Food & Drink

The story of Victoria’s Ruby’s Roost is a personal one.

Andy Mooney was born with a rolling pin in his hand. The pastry chef and owner of Red Bench Bakery in Chaska loves to tell people, “‘I’ve wanted to do this for the last 20 years.’ I’m only 34.”

There are certain books from our childhoods that continue to resonate well into adulthood.

Irish Flag
1 oz. Marie Brizard’s Green
Crème de Menthe
1 oz. Brady’s Irish Cream Liqueur
1 oz. Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
(cognac/orange liqueur)

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but rosé wine can run from sweet to dry, light to dark, and most of us don’t have a clue what we’re buying. That’s where the wine experts in your neighborhood come in.

Readers who enjoy authors Luke McCallin, Ben Pastor, Joseph Kanon, Susan Elia MacNeal, Alan Furst and Philip Kerr should dive into James Benn’s series, featuring Billy Boyle.

Valentine’s Day is the day of all days to impress the one you’re with! Serve this perfect cocktail to someone special.  

As we enter the new year, an age-old question sits at the tips of our tongues: Will it ever be warm again? Twenty-below wind chills threaten at our doorsteps and aggressive snow piles can weigh down our spirits. But we must remember: We are Minnesotans who can thrive in this weather.

Cinnamon White Russian
4 parts J. Carver Lake House vodka
3 parts coffee liqueur
3 parts cinnamon simple syrup (see recipe below)
2 parts cream

In early 2000s France, Aurélie Spirito had a successful buffet styling company with a business partner. But when Spirito’s husband got a job offer in Minnesota, the couple jumped into the new adventure and landed in Eden Prairie in 2007.