SPORTS!

If you haven’t been following sports during the NBA off-season, or been following Minnesota news in general, word might have gotten past you that Minnesota Timberwolves all-star Jimmy Butler...

AUTUMN ON THE ST. CROIX RIVER: A SERIES

Call it a Pre-Adventure: Hot Drinks and Comfortable Seats at Coffee Talk

Dear O., I hope this letter finds you well. As I write this, it's a Saturday in July. The sun is brilliant in Taylors Falls today. I am visiting the house you told me about,...

What You’ll Get Exploring the St. Croix River by Paddleboat

“Left or right, your choice,” Ryan Ramaley announces over a loudspeaker as his boat advances on some poor schmuck who's canoeing right in the boat's path, “but there’s a big boat coming right at’cha.” On...

Fall Days in the St. Croix River Valley: A Series

Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources website has a map detailing leaf color change progress throughout the state. You can even sign up for email or text updates with leaf color change notifications. Most of...

MOST RECENTLY EATEN

The most important new restaurant to open this year in the Twin Cities might just be All Square, the grilled cheese sandwich house in Minneapolis’ Longfellow neighborhood. All Square officially opened to the public September 9 on the corner of 41st Street and Minnehaha Ave. Tempted as I am to start right in singing the praises of my jalapeno popper...

Tacos, Dogs, and a Lake Breeze: Doug Flicker’s Sandcastle on Lake Nokomis

For seven years, my wife has been dealing with this idiot constantly waffling over which restaurant to visit for dinner. Seven years of rattling...

Effortless Fish Recipes (Feat. Coastal Seafoods)

You're on this website, so I'm going to assume you've at least heard of Twin Cities fishmonger Coastal Seafoods. If you caught the write-up...

If You Seek Underwater Treasure, All You Have to Do is Find Sea Salt...

It was 102 degrees outside when I finally found Sea Salt Eatery. It was back in May. There were four of us at a...

Tori 44 Will Make You Rethink Ramen Noodles and Boneless Chicken Wings

“My theory holds true,” said my buddy Mel as he wiped his face and picked his fork back up. “The closer you get to...

Dipping Your Toes into OCTO Fish Bar is Fine, But I Suggest Taking a...

So you wind up back at OCTO Fish Bar, contemplating pacu ribs and Skuna Bay salmon. Maybe you were just here; I trust the...

Food Policy Action Begins Work Beyond Washington D.C. with Minnesota Launch

The mission statement on the Food Policy Action front web page ends with “A tomato should not cost more than a package of cookies.”...

THE RIVERSIDE BOOKSHOPS ROAD TRIP: A SERIES

What if I told you I had drawn up a road trip that starts just a few feet from the St. Croix River with a coffee and a brand new book, then runs nearly 200 miles south along the St. Croix River and through the stunning topography of the Driftless Region? For hours, you'll see thick forests, rocky hills,...

Chapter 5: Driftless Books and Music in Viroqua, Wisconsin

If you walk into Driftless Books and Music too quickly, you’ll miss the headstone leaning out against the front stairway. It commemorates La Crosse’s...

Chapter 4: Pearl Street Books and Buzzard Billy’s in La Crosse

Last time I was out on St. Patrick's Day weekend, my man Hornish and I hit 7th Street in St. Paul after a Minnesota...

Chapter 3: A Visual Tour of Minnesota’s Most Famous Toy Store

The appearance of LARK Toys on Highway 61 hit us the way Harmon Killebrew hit baseballs back in the day. It's a long building...

Chapter 2: Fair Trade Books in Red Wing

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx Before we get started,...

Chapter 1: Valley Bookseller and Daily Grind Coffee in Stillwater

My wife and I spent St. Patrick's Day making up for postponed Valentine's Day plans. This year's romantic adventure? A 171-mile drive to a...

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Tonight’s (and Every Night’s) Best Burger Deals in the Twin Cities

I've had a few people tell me this, and it has crossed my own mind a few times: Everyone has a list of cheeseburger...
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The Twin Cities’ Best Birthday Deals, Ranked

It's 2018, and you're still paying for stuff on your birthday? Cut it out! You should be having no trouble living the high life on...

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We see you, Wisconsin!

I know, I know, MINNESOTA Skinny ... but don't think for a second we go hungry when we cross over into Wisconsin. The world's best cheeseburger is in Superior! We named our dog after a beer made in Hudson! And you should SEE the size of the cheeseburger at Frankie's in Sheboygan. It's all right here! ... over there.