Food & Drink

Our first salad was the first course in a pretty mediocre meal. Perhaps catering to our Midwestern sensibilities, for ages it seemed one couldn’t find a creative salad that departed from the ubiquitous dinner salad.

Its name means “man root,” because the potent man-shaped roots were thought to be a powerful aphrodisiac or at least a stimulant. This snake-oil tonic and early Viagra was American ginseng (panax quinquefolius) that grew wild across the Big Woods of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

While the Italians are certainly known for popularizing the noodle, many Asian cultures had already perfected the noodle while Caesar was still in diapers. This versatile ingredient takes on many forms and can complement a wide variety of ingredients and flavors.

Don’t let pangs of hunger spoil a sunny day on the lake. With Gianni’s Dockside-to-go service, simply call in your order, and messengers from the popular restaurant will deliver it directly to your boat.

The snow has melted and our corner of the world is turning green again. Thankfully, winter couldn’t be further away and these sunny days are perfect for a family excursion.

If you’d rather just be than be seen, kick back at one of these chill local dive bars.

This isn’t news to anyone, but our lovely state is smack in the middle of a giant landmass. While we are at least 1,000 miles from any ocean, nearly every day at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport, planes arrive with stocks of fresh seafood ready for your lake-area consumption.

Retiring at 50 years old, Walter Donald Douglas, along with his wife Mahala, built their 27-room estate on Lake Minnetonka where the elegant Hotel St. Louis once stood.

It happens far too often: You go to the fridge, pull out a loaf of grocery store bread, some lettuce, mayo and veggies, and make a sandwich. Please stop; you are giving the sandwich a bad name.

Eden Prairie

Summer is finally here, and it’s time to hang out by the pool and drink cocktails with the ladies. Here is my favorite summer refresher recipe:

Brandy Slush

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