It's Fresh Forkin' Friday and I'm wondering, how did I swing it that my kid will be at camp all next week, and it’s Restaurant Week! You’d think I had brilliantly thought and planned ahead instead of randomly clicking some session dates when registering. You understand what this means: I don’t ever have to go home! I love this week because it can feel like a city-wide food party. People chattering away about which reservations they’ve picked, which thing they are excited for on the menu, and restos pumping with butts in chairs and servers moving from dining room to kitchen in a fluid peleton. There’s a bit of magic to the dance, if you watch it while quietly chewing, and you have to love and appreciate our sharing of the moment, our symbiosis that helps make this a great place to live and eat.
If all goes as planned, Viva Brazil will open this weekend. The space looks like it has been decked out in bright colors, I’m hoping the food is as vibrant (looking for some good feijoada). Not only will it deliver a new Brazillian eatery to town, but it marks the return of Big E (chef Eric Austin) to the cooking scene.
Kinsen Noodles & Bar has opened in Uptown. It’s a high design joint that looks to score lounge points by night. While getting their feet under them, owners are offering 20% off menu prices until the grand opening on the 18th.
Saffron was closed, but now it’s open again and ready for its close up.
Sunday July 10th will be the last day for the cute little Cake Eater Bakery . Go see them and say goodbye.
Dragon boats will be raging all over lake Phalen this weekend as the Dragon Festival rears its head. It’s a great time to watch boats, listen to drums, experience other cultures and of course jam your head with spring rolls and papaya salad.
Movies in Park! Saturday’s show is E.T. in Van Cleve Park. Pocket some Reeses Pieces, natch, but know that you have all of Dinkytown’s take-out at your fingers. Better yet, stop at Crescent Moon Bakery, just across the street from the park, and take out a football shaped Afghani pizza, don’t forget the awesome sauce. For real, they have awesome sauce.
Gastro non Grata is kicking at First Ave. this Saturday for the Raconteur Rendezvous 2. The bands will be jamming while Haute Dish, Grand Cafe, and The Modern feed the crowd. There's also a VIP sausagefest with Mike Phillips of Green Ox if you are so inclined.