Lone Grazer Creamery Is Newest Addition to Kieran Folliard's Food Building

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Mecca Bos
Rueben Nilsson is the cheesemaker behind Lone Grazer Creamery

It was a simple dream: Reuben Nilsson wanted to make something that he could share with others at the end of the day. He went to the University of Minnesota to study food science, graduated, and knew he would make beer or cheese. He worked at the Caves of Faribault for seven years, making some of the best blue cheeses in our region. He made mention to a friend that he might want to go off on his own one day. His friend said: "I know a guy."

That guy? Kieran Folliard of Kieran's, of Three Gingers, one of the masterminds behind Red Table Meat, and now mastermind behind Food Building, a northeast Minneapolis space where food wizards come to do what they do best, and then share it with the world.

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Look Out, Bite Squad -- Litespeed Bike Delivery Brings Food Fast and Hot

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Photo courtesy of Litespeed Delivery Faebook Page
Anything cars can do bikes can do better

Cars are so 2008. Jean Paul Beaulieu knew it when the recession hit and his 15-year tenure at Chiang Mai Thai suddenly became far less lucrative than it once was.

As an avid cyclist will usually do in times of strife, he turned to his bike. It seemed to offer answers. He knew he needed to get out of the food industry, but not entirely, because he loved it. So, what if he could combine the two?
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Cafe Racer Colombian BBQ and Hot Dogs Now Open in Seward Clicquot Club Space

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Photo courtesy of Cafe Racer Facebook page

We like the idea of the convergence of Cafe Racer and the Clicquot Club building in Seward. Cafe Racer is one of those hardworking little food trucks that has been around for a couple of years, but you may not have heard of it -- owners Luis and Christine Patino create Colombian home-cooking favorites that Louis learned, where else, but in his grandmama's kitchen. He was a paralegal who got a wild hair to follow his heart, where else, but into the kitchen.

The Clicquot Club building has always been a coveted space for little restaurants that could (and sometimes couldn't). It's in a desirable neighborhood and cute as a button. It's formerly been the ill-fated Cake Eater Bakery, and then the Donut Cooperative. Here's to hoping the Patinos will have a more permanent stay.

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Snack Attack? Junk Food Delivery Service "Fetch My Soda" to the Rescue

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Photo courtesy of Fetch My Soda Facebook Page
Don't get up. Let Fetch My Soda fix that snack attack.

Must drinkers always, always have all the fun?

DrinkFly liquor delivery service launched last year for booze at the touch of an app when traveling isn't desirable or prudent.

But what about when other cravings strike and traveling, even to the corner store, is just as undesirable?

Fetch my Soda has got you.

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Tinto Cocina + Cantina Is Now Open and Serving Made-to-Order Tortillas

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Mecca Bos

Uptown has been desperately wringing its hands in hopes of some good Mexican food. Recent transplant Salsa a la Salsa has largely disappointed, as have Lagos Tacos and Nico's for really good, craveable tacos with a dose of authenticity. Real-deal handmade corn masa tortillas, well seasoned roasted meats, nose-running chile, and lots of fresh cilantro with shaved radish and lime. Tinto Cocina + Cantina might just be poised to fit that bill. Jesus. We pray.

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Simpls in the Skyway: A Healthy Foods Convenience Store

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Simpls Facebook Page
Look at them all! Young pros on the go, grabbing and going at Simpls skyway convenience store for the heath food set.

There's a certain breed of animal. They are called Millennial Professionals, and hoo boy are they in a hurry! Look for them in their natural habitat, the skyway system. But please, move to the side, don't get in their way, and do not feed them. They've got this. And did we mention that they're in a hurry?

You see, these young professionals didn't get to be that way because they spent a lot of time sitting, contemplating, chewing cud like a slit-eyed cow. No! They've got work to do! Let's get this lunch thing done, and let's get a move on. And it had better be healthy. Strong abs are key to the fast life.

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New Digs (With Brewery!) for Verdant Tea Shop and Sample Room

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Tony Nelson

Everybody: Watch out for the Ducklers, David and Lily and Eva (husband, wife, and 18-year old sister to David). They're like mythical creatures, they're so savvy and smart and overachieving.

David is a fluent speaker of Chinese who received a grant partly funded by the CIA to go to China for research and education and in part to and glean the stories of tea producers -- the myths, traditions, and folklore behind this ancient product.

While there, they worked as professors by day and gathered these stories by evening, and they developed a deep and abiding love of tea and the people who produce it.

When they left, they made a promise to all of their new friends that once back in the U.S. they would share the stories. So being the dutiful professors that they were, they wrote papers and did lectures doing just that.

But the stories didn't really make sense without the tea.

So suddenly, they were in the tea import business and opened Verdant Tea, Cafe and Tasting Room in Seward.

But of course, as with any good overachievers, they didn't stop there.

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Shagalicious: Shag Sushi and Wok in the North Loop Is Now Open and It's Good!

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Mecca Bos
Do I make you horny baby, do I?

You will grow older and you will see a great many things. You will become jaded. It could be anything: a font, a word, the angle of the sun.

Inexplicable ire and disdain will rise from some deep recess of your soul. You will become curmudgeonly.

And sometimes, along comes something, and you will be surprised. And you will be happy.

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Tibet to Tartlets: Old Seward Himalayan Restaurant is Now Mon Petit Cheri Bakery Cafe

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Mecca Bos

When I stop by the just barely open Mon Petit Cheri in the old Seward Himalayan space, baker/chef/owner Emily Rheigans is asleep.

"She usually gets the bakery case filled and then she takes a quick nap before she starts the bread," a cook steps out of the kitchen to tell me.

Smart. Savvy. A girl needs to be practical in this harsh, competitive world of baked goods.

Luckily, I got her on the phone earlier in the day.

She tells me she visited France but couldn't speak the language. No matter -- the savvy in this world lead with their foibles. There's bound to be someone who loves you for it.

"Mon petit cheri" being the only thing she could say with a convincing French accent, she called it good enough and slapped it on her awning.

The no-pretense attitude will come out in the food, too, she says. "We're not afraid to have chocolate chip banana bread on the menu."

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Shhhh: Prairie Dogs Restaurant "Quietly Open" on Lake Street

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Photo courtesy of Prairie Dogs Facebook Page
It's a bright, sunshiny day for Prairie Dogs: Their brick-and-mortar is finally open.

Don't wake the babies. And by babies we mean all the cute little dogs and sausages of Prairie Dogs, all snug and looped and linked and napping in their permanent home after a year on the road with little hobo sacks slung over their porky little shoulders. They must be so relieved.

Or at least co-owners Tobie Nidetz and Craig Johnson oughta be, though they're still working out a few kinks, and say that they're currently conducting "a few trials."

Which means: Prairie Dogs is now open on Lake Street! (On a limited basis).

The scoop:

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