Tiny houses face big hurdles in the Twin Cities

The tiny house trend is everywhere. Look on Instagram. Check out Pinterest. On HGTV alone, there’s “Tiny House, Big Living,” “Tiny House Builders,” “Tiny House Hunters,” and others. These glamorized, pint-sized homes have gained widespread appeal among those looking to live with less. Going mini is mainstream. Or is it? Many prospective tiny housers face … [ Read more]

Mindful Consumption: A Minimalist’s Guide to Buying Stuff

When I was 10 years old, I stumbled into my most prized possession. It was a wallet that belonged to my grandfather. I was young enough when he passed away that I had no memory of him, just some photos of me sitting on his lap, and now this wallet. After dutifully serving me for years … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Wing Ta, Canary Grey

Seared short ribs nestled in a cast iron vessel, surrounded by cremini mushrooms, garlic, and ever essential mirepoix. An elegant arc of tuna ceviche, enhanced with fresh papaya, vibrant lime green kiwis, and paper-thin, magenta-hued watermelon radish. A crystal clear glass set atop a rustic gray wooden table, highlighting the bright garnet hue of a … [ Read more]

10 Essential Items for a Minimalist Kitchen

If there’s a room in a person’s home that can go from zero to complete mess in no time flat, it’s the kitchen. Bottomless pots and pans, gadgets like dehydrators, immersion blenders, panini presses, waffle irons, and all those utensils—the amount of stuff in kitchens can be simply overwhelming. To clear out the clutter, we … [ Read more]

The Animal at the Table: Better living through whole-bird butchery

The first thing you should do is hold the chicken in your hands. Consider the weight of its body as you wipe it dry with a paper towel, tracing its flesh and bone, dabbing each crevice on its gangly mass. Feel the stippling on the skin, notice the joints and the muscles. It was an … [ Read more]

Minimalism: Paring down to live more fully

I started stress-cleaning my closet in middle school. Whenever I felt dissatisfied or out of control, I would sort through my belongings: tossing the ones I no longer needed and organizing the ones I kept. For over a decade, from tiny dorm rooms to sharing a fridge with 11 roommates, I have found solace in paring … [ Read more]

Artist Profile: Nick Zdon

 “I am a large container of life.” “That’s how you would explain yourself to someone,” I asked, making sure I heard him correctly. In a used bookstore more than 15 years ago, Nick Zdon found a Czech comic book with English translations that were a bit rough around the edges. “One of the best … [ Read more]

Craft Cocktails: Martini recipes from Marvel Bar

Gin, vermouth, bitters, ice, stir, strain. The most classic of all cocktails is as simple as it is spectacular. Here, the martini experts at Marvel Bar offer five takes: On Marvel’s house martini Peder Schweigert, General Manager “You’re trying to create this thing that is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s not about … [ Read more]

Simple, yet soulful: Woodsport

Wood chips fly as Scott McGlasson presses the tip of a sharp metal gouge against a wooden form mounted to a lathe. While the piece spins, bits of white ash shower onto his clothes like confetti and rain down onto the floor in mounds. As the piles of shavings grow, a shape begins to emerge. … [ Read more]

A Blind Tasting beer festival

Taste & Rate 48 Minnesota Oktoberfests

Sept. 20, 2019 | 5:30–9pm
Upper Landing Park
Tickets: GA $40 | DD $20