IGGERS DIGEST | Saigon Uptown: Last of the old-time Vietnamese

I tried to tell the two sisters who run the Saigon Uptown that they need to raise their prices. "We know," one of them replied, "but we're too busy." Which seems a little odd, since whenever I have visited, it has been nearly empty. Instead, they have put a little note inside their menu, advising customers that all the listed prices have been raised by 50 cents. So pork with ginger and garlic sauce really costs $6.75, and the chicken with pineapples cost $7.

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Se aproxima el cierre de la temporada con la llegada del otoño

Creámoslo o no, el otoño ha llegado y la temporada del Mercado de Granjeros de Midtown se está acercando a su fin con el comienzo de la caída de las hojas y la caída de las temperaturas. Al adentrarnos en octubre, nos quedan sólo cuatro mercados sabatinos y cuatro mercados de los martes en esta temporada 2014. Aunque la temporada del mercado está apagándose, habrá todavía fantásticos artículos disponibles en el mercado y suficientes actividades para que vengan y disfruten. Asegúrense de almacenar verduras frescas y locales para enlatar en vinagre, y no se pierdan nuestras últimas oportunidades para disfrutar el mercado y visitar con amigos, vecinos y a nuestros comerciantes fabulosos antes del cierre de la temporada.

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Share the Harvest: Donate locally-grown produce to families in need

Share the harvest is a CNO program allowing gardeners and farmer’s market shoppers to contribute locally-grown produce to Sisters’ Camelot, a reputable local organization that offers free produce and free meals to hungry Minneapolis residents through its colorful mobile food share bus.

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Market season draws to a close as autumn arrives

Believe it or not, autumn has arrived and the Midtown Farmers Market season is nearing its end as the leaves begin to fall and the temperatures start to drop. As we head into October there are only 4 remaining Saturday markets and 4 Tuesday markets left in the 2014 season! Although the market season is winding down there will still be plenty of great items available at the market and plenty of activities to come out and enjoy. Be sure to stock up on fresh, local veggies for canning and pickling and don’t miss your final opportunities to enjoy the market and visit with friends, neighbors and our wonderful vendors before the season draws to a close!

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Ebola and E. Coli

Ebola has killed one person in the United States, and two more are infected and being treated. E. coli killed two children in Oregon in September, and at least one more child is in serious condition. The CDC estimates that every year almost 48 million Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from food-borne illnesses, including E.coli, salmonella, campylobacter and others.

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Burch Steak and Pizza Bar: "The Usual" for the first time

When I took this job as Arts and Culture Columnist, I was excited about all the new places, events, and restaurants I’d be exploring for the first time. An up and coming band playing at 7th Street Entry. A dingy but surprisingly tasty Cuban restaurant in Seward. A world-premiere play at the Guthrie. Blaine, Minnesota.

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Farmers, ranchers and consumers lose on WTO COOL ruling

A U.S. law requiring the simple labeling of meat and poultry products for the country of origin (COOL) was determined to violate trade rules by a dispute panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) today.

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Stocking the staples: Minneapolis considers minimum requirements for grocery stores

(Photo by Elizabeth Brumley) Owner Abed Hassuneh works behind the counter at Santana Foods Monday. Santana foods sells some staple foods, but the Minneapolis City Council is considering an updated grocery store ordinance that would mandate an increase in required staple foods carried in stores.

More fresh fruits, vegetables and other core food items may be coming to Minneapolis corner stores this spring.

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A night in Edina and dreams of yakisoba

Our best food memories serve more than just the taste of a meal. They encompass place and time. For twenty-five years, more than half my lifetime, I've been searching for authentic yakisoba in Minnesota. I've been looking for a yakisoba that can bring me back to my youth and to the old Japanese man who fried noodles at his cart in the street. When I need comfort, I think of that vendor and his good soba.

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Hope at the end of the Rainbow? Brainstorming for soon-to-be-vacant storefront begins

“When elephants fight, the grass suffers.” Swahili proverb

The elephants have struggled. Rainbow and Cub fought for years over market share at Lake and Minnehaha, but they remained competitive, and each had their share of loyal customers. Then Target decided to open a fresh food section in their store, and that became too much. One elephant fell down. Rainbow lost the battle and is leaving the Twin Cities market, and South Minneapolis is left with an empty storefront.

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