Eat & Drink
April 7
The Butcher’s Tale’s sprawling patio will continue to be a draw.

Crave owners reviving Butcher & the Boar in downtown Minneapolis

The Butcher's Tale, led by several key Butcher & the Boar staffers, will open next month.
Taste
April 7
Recipes like Feta with Broccolini, Tomatoes and Lemon provide a hands-off approach to meals.

Let sheet pans be your savior for quick, easy meals

Sheet pans might not be glamorous, but you shouldn't be without one.
Variety
April 7
Characters team up to gather stolen elemental crystals in “Bravely Default II.”

'Bravely Default II' offers flexibility in a rigid genre

Innovation is hard to come by with Japanese role-playing games. It's a genre that remains stubbornly fixed, with its turn-based battles and class systems.But with…
Taste
April 7
Provided  Modist Brewing Company's Day of Another Dream West Coast-style IPA.

These 11 hops-heavy beers make good springtime sippers

Change of seasons calls for a crisp, bitter bite and citrus, resin and tropical fruit flavors.
Variety
April 7
The BenjiLock Fingerprint Sport Lock can store up to 10 fingerprints.

Let your finger do the unlocking with these battery-charged locks

We all misplace our keys or forget the combinations to locks. With the BenjiLock Fingerprint Sport Lock — a slim, multipurpose padlock — all you…
Taste
April 7
The patio at W.A. Frost & Co. in St. Paul is a local favorite. Rick Nelson

14 indoor and outdoor restaurant openings in the Twin Cities and beyond

Slowly, but surely, the dining industry is showing signs of normalcy as doors open.
Variety
April 7
Taraji P. Henson, background left, Octavia Spencer, center, and Janelle Monae, background right, in “Hidden Figures.”

7 movies with Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer that prove she's one of our finest character actors

She plays a lot of nurses but also a superhero and a survivor of the apocalypse.
Variety
April 7

Ask Amy: Faux 'wedding' is a real gamble

Dear Amy: My oldest daughter (age 26) is engaged to be "married."In a casual conversation with my other daughter, I learned that the prospective bride…
Nfl
April 6
Aaron Rodgers at the lectern for his guest host stint on “Jeopardy!”

Aaron Rodgers has fun at his own expense while hosting 'Jeopardy!'

The Packers star is hosting the show for the next two weeks and is already getting some good-natured ribbing from contestants.
Variety
April 6
“Alone” by Richard E. Byrd

Quarantine Read: Reader recommends 'Alone' by Richard E. Byrd

"Alone," by Richard E. ByrdAs I was noticing this winter the effects of physical isolation, I remembered a book I had read about 15 years…
Variety
April 6
Veronica Soria Miller and her husband, Brad Miller, discovered their home in southwest Minneapolis had a racial covenant attached and worked to remove

These Minnesotans renounced the racial covenants for their homes

These Twin Cities residents discovered their homes were once in "Caucasians only" enclaves. They're confronting history in an effort to fight the homeownership gap.
Variety
April 6
Downy woodpeckers are frequent feeder visitors.

Learn the best food and feeder to attract local birds

Food for thoughtWhich bird-feeder style is best? Which food is best?There are answers to these common questions at feederwatch.org.Provided by the Cornell Lab of…
Taste
April 6
After more than 90 years, Twinkies are still popular.

It's National Twinkies Day: Go ahead and treat yourself

Buy a local version of the snack cakes — or even make your own.
Variety
April 6
Red-bellied woodpeckerJim Williams photo

Warm winter brings Carolina wren, an unusual visitor to Minnesota

Backyard feeders are attracting red-bellied woodpeckers.
Variety
April 6
Mick Sterling/ Star Tribune photo by Aaron Lavinksy

Relief Sessions 2021, drive-in concert series returns to Burnsville this summer

A determined Mick Sterling is back presenting pandemic shows by more than 80 acts.
Variety
April 6
Rivan Rock Rosskopf surfs the Banzai Pipeline while wearing a surfing helmet, in Haleiwa, Hawaii. Young surfers on the North Shore of Oahu are embraci

The newest surfing accessory: helmets

PUPUKEA, Hawaii – The celebratory mood at the Pipeline surf competition on Oahu's North Shore shifted quickly.Shortly after the conclusion of the 2019 Billabong Pipe…
Home & Garden
April 6
A six-figure table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.

Bored rich people turn to collectibles as investments

Apps let investors buy fractional shares of merchandise.
Variety
April 6
Rickie Lee Jones

'It's a great adventure story,' says singer Rickie Lee Jones of her new memoir

A colorful cast of characters populates the hipster pop star's new memoir.
Variety
April 6
Adhir Kalyan says his character isn’t the butt of jokes in “United States of Al.”

Chuck Lorre catches flak over casting in new show

South African playing an Afghan man promises portrayal will be respectful.
Eat & Drink
April 6
Toma Mojo Grill co-owners Paul Backer, left, and Michael Knox.

Two Tilia vets plan to open Spanish restaurant in former Noodles & Co. in Minnetonka

Chicken- and pork-centric Toma Mojo Grill will focus on Spanish and Portuguese fare.