denim replaces traditional staple jeans this season. Stock up!

Photography + Art Direction by Attilio D’Agostino Lighting + Art Direction by Bob Pitts, thestudio703.com Styling by Jill Manoff Model: Anne Popiel for Centro Models, centromodels.com Makeup by Dee Stemick, thestudio703.com

[THIS PAGE] 7 For All Mankind denim available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Bracelets, stylist’s own.

Hair by Denise Gurganus, thestudio703.com Hair and makeup by Studio 703 Salon, Chesterfield, 636.536.6770, thestudio703.com. Fashion assistants: Jennifer Aull, Katie Conran, Kris Cunningham, Moira Dorsey, Kasper Lorene, Megan McCalla, Autumn Sij and Marylyn Simpson.

[OPPOSITE PAGE] Denim jacket available at Vintage Haberdashery, Tower Grove South, 314.772.1927. LA Made tee available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. Ring available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. Denim and chain, stylist’s own.


[THIS PAGE] Denim jacket available at Vintage Haberdashery, Tower Grove South, 314.772.1927. BB Dakota skirt available at Alixandra Collections, Ladue, 314.997.2360. LA Made tank and cuff available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. Bracelets, stylist’s own. [OPPOSITE PAGE] Meghan by Meghan Fabulous tunic and belt (as headband) available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080. Karmel & Alden denim available at Klutch, Town & Country, 636.220.6110. Bakers heels available at Bakers, bakersshoes.com. Necklace available at Alixandra Collections, Ladue, 314.997.2360. Bangles available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004.


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[THIS PAGE] Free People blouse and Presh necklace available at Alixandra Collections, Ladue, 314.997.2360. J Brand denim shorts available at Pulse, Chesterfield, 636.519.4022. [OPPOSITE PAGE] BCBG Max Azria leather jacket, 7 For All Mankind denim, Splendid tank, Giuseppe Zanotti heels, RayBan sunglasses and Kenneth Jay Lane earrings available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Leather cap available at Vintage Haberdashery, Tower Grove South, 314.772.1927.

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ROBERT PATTINSON AND KRISTEN STEWART IN THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

ONCE THE STUFF OF MYTH, VAMPIRES HAVE BECOME MAINSTREAM. PALE GHOULS WITH KALEIDOSCOPIC EYES CHARM HOT-BLOODED FANS IN BOOKS, ON TV AND AT THE MOVIES. TURNS OUT, ST. LOUIS GOES WAY BACK WITH SOME OF THE MOST POPULAR BLOODSUCKERS AROUND.

TRUE BLOOD: SEASON 3 Starting June 13, the good times will resume in Bon Temps, the fictional Louisiana town where HBO’s “True Blood” is set. The steamy vampire series is based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels and bears the stamp of TV auteur Alan Ball (also of “Six Feet Under” fame). Like ancient Greek immortals, Bon Temps vamps are wildly anthropomorphic: (blood) lustful, dissipated, jealous, despairing and capricious. Think Zeus with a Southern accent and fangs. And speaking of skinpiercing incisors: Kristin Bauer, whose character Pam co-owns the vampire bar Fangtasia, said she and the other blood lovers on the show wear a customized mouthpiece. “Kind of like a denture with gums and everything,” says Bauer, who spent one of her college years in St. Louis. Sink your teeth into the extended story on Bauer on page 74. KRISTIN BAUER AS VAMPIRE PAM ON “TRUE BLOOD”

ST. LOUIS NATIVE SARAH CLARKE,WHOPLAYSBELLA’S MOTHERINTHETWILIGHT SAGA,TOOKACTINGCLASSES AT COCA IN UNIVERSITY CITY.

Photos courtesy of (clockwise from left): HBO; Summit Entertainment; Penguin; Wyatt Weed.

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CONFRONTED BY THE PASTOR, LAZARUS (CARLOS ANTONIO LEÓN) SPROUTS WINGS AND PREPARES TO TAKE FLIGHT IN SHADOWLAND


THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE The cosmic success of Twilight and New Moon, the first two movies in the Twilight series, cramped actors’ style when making the third film, Eclipse, which arrives in theaters June 30. “During the first Twilight in Portland when we were shooting, there was a lot more hanging out,” said cast member and St. Louis native Sarah Clarke. “It got really tricky in Vancouver by the third one for people to be able to go anywhere, just because there were a lot of paparazzi.” Clarke, who also appeared in the Fox hit “24,” plays Bella’s mother, Renée Dwyer. At first, the youthful Clarke wasn’t sure she fit the part. “Especially talking to [Kristen Stewart], I thought, ‘Oh, my God. No one’s going to believe that I’m her mom,’” Clarke says. But then it all came together. “Once [I started] working with Kristen, it just sort of clicked. We were, like, ‘Yay, this is going to be good.’” We’ll say.

SHADOWLAND This low-budget, locally made vampire chiller has had a bloody good run on the festival circuit, traveling the globe and collecting awards for best director, best actress, best cinematography and best horror film. The heroine, Laura, is a vamp who inspires sympathy instead of dread. “Typically, vampires lean toward being evil and bloodthirsty or they’re morally ambiguous like in Interview With the Vampire,” says Shadowland writer and director Wyatt Weed, who lives and works in St. Louis. “We made a conscious effort to break with the cliché.” Weed said an architecturally rich St. Louis offered his crew a ready-made set. “Very few things had to be built,” he says. “We lit it, we shot it—boom.” The U.K. DVD is out this month, while the North and South American releases are set to follow later in the year.

THESHADOWLAND SOUNDTRACK FEATURES AN ALL-LOCAL LINEUP INCLUDING THE SONG “UC ME” BY DA CAMP AND MURPHY LEE.

ANITABLAKE,VAMPIREHUNTER HAS INSPIRED AN EPONYMOUS SERIES OF GRAPHIC NOVELS PUBLISHED BY MARVEL.

TRUEBLOODSEASON2COMES OUT ON DVD MAY 25.

Log on to ALIVEmag.com for extended interviews and stories on Twilight: Eclipse and “True Blood” season 3.

BULLET (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter No. 19) The undead lead normal lives in the novels of Laurell K. Hamilton, a New York Times bestselling author based in St. Louis. In Hamilton’s fantasyhorror-mystery series Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, supernatural beings have entered society at large. “You could go into your local grocery store, and the person bagging your groceries could be a vampire,” Hamilton says. “Or it could be that the person teaching your kids junior high science was a werewolf.” Anita Blake’s main gig: Bring criminal vampires to justice. “Fans and friends say that Anita teaches them how to be strong,” Hamilton says, reflecting on the series’ popularity. The 19th novel in the book series, Bullet, hits bookstores June 1. All we know: “There’s a lot of shooting in this book—and we lose one of our characters,” Hamilton says.

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ristin Bauer isn’t just another pretty face with fangs. Like Pam, the lusty vamp she plays on the hit HBO show “True Blood,” Bauer has flashes of defiance. In college, she earned A’s in the classes she liked (drawing, painting) and failed the ones that she didn’t (math, science). “I’ve definitely been known to be insubordinate,” says Bauer, a Midwest native who spent a year at Washington University’s art school. Bauer used to take or leave things in the working world, too. “I always had a million day jobs—you know, for two weeks, and then I’d get fired.” Now Bauer has a career that’s to die for: vampirism. Scoring the role of Pam left her feverish with excitement—but not because she could expect frequent scenes with Swedish heart slayer Alexander Skarsgård, known to “True Blood” followers as Eric Northman. “I thought, ‘Great! I get to be sarcastic, witty, in great clothes killing people,” Bauer says. “‘I’m there.’”

Bauer and her on-screen pals get their share of kicks behind the scenes, and the amusement began one of the first days on the set. “We were trying to look like we were flying, so we kept putting our arms behind us and trying to lift our knees,” she says. “We all bonded because we were laughing so hard. It looks really cool on film, but in person it just seemed silly.” To go airborne, Bauer explained vampires roll down a metal track on wheeled platforms. The rest is illusion. “To get our hair blowing so it looked like we were moving at a fast speed, there was a fan with a long extension cord with somebody running backwards in front of us,” she says.

Bauer’s first break in acting was like a scene right out of a movie. In the early ’90s, someone walked up to her on the street in Los Angeles and offered her a part. Rock ’n’ roll, however, was her original ambition. “I always dreamed I would be a guitar player,” she says. Last August, Bauer married South African guitarist, singer and songwriter Abri van Straten, frontman for the band The Lemmings.

Two short years and millions of thirsty fans later, “True Blood” is entering its third season, premiering Sunday, June 13. Bauer doesn’t know what the upcoming year will bring for her character. “Pam really isn’t in book three,” she says, referring to the novels by Charlaine Harris that gave rise to the TV series, “so the storyline is completely out of the brilliant minds of these creators. I’m waiting as the scripts come to find out what happens.”

What’s the allure of living forever among the undead? “No Botox.”

“My husband would like to fly,” says Bauer, when asked which vampire power she craves most. “I’ll go for the immortality–I’ll go for getting to stick around awhile.”

Log on to alivemag.com for ALIVE’s exclusive interview podcast with Kristin Bauer and to see the trailer of “True Blood” Season 3.


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afterdark 101 places to dance, dine, rev up and unwind in St. Louis

609 Lounge

Photo by Jonathan Pollack.

By Amy De La Hunt | Edited by Cristy Miller


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HIT THE DANCEFLOOR It’s Saturday night and you’re ready to shake off the week. The DJs at these clubs will have you on the floor all night—choose your shoes accordingly. 609 Lounge Hip-hop resonates on Delmar, and you can hear plenty of it at 609. The only temptation to leave the dance floor comes from the specialty cocktails and late-night menu. If only it weren’t so hard to dance and drink at the same time. The Loop, 314.721.9168.

Erney’s 32° With its strikingly modern décor, this gay bar shows the sophisticated side of the Manchester strip. And if things get too hot on the dancefloor with the house-meets-Top 40 tunes, cool off in the walk-in VodBox vodka cooler. The Grove, 314.652.7195.

Europe Take a trip around the world every Saturday night at the bigger-and-better resurrected version of this club that’s beloved by Old World transplants—and so it keeps European hours, going strong until 5am. Downtown, 314.621.5111.

Fusion Nightclub If you’re looking to dance on Laclede’s Landing, Fusion is the place to go. It took over the Club Buca space last year and revamped it, with bottle service and all the other amenities clubgoers have come to expect. Downtown, 314.241.3873.

fix. Resident DJs share time with special guests whose digital stash of house music is close to encyclopedic. Central West End, 314.266.8446.

Upstairs Lounge An underground dance club in every way except its actual physical location (above Mekong), this is the place to go for an eclectic, loud and unpredictable alternative to the see-and-be-seen scene. DJs spin every night of the week. South Grand, 314.773.3388.

DO THE BAR HOP It’s a perfect summer evening and the night is young. Make the most of it and try these all-within-a-block-or-two destinations. Central West End Café Eau (212 N. Kingshighway Blvd.) is nothing like you’d imagine a hotel bar to be—but then, the Chase Park-Plaza is not your typical hotel. Night mingles moviegoers and private partiers and travelers. Up the road a bit, Bar Italia (13 Maryland Plaza) is known for its Italian food but revered for its infused spirits and wide-ranging cocktail menu, best enjoyed in the Luna Lounge. Bar Louie (14 Maryland Plaza) is no slacker on the mixed drinks either, but its late-night nibbles are what will fuel your drive home.

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The resident DJs keep the dance floor packed in this Ameristar Casino club, but add celebrities like DJ AM, Tiesto or Paul Van Dyk and things really get crazy. St. Charles, 636.940.4333.

Sophistication is the order of the night, starting with the delicious comfort food at Roxane (12 N. Meramec Ave.) or home cooking that’s a step above your mom’s at Barrister’s (15 N. Meramec Ave.). It’s all business at the sports bars, like the ever-popular baseball-themed J.Buck’s (101 S. Hanley Rd.) or the hockey haven of J.P. Fields (26 N. Central Ave.). To end the evening, sip a specialty cocktail in style at Bar Napoli (7754 Forsyth Blvd.).

