Subject:

Beverages

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    It's Beaujolais nouveau season! Here are 2 ways to celebrate

    The first wine of 2010​We don't have a lot of wine vineyards in Minnesota, but there's still plenty of reason to celebrate another grape harvest by opening a bottle of French Beaujolais nouveau. The first bottles of this year's vintage--meant to be drunk when it's barely off the vine--are offi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Big Bowl Galleria's pomegranate ginger ale is fizzy and fresh

    Fizzy, fresh and non-alcoholic ​Pomegranate Ginger Ale$3Big Bowl - Edina3669 Galleria, Edina952-928-7888We admit that the Hot Dish has a tendency to highlight the libations. So, this week we present a tasty, accessible alternative -- and we're glad to do it. And, it's even at a chain restaur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Peace Coffee serves its first cup at new shop

    Liz PotasekPeace Coffee Barista Adam Marquardt prepares a flavorful cup of slow brewed coffee by measuring and grinding the beans, carefully wetting the grounds and pouring just the right amount of water into the filter.​With a disco ball, a light fixture made from old bike parts, and an array of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Flamenco Organic: NE roastery seeks the ultimate in fair-trade coffee

    Freshly roasted, Flamenco-style​When Dave Chall, of restaurant supplier Upper Midwest Gourmet, originally thought of coffee, he viewed it simply as an additional revenue stream. But now the bean arm of his NE Minneapolis operation, Flamenco Organic, is at the forefront of the local java industry. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Pink Lady-- vintage cocktail recipe

    Much more than a girly drink. ​While the name Pink Lady implies a drink that is delicate and sweet, this lady kicks ass. With a shell-pink hue and rich scents of apple and pomegranate, this vintage cocktail is potent but deceptively balanced. We recommend using only fresh lemon juice and homemade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Wine Sale Week: Surdyk's fall blowout includes free tastings

    Surdyk's big fall sale: Here are in-store tastings and 10 recommendations on what to buy​When you pull into the Surdyk's lot on a Saturday afternoon during it's big sale, you'd think you were trying to find a parking spot in downtown New York. There's a reason for that: Surdyk's offers not onl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Wine Shop Sale Week (Today: great deals at South Lyndale Liquors)

    Time to load up the cart​Each day this week we are featuring an ongoing wine shop sale and 10 recommendations from each. Today's feature is South Lyndale Liquors, a solid wine shop specializing in wines under $25. Its sale ends Saturday.

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    The best free wine tasting of the year

    Haskell's DowntownHaskell's Downtown Minneapolis: Try before you buy​Everyone who drinks wine has been to, or at least noticed, an in-store wine tasting, whether it's a winemaker in town or a distributor pouring six of their value wines. Well, a big in-store tasting tomorrow (Saturday, October ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    St. Innocent Wine Dinner at Luci Ancora is a don't-miss event

    Mark VlossakAmazing wines from a top winery: St. Innocent Wine Dinner with Mark Vlossak​Too many wine dinners in the Twin Cities serve below average wine and offer poor value. And though the St. Paul wine dinner at Luci Ancora on Monday night is not cheap, it does offer a chance to drink some ... More >>

  • News

    September 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Rye whiskey makes the endangered food list

    Helga's lobster stew/flickrRye whiskey, an endangered spirit.​In tandem with National Bourbon Month, bourbon's best friend, rye whiskey, has fallen on hard times. According to Slow Food USA's Ark of Taste list--a compilation of 200 plus food items designed to alert communities to endangered c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Bull Run prepares to open flagship shop next month

    Coffee connoisseurs are getting jittery over Bull Run opening​Bull Run Roasting Co submitted its Shea Architects-designed plans to the city in mid-August for its upcoming and much anticipated space in the revamped Calhoun Square, smack dab where a Starbucks used to be. Bull Run's first outpos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Top 5: bourbon cocktail recipes for National Bourbon Month

    bhamsandwich/flickrThe mint julep is our friend.​Yes siree, September is National Bourbon Month, and we are here to celebrate our favorite amber fluid--the only one native to the USA-- with you.Made with corn, and named for a county in Kentucky, bourbon making is no free-for-all, there are very sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Wondrous Azian Kitchen's Brazerac--a dreamy drink of the week

    A cocktail born in a dream.​Brazerac$8 Thom Pham's Wondrous Azian Kitchen 533 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis 612.338.1479 It's not everyday that someone gets to live one of their dreams. But that's just what happened to bartender Brad Smith, the mastermind behind the cocktail menu at Wondrous Azian K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Grilling recipes and wine pairings for the season's last barbecues

    Turkey dinner and Barbera​Late summer and fall can be a terrific time for getting in your last barbecues of the year. Earlier we discussed simple grilling options and affordable wines . Now it's time to talk about creating more exciting dishes on the grill. As always, a perfect wine pairing is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    Remodeler uncovers vintage booze stash in Minneapolis home

