Forward Eats MSP: The Curious Goat

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I'd heard about Sociable Cider Werks pretty frequently after moving to the Twin Cities in spring of 2014, but it wasn't until early 2015 that I finally took a solo drive over to the brewery to check out a craft market they were hosting. The long drive down an unexpected off-shoot of a driveway is memorable for its industrial vibe. But then, as you finally glimpse what might appear to be the brewery's entrance--there's an orange dot that looms ever-brighter in the cider-seeker's eye. A beacon. A food truck, ...

Forward Eats MSP: The Lone Grazer Creamery!

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When you give Minneapolis an artisan meat maker, it's going to ask for a local creamery to go with it. That's just what happened when Kieran Folliard, an Ireland-born local food entrepreneur, did when he realized the building his company Red Table Meat Co. operated out of had room for another business venture or two. In 2015, The Lone Grazer Creamery, Minnesota's first urban creamery, was born. I chose The Lone Grazer Creamery for the first Forward Eats nomination because of their string cheese. It was the ...

Forward Eats MSP: The Nominations are IN!

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The nominations are IN for the first ever Forward Eats MSP feature. Thank you to everyone who gave their input on a local food business or person making a difference in the Twin Cities community. This is an incredible list of really excellent local businesses, and I highly recommend you check out each one no matter who is chosen! I know I am eager to visit the three I haven't yet! Now, sit tight while the votes are tallied, and stay tuned for an exclusive interview ...

Forward Eats MSP!

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  ATTENTION ALL TWIN CITIES FOOD LOVERS! I'm launching a new series of posts called "Forward Eats MSP." Each post will highlight a product, business, or person that has left a strong influence on the "local" food scene in the Twin Cities. They may be influential because they are in some way sustainably-focused, particularly innovative, small-scale, delicious, or otherwise awesome. The highlighted product, business or person will then have the opportunity to nominate the candidate for my next similar Forward Eats feature, getting the opportunity to "pay" ...

Peace/piece. Art/heart. Here/now.

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The small things have a way of sweeping me off my feet. Soon I'm a dot clenching the string of a rising balloon. Over there, beyond the horizon. But it is the small things, they reassure me. So I let them take me. Take me back to giant, pure joy. angry catfish

She’s SUCH a Millennial! A rant.

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Until now, my coworkers in every job I've held have been of a similar age to me. There was that quaint ice cream shop where my boss regularly proclaimed that she was the mother of "16 sixteen-year-olds." (And weren't we ever the hormonal group.) There was that fine dining restaurant that harbored college almost-grads like me who came for the romanticism of the job and stayed for the free family meal before each nighttime service. (We had it figured out.) And there was that post-college trap called ...

When life doesn’t give you waffles…

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Some mornings I wake up with a fierce craving for waffles. It's as if the Dream Gnomes had ushered me to WaffleWorld itself and crowned me queen of the buttermilk malted. This morning's waffle craving was a particularly powerful one; it altered the course of my entire Saturday. Now, I haven't always been a fiend, but I suspect my recent enthusiasm is the product of two things: 1.) The hubbub around the soon-to-open Black: Coffee and Waffle Bar in my neighborhood, and 2.) a successful binge ...