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Waterfront dining: Check out these 3 Twin Cities destinations

The BLT, with lemonade, at Sandcastle at Lake Nokomis.

Enjoy a lovely view and some great food at these Twin Cities restaurants near the water.

'Super Mario Kart'-inspired rainbow doughnuts are a hit in Minneapolis skyway

The rainbow doughnut from Cardigan Donuts in downtown Minneapolis.

Cardigan Donuts' "Rainbow Road" is a technicolor pastry dripping in nostalgia — and Lucky Charms marshmallows.


Wine of the Week: The Doctors' Spark Sauvignon Blanc

The Doctors’ Spark Sauvignon Blanc Even those who love New Zealand sauvignon blancs have to admit there’s a sameness to them. Well, not anymore. The…


Shake Shack divulges burger secrets in its new cookbook

Just in time for Memorial Day burger-making, learn the secrets behind the popular, fast-growing chain.


Cookie dough craze comes to Minnesota with not one, but two food trucks

The cookie dough craze that started on the East Coast and has taken social media by storm has finally worked its way to Minnesota. It's just the latest fad food to take over cupcakes' one-time reign.


A 160-year-old Minnesota beer is coming back to life on Friday

Gluek, a beer that's as old as Minnesota, is hitting store shelves again in a big way. "They told me, 'Nobody cares about Gluek Beer except you,' " its new seller says. "That really fueled me."


Extra! Extra! Fulton's new Star Tribune beer hits taproom Thursday, store shelves Friday

What’s black and white and red (well, read) all over? That longtime riddle about newspapers, which brought laughter to schoolchildren for a century, has an…


Look to grenache for a good-with-everything wine

There are plenty of reasons to love this grape.


Chef documentary includes Steve Vranian of Gianni's in Wayzata

"Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent" is playing through Thursday at the Landmark Edina 4 Cinema.


New chef, new menus, new focus at the North Loop's Hewing Hotel

Goodbye, Nordic sensibilities. Hello, local and seasonally focused ingredients.


Twin Cities' most influential Instagram food star is a suburban working mom

With more than 30,000 followers, social media star Kim Ly Curry has passion, persistence and "food porn"-quality photos. "Am I food-obsessed? Yes. I just love everything food."


Wine of the Week: Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2015

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier 2015 If I had one wish in the wine world, it might be a doubling of the amount of chenin blanc…


Summer Fun 2017: Twin Cities ice cream makers' favorite scoops

Restaurant critic Rick Nelson gets the inside story from a half-dozen local ice cream pros, and shares his own flavor favorites.


Bacon takes center stage in cheeseburger at Erik the Red in downtown Mpls.

The thick-cut bacon, cured and smoked in-house, on the Thor's Burger at Erik the Red in Minneapolis is a crowning cheeseburger achievement. It's spectacular.


Heartland vets opening sandwich shop in former Colossal Cafe in south Minneapolis

Chefs Andrew Lilja and Stephanie Kochlin plan to open their collaboration "soon."


A vegan bakery (croissants!) and restaurant is landing in St. Paul

Along with baked goods, Eureka Compass Vegan Food will serve lunch and multi-course, fixed-priced dinners. A preview pop-up is set for Memorial Day weekend.


Rum is enjoying a full-fledged renaissance in Twin Cities bars

Once relegated to beachside blowouts and frat parties, rum has become a serious, sought-after spirit.


Recipes with rum: Equinox and Jungle Bird

Equinox Serves 1. Note: To make the honey syrup, combine equal parts sugar and honey. To make a simple syrup, heat equal parts water and…


Red Rabbit draws a crowd in North Loop, for good reason

REVIEW: A skilled chef — and a terrific bar — are the secret weapons at casual, affordable Red Rabbit.