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Head to the Showtune Extravaganza for a groovy Tuesday—yes, Tuesday—and you’ll find yourself coming back weekends for drink specials, video dance parties and drag queens. The crafty owners (who also run Erney’s 32°) know how to lure you in. Central West End, 314.361.4119.

Enjoy Peruvian fare and pisco sours at Mango (1101 Lucas Ave.) Downtown, then enjoy a little lounging and late-night global fusion tapas at Mosaic (1001 Washington Ave.) before completing your world travels at The Dubliner (1025 Washington Ave.), with Irish whiskey and pub fare. All three offer latenight drink specials—and the kitchens stay open until the wee hours at both Mosaic and The Dubliner.

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The Loft Don’t let the jazz club name mislead you—the dance vibes flow whether it’s Thursday for divas, Friday for live music (including Café Soul) followed by a house party, or Saturday for a 104.1FM live hip-hop broadcast. Midtown, 314.225.2505.

London Calling No matter where the DJ crew of this highenergy dance party sets up shop (currently at The Gramophone) it’s a guaranteed funky, danceable mix of Britpop, ska, New Wave, indie and punk. The Grove, 314.531.5700.

The Pepper Lounge Go retro in the warm glow of The Pepper Lounge, where DJs Big D, Steve Meier and Hugh Tyson mash up your favorite old tunes with hot new Top 40, hip-hop, rock and house. Downtown, 314.241.2005.

Sol Lounge For fans of house culture and electronic music, there’s nowhere better to get a

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The Grove For a Friday happy hour that lasts all afternoon, check into Rehab (4054 Chouteau Ave.). Then catch a show or just celebrate the fact that every Friday is men’s night at Nancy’s Place (4510 Manchester Ave.). Once the evening is in full swing, hit the dance floor at Just John’s (4112 Manchester Ave.) and for a nightcap, explore the signature cocktail list at Premium Lounge (4199 Manchester Ave.).

The Landing Manly pleasures abound on The Landing. There’s the “strip joint” and barbecue shack Jake’s Steaks (708 N. Second St.) to fill your carnivorous desires, the sports on the screens at Sundecker’s (900 N. First St.), and the hand-crafted specialty lagers at Morgan Street Brewery (721 N. Second St.). Take your time sampling the draft beer menu—Morgan Street is open until 2:30am.

Morgan Ford If you’re itching for a good debate on taboo topics like politics and religion, you’ll find it weeknights at The Royale (3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd.), where you can talk it out over one of the best signature cocktails in town. After you’ve convinced everyone you’re right, head to the Tin Can Tavern (3157 Morgan Ford Rd.) and start a new discussion about beer—maybe canned Schlitz Malt vs. PBR. Wrap up the evening across the street at Three Monkeys (3153 Morgan Ford Rd.) for the late-night happy hour with beer, drink AND food specials Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10pm to midnight.

Soulard There’s nowhere better than the patio at McGurk’s (1200 Russell Blvd.) to start a Saturday night out, with a pint and a basket of Irish chips. A short stroll brings you to Joanie’s Pizzeria (2101 Menard St.), where they keep the Provel where it belongs: on the salads. For live music, it’s hard to go wrong in Soulard. Two worth checking out are The Library (706 Lafayette Ave.) for its up-and-coming, hardcharging bands and Hammerstone’s (2028 S. Ninth St.) for late-night blues, rock and jazz.

Washington Avenue Decisions, decisions. Go sporty and casual for buckets of Bud at The Side Bar (1317 Washington Ave.), followed by a couple of pints Flannery’s Pub (1324 Washington Ave.)? Or get cute and flirty for sushi, schmoozing and late-night ’80s dance parties at Rue 13 (1311 Washington Ave.), then sashay over to dance for hours in the luxurious, all-white realm of Lure (1204 Washington Ave.)? Whatever you decide, a good time is guaranteed.

JUST CHILL Looking to unwind over a well-mixed cocktail? These lounges are less about blasting your eardrums and more about socializing. Kick back and let the night begin. Absolutli Goosed With 80 versions of the martini and 14 garnishes, you could spend weeks mixing and matching from that one category alone and never get to the wines, beers or spirits. Life’s too short for this many choices—but thankfully you’ll want to return enough to eventually get through the menu. South Grand, 314.771.9300.

Black Label Lounge Its art-plus-music-plus-baseball vibe draws in a wide cross-section to The Label. Some come to admire the gallery, some to hang with the DJs, some to sip a potent post-game Long Island tea and some to snarf down the chicken and waffles until 4am. Downtown, 314.621.1929.

Club 15 Splurge on bottle service and a table reservation, then let 15’s resident DJ Beezie take control. With two rooms and a patio that must be seen to be believed, this lounge has a space for everyone. Downtown, 314.588.8899.

EXO Lounge Many lounges try to evoke an artistic EastCoast attitude, but few succeed like this urban hang suite. The expansive two-level space has

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plenty of quiet nooks, should the soulful music put you in the mood to whisper sweet nothings. Midtown, 314.534.1500.

The In Spot Forget about the calories and indulge in deliciousness at this chic dessert bar and lounge. Six-layer carrot cake; poached pear with brie in Riesling; chocolate truffle Italian ice cream with Godiva caramel liqueur. Need we go on? The Loop, 314.454.6969.

Mandarin Did you know George Clooney was here? Yes, his visit was so last year, but this Asian-themed lounge is just as hip now as it was then. From the rooftop patio to the resident DJs to the comfy intimate booths, St. Louisans still love everything about Mandarin. Central West End, 314.367.4447.

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Maryland House The upper floor of Brennan’s is a neighborhood hangout—one with good wine and strong cocktails. What else would you expect from a lounge that shares space with a Scotch cellar in the basement and a ground-floor wine shop? Central West End, 314.361.9444.

Reference Room A lounge-within-a-lounge, an attic hideaway, a cozy cocktail oasis. By making an old game room into a dance space, complete with its own DJ, Sol cleverly gave its customers a reason to trek up three flights of stairs. Central West End, 314.266.8446.

Revolve Rotating Lounge You’ll have to pay attention to keep up with this innovative party. It launched in March at City Hall after the Jay-Z concert, but it’s a lounge on the move. Wherever it pops up next, the organizers promise an upscale nightlife experience. Revolvelounge.com.

Shiver If summer gets too hot for you, escape to the arctic coldness of a walk-in vodka freezer. They’ll supply the coat, hat, gloves, boots, ice couches and ice glasses. Yes, really. Folks are lining up to freeze their tushies off at this new hotspot. Downtown, 314.241.3900.

SLeeK This ultra lounge in Lumière Place is technically part of the steakhouse, and you can see it from the casino floor, but it feels like a private “liquor library.” Maybe that’s why the pro athletes who hang out here like it so much. Downtown, 314.881.7595.

Thaxton Speakeasy An underground lounge in the truest sense, this Art Deco bar recaptures the mystique of Prohibition-era speakeasies by making guests enter through the alley. Knowing the password will get you in the door for a discounted cover. Downtown, 314.241.3279.

Urban Lounge One man with a vision for international music and creative cocktails. That’s all it took for Ur-

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ban to get off the ground, by owner Nat, and now it’s a favorite destination for foodies and music lovers alike. South Grand, 314.772.3308.

SIP AND SUP LATE NIGHT You’re famished, but it’s 10pm and the kitchens are closing—or are they? These restaurants offer night owls way more atmosphere than the nearest taco drive-thru. Araka To Eat: Spacious and stylish, this destination serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine featuring locally sourced produce and meats until 10:30pm Friday and Saturday. To Drink: The wine list offers dozens of glasses and scores of bottles. Clayton, 314.725.6777.

BARcelona To Eat: Authentic Spanish tapas like empanadas, albóndigas and paella until 11pm will have you saying Olé! Go ahead, spice up the night in Clayton. To Drink: The cocktail list is a splash of coastal sunshine, with plenty of rum, juice and sparkling wine. Clayton, 314.863.9909.

Chi Sushi To Eat: Chi’s a perfect mix of cosmopolitan trendiness and laid-back neighborhood bar; it’s a 21st-century Cheers with sake cocktails and sushi until 10:30pm Friday and Saturday. To Drink: The cold premium (ginjo) sake will be a revelation if you’re used to the warm stuff. Central West End, 314.367.2209.

The Drunken Fish To Eat: We couldn’t pick which is our favorite Drunken Fish location, but luckily all offer the late-night menu of edamame, gyoza, stir-fry and select rolls every night from 10:30pm to closing. Order from the full menu until midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Westport, 314.275.8300, CWE, 314.367.4222, Laclede’s Landing, 314.241.9595. To Drink: Select signature martinis are only $4 (barely more than a Bud!) on the late-night menu.

Eclipse To Eat: If the weather’s nice, the rooftop patio overlooking The Loop stays open until 2am. If it’s not, no worries. Every night of the week, you can dine that late in the space-age restaurant on upscale dishes like foie gras, mussels and sweetbreads. To Drink: The classic cocktails prove libations that were around before Sputnik haven’t lost their shine. The Loop, 314.726.2222.

El Borracho To Eat: A Downtown Mexican cantina where gringos are welcome to discover tacos, burritos and quesadillas in traditional taquería style until 1am weeknights, 3am Friday and Saturday and 11:30pm Sunday. To Drink: Margaritas, claro. When you’re surrounded by Day of the Dead imagery, it’s hard to imagine drinking anything that’s not Mexican. Downtown, 314.588.0055.

The Fountain on Locust To Eat: This Midtown Art Deco soda fountain is a sweet spot to indulge in soups, sandwiches, ice cream and chocolate until midnight Fridays and Saturdays. To Drink: The ice cream martinis are divinely addictive. Midtown, 314.535.7800.

Herbie’s Vintage 72 To Eat: French fare in the classy dining room and comfort food in the casual bistro until 10:30pm weeknights and 11pm weekends make this CWE landmark a prime place for dining late. To Drink: The wine list, like the menus, focuses on French and American vintages. Central West End, 314.769.9595.

Houlihans To Eat: St. Louisans got first peek at the chain’s new small-plates menu. Our verdict: a winner. In Brentwood, the test-market dishes and the regular fare are available until 11pm Monday to Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday. To Drink: While choosing where to sit, note the happy hour prices on select cocktails, spirits, wines and beers in the bar from 10pm to close. Multiple locations, 314.863.9116.

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For laid-back coziness—and a killer sangria— this eclectic little corner bar can’t be beat. By day it’s a quiet coffeehouse, but when the bands set up in the corner, it’s transformed into a unique venue for hearing live world music. Benton Park, 314.776.3515.


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To Eat: Fusion fare at this chic Westport vodka bar means wonton tacos, green tea chicken and chorizo-stuffed dates. On Tuesdays, sample the “social hour” menu until midnight. To Drink: The sangria flight looks almost too good to drink. Almost. Creve Coeur, 314.542.2000.

To Eat: This self proclaimed “eatzzeria” serves pub fare, pizzas and grinder sandwiches until 11pm on Friday and Saturday. To Drink: This Cherokee brewhouse is also a distillery, producing its own rum label, and has a stellar beer and liquor list. Benton Park, 314.771.8500

Katie’s Pizzeria

Sub Zero Vodka Bar

To Eat: Pizza-lovers flock to this little storefront for the fresh mozzarella and perfect crusts. The more adventurous eaters are seduced by the exotic toppings like squash blossom, pine nuts and shrimp. The kitchen stays open to midnight or later from Wednesday to Saturday, especially on warm summer evenings when the patio is full of hungry customers. To Drink: The wine list’s not particularly long, but all the choices go great with pizza. DeMun, 314.727.8585.

