BARTENDER | Karen Gomes, 27
WHERE | Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Murrells Inlet
QUESTION | Valentine's Day... romantic day or Hallmark holiday?
I would say a Hallmark holiday. It's overrated.
When is the last time you bought a card from Hallmark?
I think it was for my niece's 10th birthday in May.
Tell us about your worst Valentine's Day?
I really wanted flowers and my boyfriend stopped on his way from work at the last minute to get me flowers. They were half dead. The next day all the petals fell off and I cried. I will never ask for flowers again.
And your best Valentine's Day?
When I was in high school a guy who liked me brought a giant bear that said "I love you" to my soccer game. It embarrassed me but at the same time it was the best.
Have you ever been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans?
No, I have not, but I want to go one day.
How many beads will you earn?
I won't be earning them... but I will be giving them away. Gotta show the goods to get the beads!
Which do you like better, apples or bees?
I like apples because bees sting me every chance they get.
Would you rather be stung by 100 bees or have an amateur archer try to shoot an apple off your head with a bow and arrow?
I'm going to go with the bees, but I'm not really liking that idea, either.
Name three unconventional uses for a cocktail sword.
Sword fighting... poking on of your customers in their eye if you don't like them... and, of course, eating olives off of one.
So your signature drink is Alligator Piss... have you ever tasted real alligator piss? Does it taste like real alligator piss?
No, it doesn't, but it does look green and weird... but it's very delicious going down.
And no, I've never tasted real alligator piss! That would be crazy.
Would you wrestle an alligator?
If I wasn't 5'3". If I was a bigger person, maybe. It looks fun.
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