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Host/Hostess gift

Agree about France 44. As an aside, some people consider gifts of knives to be bad luck. Sometimes people give a couple of pennies with the knife so that the recipient can "buy" the knife from the giver. So (like any good Minnesotan) I generally shy away from knives as gifts just to avoid the issue.

Apr 09, 2014
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70th Birthday party

Vincent has a lovely room that would fit a group of your size.

Apr 06, 2014
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Rye Delicatessen - Minneapolis

Apr 01, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

A bakery adventure, in which our heroine tries to go to Mojo Monkey but ends up at Rebecca's instead

The web site lists very specific ingredients for most of the baked goods, but "cake mix" for her cakes. After looking through the list of baked goods, I assumed that, for what ever reason (lack of recipes, time, expense, etc.), she has decided to use cake mixes for her cakes, but does other products from scratch.

ETA: I would not rule out a cake from a mix myself. A couple of my favorite cakes have mixes as their base.

Mar 11, 2014
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Dinner in April

Off the top of my head: Eli's, Solera, Masa, Zelo, Hell's Kitchen. We brought our 9 and 13 year old kids to Cosmos around Christmas time and that went well - but that might be more than your friends are looking to spend.

Feb 13, 2014
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Best local raw honey

Thanks! I checked this fall and they were out of stock, so I figured that they were out for the season.

Jan 19, 2014
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Best local raw honey

I love the Ames Buckthorn. I've not been able to find it recently. Enjoy!

Jan 19, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Nominate: Best Pizza in Minneapolis-StPaul (if you say Dominos, you are banned from chowhound 4 good)

I thought of Slice of NY as well as I was reading this sub-thread yesterday. I think that they come pretty close to the corner place in NYC for a slice. This style is (IMHO) not necessarily the best pizza (or best pizza in NY) but certainly a style of its own.

Jan 15, 2014
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Best Reuben you've had in the Twin Cities?

I've really enjoyed the Reuben at Wilde Roast the last few times I've had it. I had to take a look at their menu to check, and they describe the sandwich as having "special sauce" rather than Russian dressing, but I still like it.

Jan 13, 2014
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

best lasagna

I don't know if it's the best, but the lasagna (esp. the spinich lasagna) at Sorrento Cucina in the Minneapolis Skyway (Northstar Center West) is a guilty pleasure of mine.

Dec 30, 2013
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Bakers Special Dry Milk

I don't know whether or not it's worth searching out. I've seen references to it before and thought I'd gamble on buying some. But I was hoping to avoid shipping costs via King Arthur if I could find it easily here in the area.

Dec 16, 2013
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Bakers Special Dry Milk

Has anyone seen King Arthur Flour (or other brand) Bakers Special Dry Milk? I thought I'd see if there was a local source before ordering it online.

Dec 16, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Need a few suggestions for lunch downtown mpls

I also like Vincent for lunch. Downside for this time of the year may be that it's not connected to a Skyway.

Dec 10, 2013
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Caviar?

The only place where I've bought caviar is Coastal Seafoods.

Nov 03, 2013
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Thai Curry Paste

I've had pretty good luck with the Thai Kitchen brand of pastes. I don't remember whether or not I've used their curry paste specifically, though.

I can't say it's the most authentic or best since my experience with pre-made pastes is pretty limited. But it has the advantage of being distributed fairly well in Minneapolis. I've seen Thai Kitchen at Whole Foods, Lunds, and some co-ops. If I were in a rush and didn't want to go looking all over town, I'd choose this option.

Oct 24, 2013
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So here's a challenge...

Any of the Blue Plate restaurants would probably suit you and they're all over town (but, unhelpfully, all have different names). More info here: http://blueplaterestaurantco.com/#f70...

Oct 14, 2013
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Parkers Farm Peanut Butter Disappearing From MSP Store Shelves

I see it at the Uptown Lunds fairly regularly. If it's there I buy it. Otherwise, we settle for Old Home.

Oct 09, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Torani

Lunds carries a few of the more "vanilla" flavors (including vanilla, I believe). We buy raspberry syrup there. Haven't seen orgeat, but will see if they have it. I know they have at least one nut flavor, but think it was hazelnut.

Oct 02, 2013
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Lunch on South Nicollet

Is El Paraiso open for lunch? Is it any good?

Aug 30, 2013
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Seeking advice for the best of Minneapolis

Or go at an off hour.

Aug 21, 2013
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Good Indian Food

I think that the Bombay Bistro in the Medical Arts Building is head and shoulders better than the Bombay Bistro on Marquette. That one is only open for lunch though.

Aug 11, 2013
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Searching for

I've seen Marcona almonds at the Minneapolis Whole Foods, so I'd try the St. Paul one.

Aug 02, 2013
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Outerbridge's Sherry Rum Peppers Sauce - MSP

I've had a bottle of this "Finest Bermuda" sauce for years and am finally finishing it off. I've not seen it anywhere in the Twin Cities but before I order it online, I thought I should check to see if anyone knows of a place that carries it locally. Thanks in advance!

Jul 24, 2013
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MSP in 48 Hours: Reuters Edition

The author, in his personal Twitter feed, said that he was writing for European - I'm thinking British - readers, so he used terms that they would relate to.

Jul 20, 2013
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What's the best Korean restaurant?

I assume this is Dong Yang?

Jul 19, 2013
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Breakfast and Lunch on S. Hennepin Ave.

Lucia's To Go has great sandwiches at 31st and Hennepin. I used to work near there and agree that (surprisingly) it's a bit of a lunch desert.

Jul 18, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Vegan Options in Minneapolis

A couple of caveats. I've only eaten at Ecopolitan once. And I'm not vegan - or even vegetarian.

But Ecopolitan is not a take-your-boss-out-for-a-great-meal kind of place. While it's interesting and certainly healthy, I wouldn't rank the food as amazing. Nor is the space much to write home about.

ETA: I might check out the new Bluestem Bar and Table at 26th and Lyndale. The pictures I've seen make it look quite lovely. Their online menu has several vegan choices and French Meadow is generally pretty vegan-friendly.

Jul 13, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Blaine, Soccer, Food?

I've spent more than a few weekends up near the National Sports Center. Nearby, the only place that I can recommend as being better than chain is Bricks American Pub - 10340 Baltimore Street NE. It's nothing special, but it's a little different than the Noodles/Chipotle/etc. that are your alternatives around the NSC.

Jul 13, 2013
bob s in Minneapolis-St. Paul

MSP Rotisseria Chicken-Man to resurface in Deephaven

I also saw it at the Wedge yesterday.

Jul 01, 2013
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MSP Rotisseria Chicken-Man to resurface in Deephaven

Looks like he may still sell his green sauce. More info here: http://meangreenhotsauce.com/?p=about

Jun 17, 2013
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