General Mills backtracks on forced arbitration; reverts to former legal policy

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Photo by Yamal via Flickr
Last week, General Mills changed its legal policy to prohibit those who download coupons, enter sweepstakes, or join online communities from suing the company. Instead, customers would be forced to resolve complaints through arbitration.

In response to widespread criticism General Mills received over the policy change, the company quickly reversed its position and went back to its original legal policy on Friday afternoon.

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Guess where I'm eating?

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Every week, we'll show you a photo we've snapped at a local restaurant -- it's up to you to guess the dish and the restaurant that serves it. The first person to answer correctly in the comments (create a Voice Places account or comment anonymously, but be sure to leave your email address when prompted-- it won't be visible), will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card to a local restaurant. 

This week's Guess Where is a pizza, yes. We are giving that bit of information away as a freebie. But what we really want to know is the name of this particular pie, a hearty combo inspired by the flavors of eastern Europe. If you've experienced this savory slice, let us know the name of the pizza and the establishment that serves it down in the comments section below.

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Take a peek inside Christopher Straub's fridge [VIDEO]

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Emily Eveland
Christopher Straub with his two-headed duck in a jar.
You may recognize Christopher Straub from season six of Project Runway, the competitive fashion design show hosted by German bombshell Heidi Klum. Though he was eventually voted off the show, he's remained a fixture in Minnesota's fashion world. In December, he unveiled two dresses made entirely from wrapping paper for Papyrus at the Mall of America. Straub continues to sell clothing and accessories on his personal website.

Hot Dish met with Straub at his Shakopee home to invade his refrigerator, chat about the Mystic Lake buffet, and discover a magical toilet-shaped candy.

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

Categories: News

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Photo by Y'amal via Flickr
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!

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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

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East meets Midwest in Spoonriver's Stone Arch Sling.

Stone Arch Sling
Spoonriver Restaurant
$9.50

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

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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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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

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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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