Specialty Food Shops

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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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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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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True Love Tiramisu for Two

True Love Tiramisu for Two

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Posted: February 3, 2014

  Valentine’s Day gives the perfect excuse to dive into dessert decadence. Like a cake-cream-coffee-chocolate combination? Go ahead, fall in love with tiramisu. Tiramisu for Two Lunds and Byerly’s has a terrific tiramisu treat. Rich coffee-infused sugary Italian cake and cream flavor comes with all the trimmings, ready to go. Tiramisu for two has a catchy name that suggests this is a dessert to share with your sweetheart. In reality, Tiramisu for Two easily becomes a big splurge for one. […]

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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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Sandcastle's monkey bar

Food on a Stick

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Posted: September 2, 2013

A progression of long, cold winters followed by short, hot summers and food on a stick forms the Minnesota we all know and love. As an end of summer ritual, food on a stick is a mainstay at the Minnesota State Fair. Why stop there? Year-round food on a stick flourishes beyond the fairgrounds. During August, I stumbled across two non-state fair food on a stick stars. Both are frozen desserts with seasonal availability that goes well beyond the end […]

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Pamela Canelake-Matson and Dennis Matson make homemade caramel apples.

Living The Sweet Life At Great!Lakes Candy Kitchen

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Posted: May 19, 2013

  The right food in the right place brings together friends, family and community. A candy shop that does things the traditional old way by hand is destined to become a landmark enjoyed by all. A Family Tradition Now celebrating a seventh season with a spring opening, Great!Lakes Candy Kitchen transforms candy shopping into a family event with a small town feel. A trip along Lake Superior’s North Shore would not be complete without a stop at the candy shop […]

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Lunds Grocery Shopping and Crème Brûlée

Lunds Grocery Shopping and Crème Brûlée

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Posted: December 8, 2012

An otherwise ordinary grocery shopping errand can sparkle even during the busy holiday season. A delight in the unexpected makes a food experience truly memorable. The Edina Eater did not wander into Lunds grocery store at 50th and France with crème brûlée in mind. The dessert was not on the grocery list. But the best made plans can change fast with a grocery cart in hand. The Christmas glitter of the dessert case in the bakery section was just too […]

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