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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.
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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…
Spoon and Stable's Gavin Kaysen names his new Wayzata restaurant Bellecour

Spoon and Stable's Gavin Kaysen names his new Wayzata restaurant Bellecour

The Spoon and Stable chef/owner's French bistro gets a name — Bellecour — while the construction crew finds fun surprises.
The Twin Cities' best food-and-drink themed events of the week

The Twin Cities' best food-and-drink themed events of the week

Now that the tryptophan has worn off from Thanksgiving celebrations, it’s time to get back on the town. Need ideas? Here are the Twin Cities’…
Dumpling opens in Minneapolis with banh mi, ramen and more

Dumpling opens in Minneapolis with banh mi, ramen and more

Four years ago, Bunbob Chhun and James Munson brought their dream of a small sandwich operation to the Twin Cities.
Want to get invited to parties? Do these 8 things

Want to get invited to parties? Do these 8 things

What's the big deal, right? You show up, mind your alcohol consumption, say thank you and leave. Simple, right? Wrong.
Stuck eating reindeer and other dining pitfalls of holiday travel

Stuck eating reindeer and other dining pitfalls of holiday travel

"Christmas in Copenhagen" has a decidedly romantic ring to it, doesn't it? But reality proved otherwise.
Twin Cities restaurants find pop-up events help remake dining experience

Twin Cities restaurants find pop-up events help remake dining experience

Pop-up eateries and other one-time events help create excitement and stand out in a fiercely competitive market.
Artist creates works of chalk art in Minneapolis dining, drinking hot spots

Artist creates works of chalk art in Minneapolis dining, drinking hot spots

A Forest Lake artist uses chalk to create works of temporary art in bars and restaurants around the Twin Cities area.
Looking for more brewpubs around Minnesota? Here are new ones

Looking for more brewpubs around Minnesota? Here are new ones

Three and a half years ago, Erin Franklin Hutton was breaking into Colorado’s beer scene as a bartender and server at Colorado Plus Brew…
How to throw a great holiday cocktail party without everyone getting sloshed

How to throw a great holiday cocktail party without everyone getting sloshed

Avoid these five party pitfalls with our guide from Twin Cities experts.
Faces Mears Park to undergo major remake in St. Paul

Faces Mears Park to undergo major remake in St. Paul

Faces Mears Park (373 Sibley St., St. Paul, facesmearspark.com, 651-209-7776) in Lowertown will close at the year’s end and reopen in 2017 with a…
Much-loved Minneapolis restaurant bids farewell

Much-loved Minneapolis restaurant bids farewell

Saffron Restaurant & Lounge, a much-lauded staple of the downtown dining scene for a decade, will shutter its doors next month. Chef and owner Sameh…

Pryes Brewing expands beyond its single beer Miraculum

A 1970s industrial condo development on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis still sits empty, but a group of co-founders responsible for the popular local beer…
Exhausted from the election? Get a jolt with these Twin Cities coffee concoctions

Exhausted from the election? Get a jolt with these Twin Cities coffee concoctions

Need an after-Election Day pick-me-up? We've got five sure bets.
I got stuck at MSP Airport for 11 hours — and it was awesome

I got stuck at MSP Airport for 11 hours — and it was awesome

With new places to eat, play and lounge, your traveling experience is about to take off at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport — just in time for the busy holiday flying season.
Hot, new bars and restaurants coming soon to MSP Airport

Hot, new bars and restaurants coming soon to MSP Airport

What's getting ready for takeoff at MSP? Here are some highlights.
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.
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.
New downtown Mpls. coffee shop, Penny's, already brewing up more locations

New downtown Mpls. coffee shop, Penny's, already brewing up more locations

Downtown Minneapolis has a fresh new coffee shop and the beginnings of what entrepreneurs Ben Hertz and Dean Phillips hope will be the Twin Cities’…
Lakeville cake-and-cupcake shop gets sweet win on Food Network

Lakeville cake-and-cupcake shop gets sweet win on Food Network

These days, confection lovers who drive past Lakeville cakery Sweet Treasures will see another sign next to the company's cupcake logo: "Cake Wars" winner.
No compromises and other joys of solo travel

No compromises and other joys of solo travel

I love traveling alone. Sure, doing so has its challenges. But in my experiences, the good outweighs the bad. The best benefit might be opportunities to meet new friends and make unscripted memories.
What's in a name? Plenty for Utepils Brewing, to open this winter in Mpls.

What's in a name? Plenty for Utepils Brewing, to open this winter in Mpls.

The brewery owners (four of whom have worked in the industry) are planning a variety of traditional European styles for starters on their 50-barrel system.
'Molly on the Range': Food blogger lives her dream on N.D. farm

'Molly on the Range': Food blogger lives her dream on N.D. farm

New cookbook "Molly on the Range" draws on Chinese/Jewish heritage.
Five Watt coffee upstart has big plans for Twin Cities

Five Watt coffee upstart has big plans for Twin Cities

The folks behind Twin Cities coffee shop upstart Five Watt (3745 Nicollet Av. S., Mpls., fivewattcoffee.com) have some new tricks up their sleeves, but for…
Chefs celebrate Afro-Mexican culture with Mpls. feast

Chefs celebrate Afro-Mexican culture with Mpls. feast

El Rodeo Nuevo and a guest chef from Albuquerque are teaming up with Obsidian Arts Center and the Mexican Consulate.

Counter intelligence: Former home of Sapor in North Loop finally being filled

A major Twin Cities restaurateur team will be opening a new eatery in the former Sapor Cafe and Bar location in Minneapolis' North Loop soon.Raise…
Obituary: Laurel Bessesen brought her zest for life to work and play

Obituary: Laurel Bessesen brought her zest for life to work and play

On any given summer weekend in the late 1950s, it’s a good bet that John and Laurel Bessesen could be found on Lake Minnetonka, cruising…
Skip the pumpkin spice! Restaurants have other autumn flavors to love

Skip the pumpkin spice! Restaurants have other autumn flavors to love

Pumpkin spice overload? Expand your autumn palate to include other seasonal highlights.
Augustine's Bar and Bakery to open this month in St. Paul

Augustine's Bar and Bakery to open this month in St. Paul

The folks behind the Happy Gnome in St. Paul are poised to open another Selby Avenue eatery this month. Augustine’s Bar & Bakery…
5 Minneapolis distilleries offer cocktails with local flavor

5 Minneapolis distilleries offer cocktails with local flavor

The Twin Cities' distillery room scene has taken off with force in the past year and a half. These five distilleries with cocktail rooms offer local flavor in a glass.
Local cider maker returns for Minneapolis dinner

Local cider maker returns for Minneapolis dinner

A Minneapolis native -- and co-founder of Finnriver Cider -- is returning to the Twin Cities to help host a six-course cider feast at Wise Acre Eatery on Oct. 4.
'Pilot' can translate languages in real time

'Pilot' can translate languages in real time

With technology companies ever striving to solve problems once thought impossible, barriers are melting away.
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