It's like a ghost town downtown on Fresh Forkin' Friday afternoons in the summer, devoid of all the worker ants. It seems like everyone leaves early to enjoy the little bit of the goods Mother Nature offers us for a scant three months. While this may frustrate some business people, I think it gives the summer businesses just a little more push. I have been known to enjoy my Friday patio lunch a little bit longer, perhaps loll in a shop I might never have made it to on the harried weekends. We're really talking about 14 Friday afternoons out of the whole year. I say go, be a grasshopper, make the best of them. I won't be offended if you don't read this until Monday, it will keep.
Mill Valley Kitchen is open on the hallowed ground that was Al's off Excelsior Boulevard. The shiny new resto, on the lower level of a condo building, is all about Northern California fresh, healthy, seasonal food. In fact, the calories/carbs/fat/protein info for each dish is laid out for you right on the menu. I don't know how I feel about all that yet. I don't like math distracting me from my miso glazed seabass.
There's a new little gelato and candy shop tucked away in Edina. Pandolfi is now open behind Steele Fitness and Mozza Mia, tucked in the alley by the 50th & France parking garage. The little shop is serving Palazzolo gelato from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., plus candies and gifts.
Epic Grind is the newish bike/coffee shop in Wayzata. It's now serving up some Wuollet's pastries to all the Lance/LeMond wannabes that I have to mow down on my way to work every morning. It's also working on a boxed lunch deal with D'amico & Sons to go along with its bike rental program, which would be nice.
The streets are just brimming with new food trucks, didja know?
Good news pizza fans, Pizzeria Lola is opening for weekend lunch. This Saturday will be the inaugural 11 a.m. start time. Sunday too.
The Inn. Dammit. That's all I have to say about that.
Black Sea was dark and not answering its phones. A posted sign said it was closed until the 9th for some interior maintenance, but they're sill not answering their phones. Stay tuned . . .
Open Streets Mpls is happening this Sunday on Lyndale, which means the whole stretch from 22nd to 42nd will be closed to vehicles. I say, get out your long board and snack your way down the avenue, there are plenty of options: Start with a scone from French Meadow, get to Galactic for some mozzie sticks (best. ever.), zip down to Luce for a beer, and don't forget Crema for a treat.
Surly is celebrating the Power of the Pint with a big party on June 18. Open to all, no tickets needed, this soiree at the brewery will be held in honor of all those who helped to push through the legislation that will allow breweries to sell pints. Tour the brewery, buy some Surly merch, have a pint, listen to live music, and maybe take in some food vendors you strong, young Americans.
Lots of kids rely on school lunch to be their sure meal of the day, and when summer comes they're left wondering. Second Harvest Heartland has partnered with IN Food marketing & Design to help provide 1,000,000 free lunches to kids in need over the summer. All you have to do is CLICK to "attend" their Facebook event and $1 will be donated to the program. Start clicking on June 13th through July 1st, or donate directly to SHH.
This weekend is the legendary Garage Sale at Cooks of Crocus Hill. Do not miss. ALSO I'll be out there live on Saturday broadcasting with E. Ries so come down and say hi as we chat with Jenny Breen about her new book and check out all the good gadgets for summer eating. PLUS bring a donation for the MyTalk Food for Families food drive and I'll give you a nice home-baked treat that may or may not be awesome.