l

lizpeck's Profile

Title Last Reply

Designing a complete foodie experience.

For the out-of-towners, in case this is not obvious, MCFM=Mill City Farmer's Market...

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Perhaps, but IMHO Hammerheart is doing some of the most experimental and unique brewing in this area right now - smoked grains, barrel aging, wild yeasts etc. As with anything experimental, they don't always hit it out of the park, but they are always interesting. Definitely geared toward the adventurous palate.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Good point - I always forget about their limited hours since we normally go on Saturday afternoon. You can also get Bang Beer at Ngon Bistro.

May 21, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Whilst on your way into town from Marine On St. Croix (I assume that is where you are staying?) you could easily pop in to Hammerheart in Lino Lakes for a quick pint.

Whilst in St. Paul visiting Golden Fig and Hmong Marketplace you could swing by Bang Brewing (did I mention they use all organic ingredients?)

Perhaps the Mill City Farmer's Market, which is very close to One on One, would be a better bet than the St Paul Farmers Market? Smaller, but more artisanal ... Also, whilst at One on One you are quite near Local D'Lish, a lovely shop featuring local products.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Since you plan to hit One on One for the Black Walnut pop-up, you may want to think about paying a visit to maverick Chef Landon Schoenefeld at Haute Dish for a taste of his wonderfully creative takes on classic Midwestern food. They have a great bar with an excellent tap list too, and it's right next door to the bike shop. Chef Shoenefeld has been featured in Food & Wine several times and is an underrated Twin Cities treasure.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Second for Ngon. Not only is their food carefully prepared and locally sourced, but they also feature mixologist cocktails and a well-curated selection of craft beer.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Second on Piccolo. From Mr. Anthony Bourdain - "There's a great restaurant in Minneapolis called Piccolo. Terrific. Really cutting edge, really creative food."

Say what you will about Mr. B - the man knows good food, IMHO.

Designing a complete foodie experience.

Bang Brewing, next to Urban Growler - even smaller and more intimate, and IMHO, better beer.

Hammerheart Brewing, in Lino Lakes, moto -to brew beers inspired by NORSE and CELTIC history, lore, old world tradition, beauty and wonder of dense forests, running water, towering mountains and of course, all forms of heavy metal.

Town Hall Brewing - their Masala Mama IPA earned a rare 100 on RateBeer.com

Du Nord Craft Spirits - gin, vodka and whiskey made from locally sourced ingredients.

Fun restaurant between airport and Chanhassen

What about Baker's Ribs or Punch Pizza, both near the Eden Prairie Center?

Mar 18, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Minnesota-made food items for gift basket?

Local D’Lish has a great selection of local items too.

Minnesota-made food items for gift basket?

Also the Mill City Farmers market has wonderful local goods.

Minnesota-made food items for gift basket?

Beez Kneez honey
Red Table cured meats

Mar 13, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Anniversary Dinner--like the Strip Club but different?

While not exactly in the vein of Strip Club or B&B, Piccolo is our go-to place for a special occasion meal.

Jan 22, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Dumplings

Momos, gyoza, Xiaolongbao, Shumai, Mandu, Jiaozi...
Who's making the best dumplings in the Twin Cities area?

Jan 16, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Costco-January 2015

Polder Goat Cheese
Dodoni Feta
Organic coffee beans
Organic frozen broccoli
Organic frozen peas
Organic frozen blueberries
Organic romaine hearts six pack
Wild caught frozen cod
San Pelegrino water
Organic olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Tellicherry peppercorns
Organic chia seeds
Papayas

Aldi has better crimini mushrooms - not a fan of the Dole brand carried by Costco.

Oh yeah, and booze.

Jan 14, 2015
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

Thanks - I actually saw this round up post and it is exactly what prompted me to ask for some help in negotiating the myriad of intriguing options.

I will do a board search for Richmond district recommendations.

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

Yes, I remember reading about the Marshall area oyster places - thanks for the reminder! Any board preferences there, or are they all good?

Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

Yeah, so I had suspected. As a fellow fine ale aficionado I find it disheartening that despite the craft beer explosion it is still so hard to find an establishment with both excellent food and a great beer selection.

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

Good point! Just the sort of Bay Area insight for which I was hoping.

Weekend Trip Report Day 3 and 4 (Maven/Frances/Bar Tartine/The Cavalier)

Ah, Zwanze Day at Mikkeller Bar - jealous! Did you try the food there?

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

This looks perfect - Burmese food is something we definitely don't see in our parts. Plus it fits my theory that some of the best affordable chow can be found in the remote suburban outposts of any urban area.

