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Amelia Rayno

Food & Drink, Travel and Features reporter | Newsroom
phone: 612-673-4115
A former sports reporter, Amelia arrived at the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2010.
Recent content from Amelia Rayno
How the night before Thanksgiving became the 'biggest drinking day of year'

How the night before Thanksgiving became the 'biggest drinking day of year'

Also referred to as Blackout Wednesday or Black Wednesday, Drinksgiving was coined about a decade ago.
Winter doesn't faze 87,000-square-foot aquaponics farm in St. Paul

Winter doesn't faze 87,000-square-foot aquaponics farm in St. Paul

Three-plus months after debuting in its new, vastly larger location, Urban Organics continues to expand.
Cancun-area travelers weigh concerns about tainted alcohol, violence

Cancun-area travelers weigh concerns about tainted alcohol, violence

Playa del Carmen charms, despite the recent worries that have travelers thinking twice about visiting.
Victor's on Water closes in Excelsior, new Italian restaurant replacing it

Victor's on Water closes in Excelsior, new Italian restaurant replacing it

Downtown Excelsior quietly lost an Italian restaurant at the end of October. At the same time, it gained promise of a new one — albeit…
One of Minneapolis' last 3.2 dive bars reopens with new concept, stronger beer

One of Minneapolis' last 3.2 dive bars reopens with new concept, stronger beer

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…
New cocktail bar and lounge will take over the former Nye's site in Minneapolis

New cocktail bar and lounge will take over the former Nye's site in Minneapolis

A Nye's "regular" is opening Sonder Shaker, featuring a small menu of laid-back sandwiches and oysters to pair with the drinks.
After 46-year run, Pepitos in south Mpls. could close following string of hardships

After 46-year run, Pepitos in south Mpls. could close following string of hardships

Beloved Mexican restaurant up for sale amid owner's health struggles.
What's the rush? MSP Airport offers many reasons to linger

What's the rush? MSP Airport offers many reasons to linger

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,…
New Stillwater speakeasy bar requires a hunt to find it

New Stillwater speakeasy bar requires a hunt to find it

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."
From the Travel Desk: Joys of reliving a former stamping grounds

From the Travel Desk: Joys of reliving a former stamping grounds

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.…
Prep the hammerschlagen! Your guide to Oktoberfest parties in Minnesota

Prep the hammerschlagen! Your guide to Oktoberfest parties in Minnesota

Not every international holiday is embraced by Minnesotans. There's something about Oktoberfest, though — and we suspect it's the beer.
Waterfront restaurant by 'Sioux chef' company to open on original Fuji-Ya site

Waterfront restaurant by 'Sioux chef' company to open on original Fuji-Ya site

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.
Sift Gluten Free bakery opening brick-and-mortar location soon in south Minneapolis

Sift Gluten Free bakery opening brick-and-mortar location soon in south Minneapolis

South Minneapolis is poised to get a new gluten-free bakery and a new juice bar. Sift Gluten Free (4557 Bloomington Av. S., Mpls.,
New frozen treat emporium with vegan ice cream and crepes coming to Mpls.

New frozen treat emporium with vegan ice cream and crepes coming to Mpls.

Crepe & Spoon is set to debut sometime in December.
Eclipse fever? Next total solar phenomenon will be visible from U.S. in 2024

Eclipse fever? Next total solar phenomenon will be visible from U.S. in 2024

The sailboat we were on drifted further into Cape Cod Bay as the clear skies slowly became hazy. My travel companion and I were just…
Indoor food truck restaurant opens in St. Paul with 20-pound ice cream sandwiches

Indoor food truck restaurant opens in St. Paul with 20-pound ice cream sandwiches

The new 8,000-square-foot Seventh Street Truck Park houses various food trucks serving different menus.
Big Fat Bacon purveyor 'commands the room' from her wheelchair

Big Fat Bacon purveyor 'commands the room' from her wheelchair

A Maplewood businesswoman takes a "brains-on" approach to running the Big Fat Bacon booth at the fair.
Mesmerizing rolled ice cream craze arrives in Twin Cities with 2 new shops

Mesmerizing rolled ice cream craze arrives in Twin Cities with 2 new shops

The rolled ice cream craze has officially hit the Twin Cities, and it's doing so with a bang as two specialty shops for the trendy food are debuting this weekend in St. Paul.
Seven Steakhouse gets a makeover thanks to acclaimed Minneapolis chef

