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#151 Nathan

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 07:31 PM

Pretty much par for the course in second/third tier food cities (and I say that having been born in Minneapolis)....the local food critic is almost always going to be more of a cheerleader...as they should be.
It's pretty common when someone in the restaurant industry posts on one of the food boards or in the comments section on an article or blog-post for them to complain about critics putting people out of work etc...in a smaller city this really is more of a concern. You have to grade on a more generous curve cause the alternative restaurant isn't another stop on the Ryan Skeen tour, it's Applebees. And to a large extent, the function of the local newspaper dining critic really is to cheerlead for "real restaurants" and to explain that pork belly isn't weird and so forth....
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#152 Orik

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 07:49 PM

It might feel small because there's not much there, but that metro area must have about 4mm people by now.
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#153 SLBunge

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 07:56 PM

It might feel small because there's not much there, but that metro area must have about 4mm people by now.

Nope. As of 2010 its 2.85mm in the seven county metro. Population density isn't very high.
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#154 mongo_jones

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 11:26 PM

there are enough expensive restaurants here that are doing well. there's no reason they can't be better or held to a higher standard. some of them are very good indeed. it should be okay to note the difference between these places and those that are above average.

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#155 FoodDabbler

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 12:11 AM


It might feel small because there's not much there, but that metro area must have about 4mm people by now.

Nope. As of 2010 its 2.85mm in the seven county metro. Population density isn't very high.

It's far from my sweet nature to gloat or anything, but we have a population in Cambridge
of, like, 106,000, and we support Oleana, Bondir, East Coast Grill, Craigie, Rialto, Tamarind Bay,
Mulan, Sofra Bakery, Hi Rise Bakery, and Formaggio Kitchen. From where I live -- and I say this
in the spirit of wanting to make you feel good -- it's thirty seconds to T.W.Food, 2 minutes to Hi-Rise,
and 5 minutes to Formaggio Kitchen. Them's walking times. You don't need a fucking car. We
just crossed 30,000 miles on ours. We've had it 8 years.

#156 SLBunge

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 02:02 AM

It's far from my sweet nature to gloat or anything, but we have a population in Cambridge
of, like, 106,000, and we support Oleana, Bondir, East Coast Grill, Craigie, Rialto, Tamarind Bay,
Mulan, Sofra Bakery, Hi Rise Bakery, and Formaggio Kitchen. From where I live -- and I say this
in the spirit of wanting to make you feel good -- it's thirty seconds to T.W.Food, 2 minutes to Hi-Rise,
and 5 minutes to Formaggio Kitchen. Them's walking times. You don't need a fucking car. We
just crossed 30,000 miles on ours. We've had it 8 years.

Gloat away. I liked living in Boston and I like it here better.
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#157 FoodDabbler

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 02:08 AM

Why?

#158 SLBunge

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 02:21 AM

Why?

Actually, I should say that Formaggio Kitchen, sailing in the harbor (and around the islands), and the T are three things that I truly miss about Boston.

I don't miss the expense of real estate in Boston. My ability to get a job that didn't require significant amount of travel is very limited in Boston (as it would be in many cities).

A few other things I prefer about living here:
-more varied and vibrant theater scene
-better x-c skiing
-easier access to wilderness
-more lutefisk
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#159 mongo_jones

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 02:25 AM

you forgot hot dish.

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#160 Wilfrid

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:41 PM

Confirmation that the pecan walleye at the St Paul Hotel was not a figment of my imagination. It appears in R.W. Apple's 2009 collection Far Flung and Well Fed. He describes the fish as dusted with almond powder and served in a pecan-frangipane-butter sauce.

He too is horrified.

#161 SLBunge

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:49 PM

Illuminating.
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#162 Anthony Bonner

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 12:00 AM

Illuminating.

I hear that in Minnesotan the verb "to eat" is exactly translated into English as "Have you pecan crusted a walleye"
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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:05 AM

Hmong Village at 1001 Johnson Blvd, St Paul vs. Hmong Market at 217 Como Ave, St. Paul.

If I only have time to visit one, which has better food, in general? Which has greater variety? Micromanage visit to MSP, please.



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Posted 25 July 2012 - 02:02 PM

Hmong Village at 1001 Johnson Blvd, St Paul vs. Hmong Market at 217 Como Ave, St. Paul.

If I only have time to visit one, which has better food, in general? Which has greater variety? Micromanage visit to MSP, please.

The one on Como is the only one I've been to. I like it.
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Posted 02 August 2012 - 09:59 PM

So A will be in town for a conference tomorrow, staying for a few days. I saw that article on New Nordic in the NYT, which he was planning to check out (close to his hotel!), but is there any place you would send him to first? A place with nice food (can be fancy, but doesn't have to be) where he can sit at the bar and do some reading.

I was planning to come with him and the baby and swing by Philly on the way, but unfortunately didn't work out this time. German daycare is very strict about vacations! :unsure:
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