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1999 Stories by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

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  • Yes, We Have Champagne

    published December 29, 1999

    You'd have thought that if you wanted to drink something sparkling at the millennium you'd be pouring seltzer into white wine. More >>

  • The Fort Knox of Meat

    published December 22, 1999

    It was a week before Christmas, and the place was packed to the rafters. Chains of hams drooped from the ceiling like obscene bunches of grapes.... More >>

  • Take the Slow Boat

    published December 15, 1999

    I donít care if youíve been daydreaming in the tidy booths at the Twin Citiesí first Laotian restaurant: You simply may not race up the Mekong... More >>

  • Mercado Forces

    published December 8, 1999

    No more is this a city known only for chimichangas under a hogpile of sour cream; no more do Minneapolitans have to hang their heads in shame... More >>

  • The Love of Leftovers Lost

    published December 1, 1999

    My problem was something more serious than a mere kink in the brain stem: I had Anticipatory Leftover Turkey Shortage Anxiety Disorder (ALTSAD). More >>

  • The Wine Bar at the End of the World

    published November 24, 1999

    People who are really into wine can't even believe it. They come in and say: "This is it?" Bev's Wine Bar, Minneapolis More >>

  • Piece of Cake

    published November 17, 1999

    Figuring out recipes, playing with toys and ribbons--I'm a total dork about ribbons--all of these things are so gratifying. Jessica's, Eden... More >>

  • Mildred Dearest

    published November 10, 1999

    I was sort of on the fence until I went for dinner, at which point I fell in love with the place. Mildred Pierce Cafe, St. Paul More >>

  • Carne Pleasures

    published November 3, 1999

    The very chicest people I know threw down their designer earplugs and cried as one: My God, woman, can't you recommend a decent Mexican place?... More >>

  • Smell the Coffee

    published October 27, 1999

    "If Wild Bill Hickock or Charles Dickens drank coffee, it was roasted like this." Addis Ababa Ethiopian Restaurant, Minneapolis More >>

  • It's a Noodle World

    published October 20, 1999

    Take a little of what you like about whatever culture, present it with a flash of Frank Gehry, throw in a dash of Old Country Buffet:... More >>

  • A Clean, Well-Lighted Place

    published October 13, 1999

    Keeping the lights low allows a quiet slide into the neighborhood, an artful remembrance of things that seem like they’ve always been.... More >>

  • Haunted Haus

    published October 6, 1999

    The sauerkraut balls are mostly good for working into conversation: Would you please pass the sauerkraut balls? Honey, are those... More >>

  • My Own Private Quang

    published September 29, 1999

    Now I've got to tell everybody, and the hordes will zoom in. I called it first! Go find your own restaurant! Mom! They're bugging me! Quang... More >>

  • Freedom and the Sugar Doughnut

    published September 22, 1999

    Mel-O-Glaze is a doughnut shop that bucks trends, with a vengeance. Mel-O-Glaze, Minneapolis More >>

  • Dosai, Do

    published September 15, 1999

    When the paper masala dosai hits the table, I want to suspend time. I want a few moments to gawk at this awesome south Indian dish. Udupi Cafe,... More >>

  • The Price Is Right

    published September 8, 1999

    California cherry tomatoes aren't supporting Minnesota farmers, Minnesota barn owls, and little Minnesota microbes in the Minnesota dirt. Red... More >>

  • Eat Rich

    published September 1, 1999

    Sitting in Zelo you feel terribly contemporary, terribly chic, terribly important, very much the absolute center of an expensive world. Is this... More >>

  • It Takes a Villager

    published August 25, 1999

    The five Caribbean chefs who own West Indies Soul have scads of loyal customers, devoted clients who book them years in advance, their hearts and... More >>

  • Daydream Believer

    published August 18, 1999

    The music is marred by a note out of key. Do you ruin the reverie by calling attention to the error? Or do you sit, charmed into submission?... More >>

  • It's All Your Fault

    published August 11, 1999

    Fresh pasta was like spring hail to me--I knew it was out there, but we crossed paths infrequently. Prima, Minneapolis More >>

  • Farewell, Kabul

    published July 28, 1999

    Unless you've got a hankering for life-threatening danger, you're not going to experience Afghanistan as a tourist. Relax! There are some... More >>

  • When the Boys Came Home

    published July 21, 1999

    They'd invite everybody to come, telling them the beer was free. But when the crowd got here, they found a politician standing on the keg. Jax... More >>

  • Splendor in the Grass

    published July 14, 1999

    Treat yourself to the most breathtakingly cosmopolitan picnic. Ala Francaise French Bakery and Vietnamese Cuisine, Kiev Foods, Aster Cafe, and... More >>

  • Nordeast to Far East

    published July 7, 1999

    There's something about Korean cuisine that feels familiar to Americans--no complicated sauces or weird cheeses. Jang Won, Columbia Heights More >>

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