Download a coupon, forfeit your rights?: General Mills restricts consumers' right to sue

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General Mills, the Minnesota-based corporation responsible for brands like Pillsbury and Betty Crocker, has amended its legal policies to prohibit those who download coupons, enter sweepstakes, or join in related online communities from suing the company, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The news quickly spread, sparking outrage among social media users concerned that the new policies would apply to those who 'like' General Mills-affiliated companies on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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Chow down with Hot Dish at the Best of the Twin Cities Party!

Get ready for Glam Doll Donuts at the Best of the Twin Cities 2014 party.

Our annual Best of the Twin Cities issue is out and we want you to hit the red carpet with us and toast another year of the good life in our favorite sister cities. Join us on Thursday, April 24 at Muse Event Center as we drink, dance, and, of course, chow down on some tasty food. Click here to purchase your tickets, and read on for a full list of participating restaurants.

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Stone Arch Sling at Spoonriver: A landmark drink of the week

East meets Midwest in Spoonriver's Stone Arch Sling.

Stone Arch Sling
Spoonriver Restaurant

For even the heartiest and halest winter-faring Minnesotan, the arrival of spring, so vibrant on the heels of months of shades of gray, feels a lot like Dorothy emerging from her crashed up black and white farmhouse into an exotic Technicolor blaze. Embrace this opportunity to explore your city with new eyes. Get outside. Be a tourist. Stroll St. Anthony Main, hop on a bike and cruise along the Mississippi, then unwind in relaxed, earthy style at Spoonriver, sipping on a Stone Arch Sling.

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Weekend brew round-up: Excelsior taproom reopens, Mankato releases Ceres Summer Ale

Categories: Beer

Loren Green

Last weekend most of Minnesota's brewers were en route to Denver for the World Beer Cup. Six medals later, they've grabbed their return flights and are back serving suds to thirsty Minnesotans.

This weekend brings a newly reopened taproom. Excelsior Brewing in, you got it, Excelsior, had a soft open on Thursday night, showing off their remodeled and expanded digs. The space is now open to the public and a grand opening celebration is in the works.

As for beer nightlife, Lift Bridge Brewery is hosting Mean Gene & the Woodticks live in their taproom on Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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Ask Hot Dish: Where can I eat out if I have food allergies?

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Strategies for eating out when some foods could kill you
We at the Hot Dish love helping eaters find the perfect dining or drinking experience. In a new ongoing series, we'll be answering your most pressing food- and drink-related questions. If you've got a query, email us and you might see your question and our answer here.

My grandson has a peanut allergy. Is there anywhere safe to take him?

Dining out is a time to come together with friends and family, a chance to relax over a plate of delicious food. When you're dealing with a food sensitivity that can result in inconvenient discomfort or something much worse, how do you know where to eat? 

It's estimated that some 15 million Americans are afflicted by food allergies and 1 in every 13 children suffers from some form of this potentially deadly aversion. We put the call out to local chefs and sufferers of food allergies to learn more about safe dining when dealing with dire dietary concerns.

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MN brewers win 6 medals at World Beer Cup

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photo courtesy of Summit Brewing Company
Summit brewers Gabe Smoley and Eric Harper accepting their award

Minnesota brewers had a good showing at last weekend's World Beer Cup in Denver, as five local breweries won a combined six awards for various styles of beer, proving once again that our hopping brew scene is a matter of quality over quantity.

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O'Cheeze grilled cheese food truck to launch at Fulton Brewery tomorrow

Categories: Now Open

Courtesy of O'Cheeze
The cheesiest of trucks

Love cheese? Dream about finding a revolutionary way of serving it between slices of bread? Then Haley and Tony Fritz, the proprietors of the new fromage-centric food truck O'Cheeze, are your kind of people. This Saturday, they are rolling out their yellow mobile kitchen at Fulton Brewery, hangin' there all day from noon through 11 p.m., and presenting a menu of amped up grilled cheese sandwiches and soups.

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All You Can Easter: A guide to the Easter buffet

Categories: Buffet Buff
Courtesy of the St. Paul Hotel
The rather fancy Easter brunch spread at the St. Paul Hotel
Easter comes but once a year, and it should be circled with three markers on the calendar of any aspiring buffet buff. If done right, Easter is a unique opportunity to eat your weight in ham, fettuccine, seafood, and desserts. If done wrong, you'll end up at the kids table of an Old Country Buffet playing with Sweet'N Low packets. Check out these recommendations and do your Easter right. 

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First Look: Hen House Eatery

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The new look of 114 S. Eighth St.

How do you take over the space of a downtown Minneapolis institution (Peter's Grill) and make a go of it? The three women at the helm of the new Hen House Eatery, Barb Gardiner, Maribel Cuadros Perrault, and Tara Koenig, worked together for years at Keys in the Foshay, and are betting on homey baked goods, tasty breakfasts, and a long weekday happy hour to motivate worker bees to fill the seats morning, noon, and well, early evening.

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Las Teresitas makes Travel & Leisure's list of best Mexican restaurants in the U.S.

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The enchilada burrito from South Minneapolis's Las Teresitas
We've been proponents of Las Teresitas since it opened about two years ago. The south Minneapolis cantina was our pick for Best Mexican Restaurant in 2013 and our Best Taco winner in 2012. Now it seems Travel & Leisure magazine has not only stumbled across the south-side taqueria, but they've also named it one of the best Mexican restaurants in the United States.

Las Teresitas appears alongside such notable restaurants as celebrity chef Rick Bayless's Topolobampo in Chicago, Jose Andreas's Oyamel in Washington D.C., and Alex Stupak's Empellon Cocina in New York City. There are of course other small hole-in-the-wall taco joints on the list, but those are some pretty big names for a small strip mall restaurant to rub elbows with.

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