This Fresh Forkin' Friday is frosty and frigid to be sure. The bars were full of writers last night, but instead of waxing rhapsodic, they were measuring the odd days afoot. These turbulent and strange times were clearly evident at Bank, where a bow tie-wearing prepster began a round of fisticuffs. I say, let's put the week behind us and look to better days. If you need to grease your wheels to find the yellow brick road, here's a drink I gift to you . . .
The Lucky Monkey
- 2 parts Captain Morgan
- 1 part Orange Curacao
- 2 parts sour
- Mix, shake, and pour into glass rimmed with cinnamon sugar.
Getting the bummers out of the way, Clicquot Club Cafe has closed its doors. I have faith that sweet building will be in use again.
Plus, E's Cheese in Mendota Heights has apparently closed up shop.
Heidi's has debuted its shiny, new chef's table. Sitting right in the kitchen, you'll be able to watch Stewart Woodman as he creates and toils and works his particular brand of edible magic. Don't believe the rumors; the guy's a kitten.
Ring in the Year of the Ox at the Midtown Global Market. On January 30, the Chinese New Year celebration will include calligraphy lessons, cooking demonstrations, a lion dance, and traditional fortunetelling by Chinese elders. I'm going just to get my lucky red envelope from the best source.
The best food in chilly weather is, well, chili. If you think yours is top-notch, why not put it to the test? Enter the Northern Clay Center's Chili Tasting Party on February 5. Bring a pot of your favorite chili, and they'll keep it hot in the kiln, then everyone can grab a spoon and vote for the best while also checking out cool clay from their Artists of the Month. NCC will provide the toppings, as well as corn bread, beer, and dessert for the $10 entrance fee. Register with recipes through February 3.
It's not cheesy to be a cheese fiend. And all the cool cheese fiends are checking in with France 44's cheese blog to get their dairy-laden news.