Craft Culture: Creative reuse and customer empowerment at Junket Tossed & Found






At first glance, you might think Junket: Tossed & Found is yet another vintage shop surrounded by numerous other vintage shops on Minnehaha Avenue in South Minneapolis. Old rockers, desk chairs, and salvaged theater seats huddle together out front. There’s a ‘90s-era school desk with a flip-up lid and a classic red wagon. An old […]

Craft Cocktail: Paloma at Pajarito






With all the unseasonably warm weather, I’ve been jumping the gun on spring. Maybe if I buy potting soil and sunscreen, just maybe I can will the season to change. That goes for drinks, too. I’ve been brooding with bourbon since Halloween. No more, I say. Give me something light and citrusy, and maybe the […]

GMO vs. Organic






Could they learn to work together? A growing population—and a changing climate—may demand it. Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak are an unconventional couple. He’s an organic farmer; she develops genetically engineered crops. Sometimes the discussion among their friends and colleagues at dinner parties turns tense. After all, organic farming types and advocates of genetic engineering have […]

Soaking in Beer: Stepping into Budapest’s thermal beer spa






I’m deep inside the Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest, a sprawling 67,000-square-foot menagerie of heated indoor and outdoor pools and baths, encased in Neo-Baroque architecture. Despite the grandeur, I’m feeling slightly naked while wrapped in my bath towel and swim trunks. Snaking through the private changing cabins, the scent hits me: Is that hops I […]

Tales From The Tour: Three Minnesota musicians recount travels around the world






Travel can be enough of an adventure on personal vacations. But when you need to tour for a living, there’s even more at stake. Laughing while they remember language barriers and culture shock, three Minnesotan musicians share the ups and downs of life on the road. Sims In 2014, I played 10 shows in the […]

5 local comedians to watch in 2017






There’s no doubt that 2016 was a weird year. But if there was one redeeming quality to our last revolution around the sun, it was the continued explosion of our local comedy scene. Many of the Twin Cities’ most popular and reliable comedians made the move towards national stardom, moving to Los Angeles and New […]

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Going whole hog with chef Justin Sutherland






Handsome Hog Chef Justin Sutherland talks heritage pork, whole-animal cuisine, and ramping up for Cochon555 Handsome Hog makes no bones about its commitment to whole-animal prep and decidedly pig-centric cuisine. So it makes sense that the Hog’s chef Justin Sutherland should make the list of standout Twin Cities-area chefs invited to compete in the Cochon555 […]

Stopping by Al-Amir Bakery






Peer through the wide windows at Al-Amir Bakery, on the corner of Central and 26th Avenues in Northeast Minneapolis. You’ll see a handful of tables, a pastry case filled with baklava and an assortment of beverages, and huge United States and Iraqi flags displayed on opposite walls. Go inside and meet Amir, the owner and head […]

Wayne’s World director Penelope Spheeris reflects on film’s 25th anniversary






Whether it’s recent remakes of “Ghostbusters,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” or the 26th version of “Batman,” it can feel like there really aren’t “new” movie ideas coming out of Hollywood anymore. In fact, the remakes of great movies of the ‘80s and ‘90s have been remade so many times that at this point it’s hard to […]

Craft Culture: Turning family tradition into modern day practice at George’s Shoe Repair






Looking at the pair of shoes, Luke George didn’t just see worn down heels, scrunched up leather, or years of grime built up on the once-white surfaces.  The cobbler knew these were more than just a pair of old dress shoes—they once belonged to his customer’s grandfather. They had history. A legacy. Years in the […]

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Craft Cocktail: Aviation at Red Rabbit






Some cocktails should never change. Their formulas were perfected a century ago and no amount of modern mixology will improve them. The aviation is not one of those cocktails. I find the original turn-of-the-century formula—gin and lemon juice with maraschino and violet liqueurs—too bitter and dry. Maraschino liqueur (see this month’s Spirits Close-Up) is semi-sweet, […]

Anglers are tying flies (and tying one on) at Twin Cities taprooms






Minnesota fly anglers can always go to the liquor warehouse, buy a six-pack of domestic, and go to the big-box outdoor store and buy a blister pack of mass-produced flies. And sometimes we do. Sometimes that hits the spot. But on some rare special dark winter nights in the Twin Cities—cold, clear nights with blazing […]

Supatra’s Thai Holiday: The longest month of the year






It happens at the same time every winter, but it always feels like a shock. Supatra’s Thai Cuisine, located at 967 West 7th Street in St. Paul, locks the doors, turns off the lights, and a posts a sign in the window that strikes fear and hunger into the hearts the entire staff of The Growler: “Supatra’s Thai […]

Opinion: Why I spent a weekend brewing with just women






I am familiar with mansplaining. I am a woman and haven’t spent thirty-something years living under a rock. But I have never experienced the phenomenon with such frequency until I started working in the craft brew industry. I’ve bought homes, spent a decade in academia, and a summer working landscaping gigs on construction sites, and […]

Can Can Wonderland is weird and that’s why you’ll love it






The seating area next to the main bar at Can Can Wonderland // Photos by Kevin Kramer The expression on my face must have conveyed awe to the bubbly host that greeted me at the door. “It’s weird right?!” she asked with boastful pride and earnest excitement. Having successfully navigated a catacomb-like warehouse in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood, I […]

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