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    November 19, 2014

    Stewart Woodman Returns to the Twin Cities Culinary Scene That Disowned Him

    It's Labor Day at the Minnesota State Fair, and Stewart Woodman is vying for the public's attention. Three days earlier, he challenged fairgoers to crash his cooking demonstration with "the craziest Woodman story." No one does. Instead, the crowd eagerly lines up for a taste of his chicharron and ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014

    Our Predictions for the Oscars of Local Dining: The 4th Annual Charlie Awards

    Sunday is the 4th annual Charlie Awards at the Pantages Theatre, where food industry pros are honored by their peers in formal, ceremonial, celebratory style. Some sneak peeks for this year's festivities include chef Steven Brown of Tilia and a band of mates literally banging on pots and pans, and c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Parka to Close and Become Dogwood Coffee Bar

    In less than surprising news, it was announced yesterday that Parka in south Minneapolis will close up shop. It was also announced that while Parka might be going dark, the company behind the restaurant intends to keep the space alive in the form of a new Dogwood Coffee bar. Parka's last night of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2014

    Get quick breakfast, lunch, and an exemplary blueberry muffin at Cafe Zentral

    Cafe Zentral, located on the skyway level of 5th St. and Marquette in the Historic Soo Line Building, is the newest addition to the Zentral empire that's rapidly overtaking the block. After Labor Day, Foreign Legion, the company's upcoming wine bar, will join Cafe Zentral and Brasserie Zentral to fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Rise Bagel Co. brings dense, handcrafted bagels to Minneapolis

    Besides being blood-related, sisters Jen and Kate Lloyd have one major thing in common: their love for artisan bagels. But a little digging on their part revealed some major holes in Minneapolis's bagel scene. Where were the locally-grown and organic ingredients? The traditional techniques? Where we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    Breaking news: Heidi's to close and return with version 3.0

    Since opening his first Minneapolis restaurant, Stewart Woodman has been served his share of challenges, only to rise from the (sometimes literal) ashes.  Five, his 2005 restaurant, was hotly anticipated, but short-lived, and their next venture, the first incarnation of Heidi's, was destroyed i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    Adam Ant proves I was born without the "fan gene"

    Makes No Sense At All captures the visions, ramblings, and memories of Chris Strouth, a Twin Cities-bred master of music, film, and everything else.I have waited for a very long time for an Adam Ant show that I can actually go to, and Sunday represents just that. I have written in these pixels b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    The Afghan Whigs at Varsity Theater, 10/28/12

    The Afghan WhigsWith WussyVarsity Theater, MinneapolisSunday, October 28, 2012"What else you got? I want you naked in three more songs," the Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli called to the adoring person who threw a sparkling black scarf onstage amid "What Jail is Like," from 1993's Gentlemen. "I'm not jokin ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012
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    May 22, 2012

    World Street Kitchen: Another food truck finds a permanent home

    The brothers Wadi are preparing to open their second restaurant. The two already run Saffron in Minneapolis's Warehouse District. Chef Sameh runs the kitchen, while his elder brother Saed keeps the front of the house humming. When not at Saffron, they also run the wildly popular World Street Kitchen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2012

    Cafe Maude looking to expand to Minneapolis

    ​Cafe Maude's owner Kevin Sheehy is eying a new space that would bring Cafe Maude a little sister of sorts, according to Rick Nelson's blog at the Star Tribune. Sheehy expressed his thoughts on moving by saying, "When it comes to expanding, I've always thought, 'Do I go to Maple Grove or Eden Prai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Andrew Zimmern Chef Chat with the Bizarre Foods czar, Part 2

    ​Local chef turned big-time TV star Andrew Zimmern is bringing his wildly successful Bizarre Foods home to Minneapolis. The premiere episode of this all-American season, premiering Monday on the Travel Channel at 9 p.m., features Minnesota foods.  (It's the second episode he's filmed in his h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Bachelor Farmer hires new pastry chef, loses sous chef

    The Bachelor Farmer has ladies coming and going​The Bachelor Farmer has been garnering raves from around the Cities, from four stars from Rick Nelson at the Star Tribune to Best New Restaurant awards.  Just try to get a 7 o'clock dinner reservation and you'll see just how beloved the Dayton b ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    Rogue Valley tour diary, Vol. 1

    ​Rogue Valley is a Minneapolis-based theatrical folk-pop band who are currently on tour. On the road are drummer Luke Anderson, bassist Paul Engles, keyboardist Joey Kantor, guitar/vocalist Chris Koza and guitarist Peter Sieve. Their tour diaries are written by Koza and edited by Sieve. The road ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Blue Door Pub plans expansion to Minneapolis

    ​St. Paul's diminutive burger darling, the Blue Door Pub, has settled on a Minneapolis location for its next outpost, according to Rick Nelson at the Star Tribune. Here are more details about where co-owners Jeremy Woerner and Patrick McDonough say they plan to set up shop.

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Sleeping in the Aviary keep it real with their new album, 'You and Me, Ghost'

    ​Unexpected and unusual, Sleeping in the Aviary charm their way into the indie-rock scene with their quirky albums; they now have three under their belt, and one on the way.With all these albums out, you might be asking yourself, "Where has Sleeping in the Aviary been all your life?"  The ans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    What foods should Target Field add?

