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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 13 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. 

Sparkling wines

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

The Twin Cities first natural wine bar plans to open this October in Minneapolis. Read more

Foodie

Elephant Bar

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

Elephant Bar leads you on an eating adventure, from the spice road of the Mughals to a remote spot in Lowertown. Just hold on to your howdah. Read more

Eat & Drink

Mighty Axe Hops

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Exploring the idea of terroir and Minnesota-grown hops. Read more

Foodie

There are plans afoot for more corn space at the Corn Roast. Read more

Foodie

Par Avion's color-changing tea with jewels is what's next. Read more

Foodie

Octo Fishbar

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Foodie

Dyani White Hawk, Dakota Hoska, and Jill Ahlberg Yohe

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

For centuries, Native American women’s art has been misappropriated, misinterpreted, and, generally, missing in action. A blockbuster, once-in-a-generation exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art promises to rewrite that history. Read more

Arts & Culture

The Foie Gras Fruit Salad at Demi

Photos by Libby Anderson

After Spoon and Stable and Bellecour, chef Gavin Kaysen brings his biggest culinary ambitions yet to the counter at Demi. Want to know what you’re missing? Read more

Eat & Drink

Jonathan Gans and Alan Bergo

Photos by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

All the cool restos buy ramps, but #Northern cuisine is taking a much bigger leap forward at TBF. Read more

Foodie

The Hot Roast Beef Sandwich at Milda's

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

The other Juicy Lucy, Minnesota's signature sandwich that you never heard of. Read more

Eat & Drink

In the Heart of the Beast MayDay Parade

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

After the MayDay Parade, where do all the magical puppet creatures go to rest? Read more

Arts & Culture

Red Stag Pasta

Courtesy of Red Stag via Facebook

Big news in the heritage and local grain movement, folks. Red Stag, Pat’s Tap, The Bird, Barbette, and Book Club, are fully on board. Read more

Foodie

Kaelan Mikla

Courtesy of Iceland Naturally

Everything you need to know about the most interesting Nordic takeover since that one thing in the snow in Game of Thrones. Read more

General Interest

Chris Pennington at Can Can Wonderland

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

From the Haunted Basement to Can Can Wonderland, Chris Pennington has proved that populist art can pay big dividends. And he's got a new funland in the works. Read more

Arts & Culture

From Sea to Sustainable Sea

Sandy Nelson

A New England seafood feast cooked by local chefs, with a movie, and a panel, and a fisherman? What more could you want? Read more

Foodie

Milda's pasties: Before

Dara

One of the greatest dishes in the Twin Cities is only available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Read more

Foodie

P.S. Steak

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

With Murray's, Mancini's, and The Lexington, Minneapolis and St. Paul are established steakhouse towns. Now, P.S. Steak joins their rank inside the historic restaurant space that once held La Belle Vie. Read more

Eat & Drink

Airport-Lost-and-Found.jpg

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

What happens to your phone, your $25,000 diamond ring, or your prosthetic leg when you lose them at the airport? Meet the miracle workers behind Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport's lost and found. Read more

Arts & Culture

Sparkling wines

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

The Twin Cities first natural wine bar plans to open this October in Minneapolis. Read more

Foodie

Elephant Bar

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

Elephant Bar leads you on an eating adventure, from the spice road of the Mughals to a remote spot in Lowertown. Just hold on to your howdah. Read more

Eat & Drink

Mighty Axe Hops

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Exploring the idea of terroir and Minnesota-grown hops. Read more

Foodie

Ginger molasses cookie from Rustica Bakery

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Mall coffee is about to get great. Read more

Foodie

There are plans afoot for more corn space at the Corn Roast. Read more

Foodie

Par Avion's color-changing tea with jewels is what's next. Read more

Foodie

Octo Fishbar

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

Foodie

Dyani White Hawk, Dakota Hoska, and Jill Ahlberg Yohe

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

For centuries, Native American women’s art has been misappropriated, misinterpreted, and, generally, missing in action. A blockbuster, once-in-a-generation exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art promises to rewrite that history. Read more

Arts & Culture

Jenny Zingrino

Photograph by Rob Eves

Standup comic Jenny Zigrino is a native of the western suburbs, and has appeared on Conan O'Brien's late-night talk show three times so far. Read more

Arts & Culture

The Foie Gras Fruit Salad at Demi

Photos by Libby Anderson

After Spoon and Stable and Bellecour, chef Gavin Kaysen brings his biggest culinary ambitions yet to the counter at Demi. Want to know what you’re missing? Read more

Eat & Drink

Jonathan Gans and Alan Bergo

Photos by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl

All the cool restos buy ramps, but #Northern cuisine is taking a much bigger leap forward at TBF. Read more

Foodie

The Hot Roast Beef Sandwich at Milda's

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

The other Juicy Lucy, Minnesota's signature sandwich that you never heard of. Read more

Eat & Drink

Canoe Bay

Illustration by Drue Wagner

In praise of the luxurious romantic getaway—with yourself. Read more

Travel & Visitors

In the Heart of the Beast MayDay Parade

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

After the MayDay Parade, where do all the magical puppet creatures go to rest? Read more

Arts & Culture

Red Stag Pasta

Courtesy of Red Stag via Facebook

Big news in the heritage and local grain movement, folks. Red Stag, Pat’s Tap, The Bird, Barbette, and Book Club, are fully on board. Read more

Foodie

Kaelan Mikla

Courtesy of Iceland Naturally

Everything you need to know about the most interesting Nordic takeover since that one thing in the snow in Game of Thrones. Read more

General Interest