October 13 Morning Roundup

A detailed profile of local tea entrepreneur Lindsey Valentini, a $50 discount for new Backyard Harvest gardens, Saffron chef Sameh Wadi is rolling out a line of spice blends including Ras al Hanout, a blogger dings Loring Pasta Bar for gritty mussels, Surly brews it up with about 400 pals from the American Homebrewers Association, the Olive Grove olive oil and vinegar shop is open in Mendota Heights, and Minnesota’s lone beer cicerone skewers Surly Wet as a “one-dimensional beer with a muddy hop character and excessive bitterness.”