The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020: Adventure North of the Border

Find more great travel ideas in The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020 A Voyage to Thunder Bay By James Norton Thunder Bay is less than six hours from Minneapolis–St. Paul, but it feels like another world. This metropolis of more than 100,000 Ontarians is a regional hub immersed in thousands of square miles of woods, rocky … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020: Road Trip Worthy Podcasts

Find more great travel ideas in The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020 When you’re behind the wheel watching the interminable flat expanse of the Great Plains slowly roll past your window, hit play on an audio adventure that will fill the silence and get those neurons firing on all cylinders again. Here are some titles to … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020: A Townball Tour in Southern Minnesota

Find more great travel ideas in The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020 My wife is, let’s say, baseball-tolerant. She’d never watch a game on TV but is more than happy to head out to the park to soak in one of the 60-or-so days when it’s actually enjoyable to be outside in this state. And we’ve … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020: Supper clubs that reigns supreme

Find more great travel ideas in The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020 It’s the great, once-unsung Upper Midwestern place to eat: a civilized outpost of prime rib, steak, fried fish, and strong cocktails set against a backdrop of sprawling wilderness—the country supper club. Recent years have started to change the “unsung” part of the story: “The … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020: Road Trip Playlists

Find more great travel ideas in The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020 The difference between dreading the endless hours on long, lonely stretches of highway and cherishing the open road as an essential part of your vacation can all come down to the soundtrack. If you tailor your playlists for an array of variables—mood, landscape, time … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020: Reinventing Road Trip Food

Find more great travel ideas in The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2020 If you find that the thrill of eating whatever fast-food garbage you want when traveling long distances fades after the first couple hundred miles, take heart. There are a number of really satisfying, entertaining, and even downright impressive ways to stock your own cooler … [ Read more]

The Growler’s 2019 Culinary Gift Guide

During the holiday season, our culinary horizons broaden a little bit—from entertaining to gift-giving, the kitchen is front and center for these winter-time festivals of feasting. Here are some choice picks plucked from the shelves of some of our favorite retailers in Minneapolis–St. Paul.   Exotic Wood Utensils | The Foundry Home Goods | $4–$10 … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Holiday Guide 2019

It’s time to take the easy (but soulful!) way out, harness the power of this guide, and have yourself a very, very happy 2019 holiday season!

Platter Full of Holidays: 8 bold appetizer concepts that really cook

A great first bite can set the mood at a holiday gathering, and there’s a world of choices out there beyond deviled eggs or cheese and crackers. With that in mind, we reached out to a few of our favorite local food people for some of their go-to appetizer choices. ■ ■ ■ Mushroom Jerky … [ Read more]

‘Tis the season for board games

Family downtime is a blessing and a curse, and finding the right activity to span the generations (and make up for sometimes hostile weather) can be a challenge. Fortunately, the modern board game renaissance has (many) answers to the question of “what do we do now?” We chatted with Bob Seabold, the owner of Tower … [ Read more]

Presto: Pumpkin pie! The secret to making brilliant pie in no time

Easy” and “delicious” are two terms that are often at odds in the culinary world. First-rate recipes often involve time-consuming marinating, spatchcocking, toasting, proofing, and any number of other complex ways to turn precious minutes (and hours) into deliciousness. This pumpkin pie recipe, created by Minneapolis photographer Becca Dilley, is a happy exception to the … [ Read more]

Spirits of the Party: Aperitif, Digestif, and Nightcap recipes for the holidays

Aperitif Cocktail: Snowbird Spritz The botanical elements in the amaro and absinthe will stimulate the palate—jump-starting the body’s digestive process—and making it the perfect aperitif. The bubbly, slightly dry profile make a moreish combination with a bouquet of aromas crafted to delicately begin any meal among community. Ingredients 2 ounces Heirloom Pineapple Amaro 1 teaspoon … [ Read more]

Wine and Cider Guide 2019

Each autumn, the branches of apple trees and vineyard vines hang heavy with the fruits of a long growing season. Every ray of sunlight, drop of rain, and nutrient in the soil have been soaked up to produce plump clusters of grapes and swollen apples filled with the juices, tannins, sugars, and acids that the … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Outdoor Guide

During the four glorious months that compose summer in the Midwest, the call of the wild echoes over the plains and through the river valleys, through the forests and along the lake shores, and into our hearts and minds.  For some, the call stokes the fires of adventure and self-reliance. It’s a chance to test … [ Read more]

The Growler’s Tourism Guide 2019

There’s nothing like a long, brutal winter to make a Minnesotan dream of escape. It’s been a lifetime, it seems, of scraping and shoveling and waddling along icy sidewalks like a penguin, shoulders hunched, lips chapped, cursing your hardy ancestors who thought this might be a good locale to set up shop. To make things … [ Read more]

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