How far can a little greatness take you? Does one great scene make a great film? Does one song make a great album? Does one great ingredient make a great dish? This is the conundrum we face this week. Behold the Reuben, the most delightful hot sandwich around. Each bite is alternately sour and ... More >>
Floating with the live-aboards at the Watergate Marina and the St. Paul Yacht Club
Photo by Milena SivertsonOur ongoing series Behind the Boards has led Gimme Noise to visit the Twin Cities' most distinguished studios and talk with the engineers responsible for recording some of our favorite albums.This week we met with the Blind Shake's Mike Blaha, already a unique figure for ado ... More >>
How an exploration dispute between academic Greg Brick and Action Squad's Gabe Carlson became a vicious legal battle
It no longer feels like yesterday (it was 1999, people) that guitar impresario Carlos Santana kicked his career into a new gear with the collaborative album Supernatural. Sure, Rob Thomas had plenty to do with it, but the Santana legacy is alive in a way that has grown past a crusty classic rock sla ... More >>
The second wave of coffee awareness has seized the Cities. Where once we happily sipped diner swill for $1.50, when we were introduced to Starbucks the coffee snob revolution began. Now we have single-cup brewing of fair trade beans and elegant surroundings in which to savor them. We ... More >>
Jared Diamond says the success of a given civilization is based on three things: "Guns, Germs, and Steel." What he means is, dont open your surf shop in Gary, Indiana, and dont dig for gold in your laundry hamper. If Diamond were to write a book on making it in the music industry, I highly doubt ... More >>
A.J. OlmscheidKopplin moves its coffee--and hot chocolate--across town. Andrew Kopplin, proprietor of Kopplin's, announced news that's been long in the making: He's moving his Highland Park coffee shop across town to Merriam Park. The new spot, on the intersection of Cleveland and Marshall, ... More >>
He's got his doubters, but Mark Rosen is sticking with his story.
Bagels can be about as different as night and day but we put a couple head to head anyway.
Taste-testing the best real dry-aged steaks for sale locally reveals a lucky, lucky, steaky, steaky metropolitan area
Reliable Malaysian favorite establishes new Hiawatha outpost, with Ethiopian accent
What you won't read in the morning paper about how the news gets delivered
One licensed cab for every three people--and not a fare in sight: Welcome to the Panama of the North
How the power of faith is fueling the revitalization of Catholic education
Pig's Eye Parrant bootlegged here 150 years ago. Then came the robber barons, the great wars, the spaghetti junctions, and the exodus to the suburbs. Its glory days gone, St. Paul's Brewery District tries upscaling--and evicting renters who don't belong.
Brian McElrath's Zinfandel-Balsamic Vinegar Truffle is so potent and rich it seems almost meaty.
In Ward 3, home to one of St. Paul's two hotly contested City Council campaigns, the race parallels the mayoral contest. Incumbent Mike Harris has been drawing fire from his challenger, DFL endorsee Randy Schubring, for defending "the special interests of
Stacked up against Bobbi Megard (left), state Sen. Sandy Pappas (right) appeared feisty and ambitious