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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

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Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is one of the most awarded food writers in the country. She was born in New York City little aware of her destiny—to eat out a lot in Minnesota. She started her career as a 13-year-old restaurant dishwasher, and, after coming to Minnesota for college, became a local restaurant, wine, and drink critic in 1997. Now with Mpls.St.Paul, Dara is the other half of our star food and dining team, working side by side with Stephanie March. In addition to her dining and beverage reviews for the magazine, Dara writes monthly on people, travel, health, and the environment. Her food writing has appeared in Delta SkyGourmet, SaveurFood & Wine, USA Today, and Bon Appetit, to name a few; she has been selected for quite a few editions of the anthology the Best Food Writing in America. Dara has been nominated for her food and wine writing 12 times for James Beard Awards, the Oscars of the food world, and has won five times. Follow her on Twitter @DearDara, on Facebook @Dara.Grumdahl, and right here at Mpls.St.Paul for all the local food and drink expert info. 

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Photo by Becca Sabot

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Mar 13, 2017 1:27 PM Foodie

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Photo by Caitlin Abrams

You could call Daniel del Prado the sleeping giant of Minneapolis restaurants—but he’s sleeping no more, and making big moves. more

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Mar 8, 2017 1:48 PM Foodie

Lentils and cauliflower at Alma

Photograph by Eliesa Johnson

Where to eat in the Twin Cities now. more

Mar 2, 2017 3:10 PM , Eat & Drink 2 Comments

After only two months in business, Kim Bartmann is closing Bearcat Bar. more

Feb 24, 2017 11:18 AM Foodie 6 Comments

Clams and a salad with cocktails at Esker Grove

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

New Esker Grove at the Walker might be the best museum restaurant in the country. It’s also a big dose of déjà vu for Minneapolis. more

Feb 23, 2017 2:48 PM Eat & Drink 1 Comments

Chef extraordinaire Doug Flicker is taking over the old Sunrise Inn, and bringing a jukebox bar with benefits to South Minnie. more

Feb 20, 2017 5:00 AM Foodie

What's it all mean? Let's break it down... more

Feb 15, 2017 10:20 AM Foodie

Word on the street is that hot new Tullibee has already lost its star chef. more

Feb 8, 2017 2:58 PM Foodie 1 Comments

Head to this skyway spot for some of the best tom kha soup in Minneapolis. more

Feb 8, 2017 10:43 AM Foodie 2 Comments

Tim McKee, arguably Minneapolis' greatest chef, makes his first post-La Belle Vie move. more

Feb 3, 2017 3:17 PM Foodie

Artsy mini golf, vintage pinball, and a high-concept cocktail playground—Can Can Wonderland is as much fun as you can pack into an abandoned warehouse. more

Feb 1, 2017 2:03 PM Foodie

The St. Paul Bagelry, a ten-year-old Roseville institution with a cult following and massive wholesale presence, is opening a new Minneapolis location. more

Jan 26, 2017 9:01 AM Foodie

Minneapolis’s venerable fine-dining institution Alma closed down and reopened as three things: a café, hotel, and restaurant. It’s the transformation of the year. more

Jan 23, 2017 9:37 AM Eat & Drink 1 Comments

Deconstructed cheesecake dessert

photo by Marina Vorobyeva

Five restaurant trends that need to die, according to Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl. more

Jan 18, 2017 12:14 PM Foodie 6 Comments

Twin Spirits Distillery Front Door

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In Northeast Minneapolis, woman-owned Twin Spirits Distillery is poised to throw open the cocktail room doors—and start pouring Bloody Marys. more

Jan 11, 2017 3:07 PM Foodie

Macy's Sky Room

Photo by Courtney Mault

Dara has some ideas to revitalize the soon-to-be-vacant Macy's in Downtown Minneapolis. more

Jan 5, 2017 1:15 PM Foodie 11 Comments

Raghavan Iyer cooking at home

Photo by Jenn Ackerman

Iyer built an Indian cookbook and cooking class empire in Minneapolis using love, laughter, and Betty. more

