Dream come true . . . the 1000th reader comment on Chow & Again belongs to JOHNC . . . holy moly . . . . Congrats, John, and thanks to everyone who makes this blog so vibrant, which is our readership. You are amazing.
You are not seeing things, I am really in Outside Magazine. The monthly of choice for the six-pack ab, rugged-attitude set has deemed this naughty cherub enough of an expert to include my advice in the “How To Do Everything” feature in the July issue. I must be dreaming. Some other signs that I’ve dropped down a rabbit hole and through the looking glass:
Weird Dali-esque dream . . . . Fhima’s in downtown St. Paul is closed as of two weeks ago, and the Strib reported the week before that David Fhima’s fourteen-year-old lawsuit judgment that followed him here from California has finally been decided—and not in his favor. Can it get any weirder? And how did I miss this? Of all the stories in the big city, this one escaped me until yesterday. Anyone wondering how LoTo is doing? Does anyone go there these days? And when is his new restaurant in the Grand Hotel going to open? Anyone know anything?
Dreams of wide-open spaces . . . . Any takers for the Fhima’s space, or is St. Paul a no-fly zone for new restaurants? How about the Goodfellows space? Or the Auriga space?
Entrepreneurial dreams . . . . Alex Roberts's new venture, Brasa, opens today at 600 East Hennepin, a Caribe-style chicken and pork rotisserie joint in a renovated old gas station (courtesy of Shea, Inc.). This is a brilliant idea from one of the region's most talented and energetic cooks. It has 'winner' written all over it. I cannot wait to stuff my face there.
Déjà vu dreams . . . . several weeks ago, I asked:
"Will Berry Dills on a stick be the next big State Fair thing?
I think so. Almost no waste and a low-cost item to produce.
Ten bucks says someone does it this year.”
Well, the Famous Dave's franchisees at the State Fair owe me a ten-spot.
Randy Jernberg and Charlie Torgerson are soaking their first KOOL-AID PICKLES now (cherry and black cherry) and will be debuting them at the Great Minnesota Get-Together in August.
Page Six dream . . . . Well, not quite, but check this out from yesterday’s NY Post.
Yesterday’s Body Count, all taken at 7:30 p.m. last night . . . and, just for kicks, I’ll throw in some editorializing and see if it makes a difference to anyone.
Salut — 123 (good number)
Cavé Vin — 25 (a less good number)
Muffuletta — 68 (another good number)
And finally, here’s a huge shout-out to Brock and Natalie Obee, who owned and operated 128 Cafe in St. Paul for years. Posters to this blog have noted that they are closed. The Obees had a great run, influenced a whole slew of neighborhood restaurants, and provided buckets of inspiration to anyone looking to open a small neighborhood eatery. Good luck in whatever your next venture brings you.