• Blogs

    November 11, 2014

    New Digs for Prohibition Kombucha

    The kombucha company inspired by founder Nate Uri's four months on the wagon (he was bored and needed a bevie to quell the cravings) has landed a 5,300-square foot Seward warehouse space, where they'll be able to increase their production five-fold. See also: Ky Guse gives us the gist of GYST, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    Verdant's New Menu: More to Taste at This Tea Tasting Room

    The English may have a well-established tradition of serving a light meal at their tea rooms -- tuna tartines and scones with clotted cream are commonplace -- but in Minneapolis? Not so much. Maybe our strong coffee culture acted as a natural interceptor, but dedicated tea rooms like La Socié ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Verdant's new menu puts a local spin on Chinese street food, adds tea-infused cocktails

    When Verdant Tea opened its doors last year, it was clear that owners Lily and David Duckler were setting the bar high for themselves, offering an exhaustive list of quality teas and rotating house-made kombucha flavors. Verdant recently set the bar even higher. When Birchwood Cafe closed for reno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2014

    Verdant Tea expands to a full menu with cocktails

    Minneapolis tea house Verdant Tea is diving into the world of food and booze, and their tried-and-true brews are taking center stage. As of July 11, Verdant serves a full food menu and will add on a cocktail bar by the end of summer. The menu offers five to six meals centered around a specific regi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Ky Guse gives us the gist of GYST, an upcoming fermentation bar on Eat Street [VIDEO]

    Miso. Kimchi. Kombucha. These are all fermented foods that were unrecognizable to the average diner a decade ago, but have since worked their way into our regular diets. Yes, they might smell a little strange and taste a little strong, but these pungent items are probiotic powerhouses, doing more ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    September 18, 2013

    Sweet Science Ice Cream's good chemistry

    Artisan ice cream maker finds a home and inspiration at Verdant Tea Room

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    July 1, 2013

    Open today: New tea house Verdant takes a leaf from microbrewery culture

    At first, David and Lily Duckler just needed a commercial kitchen for their rapidly-expanding online tea business, a place where they could store their stock and brew their chai. But in April, they signed a lease at 2111 East Franklin -- the old Seward Co-op space -- and their plans started ballooni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    How I learned to stop complaining and love the Mojito

    The Mojito is a classic summer cocktail. Its origins lie in Cuba, but the specifics (like many cocktails) are debated. Some believe that African slaves working in the sugar cane fields created an early version of the drink in the late 1800s as a way to beat the island heat. Others contend that the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Dean's Kombucha is looking for investors

    Deane's Kombucha wants you to invest in its future​For a while last year it seemed doubtful that Deane's Kombucha would survive. The St. Paul-based maker of fermented tea beverages started by Bryan Bertsch in 2009 was well on its way to success when the federal government suddenly discovered t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    New Northstar Cocktails book is a home bartender's best friend

    New book will make you a cocktail pro.​ The logo on the cover of Northstar Cocktails, the new cocktail guide by local cocktail superstars Johnny Michaels and the North Star Bartenders' Guild, could be suitable as a super cool rock band logo; this is no coincidence--the guys and gals who created th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Origins Coffee and Tea brings Dogwood brews to downtown Minneapolis

    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 >>

  • Restaurants

    August 10, 2011

    Kombucha's PR Problem

    Is it a health drink? An alcoholic beverage? It depends on who you ask.

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Top 5 tequila cocktails for National Tequila Day

    W Hotel's Truth or Consequences.​When the 24th of July rolls around, it's once again time to put on your party hat and celebrate National Tequila Day. While an old-school margarita made with that weird sweet-n-sour mix is fine and dandy (in fact perfect when you're feeling lazy), here are a few wa ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011
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    June 22, 2011

    Michael Swanson, accused double murderer, was stalled by McDonald's workers who called the cops

    Michael Richard Swanson was fooled by McDonald's employees.​Teenager Michael Swanson of St. Louis Park is accused of gunning down two Iowa convenience store workers in separate shootings last November, and he might not have been arrested were it not for the quick thinking of some McDonald's employ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Blackberry lavender iced tea recipe for National Iced Tea Day

    ​Today is National Iced Tea Day, and we are ready for some fine summer sipping. You can take this basic recipe and mix and match fruit, spices, and herbs to your heart's content. For the extra adventurous, a couple of black peppercorns added to the simple syrup create a really cool spice note. The ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Salt and butter with your tea? Tibet's highly caloric hot sipper

    Slides right down your throat: butter tea. ​Honey and lemon, sure. Cream, sometimes. But tea with salt and butter? That's how they serve it in Tibet--and also the pan-Asian restaurant Gangchen on Eat Street. Butter tea, also called po cha, is simply black tea with a little milk, salt, and but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Sun Street Bread's Chai Tea Soda: A bubbly, spicy drink of the week

    Bubbly brown soda​Chai Tea Soda$2.50Sun Street Breads4600 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis612.354.3414Our particular version of this bubbly, spiced concoction was made to order by Martin Ouimet, partner of beloved baker Solveig Tofte at their new eatery/bakery at 46th and Nicollet. The Hot Dish rolle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Namaste Cafe's green tea with ayurvedic herbs: a recovery drink of the week

