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    April 18, 2014

    O'Cheeze grilled cheese food truck to launch at Fulton Brewery tomorrow

    Love cheese? Dream about finding a revolutionary way of serving it between slices of bread? Then Haley and Tony Fritz, the proprietors of the new fromage-centric food truck O'Cheeze, are your kind of people. This Saturday, they are rolling out their yellow mobile kitchen at Fulton Brewery, hangin' t ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Download a coupon, forfeit your rights?: General Mills restricts consumers' right to sue

    General Mills, the Minnesota-based corporation responsible for brands like Pillsbury and Betty Crocker, has amended its legal policies to prohibit those who download coupons, enter sweepstakes, or join in related online communities from suing the company, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating?

    Every week, we'll show you a photo we've snapped at a local restaurant -- it's up to you to guess the dish and the restaurant that serves it. The first person to answer correctly in the comments (create a Voice Places account or comment anonymously, but be sure to leave your email address when promp ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating?

    Every week, we'll show you a photo we've snapped at a local restaurant -- it's up to you to guess the dish and the restaurant that serves it. The first person to answer correctly in the comments (create a Voice Places account or comment anonymously, but be sure to leave your email address when promp ... More >>

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    April 3, 2014

    A skyway classic: Macy's Skyroom salad bar

    Ah, the salad bar. Long the haven for vegetarians and dieting diners, the classic steakhouse staple has arguably lost some its luster since it was first introduced in the 1950s. But on the 12th floor of the Nicollet Mall Macy's, lunchtime diners can still find one of the few bona fide all-you-can-ea ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    Coming soon: Tongue in Cheek in St. Paul

    This summer, St. Paul's historic Payne-Phalen neighborhood will welcome a new restaurant dedicated to serving only humanely raised animals. Tongue in Cheek is moving in with an experienced St. Paul restaurant crew and sights set on an early June opening date.See also:Best Farm to Table 2013: Birchwo ... More >>

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    March 31, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating? Plus, this month's winner is announced

    Every week, we'll show you a photo we've snapped at a local restaurant -- it's up to you to guess the dish and the restaurant that serves it. The first person to answer correctly in the comments (create a Voice Places account or comment anonymously, but be sure to leave your email address when promp ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Beer of the Week: Boom Island's Brimstone

    Minnesota beer talk is often overshadowed by the IPA and, in recent Beer of the Week honorees, by heavier, cold weather beers. Well, this week's spotlight falls on Brimstone from Boom Island, the veteran (by Minnesota standards) brewery founded in 2011 which recently moved to a larger facility on Wa ... More >>

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    March 24, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating?

    Every week, we'll show you a photo we've snapped at a local restaurant -- it's up to you to guess the dish and the restaurant that serves it. The first person to answer correctly in the comments (create a Voice Places account or comment anonymously, but be sure to leave your email address when promp ... More >>

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    March 19, 2014

    MMMA to screen documentary on women in craft brewing

    MN Beer Activists, who earlier this week sponsored the Sunday Sales fundraiser concert at First Avenue, have teamed up with the Minnesota Museum of Modern Art for a screening of the 2011 film The Love of Beer, a documentary set in the Pacific Northwest that examines the role of women in the beer bre ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating?

    Every week, we'll show you a photo we've snapped at a local restaurant -- it's up to you to guess the dish and the restaurant that serves it. The first person to answer correctly in the comments (create a Voice Places account or comment anonymously, but be sure to leave your email address when promp ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Weekend brew round-up: Schell's pilsner series, Butcher & the Boar anniversary, and more

    Minnesotans, the time has come (at least for now) to shed your heaviest winter coats, soak up a few rays of early spring sun, and enjoy a weekend of fresh brew happenings across the Twin Cities metro, marked by pilsners and anniversaries. Pig & Fiddle is celebrating the new pilsner series from Sche ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Watermelon Crawl at Boneyard Kitchen & Bar: Head south of the Mason-Dixon with this drink of the week

    Watermelon Crawl Boneyard Kitchen & Bar $10.95 You remember summer, don't you? Denim cut-offs and dips in the lake, frosty brews and cooking things outside over an open flame? Boneyard will make you a believer in warmth and happiness again with its down-home Dixie look and feel. From the chicken wi ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    Guess where I'm eating?

