There has always been a lot of synergy between Minneapolis/St Paul and Denver, but when it comes to airport cuisine, MSP is miles ahead of the Mile High city. A recent weekend trip to Denver gave me a chance to check out Denver International Airport’s culinary scene while a tour of MSP’s latest offerings was still fresh in my mind.
The overly limber acrobats dangling from bolts of cloths anchored to the ceiling of the newly remodeled Hilton Minneapolis during its grand reopening won’t be hanging around when future conferences book the center, but attendees will still be impressed by the new look of the place.
Most discerning diners insist their meat be humanely raised and come from healthy animals that are as happy as can be expected since we all know the ending to a chicken’s and pig’s tale. So should we really be concerned if we have to pay a 3 percent surcharge to help a restaurant pay for its employees’ health care insurance? Wouldn’t that translate into healthier, happier restaurant employees?
Having a leisurely lunch with Columnist Jonathan Locke involves a glass of house wine for him and iced tea for me—he has the day off, I have to go back to work. And when he gets going on his days as a chef is San Francisco, work be damned, there’s time for another round. What’s a third glass of iced tea among friends?
Twin Cities fine diners will remember when Marcus Samulesson, the African-born, Swedish-raised chef, brought his innovative restaurant, Aquavit, to Minneapolis' IDS Center. The renowned chef has since written several cookbooks and opened other restaurants, but his Red Rooster Harlem in NYC is a love letter to both of his roots, although a little more heavy on the African side.