A 19th-century madam inspires a brothel-style bar and restaurant in Riverplace
A few weeks ago, we highlighted the hashiest hash browns and bonniest Benedicts in St. Paul. Then we explored every syrup-soaked nook and cranny of the best pancakes and waffles in Minneapolis. But all you real-life Ron Swansons and Leslie Knopes weren't satisfied. You wanted the lowdown on even mor ... More >>
We bite into uncharted territory from testicles to urchins
Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get into things this week with the potent new video from Buildings, their first offering from their new forthcoming EP. We've also got new clips from MaLLy, Atmosphere, F ... More >>
Twin Cities locals celebrate hot Finnish traditions behind steamy doors
Minnesota is divided into two camps: those who love lutefisk and those who would sooner eat testicles. Both sides have their reasons. The lovers, mostly of Scandinavian heritage, usually grow up eating lutefisk, a long-standing Scandinavian staple served with copious amounts of butter and potatoes. ... More >>
Sweet treats for your sweetheart
Like most of it's traditions of which Sweden has many, Death Metal is a pervasively dark and sorrow-driven force in the the country's music history. With many brands of heaviness in it's ranks the band Ghost (or Ghost B.C. as they are known stateside) stand out as one that seemingly came from out of ... More >>
It's no news that in recent years Scandinavia has set a competitive standard in the realm of hyper-addictive, synth-laden dance pop. They're great at it (see: The Knife, The Raveonettes or Private). What once existed on the fringe of obscurity is inching into a well-deserved spotlight in America. Ju ... More >>
Beautifully crafted Scandinavian food that wows
How to eat like a Scandinavian
Since 2006, Todd Zuniga has been holding Literary Death Matches across the world. The event promotes local talent by giving them an opportunity to perform in a rollicking night of trouble-making. This Thursday, Zuniga will hold his sixth Twin Cities Death Match at the Nomad World Pub. During the ... More >>
What else is there for your foodie friends to do in the winter other than read, eat food, and read about food? Probably not much. Food books, therefore, are the perfect gift. Here's our selection of the best in local food books--available at independent book stores citywide. Minnesota Lunch: ... More >>
Governor Dayton's sons open first-rate restaurant
Photo: Steve Neuharth, Michelle LeonReason No. 11: Chefs like Doug Flicker at Piccolo create food that doesn't just impress--it inspires. When Anthony Bourdain last year told his TV audience on No Reservations that his experience at Doug Flicker's south Minneapolis restaurant Piccolo was "far ... More >>
thrill to thrillSince we're on the list, can we just stay put this summer? Gas isn't cheap, ya know.If you were going to take one awesome trip this summer, where would you go? The remote mountains and ocean cliffs of Patagonia? The picture postcard perfect islands of the Stockholm Archipelago ... More >>
Part fine dining, part neighborhood pub
American Swedish InstituteIt's a shame airfare prices have gone a little over-the-top lately. With airlines trying to recover costs from volcanoes erupting and the economy tanking, how could they not? So those dreaming of a summer getaway will have to wait until it won't break the bank to experie ... More >>
Local strawberries just started appearing at The Wedge Community Co-op this week, and the website for the St. Paul Farmers Market says strawberries should be in stock this weekend. We here at Hot Dish decided to do a little taste test: What's the difference between local sustainable, organic, ... More >>
The Twin Cities loses a beautiful and unique voice.
Il Divo glitters among duller bulbs like The Girl From Monaco, Just Another Love Story
Not-so-stinky Nordic tradition still has foothold in Minnesota
Made in Minnesota, but with Scandinavian roots -- and it goes well with red wine!
Bill Nelson is the Director of Correctional Services for Volunteers of America, Minnesota and Founding Director of the Women’s Recovery Center, a residential program for women in the process of leaving prostitution. Nelson is also the founder of the anti-violence agency La Oportunidad, Minneapolis ... More >>
What your choice of grocery stores says about who you are
Keillor's 'Prairie' makes a fine pasture for Altman
A sugar junkie tries to satisfy her jones, one icing wreath at a time
If you're an 80s band from Scandinavia or Canada and have difficulty getting into the United States, Norm Coleman should be on your speed-dial. Yes, once again, our esteemed junior senator has assisted an aging hair band in getting their spandex and Final Net across the border. This time Glass Tige ... More >>
Behold the savory breakfast pastry, the antidote to too many sugary muffins and danishes
When the politically obvious isn't obvious at all: An exchange
The naked truth about putting together a regional showcase like the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival. And a revealing body of blurbs about the best and the not-best of the fest.
Chvala Talks on the Tenth Anniversary of His Troupe
This weekend's Nordic Roots Festival unearths connections to the Old World
A new play, "Project 891", puts the spotlight on New Deal theater, HUAC, and the mother of all arts-funding debates.
Voters in France may be in the midst of delivering a rebuke to the "global Clintonism" hailed by the press in the wake of the British elections.