Readers may remember eight-year-old Dylan Spoering from the piano recital he held in his south Minneapolis front porch on a rainy day in July. Musician Tommy Rehbein (Farewell Continental, International Karate, Party House) caught wind of his young neighbor's event and sent out a Facebook invite, at ... More >>
It's perfect milkshake weather: too hot for most of the heavier classic desserts (sorry chocolate lava cake), but not so hot that you just ask for a refill of water at the end of a meal. Shakes and their close relatives, malts, are best consumed with a classic diner burger or taken to-go for a quick ... More >>
As kids, we remember taking field trips to the art museum. History, culture, capturing the human experience, sure. But what really stuck with us was the feeling of unpacking a sad sack lunch while the museum cafe sat tantalizingly out of reach. We requited that childhood injustice this week with a t ... More >>
TGI Fridays, everyone's favorite strip mall stop, is launching a food truck featuring eight items from its "handcrafted" menu. Even if you aren't a fan of franchise fare, you might appreciate this part: Everything on the menu is free. The TGI Fridays food truck is about to set off on its Summer of ... More >>
Stout. This popular style of typically dark beer is easy to identify because its personality is just how it sounds: rounded, bold, and friendly. An important factor in the making of a stout, is getting a nice deep roast on the barley or malt used to brew it. Stout is also usually higher in alco ... More >>
Happy National Sundae Day! Celebrate by stopping by and grabbing one of our favorite sundaes in the Twin Cities. No need to feel guilty -- it's a national holiday after all. See also: Top 10 donuts in the Twin Cities
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We kick things off this week with the soulful, impassioned new video for "Lady, You Shot Me," from Har Mar Superstar, which finds the unabashed crooner taking his sound in ... More >>
Today Muddy Paws Cheesecake Co. is hosting its 20th annual cheesecake sampling, which serves as a drive to collect toys for needy children and pet food for pets going hungry. The event features a variety of cheesecake samples courtesy of Muddy Paws and is free to the public with the gift of one unwr ... More >>
The heat index is supposed to top 100 tomorrow. It's time to start thinking of ways to cool off during the hot summer months to come. And what better way than to treat yourself to something cold and refreshing to eat or drink? When the sweltering heat begins to try your patience, when you've spent t ... More >>
Related:Kiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsDawes at First Avenue, 11/4/11Although the Minnesota State Fair has done a fairly good job of packing in some variety for its Grandstand shows, the free entertainment this year should pull a hefty crowd this late August/early Septembe ... More >>
Today marks the beginning of the 17th annual Northeast Minneapolis Art-a-Whirl, the nation's largest open-studio tour, when galleries and studios throw open their doors to art lovers, prospective buyers, and people who just love free wine and cheese. Last year, the event drew more than 30,000 peopl ... More >>
The Twin Cities is about to receive another entrant into the world of food trucks. Stanley's Northeast Bar Room announced on Facebook that it will be rolling out a truck in downtown Minneapolis beginning in mid April.
