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 ...

Caribbean Stew and a Thought or Two

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When I came across this recipe while thumbing through my copy of Moosewood Favorites, I realized two things: 1.) I love and have always loved how eclectic Moosewood's recipes are. It never seems to matter how inauthentic or random they are--the flavor combinations are always on par. Cooking from Moosewood is like a free pass to Ma's place; every creation tastes perfectly rugged and love-filled. 2.) I am completely enamored with the Caribbean. I have dreamt of traveling there ever since I first heard the Beach Boys' ...

A Little Mexico in America, and a Drunken Chicken

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I grew up loving Mexican food. I mean, who didn't, really? I have a vivid memory of one particular trip to Taco Bell in which the employees neglected to put my order of two hardshell tacos in the bag. When we discovered this, we took another spin through the drive-thru in a hungered fury. Out of the kindness of their teenage hearts, the employees dumped not two, but FOUR hardshell tacos in my bag. It was a blissful afternoon. It took years for my perception of ...

Three Years! One Amazing Donut!

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As some, few, or none of you may recall, I spent my second blogiversary in search of a high chair from which I could celebrate my third blogiversary. Alas, this fateful anniversary is upon us and here I lay sprawled out on my aqua-colored comforter on my full-sized bed, the only chair in sight: a stool. I'd rather not celebrate from a stool--that's more of a place one goes to sit in a time of punishment, or when all the other comfy chairs at the bar are already ...

Moving In With Spicy Chicken Tacos

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Putting the kitchen together in my new Saint Paul apartment is a unique look back on...me. I unpack the black and white speckled ceramic mug and remember all the handcrafted dishes my Mom has given me over the years. I unpack my dying, miniature hand beater that was a desperate Goodwill purchase in college and remember how I didn't even try to feel "at home" all three of those years. Each dish or lack thereof is a memory and a piece of me. As I ...

First Bites of the Twin Cities

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A few nights ago I was lying in bed reading Mpls St. Paul Magazine when I realized what I was actually reading was the restaurant directory in the back, soaking up the 6-point sized font descriptions of every restaurant in the Twin Cities like they were water from the Fountain of Youth. But this time, in this city, I succumbed to the fact that this is not a problem, this is a passion. The kitchen in my new apartment in still in disarray, and I've barely even ...