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Alissa Nelson

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    January 27, 2011

    Battle of the Food Trucks: Tacos Tangle with Pizzas

    Alissa NelsonGentlemen, start your engines!​In a world where our social interactions are dictated via our Internet connection, the food truck is king. Sure, you can experience the serendipity of random interaction, the chance street-food vendor, but who leaves these things to chance any more? ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Alissa NelsonDanno's Chris Muether​After another cold and snowy week for St. Louis, the favored way to warm our insides is with a drink, of course -- so this week's Girl Walks into a Bar feature was just in time. Check out Alissa Nelson's chat with Danno's Chris Muenther and a video of him mi ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Danno's American Pub's Chris Muether: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Danno's American Pub bartender Chris Muether. Below is a Q&A with Muether, followed by a video of him mixing an Agent Orange cocktail. Alissa NelsonA martinez by ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    Danno's Bartender Chris Muether Mixes...An Agent Orange!

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Danno's American Pub bartender Chris Muether. Part two, a Q&A with Muether, will be published tomorrow. Alissa Nelson​The gentleman s ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    Farmhaus' Eric Scholle: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Farmhaus bartender Eric Scholle. Below is a Q&A with Scholle, followed by a video of him mixing an Eggnog Martini. Alissa NelsonYou wanna make an Eggnog Martini? ... More >>

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    December 8, 2010

    Chez Marilyn's Jacob Scarborough: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Chez Marilyn bartender Jacob Scarborough. Below is a Q&A with Scarborough, followed by a video of him mixing an Almond Joy martini. Alissa NelsonWouldn't you just ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Chez Marilyn's Jacob Scarborough Mixes...an Almond Joy Martini!

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Chez Marilyn bartender Jacob Scarborough. Part two, a Q&A with Scarborough, will be posted tomorrow. Alissa Nelson​Contrary to what y ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Miso on Meramec's Mark Sandt: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Miso on Meramec bartender Mark Sandt. Below is a Q&A with Sandt, followed by a video of him mixing a Torched Cherry Limeade. Alissa Nelson​The thought of vi ... More >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Miso on Meramec Bartender Mark Sandt Mixes...A Bacardi Torched Cherry Limeade!

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Miso on Meramec bartender Mark Sandt. Part two, a Q&A with Sandt, will be posted tomorrow. Alissa Nelson​Sometimes things just come t ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Flamingo Bowl's Katie Gwaltney: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Flamingo Bowl bartender Katie Gwaltney. Below is a Q&A with Gwaltney, followed by a video of her mixing a Spiced Chocolate Martini. Alissa NelsonHow do you like y ... More >>

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    September 1, 2010

    Double D Lounge's Tanner Scott: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Double D Lounge bartender Tanner Scott. Below is a Q&A with Scott, followed by a video of him mixing a Creamsicle cocktail. Alissa NelsonJell-O shots, anyone? Jel ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Sanctuaria's Matt Seiter: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Sanctuaria bartender Matt Seiter. Below is a Q&A with Seiter, followed by a video of him mixing a Rum Fire cocktail. Alissa Nelson​Bottles cover this corner ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Sanctuaria Bartender Matt Seiter Mixes...A Rum Fire! (Don't Try This at Home!)

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Sanctuaria bartender Matt Seiter. Part two, a Q&A with Seiter, will be posted tomorrow. Alissa Nelson​If you want to get noticed at S ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    The Silver Ballroom's Justin Deming: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Silver Ballroom bartender Justin Deming. Below is a Q&A with Deming, followed by a video of him mixing his Slutbucket cocktail. Alissa Nelson​If you're goin ... More >>

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    August 10, 2010

    Silver Ballroom Bartender Justin Deming Mixes...A Slutbucket!

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Silver Ballroom bartender Justin Deming. Part two, a Q&A with Deming, will be posted tomorrow. Alissa NelsonBehold the Slutbucket!​Th ... More >>

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    August 6, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Alissa Nelson A scene from the tomato festival.​Tomatoes certainly are worthy of celebration this time of year, and lots of people were ready to hail the juicy little bites from heaven at Slow Food St. Louis' the Good, the Big & the Ugly Homegrown Tomato Festival, held last weekend. Ali ... More >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Eclipse's James Lake: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Eclipse bartender James Lake. Below is a Q&A with Lake, followed by a video of him mixing a Cuddle.Alissa NelsonEclipse bartender James Lake​A light rain is ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Moolah Theatre & Lounge's Sean McElroy: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Moolah Theatre & Lounge bartender Sean McElroy. Below is a Q&A with McElroy, followed by a video of him mixing an Old-Fashioned. Alissa Nelson​Sean McEl ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    Moolah Lounge Bartender Sean McElroy Mixes...An Old-Fashioned!

