Off The Menu With Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl is the Twin Cities’ premier expert on food, a critic at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. She brings WCCO’s tradition of nutritional information to new heights, Saturdays from 11 a.m. – Noon. If you have something to say on a topic, call-in at 651-989-9226 or text 81807.
Recent Articles & Blog Posts
Dara decided to take a moment and look into her “Foodie Crystal Ball” and share her top 5 trends to look for in 2014!
It’s time to start thinking about the next holiday, Christmas. This year, think food when it comes to gift giving. Dara dug into this a bit and shares her Top 5 Local Gift Shopping Destinations!
It’s Thanksgiving and you need options. Disaster has struck, you’ve waited to long and you need help. So, what to do. Dara has ideas and don’t we love ideas! Here are her Top 5 (actually 6…we have a tie) Thanksgiving Emergency Solutions!
We’d bet Thanksgiving is equally split between those who go for the stuffing and turkey (the savory folks) and those who are just in it for the pie (sweet tooth). If you’re one of the latter, or if you’re just wanting to bring pie everywhere you go Thanksgiving weekend, you need to know the top bakery pies in the Twin Cities. Dara found you the Top 5 Thanksgiving Pies to-go!
Tough days for those cheapskates out there. $5 is not what it used to be. Even a simple burger at most places will run you over $5. So where do you go with a five dollar bill hoping to get a rib-sticking, crazy meal? Well, there are places if you know where to look. Good thing for us Dara has our wallets covered!
Indian Buffets are popping up all over town. They have quickly become a “Dara Favorite”. The all-you-can-eat buffet can be really good, or it can be a train-wreck of bad food. Dara dug through the curry and vindaloo for you and came out the other end with a list of her top 5 Indian Food Buffets in Minnesota!
There are many small suds makers turning into major players in the beer world. The Minnesota “Giants” such as Summit, Schell’s and now Surly continue to churn out great craft beers but some of the lesser known makers are doing amazing things in small batches. This week Dara shares her Top 5 Tap Rooms in Minnesota!
Is there really a better way to celebrate fall then a tall beer and a brat? We don’t think so. And with a heavy German background, many Minnesotans know exactly how to celebrate the changing season and that’s with Oktoberfest! If you can’t make it to Munich, just look up the street because chances are there’s a great festival going on not far from you. Here’s Dara’s Top 5 Oktoberfests!
It’s a sweet tornado rolling through town. We think it’s fair to say frozen yogurt has exploded around the Twin Cities. If you have kids, you already know this. Fro-Yo has taken over! Dara shares her Top 5 for your noshing pleasure.
What’s a pizza farm? Good question. It’s a farm that on a certain day of the week makes pizza in a wood-fired oven using ingredients grown on the farm. It’s a great idea and Minneapolis-St. Paul is becoming the world’s center for the pizza farm movement! Dara shares her top 5 so you know where to find the best!
It’s a good time to be a cookie lover in the Twin Cities! These are not mom’s chocolate chips or your basic snickerdoodle (as good as they are!). So Dara went off the beaten path to discover the best cookies in the Twin Cities. Here’s her top 5!
Hundreds of thousands of people visit Minneapolis every year, eat at restaurants, drink local brews, and enjoy all that the city has to offer. So Dara decided to make a Top 5 for them! What are the places we can brag about that are basically within walking distance of Loring Park? Dara knows!
Farmers and ranchers all over Minnesota are turning to grass pasturing their animals, instead of raising them indoors, on grain. Name your animal and traditional farm product, they can be raised out of doors on pasture. Come out to the farm with us and find out about places doing it on grass!
Everybody loves buffalo wings. But where can you go for the best of the best that might be a little off the normal wing path? Here’s Dara’s list of the top sticky, saucy, buffalo-like wings in the Twin Cities!
There are a lot of traditional tacos in the Twin Cities. However, there is a different breed of tacos around town, called Nuevo Tacos. Think of tacos but chef-driven. Rebellious. Outrageous. All of the above. It’s more than meat, cheese and lettuce. So why not think outside the shell a bit and find some Nuevo Tacos and here are the Twin Cities’ best according to Dara!
We may not be Chicago and we certainly aren’t New York City. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make a great hot dog. Meat in tube form can be one of life’s great pleasures. So let’s celebrate the places that do the dog right. Here’s Dara’s list of the Top 5 Hot Dogs!
The holy grail of the Minnesota summer: A spot with a staggering view, and fantastic food. Does it exist? Yes! Of course, we all know of the summer hotspots with great views and average, to be kind, food. But there are places to go for off-the-charts good food and a view that’s fit for a postcard. Here is Dara’s top five!
The farmers markets are in full swing and now it’s time to figure out what to do with all of those fresh veggies! Dara shared an Arugula Mint Pesto recipe, from “Minnesota Bounty: The Farmer’s Market Cookbook” by Beth Dooley, University of Minnesota Press, on her show Saturday!
It’s time to celebrate the Craft Brew. This weekend is the end of Craft Brew Week in America. When it comes to Craft Brews, Minnesota is at the top of the class with several new breweries debuting in the last year. Dara took some time to sling back a few beers and here’s her list of the Top 5 Tap Rooms in Minnesota!
Sharpen your sweet tooth and pour the coffee. It’s time for cake! Dara this week is sharing her Top 5 places for cake in the Twin Cities. She’s searched high and low for different kinds, different tastes and things she thinks everyone will enjoy. It’s the Top 5 Cakes in the Twin Cities!
You know mom worked hard to make sure you had plenty to eat growing up. Now it’s your turn to take care of mom on this Mother’s Day weekend. But where to go? And uh-oh, you waited until the last minute? No worries. Dara has you covered with plenty of options!
Seafood and what to eat has been controversial, with over-fishing seemingly emptying the world’s oceans. So where can you get the best, sustainable seafood in the Twin Cities? Dara has you covered and here’s her Top 5!
As the weather turns warmer, maybe it’s a good time to take the top down, enjoy a burger and a malt and take in a warm evening at a drive-in? Everyone remembers the classic drive-in restaurant. Did you know there are several, including really great ones, still around the Twin Cities? Dara jumped in the car to check out some and shares her favorites.
Thursday afternoon, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl of WCCO’s “Off the Menu” stopped by to talk food and more with Chad Hartman. Dara is heading to New York for her 11th nomination for a James Beard Award, Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel have a show in town plus more from the local and national food scenes!
It’s easy to do. Everyone does it. But it’s hard to do well. Let alone great! And Dara did some digging and now she’s sharing it with you. It’s time to reward the best of the Fish and Chips in the Twin Cities and here is Dara’s Top 5!