Seven Steakhouse gets a makeover thanks to acclaimed Minneapolis chef

Sameh Wadi of World Street Kitchen and the former Saffron has revamped the massive restaurant's menu and look.
Top restaurateurs in Twin Cities see gems in old dive bars

Top restaurateurs in Twin Cities see gems in old dive bars

The trend of top-notch chefs embracing the bars comes as costs of outfitting a commercial kitchen rise, casual dining grows in popularity and a hunger for nostalgia builds.
Dinkytown's Loring Pasta Bar reopens with new ownership, name

Dinkytown's Loring Pasta Bar reopens with new ownership, name

After shuttering its doors for 10 days, the former Loring Pasta Bar will reopen this week with new ownership and a new name. LRx:…
Nitro coffee, the new cold brew, is taking over Twin Cities coffee shops

Nitro coffee, the new cold brew, is taking over Twin Cities coffee shops

Forget plain old cold brew. It's nitro, cold brew's gas-filled cousin, that's taking over coffee shops here and elsewhere.
Al Roker gushes over Minn. chef's hit restaurants, eats at both in 2 days

Al Roker gushes over Minn. chef's hit restaurants, eats at both in 2 days

The "Today" anchor ate at not one but two restaurants by Twin Cities star chef Gavin Kaysen this week.
Getting through airport security: not as easy as 3-1-1

Getting through airport security: not as easy as 3-1-1

If you've traveled much, you probably realize there is an etiquette to the airways, regarding everything from checking a bag to deplaning.
Beat the heat with frozen cocktails you can make at home

Beat the heat with frozen cocktails you can make at home

It must be 5 p.m. somewhere. Time for a cocktail of the icy variety you can make at home.
A restaurant-starved St. Paul neighborhood gets a new buzzed-about pizza joint

A restaurant-starved St. Paul neighborhood gets a new buzzed-about pizza joint

The team behind Bar Brigade and Republic are opening a pizza and gelato restaurant on Wednesday.
Luxury lounge, day spa, bubbly: How to pamper yourself at MSP Airport

Luxury lounge, day spa, bubbly: How to pamper yourself at MSP Airport

If traveling stresses you out, you're not alone — and there is help. MSP offers many possible antidotes.
A golf range? Furniture shopping? Fun ways to pass the time at MSP

A golf range? Furniture shopping? Fun ways to pass the time at MSP

Time on your hands? Here are some great ways to pass the time. at MSP.
Where to eat and drink at MSP Airport now

Where to eat and drink at MSP Airport now

The locavore movement has landed at MSP. Here are some of our favorite places to dig in at the airport.
New North Loop bar now open with 200 whiskeys, 'Road House'-inspired name

New North Loop bar now open with 200 whiskeys, 'Road House'-inspired name

Ten years later, friends-turned-business-partners have spun their social-night gatherings into a whiskey-focused bar and restaurant.
See what's coming soon to MSP Airport

See what's coming soon to MSP Airport

What's getting ready for takeoff at MSP? Here are some highlights.
Former Tilia chef puts mark on Minneapolis neighborhood restaurant, Sparks

Former Tilia chef puts mark on Minneapolis neighborhood restaurant, Sparks

For the past six months, change has quietly been taking hold at the corner restaurant in the Bryn Mawr area.
Drink your vegetables this summer at Twin Cities eateries

Drink your vegetables this summer at Twin Cities eateries

Move over, salads. There's a new way to consume vegetables, but it's probably not what your mother had in mind.
10 Minnesota eateries with spectacular food and waterfront views

10 Minnesota eateries with spectacular food and waterfront views

With 10,000 lakes, we've got plenty of waterside dining.
Changes afoot for travel to Cuba

Changes afoot for travel to Cuba

Going to Cuba when I did (late last year) and freely walking its streets, meeting its residents and hearing their stories already felt like a…
Former Rachel's on E. Hennepin to open as Bardo this summer

Former Rachel's on E. Hennepin to open as Bardo this summer

Chef Remy Pettus, formerly of Eastside, is opening a restaurant in a space that housed Rachel's for 10 years.
Owners of North Loop's new Japanese restaurant set to expand with another concept

Owners of North Loop's new Japanese restaurant set to expand with another concept

After a successful debut of Kado No Mise — a sushi and simple Japanese restaurant in downtown Minneapolis — in early May, owners Shigeyuki Furukawa…
New St. Paul brewpub restoring 1850s saloon with antique German style

New St. Paul brewpub restoring 1850s saloon with antique German style

Everything from the lighting to the music to the beer will hark back to the 19th century.
Twin Cities' first self-pouring brewpub to open this summer

