The May opening of Northeast Social (No. 359; 612-877-8111; northeastsocial.com) marked the neighborhood’s move upmarket. The chef-owned bistro specializes in farm-fresh comfort food, like potato gnocchi stroganoff ($15). Here, too, neighborhood artists get their due: The row of lurid, long-necked portraits — think goth Modiglianis — comes from the painter Nicholas Harper, who runs the Rogue Buddha Gallery next door (No. 357; 612-331-3889; roguebuddha.com).
Indeed, neighborly collaboration seems to be the rule. When the writer and performer Stephanie Wilbur Ash stages her radio variety show, “PowderKeg Live!” at the Ritz Theater (No. 345; 612-623-7660; ritzdolls.com), “the restaurant next door will put out free brats before the show,” she said, referring to the Modern Café (No. 337; 612-378-9882; moderncafeminneapolis.com), the granddaddy of the street, where weekend brunch continues to be a local affair.
It's Début Dollars time at Second Début, the Goodwill boutique where all the better brand clothes, shoes and accessories go. For every $50.00 you spend April 18th-May 1st at Second Début (St. Louis Park) and Second Début2 (St. Paul), receive a $5.00 Début Dollar card. Those Début Dollar cards can be redeemed the week of May 9th-15th toward purchases at either store.
This Saturday the 24th is the Northeast Icebreaker Shop Crawl, with discounts at Bibelot, Belle Reve Boutique, Melrose Antiques, Look + See Eye Care, Aveda Institute, Parc Boutique, Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop, Red Stag Supperclub and more. Saturday only, 10:00am-6:00pm.
Going on today and Saturday is the 2010 Greed Gone Wild Spring Sale in the Patina Props space at 2014 Central Ave NE. 10 vendors selling vintage garden items, antique furniture + lighting, vintage and
contemporary clothing, shoes, belts, purses, hats, jewelry, LPs, books, pottery,
pillows and dishes. Bring a non-perishable food item and receive 10% off one item, up to $50.00.
Next Thursday April 29th is the Macy's Fashionista Party in the Macy’s Minneapolis Impulse Department
(3rd floor). Starting at 5:30pm, get 20% off of your purchase made at the event, a free copy of Metro Magazine, free samples of Hansen's SELF Beauty Elixir and free samples and touch-ups at the Dior beauty and fragrance bar. This same event will also be at Macy's Southdale Impulse department (1st floor) on Saturday May 1st at 1:00pm.
On Saturday the 24th at 7:00pm, the Bell Museum of Natural History will
host an evening with "Hungry
Planet: What the World Eats" authors Peter Menzel and Faith
D'Aluisio. The pair will discuss why global food knowledge is so
important, as well as preview their next book. $12.00 general public,
$10.00 members, $5.00 U of M students. Reservation required: 612-624-4112.
Next Thursday the 29th is Dining Out for Life! Have breakfast, lunch and dinner at your favorite participating restaurants and they'll donate anywhere from 10% to 100% of the proceeds to The Aliveness Project, a local organization dedicated to providing education, advocacy, empowerment, wellness services, daily meals and a food shelf for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. I'm volunteering at LUSH Food Bar in Northeast, so grab a friend, come by and have something to eat. LUSH is generously donating 100% of every
dinner check to The Aliveness Project. First-come, first-served, LUSH's food menu is available 5:00pm-11:00pm. Booze doesn't count towards the cause, but you can have a charitable dinner and still enjoy $5.00 martinis all night.
Though I'm only about 50% gluten-tolerant and not even close to as allergic as my friend Janelle, I've still taken an interest in seeking out alternatives to the occasionally gut-churning ingredient that is wheat flour. I can and do enjoy pasta in moderation, but it's the fluffy, doughy stuff that kills me for the most part. If I'm gonna eat pancakes, cinnamon rolls, muffins or any kind of bread, it's pretty much a guaranteed gluten fast afterwards until the stuff it out of my system and my abdomen returns to its normal size.
It's my understanding that my tolerance will start breaking down as I age, gracefully mind you, so I figure I might as well keep an eye out for good products now. My friend Heather recently tipped me off to Udi's gluten-free bread, which I have been trying in various forms over the last couple days.
Udi's website boasts a great bread product that can be eaten right out of the bag, with no need to toast. To that, I'll agree for the most part. It is a softer, airier bread compared to many of the rock hard, foul smelling, only-edible-if-toasted-and-then-just-sorta gluten-free options out there.
I made a cold half-sandwich with the whole grain bread (haven't tried the white sandwich version yet), some raw milk cheddar and dijon mustard and was satisfied. Untoasted, the bread is soft, but dry and disintegrates in your mouth quickly. Toasted and as a vehicle for peanut butter, though, this stuff was awesome. The texture reminded both my cousin and me of the English muffin toasting bread we grew up eating with butter and jam. A light toasting will suffice for texture; if you go too dark, the outer layer will get pretty hard. I have the mouth roof puncture to prove it.
It was also good toasted and topped with an egg and yellow mustard, and it made a great plain grilled cheese sandwich by the standard, skillet-and-butter preparation. I'm pumped to try a hot slice of Udi's toast with fresh hummus, and to grill some up panini-style sandwiches, piled up with spinach, tomato, provolone and spicy brown mustard. Oh! And I bet it makes great French toast.
I haven't bought bread in months, so I'm kind of excited about this find.
I found both varieties of Udi's bread at The Wedge. The product website lists other local stores that carry it, though beware: they do not have it at the Whole Foods on Excelsior Boulevard, so the list could use updating.
I'm glad I held out on buying the giraffe shoes, because I happened to find two pairs of completely adorable while simultaneously hot sneakers the past couple weeks:
Can't. Even. Stand how cute the Vans are. I had a vision: I wanted a new pair of sneakers that looked like Topsiders, but were Vans. Lo and behold, I walked into the Vans store at the MOA and walked right up to these. Slipped on a pair of 8.5s and the rest is history.
The double-tongue strawberry Converse must have been a return to the MOA DSW store, because there was only one pair on the shelf. They're totally adorable, comfortable, of course, and will replace my very worn Chucks that Rex bought for me so many years ago. I loved the hell out of those sneakers (and still managed to keep them clean, even as seams began splitting and rubber began cracking) but their time is officially up.
In with the new!
If you don't have the new Ghostface Killah/Method Man/Raekwon album, "Wu-Massacre", then you best pull up your iTunes and BUY IT. I can't stop listening to it. Talk about the joint.