It’s not just what bacon and what muffin you’re going to use for your breakfast sandwich. The uniform choice and the building design also matter. Blue Barn is the newest restaurant at the Minnesota State Fair. Stephanie Shimp, co-owner of Blue Plate Restaurant Group, says they’ve been trying to get into the fair for almost a decade. She tried to get in last year, but Mancini’s ended up winning the old Pizza Palace.
When you think of comfort food, what comes to mind? For some it’s soup. For others it’s mashed potatoes. For David Schultz, who is executive chef at Crave at the Mall of America, it’s a nice raised beef pot roast. He added you can’t forget the mashed potatoes and gravy. If you’re looking for other ideas, consider roast chicken.
For as long as anyone can remember, Mexican families have been gathering around at Christmas time to make “tamales dulces.” Milissa Silva-Diaz and her mother Maria are keeping the tradition alive at El Burrito Mercado in St Paul. “Tamales go back from the Aztecan, Mayan civilizations,” Milissa said. “And because it’s such a great comfort food and it travels well.”
Despite Minneapolis’s penchant for razing, there are numerous remnants from the city’s past that still stand. Some historic pieces are more hidden than others, but there is comfort — and fun to be had — in seeking the treasures that remain.