How to Live a More Examined Life: Eating Crab Legs in a Minnesota Dive Bar

Gaal Levine
Fortune does not always favor the bold.

Cuzzy's Grill & Bar is a great place to get poisonously drunk.

It's darkly lit, and the furniture has a distinct "purchased at an office closing we found on Craigslist" feel. The walls are lined with dingy, marked-up dollar bills, and I half expect to see Charles Bukowski in the back corner misogynizing his waitress. There's not a drop of sea spray within a thousand miles.

Not the kind of place you wanna get fruits de mer.

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Sotapitcher's State-Shaped Mugs Take "Drink Minnesota" Literally

Loren Green
A selection of Nice Pint Club steins -- note the traditional pint glass and dairy creamer for scale.

You've got your local craft beer, your favorite local brewery t-shirt, and your regular seat at the local taproom bar, but how local is your drinking glass?

"Many have heard of the German tradition of drinking beer from a boot-­shaped glass," says Sotapitcher, the company that has created a stoneware pitcher/pint in the unique shape of our beloved state. "But we're Minnesotans, why not drink out of a state-shaped glass?"


The start-up company, which premiered earlier this year on Kickstarter, has introduced the Nice Pint Club, a series of new mugs and shooters designed in a Minnesota likeness and adorned with the logos and locations of eight Minnesota breweries.

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Does Soylent Actually Taste Like Playdough? [Video]

What Does Soylent Actually Taste Like? from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

We're into experimentation here at City Pages... whether you give us heaping plateful of lamb testicles, some sneakily obtained camel milk, or just straight-up bugs, we're game to try just about anything.

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Hot Dog! 16 Pups That Put Your Food-Themed Halloween Costume to Shame

Categories: Food Funnies

Don Hankins
Introducing... Puppy Longstocking!
Forget Dorothy and Toto. See ya, Charlie Brown and Snoopy. This Halloween, it's time to get creative with your love of food... and pets. From sushi to Sriracha, there's plenty of super easy foodie costume inspiration floating around... for humans that is. Finding the perfect costume for your dog can be ruff, but we've rounded up some of the most adorable getups for your furry friends. Even if you don't have a pooch to put in disguise, there's no resisting the squee-factor of a dog dressed as a taco. (A taco!)

Without further ado, here are the cutest costumes for the little foodie pups in your life.

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A Memphis Native Reviews the Memphis Menu at Tiny Diner

Hannah Sayle

Look, Memphis isn't an "it" city. Its population is declining, it's been ranked one of the poorest cities in the United States, and outside of the South, people routinely pass over it for its rival to the east, Nashville, or Nashvegas, or whatever nickname hipsters trot out as they unpack their stupid acoustic guitars and try on their first stupid pair of cowboy boots.

But Memphis has it together when it comes to a few things -- our music (Sun Studio, Stax, Graceland), our food (barbecue, fried chicken, barbecue) -- and so when Tiny Diner announced its rotating menu would feature some Memphis-inspired dishes, this particular Memphian-cum-Minneapolitan got a little giddy. As an old friend used to say, "It was on like a pot of neck bones."

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Arby's record-breaking, 13-hour TV ad airs in Duluth

Categories: Food Funnies

A watched pot never boils, but a watched brisket will cook low, slow, and tantalizingly

Perhaps you're familiar with the televised yule log, a continuous loop of a crackling fire that airs around the holidays for those of us without a proper fireplace. On Saturday, Arby's aired something similar -- with the key addition of a slow-roasted hunk of brisket -- on My9 in Duluth, Minnesota.

The ad was Arby's attempt to break the Guinness world record for the longest television commercial. The 13-hour ad for Arby's new Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich smoked the record-holder, Nivea, by 12 hours, according to the New York Times.

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The Rabbit Hole mistakenly pursued by police in relation to local house show

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The Rabbit Hole mistakenly pursued by police in relation to local house show

Categories: Food Funnies

The Rabbit Hole
On Friday morning, the Minneapolis Police Department contacted Thomas Kim of the Rabbit Hole in Midtown Global Market to inform him that hosting a kegger in his restaurant was illegal and would be shut down if pursued. Kim had no idea what they were talking about.

As it turns out, the organizers of a record release show for local band False Teeth mistakenly linked their Facebook event page to the Rabbit Hole's Facebook page. The house where the show will take place is also called the Rabbit Hole. The MPD, apparently searching the web for weekend house shows to bust, jumped at the opportunity.

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Minneapolis gets bizarre shoutout in Starburst ad

Categories: Food Funnies
The ceilings are low in miniMinneapolis.

Minneapolis gets a bizarre shoutout in a new commercial for Starburst Minis.

The tiny Starbursts are apparently manufactured in a city called miniMinneapolis, where all the ceilings are low and everything is too small.

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The 25 Best Forgotten 1990s Food Commercials

In honor of the Totally Sweet '90s Book Launch Party at Magers & Quinn, we compiled a whole slew of our favorite (and sadly, discontinued) foods available during the 1990s... and their respective commercial gems.

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Marilyn Hagerty: Interview with genius Olive Garden reviewer

Everybody online today is enjoying the publication of The Greatest Restaurant Review Ever Written, a piece entitled "Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome" by Marilyn Hagerty of the Grand Forks Herald.

There are so many evocative parts of the review: The "two long, warm breadsticks," the raspberry lemonade that is proffered but rejected in favor of water. The understated yet wistful tone is reminiscent of a William Carlos Williams poem.

So far, the Olive Garden review has been tweeted over 6,800 times, and Liked on Facebook 4,477 times. The editors at the Grand Forks Herald are scrambling to assemble an article on the outsized reaction for tomorrow's paper, but in the meantime, we called Marilyn Hagerty to get her response to the sudden Internet fame.

I'd like to make clear that I didn't intend to come off as disrespectful in this post. The reason I asked about the lemonade and the breadsticks is because so many of her readers seemed to enjoy those lines in her review and I wanted to get the back story. I'm a fan of Marilyn and her work--I really do think she has a brilliant voice, both in print and on the phone--and I apologize if my enthusiasm seemed sarcastic rather than genuine.

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