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DeRusha Eats: World Class Wines

Wednesday is New Year’s Eve, so you know what that means! The champagne toast! But this year, why not step out of your comfort zone and try something different? Jason DeRusha visited World Class Wines and found easy ways to find the perfect bubbly, some even without breaking the bank!

12/27/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Tracy’s Saloon

This week, Jason DeRusha visited a neighborhood saloon that survived a renovation surprise that any homeowner can relate to. Jason DeRusha eats in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis at Tracy’s Saloon.

12/20/2014

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DeRusha Eats: McGarry’s Irish Pub

Minnesotans love Irish pubs, so Jason DeRusha took a drive to Maple Plain, Minnesota, and found a classic pub in an unlikely spot.

12/13/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Half Time Rec

Half Time Rec is a St. Paul institution. It was even the backdrop for the movie “Grumpy Old Men.” This place defines dive bar. Scott and Steve Mars are the brothers who’ve tried not to mess this place up the past five years. “It is a dive bar, and we take pride in that,” Scott said. “We want to keep it a fun dive bar atmosphere.”

12/06/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Potica, A Czech Pastry

Jason DeRusha sampled a Czech pastry so popular that they’re being sold throughout the state.

11/29/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Country Cake Cupboard Cafe And Bakery

As Thanksgiving and the holidays approach, a lot of us start thinking about baking. Many of us bake pies, cakes, cookies and other treats special for this time of year. That’s why Jason DeRusha headed to the western suburbs, just west of Wayzata, to try the Country Cake Cupboard Cafe.

11/22/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Cooking With Chef Marcus Samuelsson

This week in DeRusha Eats, Jason DeRusha spent some time with world famous chef Marcus Samuelsson. He’s featured on the Food Network and was the chef at the Aquavit restaurant in the IDS Building in downtown Minneapolis from 1999-2003.

11/15/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Spoon And Stable

Not only is it one of the most anticipated restaurant openings in the country, but it’s also a great hometown success story. A kid from Bloomington, Minn. became a nationally-known cooking big shot in New York, but moved to Minneapolis to open his first spot.

11/08/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Marin

In most large cities, some of the best restaurants are inside hotels. For whatever reason, Minneapolis doesn’t really have that scene. But Marin is trying to change that.

11/01/2014

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DeRusha Eats: El Burrito Mercado

While many people will be celebrating Halloween next Friday, others will be celebrating a Mexican holiday that predates is by some 3,000 years. The Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos is celebrated Nov. 1. And nowhere celebrates it in the Twin Cities quite like El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul.

10/25/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Cookies At Keys Cafe

In small town Minnesota family restaurants serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner are pretty common In the Twin Cities that type of café is Keys Café; a chain of nine restaurants known not only for those meals, but also for their bakery.

10/11/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Fresh Hopped Beer

Fall is often a short-lived season. Certain things, aside from the weather, are here and then gone quickly. Things like high school football games, fall colors and a certain kind of beer that you may have never heard of.

10/04/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Workshop

Twin Cities-based Kaskaid Hospitality is in the middle of some major changes. The company behind Crave is expanding to Las Vegas in the next couple weeks, and thus is remaking menus at all of its restaurants.

09/27/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Rise Bagels

If you ask an east coast native about Twin Cities bagels, you’re probably going to get a violent reaction. But instead of complaining, two sisters decided to start boiling and baking their own bagels. And that makes a difference, as Jason DeRusha found out.

09/20/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Smart Associates

The Kenwood in Minneapolis looks and feels like its namesake neighborhood: elegant, understated and comfortable. Jim Smart designed the eatery, which is just one of his more than 320 restaurants around the country.

09/13/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Table 65 In New Richmond, Wis.

Look closely on dozens of Twin Cities menus and you’ll find the fish from Star Prairie Trout Farm — just 45 minutes from our downtowns. Besides their commercial fishing operation, they have ponds where anyone can fish. My morning show co-anchor, Jamie Yuccas, had more success than I did at fishing.

09/06/2014

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DeRusha Eats: From-Scratch MN State Fair Foods

Mancini’s is known for steak, but it’s their gelato that’s winning fans at the Minnesota State Fair. Sarah Williams starts with milk, cream and sugar – creating gelato right on site. She adds Italian flavorings to make flavors like caramel apple. St. Paul’s Summit Beer goes into the oatmeal stout gelato.

08/30/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Blue Barn At The MN State Fair

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.

08/23/2014

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DeRusha Eats – Cry Baby Craig’s Hot Sauce

We’ve all been there: we meant to order one thing, and instead we get something else. A Twin Cities Chef had that happen with hot peppers, but he turned that mistake into a growing business. This week Jason DeRusha Eats Cry Baby Craig’s Hot Sauce.

08/16/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Tree Fort Root Beer

Eva Duckler, 17, has had a busy summer doing normal teenage stuff. You know, like graduating from high school, building a bottling line and launching a root-beer brand. “I’ve been trying root beer since I was really young, probably tried hundreds of root beers,” Duckler said.

08/09/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Sara’s Tipsy Pies

She took her mom’s pie crust recipe and created something totally different with it: A hand pie with a unique twist. In this week’s DeRusha Eats, Jason checked out Sara’s Tipsy Pies and we find out where to get our hands on them.

08/02/2014

Baby Back Ribs

DeRusha Eats: Midwest Rib Fest Competition

On a hot summer day it’s the perfect day to let your grill do the work and slow roast some ribs. Or if you don’t want to be by all that slow, low heat, maybe you want to head to Mystic Lake for their Great Midwest Rib Fest competition.

07/26/2014

Fresh Fruit Smoothies

DeRusha Eats: JuicePresso

Daniel Winer drinks a glass of home-pressed vegetables every day. He has a vested interest, after all, as the CEO of JuicePresso. “I’m not a huge believer in skipping all your meals like some people say. I like to think of it as an addition, or if you do one meal,” Winer said.

07/19/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Shoyu At MSP Airport

It’s a strange sight as you head towards the gate in concourse G at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Executive Chef Sara Johannes is at the wok inside Shoyu, which is not your standard airport restaurant. She says a lot of chefs probably think that working at an airport is not the best gig.

07/12/2014

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DeRusha Eats: Pinstripes In Edina

There’s a certain expectation that comes with food at a bowling alley. But Pinstripes in Edina isn’t that at all. Chef Nelson Pinos runs an all-scratch kitchen. They even make the pasta in house. “We’re not [just] a bowling alley, you know,” Pinos said.

07/05/2014

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