5 best things our food critic ate in the Twin Cities this week

5 best things our food critic ate in the Twin Cities this week

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson highlights the favorite of his recent dining-out schedule.

3 Christmas dining-out (and drinking) ideas in Minneapolis

December 7
Cafe Lurcat's bar area.
Dining out for the holidays? Here are three spots to consider.

The winning cookies of the 2019 Star Tribune Cookie Contest

December 5
The winning cookies: Whiskey Gingers, Smoky Blue Cheese and Cherry Biscuits, Minnesota Sundae Cookies, Italian Cream Cake Cookies and Orange Ginger Tu
Out of 207 entries, we have four finalists and a winner. They're appealing on many levels, especially the way each one introduces a wide range of delicious ingredients into our cookie universe: whiskey, sunflower seeds, turmeric and tea.
Variety
December 7
The 17th annual Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest. Five winning recipes, plus short stories on each cookie/contestant, sidebars on events. ] GLEN ST

Recipe: Whiskey Gingers cookie, first place in Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest

Whiskey Gingers Makes about 3 dozen cookies. Note: We preferred using salted cashews. Bourbon can be substituted for whiskey. Crystallized ginger is found in the…
Variety
December 5
Caption for cookies: The 2014 Taste holiday cookie contest winners include: Italian Almond Cookies, Tart & Sassy Cranberry Lemon Drops; Chocolate Thum

Nearly 90 foolproof holiday cookie recipes just got easier to find

Find nearly 90 gotta-bake recipes — from 17 years of the Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest — in an upgraded, easy-to-use format at Startribune.com/cookies.
Jun owner Jessie Wong makes Sichuan dumplings from scratch.
Don't Miss Restaurant roll call: New North Loop golf bar; Libertine and Funky Grits close
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What's open, what's closed and what's still to come in the Twin Cities and beyond.
Variety
December 5
Best international: Bryggen in Bergen, by the Daughters of Norway.

A wonderland for the child at heart at Minneapolis' Norway House

Meander the streets of this gingerbread kingdom for plenty of oohs and aahs.
Eat & Drink
December 5
Graduate student Jenn Carnell makes her selection from the dairy case. Popular items at the campus Dairy and Meat Salesroom often run out.

Inside the University of Minnesota's secret meat and cheese market

A small shop on the U's St. Paul campus has been selling dairy and meat at bargain prices for decades.
Variety
December 5
The 17th annual Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest winners

Cookie finder: Try nearly 100 of our best recipes

Nearly 100 recipes to use all year long.
Eat & Drink
December 5
“If you’ve never baked anything else, cookies are a good way to start,” said Amy Carter, an executive chef for product development at Lunds & By

17 cookie-baking tips, from an expert

A professional, with decades of experience, offers helpful cookie-baking tips.
Eat & Drink
December 5
The sushi restaurant Rare at the entrance to the new Lifetime Fitness at Southdale Center in Edina, Minn., on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Sushi at the gym? Two public restaurants open at new Southdale Life Time

Protein shakes aren't all you can get post-workout.
Variety
December 4
Longtime Travail Sexy Chef Calendar photographer Travis Anderson captures hair model Al Panchyshyn.

Zombies, Vikings and baby oil: Chefs get greased up for Travail Sexy Chef Calendar

Travail restaurant raises eyebrows and laughs with its seventh annual Sexy Chef Calendar.
Eat & Drink
December 4
How to get free cookies in downtown Minneapolis today

How to get free cookies in downtown Minneapolis today

Now that we have your attention, mark your calendars for the Star Tribune's annual cookie fest on Thursday, Dec. 5 in downtown Minneapolis.
Taste
December 4
Simple dishes like Curried Coconut Chickpea Stew are great when you're in a hurry.

A simple curry-like dish makes dinner a snap with pantry items

Plan ahead and stock up your pantry for those meals when a trip to the store is impossible.
Eat & Drink
December 3
Barista Andy Regan, right, watched as Jennifer Ivers, of Minneapolis, placed a dollar in the tip jar Wednesday afternoon at Maeve’s Cafe. ] AARON LA

Northeast Minneapolis' Maeve's Cafe to close this month

The restaurant will close Dec. 22.
Eat & Drink
December 3
New North Loop sushi bar in the works from the team behind Sushi Fix

New North Loop sushi bar in the works from the team behind Sushi Fix

Billy Tserenbat, the founder of Sushi Fix -- and current owner of Baja Haus and Bibuta -- is taking over the former Sweet Chow space.
Eat & Drink
December 2
Meteor Bar is a new north Minneapolis cocktail bar from Robb Jones and Elliot Manthey.

'Elevated dive bar' with classic cocktails opening soon in north Minneapolis

New bar from cocktail veterans Robb Jones and Elliot Manthey will open in the former Donnie Dirk's Zombie Den.
Magazine
December 2
Spoon and Stable’s spirit-free Hibiscus features juniper berries.

3 Twin Cities cocktails that balance juniper for a flowery, refreshing drink

Juniper doesn’t deserve its maligned reputation in the cocktail world. “People associate juniper with gin — with the things that they dislike about gin —…
Eat & Drink
December 2
Gavin Kaysen in his restaurant, Demi, in the North Loop.

Minneapolis ranks among best food cities in the world, according to top chefs

Bloomberg asked top chefs where they like to dine.
Eat & Drink
December 1
Murray's is a downtown Minneapolis institution.

Oysters, pasta and pizza: Here are 5 Twin Cities dining deals

Looking for a nice night out that doesn't break the bank? Try these five bargains.
Variety
November 30
From top left, clockwise, Brussels Sprout Slaw; vegetable dip; cranberry vinaigrette; turkey; aioli.

Thanksgiving leftovers offer a double blessing at mealtime

The best part of the Thanksgiving meal is yet to come. It's the leftovers.
Eat & Drink
November 30
Molten cheese and fat ooze from a Jucy Lucy burger at Matt’s Bar in south Minneapolis.

The stuffed burger remains Minnesota's ambassador to the world

No matter how it's spelled, our own cheese-stuffed burger has made its mark.
Variety
November 29
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Sunday Supper: Make-at-Home Juicy Lucys

Make-at-Home Juicy Lucys Makes 4 burgers. Note: Adapted from a 2012 Taste story by Meredith Deeds. Instead of American cheese, substitute 4 ounces grated Cheddar,…
Variety
November 28

A Thanksgiving message from the food section to readers of the Star Tribune

We of the Taste section thank you, our readers, for 50 years of support. Our gratitude extends to the local chefs and restaurateurs, the markets,…

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