On Tuesday the news broke that several local chefs were nominated for James Beard Awards. We reached out to everyone to see what exactly one does to toast this honorable recognition. The most common answer? Working. Typical. Here's what they had to say.See also:Twin Cities' chefs among the James Bea ... 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. Every culture has its flat-bread. In Ethiopia, injera is served with almost every meal; tortillas are all over the place; and Swedes have their infamous lefse. Earlier th ... More >>
The local coffee wizards at Dogwood coffee announced recently that they are going to be raising funds for a nonprofit organization called Charity: Water. Dogwood is trying to collect $10,000 to provide clean drinking water to an area in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia. Dogwood has already don ... More >>
Three months after marrying his high school sweetheart, 21-year-old Taylor Baune is dead.Baune, a Marine corporal, was killed in combat yesterday in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was a 2009 graduate of Andover High School.In March, shortly before shipping off to Afghanistan, Baune married his hi ... More >>
National security laws have transformed America's most vulnerable immigrants into terrorists
Afro-Italian fuision cuisineThe baffled newbies stare at the menu. How does one chose between curry or steak sandwich? The lively two-man crew calls out to people, pulling them in, sharing suggestions. Before serving up each pan of freshly made food, the chef offers up a scent, holding out the si ... More >>
Freshly roasted, Flamenco-styleWhen 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 >>
Speak English, would ya?Today is Election Day. And while we wait in line to cast our votes in the Twin Cities, the chances are good that we're going to hear some language other than English being spoken. This is nothing new. And despite what the English-only crowd would have us believe, it d ... More >>
Roasted to carbon negative perfectionTiny Footprint Coffee's tag line is "Small steps to big climate change," and the new company is doing quite well purveying what they call carbon-negative beans. Recently landing impressive coffee service contracts with Gustavus Adolphus College and Medtronic, ... More >>
Though declining nationwide, tuberculosis is increasing in Minnesota as immigrants flock here
Fair trade brews are popping up all over, but Peace Coffee is still a cup apart
From our email (arriving too late for publication), here's a press release for a Tuesday event that's probably a lot more interesting than it sounds: 'LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS JAMES H. BILLINGTON AND BARITONE THOMAS HAMPSON CELEBRATE "CREATIVITY ACROSS AMERICA" WITH 11-CITY CONCERT TOUR. The internati ... More >>
How I stopped worrying and learned to dislike U2's 'Bomb'
'Route 181' draws the line between human trauma and resilience
Meet the neighbors
A new book suggests what comes next for dictators who ate their opponents' innards
Snow in Africa, thieving Santa, and porn under the tree
A parking miscue, a scuffle, a cultural divide
Baaba Maal and Gigi explore the native lands they left behind
Are local immigrants unwittingly funding Al Qaeda? The numbers just don't add up.
Ethiopian Jews return to the Promised Land at the Mixed Blood; Leopold and Loeb kill again at the Actors Theater of Minnesota
They went through hell in Mogadishu. But for 17-year-old Mohamed Abdullahi and other Somali immigrants, in Minneapolis it's still an uphill climb.
For aliments without cure, hope remains the eternal elixir
The Millennium Falcon: Geraldine McMillian sings the heartbreak of an Ethiopian slave girl in the Minnesota Opera's lavish production of Aida
In the past year, Hennepin County District Court Judge Kevin Burke has heard a handful of cases concerning khat. "I'd say it's more like alcohol," he hazards. "I'm a little hesitant to say, 'Don't worry about khat.'