• Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    The best wines for your Memorial Day weekend

    It's finally balmy here in the Twin Cities, so this Memorial Day will mean picnics, grills, and all manner of outdoor eats. Of course, someone will show up with the obvious beverage choice -- beer -- but what about wine? What quaffs will go well with your holiday grub?  To find the answer, we w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    BNLXFest II at Cause, 11/15-16/13

    BNLXFest II With BNLX, Gloss, Blue Sky Blackout, Wiping Out Thousands, Fury Things, Frankie Teardrop, Two Harbors, Pink Mink, Flavor Crystals, and DJs Jake Rudh and Ricky Maymi Cause Spirits & Soundbar, Minneapolis November 15-16, 2013 Throughout the two fast-paced nights of BNLXFest II at Caus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Vikings party bus for sale on Minneapolis Craigslist (No, it's not Paul Allen's) [PHOTOS]

    How much would you pay to own a Vikings party bus?SEE ALSO: Brett Favre pubes salesman shares most hilarious correspondence with would-be buyers Some of you might be thinking, 'you'd have to pay me to take that thing off your hands,' but one Stillwater resident is asking for $6,000 for a purple-and- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2012

    Keith Ellison takes shot at T-Paw, is kinda-sorta happy Paul Ryan got VP nod

    SEE ALSO:-- Keith Ellison accuses Tim Pawlenty of drinking "the Kool-Aid"-- Tim Pawlenty calls a Ground Zero mosque unpatriotic [UPDATED]-- Pawlenty's website broadcasts cryptic "coming soon" message as VP speculation mountsWe're pretty sure President Obama doesn't have to worry about who Rep. Keith ... More >>

  • Movies

    October 5, 2011
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    July 15, 2011

    Kramarczuk's gummi bear brats: the taste test

    Guess which brat contains gummi bears?​After hearing about a Hugo, Minnesota, meat market that started making gummi bear bratwurst, Orest Kramarczuk decided to make a 25-pound test batch at his own sausage shop, Kramarczuk's in NE Minneapolis. The Hot Dish picked one up for a taste test. Chec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Rolling Stone eviscerates Michele Bachmann

    Rolling Stone: Don't laugh at Bachmann, or the joke's on you.​Rolling Stone has uncorked a hit job on Rep. Michele Bachmann that suggests just how utterly buffaloed the national press has become by her presidential campaign. Just today, for example, the New York Times devotes dozens of uncritical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Deep-fried Kool-Aid balls: a tasty or terrible idea?

    ABC NewsWha? Kool-Aid flavored doughnuts? ​Just when we were complaining about the lack of inventiveness in this year's list of new Minnesota State Fair foods, we hear about deep-fried Kool-Aid balls. Creative, yes., maybe? We were kind of hoping they'd be like a Chinese soup dum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Nicolas Cage, What's On Your iPod?

    ​Have you ever seen Leaving Las Vegas? If you have an alcoholism problem, Leaving Las Vegas will either cure that problem or encourage you to seek counseling. In the movie, Nicolas Cage plays a man whose life is falling apart because he can't stay away from the sauce. He's drinking everywhere: in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Keith Ellison accuses Tim Pawlenty of drinking "the Kool-Aid"

    Keith Ellison: T-Paw's a phoney.​Who is Tim Pawlenty? Recent polls suggest that few Republicans know or care when it comes to the 2012 presidential race. And a lot of Minnesotans are scratching their heads as he moves further and further to the right to court tea partiers. Now comes Rep. Keit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Owl City announces new record and Roy Wilkins show, hearts Taylor Swift

    ​​Two-and-a-half unforgivingly short months away, Owl City will be in the nation's faces again.

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    10 country songs about fightin'

    ​On this day in country music history, in an evening session in a studio on Nashville's storied Music Row, Johnny Horton recorded "The Battle of New Orleans." While his version became the best known over the years, peaking at Number One on both Billboard's Hot Country Singles and its Hot 100 lists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Al Franken will mentor Rand Paul

    Al Franken will be Rand Paul's Democratic mentor.​Right-wingers concerned about their favored politicians drinking the Capitol Hill Kool-Aid instead of the tea must be gagging over this news: Freshman GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky wants our very own liberal firebrand Al Franken to be his Democrat ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    December 8, 2010

    Whisky Park, Ugly Mug, and Be'wiched Deli: Downtown delights

    Good food shows up in Minneapolis in surprising places

  • Music

    November 3, 2010

    The School of Rock, we salute you

    Stacey Marmolejo's school for music-loving kids expands again

  • Music

    August 18, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Top 10 famous trophy wives