To Eat: Sushi and burgers may seem incongruous to the uninitiated, but the combo works. Both foods are crave-worthy late at night, and Sub Zero offers them until midnight Sunday to Thursday and until 1:30am Friday and Saturday. To Drink: The bar offers more than 200 vodkas and many flavorful infusions. Belly up to the ice bar, because there’s bound to be one that’s perfect for you. Central West End, 314.367.1200.

Lola To Eat: Sweet and savory crepes are delicious morning, noon or night, but they’re really yummy late-night. Lola serves them, along with other tasteful nibbles, until 11pm Friday and Saturday. To Drink: The list of handcrafted cocktails named for Downtown loft buildings will educate you in the art of pairing spirits and quiz you on architecture at the same time. Downtown, 314.621.7277.

Lucas Park Grille To Eat: The vibe says “nightlife” but nobody told the kitchen that upscale urban party spots typically don’t have great seafood, steaks and salads. Serving until midnight Friday and Saturday. To Drink: Bottle service here means wine from the extensive list. Downtown, 314.241.7770.

Miso To Eat: The centerpiece of the main-floor expansion is the sushi bar, where diners can watch the chefs in action until 10:30pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at this Clayton nightspot. To Drink: Sample Japanese brewing with Sapporo beers or good-quality chilled sakes. Clayton, 314.863.7888.

Pi To Eat: Two of the trendy pizzeria’s three locations (The Loop, 314.727.6633, and CWE, 314.367.4300) keep the ovens hot until midnight Monday through Saturday. To Drink: Both the wine and cocktail menus offer organic options, keeping with the restaurant’s green image.

Roxane To Eat: Roxane’s global cuisine defies easy classification as it spins around the world from the American Southwest to France, Hungary and Asia. The late-night menu’s available until 12:30am Monday to Saturday. To Drink: Happy hour runs from 11pm to close every night. Clayton, 314.721.7700.

Sanctuaria To Eat: For Latin American tapas until midnight Tuesday and Wednesday and 1am Thursday through Saturday, take a seat under the metal tree in the bar area. To Drink: Sample a flight of potent Peruvian pisco or trust the expert mixologists with their drink of the night. The Grove, 314.535.9700.

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Taste by Niche To Eat: The little space adjoining Benton Park’s most-talked-about restaurant serves budget-friendly examples of the kitchen’s skill until 12:30am Tuesday to Saturday. To Drink: Dare to experiment with cocktail ingredients like duck fat, Japanese whiskey or absinthe—or, for $8, let the bartender surprise you. Benton Park, 314.773.7755.

BRING OUT YOUR INNER SUPER FAN Looking to watch the Cardinals, but not from the lumpy confines of your couch? Head to a sports bar where the screens are flat, the beer is cold and the servers know better than to interrupt a full count to Albert Pujols. Joe Buck’s A rehabbed warehouse within sight of Busch Stadium makes a fitting home for a sportsthemed restaurant tied to legendary Cardinals announcer Jack Buck and the children who fol-

lowed him to the broadcast chair, Joe and Julie. Downtown, 314.436.0394.

Lester’s It’s true that not everyone who packs the place for happy hour is into events on the field, but you’ll find plenty of die-hard sports fans. The dining room’s long rows of TVs make it easy to keep track of multiple events at once. Ladue, 314.994.0055.

Mike Shannon’s Seafood and Steaks Long before Downtown’s rebirth, pro athletes hung out at this steakhouse—and they still do, now joined by hundreds of fans before and after Cards games on the outdoor patio, The Outfield, which overlooks Busch Stadium. Downtown, 314.421.1540.

The Over/Under Care to make a friendly wager? We bet you’ll love this place whether you have tickets to the game or just want to watch on the 37 indoor TVs and outdoor patio projection screen. Downtown, 314.621.8881.

The Post Sports Bar and Grill This WiFi-enabled Maplewood sports bar is nirvana for fantasy leagues. If you’re in one already, great—if not, join theirs, for a single sport or across all the major leagues. Maplewood, 314.645.1109.

Sportsman’s Park Come in for the pregame show, because that’s the only way you’ll get a seat at this popular watering hole. Among the usual bar foods, the chicken tenders stand out. Ladue, 314.991.3381.

St. Louis SportsZone Everything about this shrine to sports is bigger than life: the 7,500-square-foot restaurant and bar, the five HDTV projection screens, the colossal menu of beloved bar foods. It’s a champion on the sports bar scene. Shrewsbury, 314.961.3366.

GET YOUR GAME ON It’s payday and there’s extra cash burning a hole in your pocket. Hitting the poker tables or hustling pool is a sure bet for a good time. Grab your lucky charm and try your luck at these St. Louis destinations. Ameristar Casino Its resemblance to Vegas “cities” makes a walk through Ameristar highly entertaining, even before you arrive at the casino. The 3,000 video poker and slot machines whir on all sides, but it’s quieter in the poker room and—we can only imagine—reverently hushed in the private highstakes room. St. Charles, 636.940.4300.

Casino Queen If the money in your pocket is jingling rather than burning, your best bets are the quarter roulette wheel and $2 blackjack tables. Win or lose, you can afford the free cover at Sevens Lounge. East St. Louis, 800.777.0777.

The Library Annex College guys will bet on anything, and this popular bar gives them plenty of opportunities for showing each other up at darts, foosball, pool, quarters or even beer pong. There’s also the endlessly challenging game of getting numbers on the dance floor. Midtown, 314.652.8484.

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A red hot destination

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The gaming floor has stiff competition from the casino’s other attractions. Play awhile, then eat at world-class chef Hubert Keller’s Sleek and Burger Bar. Catch a show at the theater. Or celebrate at the Four Seasons. Downtown, 314.881.7777.

The Italian-inspired menu takes full advantage of the in-house pizza oven, and the modern décor elevates Red Kitchen & Bar above your standard hotel restaurant (Hyatt Regency St. Louis). Hit up this spot with the girls for small plates and classic cocktails. Downtown, 314.259.3244.

The rehabbed Cupples warehouse has a modern loft ambiance, complete with the best feature of downtown dwelling: a rooftop deck. For happy hour or Cardinals games, this restaurant and bar draws ‘em in like a magnet. Downtown, 314.436.0394.

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The combination of Molly’s patio with Norton’s patio created a crown jewel among Soulard’s many lovely brick backyards. The multi-level hideaway is best enjoyed from a cabana, if you can snag one. Soulard, 314.241.6200.

Pin-Up Bowl St. Louis loves a good retro-kitschy theme, and the pin-up girls at this bowling alley fit the bill perfectly. It’s small, so you may have to wait for a lane, but the cocktails help kill time. The Loop, 314.727.5555.

River City Casino The newest casino in town ups the ante with 2,100 slots and video poker machines and 55 table games—including intro lessons in the poker room—plus five restaurants and two bars in the $380 million complex. South County, 314.388.7777.

Wave Taco It’s beach season, and that means sand volleyball and bikini contests. Your second-best option to booking a flight to California is heading Downtown to this laid-back oasis. The action on the court is still going strong after sundown. Downtown, 314.241.8226.

MAKE A DATE WITH THE GIRLS It’s ladies’ night—dinner, drinks and dessert are all on the agenda. Match your mood with one of these top spots to spend an evening with the gals. Beer isn’t just for the boys Tap house meets wine bar at Bridge, the new spot from Dave Bailey (Rooster, Baileys’ Chocolate Bar). It’s a vibrant, modern space that’s all about the voluminous wine, beer and cheese lists. Downtown, 314.241.8141.

Gelato! What were you thinking? Gelateria’s not that kind of place—and it’s all the more popular for being a nighttime spot where the biggest vices are sugar and caffeine. South Grand, 314.776.3500.

Sounds groovy Tired of letting guys pick the music? Check out DJ Jenuendo until 3am weekends at Mosaic Lounge. The late-night happy hour during her set adds another reason to make this a weekly girls’ night out destination. Downtown, 314.621.6001.

Spice up girls’ night Club Viva’s Latin Nights on Thursdays bring out the salsa dancer in women from every culture. Learn the moves at 8pm (no need to bring a partner) and an hour later you’re ready for whatever the live bands or video DJs bring on. Central West End, 314.361.0322.

Time to unwind Robust is a popular wine bar for girlfriends to gather after work, perhaps because it puts everyone on equal footing. Those who know wine appreciate the selection; those who don’t can easily find a glass they’ll like among flavor profiles like luscious, generous and soft-hearted. Webster Groves, 314.963.0033.

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Quintessential Main Street St. Charles may have a reputation for historic festivals and cute shops, but Q blows up that mold. The rooftop patio has all the amenities of an urban club, including couches and bottle service. St. Charles, 636.443.2211.

Schneithorst’s The second-floor open-air biergarten is a nod to St. Louis’ German brewing and beer-drinking heritage. The lunch and dinner menu from the Kaffee Haus downstairs tastes all the better in the sunshine. Ladue, 314.993.4100.

The Scottish Arms The simple wood-fenced patio is a fitting spot for drinking whisky with a plate of Scotch eggs and sausages on the table. The late-night happy hour PBR would also be appropriate. We’ll raise ours to laidback bar owners in kilts. Central West End, 314.535.0551.

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The luxurious fabrics and colors at Aya Sofia bring to mind the pampering that harem beauties received. But instead of fighting for a sultan’s attention, you’ll be maneuvering for the last meze on the platter. South City, 314.645.9919.

Dueling chromosomes Look out, guys, ‘cause the Thursdays at The Jive & Wail attract women who’re serious about their night out, and you may be on their agenda. The dueling pianos (and half-price martinis on ladies’ night) put everyone in the mood for an uninhibited good time. Maplewood, 314.781.7000.

Eau so sweet Specialty martinis go on sale for $4.99 at Café Eau Thursdays and Fridays during the 5pm-7pm happy hour, and any budget-conscious lady will find that very attractive. Add the ambiance of an indoor ice bar and outdoor fireplace and we’re happy shoppers. CWE, 314.454.9000.

Glasses and gossip There’s just something so satisfying about enjoying a good glass of vino with the girls. And at Branica Wine Bar, you can enjoy a variety of white and reds by the glass, in 3 or 6 ounces, or by the bottle, inside the classy bar or outside on the beautiful patio. Kirkwood, 314.909.7575.

Moonlight and music An evening on Table Three’s lovingly manicured patio invites shared confidences, perfect for a catch-up gossip session over salad and flatbread pizza from the bar menu with live music on Friday and Saturday as a backdrop. Wildwood, 636.458.4333.

PARK IT ON A PATIO It’s a perfect summery evening, too nice to be stuck indoors, and you’re looking for not just a unique patio, but one with character. Check out these top spots to sip and socialize al fresco. Atomic Cowboy The nuclear-cowgirl-from-the-past mascot would have liked the open-sided Quonset (that big metal roof) and the slightly untamed aspect to the bonfire on the patio. She’d be jammin’ with the live bands and diggin’ into the Baja Mexican menu. The Grove, 314.775.0775.

Cielo There’s no better open-air view of the Arch and riverfront than the one from the eighth-floor rooftop of the Four Seasons Hotel. The cuisine matches the setting—elegant and romantic but not pretentious. Downtown, 314.881.5800.

Harry’s This has long been a favorite after-work hangout for white-collar workers escaping from the office towers the picturesque patio overlooks. A hard day in a cube doesn’t seem so bad from this perspective. Downtown, 314.421.6969.

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afterdark The Firebird Everything about this up-and-coming club gets better every time we check it out, from the diverse local bands and national tours it books to the selection at the bar. Follow the tweets (@ firebirdstl) for last-minute lineup changes. Downtown, firebirdstl.com.

The Fox Hole The scene at Atomic Cowboy migrates west to this annex for concerts, comedy shows and other events that have outgrown the original venue. The Grove, atomiccowboystl.com.

