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Whatever it is the U.S. doesn't want today, it's a boomerang in part, as evidenced by a visit to the site of a 1981 massacre in El Salvador.
Our former college basketball writer is nowhere near the event that once controlled her life every March. But she's doing her best to keep up, even if means some serious improvising.
With chocolate, the opportunities are endless.
Champagne, Cava, Prosecco — our bubbly guide has you covered
Pop quiz: What does whiskey taste like? Characteristics that come to mind likely include rich and oaky, smoky and smooth. Spirits boasting notes of vanilla, caramel…
For three decades, she's remained relevant in a changing industry, now overseeing 10 different restaurants.
Use this guide to plan your fall getaway.
Welcome to the dark side of cocktails and lattes.
The duo behind the Twin Cities' No. 1-rated news show juggle nightly broadcasts, parenting and life outside the studio.
Hours before Mary S. Alton died following complications with emphysema, her son, Joseph, bent by the hospital bed. His brothers, Adam and Charlie, making the…
How we dine out is changing, as fine dining turns casual and tableside service gives way to counter service, touch screens and even self-service.
New owners have spruced up the Minneapolis dive bar.
The new spot comes from the owner of a Brooklyn Park restaurant that is widely recognized as boasting some of the Twin Cities' best Thai food.
From papaya salad and stuffed chicken wings to spring rolls and pho, the two St. Paul Hmong markets offer a taste of Southeast Asia.
Several former students from more than 30 years back formed a group text to mourn her loss.
After closing Sunrise Market and Cafe, owner reopening space as a restaurant called Iron Ranger.
Instead of coffee mugs, firms are promoting their brand name with customized craft beers.
From Parlour St. Paul to Grand Catch, there are suddenly a lot of new places to eat in the Twin Cities.
How kitchen wizard Alison Roman broke the internet.
Hyacinth will take over Golden Fig's old space in St. Paul.
We talk victory with Castle Danger, the brewery that downed Surly in our second Ultimate Beer Bracket.
The Two Harbors brewery's massive upset win over Surly crowns it king of Minnesota beers.
The former Legends building is getting new life, via some love from its neighbor.
The Twins concessionaires unveiled a variety of new and returning menu offerings to be served during the 2018 Major League Baseball season on Monday while the team was playing in Pittsburgh.
Here’s the predicament: you’re meeting friends at a hot new bar and you want to partake — but you also have a 6 a.m. workout…
Surly beat rival Summit by only 57 votes to advance to the Foamy Four.
See which Minnesota breweries survived the opening round, and then get ready to vote in the Ale-ite Eight round Tuesday morning.
The charitable brewing company finally has its own facility after 17 years in business.
On the hunt for a hidden cave in a red-rock landscape of strange, rugged beauty.
The votes are in and the field of 16 Minnesota breweries is set, with a mix of newcomers and perennial powerhouses.
The opening of Brick & Bourbon continues the food and beverage growth in the charming riverside town.
On March 17, we're all a little bit Irish, too many of us to fit into an Irish pub. But no worries, with this guide to interesting neighborhood venues to explore.
Last year Schell's shocked the beer scene, taking down Surly. What's on tap this year?
The state's oldest brewery stunned beer fans with upset after upset in our inaugural brewery competition.
Funky Grits is expected to open April 1.
With just a little planning — and this script full of ideas — you can pull off your own star-studded affair.
The light-bodied ale will debut at the club on March 22.
When you play your cards right, you can return from Sin City with money to spare.
Martha's Daughter is the brainchild of a chef who has worked at the acclaimed Mission Chinese restaurants.
These days, produce is more fab than drab, with colorful, inventive and seriously tasty plates hitting menus.
At the Cafe Meow, there is a coffee side and a cat room, where only 10 to 15 people are allowed at a time, so reservations are encouraged.
Pearl & the Thief is expected to open this April.
Going to Fort Myers for the Twins' spring training? Here are some curveballs to expand your horizons.
The St. Paul airport is for private planes only, but the public can access the restaurant.
Where else but the North serves up frozen cocktails at a frozen bar?
The new restaurant will go into the former Victory 44 location this spring.
Big-ticket holders will see some new items, plus old favorites for the Big Game on Feb. 4.
Here's what's hot, and what's not, for the new year.
St. Paul restaurateur Tim Niver and his Saint Dinette crew are headed across the river to open a new deli and bar. Niver’s newest…
"It was maybe one of the more surreal experiences I've ever had," said Norah Shapiro, a Twin Cities film director visiting along with her husband.
When McCormick's was left out of a story on the Wayzata food scene, its popularity with locals became clear.
Eat Street's Copper Hen will debut its "brother" restaurant this summer, calling it Copper Cow.
Susan Shanard Burns-Stidger hated obituaries and funerals, so when she died of cancer on Dec. 10 at age 68, she had already written her…
After swiping a credit card, bargoers are given a "tap card" allowing them to pour as little as an ounce or as much as a full pint.
Coming With its refreshed look complete, Nicollet Mall will soon be getting a major new culinary landmark driven by a major local name. Andrew Zimmern…
In the past year, five eateries and a boutique hotel have opened, transforming a once-sleepy suburb into a culinary destination.
Yes, it’s part of Minnesota’s drinking fabric, but that doesn’t mean aquavit is universally beloved. “It seems like everyone has memories of Christmas dinners at…
It's an ode to the humble beginnings of proprietor Kristy Dirk, who, like many pastry chefs, started her baking "career" with the culinary toy.
Eric Dayton wants all Minnesotans to take pride in our state's true North spirit
Throw out those lame pretzels, and add meat to your gameday snack necklace.
A long-dormant corner of the busy Lyn-Lake intersection has been revived. Hasty Tasty (701 W. Lake St., Mpls., thehastytastympls.com), a restaurant and bar…
Three-plus months after debuting in its new, vastly larger location, Urban Organics continues to expand.
Also referred to as Blackout Wednesday or Black Wednesday, Drinksgiving was coined about a decade ago.
Playa del Carmen charms, despite the recent worries that have travelers thinking twice about visiting.
Downtown Excelsior quietly lost an Italian restaurant at the end of October. At the same time, it gained promise of a new one — albeit…
Family photos hang on the walls. Longtime inside jokes have references on the menu. Nods to Doug Flicker’s past are everywhere at Bull’s Horn Food…
A Nye's "regular" is opening Sonder Shaker, featuring a small menu of laid-back sandwiches and oysters to pair with the drinks.
Beloved Mexican restaurant up for sale amid owner's health struggles.
We’ve all experienced the maddening roller coaster that is airport security. One day, you speed through the screening machines in 15 minutes flat. The next,…
The cocktail bar has no sign outside the building, but etched in the concrete on the main entrance is a "V," and the words "Follow the rabbit."
It was the kind of experience I travel for. Each dish, artfully composed, was better than the last. The togarashi-spiced salmon crudo. The chimichurri octopus.…
Not every international holiday is embraced by Minnesotans. There's something about Oktoberfest, though — and we suspect it's the beer.
Owamni: An Indigenous Kitchen will open as the featured full-service restaurant in the first phase of the upcoming Water Works project on the Mississippi River.
South Minneapolis is poised to get a new gluten-free bakery and a new juice bar. Sift Gluten Free (4557 Bloomington Av. S., Mpls.,
Crepe & Spoon is set to debut sometime in December.