Frozen Chicken Nuggets Get a Chef Makeover -- And They're Good

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Photo courtesy of Hip Chick Farms

Go ahead. Work at Chez Panisse for a decade, Alice Waters's Berkeley church of the vegetable, where every carrot, each individual bean sprout, the very tops of the turnips are worshipped like Vishnu. And then till up the soil for your very own farm, to pull from the fragrant earth these very same things, and tend to them at your stoves, pausing every few minutes to feel quite self-satisfied indeed.

And then have a kid. She'll gleefully dump your organic carrot tops on the floor and demand one thing, and one thing only: chicken nuggets! What's a chef to do?

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Taste Some of the Top Ramen in the Country This Weekend at Zen Box

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Kamo (Duck) Shoyu Ramen

We already know that the Zen Box chefs have been working on their ramen technique like a would-be Ph.D. on her dissertation.

John Ng and Lina Goh are all but obsessed with all things ramen, and travel the world in pursuit of perfecting recipes, techniques, and learning histories and ramen culture. They recently returned from the XL Ramen Fest in Nashville, where seven of country's best ramen masters came together to showcase their noodles and stocks. They were tasked with creating a specialty recipe for the event. This weekend, you can taste Zen Box's specialty creation. It may well be one of the best ramens in the country, right now.

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Pizza, Meet Rice Bowl: Red Wagon Pizza Mashup at World Street Kitchen

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Photo courtesy of Red Wagon Facebook page
Can't decide on a restaurant? Mash it up.

Coke or Pepsi? Coffee or tea? Double stuffed Oreo, regular, or red velvet? Sake or sochu? Half caf or no caf? Ramen burger or cronut burger? The daunting abundance of choice in daily modern life can all but overwhelm enough to paralyze. Maybe just put the chain lock back on the door and succumb to tap water and saltines.

The nice people over at World Street Kitchen have taken some of the angst of it all and mashed it down for you. Or rather -- mashed it up. Each month they take a different inspiration and throw it in a rice bowl for their monthly Mashups. For the month of May, if both pizza and rice bowls sound divine and the choice has turned you into a raving loon, never fear. Have both, with the Red Wagon Pizza mashup.

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Japanese Rice Bowls At One, Two, Three Sushi: The Best New Skyway Lunch

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Mecca Bos

You already knew that One, Two, Three Sushi was sort of the Chipotle of sushi -- choose your rice, choose your protein, choose your veg, and they roll it up right in front of you, just like, you know 1, 2, 3. But now they've got a new location and a new item, and it's better than their sushi, which sometimes didn't stand up to all the other good skyway sushi places already doing great work. But now they've got something much, much better, and wait for it.... It might just be better than a Chipotle burrito bowl.

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Grand Cafe Goes Italian with Sunday Social Pizza Dinners

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Photo courtesy of Grand Cafe

We recently reported that Red Wagon Pizza was getting into the brunch game (and getting in deep, too, serving Saturday, Sunday, and Monday brunch) with pancakes, French toast, and yes, breakfast pizza.

And now, Grand Cafe, one of our town's most heralded brunch slingers (they've even gotten some national attention), is giving Red Wagon some friendly competition by getting into pie selling.

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What You'll Get at Afternoon Tea at Brit's Pub

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Mecca Bos
Afternoon Tea at Brit's Pub is fancy, yet not

There are certain things that mostly old people and little kids enjoy: dinner at 5 p.m., bake sales, chihuahuas, board games, tea parties. It's why grandparents and kids get along so well. So when I booked an afternoon tea at Brit's Pub for an auntie/niece date and she woke up sick, I wondered, could I just as well enjoy what amounts to sober happy hour without her? The experience is prepay at $17.95 per person ($9.95 for kids), so I was locked in.

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The Twin Cities Spots That Made the List of 1,000 Things to Eat Before You Die

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What do jellied eels and a frozen Milky Way have in common? They both made Mimi Sheraton's tome of a culinary bucket list, the recently published 1,000 Things to Eat Before You Die. From Swedish pancakes to Afghani cuisine, several Twin Cities establishments were recognized as top-notch purveyors. Before hopping a plane to London to try jellied eels, check these off your list.

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This Is the Best Cake in America: Patisserie 46's "Chocolate"

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Mecca Bos

We know that John Kraus of Patisserie 46 led his team to win bronze in the world pastry competition, the Coupe de Monde, back in February. But did you know that you can now buy the chocolate cake that steered them to victory at Patisserie 46?

That's right, Minnesota: The country's best chocolate cake is available for your consumption, right now. An individual portion slice retails for $5.25. We got three, and we could eat them all. It's called simply "Chocolate." It needs no other introduction.

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Super Soups: Warming Bowls for the Final Wintry Stretch

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Mecca Bos
Leek potato soup at Dan Kelly's: comforting and beautiful

The steely gray of late March commands some type of action. These drab days, sad days, nothing-much-to-do days can drive one to:

A: Drink
B: Cry
C: Drink and Cry
D: Climb into bed and consume soup

"D" being the most "centered" option, the one that will worry your family the least, our advice is to do just that. A list to get us all started on the road to sound mental health.

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World Street Kitchen "Mashups": Eat Your Favorite People, Places, and Things

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Photo courtesy of WSK Facebook Page

Besides food, Saffron and World Street Kitchen chef Sameh Wadi has lots of enthusiasms. But he's so very often working in the kitchen, how can he possibly indulge in them? Like any good artist, he figures it best to express his love of a thing (or a person or a place) through his art.

That's how mashups were born. "We just take something we like, and interpret it through a rice bowl."

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