The extraordinary local hip-hop culture blog Be Scene MPLS is debuting Press Play, a new series of listening parties, tonight with an exclusive first spin of rapper/producer Greg Grease's hotly awaited Cornbread, Pearl and G, slated for release on December 11. The event will be kept small (limited t ... More >>
For parents who love good food, finding a restaurant that they and their kids will enjoy is like finding gold. The criteria can be formidable: The atmosphere should be fairly casual and noise-tolerant, so kids and adults can relax; the menu should offer simple and familiar food for kids but sophis ... More >>
See Also:U.S. healthcare is too costly for Kevin Steinman, so he's moving to NorwayI sit at a dining table we're about to sell, heaped with things we'll throw in suitcases in two days, amidst a mounting sea of packing boxes. Above the crinkling din of paper being wrapped around our kitchenwares, a c ... 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 >>
Celebrated chef Isaac Becker of 112 Eatery and Bar La Grassa fame and two partners--his wife, Nancy St. Pierre, and real estate developer/restaurateur Ryan Burnet (Barrio and Bar La Grassa)--have announced they are opening a new restaurant in south Minneapolis. The new venture will be a steak house ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
City PagesWhy choose only one flavor?No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, we can all thank Ronald Reagan for declaring July National Ice Cream Month. Just when you thought your summer holiday festivities ended in a sparkly explosion, now comes along the perfect occasion to beat th ... 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 >>
May is National Strawberry Month. First bred in Brittany, France, around 1740 from plants harvested in eastern North America, Chile, Argentina, the garden strawberry is known for its fragrance, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweet, sometimes tart taste. Whether eaten fresh or in prepare ... More >>
Pittsburgh Blue matches eats with brewsRamp up to some serious Memorial Day weekend grilling with a full week of food-related outings, classes, and parties.
Patio party! it's the first of Tria's monthly patio parties--there will be one a month through the summer--that kick off at 5:30 ... More >>
Eggnog and its myriad usesIt's that time of year when people really get into their eggnog. And not just as a beverage fit for large punch bowls, dark rum, and getting naughty. It seems that chefs and cooks all around town start to put it in everything. Probably because Twin Cities eaters cannot g ... More >>
A beer bottle bonanza.With this week's feature by Jeremy Zoss on our region's craft-brewing renaissance, we started thinking about all the ways beer makes our lives better. While just drinking it ice cold is the ideal use, we had a few other ideas we wanted to share. Here are our Top 5 uses f ... 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 >>
It was nearly 90 degrees in the Twin Cities yesterday, and it should be almost as hot today. Sitting here with a box fan in the window exhausting the hot air and drawing in a cool breeze, I noticed that a food critic at our sister paper in Phoenix was posed a question about finding the coldes ... More >>
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 >>
Fourth of July it up!
Getting ready for some sky rockets in flight? So are we, there's Jell-O to be molded, flag cakes to be Cool Whipped, and watermelons that need to be halved and jagged around their edges. But before we get to that we want to make sure you didn't miss some of the great st ... More >>
Forget Guinness. Sebastian Joe's is making ice cream out of Surly instead.
Don't expect to get a buzz from Surly Bender ice cream. Sebastian Joe's debuted the flavor last spring, and the company cooks off the alcohol right at the start.
Co-owner Mike Pellizzer said the flavor has both lover ... More >>
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Hello, loyal Hot Dish readers. It has been a week full of dreamy things like grilling, root beer floats, outdoor festivals, and clear blue skies. And don't you wish every weekend could be three days long? While you ponder that thought, here are a few of the week's top ... More >>
Summer is the season for root beer floats, when we can burn off the calories from such sugary indulgences on a bike or the baseball diamond. We here at The Hot Dish decided to stage a float fight at a few of the Cities' ice cream hot spots: Izzy's Ice Cream, Minnesota's oldest Dairy Queen in Rosevil ... More >>
Ever wished a restaurant would name a dish in your honor? Kathie Jenkins recently researched the origins of a few "named" dishes at Twin Cities restaurants, such as Billy Morse's "Billy Club" at the Boxcar and Carl's Special Breakfast at the Backstreet Grill. If you've been mystified by a pie ... More >>