An undisputed fan favorite, it seemed inevitable that food truck Hola Arepa would spin its meals on wheels into a full-fledged restaurant. Start with the arepitas -- lightly fried arepa dough filled with chevre, chopped peppers, and served with quince jam -- and then move on to the shiitake cachapas, a sweeter, doughier corn cake that’s loaded with shiitake mushrooms, huitlacoche -- a.k.a “corn smut”, a fungus that’s regarded as a delicacy in Latin countries – creamy dollops of chevre, truffle oil, and a wobbly, just-barely poached egg. As for the arepas, the shredded beef and plantain version will win most hearts with its juicy, slightly spicy meat, a salty, pungent cheese, bright and crunchy pickled onions, and mushy sweet plantains, but there are also plenty of veggie-filled alternatives for vegan and vegetarian diners. Final tip: Don't skip the Latin-by-way-of-Midwest cocktails or the ridiculously addictive corn cookie ice cream sandwich. PHOTOS BY BENJAMIN CARTER GRIMES
The sun finally came out and so did folks ready to enjoy the weather after a gloomy start to the weekend. People got to check out art, food, music, and more near the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. PHOTOS BY PATTY GROVER and TAHIEL JIMENEZ on June 15, 2014
Folks gathered around different parts of Minneapolis for the annual Northern Spark, an all-night celebration of art, community, music, and more. Even torrential rain and thunder couldn't put a damper on this fun, moonlit party. PHOTOS BY PATTY GROVER and TAHIEL JIMENEZ on June 14, 2014
Family and friends and puppies and corn dogs gathered near St. Anthony Falls for the annual Stone Arch Bridge Festival celebrating Twin Cities art and music. PHOTOS BY MARK N. KARTARIK on June 15, 2014
Hundreds of animal lovers and their precious pets came to the Minneapolis Convention Center to let their furry friends mix and mingle on a rainy Saturday afternoon for the annual Minnesota Pet Expo. PHOTOS BY TATIANA CRAINE on June 14, 2014
The long-awaited Green Line LRT officially kicked off service on a rainy Saturday at Target Field in Minneapolis, while another train started off at the other end of the tracks at Union Depot in St. Paul. The Minneapolis opening ceremony included speeches from local leaders, a song about the...
If Meritage gave us an updated taste of Paris in the 1920s, Brasserie Zentral, the newest from Russell and Desta Klein, gives us a modern twist on Budapest in the 1880s. We think of brasseries -- the white linen, all-day, full-service European analogue to our loose, Americanized gastropub -- as...
The Backstreet Boys played to a packed Xcel Energy Center Tuesday night with an extravagant, highly choreographed show much to the delight of the screaming throngs. Avril Lavigne started the night out with her mix of guitar rock and Top 40 pop. PHOTOS BY TONY NELSON on June 10, 2014