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stanislaw skrowaczewski

22 February 2017 - 06:31 AM

at 93. a giant--and active almost to the very end.


the minnesota orchestra had this notice on facebook:




It is with aching hearts that we share the news that Maestro Stanisław Skrowaczewski, who suffered a second stroke earlier this month, died earlier today. He was 93.

It is hard to express all that Maestro Skrowaczewski has meant to the Minnesota Orchestra. He served as music director for 19 seasons, from 1960 to 1979, equaling our founding Music Director Emil Oberhoffer for the longest tenure in that position. He returned each season since then as our conductor laureate. Although he traveled the world conducting major orchestras until just last year, he continued to make Minnesota his home across the decades. He was a champion of new music, an extraordinary interpreter of Bruckner, a celebrated composer, an advocate for musicians during the lockout—and the major force behind the creation of Orchestra Hall in 1974. In total, his partnership with the Minnesota Orchestra spanned 56 years, and we are deeply grateful for more than a half-century of music-making with him.

A memorial service to celebrate his legacy will be held on Tuesday, March 28 at Orchestra Hall, with more details to follow. We offer our deepest condolences to his family.


i drink whisky from time to time with his son nick, who is just the sweetest guy (orik has met him too)--the maestro was clearly very good at things that weren't music-related as well.

moroccan flavors (minneapolis)

07 February 2017 - 07:28 PM

moroccan flavors opened in the midtown global market less than a year ago. it's run by a husband-wife team of chefs. he (hassan ziadi) has history in the twin cities, having done one stint from 1995-2000 and then again from 2013 onwards. he's cooked in places like aquavit and vincent. anyway, it's a small place with a compact menu but everything we had was quite good (and very reasonably priced). i recommend. longer review here.



somali restaurants in minnesota

31 January 2017 - 06:18 PM

for the foreseeable future i am going to be blogging less about whisky. and i'm going to shift the emphasis of my restaurant reviewing to small, immigrant-run establishments, in particular those serving somali, north african, middle eastern, mexican and other latin american communities. first up, a write-up of recent meals at nawal, a no-frills purveyor of somali comfort food in burnsville, mn.




the picture is of excellent sauteed liver (served with injera).

dishoom, london

23 December 2016 - 05:01 PM

here is the final meal report from my trip to london in late august: at the dishoom mothership in covent garden. some commentary on the kitschy aesthetic (and its influence) and more on the food (which was quite good but not the best south asian food i ate on the trip).





we just finalized our lodging for the spring, when we'll be in london for three months. looking forward to a lot more indian eating out, though i'm not sure i want to go back to dishoom.

le comptoir, montreal

16 November 2016 - 03:28 PM

there are other reviews of this restaurant hidden in the mega montreal thread (mostly from orik, i think). it was recommended to me by adrian as a good choice for a relatively lighter meal after arrival on our first night. it was indeed relatively light and it was also very good. people say "go for the charcuterie and the natural wines" but i think it's worth a stop for the cooked food as well, the approach to which is a comfortable mix of the classic and the contemporary. some highlights included a veal loin tataki (particularly the fried sweetbreads and mushrooms on top of the veal), a dish of perfectly roasted cauliflower (with a bit too much anchovy mayo), and, yes, a truly excellent charcuterie platter (we got the "small", i worry about how much there must be on the "large"). in one of his early write-ups orik refers to too much onion in everything. that no longer seems to be a problem.


the room is dark, casual and loud, as is the style these days. the service is informal. we noted that in the u.s a restaurant with this aesthetic would be putting out mediocre to shitty food for a crowd that doesn't care. the baseline expectation for this sort of cuisine in montreal is obviously much higher. i don't know how it would compare to places doing similar food in cities like new york but in the twin cities this would be among the top restaurants; in montreal it's close to being a neighbourhood wine bar. i bring this up because the montreal and twin cities metros both have similar numbers of people in them.


and, yes, the price. we paid $59/head all-in for a small charcuterie platter (which was anything but small), four small plates (which were really medium-large), a dessert, two cocktails and a glass of wine. oh canada!


full write-up with pictures.