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Moolah Lounge bartender Sean McElroy. Part two, a Q&A with McElroy, will be posted tomorrow. Alissa NelsonIt's an Old-Fashioned -- but that ... More >>

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    July 16, 2010

    Shady Jack's Saloon's Jennifer Miranda: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Shady Jack's Saloon bartender Jennifer Miranda. Below is a Q&A with Miranda, followed by a video of her mixing a margarita. Alissa Nelson​Jennifer Miranda k ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    Brasserie by Niche's Michele Bildner: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Brasserie by Niche bartender Michele Bildner. Below is a Q&A with Bildner, followed by a video of her mixing a Perfect Pimm's cocktail. Alissa Nelson​Michel ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Brasserie by Niche Bartender Michele Bildner Mixes...A Perfect Pimm's!

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Brasserie by Niche bartender Michele Bildner. Part two, a Q&A with Bildner, will be posted tomorrow. Alissa Nelson​A cicada alights o ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Veronica Schuster of Harvest Restaurant Mixes...a Wild & Kickin' Cocktail

    ​Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Harvest bartender Veronica Schuster. Part two, a Q&A with Schuster, will be posted tomorrow. Alissa NelsonThis here's a Wild & Kickin'&# ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Matt McMullin of Lola in Downtown St. Louis: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Lola bartender and co-owner Matt McMullin. Alissa NelsonWelcome to Lola! May we suggest something old-fashioned -- like, say, an Old Fashioned?​"What if a d ... More >>

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    June 9, 2010

    Kelly Washam of Novak's Bar & Grill in the Grove: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Novak's bartender Kelly Washam. Alissa Nelson​Kelly Washam never plans to close out her nights off at Novak's. "The staff here is so close. And there's a g ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Kelly Washam of Novak's in the Grove Mixes...a "Kelly's Candy" Cocktail

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Novak's bartender Kelly Washam. Part two, a Q&A with Washam, will be posted tomorrow. Alissa Nelson​Kelly Washam moves confidently b ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Chris Kelling of Pi Pizzeria in the Central West End: Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Alissa Nelson profiles Pi Pizzeria bartender Chris Kelling. Alissa Nelson​Chris Kelling doesn't mince words when chatting about the weather. "It was depressing," declares the Bay ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Chris Kelling, Pi Pizzeria CWE Bartender, Mixes...an Aperol Spritz!

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Pi Pizzeria bartender Chris Kelling. Part two, featuring a Q&A with Kelling, will be posted here tomorrow. Alissa Nelson​Chris Kellin ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Ryan "Burns" Wilmsmeier of the Bleeding Deacon: Gut Check's Featured Bartender of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Bleeding Deacon bartender Ryan Wilmsmeier. Part one is accessible here. Alissa NelsonEasy on the sweet vermouth: A classic Manhattan cockta ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Ryan "Burns" Wilmsmeier, Bleeding Deacon Bartender, Mixes...A Manhattan!!

    Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This is part one of Alissa Nelson's two-part profile of Bleeding Deacon bartender Ryan Wilmsmeier. Part two, featuring a Q&A with Wilmsmeier, will be posted here tomorrow. Alissa Nelson​How ... More >>

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    March 30, 2010

    Five Great Finds in the Passover Aisle

    Rules for Passover eating are bizarre and idiosyncratic, to say the least. According to the kosher rules (which are always open to interpretation to different schools of thought), only five grains banned: wheat, oats, barley, rye and spelt. Except maybe not spelt. And sometimes corn. And maybe legum ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    This Week in Gut Check, Regurgitated

    Alissa Nelson​This week, Gut Check got in the holiday spirit the best way we know how -- with beer! St. Patrick's Day may be over, but who needs a special reason for Chocolate Stout Cupcakes or Guinness? What else did we do this week? A list of the five worst ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    St. Patrick's Day Special: Bake Your Own Chocolate Stout Cupcakes!

    How early is too early for beer? One could choose to hold off until after sunrise. Fortunately, crumb toppings are the great equalizer: Is it breakfast? Brunch? Dessert? Who cares! It's beer! Here's to you, patron saint of unnaturally colored alcoholic beverages! These cupcakes have an exceptional ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    Farmers' Market Share Visits a Mercado in Peru

    I spent the first half of January -- the crappy half, as you all know -- south of the equator, in Peru. About half of our stay was in the smallish city of Cusco, which sits about 3,000 meters above sea level. A significant portion of the city still uses streets first constructed by the Incas in the ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Farmers' Market Share: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    So hopefully the omnivores in the audience haven't given up on me yet. I know I burst onto the Gut Check scene in 2009 promising to explore the full spectrum of local foods, yet I've barely glanced at foods with faces.To the patient among you, rejoice!Alissa Nelson​The reason for the absence of me ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Farmer's Market Share: Baked Eggs with Tomato and Prosciutto