The Gramophone It’s built a reputation for great music steadily over the past two years. And its blog is one of the best places around for educating music fans and encouraging them to get outside their comfort zones and try something new. The Grove, thegramophonelive.com

Off Broadway Though it does have seated shows early on Thursdays, it’s hard to think of this off-thebeaten-track bar as anything but the consummate elbow-to-elbow beer joint with live music. Benton Park, offbroadwaystl.com.

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Left photo courtesy of Cielo; Sasha’s on Shaw photo by Kaitlin Drake; Old Rock House photo courtesy of Old Rock House.

Sasha’s on Shaw

Smoking Joe’s Bar-Be-Que

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This is no ’que shack. From a picture, you’d think the loft-style décor fits right in on Washington Avenue. But once you get your hands on those ribs, it’s all about paper napkins and lickin’ fingers and outdoors is the perfect setting. Downtown, 314.436.3876.

This is a special-occasion restaurant that’s approachable enough to make Hump Day a good reason for a late-night dinner (Tuesday to Saturday until 11:30pm) or drink in the wine bar (until 1:30am). Maplewood, 314.644.3995.

ENJOY ROMANTIC BLISS It’s a late-night rendezvous, just the two of you. Chocolate, wine, candles at a quiet table…cue the romantic music. Baileys’ Chocolate Bar They’ve made seduction simple: Order The Lover’s Plate—enough edible aphrodisiacs for two—and take turns dipping fruit and nuts for each other. The rest, we’ll leave to your imagination. Lafayette Square, 314.241.8100.

Bissinger’s a Chocolate Experience Go out for “choctails” and dessert until midnight Thursday to Saturday at this offshoot of the renowned chocolatier. Wines, fortified wines, coffees, teas and other beverages that pair well with chocolate are also on the menu. Central West End, 314.367.7750.

Café Cioccolato At first, this high-ceilinged space may feel stark, but the service is so warm and friendly that you’re soon curled up into chairs, sharing truffles and wine, with eyes only for each other. Swing by for a calvados heart truffle until 11:30pm Fridays and Saturdays. Downtown, 314.345.1200.

Jimmy’s on the Park Live jazz Friday and Saturday. Single-malt Scotches. A late-night dinner menu until midnight on weekends. A bottomless jar of pasta crunchers. And you, the key ingredient. What more could he ask from a rendezvous? Clayton, 314.725.8585.

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The three-story, red-brick rehab offers several ways to experience a show. Hang out in front of the stage and jam with the band, kick back with a drink and relax, or concentrate on the barbecue and listen to the music with half an ear. Downtown, oldrockhouse.com.

The Old Rock House

Moolah Theatre & Lounge Snuggle on the loveseat for the last screening of the night (maybe talk him into Sex and the City 2 at the end of May). Cocktails and popcorn go pretty well together, just FYI. Midtown, 314.446 6806.

Sasha’s on Shaw The large back room is best for romance, with its unexpected design touches (wine-bottle light fixtures, granite cheese plates and walkways that make the servers look as if they’re floating) adding to a sense of anticipation. South City, 314.771.7274.

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HEAR LIVE MUSIC It’s always a good night to hear live music in St. Louis. The clubs book all kinds of beats, from blues to rock, hip-hop to alt-country, and pretty much everything in between. Gather your music-lovin’ friends and catch a show. Blueberry Hill Acts come from near (Chuck Berry, appearing every month) and far (soloist Aqualung from the U.K., appearing May 6) to play the Duck Room. Hard to believe a place this cool opened way back in 1972. The Loop, blueberryhill.com

Broadway Oyster Bar There’s blues, jazz, bluegrass or rock every night of the week (and two shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday) at this Cajun-inspired restaurant and bar. Downtown, broadwayoysterbar.com.

The 10-year-old concert venue promises that all ticketholders will be within 70 feet of the stage, even when it’s full of 2,300 fans. After the main show, the music continues at The Halo Bar, which books its own DJs and bands. The Loop, thepageant.com.

Scape Resident jazz and R&B pianist Tony Simmons and vocalist Cheryl Brown put a whole new spin on “dinner music” Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Scape’s energy level ratchets up a notch when they’re in the house. Central West End, scapestl.com.

Schlafly Tap Room Our city’s biggest microbrewer says it’s in the business of beer and parties, not music, but its eclectic live music calendar always manages to stay full Thursday to Sunday. The same goes for its satellite brewing location, the Bottleworks in Maplewood. Downtown, myspace. com/schlaflybeer.

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Raising THE BAR A look inside St. Louis’ hottest new late-night haunts.

Taste

by Niche

The Concept: While everyone else is trying to do it bigger, wunderkind restaurateur Gerard Craft has hit the mark by doing it smaller. Located next door to his award-winning restaurant Niche, Taste offers a succinct menu of masterfully mixed drinks and simple-but-flavorful fare that is an amuse bouche of the good life. When to Show Up: Stop by a few hours before dinner for a light snack and an aperitif, or after your meal for cocktails and a lively crowd. Best Food & Drink Pairing: Try the Gateway Caipirinha: Cabana Cachaça, lemon juice, cinnamown bark syrup and peach preserves. Then ask the mixologist which daily menu item would pair best. How to Get Served Quickly: Call ahead. Such a small space fills up fast, and they only take a few reservations a night, so if you know you’re heading their way, let them know. Otherwise, get there early. The Brains Behind the Bar: Ted Kilgore, a locally and nationally recognized mixologist, and his protégés have created a menu that is a salute to the golden age of American cocktails. 1831 Sidney St., Soulard, 314.773.7755

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The Library annex The Concept: The Library Annex is the college bar’s older brother—a little smarter, a little more sophisticated, but still loves to party. Brothers Tim and Seamus McGowan have created a college bar with upscale lounge décor, a number of bar games, 20 plasma TVs, and a dance floor with serious sights and sounds, located just off the SLU campus. It’s got the only dance floor and permanent Beer Pong tables in its area. Tall wooden booths topped with rows of books create privacy and exclusivity and divide the large space into three areas. When to Show Up: Take advantage of the longer-than-usual happy hour, Wednesday-Friday until 8pm. If you want to dance on Friday or Saturday, get there before midnight, when they usually hit capacity. Best Food & Drink Pairing: The PretzelBurger + a Bud Light Who to Bring with You: Your entourage. Grab a group of your best girlfriends or buddies and look good, because it’s a great place to meet someone new. If It’s Your First Time: Show up early to secure a Beer Pong table. 3693 Forest Park Ave., Midtown, 314.652.8484

Bridge

Tap House & Wine Bar

The Concept: Downtown’s latest place to be for a social supper and a mile-long drink list with something for everyone (over 200 beers, 36 on tap and over 100 wines, 20+ by the glass). David Bailey, owner of Baileys’ Chocolate Bar and Rooster, has a knack for concept and eye for design and has created the perfect harmony of simplicity and sophistication at Bridge. The wood décor and sleek stringed accents echo the restaurant’s namesake, the bridge of a violin. When to Show Up: For dinner, get there early (5pm-6pm); for a lively bar scene, arrive after 9pm on Friday or Saturday. Best Food & Drink Pairing: Gorgonzola and Bacon Bread Pudding + K Vintners Viogner white wine. Who to Bring with You: Great for date night but even better for a small group. Sample a number of new-to-you beers in 4 oz. tasting glasses and share multiple combos from the À La Carte Cheese & Charcuterie boards. If It’s Your First Time: Ask your server for beer selections that may not be on the menu. Since kegs are sometimes delivered mid-shift, you could get a first taste of the freshest beer on tap. 1004 Locust St., Downtown, 314.241.8141

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Pi

in the Central West End

Erney’s

32° Vodka Bar

The Concept: Pi owner Chris Sommers has perfected the art of turning a pizza joint into a destination. His newest location in the Central West End indulges its patrons’ sophisticated tastes and rewards them with a well-designed atmosphere. Their signature deep-dish, cornmeal-crust pizza made Pi in the Loop a hotspot, and the CWE location turns up the heat with one of the neighborhood’s largest bars, staffed by seriously skilled bartenders.

The Concept: This white-hot vodka bar is the epitome of cool. The newest venture by Mark Erney and Paul Holst (of The Zone in the CWE) features three bars—two inside and one on the fun-filled patio—and a dancefloor that explodes by midnight. What sets this vodka bar apart from the rest is the VodBox, one of just a few walk-in vodka freezers in the country. Colorful LED lights on white walls keep the mood fresh, while retro fixtures, barstools and curtains add to the fun.

When to Show Up: Grab a late meal (9pm-10pm) then move to the bar afterward for drinks. If it’s your first time, grab a pager from the hostess and stroll the block while you wait. Pop into the surrounding galleries and shops to see what’s new. The next morning, return to Pi for a much-needed cappuccino and cinnamon bun.

When to Show Up: Thursday nights are All You Can Drink Night. For $10, you can drink as you please from 9pm-midnight. For $5 more, you can extend your curfew to 1am.

Best Food & Drink Pairing: Central West End pizza + the Infinite Potential: Maison Surrenne Petite Champagne Cognac, Orchard Apricot Liqueur, house-made simple syrup, topped with Chandon Brut The Brains Behind the Bar: Sommers recruited bartenders from California, New Orleans, New York, Chicago and beyond—all of whom have helped shape the drink menu. And a certified sommelier on staff is an unlikely but welcome fixture for this posh pizzeria. 400 N. Euclid Ave., Central West End, 314.367.4300

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Best Drink: Double Espresso Martini: Van Gogh Double Espresso vodka, vanilla vodka and triple sec. If you like it sweeter, ask for a little Kahlúa mixed in. Who to Bring with You: Whoever you want. The Erney’s crowd is fun and welcoming, so show up with a group or alone and you’re sure make a few new friends. How to Get Served Quickly: Yell. If you don’t know your bartender’s name, shout your drink order. They’ll appreciate your moxie. 4200 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.652.7195

Sanctuaria The Concept: This “sanctuary in the city” creates unique drinks using only boutique liquors (no mass-market brands), fresh juices and handcrafted accompaniments. Inspired by the Latin American holiday Day of the Dead, this darkly romantic spot features ominous paintings in Baroque frames, macabre décor and black leather walls. How to Get Served Quickly: Sit at the bar. Aside from quicker service, you’ll have a front-row seat for the show. At Sanctuaria, assembling a drink is a ballet-style art form of measuring, muddling and mixing. Best Food & Drink Pairing: Vaca Frita + the Brazilian Flip: Cabana Cachaça, house-made Falernum (rum-based liqueur infused with almonds, lime, clove and lavender), lemon juice, grapefruit bitters and an egg white Who to Bring with You: Someone special. The restaurant’s intimate dining rooms are great for date night. The Brains Behind the Bar: Mixologist Matt Seiter has been lauded in New York, Chicago and St. Louis for his originality, intuition and dramatic presentation. 4198 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.535.9700

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From booking and promotions to bringing in the hottest DJs and celebs, Ray Davila and Chris Cosenza are the men making it all happen behind the velvet rope at HOME Nightclub. But behind the star-powered events and VIP treatment, it’s a business that takes much work and talent well before the lights turn down and the music begins.

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In December of 2007, the $15 million HOME Nightclub opened its doors with a lavish five-day party that saw the likes of Kim Kardashian, the late DJ AM, Tiesto and a bevy of other local and national celebs come through the doors. Although it sounds like it’s all Maxim girls and velvet ropes, in truth, making HOME happen day-to-day is a whole lot of work. While everyone else gets to hang out in the luxury booths, Cosenza and Davila are behind the scenes making it happen. As Cosenza says, “With this type of operation, you’re not just managing a bar, you’re managing a business. And that also takes having a great promotional team and staff. We have the best.” Davila is the go-to guy onsite, and Cosenza, who’s based in Vegas, flies in monthly. Together, they come up with 90-to-100 unique promotions and events every year; they’re constantly looking for what’s hot, and more importantly, what’s about to be hot. “In Vegas, you have a different set of people coming off the plane every Thursday, and 5,000 rooms over your head,” Cosenza says. “You have built-in traffic. We have to come up with concepts to get people here.” Plus, take into account gaming restrictions and how to best represent the Ameristar brand. It means a lot of planning and strategizing and educated guessing.

