I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging, but I just spent a few hours going back through the stories that TC Foodies published in 2012, and well, gosh, I really think TC Foodies is the greatest food news source in the Twin Cities. Maybe even on the planet. And I am really not bragging about myself, because we published over 500 food articles and reviews last year, from dozens of contributors, and most of the really good stuff was not written by me.
In addition to the hundreds of restaurant reviews and articles, our contributors wrote about cooking, gardening, food policy, nutrition and more, all with a local angle.
No disrespect to the Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, Mpls-St.Paul, Minnesota Monthly, City Pages, Heavy Table, and all the other food news sources in town — they have great writers and great coverage — but we have dozens of contributors, each with a different expertise and point of view. And our food writers and blog partners venture to lots of places where the other guys seldom go.
Stephanie Fox explores the Twin Cities’ ethnic markets in her Global Groceries column, finding little gems you are unlikely to read about anywhere else, from the pickled herring at Ingebretsen’s Scandinavian Deli, to the Filipino foods featured at Phil-Oriental Foods in St. Paul, and the Guy-Am Grocery in North Minneapolis: Your go-to place for West Indian, Caribbean food.
Jeff Skrenes covers north Minneapolis in his NORTH BY NORTHSIDE blog, quaffing the newest neighborhood brew: “I hereby declare Boom Island Brewing to be NoMi’s best beer” , and candy bar: “Cakedy Candy Bars are pure Northside sweetness.”
John Bailey’s Green Line Gems blog “Finding Greatness on University Avenue” regularly discovers hidden gastronomic treasures like “The Big Yum at Big Daddy’s” and Date night on the Green Line: Caffe Biaggio, the Gremlin, and Ngon Vietnamese Bistro.
Jim Mork calls his blog “Cooper-Lake Diary“, but you never know where his gastronomic peregrinations will take him, from Tasty pork at Cap’s Grille to Quantity and quality: India House on Grand Avenue in St. Paul.
Looking for dog-friendly dining in Northeast Minneapolis? Meredith Barzen of Sidewalk Dog has you covered. Need to know The dos and dont’s of asking your server out on a date? Nicki Stein-Grohs wrote about it back in January. And leave it to Robin Doroshow, a writer for American Jewish World to discover the Jewish roots of a local Indian restaurant in From India to Minnetonka: Bukhara Indian Bistro.
And TCFoodies publishes some great writing. Ann Bauer’s A Night At Mancini’s will bring tears to your eyes. Ann, author of the critically acclaimed novel The Forever Marriage, and a blog of the same name, writes for publications like Elle, The Washington Post and The New York Times.
The point is, no one likes to be mocked. “Sophisticated” people like to mock “unsophisticated” people. The atmosphere fills with hatred. And for what? We’ve all got to eat. Marilyn Hagerty trumped the elitists by acknowledging their mockery but never pretending to share their condescending attitudes.
“You know how the media reports that winning the bronze medal in the Olympics is better than winning the silver? Something about how if you win the silver you always wonder what it would have taken to win gold, but if you win the bronze you are all, “Hell, yes! Party time!” Today I experienced the magnificent honor of winning a bronze! And I am all, “Hell, yes!! Party time!” My Ethnic Bread entry, Semlor, took its place as a Third Place Ribbon winner at the Minnesota State Fair. And I couldn’t be happier!”