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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. 

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

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Libby Anderson for Demi

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

Foodie

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

Justin Sutherland of Handsome Hog

Photo by Caitlin Abrams

Our homegrown Top Chef and Iron Chef star (and Handsome Hog chef) is going to make the food scene at the new soccer stadium next level. Read more

Eat & Drink

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

Andrew Zimmern’s Lucky Cricket at West End is the last thing anyone expected: a national controversy about race, class, and “authentic” fried rice. And that’s just the first course. Read more

Eat & Drink

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

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

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

The top chef-restauranteur couple is taking over the old Be'Wiched North Loop spot for a slice-pizza and wine spot. Read more

Foodie

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

Heart of the Beast has been paying the entire cost of Minneapolis' favorite parade, and they can't afford it anymore. Read more

Arts & Culture

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

Foodie

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

demi_octopus_photobyLibbyAnderson.jpg

Libby Anderson for Demi

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

Foodie

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

Foodie

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