While cooking, it’s easy to take spices for granted. Most of us think nothing of using a pinch of this and a dash of that to make food taste better. But once upon a time, spices were as precious as gold.

Marina Liberman, who owns Moscow on the Hill with her husband, Naum, vividly remembers the hectic period 21 years ago following their purchase of what was then Quail on the Hill on Selby Avenue.

Ice cream, ripe garden tomatoes, verdant salads, fresh fish —sounds like summer, right? Wait; reconsider that last one. January is a fine time to explore tasty cold-water swimmers.

We are a nation obsessed with coffee. The Seattle-based Starbucks coffee shop chain was born in the 1980s, and by the early ’90s, fancy Italian-inspired coffee was trendy.

The goal of many chefs is to open a good, successful restaurant. Great chefs aspire to have a restaurant that serves more than just good food.

Since 2008, the space that was Billy’s Lighthouse has sat vacant off Highway 12 in Long Lake.

Ward 6, an East Side gem on Payne Avenue, offers excellent food and an extensive beverage selection in a building brimming with character.

Turkey is good for you—we all know that. The white meat is a fine source of lean protein in a healthy diet and it’s full of the amino acid tryptophan, which stimulates the production of serotonin. And serotonin, in highly scientific terms, makes you feel good.

To eat a meal at Khyber Pass Café is to be fed in the most nourishing sense. The food is restorative and filling, the kind a weary traveler would want set down before her.

In 2005, Bess Giannakakis started a 15-seat restaurant in Minneapolis and named it Colossal Café.