Minnesota winter skipped straight into summer this year, and the great thing about summer, of course, is the beer festivals. After City Pages' own 22nd annual Beer Festival kicked off the season, the St. Paul Summer Beer Festival will hold its 6th annual event at the State Fairgrounds this weekend, ... More >>
Mothers are forever underappreciated. They birthed you, changed your diapers, dealt with the crappy black metal you blasted at two in the morning throughout your high school years, and still love you immeasurably. Mother's Day shouldn't be the only time you show that special lady the appreciation sh ... More >>
The first Thursday of every month is always a good excuse to get some culture in at the Walker. Not only do they waive admission, but their elegant D'Amico-run restaurant, Gather, invites notable chefs in to make and share a couple of bites of food -- completely gratis. Gather has just announced the ... More >>
As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.There is a lot to love at Anne Andrus and Emily Ackerman's Honey & Rye Bakehouse in St. Louis Park: Coffee from Tiny Footprint, chicken soup with thick homemade egg no ... More >>
Minnesotans want to buy booze on Sundays. But in 2013, 2012, 2011, and so on, legislative efforts to allow Sunday liquor sales have been dead on arrival.Today, the push got a shot in the arm. In an interview, Gov. Mark Dayton told The Associated Press that if lawmakers can pass a bill allowing Sunda ... More >>
There is a new neighborhood bakery soon to open on Excelsior Boulevard in St. Louis Park. Honey and Rye is a labor of love from Emily Ackerman and Anne Andrus. Andrus was trained at the San Francisco Baking Institute while Ackerman's background is in the graphic design and advertising world. The two ... More >>
Minnesota's love for craft beer and bikes collide again with next week's Bike to Beer ride to Enki Brewing. The latest installment of Bike to Beer traverses much of the Twin Cities, with stops at several breweries along the way. See also: Bike to Dinner: A course for your courses Bike to Dinner: ... More >>
The musician has it both ways with the release of his new album and his retrospective double-LP
It's relatively rare -- maybe even a blue moon-level occasion -- for a chef, particularly one at a new restaurant, to be able to go out on the town and have someone else cook for them. So when local chefs do get a chance to get away from their own kitchens, where do they choose to eat? This Chef's D ... More >>
"Gun-owning tenant accuses landlord of ouster over firearms," the headline reads, promising a piece about the murky legalities of packing heat as a renter in our firearm-crazed society.In fact, the story was deemed to be so hot, it actually led last night's Fox 9 10 o'clock news. SEE ALSO: Minnesota ... More >>
Some people just refuse to learn lessons, apparently. SEE ALSO:-- Woman cited for driving in MnPASS lane with hipster-looking mannequin as passenger [PHOTO]-- Urinal Cake Man: Strangest anti-drunk driving campaign ever?Abdul Khalid Hakeem Malik-El, also known as Keith Edward Montgomery, was pulled o ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Mr. Potato Head Robber: Mpls police ask for help finding disguise-wearing bank heister [PHOTOS]Around 10 a.m. yesterday morning, a U.S. Bank branch location in a St. Louis Park Byerly's was robbed. Brandishing a gun, a man approached a teller, demanded cash, and then fled on foot. No arres ... More >>
Last week CNN's travel-focused site CNNGo confirmed what City Pages readers and critics have known for years when it named Little Szechuan in St. Paul among the 50 best Chinese restaurants in America.
