Amelia Rayno | Star Tribune
Food & Drink, Travel and Features reporter

A former sports reporter, Amelia arrived at the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2010.


High-profile openings, closings on tap for Minnesota restaurant scene

Coming With its refreshed look complete, Nicollet Mall will soon be getting a major new culinary landmark driven by a major local name. Andrew Zimmern…


With lots of hot new restaurants, Wayzata is suddenly 'the place to be'

In the past year, five eateries and a boutique hotel have opened, transforming a once-sleepy suburb into a culinary destination.


Twin Cities bars offer updates on aquavit, bringing this traditional liquor into trend territory

Yes, it’s part of Minnesota’s drinking fabric, but that doesn’t mean aquavit is universally beloved. “It seems like everyone has memories of Christmas dinners at…


The classic Easy-Bake Oven is inspiration behind new south Minneapolis bakery

It's an ode to the humble beginnings of proprietor Kristy Dirk, who, like many pastry chefs, started her baking "career" with the culinary toy.


How Eric Dayton convinced Minnesotans — and rest of country — to embrace the 'North'

Eric Dayton wants all Minnesotans to take pride in our state's true North spirit


Step up your Vikings tailgating game with these insane 'meat necklaces'

Throw out those lame pretzels, and add meat to your gameday snack necklace.


Fun and food head to Lyn-Lake corner in Minneapolis with Hasty Tasty

A long-dormant corner of the busy Lyn-Lake intersection has been revived. Hasty Tasty (701 W. Lake St., Mpls., thehastytastympls.com), a restaurant and bar…


Winter doesn't faze 87,000-square-foot aquaponics farm in St. Paul

Three-plus months after debuting in its new, vastly larger location, Urban Organics continues to expand.


How the night before Thanksgiving became the 'biggest drinking day of year'

Also referred to as Blackout Wednesday or Black Wednesday, Drinksgiving was coined about a decade ago.


Cancun-area travelers weigh concerns about tainted alcohol, violence

Playa del Carmen charms, despite the recent worries that have travelers thinking twice about visiting.