Charred tofu topped with chili crisp and herbs is stuffed inside a fluffy bun at Abang Yoli.

The 5 best things we ate in the Twin Cities (and beyond) this week

The Taste team shares the highlights of their weekly dining experiences.
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Meet the winning bakers of the 20th annual Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest

December 1
The winning batch of the 2022 Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest.
These five bakers won us over with sugar, spice and everything nice.

17 Twin Cities area bars and restaurants with retail spaces perfect for holiday shopping

December 1
Where it’s easy to combine getting together with friends and holiday shopping.
In the name of efficiency, dine first and shop later.
Eat & Drink
December 2
Ties co-owners Gene Sanguma, left, and Stevie Moman, far right, with Justin Sutherland prior to the opening of Northern Soul at Ties.

Ties Lounge and Rooftop in Minneapolis closes after less than a year

The Nicollet Avenue space that held several food concepts and a gorgeous rooftop is shuttered "indefinitely."
Eat & Drink
December 1
Hope Breakfast Bar owners Sarah and Brian Ingram are expanding — again.

St. Paul's Hope Breakfast Bar has big expansion plans for Twin Cities area

Purpose Restaurants will also open Spring Break near Xcel Energy Center next spring.
Taste
December 1
The winning cookies for the 2022 Star tribune Holiday Cookie Contest: Maple-Roasted Walnut Delights, Cherry Cardamom Buttons, Grasshoppers, Gingerbrea

Cookie finder: Here's more than 100 of our best recipes to try

More than 100 recipes to use all year long.
Recipes
December 1
Need a project? These baklava cookies are it.

Need a baking project? These two cookie recipes are your answer

Takes on baklava and stollen were adored by the judges, but are too complex for average bakers. We're trying them anyway.
Taste
December 1
Minnesotans — and Star Tribune readers — are serious about baking.

How did the Star Tribune Cookie Contest get started?

We talk to contest mastermind Rick Nelson about memorable cookie entries, what he's learned in the past 20 years and the holiday cookie he can't be without.
Taste
December 1
Spumoni Squares are among Rick Nelson’s top 10 cookies.

10 favorite recipes from 20 years of the Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest

Of the 100-plus recipes that we've published since 2003, these 10 are Rick Nelson's favorites.
Magazine
November 30
Brianna Edwards of LOV3 It S3asoning hope her spices will become a kitchen staple.

From the basketball court to the kitchen: Minneapolis coach develops spice blend

Entrepreneur Brianna Edwards' low-salt seasonings are a labor of love.
Magazine
November 30

Juniper berries add a taste of the holidays to your favorite foods

And they look the part, too.
Taste
November 30
Chef Marcus Samuelsson is also a cookbook author. This photo was included in “The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food,” published in 2

Decades after Aquavit closed, chef Marcus Samuelsson still has a soft spot for Mpls.

We talked to the famed chef ahead of his return to Minneapolis for a dinner at Spoon and Stable.
Eat & Drink
November 29
There’s a new fifth-floor restaurant at the Guthrie Theater.

Guthrie Theater opens new restaurant in time for 'A Christmas Carol'

Ovation replaces the fifth-floor buffet-style restaurant.
Recipes
November 25
Edisto Shrimp Tacos from Kardea Brown’s debut cookbook, “The Way Home.”

Sunday supper: Edisto Shrimp Tacos

Edisto Shrimp TacosMakes 8 tacos.Kardea Brown grew up on South Carolina's Sea Islands, rooted in Gullah Geechee tradition, and is the host of the Food…
Taste
November 25
Minnesota chef Yia Vang is host of the new Outdoor Channel series “Feral.”

Chef Yia Vang takes on television hosting — and snakes — in his latest adventure

The host of "Feral" on the Outdoor Channel cooks invasive species and shares his Hmong heritage with a national audience.
Eat & Drink
November 23
Red Stag Supperclub, which had a 15-year run in northeast Minneapolis, will close Dec. 31.

Red Stag Supperclub closing in northeast Minneapolis after 15 years

Dec. 31 will be the last day of service.
Recipes
November 23
When you’re tired of turkey sandwiches, use the rest in this simple version of pho.

How to turn Thanksgiving leftovers into a knockout meal of their own

After the obligatory turkey sandwiches, create a quick turkey pho and croquettes made from stuffing.
Eat & Drink
November 23
40 restaurants that define Twin Cities dining through the years

40 restaurants that define Twin Cities dining through the years

We've loved and lost, but these enduring restaurants make our cities feel like home.
Recipes
November 23
Butter-Toasted Oatmeal Pancakes will be your new go-to breakfast.

Say hello to your new favorite pancake recipe

Toasting oats in butter delivers big flavor.
Eat & Drink
November 23
St. Paul native Ralena Young has partnered with Brian Riess to open Bar Cart near Grand and Snelling next month.

Bar Cart readies to open in the former Khyber Pass on Grand Avenue

Fresh fare and top-shelf cocktails are coming courtesy of two career bartenders.
Magazine
November 23
A classic Negroni from P.S. Steak in Minneapolis.

3 Negronis at Twin Cities bars that will help you embrace the bitter and cold

The drink that offers balance, complexity and a little challenge is growing in popularity and variations.
Eat & Drink
November 22
Amalia Obermeier-Smith is Fika’s new executive chef.

Restaurant news: Borough/Parlour and Fika name new chefs

Plus: A revamped Donut Star, more tacos and no more pay-what-you-can restaurant in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis
November 19
The rooftop deck at Stella’s Fish Cafe in Uptown features both upper and lower seating — and skyline views.

Uptown favorite Stella's Fish Cafe to close

Without citing a reason for closure, a longstanding Minneapolis rooftop hotspot says Nov. 26 is its last day.

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