Pandora-Like Restaurant App
I am not a Yelp fan, but I am obsessed with how we interact with each other in the digital space and especially when it comes to food. So check out this newcomer called Nara. It’s a neuroscience-based restaurant recommendation site for restaurant recommendations that’s similar to music sites like Pandora. You tell it what you like…
I ate dinner from Burch in Uptown the other night and really loved it. I was on dad duty and my wife brought me take-out that was phenomenal. She and her pals loved the dine-in experience. Aged beef, marrow ‘dumpling’ meatballs, insanely tender and peppery lemon-kissed kale . . . Isaac Becker has another winner on his hands. I can’t wait to get there…
The James Beard Foundation Awards Final Noms . . . Who I’m Rooting For
The James Beard Foundation Awards are held on May 3 and 6 in New York City, and the final lists of nominees are out. Locally, there was plenty of representation. More on that in a minute.
I was overjoyed to see Jesse Grffiths’Afield: A Chef’s Guide to Preparing and Cooking…
Last week the James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced its list of semifinalists for the chefs and restaurants portion of the awards from which the final nominees will be announced on March 18, 2013. Winners will be selected in New York City the first weekend in May at the annual spring awards gala.
Le Méridien Chambers: From D’Amico Kitchen to Marin
Never judge a book by its cover, I mean, I would have thought D’Amico Kitchen was a smart restaurant choice for a hotel, but it didn’t pan out . . . now Craig Bentdahl, the first-time restaurateur who owns Mill Valley Kitchen in St. Louis Park is opening a new restaurant this summer in the old DK…
Need more TC Bests? Andrew weighs in with his personal bests for food and restaurants. Check out his picks for burgers, pizza, and more!
Best Burger: Victory 44.
Best Pizza: Punch.
Best Szechuan: Szechuan Spice.
Best Vietnamese: Que Nha.
Best Lunch (fast, cheap, and AWESOME): The food court at Hmong Village Marketplace in St. Paul.
October 24 is National Food Day. Check out foodday.org for events in your hometown and how you can get involved! I am going to be at Babson College doing my best to promote sustainable healthy food production and consumption in America. I believe in the civic power of entrepreneurship to change our lives for the better. Come say hi to me if you…
New Grade for Rye Deli
I heard Rye Deli was better than the last time I had checked it out, and sure enough, Rye is getting it right. Or “righterer” . . . I enjoy eating my words when I am proved wrong. Something is going on at Rye that’s moving the matzoh…
Beard Awards finalists have been announced, check out full list at jamesbeard.org. Local talent that has been honored includes Lenny Russo of Heartland and Lynne Rosetto Kasper/Sally Swift of Splendid Table for their latest book. There is no diplomatic way to put this, at least if you don’t want to sound like a pompous ass, but I was nominated as well. Sorry about that….
With all the love thrown its way I knew it was too good to be true. I finally ate some chow from Szechuan Spice, the restaurant in the space across the street from the old Lava Lounge, and had a good experience. The food was sometimes tasty. Particularly the family-style tofu had great “fish flavor” (a Sichuan must!) for that dish and a decent Scandinavian…