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A famed popover from the Oak Grill.

The Oak Grill Closing

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Posted: January 27, 2017

January in Minnesota brings many challenges but this year was exceptional. Besides a sub-zero cold punch and bouts of political strife, the beloved Oak Grill is slated to close. Popovers are on the endangered eating list – at least in downtown Minneapolis. The Oak Grill tradition goes back a long way with my family. I can see my mother and sister seated up straight against the backdrop of over-sized chairs and an old English fireplace. Everyone is dressed in her […]

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Caramel Apples at Great!Lakes Candy Kitchen

Caramel Apples at Great!Lakes Candy Kitchen

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Posted: October 17, 2016

Fall brings more than post card perfect leaf color to Minnesota’s North Shore. Crisp juicy local apples are at their prime. That means caramel apple season at Great!Lakes Candy Kitchen in Knife River. Each caramel apple is lovingly prepared in small batches from scratch. A plunge of warm caramel cools into a blanket of buttery sweetness. The coveted sweet cream caramel spills over the curve of the apple forming a puddle. Natural beauty lies within the edible wrapper. A locally-grown […]

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Long Time No Food Blogging

Long Time No Food Blogging

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Posted: June 21, 2016

The Edina Eater returns… It’s a food blog comeback! Days, weeks and months crumble away for a food blog. The Edina Eater is no exception. I hesitated and the time was lost. This is my apology. Life is a full plated priority list even for a food blogger. My evenings and weekends go to: Time with family Working out Classic movies Reading Gardening Work-related networking Doing errands This no-blog bullet list must change! Today is the day to post again. […]

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Get your Turtle cupcakes this Saturday!

Cupcake Comeback for Canines

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Posted: August 24, 2015

What’s more fun than a weekend cupcake event? “Wag-wag…Why nothing!” says Turtle the dog. A puppy mill survivor, the cute as button pint-sized pouch, has a cupcake named in his honor. Sweet Retreat sponsored a cupcake fundraiser for Turtle when he was sick and need financial help. His tail to recovery is a long one, and many dog-loving thoughtful folks helped along the way. Now Turtle is turning two. He’s better. One look at his deep dark puppy eyes and […]

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Layered Lettuce Salad

Layered Lettuce Salad

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Posted: January 12, 2015

  No holiday dinner or family gathering would be complete without this salad. Pretty layers of brightly colored vegetables, cheese and beans look inviting. There’s something gratifying about being the first one to spoon in and mess up the once tidy layers. What iceberg lettuce lacks in glamor, it more than makes up for in practicality. Layered lettuce salad with a triple infusion of green crunch is a dish for all seasons. Yes, come summer the salad would be better […]

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Lakewinds Blows into Town

Lakewinds Blows into Town

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Posted: June 28, 2014

Swift as a summer breeze, a new Lakewinds has come to town. A new chapter in healthy eating and co-op community began today. Richfield has been a co-op free zone for far too long. Opening Weekend Store Specials Lakewinds Food Co-Op Richfield started things off right. A series of outdoor events along with in-store specials, samples and freebies made for a memorable shopping trip. What can be better than free cheese? The generous slabs of Parmesan-like hard cheese made a […]

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Porchetteria at Terzo Vino Bar

Porchetteria at Terzo Vino Bar

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Posted: June 14, 2014

Summer started off right at Terzo Vino Bar. The new Porchetteria sandwich bar window opened just in time for picnic weather. European charm radiates from every nook and cranny of the Porchetteria at Terzo Vino Bar’s window to the world. The already accomplished Broder’s trio of Broders’ Cucina Italiana, Broders’ Pasta Bar and the Terzo Vino Bar just became a fuller culinary vision. Now Terzo does lunch. Sandwiches doled out from a tiny take out window never tasted anything like […]

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Edina Art Fair Eats

Edina Art Fair Eats

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Posted: June 7, 2014

Come early June sure as a warm spring sprinkle of rain, the Edina Art Fair brings thousands of visitors to 50th & France. Many come hungry not just for art but for the food. A super selection of snacks, full-fledged meals and a little of everything in between are nestled around every corner. No one has to go away hungry here. A few hours of arty culture infusion would make anyone work up an appetite. Even better, at the Edina […]

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Taste of Edina Serving Up More Food & Fun Than Ever

Taste of Edina Serving Up More Food & Fun Than Ever

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Posted: May 12, 2014

Like clockwork every year, the Taste of Edina gets bigger and better. More vendors, more food and more people come each time. The people part is what really makes this event fun for me. While the Taste of Edina grows every year, it is still small enough to permit direct interaction with chefs, restaurant owners and their staff. I learn so much chatting with the food pros about their art. Food, Glorious Food Samples The chance to sample food from […]

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Lights on The Lynn on Bryant

Lights on The Lynn on Bryant

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Posted: May 5, 2014

Soon the Lynn on Bryant will serve its last plate. The pending closure stings. For a devoted food fan, this loss is hard to take. The innovative cuisine never disappointed and even brought smiles. Surprises were pleasant ones. Where else would planks of delicate chick pea fries be stacked up like Lincoln Logs? Fine dining and kid glove service go hand in hand. Owner and chef Peter Ireland took time to say a friendly hello to customers. Servers shared in […]

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