    Every week, we'll show you a photo we've snapped at a local restaurant -- it's up to you to guess the dish and the restaurant that serves it. The first person to answer correctly in the comments (create a Voice Places account or comment anonymously, but be sure to leave your email address when promp ... More >>

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    February 28, 2014

    Plate or Pass: Guinea pig

    Minneapolis's claim to guinea pig fame can be traced back to August 11, 2013, when 81 people wound up in the hospital with suspected salmonella poisoning after eating guinea pig, among other things, at the Ecuadorian Independence Festival. The market owner was given a $1,000 fine for serving tainted ... More >>

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    February 26, 2014

    Beer of the Week: Northbound Smokehouse's doppelbock

    This week's beer of the week is Northbound Smokehouse's doppelbock. The selection is a winter seasonal that pours a dark brown and offers roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel notes in a full body beer. The doppelbock comes in 10-ounce pours from the brewpub, fitting of its body and 8.3% ABV. The ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Weekend brew round-up: Bootcamp & Beer, a benefit for PACER, and more

    Beer lovers, kick off your brew-centric weekend today with the benefit Raise a Glass: A Toast to PACER, featuring several local breweries such as Fulton, Flat Earth, Brau Brothers, and Sociable Cider Werks. Tickets for the beer and wine tasting are $35. Fitness buffs can get a new kind of workout a ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    I honestly tried to like Imagine Dragons

    I'm going to let you in on the secret: I don't know anything about music that normal adult humans listen to. Avalanches of culture engulf our entire society while I sit in a grubby basement, hunched over a laptop listening to old Motorhead records. However, on occasion, I'm forced to stick my he ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Bauhaus Brew Labs coming to Northeast

    Northeast Minneapolis will be home to another brewery soon, but the newbie in question, Bauhaus Brew Labs, has yet to publicly announce any details of its plans. What is clear is the brewery will be situated at 1315 Tyler Street NE, close to 612 Brew, Indeed Brewing, and Sociable Cider Werks. See a ... More >>

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    February 20, 2014

    Plate or Pass: Lamb testicles [VIDEO]

    Lamb fries, Rocky Mountain oysters, bulls' eggs, stones. It's time to lay the euphemisms to rest and tell it like it is: We eat testicles and we don't care who knows it. Dying to know why testicles are incredible? Well for starters, they're cheap, coming in at around $3 for a pack of six medium-siz ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Rebecca McDonald

    In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Rebecca McDonald's photo work is under the umbrella of BFresh Productions. She has shot extensively for MTV, City Pages, and other publications. Her portfolio includes both live and p ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Ryan Siverson

    In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Ryan Siverson has been shooting concerts and musician portraits locally for about six years. You can see his work in City Pages, Vita.mn, Grantland, and other publications. You also m ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    James Beard Award semifinalists announced; Twin Cities chefs and restaurants make the list

    They call them the Oscars of the food world, a chance to recognize the finest in the culinary industry. The 2014 James Beard Award semifinalists were announced this morning, and several local chefs and restaurants were recognized.See also:Best new restaurants in the Twin Cities 2013Best Service 2013 ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: David McCrindle

    In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. David McCrindle is a U.K. native who has built strong relationships with a lot of area musicians based upon his photo work. His shots have appeared in publications like Q and NME abro ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

    Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Anna Gulbrandsen

    In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Anna Gulbrandsen has earned a reputation as a dedicated visual storyteller within the Twin Cities electronic music community. In addition to her work with Sound in Motion, she's cover ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Modern Cafe releases plans for expansion, including 'Sochi-style bathrooms'

