A Minnesotan Affair

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I've never seen anyone as obsessed with an event in the way Minnesotans are with the MN State Fair. I probably experienced the craze more so because I live and work within walking distance of the fairgrounds, be even so, the addiction is fascinating. To put this in perspective for those of you who are unfamiliar: the fourteen days during which the event unfolds are, quite literally, the fourteen slowest days at my place of employment--a grocery store. Andrew Zimmern, the Minnesota native and celebrity ...

A Spark, A Pecan Sandie, and Two New York Times Food Writers

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My nine-hour commute to New York City from Wisconsin included an encounter with an anxious but warm, grandfatherly man who raved about his travels to Singapore, a $15.50 cab fare to travel two miles, and the confiscation of a jar of raw honey and a jar of almond Yumbutter from my carry-on luggage (the officer tried to convince my they were "liquids;" I knew he was just hungry). Sitting for such long stretches is always exhausting; by the time I finally got back to my ...

Giddy at the Hippest Food Festival on the Planet

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You know that feeling when you get so excited about something that your body stops functioning the way it should? The feeling where you can't decide whether you just want to let yourself go and let the experience envelop you all at once or if you want to step back and slow time down so you can experience every minute to the max? Do you know what giddy feels like? This is exactly how I felt when I opened my email inbox last April to ...

So Much Good Slow Food

It's weird to post about something that is such a normal part of my every day life. It's difficult to jazz such intimate concepts up for a reader...but it would be wrong not to post about the incredible weekend I had with Slow Food-UW last weekend. Here goes. A three-year-old vision came to life when Slow Food friend Tori and I were guest chef's at Slow Food's weekly Monday Family Dinner Night. The flagship project of Slow Food-UW and an event that regularly draws crowds of over ...