Food & Drink

Send your little one to preschool or kindergarten in style with Stephen Joseph backpacks from Tazzie Baby & Child in Victoria.

Whether for a bite or a beverage, happy hour deals make going out on the town all the more worth your while. Establishments in Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Victoria and Waconia entice customers with delicious food and beverage deals. Make an appointment to try a new spot during happy hour.

Whether area residents or visiting guests need to cool off or cool their heels, local establishments offer plenty of refreshing beverage options to make summer less about venturing away from home and more about staying local.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
-Recommended by Carrie Brunsberg

The favorite cocktail of Mexico is not the margarita, but the paloma.

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The days are getting longer and the temperatures are rising. It’s time for lunch on the patio, dinners by the lake and menus rich with the season’s best variety. With fresh fruits and vegetables, salads take on creative twists with bold flavor combinations.

Go gluten-free with no remorse. Yes, gluten-free foods can taste great. Try soups, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas, cakes or something adventurous like Venezuelan arepas. Surprise your taste buds with the gamut of gluten-free eating available in the southwest metro.

Not only is Vicki Eide a traditional naturopath, guiding people towards safe, natural ways to a healthier lifestyle, she’s also a self-described “cookie monster.” Eide’s cookie obsession, however, was hampered by her gluten sensitivity.

Like thousands of kids, Emma Snuggerud, 13, is counting the days until summer camp. Like thousands of camps, there will be swimming, archery, bonfires and night games—but unlike other camps, Snuggerud’s week-long fun fest won’t include gluten.

Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports are Played and Games are Won -by Tobias Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim
Recommended by Andrea Smith