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ate in 2005, the Ameristar folks targeted the St. Louis metro area as a place that could support some Vegas-style entertainment. Ameristar knows hotels and gaming, but operating a nightclub was out of their scope. To help, they brought in Angel Music Group, a nightclub specialist, to bring the project to life, along with Chris Cosenza, Director of Entertainment for Ameristar. Cosenza helped develop and plan the club, then, along with AMG, tapped Ray Davila to be Director of Nightclub Operations and run the day-to day. Ray Davila and Chris Cosenza made their bones in Las Vegas nightlife. Davila started as an independent promoter, putting up flyers and throwing parties, and eventually worked with the big boys, like the Paris Hotel and the MGM Grand. Cosenza followed the dot-com boom to the desert, and when the bubble burst, he abandoned the tech sector and threw in with Ameristar.


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“A lot of people don’t understand the amount of work that goes into making a nightclub successful,” Davila says. “It’s 9am-to-5pm during the week, then 9pm to 5am on the weekends.” When it pays off, it pays off big. Like last May, when they booked an emerging hip-hop artist named Pit Bull. He had some buzz going on when they signed him, but by the time he performed in September, he’d blown up. “He was white-hot by the time he got to us,” says Davila. Same with DJ Pauly D from MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” Cosenza and Davila booked him before the show got legs, then when Pauly hit the club, 2,000 people came through the door. Then sometimes they’ll book an act that by all accounts is on fire, but it’s just the wrong time and they’ll get a so-so room. “Really being able to truly understand the St. Louis market

has been the biggest challenge,” Davila says. “Just when you think you’ve got it, you realize that you don’t.” “It’s 10 percent booze and 90 percent intangibles,” Cosenza says, and boom or bust, no matter what happens on Friday or Saturday, you pick up on Monday and move forward. After two years, HOME isn’t the new kid on the block anymore. The initial crowds that turned out just to check out the new player can’t be relied on to come out now just for curiosity’s sake. “Our goal now is to keep churning out cool programming and keep the city coming back,” Cosenza says. It’s a gamble, sure, but with upcoming events like the Crystal Method, Jersey Shore’s “The Situation” and the return of the St. Louis Prom, chances are Lady Luck will smile.

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Women’s Apparel On trend for summer, Tolani scarves are the perfect add-on to any outfit. Each scarf is handmade with brilliant colors and different fabrics, so no two are the same! Klutch carries a wide variety, from elegant and muted colors, to fun and fringed tube scarves. Mom will look chic, stylish and totally put together with a Tolani scarf from Klutch! 1126 Town & country crossing dr. Town & country, MO 63017 636.220.6110

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FIT MOMS

Being a full-time mom can be tough—with a busy family schedule, there’s seemingly never enough time to take for yourself. These local gyms and trainers know how to cater to your busy schedule when it comes to staying fit and healthy. Quick yet efficient training sessions and one-on-one personalized attention make being a Fit Mom a lot easier and much more fun than you think.

THE FITNESS EDGE INC. MOM: PAMELA JAUDES TraineR: mICHAEL jAUDES 10571 OLD OLIVE CREVE COEUR, MO 63141 314.993.3343 • FITNESSEDGE-STL.COM At The Fitness Edge, owner Michael Jaudes specializes in individual training by appointment, so busy moms, like his wife Pamela, can juggle a busy schedule and an exercise regimen with ease. “Although we have many moms who are in great condition, I selected my wife to be our facility’s featured Fit Mom due to her commitment toward maintaining great physical condition with the added responsibility of four children,” says Michael. Offering small group exercise, massage, concierge service, porter service and day care, you will not only receive specialized individual attention with your workout, but also with the way you and your little ones are treated. Each client of The Fitness Edge is assured noticeable results because of the detailed assessment required upon signing up, which determines strength and fitness levels. In addition, a specifically designed nutrition plan is tailored to each client’s needs, which in turn improves lean muscle, increases metabolism and works towards losing fat. Cardio, resistance training, core and flexibility and a proper nutritional plan are combined to help you get the hot body you’ve always wanted! Whether you are a new mom or a mother of four like Pamela Jaudes, Michael stresses it is important to make the time to keep yourself in shape. The benefits are endless: being fit helps keep stress under control and your energy high. And busy moms can use all of the energy they can get! Stop in to The Fitness Edge and discover the key to a healthier, more energized you.

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SWEAT MOMS: DEB KAMINER AND SHANNI HALL TrainerS: JAMIE MUSHLIN AND JEFF BROCKES 8011 MARYLAND AVE. CLAYTON, MO 63105 314.725.2714 • SWEATSTL.COM

Mothers and working women everywhere often have a similar mantra: go, go, go! And with few breaks throughout the day, it can become difficult for busy mothers to take time out for physical activity and exercise. However, the trainers at Sweat are dedicated to making you do what their title suggests: they will make you sweat, but they are also accommodating to your schedule, so you can be in and out the door faster than any mom can say “carpool.” Trainers at Sweat have a wide range of education and hold nationally accredited certifications from a variety of organizations. The staff includes independent personal trainers as well as a physical therapist and a massage therapist, ensuring that you will be in a well-rounded workout environment. It doesn’t matter what kind of personal goals you wish to achieve, whether you are a new mom or someone who wants to reach a personal health goal, the trainers at Sweat believe that getting fit should be fun, exciting and affordable, so a tight budget or a busy schedule shouldn’t stop you from getting back into shape. Whether you are interested in kickboxing your way to a tight body or tightening your core with yoga, the Sweat trainers can help shape the areas new moms want to tone and strengthen most—the stomach, hips, thighs and lower back. With both private and semi-private personal training sessions, those who attend can expect a challenging and effective session that also offers variety, with trainers paying a lot of attention to each individual’s needs and goals. Even when you’re tight on time, you’ll accomplish your personal goals and get great results with the trainers at Sweat. ”Realize that it can be done even though you have less time than before,” says trainer Jamie Mushlin. “If you’re used to 90-minute workouts, 60- and 30-minute workouts can also do the trick.” So kick the excuses to the side and sweat your way to a better body.

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From architecturally unique lofts to stunningly spacious condos and apartments, we present ALIVE’s definitive resource to fabulous St. Louis living.

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1818 washington avenue 1818 Washington Ave. Units: 39 (850-1.200 sq. ft.). Price: $542-$811/mo. Contact: Scott Sturdevant, 314.518.1735, 1818stl.com. BLU CITYSPACES 210 N. 17th St. Units: 144 (427-814 sq. ft.). Price: $61,900-$200,000. Contact: Blu CitySpaces Sales Office, 314.241.3111, blucityspaces.com. EDEN LOFTS 1720 Chouteau Ave. Units: 40 (873-1,507 sq. ft.). Price: $149,000-$239,000. Contact: PREA Signature Realty, 314.397.3182, preasignaturerealty.com.

ELY WALKER LOFTS 1520 Washington Ave. Units: 174 (1,000-1,600 sq. ft.). Rent: $995-$1,495 Contact: Orchard Development Group, 314.436.7451, elywalkerlofts.com.

FASHION SQUARE LOFTS 1307 Washington Ave. Units: 89 (1,037-1,418 sq. ft.). Rent: $860-$1,550/ mo. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.621.9292, fashionsquarelofts.com. GRACE LOFTS 1324 Washington Ave. Units: 24 (900-1,800 sq. ft.). Rent: $1,000-$2,000/ mo. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.588.1170, gracelofts. com.

LOFTS AT CITY MUSEUM 701 N. 15th St., 5th Floor. Units: 27 (1,600-2,700 sq. ft.). Price: $299,000$550,000. Contact: 314.608.6960, citymuseum.org. MLOFTS 1107 Mississippi Ave. Units: 36 (743-1,275 sq. ft.). Rent: $730-$1,380/mo. Contact: Loftworks, 314.241.6700, loftworks-stl. com. MAJESTIC STOVE LOFTS 2020 Delmar Blvd. Units: 120 (861-1,684 sq. ft.). Rent: $538-$1,320/mo. Contact: Robert Wood Realty, 314.621.4050, majesticstovelofts.com. POINTE 400 400 S. 4th St. Units: 118 (667-1,634 sq. ft.). Rent: $1,000-$2,000/mo. Contact: Balke Brown Associates, 314.241.4005, pointe400.com. P ROBERTS TOWER AT MAYFAIR PLAZA (coming in 2010) 411 N. 9th St. Units: 53 (880-5,000 sq. ft.). Price: Available on request. Contact: Roberts Brothers Properties, 314.367.2768, robertstower.com. P

RUDMAN ON THE PARK 500 N. 13th St. Units: 48 (914-1,494 sq. ft.). Rent: $900-$1,500/mo. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.231.2005, rudmanonthepark.com.

SYNDICATE Condominiums 917 Olive St. Units: 172 (994-3,200 sq.

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ft.). Price: $249,500-$767,500. Rent: $657-$1,750/mo. Contact: Rodemyer Christel, 314.249.9896, syndicateliving.com.

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TUDOR LOFTS 1901-1937 Washington Ave. Units: 64 (800-1,400 sq. ft.) Rent: $522-$781/mo. Contact: Robert Wood Realty, 314.621.4050, thetudorbuilding.com. WESTGATE LOFTS 2323 Locust St. Units: 49 (914-2,138 sq. ft.). Price: Sold out; resale only. Contact: McGowan Brothers Development, 314.588.1170, westgatelofts.com.

Central West End 3949 Lindell Apartments 3949 Lindell Blvd. Units: 198 (665-1,300 sq. ft.). Rent: $775-$2,000. Contact: Mills Properties, 314.289.9000, 3949lindell.com.

THE CHASE PARK PLAZA 232 N. Kingshighway. Units: 86 (1,0186,600 sq. ft.). Price: $500,000-$5 million. Contact: IFC, Inc., 314.633.1100, chaseresidences.com. P

LOFTS AT THE HIGHLANDS 1031 Highlands Plaza Dr. West & 1030 Highlands Plaza Dr. East. Units: 200 (8631,695 sq. ft.). Rent: $1,050-1,695/mo. Contact: Balke Brown Associates, 314.647.7100, highlandslofts.com.

The bolton at Metropolis DeBaliviere Place 5625 Pershing Ave. Units: 9 (653-816 sq. ft.). Sellout pricing: $121,900-$164,900. Contact: RE/MAX Platinum, 314.367.7755, metropolisdp.com. The Marlborough at Metropolis DeBaliviere Place 5696 Kingsbury Ave. Units: 19 (490-600 sq. ft.). Price: $89,900-$111,900. Contact: RE/ MAX Platinum, 314.367.7755, metropolisdp.com. NINE NORTH EUCLID 9 N. Euclid Ave. Units: 52 (850-1,600 sq. ft.). Price: $298,000-$600,000 Contact: The Opus Group, 314.367.6500, parkeastlofts. com. WEST END LOFTS 4100 Forest Park Ave. Units: 120 (763-1,655 sq. ft.). Price: $168,000$420,000. Contact: Bruce Development Co., 314.531.4441, westendlofts.com.

Clayton/ Richmond Heights CLAYTON PARK PLACE 8251-8253 Parkside Dr., Clayton. Units: 14

THE CRESCENT 155 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton. Units: 70 (2,200-5,000 sq. ft.). Price: $900,000-$2.4 million. Contact: Mark S. Melhman Realty, 314.862.4448, thecrescentinclayton.com. P

South City/The Hill/ Tower Grove 1520 S. GRAND 1520 S. Grand Blvd., South City. Units: 5 (750-850 sq. ft.). Rent: $795$950/mo. Contact: 314.361.7067 ext. 131, redbrickmanagement.com.

Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/Soulard THE BARTON STREET LOFTS 2401 S. 12th St., Soulard. Units: 14 (1,000-2,000 sq. ft.). Price: Starting $150,000s. Contact: Brad Waldrop, 314.560.2069, properties.rileywaldrop.com. SMILE LOFTS 2001 S. 9th St., Soulard. Units: 17 (900-1,600 sq. ft.). Rent: $815-$1,620/ mo. Contact: Red Brick Management, 314.361.7067, ext. 130, smilelofts.com.

University City 900 N. MCKNIGHT CONDOMINIUMS 900 N. McKnight Rd. Units: 18 (1,2001,500 sq. ft.). Price: $299,000-$399,000. Rent: $1,500-$2,000/mo. Contact: Douglas Properties, 314.725.9911, douglasproperties.com.

Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster Groves/ Brentwood hanley station 1241 Strassner Dr., Brentwood. Units: 150 (829-1,027 sq. ft.). Price: $200,000$300,000. Contact: MLP Investments, 314.569.2005, hanleystation.com. MCKNIGHT CROSSING TILLES PARK 2654 McKnight Crossing Ct. Units: 84 (575-1,369 sq. ft.) Price: $129,900$268,900. Contact: Metro360 Realty, llc, 314.961.7000, mcknightcrossing.com.

Creve Coeur KINGS LANDING 618 N. New Ballas Rd., Units: 152 (670-1,740 sq. ft.). Rent: $940-$1,850/ mo. Contact: MLP Investments, 314.579.0200, mlpllc.com.


St. Louis Restaurant Guide Log on to alivemag.com for an expanded list of recommended spots to dine, drink and dance. Photos by Josh Monken key $ Entrees average under $10 $$ Entrees $10–$17 $$$ Entrees $18+

Central West End/ The Grove AL’S RESTAURANT 1200 N. First St., 314.421.6399. Known for steaks and seafood, Al’s is operated by three generations of one St. Louis family. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ Atomic Cowboy 4140 Manchester Ave., 314.775.0775. This casual environment serves a Baja Fresh menu of Tex-Mex dishes, a noteworthy house sangria and over 25 labels of premium tequila. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner daily. $

bar italia 13 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7010. This romantic St. Louis favorite serves Italian fare in a trendy see-and-be-seen atmosphere. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ BRASSERIE BY NICHE 4580 Laclede Ave., 314.454.0600. Niche executive chef and owner Gerard Craft brings his take on casual French dining to the Central West End. Brasserie features an evolving menu of French bistro fare, an impressive beer list and classic desserts. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ Chi 4 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.2209. This trendy Japanese sushi bar has the best St. Louis sushi rolls around; the Lemon Drop roll is a must-try. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $ CrÊpes: etc. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. This upscale patisserie takes a modern twist on a French classic, serving both sweet and savory crêpes as well as a variety of homemade pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch served daily. Dinner served Fri.-Sat. $ the Cupcakery 28 Maryland Plaza Rear, 314.367.6111. Enjoy a variety of unique creations from St. Louis’ first gourmet cupcake shop

Hot List 2009 Winner Late-night dining Outdoor seating Opened in the last 12 months offering cookies, cakewiches and cupcakes. These deliciously moist creations will keep your palate entertained. Open daily Mon.-Sat. $ the Drunken Fish 1 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.4222. This stylish sushi lounge with an extensive Japanese menu offers everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Arrive late night for DJs and karaoke. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ Eau Bistro and Café 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.454.9000. Delicious New American cuisine by day and a hip see-and-be-seen spot at night. Bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, Sun. brunch. Café serves lunch and dinner daily. $$ EVEREST CAFÉ & BAR 4145 Manchester Ave., 314.531.4800. This family owned establishment is the only Nepalese restaurant serving St. Louis, with a bargain lunch buffet. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $ Herbie’s Vintage 72 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. A beloved classic is reborn under the direction of the Monarch duo. Serves contemporary American in an elegant atmosphere. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner daily. Sun. brunch. $$ Maryland House 4659 Maryland Ave., 314.361.9444. This upscale lounge is hidden in a converted apartment above Brennan’s. Featuring a tapas menu, cocktail menu and sleek contemporary décor, it’s the ultimate hipster destination. Dinner served Thurs.-Sat. $ NANCY’S PLACE 4510 Manchester Ave., 314.533.3699. The upscale, smoke-free bar caters to the discriminating female, and appeals to men and women of all orientations. Enjoy great entertainment and indulge in fine libations. Open Tues.-Sat. $

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Novak’s Bar & Grill 4121 Manchester Ave., 314.531.3699. Known as a top bar and dance destination for the city’s gay and lesbian crowd—stop in for burgers, apps and live music. Open daily. $ The Pasta House Co. 313 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1144. Authentic Italian fare including the infamous Pasta House Co. salad, toasted ravioli and spaghetti. Lunch and dinner served daily. Multiple locations; pastahouse.com. $$ Pi 400 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.4300. Serving the same great pizzas made famous at its flagship location in The Loop, the new CWE Pi has a few new additions, creative cocktails, homemade desserts and of course, delicious San-Fran style pizza. Dinner served daily. $$ Rasoi 25 N. Euclid Ave., 314.361.6911. Serving both Northern and Southern Indian cuisine, a rarity among Indian restaurants in St. Louis, this eye-catching destination serves authentic dishes like chicken curry, kabobs and lamb chops. Lunch and dinner served daily. $

Midtown/Downtown BRIDGE TAP HOUSE AND WINE BAR 1004 Locust St., 314.241.8141. The third restaurant of David Bailey, owner of Bailey’s Chocolate Bar, boasts a large craft beer and wine selection, as well as a full menu with tons of house-made touches. Dinner Tues.-Sun. $$ BURGER BAR 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9593. Located inside the Lumière Place Casino and Hotels, Burger Bar offers build-your-owngourmet burgers with a large list of breads, meats and condiments to choose from. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$ Café Ventana 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500. This French Quarter-inspired coffeehouse has an extensive food selection, including sandwiches, beignets, pastries and coffee. Open daily. $$ Chuy arzola’s 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.644.4430. The relaxed atmosphere of the recently opened Chuy Arzola’s pairs perfectly with their Tex-Mex cuisine. Spicy fajitas and chilled margaritas complete the laidback Tex-Mex vibe. Lunch and dinner daily. $

SANCTUARIA 4198 Manchester Ave., 314.535.9700. Fresh, inspired Pan-Latin tapas await you at this Grove destination. Try their signature “wild tapas” while sipping on a handcrafted cocktail during their daily happy hour. Dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ Scape american bistro 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. Chef Eric Kelly has crafted an innovative and unique menu of American cuisine at this contemporary CWE bistro. Sunday brunch. Lunch Tues-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$ Sub Zero 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. Over 140 international labels of vodka, a wonderfully large list of drinks and sushi and a new build-your-own burger menu in the expanded area. Dinner served daily. $$ The Tenderloin Room 232 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.361.0900. Refined dining has never tasted so good, with a selection of filets, sirloin and lamb as well as seafood and gourmet appetizers served in an elegant dining space. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner daily. $$$ WILDFLOWER 4590 Laclede Ave., 314.367.9888. A Central West End classic, Wildflower boasts innovative contemporary American fare in an elegant and trendy space. Lunch and dinner daily. $$$

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CIELO 999 N. 2nd Street St., 314.881.5800. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel and serves contemporary Italian and American dishes such as seared sea scallops, filet mignon and house-made pasta and desserts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ F15TEEN 1900 Locust Ave., 314.588.8899. Serves elegant American cuisine and steaks and features a see-and-be-seen lounge and private VIP booths. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ The Fountain on Locust 3037 Locust St., 314.535.7800. Home of the creative ice cream martini, as well as delicious fresh-made appetizers, entrees, fine ice creams, chocolates and retro cocktails. The one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Art Deco interior is also a must-see. Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun. $


Harry’s Downtown Restaurant & Bar 2144 Market St., 314.421.6969. This eclectic bistro is understatedly refined, serving a wide range of cuisine. Lunch is Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ Houlihan’s 147 St. Louis Union Station, 314.436.0844. Casual family atmosphere with great burgers and other finger foods. Boasts one of the best happy hour specials in the city. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations; houlihans.com. $$ JADE RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 910 Olive St., 314.425.2900. A hip sushi and Asian eatery with a music lounge on an upper level mezzanine. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$ Kota 522 N Grand Blvd., 314.535.5577.Enjoy South Coast-inspired entrees, appetizers and sandwiches and a delicious milkshake for dessert at Grand Center’s newest must-dine destination. Lunch served Mon.-Sun. and dinner served daily. $$ LOLA 500 N. 14th St., 314.621.7277. This recently opened downtown eatery houses a large collection of unique cocktails, French and American cuisine, and a wide variety of delicious vegetarian entrées. Brunch served Sat.-Sun., open daily. $$ Lucas Park Grille 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. A seasonal menu with fresh ingredients such as soups, salads and New American entrees offer something for everyone. Lunch and dinner served daily, Sat.-Sun. brunch. $$$ mango 1101 Lucas Ave., 314.621.9993. Fresh, healthy Peruvian cuisine and an extensive selection of South American wines make this restaurant a Downtown hit. A modern, loft-like interior and stellar Latin-influenced cocktail list complete the experience. Lunch served Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. $$ Mike Shannon’s 620 Market St., 314.421.1540. This 20-year-old St. Louis landmark serves upscale American cuisine. Stop by the expansive “The Outfield,” powered by The Pepper Lounge, beer garden for some pre- or post-game spirits. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ MORGAN STREET BREWERY 721 N. 2nd St., 314.231.9970. Located in an area of town filled with history and charm, Morgan Street offers great food and beers that are brewed right on the premises. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $ Mosaic 1001 Washington Ave., 314.621.6001. This

modern fusion restaurant offers an array of cold and hot tapas. Lunch and dinner served daily; Brunch Sat.-Sun. $$ Nadoz Euro Bakery & Café 3701 Lindell Blvd., 314.446.6800. This sophisticated and casual café/bakery offers homemade desserts, coffee drinks and more. Breakfast, lunch and late-night snacks served daily; Sun. brunch. $ Old Rock House 1200 S. 7th St., 314.588.0505. The Rock House is a high-end live music club with an integrated music scene and great dining. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat., bar serves until 3am. $ The Pepper Lounge 2005 Locust St., 314.241.2005. Retro lamps and cozy booths complete the atmosphere at this hip bar and nightclub. Bar and lounge open Thurs. and Sun., 10pm-3am; Fri. and Sat., 9pm-3am. $$ RED KITCHEN & BAR 315 Chestnut St., 314.259.3244. Located in the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Hotel, this swanky restaurant and bar has an outstanding new Italian menu and an equally appealing nightlife scene to match. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $$ sleek 999 N. 2nd St., 314.621.9590. This upscale steakhouse is one of Hubert Keller’s signature restaurants. Dinner served daily. $$$ Smoking Joe’s 1901 Washington Ave., 314.436.3876. You’ll find just about any type of Memphis-style barbeque at this new Downtown joint, all seasoned to perfection and smoked slowly. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $ TONY’S 410 Market St., 314.231.7007. Elegant and sophisticated, Tony’s has been a St. Louis institution known for its attentive service and flawless cuisine. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$

Clayton/Ladue Araka 131 Carondelet Plaza, 314.725.6777. This gorgeous restaurant in Clayton’s The Crescent features delicious Europeaninspired cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$$ BARcelona 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. A St. Louis see-and-be-seen stop to nosh on Spanish tapas. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$ Brio Tuscan Grille 1601 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 314.432.4410. Savory Italian in a laid back atmosphere makes this Frontenac favorite a must-visit

