Oh, the humble cupcake. Long a presence in church basements and family picnics, the simple mini-cake frosting recipe has gone upscale in recent years. It's easy to make a mediocre one, but the bakeries below prove that making a great one is a culinary work of art. The key is to find the proper bal ... More >>
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal just released its annual list of the Minnesota brands with the top 10 Facebook likes. In the social media age, Facebook likes are a good proxy for evaluating where brands stand with their customers. Sure, dollars and cents they aren't, but a strong social me ... More >>
WestwordApplebee's: Corporate posersThe Simpsons famously asked, "If you take away our right to steal ideas, where are they gonna come from?"
Entertainment is built on stolen ideas, of course. But so, it seems, is the food industry, especially in recent years. Indie food trends--from food tr ... More >>
Testing out the new Freestyle soda machine at Davanni's.Although Coca-Cola launched its new Freestyle soda machines in Atlanta and Southern California in 2009, it took two years for the sleek, customizable drink dispensers to arrive in the Twin Cities.
A computer touch-screen on the Freesty ... More >>
Photo: Nic McPheeBlizzard PeopleThe blizzard unleashed a deluge of snow, and you unleashed a torrent of comment on Twitter.
Sometimes it was to share shovel strategies, sometimes it was to bitch about about the snowplows. Sometimes it was to find humor in the mess. Here's some of what flew ... More >>
Bored zombies. Image by mattwi1s0n‚ÄčPeople, we are currently depleting one of our most precious natural pop-culture resources: monsters. In an era where the tenor of the times seems to be "everyone around me
is a mindless automaton who wants to rip me apart for not being one of
them," the Zombie ... More >>
‚ÄčThis is it, people. We're in the home stretch of Mark Mallman's 78-hour song, which he started performing on Thursday afternoon at the Turf and will wrap up tonight at 10 p.m.For reasons not even we can explain, we've been live-blogging the majority of Marathon 3 here on Gimme Noise, and will con ... More >>
Kyle Milhaupt is in a Dilly Bar of a pickle after robbing a Dairy Queen.Kyle Arthur Milhaupt's cool treats were definitely melting away when he came up with this one.
It was date night for Milhaupt and his fiance Kerri Nicole Bean, and -- since life is short -- he suggested that they get des ... More >>
New form of marijuana will give you--and also cure--an ice cream headacheMinnesotans will have to wait for a post-Pawlenty era for the idea of medical marijuana to become a reality in the state, but this story out of California offers a reason to redouble efforts once T-Paw is out the door: M ... More >>
Will Lake Harriet keep up with the concessions Joneses?With the success of park operators Tin Fish (Calhoun) and Sea Salt (Minnehaha Falls), more local restaurateurs are eyeing the high-profile and potentially lucrative Lake Harriet concessions contract available in 2011. Rodney White holds t ... More >>
Summer is the season for root beer floats, when we can burn off the calories from such sugary indulgences on a bike or the baseball diamond. We here at The Hot Dish decided to stage a float fight at a few of the Cities' ice cream hot spots: Izzy's Ice Cream, Minnesota's oldest Dairy Queen in Rosevil ... More >>
The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota released their list of the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2010 and one food landmark was included:
" Minnesota's oldest Dairy Queen, on Lexington Avenue North near Larpenteur, [was] built in the early 1950s, the building features ... More >>
New-music composer Jeffrey Brooks has paid for his education over a card game, survived for months off stolen tuna, and lived on an Amtrak train. So what's he doing raising two happy kids in a house in south Minneapolis?