I'm playing it low and slow this weekend. Maybe some market action, maybe some dim sum brunch. Thinking of making some popsicles or possibly just eating and drinking watermelon all weekend.
The old girl has had a face-lift. Forepaugh's, the stately Victorian mansion-restaurant in St. Paul, will re-open on Monday after a fresh remodel by new owners, The Taher Group of Wayzata Eatery, Alaska Eatery, and Nordeast Eatery. They've spruced up the second and third floors, added a chef's table, and plushed-up the bar area to include comfy seating and Wifi. The menu promises New American food from chef Donald Gonzalez, formerly of Chambers Kitchen. I wonder if the ghost got a re-do as well?
This one is new to me. In the picture-perfect little town of Marine on St. Croix, there's a little place called Marine Mills Cafe. There are no menus. Owner Maggie Luft just cooks what she feels like cooking that day, and you'll sit down and eat it. It's very much like visiting your German oma's house as she bids you to sit while she busies herself with the work of stuffing your face; and yes, Luft is German. Offering fresh, scratch-cooked fare, she might make you pancakes, scrambled eggs, or quiche for breakfast; you won't know until you get there. The real trick is getting there early because almost every day she runs out of seats and sells out of food. 41 Judd St., 651-433-4557
Festivals this weekend: If you want to go big, go Lumberjack Days in Stillwater. Don't forget that they close the fest with Swedish meatball night on Sunday in Lowell Park. On the other side of the world, for a more wholesome, small-town festival, check out Chaska's River City Days. Yes, they'll have beer. And don't forget Wild West Frontier Fest over at Harriet Island where you can attend a dinner with Don Shelby dressed up as Mark Twain. Giddyup.
Just because I've been in a fish mood lately, I'll tell you that Coastal Seafoods has a special this weekend on day-boat swordfish, which you could eat like this, this, or this.