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for a family-friendly meal or a romantic night out. Brunch served on weekends, lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ Gourmet Foodworks Deli 8135 Maryland Ave., 314.863.5064. You’ll find salads, sandwiches, soups, wraps and more at this Clayton deli. Dine in or carry out, you’re guaranteed fresh and housemade items. Open daily. $ J.Buck’s 101 S. Hanley Rd., 314.725.4700. A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hours. Flavorful offerings include classic favorites like pizza, pasta, burgers and baby back ribs. Multiple locations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$$ Jimmy’s on the park 706 DeMun Ave., 314.725.8585. An upscale atmosphere, live jazz on the weekends and innovative American cuisine make this a St. Louis favorite. Lunch Tues.-Sat. and dinner served daily, Sun. brunch. $$$ Kaldi’s 700 DeMun Ave., 314.727.9955; 187 Carondelet Plaza, 314.726.2900. Offers plenty of options, like flavored coffees and premium blends. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $ Katie’s Pizzeria 6611 Clayton Rd., 314.727.8585. This charming pizzeria is a little piece of Italy that offers appetizers, fresh house salads and a selection of delicious pizzas. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ Lester’s sports bar and grill 9906 Clayton Rd., 314.994.0055. Sports bar meets delicatessen meets BBQ at this Ladue hotspot, where the 68 flat screens are sure to satisfy every sports lover. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$

Tucked away in a corner of Clayton, this small tapas-style spot is home to a very bohemian atmosphere. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. Late night Mon.-Sat. $$

South City/ Hampton/The Hill Aya Sofia 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. Add a dash of culture to your diet with exotic Turkish and Mediterranean delights. Open Tues.-Sun. $$ CITY DINER 3139 S. Grand Blvd., 314.772.6100. Travel back to the 1960s at this retro American diner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. $ CUNETTO HOUSE OF PASTA 5453 Magnolia Ave., 314.781.1135. This family-owned hotspot on the hill is a St. Louis tradition with its Italian cuisine and casual atmosphere. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$ GIOVANNI’S ON THE HILL 5201 Shaw Ave., 314.772.5958. This restaurant offers an authentic dining experience for everyone who enters. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$ LORENZO’S TRATTORIA 1933 Edwards St., 314.773.2223. For a different taste on The Hill, try Lorenzo’s, which features Northern Italian cuisine combined with contemporary flavors. Lunch Tue.-Fri. and dinner Tue.-Sun. $$ MANGIA ITALIANO 3145 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.8585. This spot serves casual cuisine in an intimate interior, with live music several nights of the week. Lunch Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. $$ The ROYALE 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.772.3600. This tavern-style restaurant pays homage to its St. Louis home with drinks named for different aspects of the city. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$

MISO ON MERAMEC 16 N. Meramec Ave., 314.863.7888. One of St. Louis’ most popular sushi spots, Miso is as famed for its Pan-Asian food as it is for its lounge. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$ Océano 44 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.721.9400. St. Louis’ premier seafood bistro is an elegant addition to the Clayton dining scene. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ Roxane 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700.

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VAN GOGHZ 3200 Shenandoah Ave., 314.865.3345. With martinis served in every flavor, chillin’ with your favorite cocktail among the display of local art is easy. Open daily. $

Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/Soulard BAILEYS’ CHOCOLATE BAR 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. Offering a mix of savory and sweet items, this hotspot serves desserts such as Baileys’ Chocolate Brownie and bread pudding. Open daily. $


Foam 3359 S. Jefferson Ave., 314.772.2100. Frothy coffee and foamy beer unite at this Benton Park coffeehouse and microbrewery. Also enjoy snacks like hummus, chips with salsa and chocolate. Open daily. $ Franco 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. This cool bistro serves country French fare with a modern twist. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ Frazer’s 1811 Pestalozzi St., 314.773.8646. Serving creative cuisine in an eclectic, comfortable atmosphere. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn 3322 DeMenil St., 314.664.8024. This historic mansion, furnished with antiques and believed to be haunted, serves lunch and dinner with options like beef Wellington, shrimp linguine and tilapia. Also features murder mystery dinner theater and Sunday family-style dinners. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Thurs.-Sat. $$ Mississippi Mud 2101 Cherokee St., 314.776.6599. Fresh-roasted coffee, sandwiches, soups and pastries all served here in the heart of the Cherokee-Lemp Historic District. Open daily. $ Molly’s 808-816 Geyer Ave., 314.241.6200. A Soulard favorite, Molly’s Lounge has expanded into a restaurant, with a French bistro-style Creole menu and a new dining room featuring comfortable turn-of-thecentury ambiance and décor. Lunch served Mon.-Sat. and dinner served daily. NICHE 1831 Sidney St., 314.773.7755. With its modern décor and cozy charm, this award-winning neighborhood bistro offers a fabulous New American menu. And stop by for cocktails and small plates at their newly opened Taste by Niche next door. Dinner daily. $$$ Park Avenue Coffee 1919 Park Ave., 314.621.4020. Not your average coffee shop—enjoy Chauvin coffee, bagels, house-made muffins, smoothies and a selection of over 40 gooey butter cakes. Open daily. $

SIDNEY STREET CAFE 2000 Sidney St., 314.771.5777. Whether it’s a special occasion or just an average night out, this Benton Park spot excels at American cuisine with French and southern influences. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$ SqWires 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. A seasonal menu features fresh interpretations of American classics. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. $$$ The Stable 1821 Cherokee St., 314.771.8500. This brew house, distillery and pizzeria features bacon-wrapped dates, housemade grinders and an array of pizza and pasta. Located in the historic Cherokee Street district. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. $ VIN DE SET 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.8989. A French-inspired rooftop bistro complete with an extensive wine list and specialty martinis. Open for lunch and dinner Tues.-Fri. and bar is open Tues.-Sun. $$$

University City/ The Loop 609 LOUNGE 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. Stop in this trendy hotspot for happy hour from 5-8 pm, take advantage of their hookah menu, or opt for a late night signature cocktail, including the Dirty C.E.O. Martini and the Chocolate Kiss. DJ’s start the party every night at 9:30pm. Open daily. $$ Blueberry Hill 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. Joe Edwards’ flagship restaurant is as synonymous with St. Louis as the Arch—it’s a landmark restaurant not to be missed. $ Blue Ocean Sushi 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. This contemporary Japanese restaurant serves all-you-can-eat sushi and à la carte items, such as chicken teriyaki, tempura, and other popular Japanese/ Asian cuisine. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ ECLIPSE 6177 Delmar 314.726.2222. This restaurant and bar in the Moonrise Hotel features cosmic décor and a creative American menu with delicious twists. The Rooftop Terrace Bar offers a dramatic view of The Loop and St.

Soulard’s Restaurant 1731 S. 7th St., 314.241.7956. Delicious contemporary American and Southern cuisine and grilled-to-perfection steaks await you at this historic Soulard restaurant and bar. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$$

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Louis skyline and has out-of-this world cocktails to match. Open daily. $$$ Jilly’s Cupcake Bar & Cafe 8509 Delmar Blvd., 314.993.5455. With more than just cupcakes to satisfy a sweet tooth, this bakery serves soups, salads, sandwiches and more. Open daily. $$

Kirkwood/ Maplewood/ Webster Groves the jive & Wail dueling pianos 7376 Manchester Rd., 314.781.7000. From dueling pianos to unique pub fare, this Maplewood hot spot has it all. Dinner served daily. $$ LATITUDE 26 6407 Clayton Ave., 314.932.5600. With flavors from both north and south of the border, this Tex-Mex eatery is bringing flair to Dogtown. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$ Mihalis Chophouse 1603 McCausland Ave., 314.333.3301. Glam golden interiors and a dramatic bar flanked by lounge furniture make Mihalis a gorgeous destination to dine on traditional steakhouse fare. Dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$ Monarch 7401 Manchester Rd., 314.644.3995. The romantic atmosphere and extensive wine selection at this upscale restaurant perfectly complement the global fusion fare. Lunch Tues.-Fri. and dinner served Tues.-Sat. $$$ THE RED LION 7336 Manchester Rd., 314.645.4200. An American gastropub that serves classic favorites and beer. Be sure to stop by for happy hour and enjoy great drink specials. $$ TRATTORIA BRANICA 451 S. Kirkwood Rd., 314.909.7575. Formal Italian dining and a chic wine bar make Trattoria Branica the perfect destination for a special occasion or vino sipping session. Lunch served Mon.-Fri. and dinner served daily. Multiple locations; Frontenac and Chesterfield. $$$

Creve Coeur/ Maryland Heights/ West County/ Chesterfield annie gunn’s 16806 Chesterfield Airport Rd., 636.532.7684. Known for its heartwarming dishes and fresh seasonal specials, Annie Gunn’s offers unforgettable steaks, seafood, soups and salads. Lunch and dinner served Tues.-Sun. $$$

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Balaban’s Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar 1772 Clarkson Rd., 636.449.6700. After 37 years in the Central West End, Balaban’s is reborn by former chef and owner Steve McIntyre—expect the familiar French bistro style of the beloved original, but with a new tapas twist and an attention to wine. Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun. $$

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Bravo! Cucina Italiana 15 West County Center, 314.821.2562. Upscale restaurant meets casual eatery at Bravo!, a new dining destination in West County and the first location of this national favorite to open in St. Louis. Expect delectable, made-to-order Italian food and a welcoming atmosphere. Lunch and dinner served daily. $$$ Chevy’s Fresh Mex 9119 Olive Blvd., 314.997.3700. Chevy’s has the fresh Mex goods covered with guac, quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, nachos and more, served in a fun festive atmosphere. Hours vary by location, chevysfreshmex.com. $ THE COUNTRY CLUB BAR & GRILL 288 Lamp & Lantern Village, 636. 256.7201. Serves hearty American cuisine and traditional classics from burgers to crab cakes. The patio is a must during summer. Lunch and dinner served Mon.-Sat. $$ Fallon’s Bar & Grill 9200 Olive St., 314.991.9800. Corned beef and shepherds pie are just a sampling of the pub fare that awaits you at this Irish grill. Open daily. $$ Quintessential 149 N. Main St., 636.443.2211. This St. Charles destination features a restaurant and upscale nightclub, an extensive wine list, expansive patio and American favorites like flatbread pizzas and burgers. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ SAMMY SCOTT’S SANDWICHES AND MORE 12766 Olive Blvd., 314.439.5100. Gourmet sandwiches, wraps and paninis make Sammy Scott’s the perfect spot for lunch or dinner on-the-go. Lunch and dinner served daily. $ TABLE THREE 16765 Main St., Wildwood Town Center, 636.458.4333. Contemporary American cuisine in a warm and charming atmosphere. Enjoy dishes like fritto misto, stone-baked flatbreads, pan-roasted salmon and roasted chicken. Lunch Tues.-Sat. and dinner Tues.-Sun. $$ VegaDeli 177 Hilltown Village Center, 314.266.8349. With an array of kosher, raw, vegan and vegetarian offerings, VegaDeli serves delicious and healthy sandwiches, wraps, organic salads, fresh baked pastries and coffee. Open Tues.-Sun. $

Enjoy a full menu of delicious Italian favorites and Joanie’s famous pizza. Patio now open. Shuttle service to all Cardinals home games. Open Memorial 2101 Menard ST. • 314.865.1994 JOanie’s to go • 314.865.5800 joanies.com

MIHALIS CHOPHOUSE

The only place in St. Louis offering an extensive selection of bone-in chops, Mihalis Chophouse also boasts fresh seafood dishes and an impressive 1800 bottle wine list. The stunning, multi-level lounge features live music every weekend, where you can enjoy a Signature Cocktail and nosh from smaller plates on the new Bar Menu. Dinner Served: Tues-Sat 5PM-11PM Bar/Lounge Hours: M-SAT 4:30 PM-1:30AM

1603 McCausland 314.333.3301 mihalischophouse.com

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Boasting a truly unique continental fusion menu and one of the city’s largest vodka selections, IceKitchen has quickly become a favorite place for St. Louisans to chill. THE SPOT As you enter IceKitchen, it is as if you are transported from Westport Plaza to a posh lounge that looks and feels more like a trendy, five-star restaurant in Los Angeles. Instantly struck by the bright blue neon lights floating overhead, there is a distinct energy buzzing in the air. The staff is personable, professional and swift to offer a seat at one of the lounges, a table or at the large unique ice top bar. A view from one of the private booths allows for the perfect vantage point to watch as a small acoustic band takes the stage. As one of the city’s only vodka bars, you’ll be impressed by the extensive vodka catalog and signature martini list. From the GoldDigger to the Cold Flirt, these libations set the tone for what is sure to be an unforgettable dining experience. GOOD EATS The cuisine is defined as continental fusion, a new culinary trend with global influences. Continental fusion does more than incorporate diverse flavors and culinary techniques; its intent is to bring people together to sample, share and experience a truly unique dining concept that pushes beyond expectation. Offering an extensive menu of small and large plates, award-winning executive chef, Mike Padilla has worked tirelessly to create a variety of inspired dishes, that transcend nationality and convention. If you’re looking for something lighter to sample over some cocktails or just a

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Named for the geographical point where Texas meets Mexico, Latitude 26 is Mexican cuisine with an upscale twist. Flavors are bold and ingredients are fresh; and the result is delicious dishes such as beef brisket nachos, grilled flautas, tamales and fajitas. The modern space is a great place for Happy Hour margaritas. Try the hand-crafted appetizers like stuffed jalapenos and nachos or a sweet treat of sopaipilla bites.

