Wyoming-based "West Mex" chain Taco John's knows the secret to wooing Minnesotans is tater tots. Taco John's may call them Potato Oles, but there's no fooling the inventors of the tater tot hot dish. We all know the company's fried potato rounds are just slightly smaller tater tots waiting to be dro ... More >>
The young Minneapolis rappers involved with Y.N. Rich Kids have amassed a Hollywood-worthy story of after-school creativity mixing with serious business. After "Hot Cheetos & Takis" got national attention two years ago, videos released since then -- we'll count related Beats & Rhymes groups ... More >>
Wanna run Minnesota's medical marijuana program? Sounds like it'd be an interesting gig, right? It also pays handsomely, with a salary in the range of $73,811 to $105,862.But before you start daydreaming about how many bags of Cheetos you could buy with that type of income, it should be noted that t ... More >>
As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.When Marvel Bar, the speakeasy under the Bachelor Farmer, announced that they were introducing a new food menu, stomachs growled all over town. While they would still serv ... More >>
It always seems like a bit of a wink on the part of Marvel Bar's owners to offer Cheetos as their sole snack alongside $14 cocktails. Still, the drinks are undeniably delicious and it's really hard to make a big stink about free Cheetos. In any case, frequenters and never-beens alike will be glad to ... More >>
Be it the YN Rich Kids, the KIDS, or Da Rich Kidzz, you know who we're talking about. The youngsters who potent blend rap and the youth culture surrounding them have a serious corporate backer in Kmart. With the release of "My Limo" earlier this summer, Jeff Gage noted "there's a new Rich Kids hook ... More >>
So it's come to this. How are we to feel about the latest chapter in the growing saga of the artists formerly (or currently?) known as the Y.N. Rich Kids? Based on their latest video, "My Limo" -- a corporate tie-in for Kmart's upcoming back-to-school ad campaign -- that would seem to be a good ques ... More >>
In honor of the Totally Sweet '90s Book Launch Party at Magers & Quinn, we compiled a whole slew of our favorite (and sadly, discontinued) foods available during the 1990s... and their respective commercial gems.
Things are always changing out on those mean streets of Minneapolis, and the street-eats cuisine is constantly evolving. Trucks and trailers come and go (mostly new ones keep coming). One truck has recently undergone a change. We recently visited Mr. Mustachio's under the mistaken impression that th ... More >>
It's been a long, slow march into springtime here in Minnesota, but all of a sudden it already feels like summer. Why's that, you ask? Because the Y.N. Rich Kids, last year's adolescent hip-hop phenoms behind viral hit "Hot Cheetos & Takis," are back with a long-awaited follow-up, called "My Bik ... More >>
Nelly hopped up to our frigid state for a few days this week -- not to sign the "Hot Cheetos & Takis" stars the KIDS, but apparently to do some food-related business with General Mills. Based upon some tweets and photos from the rapper -- in between some incessant promotion for a new song called ... More >>
Mixed news from the "Hot Cheetos & Takis" camp explodes out today. The KIDS, formerly known as YN Rich Kids, are on the verge of something big, according to a huge Star Tribune scoop coming out this Sunday.Recently, Strib music scribe Chris Riemenschneider spoke to the parents and members of the ... More >>
The Current's 8th Birthday Party, Night TwoFeaturing Cloud Cult, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, Now, Now, the Chalice (with YN Rich Kids aka the Kids)First Avenue, MinneapolisSaturday, January 19, 2013 Sometime during most people's mid-twenties, birthdays start to look a bit self-indulgent. There's no i ... More >>
Whether or not Minnesota music is in a new golden age or not is a debate for another day further down the road, but there should be little question that local bands recorded and released some truly amazing records in 2012. There was one triumphant record release party after another, and with each su ... More >>
Okay, so there are a few songs out of the Twin Cities that were completely inescapable in 2012. (Nudge.) But when you're talking about a music community that's blasting in clubs, basements, garages, warehouses, automobiles, record stores, Soundclouds, public radio stations, college radio stations, a ... More >>
Chuck Grassley, a 79-year-old U.S. Senator from Iowa, took the overheated rhetoric of the war on drugs to new heights in a letter he sent to constituents comparing smoking pot to murder, rape, and child abuse.SEE ALSO:-- Chuck Grassley, Iowa Senator, is hilariously awful at Twitter-- Marijuana legal ... More >>
The Twin Cities music community is filled with partisanship. Just think about how many arguments exist when it comes to the pressing issues like Mumford vs. Dawes, the Current's David Campbell bearded vs. clean-shaven, and Hot Cheetos vs. Takis. These things matter!While we heard a lot over the week ... More >>
