Food & Drink

Two hands holding wine glasses.

Sip and Learn: An Easy Guide for Finding Wines You'll Love.

Restaurant Patio

The local dining scene offers fresh takes with new-to-the-area eateries.

Hand flipping porkchops on the grill

What’s the word on your grilling skills?

Bartender holding a cocktail

With summer in high gear, drinks should be fun and refreshing. Here are a few that top my list:

Let’s raise a glass—self-serve wine dispensers are soon to be a thing in the west Metro thanks to Top Ten Liquors and its novel concept—Wineside.

While cleaning out my spice cabinet, I came across more than a few bottles of lesser-used, but once-treasured seasonings. Turmeric, cloves, cumin, coriander, cardamom, sumac and fennel were each purchased for a reason before being buried far back on my shelves.

It’s the weekend. You have friends coming over, and they are bringing their kids. You have food and cocktails planned, but what are you giving the kids? How about something other than pop?

Appealing Debut

Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano is a fast-paced, fun cross between Veronica Mars and Liane Moriarty. This first book in a new mystery series will appeal to more than just lovers of mystery.

Summer Secret

Memorial Day weekend is the official kickoff of the Bootleg cocktail season. Bootlegs are Minnesota’s version of a Mint Julep/Mojito (favored by the Kentucky Derby crowd) and one of our state’s best kept summer cocktail secrets.


There’s more to cheese than meets the cracker, just ask Gabby Lasersmith, specialty cheese manager at Kowalski’s Market in Excelsior. “I love cheese because it is so nuanced,” she says. “There’s thousands of different kinds.