Earth Day may seem like a hippie-dippie holiday that flows right off the 4/20 celebration wagon, but as eaters, we really have the best chance to pay a little homage. Practice gratitude for Mother Nature's little gifts by buying ramps at the markets, or celebrate her rewards for fortitude by planning a visit to a Minnesota winery. Or simply pick up some picnic from a new cheffy chicken shop and hit some green space, which we in town are lucky to have in spades.
>> Pick up chicken is a game changer, and cheffy pick up chicken is like a dream. Erick Harcey's rotisserie spot The Dirty Bird is now open down that slick little alleyway behind Upton43. Besides your whole or half bird dinner, there are soup/sand/salad specials and sides to pick and pack, you know, mac n cheese, peas n bacon, all the things.
>> Maya Cuisine, Nordeast's hot taco spot, is launching a new bar. Starting Friday the 29th, each weekend they'll have dance shows starting at 6pm, with instructors to help you shake your maracas, and karaoke! There will also be a special bar-only menu that will feature more traditional Mexican dishes such as mixiotes de res, which is beef wrapped in a maguey leaf in a huajillo salsa, plus mole de pollo, chille relleno and appetizers like chalupas, empanadas, tacos de canasta, and enchiladas. Oh hey and on the 30th? $2 margaritas all day.
>> Inbound BrewCo has quietly tossed up the garages doors of their new North Loop Brewery, but the real fun happens this weekend during Grand Opening festivities. Live music, food trucks, and beer of course. While this is owned by the guys formerly known as Lucid (and now known as North Loop Brewing) they'll be doing more experimental fun stuff at Inbound on some 30 taps.
>> Seasonals keep popping! If you fancy a drive out to a drive-in, head to Peppermint Twist in Delano which opens on Wednesday the 27th. Nice double burgers, fatty fries, great raspberry shakes, all the hot pink teddy bear play things your kids can attempt to destroy. Bring cash, no CC.
>> The original Origami spot in North Loop will stay in genre, at least, when Kaiseki Furukawa opens in the fall. Kaiseki is a Japanese meal traditions consisting of many small, well-constructed dishes to create a whole meal. The lower level will become a nigiri shop, dedicated to the pure and simple form of sushi.
>> Heyday turns 2 years old today! So big! Join up with Jim Christiansen and his cohorts for some serious fun, starting at 8:30 tonight they'll have a DJ spinning some tunes, plenty of bubbles, a whole bunch of new spring cocktails, plus $2 oysters, $4 lamb brats, $2 boozy sno-cones and such balllyhoo.
>> Who doesn't love a good pancake breakfast? It's the 9th year of this fund raiser for Northeast Farmer's Market where your $10 will get you local and organic pancakes, sausage, vegan sausage, oj, coffee and live music this Saturday form 9am-1pm.
>> And work through your stuff at FitFest tomorrow where you can sweat it out with Chris Freytag, cry it out with Nora Purmort, and then plan it out with me, Molly Hermann of Kitchen in the Market, and Stephanie Meyer of Fresh Tart as we talk Paleo resources around town. Basically: a bonus day of appropriate yoga pant activities.
>> Two Pony Gardens has released the dates of their pizza farm nights, and two are already sold out. But there are still tickets that have yet to be released for later in the summer, so be patient and stay tuned as this is the closest to the metro pizza farm experience you're likely to get. Shoot for the Flower + Full Moon + Frog night if you have kiddoes in tow, they'll bring in experts to chat amphibians and then you can stroll the paths in the woods and tucker them out. Game plan.
>> St. Croix Vineyards is hosting a Cheese & Chocolate weekend, in which you can sample local cheese, chocolate, and wine ... which seems like a holy trifecta. Make fast decisions about this Progressive Wine Dinner out in Waconia on May 28, there are only about 30 tickets left. For $100 you'll get at least 9 locally made wines, eats, and transportation between three vineyards.
>> Don't forget to get away to the North Shore for the Food & WIne Lover's Weekend at Bluefin Bay on May 6-8th. Multi-course dinners and tons of wine tastings, all culminate with a Mother's Day brunch.
Starfish and coffee. Maple syrup and jam. A butterscotch cloud, a tangerine, and a side order of ham. If you set your mind free baby, maybe you'll understand. Starfish and coffee. Maple syrup and jam. #RIPPrince