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

This looks fantastic.

I suppose I should further clarify re Mendochino, that we are actually going to be staying just north of the Mendo/Sonoma border, so almost board-worthy.

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

That looks wonderful, although we will actually not be that far north. Perhaps a side trip is in order.

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

You are correct, sir - by "most generous," I actually meant "widest variety!"

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

Very helpful, particularly for highlighting some of the East Bay's offerings, which seem to be harder to track down.

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

Ah, great info regarding northern vs southern pho and the generosity of respective herb plates! Thanks.

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

Thanks for all the great responses! To clarify, we are open to exploring the entire Bay Area, but since we are flying in to SFO and then heading north to Mendocino, we would prefer to not back track to the South Bay, though I know it holds treasures.

Help needed to sort through Bay Area budget dining options, please!

Hi, three of us flying in to SFO from MSP for a couple of nights and then traveling up to Mendocino. While we would dearly love to have our minds blown by the likes of Saison, Oliveto, or SPQR, our budget is modest though our tastes are lavish. So, I am hoping for recommendations for your favorite "best bang for the buck" spots - dumplings with springiest skins, pho with most generous "herb plate", taqueria with extensive salsa bar and offal options, most ma la Szechuan, Burmese with funkiest tea leaves, banh mi with crustiest baguette, East Indian/South Asian with the freshest spices, most obscure and excellent regional Chinese, affordable neighborhood bistro with under-the-radar chef trained in over-the-radar kitchen, best deal on local seafood, taverns with above average bar food (no burgers or pizza {lactose issues} please) or, insert your favorite cheap eats destination here. Any and all cuisine styles are welcome and we will have a car so location is not an issue, though would prefer to stay north of SFO.

While many of these topics are tackled in individual threads and posts, we would love to have a compendium of the latest top choices by the discerning palates of the SFBA Chowhounds.

Thanks!

Three nights in ATL - a trip report

Hello Atlanta! Back from a three night stay and, thanks to Chowhound, enjoyed some fabulous meals.

Relegated to Kennesaw for the duration, and wishing to avoid the nightmare that is rush hour 75, we had initially hoped to find chow worthy dining within a 15 or so mile radius of that joyless burg. So I was much heartened to read about Local Three Kitchen & Bar in the Smyrna area. It seemed to fit all my criteria - locally sourced ingredients, imaginative preparations, reasonable prices. Knowing many restaurants are closed on Mondays, I had double checked their website only to find it locked and dark when we arrived.

After a quick perusal of Yelp we decided that Seven Lamps was the closest Chow approved destination and headed off to Buckhead. What a great meal: a wonderfully rich and slightly smoky fennel vichyssoise, a deeply flavorful heirloom tomato and local peach salad and a plate of tender, savory wood roasted local trout. Serendipitous indeed, and a challenge to my theory that no truly good chow is to be found at upscale strip malls.

The next night we decided that the drive to/from Buckhead had not been so bad so we ventured further to the place I had really hoped to try - BoccaLupo. And were we glad we did: a lovely, delicate Low Country fritto misto, local mixed lettuces salad with soulful goat cheese and the epic 20 yolk tagliatelle. So simple, so delicious, and not a powder or a foam in sight.

Dinner number three we had our minds blown at Gu's Bistro on Buford Highway by a simple dish of green peppers with black vinegar (as suggested by Yvonne,) an order of springy Chengdu dumplings with chili oil and an absolutely astonishing Spicy Fish Fillet in Hot Pot, from the tingly ma la depths of which we kept extracting surprise after delicious surprise: a vast tangle of chewy soybean sprouts, impossibly wide glassy bean starch noodles, assorted umami-rich fungi and a dazzling array of exotic whole spices. This fantastic meal provided the corollary of my previous theory: the best chow in most cities is to be found in its downscale strip malls.

We did manage to have a couple of reasonably good lunches in Kennesaw thanks to the charming Malaysian folks at Penang. There is good chow to be had there providing you can convince them that, yes, you have eaten beef stomach before, and yes, something described as very fishy, very sour and very spicy sound delicious.

Can’t wait to return to the ATL as I know we only scratched the surface of a true chow destination.

Aug 29, 2014
lizpeck in Atlanta
1

Your Top 5 Restaurants in Town

Piccolo
Butcher and Boar (house made pickles way better than Tiny Diner's)
Victory 44
On's
Burch
Lucia's

Aug 22, 2014
lizpeck in Minneapolis-St. Paul