Discover Something New at Home in Minneapolis

by Doug Mack 
Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AMUpdated Dec 20th 2013 10:50 AM

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Minnesota's two favorite conversation topics remain unchanged: the weather's still weird; the Vikings still abysmal. The past year has mostly been a matter of anticipation and discussion of what's coming soon: a new light-rail line connecting Minneapolis and Saint Paul (next summer) and massive redevelopment in Minneapolis' Downtown East, including a new Vikings stadium.

New Restaurant: Pig Ate My Pizza and Umami

The gonzo gourmands behind Travail have opened two new, always-packed restaurants: Pig Ate My Pizza and Umami, a pop-up dim sum joint on the North Side of Minneapolis. Each follows the Travail formula: punk-rock atmosphere meets haute-cuisine craftsmanship, featuring that-shouldn't-work-but-wow-it-sure-does dishes like Cider Ham Rules, a pizza topped with ham, black truffle, potato chips and apple. Umami closes for good on December 22, so get your tickets (yes, tickets), stat.

Place to Bring a Little "Home" Home with You: I Like You

Let us raise a glass of Surly Furious to the gift shop I Like You in Nordeast Minneapolis, where you will find no plush loons or Prairie Home Companion CDs. Instead, it's a showcase of clothing, cards and crafts by local designers, an emporium of hip, smart and gently sassy celebrations of the Twin Cities and the state, like graphic tees featuring a walleye wearing an old-school Viking helmet or a hipster Betty Crocker holding a hotdish.

Word on the Street

Minneapolis elected a new mayor, Councilwoman Betsy Hodges, after a wild, 35-candidate race with several serious contenders plus entertaining outliers like Captain Jack Sparrow (actual legal name). Meanwhile, the Lynx claimed the WNBA title and the Gophers football team is bowl-bound. And seriously: Don't ask about the Vikings.

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Doug Mack was born and raised in Minneapolis. Since then, he's journeyed all over the world as a freelance travel writer for publications large and small but keeps coming home to the land of clean air, lakes and the Jucy Lucy.

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