If there's a bright spot to the polar vortex, it's this: the frozen ice caves of Lake superior. Since 2009, safety concerns have made the Apostle Islands off limits, but a deep freeze now clears the way. Wisconsin officials are hoping weather conditions allow the caves to remain open for another ... More >>
The Minnesota brew scene sees more start-ups each and every month, from outstate locations to the downtown metro. It's a pleasant chore to keep up with the news, and this rundown of the weekend's events is a good primer on where to get good, fresh, locally made beer right now. Top billing goes to L ... More >>
On this most freezing of days, Minnesotans could be excused for mistaking Twitter for the Weather Channel, as everybody and their sister is chiming in with their best #StupidCold-related material.RELATED: For Christ's sake, Florida The cold snap is all fun and games -- as long as you're inside and/o ... More >>
Fellow local food blog The Heavy Table has just released their first book The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food, and they're throwing a few fun events to promote it.The book was funded entirely by a successful Kickstarter campaign wherein backers who pledged at the $100 level were allowed to con ... More >>
October is officially over and with it the end of Oktoberfest celebrations and Marzen beer releases. Not to worry. This next brew season is all about the stouts and porters, the bigger bolder brothers of the beers that came before. The Russian imperials, the coffee-infused, and the chocolate-forward ... More >>
The musician is breaking out of the pack, inspired by Neil Young
Thoughts on a handful of offerings at this year's theater festival
Starting with a frozen Lake Superior in 1993, renowned director Philip Harder has captured the 20 years of Low in music videos and short films. With his 16mm camera -- even through the digital years -- Harder filmed Low in color-coded films with recurring visual themes in -30 degree wind-chill weath ... More >>
The Twin Cities aren't the only booming beer scene in Minnesota right now. Just up I-35 one can find a plethora of production breweries and brewpubs springing up. The anchor of the northern Minnesota brewers is Lake Superior Brewing Company, founded in 1994 by Bob Dromeshauser. While Dromeshauser ha ... More >>
Last night the Minnesota Zoo hosted its second annual Fish Bites; an event focused on raising awareness around the issue of sustainable seafood. Over 150 people showed up to the event, which featured nine of the Twin Cities' top chefs. Each chef prepared a dish using sustainable seafood, allowing gu ... More >>
Ben Rosenbush and the Brighton have put a lot of time and thought into their new album. All bands do, so what makes this group so special? Nothing much, other than Ben makes you fall in love with his pieces on the first listen. A Wild Hunger is a collection of honest, graceful, and organic songs set ... More >>
The effects of last month's unprecedented flooding can be seen in aerial shots of Lake Superior, which show chocolate milk-colored waters stretching all the way from the Twin Ports to Wisconsin's Chequamegon Bay.Erik Brown, acting director of the Large Lakes Observatory at the University of Minnesot ... More >>
The Beer Dabbler is always a hot ticket. They're gearing up for the next big bash during Twin Cities Pride this summer, June 22, in Loring Park.Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door (if there are any left by then). The ticket price includes a souvenir six-ounce glass for a two-ounce pou ... More >>
The Twin Cities has seen about half as much snow so far this winter as usual.Minnesota's ridiculously mild, almost snow-less winter has forced Bloomington-based Toro to travel elsewhere to test its snowblowers.With just a trace of snow accumulation in the Twin Cities area, Toro has given up on te ... More >>
Nine chefs, including big-name cooks from Corner Table, Oceanaire, and Stella's Fish Café, will compete tomorrow for a $1,000 prize in a contest to see who can create the best entrée from lake herring caught on Lake Superior. The event takes place Tuesday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Universi ... More >>
One of our favorite road trip destinations.The Hot Dish has been itching for a road trip lately. But unlike the guy who drove 500 miles to eat at Chipotle, we're seeking true destination dining. Last year, the estimable Bayport BBQ took home our Best Restaurant Worth the Drive honors, but t ... More >>
Glaze a Lake Trout fillet with honey/mustard, broil, and serve with salad.Does your stomach love Alaskan king salmon more than your pocketbook? Try a Lake Superior substitute. Our local Lake Trout is a member of the char family (think Arctic Char) that has a milder flavor than salmon, but a s ... More >>
Bacon--pictured here, chicken fried--is as big as ever this year!When The Atlantic published its list of the Top 10 Biggest Food Stories of 2010, the Hot Dish couldn't help but chime in with our local take on each topic: 10. The Meat Trend From charcuterie plates to dry-aged steaks, both bee ... More >>
Some days just require a road tripEach year there is one magical weekend when the fall leaf colors along the northern shores of Lake Superior reach their flaming peak. The brushfire oranges and tepid yellow-greens flutter against the Mylar-shiny backdrop of the waves lapping against s ... More >>
Walker Art CenterPicnicking days are coming to a close, but here's one of your last opportunities: Walker Art's Open Field is hosting a picnic Friday, September 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. This year they've added a grill to the sculpture garden and smartly stocked it with food, beer, wine, and ma ... More >>
Photo: MN DNRThis bighead carp was caught on Lake Pepin in 2007June 23 was probably like any other day for the 20-pound bighead carp. Meander through south Chicago's Lake Calumet. Eat a few pounds of plankton. Frighten some minnows. Excrete said plankton. But the Asian carp, six miles from La ... More >>
www.wikipedia.comBayfield hosts a classic, Door County-style fish boil!We can't say enough good things about dining along Minnesota's North Shore of Lake Superior:Chez Jude and the Angry Trout in Grand Marais, the Lockport Store in Lutsen, Nokomis and New Scenic near Two Harbors, and the heav ... More >>
No trip to the North Shore is complete without a stop for smoked fish at Northern Waters in Duluth, Russ Kendall's in Knife River, or Lou's Fish Smoke House in Two Harbors, which was recently named the best smoked fish house in America by Martha Stewart Living. For 35 years, the shop has been wood ... More >>
courtesy of Dawn Drouillard Dawn Droulliard, chef and owner of Fabulous Catering, is not your average chef. Formerly a singer in the bands Interstate Judy and That's What You Get, Droulliard has a rocking style that has translated itself into her kitchen.After moving to the Twin Cities in 1991, D ... More >>
You aren't likely to see this epic Minnesota tree in person, but the legend is enough to make it amazing.
We heard a story recently about a group of friends that decided it would be fun to go skinny dipping in Lake Superior. Bad idea.
Pairings Food and Wine Market uniquely combines a great selection of sandwiches, salads, pastas and pizzas with the flexibility to walk into their wine shop to pick up a nice bottle or beer to pair with your meal.
Big summer bummer: one of the North Shore's best restaurants has shut its doors.
Minnesotans know the saying well: "If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes." In Duluth on Wednesday, that was more the truth than ever.
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Monday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
CP goes to Duluth to see what kind of brave souls partake of winter boarding
STNNNG, The Trashmen, AC/DC, and Vampire Hands. It's like the Winter Olympics, only everyone gets gold medals.
On the Iron Range, the surging commodities market may bring prosperity. But it might also threaten one of the state's greatest natural resources.
Sea Salt, the new-ish restaurant in the Minnehaha Park Pavilion, serves fresh fish, unbelievably priced
Will someone please tell JoJo that the world is a greedy, vicious place?
New downtown restaurant Nochee is a fine place for dancing, drinking, lunch, and warm cookies
Welles Emerson maps the surface of a wave--and the art of science
Ah, the fall rituals of the Prairie!
Artist Frank Sander heads far outdoors
But I did recognize the basic equation that Florida is a long way from Minnesota, and no matter how little I had seen my dad up till then, I would see him less in the years to come.