Marsha Trainer

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    October 31, 2014

    A Strip Mall Happy Hour Worth Your Time at Lyn 65: Burgers, Boozy Punch, Beer-and-a-Shot

    Crossing over from Minneapolis into Richfield used to mean that your eating and grocery choices dipped severely in quality in a matter of blocks. Not so anymore. The Lyndale corridor just south of the city is changing the first-ring suburb's food culture with the new co-op and our happy hour pick, A ... More >>

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    October 3, 2014

    Eat Street Social's Marco Zappia Wants This Simple But Perfect Gin Martini

    Marco Zappia can astound you with a very detailed -- borderline obsessive -- discussion about deconstructing the elements of a cocktail. As part of Eat Street Social and local bitters company Bittercube, he's deep into the process of creating oleo-citrates, which arose because of the great lime cris ... More >>

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    September 5, 2014

    The Marché happy hour: Just drink deals but still swanky

    Marché debuted this summer in Uptown and has maintained a fairly low profile. It's a bright, classy space with a marble counter that offers up breakfast and lunch, plus beverages that span all tastes -- espresso, craft sodas, wine, beer, drinks, and even bottled cocktails. The patio and the pastr ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    Parlour's Jesse Held shows us the next hot thing with a sipper & shot

    Jesse Held has a packed schedule. His daily duties often start with getting his two daughters on the school bus around 8:30 a.m. and frequently keep him on the go until 3 a.m. He may only have two shifts a week behind a bar, but he's expertly managing the beverage programs at many establishments: Pa ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    The Nokomis Farmers Market finishes its maiden season this week

    With just three market dates, the Nokomis Farmers Market debuted on a trial basis this summer. Offering a mid-week evening market in June, July, and August, this south Minneapolis venture is definitely bringing the neighborhood out to eat, shop, and be merry, but the final installment this Wednesday ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    Enjoy the view and the rice balls at Louis Ristorante's happy hour

    If you ever worry that you're missing out on the charms of downtown St. Paul, we're here to help. Let us remind you of things like the roof deck at Louis Ristorante, an amazing spot where you can admire both the Cathedral of St. Paul and the rice balls and still get a deal on your drink. During the ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    What Hola Arepa's Dan Oskey and Birk Stefan Grudem are sipping on this summer

    With summer at the height of its powers and our thirst for refreshing cocktails nearly unquenchable, Hot Dish introduces the first installment of a series in which we ask local bartenders, "What's in your glass?" To kick it off with a bang, we spoke to Dan Oskey and Birk Stefan Grudem of the hugely ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Minneapolis Farmers Market on the Mall brings fresh fare to downtown set

    While the artisanal farmers markets in our beloved Twin Cities are ridiculously charming, there is also a certain beauty to serving a wide swath of diverse people with a large selection of vegetables, goods, and bargains in a convenient location. That's where the Minneapolis Farmers Market on the Ma ... More >>

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    July 11, 2014

    The St. Paul Farmers Market in Lowertown: The urban locavore's dream

    The greater Twin Cities boasts a wealth of farmers markets in all shapes and sizes. Some are hip, some suburban, and others sprawl across huge expanses of macadam -- but each one owes a debt to the original upper Midwest growers' venue: the St. Paul Farmers Market. Established in 1853 at Seventh an ... More >>

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    June 3, 2014

    June's best green, eco-friendly, and local events

    Sometimes it's hard to put your best green foot forward without being in the know. Here's a quick list of some great Twin Cities events that will keep your month's eating, growing, and dating(!) sustainable and eco-tastic. Early in the month, it's all about education, mid-month you can dig into ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    20 things we'd like to see in the Mall of America expansion

    The Mall of America is about to get a facelift... 14 stories, to be exact. For a mall that boasts hundreds of stores, a theme park, a sea-life exhibit, a movie theater, and countless other attractions, what's missing? Here are a few of our requests for the mall's expansion. What would you like to ... More >>

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    September 19, 2011

    Twin Cities Coffee Guild website debuts as a hub for local java info

    www.twincitiescoffeeguild.comThe newest coffee klatch: TC Coffee Guild.​Gordon Bellaver, manager and part owner of Bull Run coffee shop at 34th and Lyndale, says his inspiration to start a Twin Cities Coffee Guild began one day several months ago when he was at another local coffee shop. He ... More >>

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    July 12, 2011

    Angry Catfish to host barista competition

    Marsha TrainerAfter winning the last latte art competition, Gordon Bellaver will judge this one.​The Twin Cities barista competition is back. This time, the late-night latte art-making event takes place on Thursday, July 14, at Angry Catfish, beginning at 10 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.). Many deta ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Letter of the Day: Describing 50th Street Cafe crowds is age-ist

    Marsha TrainerThe site of the controversy: Pearson's vs. 50th Street Cafe​ A reader responds to the recent Dish review of 50th Street Cafe: Hello, Prediction: 50th Street cafe will last about three months before folding and being sold to developers. Your smarmy ''age-ist'' commentary on th ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon March '11

    A second Sweets, the loss of legendary lutefisk at Pearson's, and more...​ NOW OPEN Pollo Campero (1570 Robert St., West St. Paul) Sweets Bakeshop II (4747 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis) Urban Eatery (2730 West Lake St., Minneapolis) Boiler Room Coffee (1830 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis) n ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Month in Review: Open, Closed, Coming Soon January '11

    More Thai, wings, and French pastry arrived in the Twin Cities this month.​ OPEN Hazel's NE (2859 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis) Naviya's Thai Kitchen (2812 W 43rd St., Minneapolis) Cocina del Barrio (5036 France Ave. S., Edina) The Herb Box (Eden Prairie Lifetime Fitness) Buffalo Wild Wings (200 ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Top 5 drinks of 2010

    A year of cocktails...​This year in beverages saw a wealth of cocktail options across the Twin Cities. There were the fruity, the fragrant, and the fierce--in other words, something for every kind of drinker. We highlighted the white liquors in summer, the brown in winter, tasty brews and even a m ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Top 5 happy hours of 2010

    by Marsha TrainerThe writing's on the wall.​The Twin Cities are home to many killer happy hours in a variety of venues. In the Upper Midwest, snazzy joints are just as likely to discount their cocktails in the early evening as your friendly local dive bar. The Hot Dish has been diligently visiting ... More >>