Double Down, Double Down, Double Down. There has been so much chatter and incredulity over the KFC "sandwich" using fried chicken like bread, that the news of it has even reached the ears of my teenager, who usually ignores anything to do with everything. ("Wha?") This Fresh Forkin' Friday, a few of his buddies have an idea to subvert the seven mile run for track practice so that it breaks at KFC, whence the double downing would commence. I don't know if the brain trust has figured out that after they chow said monstrosity, that they'll have to run home. But then again, they are teenagers. Oh, for that metabolism.
Ringo's Restaurant opened in the West End this week, kicking off with a splashy, flashy opening party. They're pouring some killer cocktails and serving up a tri-fecta of foods: global eats (paella, Thai mussels), local eats (truffled grilled cheese, meatloaf sliders), and a monthly changing destination menu, currently featuring the food of Korea.
Jay's Cafe has made the final leap to become Caribe Caribbean Bistro. Fresh tropical colors, a new menu, and all sorts of frivolity are ensuing. Teasers: bacalaitos (deep fried salt cod fritters), jibarito egg sandwich (adobo seasoned eggs fried hard, smoked ham, and cheese on sabao bread), and pernil (roasted pork with ajili-mojili sauce).
Lumpy's Velvet Lounge is open in Anoka. Have a piggy pot.
Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique has entered the cupcake fray. Opening in the former Premier Cheese Shop on 50th & France, the cute shop sells cute cakes, natch. Try the Oreo with a full Oreo cookie baked in the bottom.
The Forum is set to open on April 23. Did you see the sneaky peek video? Roman Anthony's is Justin Grecco's new venture about to open in White Bear Lake. He's throwing a preview party on Friday, April 23 at which you can sample the menu and the wines for $30 from 5-10 p.m. The business-as-usual opening will be May 1. The Edina location of Cook's is getting spiffed up with a remodel that includes a dining area. *****
There is just a FRESH fest right now, what with the movie being released locally, and the resulting ballyhoo. Seriously, not only can you get some close time with Tracy Singleton of Birchwood and Greg Reynolds from Riverbend Farms at an intimate 2x2 from my pals at Locus Architecture, but you can learn about the sheer ecstasy of being a lunatic farmer, or take part in any number of farm to table dinners. Don't forget to actually go SEE the movie at the Riverview.
Kitchen Window has Jacque Henry, the heir to the Emile Henry ovenware line, on April 24 for some great events. Drop in for a pie clinic, enter the pie bake-off to see if you can pass muster, or sign up of the five-course French wine dinner and receive an Emile Henry pie dish signed by the fifth-generation artisan.
Now go outside and play.