The Churn: Restaurant Archaeology and More

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Our big ol’ Ely roadtrip makes MPR (pictured above; see also Crapola Granola and The Boathouse Brewpub). Stephanie March rounds up Valentine’s Day date spots and specials so you don’t have to. Chowgirls puts together a “hearts and crafts” event for Valentine’s Day. An old-school ad for the Uptown Ovens. An interview with Korad “Sadia” Abdi of Sadia’s hot sauces (here’s our review). Rick Nelson dives through the archives for photos of great restaurants of the past. Rainbow Chinese is doing a mix and match small plates menu to celebrate Chinese New Year (from Feb. 8-14 — .JPG of menu). And Phillips Distilling unveiled its UV Candy Bar flavored vodka, with “chocolate, velvety caramel and peanut butter flavors.”

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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, Saveur.com, Minnesota Monthly, and City Pages (as a weekly restaurant reviewer).

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