Since the turkey is both mascot and meal for Thanksgiving, why don't we eat more rabbit on Easter? Bunnies can be both cute, and delicious. Also, while you're pondering why a bunny brings you chicken eggs, consider swapping ham for saucy pulled pork, ditching the fam for Korean BBQ, or popping the top on some new nitro cold press.
>> How did I miss this one? Hoban Korean BBQ has been open in Uptown for a bit and it's already packing people in (despite some tricksy flashing lights). The original in Eagan has been a bibimbap favorite for years, but this location seems to be more focused on tabletop bbq and the grilling of tasty meats. A nice addition to Uptown that involves neither craft beer NOR crudo.
>> And hail to the smoker, there's some other new 'que in town. Qfanatic has finally opened their second location in the South Minny/Richfield area off of Nicollet near Crosstown. The spot is tiny and there was a limited menu this week for opening, but that didn't mean the pork was any less smoky nor the sauce any less tangy. Like the original shop up in Champlin, this location will be closed M-Tu (and both locations will be closed on Easter).
>> Nordeast is getting a wine bar. Stem Wine Bar & Eatery is moving fast to open by May in the space next to JL Beers. The concept is a full service new American restaurant with a bar serving French and Italian wines.
>> The buzz has been out there for awhile about PinKU, the small 36 seat Japanese eatery that will open just down the block from Stem. Look for a June opening for this fast-casual street food concept that will offer fried ramen, sushi, dumplings, fish, and other small dishes all for around $4-$7.
>> Local Blackeye Roasting Co. is officially launching their cold press in cans in places from Super America to Whole Foods on April 1. Look for the Nitro Cold and signature Cold Brew to take your roasty needs into the warmer months.
>> Insight Brewing should smell mighty nice this Saturday during their Smoke Signals event, what with all the BBQ, bonfires, beers, and ... bands? Bygones. Get over there and get vernal with Insight's brews paired with Bark and the Bites 'que. There will be bluegrass, perhaps some polka, but definitely signature sauces and specialty cask tappings all day long.
>> I'm super into this class on March 31: Edible Landscaping on a Budget at Urban Forage Winery. In my twisted mind it's about learning to plant a lawn of mint so that when you mow, it's quite refreshing. But in reality I'm sure there tons of great tips and advice on which edible to plant where and how to keep them going all summer. If you can't make this one, there are two more class options, on Apr. 24 and May 12.
>> Like the best and tastiest ladies book club you could imagine, this Farm to Table Talk of the Stacks on April 5th features our own DMG, plus the talented Beth Dooley, Birchwood's Tracy Singleton, and Locally Laid Egg Company's Lucie Admundson for a FREE chat about chickens, eggs, which came first, and plenty of other deliciousness to be sure. Someone's GOTTA bring pie.
>> If you don't want to jump into the whole hog butchery, why not start with the more accessible lamb? The St. Paul Meat Shop still has some spots left for the lamb butchery class in May and you'll get a full anatomy lesson, cutting tips, cooking tips, and $100 worth of lamb to take home.