Beth Dooley coaches cooks through her new bookA surprisingly un-holidayed week of food events is in store for those looking to get out and get cooking (and drinking). 12/6 Swing by St. Paul's Wine Thief and Ale Jail Tuesday night to experience a tasting courtesy of Wisconsin's Capitol Brewe ... More >>
Several new outposts for popular Asian eateries opened this month.NOW OPEN Viva Brazil Little Szechuan St. Louis Park Osaka Golden Valley Grand Szechuan Plymouth Rare Steak and Sushi Blue Ox Coffee (38th & Chicago Ave.) Asia Bistro Catalina's, Minneapolis
Danielle LenzLittle Szechuan opens a second location!West side Chinese food lovers rejoice! A new branch of St. Paul's famed Little Szechuan opened yesterday in St. Louis Park's West End, next to Cooper Irish Pub. The new digs have an upscale feel to match the other West End restaurants and t ... More >>
Salad Days can be yoursPam Powell, an alum of Brenda Langton's Cafe Kardamena and owner of the Salad Girl Organic Dressings line, has a new cookbook out. Salad Days outlines a few salad-making basics--a useful guide to the various green types, plus tips on washing and storing produce, and sto ... More >>
Will Steel Toe ever be able to start brewing?The state shutdown is preventing a new local brewery from opening for business. KSTP reports that owner Jason Schoneman, an experienced brewer who has worked at various breweries around the country, just installed the boiler at his forthcoming St ... More >>
Tony WebsterThe storm uprooted this massive tree in North Minneapolis.Parts of of North Minneapolis looked like a war zone by Sunday evening after a tornado touched down inside city limits, killed one person, injured more than 30, damaged about 100 homes and snapped trees like they were tooth ... More >>
Hail injuriesWell, the nice weather didn't last long, did it? Less than eight hours after a serious break in the cold streak -- to the tune of 88 degrees -- we're getting pelted by chunks of ice across the metro (even at Target Field). Guess we should be used to it by now, right? Here's a video f ... More >>
The return of Heidi's, the loss of Liberty, and more...OPEN Heidi's (2903 Lyndale Avenue S., Minneapolis) The Lowbrow (42nd/Nicollet, Minneapolis) Andiamo Ristorante (1629 Lena Ct, Eagan) University Buffet (225 University Ave. W., St. Paul) Pasta Zola (Eden Prairie Center, Eden Prairie) Hima ... More >>
The Sopranos move into Ringo's grave.Kaskaid Hospitality, parent company of the CRAVE restaurant chain, is having a busy winter. After recently taking over Palomino's space downtown, the Talebi brothers are planning to launch Sopranos Italian Kitchen with chef J.P. Samuelson, most recently of ... More >>
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 >>
A blizzard's just another excuse to play in the snow.Congratulations. You survived Snowmageddon. We've listed the Top 20 snowfall totals for the Twin Cities area below. Now you need to shovel out the car and pay attention to the Snow Emergency parking rules (we're on Day 2). Stay warm.
Warm up! Two coffee shops and a tea bar opened this month. OPEN Steepery Tea Bar (783 Radio Dr., Woodbury) Peace Coffee (33rd and Minnehaha, Minneapolis) Jack's (former Java Jacks at 46th/Bryant, Minneapolis) Dogwood Coffee (Calhoun Square, Minneapolis) Falafel King, (former Porky's on Centra ... More >>
Dear Catholic-school newspaper journalists: it gets better.The editors of the Knight Errant knew things were going to get a little hot when their latest issue dropped last Thursday. The student newspaper at the St. Louis Park Catholic school Benilde-St. Margaret was going to include a staff ... More >>
Crystal GrobeSauce Pizza becomes a Rojo party room.After barreling into St. Louis Park this summer and making Minneapolis's Sauce Soundbar change its name to the less-snazzy Cause, Sauce Pizza & Wine has closed. The owners also operate the adjacent adjacent Rojo Mexican Grill and have decid ... More >>
Want to take a Wok in the Park?Wok in the Park opens today for lunch and dinner in the St. Louis Park space that ThanhDo once occupied. Sisters Charis, Grace, and Hannah Johnson hope their emphasis on casual elegance and hospitality will charm the old TD patrons as well as bring in fresh faces. ... More >>
~Per their Facebook page, Town Hall Brewery has signed a lease for a second location at 48th and Chicago and are working on a fall opening. Located right by Cafe Levain, Ba-Gu, The Parkway Theater, Pepito's, Town Hall will add an extra eclectic element to the already hopping area. Plus, their ... More >>
Coming to the southwest suburbsPlans for a third light rail line connecting downtown Minneapolis and Eden Prairie have won approval from the Met Council. The 14-mile, $1.25 billion Southwest Corridor route will run through Minnetonka, Hopkins and St. Louis Park and link up downtown with the ... More >>
This week, do something special for all the ladies of the world. According to Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, an exhibit in its last week at the Bell Museum, women provide almost half of the world's agricultural labor. View photos, track food as it travels from field to fork, and learn other ... More >>
This week is another big one, and the overflow is glorious. In this week's A-List Extra we have awesome MN Fashion parties, a mansion party sure to trip you out, and more.
The comedian/actor will be visiting a handful of major cities (and a suburb in Minnesota) to promote his latest film.
Another Trader Joe's is joining the stable, this time around in Minnetonka.
We lost our patience long ago with this never-ending battle for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat still sitting empty, but now even Sen. Amy Klobuchar is showing she is going to be pretty ticked off in a couple weeks.
Eating thrifty doesn't mean your tastebuds should suffer
Downtown's new, upscale, all-you-can-eat Brazilian churrascaria will meat you into submission
The Walker Art Center's addition inspired lunchboxes, stormtroopers, Transformers, and more from talented readers
Life skates by at the Roller Gardens
Radio K busts onto the FM airwaves