Twin Cities' first self-pouring brewpub to open this summer

Union 32 Crafthouse will offer all Minnesota craft beers, and patrons will be able to pay for brews by the ounce.
The power of a Texas road trip: finding hidden gems

The power of a Texas road trip: finding hidden gems

The exit off Hwy. 71 looked like nothing special. Somewhere between Dallas and Austin, Texas, we’d pulled off to refill our rental car with gas.…
Twin Cities' most influential Instagram food star is a suburban working mom

Twin Cities' most influential Instagram food star is a suburban working mom

With more than 30,000 followers, social media star Kim Ly Curry has passion, persistence and "food porn"-quality photos. "Am I food-obsessed? Yes. I just love everything food."
Rum is enjoying a full-fledged renaissance in Twin Cities bars

Rum is enjoying a full-fledged renaissance in Twin Cities bars

Once relegated to beachside blowouts and frat parties, rum has become a serious, sought-after spirit.
Globally inspired food at Gray Duck Tavern in St. Paul

Globally inspired food at Gray Duck Tavern in St. Paul

A soon-to-open downtown St. Paul restaurant has a name most Minnesotans will recognize and maybe chuckle at: Gray Duck Tavern (grayduckstpaul.com). Yes, that’s an homage…
Obituary: By quiet strength of personality, attorney Faith Ohman transformed women's roles

Obituary: By quiet strength of personality, attorney Faith Ohman transformed women's roles

Before she helped change the course of Minnesota law, before she was recognized as a “pioneer” and “just short of brilliant,” Faith Ohman was rejected…
How Duluth became the outdoor capital of the Midwest

How Duluth became the outdoor capital of the Midwest

Duluth is gaining new attention — both locally and nationally — as a place to hike, paddle and bike while remaining within the amenity-filled confines of a city.
When abroad, friends made can last a lifetime

When abroad, friends made can last a lifetime

Isn't it funny how travel often forges bonds that seem illogically strong?
Popular Excelsior restaurant opening second outpost near 50th and France

Popular Excelsior restaurant opening second outpost near 50th and France

Coalition, which serves American fusion comfort food, will open in late May.

Man killed in motorcycle crash in Chisago County

The cyclist died at the scene on Olinda Trial near Lindstrom.
These great Milwaukee cocktail bars will make you forget about beer

These great Milwaukee cocktail bars will make you forget about beer

In Milwaukee, bartenders are pouring delicious, inventive drinks — and they don't come out of a tap.
Where do you go with tasting flights after wine and beer? Hard liquor

Where do you go with tasting flights after wine and beer? Hard liquor

We've done wine. We've done beer. Now we're on to the next hot thing in sipping flights: liquor.
Hola Arepa owners reveal plans for former Minneapolis strip club: Asian street food

Hola Arepa owners reveal plans for former Minneapolis strip club: Asian street food

The new restaurant will open this fall in the former 22nd Avenue Station in northeast Minneapolis.
New Twin Cities game bars put fun (and craft beers) on tap

New Twin Cities game bars put fun (and craft beers) on tap

Hip night spots offer pinball, mini-golf and bowling, plus from-scratch food and innovative cocktails.
Angry Catfish owner opening Minn.-themed coffee house in former Big Brain Comics

Angry Catfish owner opening Minn.-themed coffee house in former Big Brain Comics

Northern Coffeeworks will also have a small kitchen and a retail component.
And the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket champion is ...

And the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket champion is ...

If you thought this year's NCAA Tournament had drama, you should see how our March Malt-ness went down.
Surly goes down! Vote in the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket Foamy Four

Surly goes down! Vote in the Ultimate Minnesota Beer Bracket Foamy Four

We've got ourselves some March drama, folks, so drink it up — and then cast your vote in the penultimate round before we crown the best brewery in Minnesota.
'So where are you from?' Traveling Minnesotans really get around

'So where are you from?' Traveling Minnesotans really get around

I'm not from here originally, but I receive reminders of just how traveled my new neighbors are on just about every trip I take.

