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The Moment is Now: A New Annual Release from Utepils Brewing

“Nice driveway!” That was the cheer when Utepils Brewing president Daniel Justesen raised aloft a glass of Utepils' new dark lager for a small crowd Tuesday night. The people raised glasses, too, and yelled “Nice driveway!” It's a phonetic shortcut to the Czech beer toast, "Na zdravi." Cheers were in order for two things: Utepils' first year in the market, and the release of this beer. Surely you know by now...

Mauricio’s Feast: A Night at Cantina Laredo

When I ask Cantina Laredo executive chef Mauricio Legorreta to describe the food he ate growing up, he says the word “healthy” a lot. He says “fresh” a lot, too. He takes me back to his grandmother’s kitchen, in a little town 40 miles outside of Mexico City, at a volcano’s edge. "My grandma would say 'What would you like for dinner?' in the morning," he says. "I would...

Lutz Beets, Honey Brats, and Sweet Potato Chili: A Tour of Seward Community Co-op

Walk into Seward Community Co-op today on 29th and Franklin and take a stroll down the vegetable aisle. One of the first things you'll see is a shelf piled with Lutz beets, and a sign explaining what Lutz beets are. They look like mace heads, but the sign suggests they're the sweetest red beets around. The sign wraps with "Don't fear the giants. They beat any other beet." Abby...

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With Over 100 Burgers, the Kings Place Lineup is Most Impressive

I watched the Super Bowl at Kings Place. You should have been there. You could have been relaxing to the sound of grease crackling on the grill, as patty after patty got flipped, flopped,...

The Bear’s Den in Bruno, Where My Vehicle Makes Frequent Stops...

When I was 27 years old, I was a goof-off posing as a Mesabi Daily News sportswriter. I'd bring four chili dogs with me to the press box when I covered the hockey games. I'd...

Dog, Gone! Conquering the Mutt at Gator’s Grilled Cheese Emporium

“What do you mean, I have to eat the sides, too?!” You have to eat the sides, too. My man Eliot and I were in Ely, Minnesota, four miles from the edge of the world. This...

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