Getting Strange with Chef Mary Boehne

Strange Donuts Open


Two years ago, Strange Donuts dropped into the St. Louis donut scene like batter into a hot fryer. Satisfying the tastes of donut traditionalists, Strange Donuts offers classics like glazed and long johns, but it’s the namesake creations that attract attention – Chicken and Waffles, Grilled Cheesus and Beijing Duck Taco to name a few. Continue Reading


Wai Ming – Spring 2015

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Designer Emily Brady Koplar, founder of Wai Ming, is a favorite in the ALIVE Offices. Having worked with Emily during Saint Louis Fashion Week the last two years, i’ve become a fan of her clean, structured pieces season after season.

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April Florals 1


While everyone else rambles on about how “April showers bring May flowers”, i’m sharing some April florals that will hopefully make you forget about all the April showers we’ve been experiencing.

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Mission Taco Joint

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Forget taco Tuesdays, i’ll take tacos everyday. Especially if they are Mission Taco Joint tacos. Sitting pretty on Lafayette Ave in Soulard, is Mission Taco Joint’s second location – one I probably frequent a bit too much. Continue Reading


Downtown St. Louis, Illustrated



The Kansas City map was pretty fun to doodle and even more fun to read the comments about your favorite spots. In an attempt to highlight some rad places in St. Louis, i’m introducing a series of St. Louis Neighborhoods, illustrated. I’m kicking off the series with the core of the city, Downtown St. Louis. Continue Reading


Blueprint Coffee



There’s a sign in the window that alternates between OPEN and NOPE. If you happen to catch the sign during the hours of 7am and 7pm everyday, you can experience the delight of a handcrafted beverage from Blueprint Coffee. Behind the counter, talented baristas are waiting to pull shots for an espresso or carefully extract the flavors through a pour-over at the brew bar.  Continue Reading


Local Harvest Cafe

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A block down from the namesake grocery store, Local Harvest Cafe is serving up meals that are as delicious as they are sustainable. Staying true to the name, the cafe sources a variety of ingredients from local farms. It’s difficult to choose between the sweet and savory brunch offerings, but either choice will be a good one. Continue Reading