The Churn: Gin-Ka for the Holidays and More

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

A taste (and explanation) of local Hmong pizzerias including Checkerboard and Palace’s Pizza. Rachel tries to make sense of Gin-Ka, the gin / vodka blend made by Phillips (vintage bottle pictured above, far left). Joshua Page has a bummer of a meal at True Thai. Lucid Brewing gets a greenlight to kick off growler sales, which should start up in January [PDF of press release]. A journey into the dark heart of fruktkaka. And John Garland heads over to The Devil’s Advocate for some food and beer pairings.

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James Norton

James Norton is editor and co-founder of the Heavy Table. He is also the co-author of a book about Minnesota sandwiches and the people who eat them, the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, and a daily video blogger for CHOW. His latest book is a guide to the food and restaurants of Minneapolis and St. Paul called the Food Lovers’ Guide to the Twin Cities. Norton has written about food for Culture: The Word on Cheese, Salon, Gastronomica, Popular Science,, Minnesota Monthly, and City Pages (as a weekly restaurant reviewer).

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