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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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    August 2, 2013

    Lonny Roseland, anti-gay church vandal, has an outrageous Facebook profile

    Lonny Roseland admits he's the homophobe who kept vandalizing the gay-friendly Pilgrims United Church in Maple Grove. But on his Facebook page, he admits much more.THE BACKSTORY: So this is the homophobe who kept vandalizing gay-friendly Maple Grove church... [PHOTO] Since creating a Facebook profil ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    Super sweet Pride-themed food in the Twin Cities

    This weekend, rainbows will be everywhere -- from clothes and flags to signs and more. Lots of things under the sun (and rain, if the forecast is correct) will be sporting the good ol' ROYGBIV spectrum in support of Twin Cities Pride... that includes some pretty sweet stuff. We collected some of the ... More >>

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    June 25, 2013

    Somebody whitewashed Midtown Greenway mural [PHOTOS]

    :::: UPDATE :::: Hennepin County painted over Midtown Greenway muralArtists Caw Wi Jiwa, Erin Sayer, and Yuya Negishi were on the receiving end of a major buzzkill yesterday morning when the mural they were working on along the Midtown Greenway near Sunrise Cyclery was found covered in whitewash.SEE ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    Twin Cities Gun Owners cancel "Open Streets -- Open Carry" events

    The Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum has decided to cancel the "Open Streets -- Open Carry" events in which they planned to proudly tote their firearms during the annual celebrations of biking, walking, and skating.THE BACKSTORY: Gun rights group plans to pack heat at Open Streets In a twist ... More >>

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    April 15, 2013

    Ten GIFs of dancing girls at Coachella

    Let's hear it for the fair and talented ladies of Coachella out in the California sun. Per usual, they were everywhere, doing their thing like it wasn't a chicken wing, or something. In any case, here are the hottest dancing girls this year -- in GIF form. See also:Ten GIFs of Ultra ravers shaking, ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    I discovered MTV the week after I tried to kill myself

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else. My creative life has featured a strong thread of discovering music. The first time I saw MTV, I was overcome with all the happiness and joy expected ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Occupy MN cuts ties with Occupy Homes MN, calls the group "commercial" and "classist"

    At its regular Wednesday night potluck and meeting last week, Occupy MN announced that it was cutting ties with its high-profile spin-off group, Occupy Homes MN. The decision, which was made by the protest organization's seven-person media arm, came with an explanation."While it is laudable to work ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Top 19 anonymous confessions on U of M Facebook page

    College students have always wanted to spill secrets, whether over dollar beers or in scribbled graffiti on the library bathroom wall. It was probably inevitable that before long, the bathroom wall would meet the Facebook wall.As the Star Tribune's Jenna Ross reported last week, Facebook "confession ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    One Direction opening their own store at Mall of America

    Brace yourselves shoppers, the Brit boy band sensation One Direction is coming to the Mall of America... well, at least their merchandise is. This spring, the band that won the hearts of tweens around the world with "What Makes You Beautiful" will open a store at the mall for a limited time. See a ... More >>

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    February 18, 2013

    Craig Keefe sues after being expelled from MnSCU school for "stupid bitch" Facebook post

    Late last fall, Craig Keefe, a student at Brainerd's Central Lakes College, published a Facebook post using the term "stupid bitch" and another about there "not being enough whiskey for anger management."SEE ALSO: Keith Ellison on freedom of speech: "It's a good and bad thing" [INTERVIEW] A few week ... More >>

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    February 11, 2013

    The Vaccines at Triple Rock Social Club, 2/9/13

    The Vaccines with San Cisco and France Camp Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis Saturday, February 9, 2013 Let's get something straight: the Vaccines will most likely never win a Grammy award. That said, it will hardly ever matter. The Vaccines will forever be able to say they picked up some inst ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    Packers cheerleader dissed as "fugly" on Facebook speaks out against cyber-bullying [PHOTO]

    Former Packers cheerleader Kaitlyn Collins isn't taking insults directed toward her on the Chicago Bears Fan Facebook page lying down.SEE ALSO: Kenneth Krause, personal injury lawyer, wrote letter to Jennifer Livingston calling her obese [PHOTO]Yesterday, Collins posted a four minute-plus video on Y ... More >>

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    February 7, 2013

    Cat Man Do CLOSED

    The signs were posted near the cash register and in the window informing patrons, friends and neighbors that this vegetarian-friendly fusion restaurant was going out of business. Luckily, for their daal devotees, there is a silver lining of hope on the horizon.

