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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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Libby Anderson for Demi

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Hazelnuts

Chris Gamer, used by permission

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Justin Sutherland of Handsome Hog

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

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The Double Happiness drink at Lucky Cricket

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

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Wonton Soup at Shanghai Kitchen

Photo by Dara

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cold

Photo by Dara

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In Bloom open fire

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

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Cup of Spyhouse coffee

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

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P.S. Steak

Photos by Dara

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Charcoal latte from Penny's Coffee.

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

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Salty Tart Avocado toast with poached egg

Photo by Dara

This was the year that the Twin Cities turned into a world-class sandwich town. Read more

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Colita

Photo by Eliesa Johnson

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, Eat & Drink

Straight outta San Francisco and into Andrew Zimmern's new restaurant. Read more

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Since 1921, Minnesotans have been Christmas shopping at Ingebretsen's—because it's awesome! Read more

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Jackfruit Tacos, photograph courtesy of David Paul Schmit

David Paul Schmit, used by permission

Local hero Robin Asbell takes on the world of high-protein vegan meats for the home cook. Read more

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The St. Louis Park pie sensation is breaking wide this season, bringing her pies to the East Isles Farmer’s Market in June. Read more

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Children's Theatre Company's ‘The Hobbit’

Photo by Dan Norman, courtesy of the Children's Theatre Company

Reports from the world premiere of The Hobbit at the Children's Theatre Company, by Dara and her children who love the book very, very much. Read more

The Morning After

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Libby Anderson for Demi

MAYBE BECAUSE WE DON'T GIVE THEM $600,000!!!! Read more

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Should we be mad? Should we laugh? Or should we take a plane to a cab to a ferry? Read more

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Hazelnuts

Chris Gamer, used by permission

Can hazelnut farming save us from climate change, clean the water, help the birds, fill our restaurants with hazelnut cookies, and create a Minnesota Nutella? Only if you get on board! Read more

Foodie

Popol Vuh

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

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Justin Sutherland of Handsome Hog

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

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Is St. Paul ready for a coffee shop, lunch spot, and finer dining resto with South Asian flavors? Read more

Foodie

The Double Happiness drink at Lucky Cricket

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

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Eat & Drink

Saymoukda Mooks Duangphouxay Vongsay

Portrait by Caitlin Abrams, hair by Oskar Ly, makeup by Peter Phung.

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Arts & Culture

Wonton Soup at Shanghai Kitchen

Photo by Dara

Minneapolis skyway spelunkers love finding a world-rocking $6 lunch, right? Read more

Foodie

cold

Photo by Dara

Skyway gems of both downtowns, attached-parking happy hours—it may be insanely cold, but you can still get out there and live! Read more

Foodie

In Bloom open fire

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

Unless you work in a blast furnace, you’ve never seen a fire like the hearth at St. Paul’s new restaurant—and ultimate hot spot—In Bloom. Read more

Eat & Drink

You don't need a fortune to find out your wine fortune. Read more

Foodie

Cup of Spyhouse coffee

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

Move over, Seattle. The revolution that brought ethically sourced, small-batch coffee to your neighborhood café started in Minnesota. Read more

Eat & Drink

P.S. Steak

Photos by Dara

The rebirth of the La Belle Vie space has cometh! Should you goeth? Read more

Foodie

The North Loop's new urban cidery should go on your must-visit list. Read more

Foodie

Charcoal latte from Penny's Coffee.

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

January is the time for predictions. As 2018 lives in infamy for Unicorn Frappuccinos, can 2019 get any worse? Read more

Foodie