    It's a hard job, but somebody's gotta do it​Tim Pawlenty didn't step out in front of a Waverly, Iowa, crowd over the weekend and proudly introduce his wife as an accomplished former lawyer and judge. Nope, he wanted to talk about his smokin' hot arm candy! That's an old story for men in powerful p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Before there was Owl City, there was Sky Sailing

    photo via Star Sky Sailing's Myspace​"Yeah, it's fairly unbelievable, not to mention breathtaking, dreamlike, surprising, mind-blowing, bizarre and phantasmagorical too. The past six months have been nothing but a colorful, brilliant blur," Young told MTV News via e-mail (he doesn't do on-camera i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Crispin and other cool spring ciders: 5 Great Bottles

    With the rites of spring starting to appear all around us and the smell of grills wafting through the air, the search for the perfect spring and summer beverage is officially on. But when you're tired of Bud Light, Smirnoff Ice, and Arbor Mist (which tends to be consumed like grownup Kool-Aid), what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    SPAM ads make the potted meat seem endearing, almost palatable

    New stop motion SPAM ads really sort of kind of make you want some of the stuff.

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    SPAM launches "Break the Monotony" ads

    An analyst calls the new SPAM ads "forward-thinking."

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Nutrisoda: in case you want a "healthy" St. Patty's

    Green drink recipes for those hoping a dose of L-Arginine and CoQ10 will ease tomorrow's hangover.

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Stella boys late and slow at First Ave.

    Stella underwhelms live at First Ave.

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2008

    Star Tribune endorses Norm Coleman, Barack Obama in Sunday edition

    barack-obama-bw.jpgConsidering the double-digit lead Obama owns in Minnesota, the presidential pick was utterly predictable. Fa ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 17, 2008

    Toast of the Town

    By tracking down rare liquors from around the world, importer Eric Seed is fueling the nation's classic-cocktail revival

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2008

    Drink of the Week: Vanilla Bean Martini

    From the bar of al Vento comes a flavored martini defined by that ever-elusive quality, subtlety.

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2008

    Special Drinks of the Week: the Clinton Concession edition

    Tonight, Twin Cities denizens, we have a front seat at living history -- and who wants to face history sober? Here are the top five drink recipes you can try dur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2008
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    April 8, 2008

    Web Extras: Twin Cities Battle League

    Hear the rhymes and see the videos referenced in this week's local music feature. Also, read a list of legendary local battle rappers!

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2007

    5/24 Morning Communiqué

    Genes used to develop fins were also used to develop arms and legs, farmers in southern Iraq have begun growing opium poppies, MSN re ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    August 9, 2006

    Smooth Operator

    In search of the alchemists who transform fruits into liquids

  • Columns

    June 28, 2006

    I'd Rather Kiss a Wookie

    Will someone please tell JoJo that the world is a greedy, vicious place?

  • Music

    May 24, 2006

    Two By Two

    Spiritual musicians lead their followers to the boat

  • Sports

    February 1, 2006

    Roll Models

    'Rollergirls' just might have legs

  • Arts

    January 18, 2006

    From Egalitarian Utopia to Devil's Playground

    The Guthrie presents an oral history of Jim Jones's People's Temple

  • News

    October 12, 2005

    Barbie's Revenge

    Bright Pink Spanish Rosado Is Something You Can Buy Without Thinking. In 2005, It's All Good. No, Seriously.

  • Restaurants

    August 3, 2005

    Al Fresco, Refreshed

    Twin Cities purveyors make it easy to reinvent the picnic

  • Sports

    June 22, 2005

    Casey at the Hoop

    How can a coach promise high hopes and low expectations at the same time?

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2005
  • Restaurants

    June 30, 2004

    Great Humor

    Three Minnesota gems with ice cream cakes and frozen pies prove you can have your cake and lick it too

  • Music

    April 7, 2004

    Freakout Hell Ride

    Getting on board the love train with Al Green, Blonde Redhead, and the Owls

  • Restaurants

    December 10, 2003

    Exceptional Vintage

    A Stillwater wine bar reveals the real reason wine is good for you

  • Movies

    December 10, 2003

    Wrap It Up!

    'Something's Gotta Give' puts everything on sale--at full price

  • Restaurants

    October 15, 2003

    Cosmopolitan Heights

    The food lives up to the surroundings at downtown Minneapolis's artful, sexy Cosmos

  • Movies

    September 17, 2003

    Say What?

    The Venice Film Festival gives voice to the global cacophony

  • Movies

    July 11, 2001

    The Most Dangerous Game Show

    Series 7 dares to make us care about reality TV

  • Restaurants

    June 21, 2000
  • Music

    April 5, 2000

    Mad Lib

    Wallabies, cherry nooses, tai chi black blades: The Ghostface Killah story

  • Sports

    June 9, 1999

    The Hi/Lo Country

    Family Guy's madcap suburban Dada slips on more serious subjects

  • Books

    November 11, 1998
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