Don't walk under any ladders, avoid those black cats at all costs (if there's one named Mr. Paws living in your own home you're already doomed) because it's Fresh Forkin' Friday the 13th y'all! Ooooh it's unlucky day indeed, unless you're a mask-wearing knife-wielding member of the undead, in which case Happy Birthday! But I'm here for you, even if you think you don't believe in superstitions, like you didn't hold your breath when passing a cemetery as a kid, you wouldn't squeal like a kindergartner if you found a four leaf clover, and you can't finish this rhyme: See a penny, pick it up ... I have the answer and it's food (shocker). All you need to combat this day's bad juju is a change in menu. Eating cooked greens symbolizes eating money, so the more you eat the richer you'll get. Beans and lentils are also stand-ins for money, which is why we eat hoppin' john on New Year's Day. Pigs equal progress, as they stubbornly push forward, so pork it up with your beans, but stay away from a winged dinner (duck, chicken) as your luck may fly away. At the end of dinner, make sure you've left a little bit of food on your plate, showing the fates that you aren't greedy, and that should set you up for a winner of a weekend if not a better 2012.
So yes, the newly spiffed Oceanaire has opened in the former M&S Grill at 6th & Nicollet in Downtown.
Eli's has been around since way before I used to slink over after bartending shifts, but now there is a new Eli's prime for the slinking. Eli's East is open in Nordeast off East Hennepin in the old O'Briens Decoy pub.
The Year of the Pub marches on....
The formerly burned out section of 50th & Bryant will become, later this winter, home to George and The Dragon where "everyone deserves great food". Amen.
And The Inn space will de transformed into the beer-first Devil's Advocate by the Ugly Mug team.
Plus, there's beer bar action at the Midtown Global Market with the coming Well Seasoned.
It's your last chance to be fancy and enjoy the tail end (ba-dum-ba) of Lobster Week at Nicollet Island Inn. The five course tasting menu for two runs $78 per couple and includes a lobster Newberg which I bet you haven't had. The dessert course is lobster-free, natch.
There still might be space left for the Chef's Night Off featuring Scott Pampuch on Monday the 23rd! It's a great night of hands-on cooking with a chef for a good cause, and your kitchen assistants would be Jason DeRusha and Stephanie Meyer of Fresh Tart! There will be bubbles and the bon mots are sure to fly. And I will be there, standing and watching with said bubbles.
This Saturday the 14th, the St. Paul Bagelry is celebrating five years of bagels! The anniversary celebration includes cake from the neighboring Keys, raffle prizes, FREE smoothies, and throwback prices on breakfast bagel sandwiches (ahhhh ... the good ol' days of 2007).
Listen, you budding wee-mixologists, it's not enough to be wise in the ways of Luxardo, you have to get educated. Monday the 16th is your chance to take in a Brief History of Cocktails taught by professors J. Michaels and P. Hanson of the Northstar Bartenders Guild. Learn a little, sip a little, its FREE for the 21+ crowd.
The fruity wine known as vin maison has been preparing since summer to jump into this particularly wintery weekend of winter and save your soul. Monday at The Craftsman you may indulge in a six course Vin Maison dinner for $65 in which each dish is paired with a fruity wine of summer. Molly "Peaches" McNeil of Minnesota Peach will be there to chat you up about all things fruity and boozy.