PHOTOS | 42nd Annual Twin Cities Auto Show

You don’t have to be in the market for a new vehicle to find value in attending the 42nd Annual Twin Cities Auto Show being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center March 7 – 15, 2015. Being it’s the largest consumer show in Minnesota, consideration has been taken to include a variety of attractions to suit more than just the typical car enthusiast seeking out this massive automobile experience. The shows excitement started even before people were admitted into the event when one of six lucky contest winners was awarded a three-year lease on a brand new Chevy Volt, their energy saving electric car.There are fun themes like Military Appreciation and Country Night, which includes a live music performance and good educational offerings such as Automotive 101 and a 60-minute course with a mission to change distracted driving behaviors. Young Disney Channel fans will have an opportunity to experience a Celebrity Appearance by the star of hit television show Emma, Peyton List. On weekends, you can take advantage of free booster seat safety checks and the Ride & Drive station is open every day offering consumers a chance to test drive new models from BMW, Mazda, Toyota and Ford. The main attraction is of course the estimated $15 Million in new vehicles that takes up 400,000 square feet of showroom and includes approximately 450 new models across 37 different makes. Continue Reading

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue: Why images and words matter

Hannah Davis is an athlete – a tennis champion and a volleyball player. But that’s not why she is on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine’s March issue. It’s the annual swimsuit edition, and she’s the model. For years, women and some men have complained about the skimpy bikinis on the cover of the March Sports Illustrated. This year, many people are in an uproar about the scarcity of the bikini – there’s not much there. But it’s also about the pose. Continue Reading

Eating the Traditional Asian-American Diet is Healthy!

[See original article here:]Asian Americans who grew up in the U.S. have been influenced over their lifetime of how to eat healthy. The American diet is shown in a food pyramid that doesn’t really represent or incorporate foods from other cultures. Many people choose to mix in both diet and switch other things. But did you know that many Asian cultures actually have a healthy diet too? Here’s an example of what many Asian foods consist of.So what are the main differences between the two diets?1. One difference between Western and Eastern diet is at the bottom of the pyramid. Continue Reading

Celebrating local and indigenous foods: Dinner on the Farm and the Sioux Chef

It’s a good time to be a foodie. There are lots of food happenings around town, you just need to know where to look. Dinner on the Farm is a good place to start.During the summer, Dinner on the Farm hosts chef-planned and prepared dinners on farms. They are fun family-friendly events that also often include good, local beer or wine. There’s special pricing for kids so please don’t tell the organizers, but I have seen my kid eat her weight in beef then wash is down with a gallon of strawberries and cream as she chases cows in the field at these events. The dinners are summer highlights. Continue Reading

More tickets available for Minneapolis’ Luminary Loppet

Art walk fans rejoice–more tickets are now available for the previously sold-out Comcast Luminary Loppet. This curated, candlelit walk around Lake of the Isles takes place this Saturday, January 31, and is one of the signature events in the Loppet Foundation’s City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, which runs from Friday, January 30 through Sunday, February 1. The new block of tickets is available due to one of several tweaks to the festival resulting from the Twin Cities’ relatively mild winter thus far. Continue Reading

This Week in Saint Paul: Monday, January 19 – Sunday, January 25, 2015

Even though the Saint Paul Winter Carnival is creeping up on us, our atmosphere is making its march toward spring. How is this? The calendar still says “January.” I think it may be because the Almanac arts and culture calendar is sharing something else. It’s warming us up. All those hands clapping seems a plausible enough explanation, as opposed to the scientific explanations that get in the way of important things like…well, getting elected to office and gratuitous pollution. Continue Reading