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    February 6, 2013

    Bruegger's celebrates their 30th with FREE bagels for Facebook fans

    This Thursday, national bagel chain Bruegger's Bagels will be celebrating thirty years in the bagel business by giving away free bagels. The restaurant chain will be offering up a free taste of the round, savory bread product complete with a cream cheese accompaniment at all 300 of their locations a ... More >>

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    February 5, 2013

    Police Chief Zeb Hemsworth calls pro-choice woman a "piece of shit scum sucking baby killing bitch" [UPDATE]

    -- Original post published February 5 at 11:22 a.m. -- Pike Bay Police Chief Zem Hemsworth has either outright deleted his Facebook profile or put it on total lockdown after drawing criticism for an over-the-top insult he directed toward a pro-choice woman.SEE ALSO: Bob Koss, MNGOP Senate staffer, c ... More >>

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    January 31, 2013

    How I lost my record store virginity at Northern Lights

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.My first record-buying experience at Northern Lights was a bit like losing my virginity. It was a little awkward, a tad messy, a whole lot of embarrassm ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    Minnesota Musicians Survey 2013

    Assumptions about the lives of musicians in Minnesota run rampant. Gimme Noise regularly hears that local performers are better suited to make a living here than in any other major city, but also many tales of ramen noodles, couch-surfing, and no health insurance. Which scenario is true? Well, proba ... More >>

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    January 29, 2013

    STNNNG's Nate Nelson revisits his basement show past

    By Kyle ImesThere has always been an underground music scene in the Twin Cities in some capacity, but it's easy to overlook. Before Facebook and MySpace, finding the basement, loft, or re-purposed public space was largely word-of-mouth. Thanks to a friend's older brother, I was allowed to tag along ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    Coachella 2013 lineup (for real) is here!

    By Ben WesthoffThe Coachella lineup is here. It's actually here! There have been ten tons of fakes, some quite convincing, and many of which had the Rolling Stones headlining. (West Coast Sound, however, broke the story that they would not appear.) But never mind all that! The lineup is here, and t ... More >>

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    January 14, 2013

    Quicksand at First Avenue, 1/13/13

    Quicksand with Single Mothers Sunday, January 13, 2013 First Avenue, Minneapolis Taking the stage to a vaguely John Williams-esque piece of music Sunday night at First Avenue, '90s post-hardcore gods Quicksand kicked their set into high gear almost immediately with a brass-knuckled flurry aimed at ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Charlie Pauken spills how he created Stories About Prince

    On Thursday, Gimme Noise shared Stories About Prince with the world. For a follow-up, here's an interview with its creator Charlie Paukin, who moved to Minneapolis since 2005 "to go to school, majoring in a subject that I haven't put to use since graduating cum laude." And he got enough inquiries ab ... More >>

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    January 4, 2013

    David Pillatzki Jr. faces felony for Facebook video of himself shooting a gun

    Watch what you post on Facebook, kids -- especially if you've been previously convicted of a violent felony.SEE ALSO:-- Clinton Corry went berserk when ex-girlfriend blocked him on Facebook, charges say -- Michael Hamer used Facebook to solicit Twin Cities little leaguers for sex, police say Brooten ... More >>

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    January 3, 2013

    RIP DJ Man-X, founder of House Nation Under a Groove

    By Chris Strouth Thomas Spiegel, also known as DJ Man-X, passed away on December 30, 2012, in Miami Beach. He was 47. A DJ regular at First Avenue, Spiegel hosted his House Nation Under A Groove nights of soulful house music around the Twin Cities, Spiegel also was an investment banker and eventu ... More >>

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    January 2, 2013

    Cloud Cult releasing new album, Love, in March

    Cloud Cult returns to the forefront with a new album this March titled Love. News of this release began trickling out in December, but it has added heft with the announcement that the band will headline the second night of 89.3 the Current's 8th birthday shows at First Avenue.A new song called "1x1x ... More >>

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    December 12, 2012

    The Still Sound on Iowa, Dallas Green, and classic country

    The Still Sound, aka Alex Arthur, is extremely modest -- almost to a fault. The Ames, Iowa transplant came to Minneapolis to study audio engineering, but has quickly had to learn about the music industry through business via putting out an album independently. With his new album, a gentle, careful, ... More >>

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    November 9, 2012

    Antonio "Savage" Jenkins' tattoo of "pig get'n brains blew out" leads to criminal charge

    Just over a week after news broke that the Chicago-based Gangster Disciples have hits out on all Twin Cities cops, an alleged member of the Bloods faces a terroristic threats charge for his new tattoo.SEE ALSO: Forest Lake school bans Taylor Gang shirts because 'name is code word for marijuana use' ... More >>

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    November 4, 2012

    Madonna urges Minnesota fans: "Vote No on the Marriage Amendment!" [VIDEO]

    Madonna took to the stage at the Xcel Center last night to urge fans to Vote No on the Minnesota Marriage Amendment."We are a Democracy and we should have the freedom to choose who we want to marry!" the Material Girl screamed, before enjoining the crowd in a call and response. "Did you hear what I ... More >>

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