Day of DignityWith Atmosphere, Stalley, Brother Ali, MaLLy, Sims, Y.N. Rich Kids and moreMasjid An-Nur, MinneapolisSunday, October 7, 2012Day of Dignity returned for its second year with a cross-section of the greater Twin Cities hip hop community, and a combination of both performances and communit ... More >>
Earlier this month, a study concluded that half of Minnesota will be obese by 2030. In hopes of preventing that from happening, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota recently released two new anti-obesity ads.SEE ALSO: Minnesota obesity epidemic? New study says half of us on track to be really ... More >>
Why go to the trouble of growing at home when you can just walk down to the railroad tracks in southern St. Paul?SEE ALSO:-- Michael Biskey, south Mpls resident, could get 10 years for having a bunch of pot in his garage-- White Bear Township pot grow-op: Family busted "just trying to grow a little ... More >>
In a new video put together by campaign volunteers, MNGOP Senate candidate Karin Housley's supporters go Gangnam Style.SEE ALSO:-- "Hot Cheetos & Takis" features young Mpls rappers-- Kurt Bills' creepy Staring at the Future political film is laughably bad [VIDEO]But an MNGOP spoof on Psy's smash ... More >>
The young rap crew Y.N. Rich Kids emerged over the weekend to perform at the Ideawerks Concert & Fundraiser Event in Powderhorn Park on Saturday. And you can bet that their summer hip-hop anthem "Hot Cheetos & Takis" closed the place down. "We can do pictures, no interviews, okay?" said grou ... More >>
See Also:"Hot Cheetos & Takis" video features young Minneapolis rappers from Beats And Rhymes programThursday's City Pages editorial meeting had several special guests. Yep, Hot Cheetos and Takis showed up and they totally overshadowed (and out-crunched) the discussion topics for the week. After ... More >>
See Also:Local Frames: New videos from Now, Now, Howler, Bloodnstuff, Astronautalis, and moreThe Tribe & Big Cats! "DMT Flow" video: How to rap in a tankWith all of the grim self-seriousness that plagues a good portion of modern music, and with newspaper headlines growing more dire by the day, i ... More >>
Governor Dayton's sons open first-rate restaurant
Photos courtesy of The Bachelor FarmerFootfalls on wooden planks led to the front door of The Bachelor Farmer, a new restaurant that softly opened last week. It was before business hours and a knock on a locked door is answered by two immaculately dressed young men, "Hello, I'm Eric," he ex ... More >>
Alma GuzmanPoppers in the making, filled with Oaxaca cheese. Jalapeno poppers have all the makings of a great junk food fix. They're salty, fatty, crunchy, and cheesy, and leave behind a spicy kick--Hot Cheetos, you ain't got nothing on this! But the typical deep-fried jalapeno popper prove ... More >>
Playwright Aditi Kapil juggles dishes from many culturesLocal playwright Aditi Kapil is in a unique position: Her new play Agnes Under the Big Top: A Tall Tale will be staged simultaneously next month at Mixed Blood Theater and Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut. The play, an international fab ... More >>
Should schools serve kids the rations of truckers and road trippers?Sure, adults might pick up a Slim Jim-- along with a Mountain Dew and a bag of Cheetos--to fuel a long night of driving, but should schools be serving the shrink-wrapped sausages to impressionable young stomachs? A parent o ... More >>
A penetrating chapter from former Phoenix New Times investigative reporter Terry Green Sterling's book: ILLEGAL: Life and Death in Arizona's Immigration War Zone
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We celebrate the big names who've copped to their love of herb.
Any tater tot is a good tater tot, but let's split hairs a little bit why don't we.
Dude, are you ready for your close-up?
The Breeders are back in Minneapolis to spread their love of fuzzy guitar riffs.
Anti-obesity crusader haltingly reveals her secret: no breakfast, and no eating at all until after exercise. WTF.
Old Macdonald had a warehouse, e i e i o?
Get thee to a Denny's today for free pancakes, eggs and meat products.
This week's Clutter Control reviews weird-ass Finnish Nordfolk band Frigg.
The spot aims to take Indian food upscale, but communication gaps can detract from the tasty cuisine
Restaurant Alma's new kid brother, Rotisserie Brasa, turns local farm products into dine-in or takeout delights
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He's toxic, she's slipping under The Federlines' hotly awaited UPN reality show finally has an official title: Britney and Kevin: Chaotic. I'm not sure what's so "chaotic" about long days spent smoking Reds, scarfing Flamin' Hot Cheetos and shopping for Von Dutch swag at Kitson, but Britney seems ... More >>
The roots of MF Doom's odd-man-out hip hop
Your faithful scribe pursues ghost-of-Christmas-present Paul Magers