IGGERS DIGEST | Newest Eat Street discoveries: Cinco de Mayo Mercado and Apho Tibetan takeout

So many new restaurants opening up on Nicollet – especially south of Lake Street – that it’s hard to keep up with them all – Kyatchi, the new sustainable sushi restaurant at 3758 Nicollet Ave. S., and the bricks and mortar version of Hola Arepa at 3501, and the new location for Corner Table at 4537. You have probably read about those already – but my latest discoveries are a couple of little take-out locations at in the 3700 block that have actually been around for a while – Apho, at 3752 Nicollet Ave. S., and Cinco de Mayo Mercado, across the street at 3733 Nicollet Ave. S.

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TC Weekend | Art in Bloom, Cinco de Mayo, MayDay, Festival of Nations & more!

We’ve endured puddles, potholes, puddles in potholes and chilly April showers — now it’s time for some May flowers!  This weekend’s forecast calls for a bit more sun (crossing fingers), perfect for getting out to Art in Bloom, the Summer Flower Show, and the many festivals in the Twin Cities. Details below:Art in Bloom, May 1-4 Take time to smell the roses and delight your eyes with timeless art at Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ 31st Annual Art in Bloom. On display will be 150 floral arrangements designed to reflect art from MIA’s permanent collection. Minneapolis Institute of Arts2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis, MNGeneral admission is free; price for ticketed events vary Go here for more info. Festival of Nations, May 1-4 Get a glimpse of the globe in one colorful setting at Festival of Nations, an annual festival presented by the Internatinal Institute of Minnesota. Continue Reading

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo 2013 in the Twin Cities

The first weekend in May will be a festive one—which is only fitting, now that the weather has finally taken a turn for the better. Cinco de Mayo falls on the first Sunday in May (which also happens to be the day of the 39th Annual MayDay Parade and Festival), and there are ways to celebrate all weekend long (and beyond).The holiday—which is not the same as Mexican Independence Day (that’s in September)—commemorates the Battle of Puebla of May 5, 1862, when a Mexican force of 4,500 men faced down 6,000 French soldiers and won. (Erik Hare has a more complete story here.) In the United States, there are some 33.6 million residents of Mexican origin; that’s something like 9 percent of the total population.The big festivalsOn Saturday, May 4, the Saint Paul Festival & Heritage Foundation hosts a Cinco de Mayo Festival in St. Paul’s District del Sol—complete with a 5k run, a parade, live music, a lowrider car show, a mobile health unit and a sports zone. The event made a successful debut with new organizers last year for Cinco de Mayo’s 150th anniversary; the Foundation predicts tens of thousands of spectators again this year. Continue Reading

Cinco de Mayo times three: Celebrate in St. Paul and Minneapolis

Cinco de Mayo is coming again — with celebrations in St. Paul on May 1 and 2 and in Minneapolis on May 3 and May 10. Saint Paul
The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Saint Paul on Friday May 1, and Saturday May 2 is open to anyone who enjoys the excitement, flavors, sounds and crowds of a street fair. More than 100,000 people are expected to come to César Chávez street on the west side of Saint Paul for the 27th celebration of Cinco de Mayo Fiesta presented by REDA (Riverview Economic Development Association), a community development corporation. Saturday’s parade, beginning at 10 a.m., features floats, performers and tens of thousands of people in attendance. Continue Reading