Want to support a great culinary project? Take a look at our freshly launched Kickstarter project: The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food.
The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food is a book that will be created, edited, and illustrated by members of the Heavy Table team in conjunction with the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul design and cartography community.
The book will tell the stories of Upper Midwestern food and drink from all manner of perspectives; we’ll chart out some of the late, great “ghost restaurants” of the Twin Cities that have vanished but linger on as influences; we’ll explore meat markets up and down the Mississippi; we’ll track down pop culture and literature connections to local eateries, and far, far more.
We would love your help in publishing our ambitious new book!
I’m really excited about this.
The recent birth of my son at Fairview Southdale Hospital put my wife and me into the thick of it. There we were, on the heels of a life-changing, exhilarating, thoroughly exhausting jumble of circumstances, more or less stuck in a hotel room that played host to a revolving cavalcade of nurses, doctors, friends, and relatives — plus the odd tout for the resident infant photography service.
And although we’d packed some utilitarian snacks and understood our rights (and my ability) to sally forth into the city to import our food, we were collectively exhausted enough after the whole “PUSH 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10″ experience and disoriented enough by the ongoing battery of tests, paperwork, and adventures in breastfeeding to go to the lowest common denominator of food: calling room service and ordering hospital food.
What a surprisingly good idea.
As a two-word expression, “hospital food” ranks right up there with “eel mucus,” “dry socket,” and “soy bacon” on the list of expressions least likely to stimulate the appetite. But the approach at Fairview was — and I say this as thoroughly non-compensated real-life customer — profoundly appropriate to the circumstances.
Our editor-in-chief, Jim Norton, not only welcomed his new baby boy into the world last week: he wrote a funny and poignant review of the hospital food that he and his wife (and HT photog) Becca Dilley had during their birthstravaganza.
And of course, happy birthday, Josiah! You’re gonna be one well-fed baby.
Reporter Brandt Williams took these photos of flooded downtown Minneapolis streets after a water main broke around 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and 2nd Street.
So, it’s 14 degrees out… what happens if this water starts to freeze?
When the water starts to freeze it turns into ice. Next question!