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Shopping The Farmers Market Safely During COVID-19 + Seasonal Dishes Created With My Bounty From The Mill City Farmers Market

“If you ate today, thank a farmer” ~ Author Unknown

Farmers are the chief essential officers and caretakers of our food supply and they should be celebrated as such. During this pandemic, adaptability and nimbleness have become essential to their survival, and ours. The fallout from COVID-19 has illuminated the critical nature of acquainting ourselves with exactly where our food comes from and how to access it.  Our support for those who grow and source it is imperative.  Farmers markets are categorized as essential grocery providers and have historically been a place for community to gather.  They are the conduit to a healthy diet and now more than ever, they are one of the vital connections that link consumers to their local food chain.

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Tattersall Distilling: Leading The Way In Sustainable Spirits

“If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed.  The vision pulls you” – Steve Jobs

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When we think about sustainability in the food and beverage realm, spirits haven’t typically been at the forefront of what comes to mind.  Until now.  Back in January, I attended the launch event for a USDA certified, Non-GMO organic vodka at Tattersall Distilling in Northeast Minneapolis. From seed to bottle, their vision and commitment to the creation of this ethereal spirit via the use of organic grains is something to be celebrated.  Following that event, I had the opportunity to meet with Co-Founder and Chief Officer, Jon Kreidler for a tour and discussion.  I am thrilled to be able to share the narrative of this organic vodka journey, as well as the various ways that Tattersall Distilling is making sustainable spirit production a central part of their mission.

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The Tiny Diner Permaculture Garden: A Sustainable Urban Oasis In Minneapolis

“We will continue to create a new world – seed by seed, person by person, community by community – until this planet is embraced in a circle of resurgent life and resurgent love”  ~ Vandana Shiva (Indian Scholar, Environmental Activist, Food Sovereignty Advocate)

The permaculture garden project at the Tiny Diner is 6 years old.  From the vast array of edible plants, to rain water re-use, to the pollinator gardens and solar panels, the Tiny Diner garden is the quintessential example of the concept of resurgent life.  The meaning of resurgent is “to rise again” and every season the Tiny Diner garden does so with fervor.  It is used to generate energy, nourish customers, share knowledge and build community in the most eco-friendly and sustainable ways possible.

This urban permaculture garden was Kim Bartmann’s vision. Kim is a chef & restaurateur, a positive change agent and a sustainability leader in every sense of the word.  She is a two time James Beard Award semi-finalist and self described “instigator”. She has made significant and inspiring contributions in all areas of sustainablity within the restaurant industry and in the communities that her businesses are located in.  There are 9 restaurants in the Bartmann Group portfolio and all of them have sustainable measures built into their day to day operations.  The Tiny Diner is an amazing representation of the abundant returns that are possible in a small, urban garden space.

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Where to Eat & Drink In And Around Minneapolis During The NCAA MEN’S Final Four Basketball Tournament

“Basketball isn’t just a sport. It’s an art, one that must be mastered to succeed”

~ Stephen Curry

Happy Final Four week everyone! Welcome to the glorious city of Minneapolis!

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It’s an exciting time to be here as we are once again hosting a major sporting event.  In February of 2018 the Super Bowl came to town.  This weekend basketball will reign supreme.   Continue reading Where to Eat & Drink In And Around Minneapolis During The NCAA MEN’S Final Four Basketball Tournament

Artists in the Kitchen Exhibition

“Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back” 

There is an ever-present and intense drive amongst artists, restaurateurs/chefs, food writers and influencers to be creators of beauty and nourishers of souls.  The new Artists In The Kitchen Exhibition, happening now at the Textile Center, hits both marks in the most remarkable way.  The exhibit highlights a magnificent display of 50 works by women artists inspired by 50 women chefs and restaurateurs (see the list of participants at the end of the article).  The artists ability to translate unique and powerful culinary experiences through the use of textiles is extraordinary and the outcome is well worth seeing.

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The Twin Cities Restaurant Scene: Eating and Imbibing During The Week Of The Big Game

The pinnacle of football game days is almost upon us and the anticipation has been building.  There are throngs of exciting events surrounding this colossal affair.  The Bold North is ready! We’re bursting with immense cultural activities, tremendous musical talent, ice bars aplenty and of course bounteous opportunities for dining and imbibing.

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Burrata Cheese

“We see the beauty within and cannot say no” ~ Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Burrata cheese has a beautiful essence about it.  It is a fresh Italian cheese made from water buffalo and/or cows milk mozzarella and has a center filled with a rich and silky cream.  It is also my latest culinary obsession.  It’s common knowledge among my family and friends that I love cheese, all types of cheese but Burrata has a metamorphic quality that I find very provocative.  I cannot say no.

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Consider Me Caffeinated: A Global Espresso Art Gallery

 

“Adventure in life is good; consistency in coffee is even better” ~ Justine Chen, North of Beautiful 

My search for the perfect cup of coffee knows no bounds.  I am ardent and unapologetic regarding my caffeine infatuation.  Whether it is our weekend latte treks in the Twin Cities or when traveling abroad,  I am always on the hunt for the consummate coffee experience.  While the quality of the java holds high significance, it is as much or more about the venue and who I’m getting caffeinated with that matters.  Sipping a morning espresso alongside the locals at the Mercado De La Boqueria in Barcelona or slipping into a café near the Campo De Fiori in Rome with John are a couple of my very best café memories.  Today I am sharing some of my favorite coffee occasions through photos.  Enjoy and please share yours with me, I look forward to seeing your pics and hearing your cafe recommendations.  Read on if you would like to learn more about the definition of espresso and the associated terms.

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Out and About: The Sparrow Cafe

Sunday’s seem to the best day for John and I to venture out and explore the coffee scene in the Twin Cities.  This was our first visit to the Sparrow Cafe on Penn Avenue in Minneapolis.  I love the bright wall murals and the sparrow theme.  On a January day in Minnesota this cafe was a definite spirit lifter.  Friendly baristas, amazing pastries (We split the Pan Au Chocolat) and oh yea, the Fair Trade Coffee made the Sparrow Cafe worth the drive.  We’ll definitely return again.  Bonus: it’s across the street from Broder’s Pasta bar and just around the corner from Terzo restaurant and wine bar.  The location is prime.

Address: 5001 Penn Avenue S, Minneapolis

Website: The Sparrow Cafe