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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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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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Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat

Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat

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Posted: March 15, 2014

French pastry transforms into an edible object d’art in Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat. The regal name is befitting for a sculpted dessert with such a true European look and rich taste. Mendl’s Courtesan au Chocolat is a vision of a fanciful dessert from a child’s storybook tale. Would Cinderella have enjoyed such an opulent end to a meal? Three Layers of Lavishness Puffs of delicate light as air choux pastry come in three sizes that resemble a snowman turned baked […]

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Edina Food in 2013 – A Year in Review

Edina Food in 2013 – A Year in Review

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Posted: January 6, 2014

  Ready or not, change pushes life forward in Edina. This is a community that reveres trendy fashion and food is no exception. The only thing that stays the same is a fast pace of change.   Hellos and Goodbyes A few of my favorite food places closed their doors for good during 2013. It is almost like losing an old friend when a good restaurant or unique food shop disappears. Edina area food places that went out of business […]

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Cocoa & Fig Open in Edina

Cocoa & Fig Open in Edina

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Posted: October 21, 2013

Edina has more cake than ever. Cocoa & Fig opened a store in the Yorkdale Shoppes by Southdale in mid-October. The new location is a sister to the original retail outlet at Gaviidae Common in downtown Minneapolis. The Edina shop and catering center features a top-quality, made from scratch, dessert selection that goes beyond cake. It’s like being a kid in the sweet factory showroom. Decadent desserts, rainbows of pastels and glittery touches adorn every turn similar to a fashion-forward […]

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Fulton Farmers Market Grows On You

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Posted: July 29, 2013

  The Fulton Farmers Market easily becomes a weekly habit. Like clockwork every Saturday morning during market season, my family meanders over for a farm-fresh food fix. Bursting with neighborhood charm as cozy as a homemade quilt, the Fulton Farmers Market ranks as a weekend destination point and never a cumbersome, ho-hum, got-to-go-there-because-I-need-something, desperation-driven sort of errand. Similar to the older sister Kingfield Farmers Market, this is a place where the big city feels like a small town. A Lake […]

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10 Ways to Jump Start Spring with Food

10 Ways to Jump Start Spring with Food

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Posted: April 23, 2013

  The long countdown to spring makes the transition to new seasonal foods even more welcome. Soon a whole list of spring food favorites will be available in Minnesota – maple syrup, asparagus, rhubarb, morel mushrooms and fiddlehead ferns just to name a few. Why worry or complain about the cold, gray days? Instead, prepare for a big change. In the meantime, make the best of what is already out there. Fight the elements and take command early, despite the […]

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Sun Street Breads for Breakfast and Lunch

Sun Street Breads for Breakfast and Lunch

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Posted: April 15, 2013

  Simple foods made from scratch bring crowds to Sun Street Breads. A slight southern accent of flavors, spread with a generous layer of community charm pulls everything together. This is a place where neighbors meet neighbors. In recent years, Nicollet Avenue South has undergone a culinary Renaissance from the urban business core of Minneapolis down to the upscale residential district of Tangletown. Sun Street Breads is a key player in this cultural food movement that emphasizes tasteful quality.   […]

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Cupcake Fundraiser for Franco

Cupcake Fundraiser for Franco

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Posted: March 27, 2013

Cupcakes of Kindness Kindness to animals runs deep for some people. When Robin Johnson heard about the plight of Franco the pit bull, she put her 50th and France cupcake shop into action. “I just had to do something,” said Johnson who has a few rescue dogs of her own. A Friday Fundraiser for Franco Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique is holding a fundraiser on Friday, March 29, for Franco. On this special day, a cupcake dedicated to the dog will […]

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Tudor Cakes and Puddings by Twin City Bakeries

Tudor Cakes and Puddings by Twin City Bakeries

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Posted: December 20, 2012

British food has a bad reputation – an undeserved bad reputation of blah and boring. The passing of time only complicates matters. Historical English recipes are even less understood than modern day food. Go back as far as the Tudor period and it takes a museum to sort it all out. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts held a special event – a Third Thursday: Dinner Party to celebrate Elizabethan food traditions on Dec. 20. Since the British are big bakers, […]

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