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Tea-time: new North Mankato tea house is curious but full of charm

September 19, 2019

It’s a little hard to describe Curiosi-Tea House, located in North Mankato, but that’s part of its charm. The walls are different splashes of pastel color, ranging from cream to deep purple, while an odd and endearing assortment of seating is scattered throughout the building. Chairs range from minimalistic barstools to classic white dining sets…Read More

A Tour around SoMinn for some Delectable Desserts

September 13, 2019

“Dessert is aspirational,” former White House pastry Chef Bill Yosses once said. “It’s the one part of the meal you don’t have to eat. It’s the purest part of the meal: the art part. But it’s also the greediest part, the eat-it-in-a-closet part. We don’t have to have it, but we do. . .” I…Read More

From sauerbraten to polkas, St. John’s celebrates German heritage

September 6, 2019

Long before locally-grown and locally-sourced exploded into a movement, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Wheeling Township, already tapped both for an ethnic dinner that today draws some 600 guests from throughout Southern Minnesota and beyond to the rural Nerstrand area church each September. Authentic German cuisine focuses Germanfest, an event started in 1997 to…Read More

Minnesota State Fair – New Foods to Add to Your Traditional Favorites

August 27, 2019

If you can’t find something (from a gazillion or so food choices!) to eat at the Minnesota State Fair, you’re not doing things right. “The Great Get-Together,” as it’s dubbed, is North America’s largest Fair based on attendance. More than 2 million people went through the gates last year, setting a new record. But attendance…Read More

Take a Tour Through some Great SoMinn Event Centers

August 15, 2019

Occasions like anniversaries, weddings and reunions call for special event venues. When organizing an event, many folks are confronted by many decisions. Choosing a venue is the one decision that will have the largest impact on any event. The date of the event, catering options, and attendees’ pleasant experiences…all are affected by which venue is selected.…Read More

Beverage Artisans that do More Than One — Brew, Distill and/or Make Wine

August 15, 2019

There have always been those who like to imbibe from time to time. With the onslaught of inventive beverages sneaking their way into the mainstream, lines are being crossed, and so too are loyalties to any one beverage. More adventurous consuming is becoming the norm, breeding bi-curious indulgers and producers alike. The latter are now…Read More

Home Sweet Homebrewers and Winemakers

August 7, 2019

Home crafted beer and wine can deliver on a number of things – value, variety, quality, pride. The practice is more popular than ever, and a growing number of “make-your-own, brew-your-own” artisans are proving one can concoct great-tasting juice and suds, without leaving the house. Richard & Gail Chilman (Le Sueur-vintners) and Kevin Laird (New Ulm-brewer)…Read More

Pucker Up: Sour Beers are Here to Stay

August 7, 2019

Tart and fruity. Funky and acidic. Light, but citrusy. The beer scene isn’t the same as it used to be, and one thing’s for certain – the trend towards sour isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. For a little lesson in the science of sour, we spoke with three of Southern Minnesota’s brightest brew masters who…Read More

A Spirit of Excellence: Distilling Scene in SoMinn Small but Impactful

August 7, 2019

Everyone knows where to find breweries and distilleries, especially with their popularity for tastings or a fun night out. But have you ever considered visiting a distillery? If you don’t already know, a distillery is where all of your favorite spirits are created: vodka, gin, whiskey, tequila. Distilling is essentially extracting the alcohol from beer…Read More

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