    I first developed egg-brand loyalty while in college in Massachusetts. I religiously purchased eggs from a farm called the Country Hen -- in no small part because the cartons featured little chicken bios, which gave me a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside, like I was checking in with friends down the st ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Whole Wheat Bread

    User "Zyance," Wikimedia Commons​December is a sad time for the farmer's market aficionado. At minimum, it will be three months before the first spring greens are available. We're down to two monthly markets, the indoor Tower Grove setup at St. John's Episcopal Church on Arsenal Street and Maplew ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Farmer's Market Share Gives the Gift of Nuts in Your Mouth

    Alissa Nelson​These days it's smart to be budget-minded and realistic when giving gifts. If you're like this blogger, that means forgetting that Hanukkah is coming and then blaming late gifts on finals or wanting to make something yourself to save money. In previous years, I've knitted various cl ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Brussels Sprouts, Battle Axes and Baby Sloths

    Alissa Nelson​In previous posts, I've talked a lot about how I like cute things: dogs eating green beans, dogs falling asleep in weird positions, dogs in general.Oh, and food. There's plenty of cute food, like cupcakes and other various expressions of twee craft-show fare. Brussels sprouts fit in ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share Makes Skillet Potatoes, Dreams of Peru

    Alissa Nelson​With the end of my first semester of grad school nearing, I've started contemplating the joy of winter break -- an entire month of slothfulness, which I haven't experienced in seven years.The best part of this break is that I'm spending the second half in Peru, scrambling around the ... More >>

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    November 18, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Real Maple Syrup and Cranberry Sauce

    Alissa Nelson​My life philosophy? Always use real maple syrup.Huh?What I mean is this: Don't put artificial, industrial food products into your body. Rather, eat real food whenever possible. It will taste better, and you will feel better. It builds community and supports small businesses.

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    November 11, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Thanksgiving Wheat Berry Salad Recipe

    Jérôme Sautret, Wikimedia CommonsSweet potatoes: Try not to eat them all before you're done.​As a compulsive cooking overachiever, I have a tendency to see pot lucks as a challenge: How can I make something totally novel and awesome...yet avoid shopping? It's like Iron Chef: College Ingenuity.S ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Freaky-Ass Cauliflower Soup

    Alissa Nelson​This week I bought a $6 head of cauliflower. It was purple -- which was novel -- and it was locally grown, which is obviously what this blog is all about. But, ultimately, it was a single head of cauliflower that cost $6.Can I get political for a moment?This past spring, Alice Water ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Autumn Latkes

    Alissa Nelson​Last week, while browsing the wares at Local Harvest Grocery, I encountered the biggest beets I'd ever seen. They were like cow hearts. I considered staging the Harrison Ford sacrifice scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, just for dramatic effect. Then I saw a sweet pota ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Sunchoke and Potato Gratin

    Alissa Nelson​A few years ago, local chefs started hopping on the sunchoke bandwagon. Suddenly you had sunchoke purées and soups and risottos popping up like mushrooms after a week of fall rain. This happened to correspond to my first farm-share experience. As it turns out, Biver Farms is quite t ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Winter Squash Muffins

    Alissa Nelson​Life isn't all sunshine and rainbows in this food blogger's kitchen. I was seriously tempted to just link to the New York Times recipe for Ratatouille Pot Pie and call it a day. (It was really excellent, by the way.) Then I made a meal that resulted in the exclamation, "What the fuck ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Peach Pound Cake and Apple Honeycake

    Alissa Nelson​While training for my first 100-mile bike ride last spring, I developed a terrible habit. Although I stocked my saddlebag with the finest in sports goos and my back pocket with peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches, I couldn't help but plan the huge meal I would eat as soon as I got ho ... More >>

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    September 9, 2009

    Farmers' Market Share: Haricots Verts Salad

    Alissa Nelson​I'm such a superficial produce buyer. If something is even remotely colorful or eye-catching or cute, I go nuts. (No, seriously, don't even get me started on cute.) So when I walked up to the Deep Mud Farm stand at the Maplewood Farmers' Market this past week, I was a goner. I mean, ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    Farmer's Market Share: Chilled and Grilled Okra

    Alissa Nelson​Okra is one of the most beautiful plants in a summer garden. Its flowers make it look like an exotic plant imported from a gorgeous tropical isle where the summers are mild and the humidity is bearable -- kind of like St. Louis this summer. Red okra is so pretty that I've even seen i ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Introducing Farmers' Market Share: Be Thankful for Tomatoes

    Alissa Nelson​Alissa Nelson is a graduate student and compulsive buyer of cookbooks. She enjoys scouring seed catalogs and thrift stores alike. Beginning this week, she will seek the bounty of local farmers' markets for Gut Check -- and then cook it.St. Louis, I have a message for you: Be gratefu ... More >>

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