    Darin BackHow long does liquor last, anyway?​An air-conditioning installer recently uncovered an interesting stash amid the third-story duct work of a 110-year-old Lowry Hill home: four cases of pre-Prohibition booze. The Star Tribune reported that the cases contained 15 jugs and 30 bottles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    La Cucaracha's fun and down-to-earth happy hour

    Hola.​La Cucaracha Mexican Restaurante, 36 South Dale St., St Paul, 651.221.9682 Hours and details: 7 days a week 3 -6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10-midnight. $2-$3 beer specials, $3.50 house margaritas and rail drinks, $5 appetizers. Other daily specials: Monday: $2 off large bullfighters Tue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Heavy Table and Crispin Cider's autumn mixology contest

    Crispin CiderThe flavors of autumn.​ Do you fancy yourself a fine mixologist? Crispin Cider and Heavy Table are looking for you to share your finest cocktail creations made with Crispin and ingredients of your choice in their Autumn Mixology contest. This is your chance to show the world th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Affordable wines made for grilled food

    Nothing like a steak off the grill​Most people who drink wine are not going to pop open a 2000 Chateau Montrose St.-Estephe, a 1998 Fox Creek McClaren Vale, or a 2005 Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen for their casual grilling event with friends. If you do pop these open, make sure I am invited. Fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Whiskey sour recipes to celebrate National Whiskey Sour Day

    A 150-year-old classic​Like an easy lady, the whiskey sour has a tarnished reputation, similar to the tequila sunrise's. Being made for years with sour mix that tastes like bathroom cleaner will do that to a drink. Since today is National Whiskey Sour Day, it's a perfect opportunity to make th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Bull Run vs. Kopplin's in a battle for the best cup of coffee

    Bull Run's cup of love​The Twin Cities is a coffee shop mecca with literally hundreds of places to grab a mugful. Nonetheless, local connoisseurs know there are only two real contenders in the battle of the bean: Bull Run Coffee Bar in Minneapolis and Kopplin's in St. Paul. As summer wanes, it's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Top 5 rum cocktail recipes

    Rum infusing in Madagascar​We are feeling just terrible about missing National Rum Day last Monday (we were a little distracted by it also being National Bratwurst Day, and we don't recommend mixing the two) but you don't really need an excuse to drink a beautiful cocktail. With the summer winding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Peace Coffee is brewing up its first shop

    Courtesy of Peace CoffeePeace Coffee buys the beans and roasts them, and now they'll brew them, too, at a coffee shop opening this fall in Longfellow.​Peace Coffee already sources and roasts the beans for our morning cup, and starting this fall, it will brew them up at a new coffee shop in the Lon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    A great wine club for free

    Mike ThomasThomas Liquors Wine Education series​There are several wine clubs in the Twin Cities, though many are more focused on socializing than on pouring wines with any character or providing educational instruction. But one very good wine club is offering you a chance to learn about South ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Why pay top dollar for wine? It's BOGO time!

    Haskell'sHaskell's BOGO sale: Buy One, Get One​I am amazed by the average wine drinker who pays top dollar for their wine. Many say they are having a party and need wine fast or their local wine shop is so convenient. The worst advice ever given to a wine buyer was to purchase wine at a shop r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Stub & Herb's is going loco for local beer

    ​In a move that may ruffle some feathers, Stub & Herb's has announced that they are choosing to abandon many of their popular out-of-state beers, and instead shift to a hardcore focus on local brews. News broke from the horse's mouth on the message boards over at beeradvocate.com:

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    The most important concept in great wine: the winemaker

    Mark VlossakMark Vlossak of St. Innocent Winery​Of the five most important facets of wine--terroir, vintage, appellation, wine producer, and winemaker--the last is arguably both the most and least important. The winemaker is the most critical factor in what comes out of the bottle, yet all win ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Worst Wines of the Year (so far...)

    ​I sample over a thousand wines a year (yes, I spit many, for the sake of my health and liver), and very few wines are what I deem undrinkable. My dad, for example, loves his Tisdale Merlot, which is usually on sale at Morelli's in St. Paul for $2.00. I consider it drinkable, especially for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Ginger Cucumber Amore--a drink recipe from the garden

    Michelle LeonAn experiment with the flavors found in Thai cooking.​Using the freshest of the season's ingredients--this time, cucumber--we continue to share drink recipes that make the most of the harvest. We named this cocktail Ginger Cucumber Amore because the flavors blended in such a heav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    What kind of wine drinker are you?

