Tournament weekend makes me think about my circa 1988 self. I didn't have "the claw" bangs but I was certainly sporting some serious electric blue eyeliner and mascara that might have matched my Reebok high tops. We'd get out of school to go to a game and spend the time trolling the arena for cute outstaters with hockey hair. Our own hockey boys never made it very far, so the Warroad boys always had some sort of hick chic we couldn't explain. I remember cramming into a McDonald's that was literally brimming with cute boys who couldn't give us a spare glance as they debated the stats of Bloomington Jefferson or Edina East. I'll admit I'm still drawn to the tourney, not in a cougar-stalker kind of way, but I might join a pack of moms who are chauffeuring a chunk of children down there this Fresh Forkin' Friday. My goal would be to spend a little time soaking in the nostalgia while watching the new generation of girls and their trolling techniques, but the majority of time will most likely be spent in the Meritage bar enjoying oysters, cocktails, and the splendid trappings of my earned years.
Black Sheep Pizza opened the St. Paul branch this week at 10th and Robert (smartly in time for hockey influx). They've got a splashy new site as well, and I just realized that they will deliver to the office. Damn.
Harbor View Cafe is opening for the season this weekend! Making the trip to Pepin is a springtime journey for many.
AND pizza trekkers rejoice! The pizza farm (A to Z Produce and Bakery) is open again! And has a website, and sourdough bread, and all sorts of ways to give you something to look forward to!
The coffee shop known as Cars R Coffins (CRC to some) will close for good on March 25.
Tea Garden has closed in St. Paul.
Rachel says that Willy D's has closed as well.
Looks like the Afton Inn has closed and gutted its Catfish Saloon as they are planning to relaunch it as Current Bar on March 24.
The Ciento space on 394 will soon become an Osaka outpost. Are they taking over the metro with sushi dominance?
This weekend is the Taste of Chocolate in Bloomington. Not only can you trash any Lenten sugar mission by sampling, but you can take in a discussion led by Mary Leonard of Chocolat Celeste as she digs into regionality and flavor profiles of chocolate.
If you're headed to Let's Dish for a little stocking of the freezer, you should know that you can get one meal for FREE when you use the code HOUSEMEAL. Free food aside, the best part is that with every code redeemed, Let's Dish will prepare, donate, and serve a meal to families at the Ronald McDonald House. Good for good.
Get your bad self out to a fish fry tonight!