Destination: Minnesota

The World at Home

After years on the move, Frank Bures returned to Minnesota. Now, in his Minneapolis neighborhood, he finds himself transported across the globe.

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Photo We Love: Fall Leaves in Minnesota

Photo We Love: Fall Leaves in Minnesota Photo by *Micky via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Photo by *Micky via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Maple, oak and birch leaves change color in Minnesota.

Where We’re Eating: Tel Aviv, Minneapolis, New York City

Find yourself in Tel Aviv, Minneapolis, or the Big Apple and not sure where to eat? Try these restaurants:

Montefiore, Tel Aviv
Set in a restored 1930s building (on the ground floor of the hip new boutique hotel of the same name), this Tel Aviv eatery infuses Mediterranean ingredients with Vietnamese dishes to mouthwatering success. The consome with silky foie gras ravioli is a must.

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Reading America: ‘New in Town’? I’d Rather Read ‘Main Street’

The new fish-out-of-water romantic comedy, New in Town stars Ren?e Zellweger as a sharp-edged Miami business woman and Harry Connick Jr. as the flannel shirted Minnesotan for whom she falls when she comes to his frozen town to downsize his factory.

Critics are unimpressed. “Listless,” says the Los Angeles Times. The Chicago Tribune calls it, “‘The Pajama Game’ without the songs, the laughs or the bare-knuckled realism.” (It is among my dubious achievements to have played Babe Williams in my high school production of that show.)  “Pleasant but predictable rehash,” sighs Newsday.

Movies are too darn expensive these days for ho-hum, so I’m skipping this and instead will pull out my dog-eared copy of Sinclair Lewis’ 1920 novel, “Main Street,” my all-time favorite book.

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Eating Like a Viking in Minneapolis

Eating Like a Viking in Minneapolis Photo by kalleboo via Flickr, (Creative Commons)
Photo by kalleboo via Flickr, (Creative Commons)

The first indication I knew I was in trouble was when the waitress told me I was the youngest person to order the dish since they put it on the menu a month ago. And I’m 37. The second—and the worst part—occurred when the dish actually arrived. Staring at me from a plus-sized plate was a variation on the theme of pale: diced boiled potatoes, golf ball-sized pearl onions, lefse (a flatbread not unlike lavash or tortilla), a thimble of butter, and, the plate’s tour de force, a three-inch quivering gelatinous beast. Otherwise known as lutefisk.

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Catherine Watson: “Roads Less Traveled”

catherine watson Photo of Catherine Watson courtesy of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Michael Yessis talks with the pioneering editor and writer about serendipity, travel as education and why travelers should talk to everyone they can, especially the quiet people

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