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The Twin Cities' Greatest Hits 2012

The Twin Cities' Greatest Hits 2012

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Cookbook

Eat More Vegetables

It’s been a long day. You’ve been on-the-go since sunrise, and you’re ready to drop. Needless to say, those golden arches look pretty good right about now. Stop. Put down the fries and pick up a copy of Tricia Cornell’s Eat More Vegetables (MHS Press, $28). The book—full of tips, tricks, and tools of the trade—makes cooking with veggies so quick, stress-free, and scrumptious you might even get the kiddos on board. And thanks to the Minnesota mom’s personal anecdotes and conversational tone, the read is both informative and enjoyable. When it comes to Cornell, those words don’t have to be mutually exclusive—and neither do healthy and delicious.
 

Minnesota Wine

Alexis Bailly—Voyageur

In 1973, David Bailly established Minnesota’s wine industry by planting French vines on an acreage just outside of Hastings. He spent the next several years experimenting with grape varietals and techniques—including burying vines as gardeners do rose bushes, so they might better survive harsh winters—such that his Alexis Bailly Vineyard, now run by his daughter, Nan, produces some of the state’s most interesting wines. If Minnesota-made wines tend to run too sweet for your taste (as they do ours), introduce yourself to Bailly's Voyageur. The dry red wine is a blend that includes some of the vineyard’s oldest and newest plantings—grapes come from old-world French vines as well as the new-world cold-hardy hybrid, Frontenac, developed by University of Minnesota breeders. The resulting wine smells a bit like a raisin-y port, but the flavor isn't so much fruit as smoke; it drinks soft and mellow with just a whisper of acid on the finish. • Available at various Minnesota liquor stores, abvwines.com
 

Roof Deck

Crave

At Crave’s downtown location, the trek up the stairs from the indoor dining room to the outside rooftop patio can seem like a scene straight out of Hitchcock’s Vertigo (we recommend taking the elevator). But the perspective is worth the perspiration: downtown towers loom large as you quaff your cocktails, and on blue-sky days, you can practically see the Dakotas. Our recommendation: go for Sunday brunch when there’s a parade streaming down Hennepin Avenue, or for a nightcap when fireworks are scheduled. • 825 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-332-1133, craveamerica.com
 

Best Mile of Ethnic Eats

Thai—Bankok Thai Deli & Supermarket

315 W. University Ave. St. Paul 651-224-4300

Chinese—Little Szechuan

422 W. University Ave. St. Paul 651-222-1333

Barbecue—Big Daddy’s Barbeque

625 W. University Ave. St. Paul 651-222-2516

Vietnamese—Ngon Vienamese Bistro

799 W. University Ave. St. Paul 651-222-3301

Mexican—Homi Restaurant Mexicano

864 W. University Ave. St. Paul 651-222-0655

 

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