She just dances and keeps on dancing. She holds her glass up high, and pours out her beer as it splashes on the dance floor below. Instead of pouring some out for her homies, she is pouring some out for her girls' night out, or maybe the calculus exam she bombed earlier in the day. This is Rack C ... More >>
There's no wrong season for ice creamWho knew that the Twin Cities would become the veritable capital of ice cream? We've got more than our fair share of ice cream shops--including fresh, store-made treats in unique flavors rather than chain stores rescooping tired old flavors day in and day out. ... More >>
Days of no consequence. Minneapolis edged November. My turmoil was a batholith hidden deep within. The new record was closer to "The Red Bedroom" than anything I'd written in 10 years. Brad was forced to cancel our mix session in Kentucky, so tracking it round Minneapolis would be a new change. I ... More >>
Governor Dayton's sons open first-rate restaurant
Fro-yo will never replace ice cream, especially the Izzy scoop!This year's Best Ice Cream Flavor, Sebastian Joe's Nicollet Avenue Pothole, is not for everyone. Its mix of dark chocolate ice cream, fudge, truffles, chunks of Heath bar, and sea salt is pretty intense--proving that an ice cream ... More >>
Minnesota Prairie RootsThe State Fair gets a hot and sweet kick.Last Friday, the Minnesota State Fair announced which new foods will be debuting on the Midway this year. And while newcomers Jamaican jerk fries and crab fritters sound delicious, we're making the most room in our fair schedule to ... More >>
One violin, one guitar, lots of talent. Sara Pajunen and Jonathon Rundman reflect a piece of the Northwoods in their Finnish flavored sound, pulling creativity from their childhoods in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Hibbing, MN, respectively. Pajunen fuses the Finnish pelimanni f ... More >>
MN State Fair announces this year's new foods!Each year's list of new Minnesota State Fair foods should inspire two responses: excitement about sampling some cool new items and jealousy that you weren't the one who came up with the genius idea in the first place. In the past, we've looked to ... More >>
Graeter's name hints at its greatness!Missing your daily dose of Oprah? Well, at least you can now drown your sorrows in a pint of her favorite ice cream, as the Cincinnati-based Graeter's recently entered the Twin Cities market. Graeter's is a super-premium, high milk-fat content product, ... More >>
Somali steak sandwich and AfroSteak dinner with basmati riceOver the last 20 years, Minnesota has welcomed the largest community of Somali-Americans in the country. Many of these immigrant families have located near the West Bank of the U of M campus. As a result, the area has seen its share of Afr ... More >>
(CC) Larry D. MooreAre calories all that matter?Has Subway's Jared just lost his throne? Kansas State University professor of human nutrition Mark Haub spent the last 10 weeks eating nothing but Hostess and Little Debbie snack cakes--interspersed with Doritos, Oreos, and sugary cereal for v ... More >>
Hoping for a successful date? Don't order spaghettiA first date can be a nightmare of anxiety. You want to make a good impression, so you agonize over what to wear, or you rehearse intelligent things to say. So for God's sake don't ruin it all by ordering some foolish food at dinner that is l ... More >>
This Sunday, July 18, marks National Ice Cream Day, during which we plan to give thanks for the breadth and depth of our outstanding independent ice cream shops with a few local licks. All the Twin Cities' standard-bearers use premium ingredients (often local and organic) and have a creative assortm ... More >>
Michelle Bruch Sebastian Joe's thinks "kosher" could be the new "organic."Starting this month, about 90 percent of Sebastian Joe's ice cream flavors will sport a "K" for kosher. There are separate kosher scoopers, bona fide kosher ingredients, and special kosher production days open to rab ... More >>
You may have heard that the Cub Foods and Walmart stores in St. Paul's Midway area, which face each other across a common parking lot, are engaged in a nasty corporate catfight. According to a Pioneer Press story this week, Cub's parent company, Supervalu, based in Eden Prairie, has sued Walm ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidorian/106713617/Mm . . . carbtastic. In a surprising twist, the concern over childhood obesity does not lie in chicken nuggets, pizza poppers, or chocolate chip cookies baked just past raw. According to the government, the immediate culprit is that fatty, fatty 2 ... More >>
Minneapolis has a sweet tooth of late
Eat some ice cream, drink some gin, whip up some shrimp and then go to Fork the Fire this weekend!
Oreo's days of roaming the hillside above Concord Street in South St. Paul have come to an end.
We always loved the messages on those little conversation hearts, but they tasted like crap. That may have changed...
The Onion's A.V. Club goes all end-of-the-decade with a book full of Top 10 lists.
Oreo introduces its new Golden Double Stuf with an ad campaign featuring Donald Trump.
Living the dream life roaming free along the Mississippi River, a goat's life came to an abrupt end when a South St. Paul police officer opened fire on the terrifying beast roaming the streets and threatening residents.
Our homemade treats face off against the Oreo Cakester--and guess who comes out on top?
With this many choices of local, handcrafted treats, why go anywhere else?
Local band ditches athletic apparel and serenades a special fan
Three Minnesota gems with ice cream cakes and frozen pies prove you can have your cake and lick it too
Twin Cities' chicken-wing champ Nardie's crosses the river
How do you lure the kids back to the farm? With local, organic ice cream, of course
Ten years in the making, national organic standards are coming to a store near you
By creating a detective with Tourette's syndrome, Jonathan Lethem addresses the mystery of language
Author Gish Jen takes a fresh approach to multicultural identity.