You know a good way to make any cheeseburger taste like divinely delivered meaty manna on a bun? Do the Gladiator workout at the Y before you eat it. Last night I did a one-hour tour of pain while I hit things with sledgehammers, flipped tractor tires, whipped giant ropes, and generally sweated. It was brilliant. The whole time I was bearing a water filled PVC log on my shoulders while stepping up and down on a crate, I remained in the zone thanks to my inner mantra "can has cheeseburger, can has cheeseburger, can has cheeseburger." The only bummer is that I ate it in three seconds flat. And this Fresh Forkin' Friday, I couldn't even hope to lift a slider to my mouth.
My Voldemort says that the embattled Dean Vlahos will rise again. He says that the FOR LEASE sign is down on the former Don Pablos off Interstate 394 by Ridgedale (just across the highway from a certain cougar-town) because Vlahos is going to open a new burger-barish restaurant called Duke's there.
Voldy also says that he thinks the Cocina de Barrio boys are going to have a harder time than they think in getting the city council's approval for more boozy endeavors.
Raku is the sushi place in Edina that opened this week. I stopped in the other day; it's quite stylish and mod, not very big. They seem to know their neighborhood (rolls can be ordered with brown rice) and there are some interesting looking specialty dishes, like tuna pizza (hello Morimoto) and crazy chicken with seven seasonings.
La Loma has opened in downtown Minneapolis.
Hubert's II has successfully replaced NBA City. And good god, they have a beer-battered and fried Jucy Lucy.
Smalley's 87 Club has moved into the former Champps space on First Avenue. Man, Roy has a great head of hair. Seriously. Pastor Hamilton in St. Paul is cooking his Arkansas BBQ once again! REVAMP Java Jack's is dropping the Java to become simply: Jack's. The much-loved coffee shop is relaunching in late May as a full-service cafe featuring wine and beer, with a menu from chef Stephanie Hedrick, formerly of The Independent.
Kowalski's is opening The Wine Shop in Woodbury on April 15, with festivities planned from 5-7 p.m. Sample food and wine while you chat up the wine-geeked out managers who are on a mission to source out lesser known and value priced (80 percent of their selection is under $20) bottles of vino. Show up and get a cork that's worth 10 percent off your first purchase.
Hello Earth Day! Celebrate the foodist way by attending Simple Good and Tasty's dinner at Common Roots. You'll get 3 local, organic, fair-trade courses for $30, and I'll bet you end up taking a bag of bagels home for the morning.
PS ... SGT has a great post on kid-friendly places to get your local on.
Ummm . . . Grilled Cheese Academy anyone?
Did you know that this Sunday is National Cheese Fondue Day? The Melting Pot will give $10 to the Smile Network for every cheese fondue sold that day. Melty cheese goodness rightly should always bring smiles.