The signs are all here: The sap is running, the custard shops are throwing their doors wide, and our hungry thoughts have turned from pot roast to hot dogs and totchos. We're heading into prime time, babies.
>> People in the Como neighborhood have already been happily snacking on totchos and blucys for like FOUR WHOLE DAYS. Blue Door Pub has opened up their brightest spot yet, just down the block from ObentoYa. Be there or be hungry.
>> They've been doing some mad work refreshing the old Louie's Wine Dive in Uptown in order for it to debut as a New Bohemia wurst haus und bier hall on Monday, though it's technically the fifth location. Eagan, the fourth location, is Grand Opening today with $1 pints from 5-6 p.m.
>> When the custard shops start churning the goods on a daily basis, it's better than a red robin sighting. Adele's Frozen Custard in Excelsior is now open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every single lovin' day. Tonight's special is Cookies n' Cream if that might get your car pointed west.
>> Also, weekly ramen news: Ramen Station is now open in Woodbury (it has been, quietly for a few weeks). Besides the expected shoyu and tonkotsu ramen, there are also udon noodles, and yakisoba bowls. Plus lunch and dinner hibachi.
>> Sad to hear that the neighborhood cafe, Cheeky Monkey is calling it quits and closing up shop. They've said that if you have unused gift cards, you can stop by on March 9 from 3-6 p.m. and they'll reimburse the balance. Class acts to the end.
>> RIP Sweet Lou Snider, the nightingale behind the piano at Nye's for so many years. She was an instigator, a kindly grandma in a chiffon blouse, and a champion for those of us who might lose our way during a very important round of “Que Sera, Sera,” from time to time. For me she defined the place, it was never the same since she retired. What will be, will be.
>> The sap is running and that means it's maple syrup season. Is this the year you tap a tree and get to boiling? The classes are abundant and kick off this weekend. The DNR is teaching all kinds of maple tips at our state parks, the Arboretum and their sugar house demos start a little later in the month, and Three Rivers with their family friendly programs pretty much fill out the rest of the month.
>> You have to like a 5K that also gives you the option of a NoK. Head over to the Food Building for this snacky run, or not, that benefits the Minnesota Food Share. All proceeds go to stock food shelves, and if you run, or not, you get a tee shirt, a pint of beer, much snacking, and an opportunity to wear that shiny running gear whether you use it or not.
>> Launch rooftop season at Libertine next Thursday, Mar. 9 with a little sno-cone party. Boozy sno-cones and frozen cocktails will be $6 a pop, and the view will set you free.
>> Heartland's Lenny Russo is launching a beauty of a cookbook, and you can get a signed copy while you dine with him on Saturday, March 12 at a special dinner. The five-course dinner will pair North Shore Distillery cocktails with five dishes from the book. The $150 ticket is all-inclusive and includes a copy of the book.
>> I really want you to just look ahead and make sure you get it on your calendar: Corn Dog Appreciation Week is from March 17-19. There are a whole fryer-load of peoples offering you a very special dog that week, ones of their own design featuring the Red Table Meat Co.'s Red Dog. This might call for a crawl.