Jan 3, 2017 11:30 AM Eat & Drink

Bittercube outdid themselves at Cafe Alma. You'll never believe how happy you can be drinking a squash drink from a gourd. more

Dec 28, 2016 4:33 PM Foodie 1 Comments

Looking back on 2016, I'm still in love with St. G. more

Dec 27, 2016 1:10 PM Foodie

The dining room at Tullibee

Photograph by Rau+Barber/Hewing Hotel

Should you go to would-be North Loop hotspot Tullibee? It’s complicated. more

Mar 21, 2017 3:05 PM Eat & Drink 5 Comments

James Beard Award Nominees 2017

Photos by Eliesa Johnson, Kevin J. Miyazaki, and Steve Henke

The James Beard Award Foundation has listed its finalists, and we have some locals on the list! more

Mar 15, 2017 2:26 PM Foodie

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Photo by Becca Sabot

If you missed out on your chance to get tickets to the sold out event, we've got organizer Jeanne Carpenter's three must-try rising star 'Sconnie cheeses. more

Mar 13, 2017 1:27 PM Foodie

burch-640.jpg

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

You could call Daniel del Prado the sleeping giant of Minneapolis restaurants—but he’s sleeping no more, and making big moves. more

Mar 11, 2017 7:39 AM Foodie

Music lovers of St. Paul, do you want a mellow live-music venue above Ngon Bistro? Time to activate! more

Mar 8, 2017 1:48 PM Foodie

Laura Adams making wigs at the Guthrie

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

The Guthrie’s wig master, Laura Adams, spends her life in hairy situations. more

Mar 2, 2017 3:28 PM Arts & Culture

Lentils and cauliflower at Alma

Photograph by Eliesa Johnson

Where to eat in the Twin Cities now. more

Mar 2, 2017 3:10 PM , Eat & Drink 2 Comments

After only two months in business, Kim Bartmann is closing Bearcat Bar. more

Feb 24, 2017 11:18 AM Foodie 6 Comments

Clams and a salad with cocktails at Esker Grove

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

New Esker Grove at the Walker might be the best museum restaurant in the country. It’s also a big dose of déjà vu for Minneapolis. more

Feb 23, 2017 2:48 PM Eat & Drink 1 Comments

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Photo courtesy of Lone Grazer Creamery

The Lone Grazer Creamery has called it quits. more

Feb 21, 2017 4:06 PM Foodie

Chef extraordinaire Doug Flicker is taking over the old Sunrise Inn, and bringing a jukebox bar with benefits to South Minnie. more

Feb 20, 2017 5:00 AM Foodie

What's it all mean? Let's break it down... more

Feb 15, 2017 10:20 AM Foodie

Word on the street is that hot new Tullibee has already lost its star chef. more

Feb 8, 2017 2:58 PM Foodie 1 Comments

Head to this skyway spot for some of the best tom kha soup in Minneapolis. more

Feb 8, 2017 10:43 AM Foodie 2 Comments

Tim McKee, arguably Minneapolis' greatest chef, makes his first post-La Belle Vie move. more

Feb 3, 2017 3:17 PM Foodie

A sampling of all the kid-approved shows and events on tap this month. more

Feb 1, 2017 3:33 PM , , , Arts & Culture

Artsy mini golf, vintage pinball, and a high-concept cocktail playground—Can Can Wonderland is as much fun as you can pack into an abandoned warehouse. more

Feb 1, 2017 2:03 PM Foodie

Welcome to your family field guide to the ultimate urban exploits and expeditions. more

Feb 1, 2017 1:03 PM , , , Kids & Family

Minneapolis Central Library

Photo by Joe Treleven

Bon Vivants are true pursuers of arts and culture, well-rounded consumers of the finest and most novel family experiences in the Twin Cities. Find the cities' best bubble tea or go marketing to score a Bon Vivant badge. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:55 PM , , , Kids & Family

Twin Towns Guitars

Photo by Eliesa Johnson

Enthusiasts aim to attain and hone assorted skills, trades, and all the talents our urban environs afford. Earn your Enthusiast badge by attending guitar or circus school—then reward yourself with a donut. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:51 PM , , , Kids & Family

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