St. Paul pub focuses on neighborhood favorites

Brunson's Pub (brunsonspub.com), the reincarnation of the former Schwietz Saloon in St. Paul, opened its doors on Monday, debuting a pub menu with international…
Popular Minneapolis chef to open two new restaurants

Popular Minneapolis chef to open two new restaurants

For years, Daniel del Prado has cut his teeth under lauded chef Isaac Becker and in restaurants from here, to Portland, Ore., to Europe.Now, Del…
At these Twin Cities restaurants you can get a decent meal and watch an NCAA game

At these Twin Cities restaurants you can get a decent meal and watch an NCAA game

It's possible to eat a grown-up meal and still catch a game or two.
Twin Cities' best restaurant events this week: Brews, barbecue and Pardi Gras

Twin Cities' best restaurant events this week: Brews, barbecue and Pardi Gras

Big foodie and beer parties coming our way, including Bock Fest, Winterfest and the pork extravaganza Cochon 555.
Mexican taco emporium, Mercado, replaces former Marche restaurant in Uptown

Mexican taco emporium, Mercado, replaces former Marche restaurant in Uptown

One of Jester Concepts' Uptown projects has changed names and transitioned its identity from French bistro to Mexican taco emporium — and now a Twin Cities craft syrups company is involved
How to be a gentleman in the age of the 'bro'

How to be a gentleman in the age of the 'bro'

From giving a compliment to choosing a wine to telling a joke, five Twin Cities area gents have advice on how to up your game.
9 Twin Cities bars and restaurants where you can warm up by a great fireplace

9 Twin Cities bars and restaurants where you can warm up by a great fireplace

Cold and hungry? No problem when a restaurant warms you up with a blazing spot to recover and relax.
New Minneapolis bar thinks it's found the perfect combo: pinball and hot dogs

New Minneapolis bar thinks it's found the perfect combo: pinball and hot dogs

The upcoming Tilt — a project from the folks behind Uptown's Nightingale — will continue the trend of bars that double as entertainment when it opens in April.
Step up your Super Bowl game with themed menus for each team

Step up your Super Bowl game with themed menus for each team

The first Sunday in February is about getting together, watching some good pigskin and stuffing yourself like a turkey on some holiday-level grub. Here's our Big Menu for the Big Game.
Highland Grill owner to debut new Bottle Rocket restaurant on Valentine's Day

Highland Grill owner to debut new Bottle Rocket restaurant on Valentine's Day

The new iteration in the 70-seat space formerly occupied by Scusi will lose the Italian motifs in favor of an easygoing American menu with a hint of Southern flair.
Don't let terror stop you from traveling

Don't let terror stop you from traveling

International travel feels as unpredictable as ever. It's understandable if folks just want to stay home for a while. But there are problems with that kind of thinking.
How Instagram is changing the game for Twin Cities restaurants

How Instagram is changing the game for Twin Cities restaurants

Across the metro, restaurants are recognizing Instagram not just as a powerful social media tool, but as a force driving marketing and design decisions.
Look for a new version of Mexican at Baja Haus restaurant in Wayzata

Look for a new version of Mexican at Baja Haus restaurant in Wayzata

Despite the drastic temperature shift, Billy Tserenbat was thrilled to move from San Francisco to Minnesota more than 10 years ago. “Cold makes us better…
New St. Paul restaurant hopes to be the Chipotle of ramen

New St. Paul restaurant hopes to be the Chipotle of ramen

Restaurant veterans Chris Corlett and Tryg Truelson are making a bet that the noodle-and-broth movement is about to go mainstream.
Trio of Twin Cities enthusiasts opening a distillery that specializes in whiskey

Trio of Twin Cities enthusiasts opening a distillery that specializes in whiskey

A trio of professionals and liquor enthusiasts are opening a new distillery that specializes in whiskey.
Without star chef, where do hot Mpls. restaurants Nighthawks, Birdie go from here?

Without star chef, where do hot Mpls. restaurants Nighthawks, Birdie go from here?

As the calendar flips to a new year, a major transition is underway at the restaurant duo Nighthawks and Birdie (3753 Nicollet Av. S., 612-248-8111,…
Obituary: Once the war was over, WWII vet Jerome Hanson brought peace home to Minnesota

Obituary: Once the war was over, WWII vet Jerome Hanson brought peace home to Minnesota

When Sharon Harding revealed a box holding a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a French Legion of Honor, among other decorations, at her father’s…
Book ahead or allow for spontaneity?

Book ahead or allow for spontaneity?

Only a few hours into my first stop in Cuba, it hit me: I had done this all wrong.
Cocktails, coffee and ugly sweaters top this week's best restaurant events

Cocktails, coffee and ugly sweaters top this week's best restaurant events

It’s time for enjoying lavish holiday spreads, sipping sparkling wine and wearing your best worst Christmas sweater. Lucky for you, we’ve got leads on the…
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