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

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


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

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


After 46-year run, Pepitos in south Mpls. could close following string of hardships

Beloved Mexican restaurant up for sale amid owner's health struggles.


What's the rush? MSP Airport offers many reasons to linger

We’ve all experienced the maddening roller coaster that is airport security. One day, you speed through the screening machines in 15 minutes flat. The next,…


New Stillwater speakeasy bar requires a hunt to find it

The cocktail bar has no sign outside the building, but etched in the concrete on the main entrance is a "V," and the words "Follow the rabbit."


From the Travel Desk: Joys of reliving a former stamping grounds

It was the kind of experience I travel for. Each dish, artfully composed, was better than the last. The togarashi-spiced salmon crudo. The chimichurri octopus.…


Prep the hammerschlagen! Your guide to Oktoberfest parties in Minnesota

Not every international holiday is embraced by Minnesotans. There's something about Oktoberfest, though — and we suspect it's the beer.


Waterfront restaurant by 'Sioux chef' company to open on original Fuji-Ya site

Owamni: An Indigenous Kitchen will open as the featured full-service restaurant in the first phase of the upcoming Water Works project on the Mississippi River.


Sift Gluten Free bakery opening brick-and-mortar location soon in south Minneapolis

South Minneapolis is poised to get a new gluten-free bakery and a new juice bar. Sift Gluten Free (4557 Bloomington Av. S., Mpls.,


New frozen treat emporium with vegan ice cream and crepes coming to Mpls.

Crepe & Spoon is set to debut sometime in December.


Eclipse fever? Next total solar phenomenon will be visible from U.S. in 2024

The sailboat we were on drifted further into Cape Cod Bay as the clear skies slowly became hazy. My travel companion and I were just…