    It looks like Northeast Minneapolis's pot roast emporium, Modern Cafe, has set its sights on bigger pastures. On the restaurant's Twitter feed yesterday, they posted an image of a floor plan detailing what looks to be the addition of 620 square feet of space.See also:Stanley's expansion to include n ... More >>

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    February 11, 2014

    Famous Dave's CEO John Gilbert resigns after 18 months

    Famous Dave's, the Minnetonka-based BBQ franchise, announced yesterday that CEO John Gilbert has resigned after 18 months with the company. Ed Rensi, the former president of McDonalds, has been chosen as Famous Dave's interim Chief Executive Officer in Gilbert's place. Rensi served as the presiden ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Tony Nelson

    In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Tony Nelson's diverse photo output is regularly a part of City Pages and the Star Tribune. He shoots concerts constantly, but also has amassed lots of studio portraits that give a d ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Best Twin Cities music photographers 2014 finalist: Sara Montour

    In the coming days, Gimme Noise will profile the 20 finalists in our Twin Cities music photographers 2014 showcase. Photographer Sara Montour has been shooting live shows and band portraits for about a decade. She's also one of the founders of the Live Letters concert series. See Also: The best mu ... More >>

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    February 4, 2014

    400 Bar to open venue in Mall of America

    After closing down at the end of 2012, the 400 Bar is following through on plans to relocate. Its new digs will be quite a different feel than the West Bank corner it occupied for decades, though. When the 400 returns in June, it'll be on the fourth floor of Mall of America. According to Minneapoli ... More >>

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    January 31, 2014

    The Rogue at Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group: This drink of the week is a real deviant

    The Rogue Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group $11 Sometimes, going where everybody knows your name is overrated. Maybe a little anonymity is what you're after, in a busy scene with bright colors, big screens, and strong drinks. Uptown Cafeteria and Support Group embraces its chipper blend of futuris ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Erik Anderson returns to the Twin Cities, plots pop-ups

    He's appeared on the cover of Food & Wine magazine, been featured on PBS's The Mind of a Chef, and has dazzled the food world with his creations at Nashville's Catbird Seat. He left the acclaimed restaurant at the end of the year, and now Erik Anderson is once again calling Minneapolis home.&nbs ... More >>

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    January 10, 2014

    Froz Broz announce first pint sale

    Minneapolis craft ice cream Froz Broz has garnered a solid fan base in the last few years -- even though previously the only way to get your mitts on some was to win one of the two precious pints they give away each week.But starting next week there are easier ways to attain these frozen, gourmet de ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    The Cedar to host benefit concert for West Bank fire victims

    In the aftermath of the tragic and devastating New Year's Day fire at 516 Cedar Avenue that took the lives of three residents of the apartments -- while displacing the survivors and also destroying the Otanga Grocery Store -- the West Bank and Cedar-Riverside community is coming together to support ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Strange Names post "Ricochet" from debut album, Common Attraction

    Fresh off Strange Names being announced as one of the performers at the Current's 9th Birthday soiree, the guys have revealed a new single, "Ricochet." The song from former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak's favorite new band will appear on Liam Benzvi and Francis Jimenez's debut full-length album, Comm ... More >>

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    January 6, 2014

    Fire destroys bar and restaurant at Horse & Hunt Club

    On New Year's Eve a fire ripped through Trigger's Bar & Saloon at the Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club located in Prior Lake. The fire broke out around 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning and the freezing weather conditions made it difficult for firefighters to contain the blaze. Fortunately, nobody w ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    Top 5 chicken and waffles in the Twin Cities

    Just a few weeks back, we published a list that named "haute" chicken and waffles as one of the 13 most overcooked food trends of 2013. To clarify (and to pre-emptively combat any cries of hypocrisy that this Top 5 might provoke), that food trends list was compiled by writers from our team as well a ... More >>

