From baseball to sushi, this new Japanese eatery blends East and West with mixed results
The Ramen Attacks lines were epic. By some accounts, people waited, with varying degrees of patience, for over four hours to get a bowl of those coveted noodles. At Zen Box Izakaya the winter wait time has been reduced drastically. Chef and owner John Ng just returned from a culinary tour of Japan a ... More >>
One hears "Japanese food" and immediately images of raw fish clinging delicately to pillows of plump and sticky balls of rice come to mind. But believe it or not, the good people of Japan do eat more than sushi and edamame. From gyoza dumplings to soba noodle dishes in fragrant miso broths to the fl ... More >>
Ecid's forthcoming Werewolf Hologram, due February 28, is a dark delight of an album. The prolific Twin Cities hip-hop experimenter's "Back From Japan" is a certified high point from the collection, and its ominous beat -- splintering, busting drums and an swelling keyboard score -- serves as a b ... More >>
Meet Kats D. Fukasawa, a performance artist, dancer, and Butoh practitioner and teacher. Born in the Japanese town of Rokugo in the Yamanashi prefecture, Fukasawa came to the U.S. in 1989. He moved to Minnesota a couple of years later to attend the University of Minnesota, where he studied aerosp ... More >>
A benefit with good tasteOrganizers had told the chefs to plan on about 350 people, but they were blown away by the crowd that attended last night's so called "Ramen-Off" competition, where local chefs vied for the title of best noodle soup. They might have guessed they were on to something when ... More >>
Drink Finnegans, win U2 tickets, feel good about yourselfWill eating Minnesota-made ramen help Japan? What does beer brewed via wind power taste like? Will I be attending the U2 concert for free? All of these pressing questions can be answered by delving into this week in food; after all, tha ... More >>
"This is only small things we can do but we have to do something. Small things adds up."--Birthday SuitsFour stellar local bands are rallying for Japan at the Triple Rock tonight for a fundraiser organized by Japanese punk duo Birthday Suits. Pink Mink, the Gateway District, and Still Pacific are ... More >>
WakameEat sushi, help earthquake victimsCNN and BBC switched their 24-hour coverage from Japan earthquake to Libya last week, but the hardship for survivors is far from over. Behind the news coverage of the nuclear crisis in Fukushima are hundreds of families in evacuation shelters, as well as fa ... More >>
Pair wisely. Prepare for spring by planning your garden, pairing your wine and cheese, and picking out the perfect brew, wine, or scotch for your next big shindig. It's all here, this Week in Food. Monday 3/14 Pairing the wrong cheese with your wine can really wreak havoc. Learn how to avoid t ... More >>
One-man-masked-band Hastings 3000 is in the midst of his first tour, which has taken him out to the West Coast, Hawaii, and Japan. Here's the fifth installment of his tour diary (first installment here, second here, third here, fourth here). Check back over the next week for more updates from h ... More >>
One-man-masked-band Hastings 3000 is in the midst of his first tour, which will find him jetting out to the West Coast, Hawaii, and Japan. Here's the fourth installment of his tour diary (first installment here, second here, third here). Check back over the next week for more updates from his t ... More >>
A.J. OlmscheidSpoonriver owner Brenda Langton outside the Mill City Farmers MarketToday we bring you the second part of our chat with longtime Twin Cities restaurateur and chef Brenda Langton. (Here's part 1 if you missed it.) Langton talks more about her upcoming Spoonriver cookbook, the imp ... More >>
Doe, a deer: "Mesujika DOE" at the Playwrights' Center Mesujika DOE premiered last night in a work-in-progress staging at the Playwrights' Center, and it turned out to be an unconventional and affecting piece of theater. Tonight is your last chance to see it in this incarnation; it will have you ... More >>
No napkin requiredTapes n' Tapes singer Josh Grier is a guy after our own heart: He knows the exact number of steps between his home and his favorite bar, and when it came time to submit a photo, he offered to dig through his extensive stash of food-on-face pictures. Throw in addictions to su ... More >>
Draw inspiration for summer dressing from the ladies of New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, Milan, and Tokyo courtesy of popular street style blog, Stylesightings. Try a tailored, cuffed trouser for summer paired with a breezy white tank.
Ramen ditches its budget-friendly image
Quietdrive plays tonight at Station 4.
We like saying "It's big in Japan." Any excuse, really.
From choking chickens to parading mega-genitals, a dance form continues to mystify
Experimental legends lose the noise, keep the joy
Kobe Beef--the legend, the steak--Hits Minnesota, and Dear Dara dives in
A scary new wave of horror washes in from an anxious Japan
Lecherous teddy bears, chart-topping dummies, and hypersexed schoolgirls bubble up from the Walker's "Superflat" exhibit of Japanese art
Hayao Miyazaki has devoted his films to mapping the idylls of childhood. Now, with his masterly Princess Mononoke, Japan's Walt Disney sets out for a new wilderness.