By Alan Scherstuhl
This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or ... More >>
One of the best things about turning the calendar page over to September is the influx of new and classic fall beverages. Starbucks and Caribou pull out the old pumpkin spice latte (would it be so craveable if you could get it year-round?), the orchards start selling gallons of cider, and wine drin ... More >>
Spring -- in case you were too busy holed up with an Xbox and a case of Five-Hour Energy to notice -- has pretty much sprung. Which is why this is as a good a time as any for rousing, energetic tunes that resonate equally well through ear buds and car stereos and home hi-fi systems, like the latest ... More >>
American Joe moves from Blaine to St. Paul.American Joe's owners closed the cafe's doors in Blaine on September 2 in order to move the business to downtown St. Paul.
Owners Eric Sandrock and Brad Ireland, who also own the American Burger Bar & American Burger Emporium restaurants, are movin ... More >>
Origins Coffee and TeaFind this cart on Nicollet Mall between 4th and 5th. Until now, downtown Minneapolis coffee aficionados have had to make do with mass-market Starbucks, Dunn Bros., and Caribou, as the Twin Cities' premium, niche coffee shops--Bull Run, Kopplin's, Angry Catfish, etc.--are ... More >>
Kei TerauchiLove at first sipMy angel, my all, my Dogwood macchiato,
You are the true one, my dearest.
Unlike the monstrous and saccharine Starbucks concoction that dares to call itself "macchiato," you are true to your name.
Yes, just a stain of steamed milk to enhance your creaminess a ... More >>
A falafel foot-long? Is Subway too far out of its wheelhouse?The Hot Dish recently reported on fast food eateries' plans to add more gluttonous dishes to their menus in 2011.
But some of the additions--Taco Bell's partnerships with Cinnabon and Jimmy Dean to add new breakfast items, Dunkin' Don ... More >>
Pour-over pots: Changes are brewing at Dunn Bros Coffee Lab...About a year ago, Dunn Bros. owners took over a former franchise at University Ave and 280 and turned it into an experimental shop--or coffee lab. No more coffee as commodity: the focus is now on tailored brewing and made-to-order ... More >>
This coffee might look the same--until you taste it. At first glace, the inky liquid being poured in your mug might look the same, but Spyhouse has upgraded its coffee service over the past few months to more closely resemble some of the other "third wave" shops in town, such as Kopplin's, B ... More >>
Screwface PattonIf you don't recognize Patton Oswalt by name, you'll recognize him by his voice or face. The popular comedian nailed roles like Remy the rat in Pixar's Ratatouille and his unique mug is splashed all over Comedy Central like he's the sole breadwinner. Patton is returning to Minneap ... More >>
Coffee connoisseurs are getting jittery over Bull Run openingBull Run Roasting Co submitted its Shea Architects-designed plans to the city in mid-August for its upcoming and much anticipated space in the revamped Calhoun Square, smack dab where a Starbucks used to be. Bull Run's first outpos ... More >>
Richard BergJimmy John's employees: So Disgruntled You'll Freak.Apparently Minneapolis employees of Jimmy Johns have bigger complaints than the corporate tattoo ban. Like being paid minimum-wage salaries with no benefits while their bosses are planning a major expansion.Some employees at the fast ... More >>
"Wages so low, you'll freak!"Jimmy Johns service wasn't its usual "freaky fast" today as workers staged a brief walk out at nine Minneapolis franchise locations. The workers are forming their own union to demand better wages and working conditions, including consistent scheduling and minimum ... More >>