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    December 20, 2013

    A Bitter Winter at Meritage: Gift yourself with this drink of the week

    A Bitter Winter Meritage $12 Only five shopping days left, and you know what that means: cocktails! That's right, step away from the picked-over sale rack and into Saint Paul's Meritage, where you can enjoy a superbly made drink while blithely ignoring all of your holiday obligations. Banish all th ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Myles Thomas puts MPD on blast after cops write him ticket for spitting on U of M campus

    Minneapolis cops have been struggling to deal with a crime spree on the University of Minnesota campus. So, in hopes of maintaining law and order, they've taken to... writing people tickets for spitting? SEE ALSO: Mpls cops use flashers to illegally park, grab leisurely sandwich at Milio's [PHOTOS] ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    Why music critics shouldn't date other music critics

    They say artists shouldn't date other artists, and actors shouldn't date other actors. This is also the case when it comes to music writers. For starters, music writers are a miserable lot who are mostly paid in concert tickets, ego-stroking and swag, rather than actual money. Plus, they're opiniona ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    Rye Deli has a special Thanksgivukkah menu

    For the first time since 1888 Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will fall on the same day. It's a mathematical anomaly, yes, but more importantly, it's a perfect excuse to celebrate the all-new food-centered super holiday that will heretofore be known as Thanksgivukkah. As far as we know, only one Twin ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    The Ango Flip at Parlour: Switch things up with this drink of the week

    Ango Flip Parlour $13 From Thai chili to sour cherry, horehound to hops, bitters are having their day in the sun. Practically requisite ingredients in any fashionable craft cocktail, bitters can be concocted from any combination of ingredients imaginable. And yet, there's something to be said for l ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    Are craft spirits the next big thing in the Twin Cities?

    It seems like every other city block boasts a new craft beer brewer. Could the next craft trend be micro distilleries? There are several hopefuls moving forward around the metro area, now that lawmakers have lowered the fee for distilling permits from over $30,000 to the more manageable neighborhood ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    Comfort Food Friday: Meatloaf 2.0

    Meatloaf just may be the ultimate comfort food. A longtime American dinner staple, this nostalgic dish has undergone many modern twists. But if you look for it, you can still find meatloaf served up the same way Grandma used to make it 50 years ago. The best meatloaf in the Twin Cities is hard to p ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    First Look: The Rabbit Hole

    Stepping from the bright lights of Midtown Global Market into the Rabbit Hole, the new restaurant at the market's edge, is a bit like stepping into another world. The lights are dim. A stack of books twists over the top of the host stand. A line of seats frames the open kitchen where chefs throw dow ... More >>

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    November 13, 2013

    Winona County GOP shares doctored image of Michelle Obama with gold grills on Facebook [UPDATE]

    -- Update at bottom -- Sure, it's not as bad as the Chisago County GOP's recent "Pro-choice: Against slavery? Don't buy one" post, but really?SEE ALSO: MNGOP Rep. Pat Garofalo suggests liberal blogger is a pussy Yesterday, the Winona County Republican Party shared a doctored image of Michelle Obama ... More >>

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    November 12, 2013

    Top 5 local stouts

    Stout. This popular style of typically dark beer is easy to identify because its personality is just how it sounds: rounded, bold, and friendly. An important factor in the making of a stout, is getting a nice deep roast on the barley or malt used to brew it. Stout is also usually higher in alco ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    Steve Aoki fans crushed during barricade collapse at Epic

    By Matt ScottI've been raging my face off at EDM shows for the past four years, and I can say without a doubt that Steve Aoki this past Saturday was the most reckless situation I've yet to experience. Don't get me wrong -- the show was on legendary levels of awesome. From cannons of confetti to ge ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013
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    November 5, 2013

    Friends of Mpls Animal Control petitioning new policy that could lead to more euthanizations

    For some time now, when dogs or cats have been taken into custody by Minneapolis Animal Care and Control, agency volunteers have passed along information about some of the animals to moderators of an independent Facebook page called "Friends of Minneapolis Animal Care & Control."The moderators w ... More >>

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