    John GlasSerious wine geek wines​To me there are three types of wine drinkers: the wine drinker, the wine snob, and the wine geek. Wine drinkers are the largest of the three groups, and they are the most likely to try a new wine bar, buy a glass of South African chenin blanc at a restaurant, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Wine 101: Who made your wine--and why it's important

    St. InnocentTemperance Vineyard Site​Can you name five wine producers? Many casual wine drinkers might mention Robert Mondavi, Sutter Home, Beringer, Coppola, or Kendall Jackson. But what about Monchhof, St. Innocent, and Felsina? In the fourth of a series of Wine 101 topics (which includes terro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Classic cocktail recipes--drink like Mad Men do

    Michelle LeonClassic Martini​Want to learn how to make classic cocktails like those that the philandering, cigarette smoking, deceptive characters on Mad Men swill? As the AMC series starts its fourth season Sunday, the period piece set in the '60s reflects a time when it was okay to have a bar in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Beer Dabbler is on tap Saturday at Highland Fest

    For the very best Dabbler​With the rise in popularity of beer festivals, Twin Citians have one more reason to revel in our summers. This week, as part of Highland Fest, the second annual Beer Dabbler Showcase will bring more than 40  craft and microbreweries together for you to sample, and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Willamette Valley: 5 top wines from the greenest winery in America

    Willamette Valley Vineyards: They even recycle their used corks​ Many wineries that make it start out small, receive some positive press, expand and gain a following, but rarely in the wine business do you see a leader that is as environmentally conscious as Willamette Valley Vineyards out of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Surdyk's Summer Sale begins: 10 picks for your summer party

    tsuacctnt / FlickrSurdyk's Wine Shop Sale through July 24​There is no better time to shop for quality wines than during a sale. You can easily save $3 to $10 a bottle, which you can use to buy more wine. Surdyk's big summer wine sale runs today through July 24, and with the store's try-before- ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Ginger cayenne margarita--a killer cocktail recipe

    Michelle Leonginger cayenne margarita​ Our search for the ultimate summer cocktail continues with this selection that is simultaneously spicy, sweet, and tart. With just a dash of cayenne, this take on a classic margarita captures all the traditional notes, but the ginger and cayenne give the dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Appellation: Know where your wine comes from

    Ernst LoosenMosel region in Germany​In this third part of a series about important wine terms and concepts, we'll talk about appellation, which tells you what region of the world your wine comes from. (You can read here about the first two terms, terroir and vintage.) Appellations are geograph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Cotes du Rhone: Superb wines (for $15 or less) from a 200-year-old winery

    Chateau BeaucheneChateau Beauchene--a 200-year-old winery​ In America most of the famous names in wine have been around for less than a century, and some for less than a decade. In the Rhone region of southern France, there is evidence that grapes were harvested for thousands of years. Today ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    St. Paul Summer Beer Fest is Sunday

    ​On Sunday, celebrate all things beer at the second annual St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. The event is now the largest craft beer festival in the state, with 78 breweries participating, including Louisiana's Abita, Oregon's Widmer, Vermont's Magic Hat, Kansas's Tall Grass, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Artisan Vineyards wine tasting: Sample great wines for a good cause

    Mike Feltault PhotographyOld Arizona's Wine Bar​Charity wine events are popular, but not all are created equal. The best have several things in common. They don't just pour wines under $15, and they make sure to list the vintages of the wines. They offer selections from around the globe. (We a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Izzy's, Sebastian Joe's, Dairy Queen, and more: Who makes the best root beer float?

    Summer is the season for root beer floats, when we can burn off the calories from such sugary indulgences on a bike or the baseball diamond. We here at The Hot Dish decided to stage a float fight at a few of the Cities' ice cream hot spots: Izzy's Ice Cream, Minnesota's oldest Dairy Queen in Rosevil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Surdyk's sale begins today: Here are 5 recommendations

    tsuacctnt / Flickr​Surdyk's is a Twin Cities institution and has been serving consumers since 1934. Today through Saturday, Surdyk's Heart Healthy Sale is offering 20 percent off all of its wines. In 1979 Surdyk's moved to its current Northeast location and over the years expanded its busine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Great River Road Wine Trail hosts food/wine weekend

    ​For a crash course in local wine, hit the Great River Road Wine Trail's "Local Foods-Local Wine Weekend," on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The trail consists of 10 wineries near the Mississippi River (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa) and will offer s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Mint Julep Day is Sunday!

    ​Mark your calendars, an important event is taking place this Sunday: it's Mint Julep Day! Since 1938, the drink has been served on the first Saturday in May for Kentucky Derby Day. However, the official day to sip this bourbon and mint creation is this weekend. 

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Chilean wines: fabulous, inexpensive picks from the Rapel Valley

    Vina Siegel​Chile is home to amazing value wines and is creating a reputation for producing wines to rival Napa Valley and Bordeaux. Vitis vinifera grapes were planted by the Conquistadors back in the 16th century, but it has only been recently that their wine has been exported in volume.

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Meek Family Estates: Minnesotan now makes world-class wines in Washington

    Michael MeekMeek Family Estates Yakima Valley​I met Michael Meek two years ago as he was about to release his first vintage of Meek Family Estates. As a resident of Minnetonka, Michael realized that to make world-class wines you need to head west, and his location in Yakima Valley, Washington ... More >>

  • More >>
Loading...