Peter Lilienthal

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How Not to Wear “Juicy Couture”

How Not to Wear “Juicy Couture”

Plenty of people have sampled dim sum. Far fewer have savored an offshoot called Shanghai soup dumplings. YouTube videos offer at least one reason why: Untutored diners can end up
Pig Out

Pig Out

More menus start now with a plate of cured and processed meats—salamis, pâtés, pancetta; mostly pork—known as charcuterie. The trend is an outgrowth of the “head to tail” movement, a
Crêpes du Jour

Crêpes du Jour

Fussy little French pancakes are everywhere now. But they’ve dropped their flaming Suzette persona to become—in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as in Montparnasse—street food to go. La Belle Crêpe at
Roll With It

Roll With It

While major metros around the country host mobile restaurants that tweet their whereabouts to loyal followers, Minneapolis is stuck in park. The city council passed a measure in April that
Pieces of Eight

Pieces of Eight

“I’ve probably sold more octopus in the past year than I have in the previous 20 combined,” says Tim Lauer, general manager of Coastal Seafoods. Tako has always been on
Russia’s Entry in the Burger Wars

Russia’s Entry in the Burger Wars

“The year of the burger” last year in the Twin Cities—openings of Burger Jones, Galaxy Drive-In, American Burger Bar, and Smashburger, to cite just a few—continued into 2010 with this
United Nations of Creole

United Nations of Creole

Best known for his acclaimed Restaurant Alma in Southeast Minneapolis, chef-owner Alexander Roberts—one of the small club of locals nominated for the James Beard Award—also owns the Brasa restaurants in
Mellow Out

Mellow Out

You might want garlic at its full potency for staving off vampires—or cholesterol, though garlic’s ability to do that could prove equally mythical. The Mayo Clinic says research so far
An Obama Bump for Indonesian?

An Obama Bump for Indonesian?

Our new president’s passion for chili and Chicago pizza notwithstanding, I predict that a lesser-known cuisine will experience an Obama bump. That would be the food of Indonesia, where Obama