This Fresh Forkin' Friday I'm well aware that it's almost too late to have things shipped, but in the spirit of the last F3 before Christmas, I can't help but officially assign the gift o' the season—from Adornments & Ornaments, a neighboring Iowa shop, come these most stylish fork, spoon, and soybean pendants. I think all the fashionable eaters and bloggers will be wearing in them in 2010. If you're not so much about the bling, then maybe you could show your colors with this righteous spork shirt.
H and H Progressive Cuisine is minus an H. The team of Erick Harcey and Ben Hiza, who opened Victory 44 and The Kitchen in quick succession, have split. Ben Hiza's name has been removed from the websites and they've confirmed that he's no longer with the company, and Harcey and his investors are now in control of both restaurants. The never-materialized, but much publicized Gas.tro.nome's fate is up in the air.
The BALi space didn't stay dark too long. 3 Monkey's Pub and Grub has opened, giving Eat Street a good ol' American sports bar with wings, burgers, pizza, and nachos.
The D'Amico team will be gearing up in 2010 to deliver an Italian concept to the Bloomington area.
The Strip Club is closing for lunch come January 1st. Don't worry, brunch is safe.
AZ shares his favorite holiday recipes. There's not a grub taco among them, promise.
JD Hoyt's is celebrating its 25 years "in the loop" with a big shindig on Sunday the 27th. From 5-10 p.m. free drinks and nosh will be offered as a thanks to the neighborhood, which has truly grown up around them.
Origami has become the first and only Minnesota restaurant to offer the notorious blowfish. Also known as fugu, blowfish is a potentially deadly and rare delicacy that is only imported into the US one to three times a year during the winter months. Origami had to hire a special fugu chef, Shigeyuki Furukawa, who is certified to cut and prepare the fish. Because it is such a delicacy, quantities are limited and it will be on menu only while supplies last.