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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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Photos by Caitlin Abrams

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Photos courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society Press

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Photo by Leigh Loftus

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Photos by Caitlin Abrams

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Photo by Ashley Camper

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Photos by Caitlin Abrams

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Sweet Science Ice Cream

courtesy Sweet Science

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Lenny Russo

Photo by Tom Thulen via Lenny Russo

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Justin Sutherland of Handsome Hog

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

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Sun Street Breads' Limpa bread

Photo courtesy of Sun Street Breads

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Dish and menu at Heyday

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

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It is very brilliant or very weird—maybe both. more

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Paws Abilities dog trainer

Courtesy of Paws Abilities Dog Training

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Byzantine chapel

Photos courtesy of Lakewood Cemetery/Tom Henry

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Summer 2018 local ice cream

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

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Mercy is swooping in to rectify the lack of good wines bars in downtown Minneapolis. more

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Photos courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society Press

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Fig & Farro

Photo by Ashley Camper

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Eat & Drink

Women-Owned Restaurants

Photos by Caitlin Abrams

Visit now—you’ve got nothing to lose but the patriarchy, and nothing to gain but an excellent night out. more

Foodie

Sweet Science Ice Cream

courtesy Sweet Science

St. Paul, you're not just getting Sweet Science's first scoop shop, you're getting basil sundaes. more

Foodie

Lenny Russo

Photo by Tom Thulen via Lenny Russo

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