    Find balance in green...​Green Tea with Ayurvedic Herbs$3.25 small pot, $4.95 big potNamaste Cafe2512 Hennepin Ave. S, MInneapolis612.827.2496With St. Patrick's Day afoot, we thought a green drink would make sense. But instead of the usual beer, whiskey, and grog, the Hot Dish offers up some count ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Most underappreciated foods--and where to sample 'em

    www.wikipedia.comKnow what this is? The right chef will make you want you to eat it!​You're an adult now and your tastes have come a long way since the days of pureed peaches and mushy peas. You've learned to love the earthiness of beets--though maybe you're not quite ready to chew on chicken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Tea-infused booze warms up the Aster Cafe

    A row of dazzling tea infused liquors​Sure it's cozy and cute up in the Aster Cafe, but it's kinda cold and you don't feel like making the trip. That's fine, but you'll be missing out on their tea-infused booze. Sitting neatly up behind the bar, the liquors' jewel and amber tones speak to you, lea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Top 5 ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year

    Tea HouseThe Chinese New Year is a celebration of food and family​The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese Lunar calendar. This year it starts on Thursday, February 3. To celebrate, Chinese people often attend festivals and fireworks. But most important, they get toget ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Mrs. Kelly's Tea gives free tasting this weekend

    Liz PotasekSample 100 different varieties of Mrs. Kelly's custom blended tea this weekend.​Keep that pinkie finger planted firmly on your tea cup. While coffee seems to be getting snobbier by the day in this town, one local tea distributor sets out to prove that tea is not fussy. Meet Mrs. Kelly, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Almond Bubble Tea from Pham's Deli soothes the holiday hurries

    Mmmmmm almond bubble tea​Almond Bubble Tea$3.75Pham's Deli - Midtown Global Market920 East Lake St., Minneapolis612-870-2622It's the run up to that turkey- and family-heavy holiday. You know the one. If you're not hurriedly packing to catch a flight, then you're running out to the store to pick u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Steepery Tea Bar by the Tea Garden opens in Woodbury

    It's tea time in Woodbury!​Can you believe that just a decade ago, most Twin Citians wouldn't have known bubble tea from bubble gum? The Tea Garden is already eight years old, and it just opened its sixth location, a shop in Woodbury called the Steepery Tea Bar. Steepery offers more than 50 v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Keith Olbermann dubs Michele Bachmann "Iced Tea"

    Michele Bachmann is Iced Tea.​Keith Olbermann devoted a sizable portion of his nightly Countdown to Michele Bachmann tonight, in a segment hilariously titled "Iced Tea."As the Queen of the Tea Partier, Bachmann should be benefiting from their electoral victory. But quite the opposite is happening. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Twin Cities' best suburban restaurants

    Nick VlcekSzechuan at Tian Jin: Worth a trip to the suburbs.​This week's Dish features Travail Kitchen and Amusements, whose unique, gourmet gastropub fare makes it worth the drive to Robbinsdale from elsewhere in the metro. If you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul, here are four more foodstuf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Making herbal tea from your garden

    From the literal tea garden.​New York Times gardening writer Michael Tortorello recently introduced me to the pleasures of trading stale, packaged herbal teas for ones made fresh from the backyard. Tortorello plucked a number of infusion-friendly herbs, leaves, and flowers--marjoram, dandelion, cl ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010
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    April 16, 2010

    Rob Barrett Brews: Ginger green tea

    ​Live long and prosper. That's really the goal, isn't it? At least according to the Vulcans. The question always has been, how to do that? That's where my ginger green tea comes in. (Ah, the combustible mixture of food and philosophy.) While I don't pretend this drink fixes all of society's ill ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    February 24, 2010

    Szechuan and Grand Szechuan spicing up the suburbs

    Dan Dan noodles might be the new pad Thai

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Food Fight: Bubble tea

    Local bubble teas from two veteran, decorated Vietnamese restaurants go head to head.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Drink of the week: tea latte at The Tea Garden

    Tea latte at The Tea Garden is this week's drink of the week. Because we like when those pearl things get stuck in the straw.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    It's afternoon tea time--pinkies up!

    Is there anyplace in Minneapolis that serves high tea? Starting today, the answer is yes.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Starbucks "Teatime:" oh so very meh.

    Starbucks Tazo's customers with mediocrity.

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2008

    Dark tea: TeaSource's latest discovery

    How many times in your life do you taste something you've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    Afternoon Tea at the St. Paul Hotel

    Afternoon tea at the St. Paul Hotel.

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008
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    October 20, 2008

    The Non-Safe Choice: Rooibos at Sovereign Grounds

    The Non-Safe Choice: Ordering rooisbos cappucino at Sovereign Grounds.

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Russian Tea House a homey St. Paul delight

    Russianteahousethumb.jpg For all of you who have driven by, but not gone in The Russian Tea House, I ask you: what are you ... More >>

  • Restaurants

    July 11, 2007

    Spice as Nice

    Tea House, a(nother) new Sichuan restaurant in St. Paul, has juicy buns and spice to burn

  • Restaurants

    December 27, 2006

    Finally, a Bubble That Doesn't Pop

    What's Sweeter Than a Tech Bubble and Frothier Than a Real Estate Bubble?

  • Restaurants

    July 28, 2004

    Texture and Snap

    Terrific authentic Sichuan in--where else?-- a suburban strip mall

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    May 19, 2004


    Uptown's newest fun palace proves you shouldn't drink where you eat

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    May 9, 2001
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    September 29, 1999
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    April 7, 1999
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    November 11, 1998
  • Feature

    October 1, 1998

    Tea With a Twist

    Brewing up comfort, mystery, and imagination in a fun-filled Victorian home

  • Restaurants

    September 23, 1998
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