    More new eats at Target Field? ​Just because there's still snow on the ground, that doesn't mean we can't start getting psyched up for baseball season. The Star Tribune points out that the Twins will be announcing this year's concessions lineup on March 29--and that there may still be time to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Top 5 restaurant breakups

    Universal PicturesIf Jennifer Aniston were Tim McKee, then who would Vince Vaughn be?​Valentine's Day is a celebration of love. But then, it's hard not to think about relationships that have gone sour. Let's open up a box of chocolates and take a stroll down memory lane of top five Twin Citi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    The Star Tribune's C.J., now with less salt

    Bob McNamaraC.J. without the salt​C.J., the Star Tribune's legendary gossip columnist and contributor to Fox 9's "Dish with C.J." segments, known for her dogged pursuit of scandals and scuttlebutt, has recently met her match: sodium. After an inner ear problem left her with rigid dietary restr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Rustica's Steve Horton: Chef Chat, part 1

    Lisa GulyaPinching and punching: for Rustica baker Steve Horton, it's all in a day's work.​This week's chef chat is better labeled baker banter, as owner Steve Horton of Minneapolis's Rustica Bakery explains that professional baking is all about consistency. Producing the same high-quality loa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Star Tribune's cookie of the year a salty-sweet treat

    Sugary balls​Every December the Star Tribune tackles a problem that many people would envy: sorting through hundreds of cookie recipe submissions to find the annual Christmas cookie champion. This year Rick Nelson (check out this video describing the cookie-sorting process) chose a pistachio-o ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Stewart Woodman and Lenny Russo trade blows in the blogosphere

    Woodman and Russo trade blows in the blogosphere.​Usually chefs criticize each other's work in private and leave restaurant critics to do the public skewering. But with the rise in chefs taking part in social media, it was only a matter of time before they started slinging serious mud at each ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Porter Creek Hardwood Grill now open in Burnsville

    www.portercreek.comFiner dining now in Burnsville.​Porter Creek Hardwood Grill opened earlier this summer and the Star Tribune's Rick Nelson reports that it's breathing new life into Burnsville's less-than-inspiring dining scene. The former Baker's Square Outlet (!) has been remade into a su ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Lake Superior's best south shore dining

    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 >>

  • News

    June 23, 2010

    It's Summertime

    So hush now, little babies

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    Josh Thoma accused of financial mismanagement; out at Barrio, La Grassa

    ​Rick Nelson reports a big scoop on a local restaurateur accused of "cooking the books." Josh Thoma--James Beard Award winner Tim McKee's partner in La Belle Vie, Solera, and Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque, who more recently entered partnerships with the white-hot Barrio (with McKee) and La Gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Star Tribune's Taste 50 is out!

    ​We look forward to it every year: Rick Nelson's list of favorite Minnesota foodstuffs, purveyors, and more, the epic Taste 50. The 2010 version features a bunch of items that we love, too, including Piccolo's pickled pigs feet with scrambled eggs, New Scenic Cafe fruit pie, D'Amico Kitchen's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Coming Soon: Forum

    Someone finally leased the former Goodfellow's space!

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    January 11, 2010
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    December 16, 2009

    Top 5: Ways to spend X-Mas week, foodie style

    How to entertain visiting relatives *and* have some good eats? Start planning now...

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    November 18, 2009
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    November 12, 2009

    RIP: Tejas

    Have your last Tex-Mex meal at 50th and France before Tejas closes next month.

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2009

    Now Open: Bar La Grassa

    Bar La Grassa is now open on Washington Ave.

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    July 31, 2009

    Missing chef Emily Streeter...

    Rick Nelson road trips to St. Peter and finds a destination restaurant worth the drive.

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    July 23, 2009

    Now Open: Cru

    Finer dining comes to the northern 'burbs.

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    June 30, 2009

    WSJ gives walleye a shout-out

    We'll forgive you for calling us "flyover country," WSJ, mostly because you're right.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Hot Eats: Ice Cream

    Izzy's People's Flavor Awards take place this Sunday, plus Rick Nelson has some great recs for local licks.

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Top 5: North Shore Eateries

    Here's where to refuel when you head to Duluth and beyond...

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    Coming Soon: Cru

    A Heartland expat is opening a classy spot to eat in the northern suburbs...

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    MPR's Midmorning talks food with MSPMag, Strib

    Kerri Miller talks Twin Cities dining with local food critics Rick Nelson and Adam Platt.

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    January 23, 2009
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    December 4, 2008

    Best holiday cookies

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    The Strib's annual cookie contest has a famous finalist...

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2008

    Minnesota Republicans out Franken on lesbian jokes

    Minnesota Republicans are taking an unusual stand in their latest effort to sh ... More >>

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    January 30, 2008


    Dara departs, and leaves a memoir in her wake

  • News

    March 7, 2007

    To Catch a Masseuse

    Statehouse continues its bold crusade against horny massage therapists

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    November 24, 1999
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    April 7, 1999

    BLACK & WHITE... and Red All Over

    Star Tribune honchos pooh-pooh insinuations that they're at war with that other paper across the river. So why is the Strib stomping all around the PiPress's back yard?

  • Feature

    May 1, 1998

    AIDS Walk aims at $800,000 goal

    Charity afoot: Minnesotans participate in the AIDS Walk

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    May 7, 1997
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    March 19, 1997

    The McDonald Affair

    Thr Strib's Dubious Timing Puts it on the Wrong Side of Another Local Pol

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