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Winter Hot List 2012

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Light a fire in your belly this winter with hot food and fill your flask with liquid heat.

Winter Dining

We are lucky, yes lucky, to live in an environment that encourages us to pack on the layers for warmth. And by layers we mean lasagna, braised meats, good barbecue, and hot toddies. This is survival, people, and we Northerners know how to do it with style.

Fat Lorenzo’s

• Pack a little heat for the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships Jan. 20–22 on Lake Nokomis. Stop off at nearby Fat Lorenzo’s and net yourself one foil-wrapped Oh Mio Dio hot hoagie. Jammed with beef, giardiniera, Peppadew peppers, and pepperjack cheese, it will warm you from the inside out. 5600 Cedar Ave., Mpls., 612-822-2040,

May Day Cafe

• After you’ve crashed your Star Wars–themed sled at the annual Art Sled Rally in Powderhorn Park, warm up at the May Day Cafe with a freshly baked cinnamon roll and a hot cuppa joe. 3440 Bloomington Ave., Mpls., 612-729-5627;

Mongo’s Grill

• There’s no feed like a post-tubing feed. After screaming down the groomed hills of Maple Grove’s Elm Creek Disc Golf Course, take your rosy cheeks and down-puffed kiddos for a feed where they’re in control. Mongo’s Grill offers all-you-can-eat Mongolian stir-fry, which kids can customize with whatever meat/veg/sauce option they want in a bowl over rice or noodles, or even in a wrap. 11628 Fountains Drive N., Maple Grove, 763-493-2695,

Psycho Suzi’s

• There is no better staycation than a tiki-drenched evening at Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge in Northeast Minneapolis. The “poor man’s paradise” is dripping with waterfalls, wicker, and the crispy dry-rubbed chicken wings of your dreams. Plus, you can drink from Buddha belly mugs! 1900 NE Marshall St., Mpls., 612-788-9069,

Saint Paul Farmers’ Market

• Beef and cheese have no season! The Saint Paul Farmers’ Market runs all winter long. Only on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm, the market has stalwart vendors offering baked goods, meats, eggs, and other non-produce treats in a relaxed atmosphere. Snack on a bagel sandwich from Golden’s Deli while you shop. 290 E. 5th St., St. Paul,

Tonka Grill & BBQ

• The best winter gatherings on Lake Minnetonka happen in the ice-fishing houses. You bring beer, the next guy brings a little hooch, and then someone shows up on a sled with beef ribs and pulled pork from Tonka Grill. Now it’s a party. 4016 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park, 952-471-7447,


• Puck hunters! Get ready for the St. Paul Pioneer Press treasure hunt and the Winter Carnival with the Cooler Crew at the 14th Annual Pre-Dig Gig. Swap medallion hunt stories, divulge flask recipes, and nosh on old-school Italian from Yarusso-Bros. to fortify your finely tuned digger’s body. Yarusso-Bros.Italian Restaurant, 635 Payne Ave., St. Paul, 651-776-4848,;

Winter Drinking

Godiva Chocolate Raspberry Infused Vodka

• Add to hot chocolate for a sweet bump.

Bacardi OakHeart Spiced Rum

• Smooth, smoky, and oaky. Enjoy this straight or add a splash to mulled wine.

Patrón XO Café Coffee Liqueur

• Add to coffee, along with Irish Cream, and garnish with a butterscotch candy.

Revel Stoke Spiced Whisky

• Packed with vanilla and cinnamon flavor, it’s best sipped straight or with a little ginger ale.

Menorval Calvados Prestige Brandy

• The best friend apple cider ever had.

Get It:

Libations from Surdyk’s,; Stanley flask ($19.95), from Midwest Mountaineering,; winter accessories from REI,

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