Which Minneapolis Eateries Boast America's Most Visually Exciting Dishes?

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New York has a bead on us, Minneapolis. Grubstreet, New York Magazine's dining section, pegged two of our restaurants as plating a couple of the 103 most beautiful dishes in the country right now.

Who are they? Hint:The dining rooms are pictured above.

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Uptown's Country Bar to Rise Again

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Like the holdout punk house that refuses to gentrify along with the neighborhood, the Country Bar was always that reliable dive with the cheap, strong pours, the greasy chicken wings (and greasy atmosphere), and the great jukebox. It's been shuttered for more than a year, without much in the way of an alternative for hard-drinkin' good times in the area.

Good news, hearty imbibers, we shall meet again under the brown and orange awnings, as early as this summer.

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Hungry? Single? Satiate Your Appetites on Luvafoodie.com

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Call yourself what you will -- foodie, gastronome, gourmet, gastronaut, epicure -- the general public might just call you annoying. Why? Because when we get among our people, there's no getting us off of the subject of eating and drinking. Are you grating Himalaya sea salt with a microplane? Because I am. Did you see the way Spoon and Stable side-plated that canapé? Crazy! Mexican Coke is going to corn syrup! The horror! And now, your date, the plastic surgeon who never eats anything unless it's Paleo, is glazing over like a donut. This is never gonna work out.

Time to shut down that Match.com and head over to Luvafoodie.

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The Spam Food Truck Brutally Spurns the Twin Cities

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Hankering for some Spam sushi? Well too bad, because the Spam food truck is passing us by. 

Did you know there is a such thing as a Spam food truck? Sadly, yes, there is, and it's further evidence that food truck culture has gone beyond jumping the shark. And you won't even be able to satisfy your morbid curiosity, because the truck is trucking on by its home state and taking its dubious sushi, enchiladas, and katsu sandwiches with it as it moves through a tour of America.

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Chef Shack Bay City Opens This Weekend

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Chef Shack Bay City is like your uncle's cabin, but with a way better bar. And French cooking.

A city only in name, the blink-and-you'll-miss-it postage-stamp town of Bay City emerges like the opening of a Garrison Keillor novel. The ice cream shop, the antiques store where some dude whose last name is probably Bunson sits among withering Adirondak chairs and weather vanes, and what is he doing? Whittling? There's a convenience store and a post office, and a little bank of cabins whose doorsteps practically lick the edge of the riverbank. And that's it! That's all that's there!

Wait, nope. The other thing that's there: Chef Shack Bay City, on the other side of the train tracks, where two New York City-trained chefs post up for the summer. In between food trucking, in between slinging BBQ at their other Minneapolis restaurant, in between stumping for the plight of women chefs everywhere; here they offer small-town hospitality and respite for weary travelers.

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Ten Things You Need to Know About the Minneapolis Organic Recycling Program

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Alma Guzman
Minneapolis is phasing in a citywide composting program.

Have you ever considered a composting pile but were afraid it would be stinky? What about one of those worm composting systems? I'm not sure about you, but I don't want a ball of worms slinking around underneath my kitchen sink, and I don't care what good cause it's for. The city of Minneapolis is phasing in an organic recycling program, and it might make these questions a little less fraught.

Here's how its going to work:

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Local Mushroom Foragers Question Safety of Mushroom Harvesting Certification Courses

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Morels are one of the mushrooms most commonly harvested by amateur foragers

Every spring, local mushroom enthusiasts become giddy with anticipation. Morel season, which starts around Mother's Day, gets amateur foragers out into the woods, in hopes of coming across mother lodes of this fungi, prized especially by chefs. If they gather many, many mushrooms, they may get a notion to sell them to those chefs or to grocers. This practice has been widely accepted as an "under the table" transaction, and most involved never thought too much about it.

But everybody knows that the wrong mushrooms can be dangerous, and in some cases even deadly. It stands to reason then, that entities such as the Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture would like to gain some measure of control over the practice. The question is: How much knowledge is enough knowledge for the amateur forager?

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Hola Arepa Makes the Cover of Food & Wine Magazine

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Photo courtesy of Hola Arepa Facebook Page

If you want further proof that Hola Arepa is one of the hottest new local restaurants, or that their brunch is the best in town, check out this month's issue of Food & Wine magazine, where their knee-buckling chilaquiles grace the cover.

They were included with seven other national restaurants deemed "The New Originals," places that are daring to shake off shackles and boldly do their own thing. Here's what else they had to say.

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"Women of The North," a Short Film on the Twin Cities Women Chefs Movement

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Carrie Summer, Kim Bartmann, and Lisa Carlson doing serious business at the National Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Convention in NYC

Though the event that galvanized them is almost two months old, the local constituency of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs have not stopped their efforts to get their voices more clearly heard in the media. Last weekend Kim Bartmann (Bartmann empire -- Barbette, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Tiny Diner, et al.), Lisa Carlson, and Carrie Summer (Chef Shack) traveled to New York City to attend the 22nd National Convention of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. A local filming company captured the buildup to the trip, and the short film illustrates some of their concerns, and what they hope to accomplish at the conference and over the coming year.

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Sunday Sales Fails Again, But With a Glimmer of Hope for the Future

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Patrik Nygren

Looking to make a last-minute purchase of vino for your Sunday picnic? Not this year you won't. Yesterday, an amendment to the liquor bill that would have allowed liquor stores to open and sell on Sunday was voted down on the Senate floor.

But if you are of the glass-half-full variety, you might have noticed how close the vote was -- 28 to 35 -- a much smaller margin than last year's 22 to 42 vote.

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