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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. 

Charissa Roby

Photo by David Bowman

Scenes from the opening of the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Duluth. Read more

Arts & Culture

Dampfwerk Distillery Cocktail Room Cocktails

Dara

St. Louis Park, are you ready for a super-stylish cocktail room with cake? Read more

Foodie

SPAM

Steve Cukrov/Shutterstock

Trendy chefs are celebrating SPAM coast-to-coast, and they’re leaving us in the dust. Read more

Foodie

Best Bars in the Twin Cities

Photograph by Eliesa Johnson

It's no secret that Minnesotans are good at drinking. (We're no Wisconsin, but we do our best!) Where should you go today for the best house spirits, snacks, and even a cycling track? Check out our faves, and buy a round for the room! Read more

, Eat & Drink

Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

KDC-1/Shutterstock

In which we give crispy options. Read more

Foodie

Daniel Del Prado

Photograph by Eliesa Johnson

What does the chef of two of Minneapolis' hottest restos, Colita and Martina, want with a bakery space? Read more

Foodie

Billy Tserenbat is back at Bibuta!

Dara

Minnesota's favorite party sushi man is giving his skyway spot Bibuta new energy, and has a question for you: Would you ever drink in the skyways? Read more

Foodie

Charcuterie Board at Kieran's Ktichen Northeast

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

The restaurant represents everything we’ve been waiting for in the local food movement. Not incidentally, it’s delicious. Read more

Eat & Drink

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

Courtesy of Disney

How do you turn the Joker, Addams Family, and Maleficent into the best date-nights ever? Dara has thoughts. Read more

Foodie

The Cazela at Hola Arepa

Katy Dimick for Hola Arepa

Live your best #slothweek at Hola Arepa and Jinx Tea. Read more

Foodie

Chloe the Sloth at the Como Zoo

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

What’s sluggish and hairy and loved all over? It’s Chloe, the Como Zoo sloth! Read more

Arts & Culture

Richard W. Painter

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

President Trump comes to town—and political analyst Richard Painter explains his strategy. Read more

Arts & Culture

Pine Tree Apple Orchard

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

How to drink up a perfect fall day—with the kids. Read more

Eat & Drink

Colita

Photograph by Eliesa Johnson

Got your October Best Bars issue? Sneak peek the magic. Read more

Foodie

Troubadour in Uptown

Photo: Caitlin Abrams

This wine won't drink itself. Join us for a glass? Read more

Eat & Drink

Kate DiCamillo

Photo by Melanie Dunea

Ahead of her new book, "Beverly, Right Here," children's lit superstar Kate DiCamillo speaks on long lake walks with her dog, minimum-wage publishing jobs, and how to not sell Girl Scout Cookies. Read more

Arts & Culture

Stilheart - Lower floor

Little Box, Inc.

The North Loop's first (woman-owned) distillery opens in time for the holidays! Read more

Foodie

Chinese spare ribs, let us revel in the sticky red joy of char siu! Read more

Foodie

Ann Kim at Young Joni

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

New details on Ann Kim's forthcoming Uptown eatery in the former Lucia's spot. Read more

Foodie

Tai Hoa BBQ, St. Paul

Dara

If you haven't gotten roast pork from Tai Hoa, you don't know oink about Minnesota barbecue. Read more

Foodie

Charissa Roby

Photo by David Bowman

Scenes from the opening of the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Duluth. Read more

Arts & Culture

SPAM

Steve Cukrov/Shutterstock

Trendy chefs are celebrating SPAM coast-to-coast, and they’re leaving us in the dust. Read more

Foodie

Best Bars in the Twin Cities

Photograph by Eliesa Johnson

It's no secret that Minnesotans are good at drinking. (We're no Wisconsin, but we do our best!) Where should you go today for the best house spirits, snacks, and even a cycling track? Check out our faves, and buy a round for the room! Read more

, Eat & Drink

Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

KDC-1/Shutterstock

In which we give crispy options. Read more

Foodie

Daniel Del Prado

Photograph by Eliesa Johnson

What does the chef of two of Minneapolis' hottest restos, Colita and Martina, want with a bakery space? Read more

Foodie

Billy Tserenbat is back at Bibuta!

Dara

Minnesota's favorite party sushi man is giving his skyway spot Bibuta new energy, and has a question for you: Would you ever drink in the skyways? Read more

Foodie

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

Courtesy of Disney

How do you turn the Joker, Addams Family, and Maleficent into the best date-nights ever? Dara has thoughts. Read more

Foodie

Chloe the Sloth at the Como Zoo

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

What’s sluggish and hairy and loved all over? It’s Chloe, the Como Zoo sloth! Read more

Arts & Culture

Richard W. Painter

Photograph by Caitlin Abrams

President Trump comes to town—and political analyst Richard Painter explains his strategy. Read more

Arts & Culture

Pine Tree Apple Orchard

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

How to drink up a perfect fall day—with the kids. Read more

Eat & Drink

Colita

Photograph by Eliesa Johnson

Got your October Best Bars issue? Sneak peek the magic. Read more

Foodie

Troubadour in Uptown

Photo: Caitlin Abrams

This wine won't drink itself. Join us for a glass? Read more

Eat & Drink

Kate DiCamillo

Photo by Melanie Dunea

Ahead of her new book, "Beverly, Right Here," children's lit superstar Kate DiCamillo speaks on long lake walks with her dog, minimum-wage publishing jobs, and how to not sell Girl Scout Cookies. Read more

Arts & Culture

Stilheart - Lower floor

Little Box, Inc.

The North Loop's first (woman-owned) distillery opens in time for the holidays! Read more

Foodie

Chinese spare ribs, let us revel in the sticky red joy of char siu! Read more

Foodie

Ann Kim at Young Joni

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

New details on Ann Kim's forthcoming Uptown eatery in the former Lucia's spot. Read more

Foodie

Tai Hoa BBQ, St. Paul

Dara

If you haven't gotten roast pork from Tai Hoa, you don't know oink about Minnesota barbecue. Read more

Foodie

Aren't there any great restaurants where you can have a quiet chat? How about 10? Read more

Foodie

It took Dara three days to get through the 53 new beverages at the fair, but she crawled out alive with her top five! Read more

Eat & Drink