What's with all the pond hockey? I know a couple of man-boys who are playing in the Pond Hockey North America championship in Excelsior this weekend. And my flight attendant friend has confirmed gaggles of rowdies coming in from all over for the US Pond Hockey championships this weekend on Nokomis. This Fresh Forkin' Friday, I'm just pledging my support to my puck-lovin' pals, as long as there are snack and libations involved. For instance, no chance I'm going to stand in the driving sleet at Nokomis unless I have a fat meatball hoagie from Fat Lorenzo's in my mittened fingers. And unless there's a promised pint of Guinness from Jake O' Connors after the game, I might have car trouble. But even though Famous Dave's is manning the concessions tent, I might not make it to Hockey Day Hermantown 2010.
Man, things are ashuffling:
- Cafe Maude's Aaron Slavicek has left the country, maybe on a personal journey, good for him. The new chef in the kitchen is Burke Forster from out east. A new menu will debut in spring, but for now they're offering a new $25 three-course menu with beer or wine.
- In Rick's post about Landon, he outed Adam Vickerman who is no longer top dog at Tosca. It seems Ryan Zander of 112 eatery now has the job.
- And Heavy Table suggested that Kevin Kathman from restaurant Max may be replacing Barbette's Sarah Masters while she moves on to Porter & Frye.
Looking for skyway snacks the other day, I was in Gaviidae when I noticed the sign in the vacant store front next to Juut announcing the imminent arrival of Cocoa & Fig! For all the downtown cupcakeivores, let the dancing begin.
The Boxcar isn't new, but it's newly on the radar as it has been named a Top 15 joint by Midwest Living. Gotta love a place that has an entree named The Mess.
Did you know the Crystal Bistro is now Afghan Restaurant? And that they occasionally have belly dancing? Well, now you do.
Canyon Grille in Coon Rapids is closed. Maybe this was understood with all the chatter surrounding the chef, Christian Ticarro, as he heads to Forum. But I thought we should note it.
Maybe a touch ahead of the new stadium crowds, Centerfield Pizza & Burgers (formerly Fatso's and formerly home of the 4lb. fatso burger), has closed.
The original Pagoda in White Bear Lake is no longer in business, but the Pagoda Dinkytown branch is kicking all kinds of butt.
I'm a little worried about Pak Zam Zam whose website is still up but phone is disconnected. I'll do a drive by tonight to confirm.
Capital Grille is offering a $49 four-course meal meant to warm your chilly bones, in a creative way. Maybe if someone is out supporting loved-ones in some pond hockey tournament, that someone should be rewarded and warmed with tomato and fennel soup with mini grilled cheese and prosciutto sandwich or little lobster and shrimp pot pie.
Speaking of warm, get ready next weekend for Midtown Global Market's Global Soup Cook-Off. Holy Land, Salty Tart, La Sirena Gorda, and the like will be creating original soups, and you get to vote in the winner! A $3 charitable donation will get you samples from over a dozen shops on January 30th from noon to 2 p.m.
Don't forget to watch Sameh Wadi on Iron Chef this weekend!