It's the Fresh Forkin' Feast Eve so I thought I might get the schmaltz in a little early. After all, I'll be holed up on Friday with Turkey Sandwich #4 and the last Stieg Larsson Girl Who book in an effort to finish it before I slog to the theater with my mom to see the final Swedish cinematic version. I feel like I should have a pocket flask of Aquavit and popcorn bucket full of lingonberries as I watch (read) those movies. Maybe someone should come up with snack-bar items themed along with the movie: butterbeer for HP , a little pharmaceutical treat bag for Love and Other Drugs , and a big ol' martini and a load of fries with béarnaise for Burlesque . I have no idea why a stripper show makes me think of fries with béarnaise, but it does.
Psycho Suzi's has reopened in her new digs, formerly Gabby's. The new space is tiki-tastic with hand-carved tiki poles, a full-on waterfall, plastic flora and fauna as far as the eye can see, plus three weekend-only theme bars that are centered around a disco ball and live tiki-band. Yes, the tots are still hot, the pizza's still Minnesotan, and there's a few new surprises: like a burger! And a three tier boozy drink!
Don Saunders, formerly of the now defunct Fugaise, has opened In Season in the old Armatage Room space. Inspired by seasonal ingredients, the late fall menu offers eats such as wild striped sea bass with leeks, butternut squash soup, and braised beef cheeks with root vegetables. The winter menu will be debuting soon.
Both Sweets Bakeshop and Sun Street Breads have announced plans for new locations, right near each other. Sweets will be taking over the old Madwoman bakeshop on 47th and Nicollet, opening in December. And Sun Set's Solveig Tofte will be leaving her Turtle Bread position and opening her first bakery cafe at 46th and Nicollet, opening mid-March. I'm regretting moving from that neighborhood.
The Blue Plate crew is feeding the frenzy that has become Black Friday. Edina Grill, Longfellow Grill, Highland Grill, and 3 Squares will open at 4 a.m. on Friday morning and offer door busters to boot: 100 percent off for the first 100 people, 75 percent off for the next 75 . . . you get the drift down to 25. You'll get to choose from four different breakfast options, which should fire you up for all the elbowing and stabbing ahead of you. Go Commerce!
Friday is also the opening of the Arboretum's Land of Gingerbread, which promises to be a tasty little diversion for the young'uns. More than 21 gingerbread scenes from local bakers will be displayed among the Great Hall of Trees. This could take those graham cracker houses to a whole new level.
Also for the fam, I offer you this awesome "quality time" suggestion: Take your kids to see the magical Night Trains exhibit on Saturday nights at the Model Railroad Museum in Bandana Square. Then pop down the block to John's Pizza Cafe (see the new location across the street from the old one) and tuck into a Hog in the Bog pie, a hot hoagie, or meatball sub. Then drive up to the IBEW Holiday in Lights in the Park display in Phalen Park. We're makin' memories, people.