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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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    November 4, 2013

    2013 Iron Fork Absolut Mixologists on secret weapon ingredients and drink orders they hate

    Look out, chefs! Six Twin Cities-based bartenders are locking and loading their liquor bottles, ready to battle it out for the title of "Absolut Mixologist" at this year's Iron Fork. On November 7 at International Market Square, these barkeeps will compete to create the best signature cocktail. We c ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    Pear Pressure at Masu Sushi & Robata: Give in to this drink of the week

    Pear Pressure Masu Sushi & Robata $11 Even the frenetically blinking lights of the pachinko parlor can't outshine the top notch Japanese cuisine at Masu Sushi & Robata, chock full of ramen, sustainable fish, and really good stuff on sticks. A menu this brilliant begs for a drink lineup of equal or ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    Beer of the Week: Pumking from Southern Tier

    Seeing as how this is All Hallows Eve eve, we thought it only appropriate to make this week's beer of the week an unabashedly spicy pumpkin-y little number. Pumking imperial ale from Southern Tier Brewing Co., based in Lakewood, New York is a high ABV ale that pours a brilliant creamy orange and sme ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Twin Cities Veg Fest re-cap: Vegan nachos and honey without bees

    Despite game day traffic and the obnoxiously expensive parking rates that come along with U of M sporting events, this past Saturday the 2nd annual Twin Cities VegFest was a rousing success.This year's gathering was considerably bigger than last, with food vendors including Flamingo Ethiopian and Ki ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    Duck fat-fried hot dogs with foie gras at Prairie Dogs' second pop-up

    It was total tubesteak takeover last night at First Course in south Minneapolis. Prairie Dogs, a pop-up restaurant/experiment from consultant Tobie Nidetz and chef Craig Johnson, offered up a full menu of lavishly topped Vienna beef hot dogs and a few of their own handcrafted sausages.The two are us ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    Tux meets Tracht at GAI's annual dinner and wine event

    On Saturday, the Germanic American Institute will host its annual black-tie wine tasting and dinner event. Wearing their finest, guests will stroll up to a bona fide mansion on Summit Avenue and eat like kings... or Kaisers. The five-course dinner, prepared by Haus chef Katrin Erdmann of Hanover, ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Map of most popular beers by state reveals we aren't as crafty as we think [GRAPHIC]

    For all the craft beer we have brewing in our fair state, you may be surprised to find that our collective beer of choice is actually a macro brew.A team of data collectors from AMP research firm and Blowfish, an Alka-Seltzer-like, effervescent tab touted as a hangover cure, polled over 5,000 b ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Joey Patterson, man accused of beating AP's child, says his son is "my life"

    As we mentioned in our post about AP's "secret" Sioux Falls child, Joey Patterson, the man accused of brutally beating AP's son, has a public Facebook page.In light of the charges he faces, one of the interesting things about Patterson's page is how outspokenly he repeatedly professes his love for h ... More >>

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    October 9, 2013

    Town Hall named one of the best brewpubs in America

    Since its inception, Town Hall Brewery has produced many award-winning beers including their Hope & King Scotch ale, which took home a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011, and the Russian Roulette chocolate imperial stout, which took home the same award in 2008. Several brewer ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    Top 5 places to eat in Little Mekong

    Billed as Saint Paul's answer to Eat Street, the Little Mekong area at the east end of University Avenue has become something of a destination lately. There are still plenty of shuttered businesses to go around, but with the Central Corridor light rail set to open in 2014 and its easy accessibility ... More >>

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    October 7, 2013

    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 (be sure to leave your email address -- it won't be visible), will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Hot Indian Foods giving away free Indurritos today

    Got lunch plans for today? You do now. As part of an event for local small business owners organized by Square, the plug-in credit card reader that most food trucks use, Hot Indian Foods food truck will be giving away free Indurritos to the first 100 people to get in line.See Also:The Twin Citi ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    Seventh Street Social now open in St. Paul

    One of St. Paul's most anticipated fall restaurant openings happened without much pomp or circumstance yesterday afternoon. Seventh Street Social, a new contemporary comfort classics eatery that is in no way associated with Eat Street or Northeast Social, is now officially up and running in Hig ... More >>

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    September 30, 2013

    Grain Belt Brewery unveils cans for this year's Zombie Pub Crawl [IMAGES]

    This year's Zombie Pub Crawl IX: Quarantine, happening October 12, is already shaping up to be another brain-binger, especially for beer-drinkers. Schell's Grain Belt just released its Brain Belt Cranium, a beer designed exclusively for the crawl, and the cans look even cooler, greener, and mor ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Iron Fork 2013 presale begins today

    It's that time of year again: The City Pages Iron Fork competition approaches, and chefs are sharpening their knives with a competitive glint in their eyes. This means it's time for you, our dear Hot Dish fans, to get in early for some sweet ticket deals.See Also:Food Porn: Iron Fork 2012

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    September 24, 2013

    Facebook removes "I Hate the Pedal Pub" page after Pedal Pub's lawyer complains

    Since Matt Peterson created the "I Hate the Pedal Pub" Facebook page in 2010, it's taken off in popularity, "liked" by hundreds who share Peterson's complaints about the roaming beer bikes.But about a week ago, when Peterson went to log in, he had a message waiting from Facebook: the social media gi ... More >>

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    September 20, 2013

    Zombie Pub Crawl and Glam Doll Donuts to host donut-eating contest

    Everyone knows that zombies have a palate for brains, but did you know they've also got a taste for doughnuts? Well, sort of. This year, ahead of the first-annual World Brain Eating Championships, the Zombie Pub Crawl organizers will determine some of the brain-noshing contestants by hosting a com ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Top 5 Cheeseburgers for National Cheeseburger Day

    The hamburger is a solid dish, but slap a slice of cheese on it and you have yourself an American institution. We were happy to learn that today is National Cheeseburger Day,  a perfect excuse to tuck into our favorite burgers. Here are the local cheeseburgers we'll be celebrating today. See A ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    Here's 21 videos of the Replacements at Riot Fest Chicago

    Just as was the case in Toronto, the cell phone-wielding amateur videographers were out at Riot Fest to document the Replacements' second reunion show. During what proved to be a lovely evening in Humboldt Park following a day of rain, the 'Mats packed a few more songs into their setlist, and threw ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Third Annual Boarfest Promises to Be a Meaty Delight

    Chef Jack Riebel has a twinkle in his eye. He's gearing up for the third annual Butcher and the Boar Boarfest on October 6th. "You're going to come, aren't you? It's gonna be big," says Peter Botcher, Riebel's right hand man and the sausage king of the Twin Cities. "You aren't going to believe the a ... More >>

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    September 13, 2013

    Weekend Brew Round-up: MN Cheese Festival, Herkimer Oktoberfest, and More

    The Minnesota Cheese Festival returns to the State Fairgrounds this weekend and promises to be a better-organized event this time around, with four sessions spread over the course of two days plus additional staff and vendors. People naturally think of pairing wine with cheese, but the festival ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    Chobani issues voluntary recall for Greek yogurt

    Greek yogurt purveyor Chobani has issued a voluntary recall of its yogurt. See also: Homemade cheese linked to Salmonella outbreak in Minneapolis

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    August 8, 2013

    Report: Station 4 could be changing to a blues venue

    Longtime St. Paul punk and metal venue Station 4 might be getting more of a makeover than what it originally bargained for. Back in June, the Lowertown club announced it would be closing for the summer to get a long-overdue renovation to its air conditioning system. Shows on the books moved to other ... More >>

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