Food & Drink

Hidden behind an unassuming exterior along West 78th Street in Chanhassen is a long-time member of that community’s culinary history. Originally opened as an American Legion Club outpost, the location eventually morphed into the more upscale Riviera, which operated as an old-school supper club.

Celebrate Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) on February 28 with one of my favorite Cajun cocktails. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Creolo Cocktail
Makes 1 drink

At one end of an unassuming strip mall in Eden Prairie is Bay Leaf Indian Cuisine, an eatery providing Indian and Indochinese food to the southwest suburbs.

Honey Berry Sling

The Honey Berry Sling is a bright, refreshing winter drink made from Miodula Honey vodka, Chambord raspberry liqueur, cranberry juice and lime.

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Recommended by Mary Severson

Sparkling Winter Sangria

Skip the meal prep, but find plenty to be thankful for with this traditional Thanksgiving dinner from Axel’s in Chanhassen.

If you’re looking to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal without the hassle of preparation, check out these southwest metro venues.

Hasse Apple Pierita

2 oz. Travis Hasse Apple Pie Liqueur
1 ½ oz. Tierras Blanco Tequila
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
½ tsp. agave nectar
Ground cinnamon to taste

Dark Tides by Chris Ewan
recommended by Charlotte Johnson

This page-turning thriller had my heart thumping at times. The plot was great and had me thinking of the characters long after I finished the book.

The explosion of food trucks in the Twin Cities is a recent development, and following on its heels is another: the transition from food truck start-up to full-fledged, brick-and-mortar restaurant. Much of this type of expansion has occurred within Minneapolis and St.