Summer is here and the time is right for dancing in the streets; barring that, don’t walk, but run to Thousand Oaks Barrel Co. and get your barrel grill. What a sweet grill and great looking to boot. Click on the “furniture” section on their site. Go to Big Ass Hot Dog if you expect a crowd this weekend at the cabin. I love this stuff. If you want a great drink recipe for the grill this weekend, check out andrewzimmern.com and get the Southside recipe. Awesome.
So I am addicted to True Blood , and have the typical couch-side crush on Sookie Stackhouse. If that resonates with you, check out this little piece of awesomeness.
Katherine wrote in that she had read this article in The New York Times and says, “It made me wonder if there is anything like this in Minnesota. I’m not interested in becoming a vegetarian, but I am starting to feel like—if I’m going to eat meat—I should be willing to either participate in its slaughter or at least watch. Maybe it’s the budding locavore in me, who knows.”
I don’t know of any yet, but I think Mill City Market should do a presentation like many of the butcher/chefs in Brooklyn are doing these days: slaughtering animals in a class environment and teaching people the butchers’ craft. Then we eat! I would love to see something like this with the meat-cutting geniuses at Bar La Grassa, Heartland, Alma, Corner Table, Strip Club, Craftsman, et al. If you eat it, you should know how to dispatch it . . . there is a lot of truth in that idea.
Brian asks, “My wife and I are celebrating our 10-year anniversary next week. I’ve rented a limo to drive us around for about three hours. Instead of a large sit-down meal, we were planning on having the limo take us to a few different restaurants were we could sample different appetizers. We’re looking for places that have interesting/unique cuisine on their appetizer or “small plate” menus. We love the St. Paul area, but would be willing to go to Minneapolis, as there are sure to be more opportunities. Do you have any suggestions?”
Why not go to the Bar at La Belle Vie for a few drinks and a bar app or two, then hit up Piccolo for dinner. Best eatery of its kind in town, and then head to Izzy’s for ice cream. That sounds good to me.
Newest restaurant in town is PARMA from the Fratelli D’amico. The PARMA opening got moved slightly a couple of times for construction, but is officially open now for lunch and dinner, M-F, and dinner only on Sa.-Su. Can’t wait to go. Unlike the handful of uninspired dreck that opened in last few months, I think this will be a great addition to the area. At D’amico Kitchen, Justin Frederick is getting a groove on according to friends who eat there regularly.
Downtown Saint Paul’s Meritage announced the return of the Tour de France: a journey through the regions of France, exploring the deep culinary and wine traditions unique to each region. Beginning on Friday, July 9 in the Languedoc-Roussillon, the Tour will continue clockwise around France through:
July 16: Pays Basque
July 23: Bordeaux
July 30: Brittany-Normandy
Aug 6: Loire
Aug 13: Burgundy
Aug 20: Alsace
Aug 27: Provence
The Menu for the Languedoc will include Fois Gras Mousse, Duck Confit with duck fat potatoes and Fig Tart. The cost for the first Tour de France menus is $35. Optional wine pairings for each region will be available. Pricing may adjust slightly each week to make use of the best ingredients from each region, check out their website for more info.