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Atomic Cowboy’s fresh take on South-of-the-border cuisine is as creative and interesting as the vibe. Their tagline, “only at the cowboy” is strongly carried out through the expansive menu, which mixes traditional with unexpected. So alongside tacos and nachos, you’ll find gaucho French fries with a spicy ketchup, cowboy sliders and shrimp cocktail served in a martini glass. The burritos and gorditas list features a breakfast burrito, a vegan burrito, shredded pork or chicken and their famous cheeseburger burrito and the entrée selections are a well-rounded list of steak, veggie and cheese enchiladas and juicy chicken or beef skewers. ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

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The Concept Chevys Fresh Mex is no stranger to the Mexican cuisine scene—its fresh take and innovative concepts on traditional Tex-Mex has been shaking things up since it opened over 20 years ago. Its mission was to toss out the pre-made and prepare everything from scratch. And that mission is alive today at all of its locations, including the six convenient St. Louis spots. The handmade tortillas, fresh blended salsa and flavorful, grilled-to-order meats are cooked fresh by top notch Chevys Fresh Mex chefs and the world-famous margaritas are only made with Premium gold tequila, ensuring first-class taste, frozen or mixed.  The Menu Customers love Chevys Fresh Mex for their expansive, inexpensive and delicious menu of all things south of the border, including soups, salads, quesadillas, tacos, tamales, burritos, fajitas, nachos and even a few unexpected items like spicy wings. The fresh Mex combos allow you to build-your-own meal with a choice of enchiladas, flautas, tacos, tamales and fresh roasted

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Chuy Arzola’s

3701 LINDELL BLVD. AT THE CORONADO MIDTOWN • 314.644.4430

Chuy Arzola’s is as synonymous with St. Louis’ best Mexican as Albert Pujols is to the St. Louis Cardinals. And like Pujols, Chuy Arzola’s hits it out of the ballpark with its famous Tex-Mex cuisine. The original Chuy Arzola’s was a beloved favorite in Dogtown and was a staple hangout for almost 20 years. Now, though it’s in a new location and under new ownership, the restaurant retains the charm and liveliness of the original location but brings a fresh new appeal, an in-house pastry chef and a spacious patio into the mix – still serving up the favorites that you’ve grown to love, along with some new menu items that will tantalize your taste buds! Open for lunch and dinner, Chuy Arzola’s serves an array of Tex-Mex selections that merge both traditional and unique. Jalapeno Hush Puppies are stuffed with Mexican red rice, cheddar cheese and picadillo beef - golden fried delicious. The “Texas-sized” Steak and Potato Quesadilla combines fajita beef and potatoes with cheese and herbs, all stuffed in a sundried tomato tortilla. And of all things, Fried Ice Cream – who knew? Slow churned vanilla ice cream rolled in cinnamon, sugar and hint

of nutmeg, then flash-fried and drizzled with caramel sauce. All creative and “must-try” dishes. Of course, nothing says Chuy Arzola’s like their signature beef fajitas and house- made margaritas. Hand trimmed Angus beef, marinated in their secret blend of herbs and spices and char-grilled to perfection. You haven’t truly experienced Chuy Arzola’s until you’ve tried the one and only Austin (hand-rolled chicken flautas, topped with chile con queso and fresh guacamole) or the Baja Fish Tacos – the homemade jalapeno tartar sauce is to die for! Who put the Tex in Tex-Mex? Chuy Arzola’s! Try the new items featured on the Tex in Tex-Mex Menu. A Chef Christopher Lee original, featuring original burger selections, grilled brisket and taco chicken wings. And with a new location comes a new notion—this hotspot also serves a Tex-Mex Brunch, every Sunday from 9am–3pm, menu selections range from Tex-Mex Eggs Benedict to Chilaquiles.

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“Most Eclectic Entertainment”— ALIVE. “Best Place for Cocktails”— RFT. Pride Parade float named “Most Creative!” Open til 3 a.m., 7 nights a week; dance party every Saturday night. Exclusive 100% Dining Out For Life restaurant…kitchen open late. Only at the Cowboy! 4140 MANCHESTER 314.775.0755 ATOMIC-COWBOY.com

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JUST JOHN Nightly drink specials, outrageous theme parties, and The Grove’s best patio are just a few of the many reasons to put Just John on your party calendar. Be sure to check out SHOWTUNE SUNDAYS from 4p-8p. Listen watch and sing along to your favorites as you enjoy the ABSOLUT best cocktails on the strip! Never a cover... Visit us on Facebook.com/justjohn’s 4112 Manchester Ave. 314.371.1333 justjohnsclub.com

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Our mission is to provide every guest with the highest quality service, product and entertainment. Voted #1patio in STL 4200 Manchester 314.652.7195 myspace.com/erneys32

REHAB BAR AND CAFÉ

ABSOLUTLI GOOSED Experience over 80 unique takes on the martini at St. Louis’s finest martini bar! Although Gay-owned and operated, it has an atmosphere as eclectic as the South Grand neighborhood it calls home. Have you been GOOSED lately?

Tuesdays “L80’s” Nite Music and Prices from the 80’s Thursday “Thirsty” $10 all you can drink Friday/ Saturday “U will Dance” DJ Josh Waters

Whether you’re looking for a great happy hour or late night fun, be sure to head to Rehab, where the party starts but never ends! Rehab features daily drink specials, including STL’s biggest beer bust from 11am - 7pm every day, live DJ Jay Jambert as well as Darts Tourney on Saturday & Pool Tourney Sunday. Rehab, where the party begins but never ends! 4054 Chouteau Ave. 314.652.3700

THE LOADING ZONE

Monday: Industry appreciation Tuesday: show time extravaganza (biggest party in the city) Wednesday: Not just any Drag Show! Thursday: College nite, guest bartenders Friday/ Saturday: “Great Start” happy hour all night Sunday: “Funday Sunday” Live music, sports & Beer Bust 16 S. Euclid Ave. 314.361.4119

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scene

Scene in St. Louis: Chingy’s Private Birthday Party March 11

THE PLACE: Mandarin

THE PARTY: Rap star Chingy hosted an invitation-only birthday party at Central West End hotspot Mandarin. Guests including family, friends and members of the media enjoyed Pearl vodka cocktails and music by DJ Sno before being surprised by a live performance from Chingy.

Chingy rocks the mic.

Photos by Synergy Productions. Chingy & Scott Rucinski

Kelly & Wally Steinman

Hugh Tyschen & Claire Copeland

Jessica Eshleman & Amit Dhawan Michelle Johnson, Melissa Johnson & Jada Berry

Rob Muckler, Ryan Therrien & Joe Volpo

Avi Chennumsetty, John Yaft & Tim Gong

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Scene in St. Louis: Spring Fashion Soiree March 25

Danielle Desmuke & Rita Childers

THE PLACE: Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac

THE PARTY: Fashionistas flocked to Frontenac for Saks Fifth Avenue’s annual spring show featuring the latest contemporary looks and styles. Before the show, guests enjoyed 360 Vodka cocktails, Budweiser Select and savory appetizers from Gregory’s Creative Cuisine while taking advantage of the 15 percent discount on purchases during the event. A portion of the proceeds benefitted HavenHouse St. Louis. Photos by Rob Brown, Kaitlin Drake and Rashad Bailey/ALIVE Scene Team. Jessica Skyes , Jessica Doco & Kim Pogue

Karen Restelli & Ruth Williams

Stacey Brauner, Katie Venace & Amy Shasserre Lauren Fitzgerald, Laura Planck & Colleen O’Neill

Lauren Whissner, Christina Verbarg, Anne Sunderland, Maryissa Rosser & Regina Nelsen

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Scene in St. Louis: The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis Gala Honoring Emily Rauh Pulitzer March 6

THE PLACE: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

THE PARTY: Emily Rauh Pulitzer has long contributed to the field of contemporary arts at the Contemporary Arts Museum St. Louis, and what better way to show appreciation than to throw a gala in her honor? Guests gathered for this black-tie event at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, and with tickets starting at $500 attendees stuck around for cocktails, followed by the award presentation as well as a live auction, which auctioned off unique pieces ranging from photography to screenprints to drawings. Photos by Egan O’Keefe. Emily Rauh Pulitzer accepts her award.

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Archetypes

TOM HUCK A no-bullshit conversation with a nationally recognized artist.

What is your current mood or state of mind? Pissed off. What makes you happy? Hanging out with my wife and kids. And, strippers, making my blocks and Jack Daniels. What is your idea of misery? Academia. What did you eat for breakfast today? I didn’t. What’s one word that describes you? Impatient. What trait do you value most in others? People who do what they mean and mean what they do. What’s your favorite occupation? Printmaker. Who would you most like to be? Lemmy of Motörhead. What’s your favorite color? Black. What is your favorite food? Deep fried pork chops. What food do you like the least? Tofu. It’s cubed snot.

If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), who would that be? Genghis Kahn, because you wouldn’t know what you’d get. What vice do you most tolerate in others? Vanity—if that’s a vice. What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could play the guitar like Jimmy Hendrix. Who is your favorite artist? Albrecht Dürer followed a closed second by Jose Guadalupe Posada. Who is your favorite writer? David Fricke from Rolling Stone. What excites you? Finding really great work by unknown people. What do you consider a turn off ? Body odor. What do you love? Hanging out at my shop, going to Blueberry Hill, having a drink or drinks and then going home to my wife, who tolerates it all. What do you hate? Airport security. What are you most looking forward to? Starting my next piece. What is one thing you wish would happen? That there would be a time machine so I could go back and beat up George W. Bush when he was a kid. What’s something interesting that you just learned? Starting to drink with my wife at 1:30pm on St. Patty’s day the day before an interview is a bad idea. What is your personal motto? Expect the worst and believe its real.

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In another life, what would you be? A blues musician. They get laid a lot. What is your current obsession? The New York Dolls. What is your favorite word? Fuck. It rhymes with Huck. What is your least favorite word? Any word that my wife pulls out in an argument that I don’t understand. What’s something you want to do before you die? Sample every American whiskey. If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say? It’s going to be okay. There are lots of boobs in your future. Interview by Elizabeth Tucker and Kelly Hamilton PHOTOGRAPH BY WESLEY LAW | ART DIRECTION BY DAVID HSIA

‘Archetypes’ are off-the-cuff interviews with St. Louis’ most inspiring, well-known personalities based on the 19th century parisian parlor game known as the Proust Questionaire.


The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.



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