Category: Minnesota (page 1 of 16)

Thoughts on Keg & Case Food Hall in St. Paul

When I first visited Keg & Case thought it was fine, but a year and a half into it, I’ve come around.

Keg & Case isn’t super huge. It’s filled in more since opening and offers a variety of foods and price points. Located off a quiet corner of West Seventh, there’s plenty of parking in the lot (website says free all winter) or side streets.

You could spend a little money or a lot, from an upscale meal at In Bloom to a $7 banh mi at Bread & Boba.Β 

In Bloom’s bar is a very comfortable spot for a single diner to enjoy a meal or snack. Smells coming from the crackling wood fire hearth draw me in.

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The Best Cocktail Ever + A New Favorite Place

The Best Cocktail I’ve Ever Had

I don’t have a good picture of the best cocktail I’ve ever had, so you’ll just have to trust me.

The best cocktail I’ve ever had is the Banana Bread Old Fashioned from Butcher & The Boar in downtown Minneapolis. Everything about this cocktail sounds so wrong. First, to mess with a classic cocktail. And the whole banana part. Seems like two cardinal sins.

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On Caesar Salads, Popovers & Normandy Kitchen

I eat a disgusting number of Caesar salads. They’re one of my top three favorite foods.

I still ordered Caesar salads through romaine lettuce scares, 1, 2, and even 3. A Caesar salad-related death would actually be fitting for me.

Years ago when I worked at a restaurant, we went around naming the food we would choose if we could only choose one to have unlimited supply for the rest of our life.

I exclaimed “Romaine Lettuce!” and everyone thought I was nuts.

My favorite Caesar salads are made with a creamy dressing. But not the pre-made kind from industrial tubs. I can sniff out the jarred stuff in a second. And anchovies are always available upon request.

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French Fries & Martinis At The Lexington

Last year, we stopped at The Lexington for drinks after a family Christmas gathering.

I’ll never forget the incarnation several years ago.Β I had live-tweeted an extreme white elephant gift exchange. Each year our aunts coordinate a game with rules, regulations, props, and, sometimes, even a set. It’s fantastic.

During this particular year’s party, the prizes included white elephant prizes (supplied by hosts and guests )+ real prizes. I forgot the exact details of the game, but were no consolation “good prizes” and one of the rules allowed stealing. It became very competitive. Households divided against households. Children may have cried.

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Why I Loved A Christmas Carol & A Whiskey Bar

During the three decades I’ve lived in the Twin Cities, I’ve never seen A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie.

I’ve always heard about it, though, for it’s the 44th season.

This year my folks took us. It’s no surprise that the acting, sets, and sound were stunning.

What struck me the most was the diversity of the cast. Growing-up, I rarely saw people that looked like me cast in television shows or movies, unless they were a “bit” or the show was themed.

For example, Tiny Tim’s family included people of many races (and Tiny Tim was played by a girl). This wasn’t discussed or alluded to, the family just simply was.

It makes me excited that people get to see more and more actors who look like them in stories, new and old.

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