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A Conversation with Thai Cafe owner Ya Poophakumpanart

Late on a Monday afternoon, I dropped by Thai Cafe and spoke with owner and chef Ya Poophakumpanart. With translation help from Mai Vang, we had a conversation about the pleasures and difficulties of owning a business along University Ave in Saint Paul.  ...

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Global Food of the Month: Feijoada

This month’s Global Food of the Month is: Feijoada (pronounced fay-JWA-da).  Feijoada is one of my favorite foods to make and eat. In part one of this two part series, I write about the basics of feijoada and where to find it in the Twin Cities.  Next week, I will be posting part two, my first recipe and a little story about ...

TheLeftHandedCook

The Left Handed Cook: Ethnic Food and the New American Identity

 When I learned that Kat Melgaard and Thomas Kim, owners of The Left Handed Cook were Minneapolis transplants from Los Angeles, I knew I we had to chat. If nothing else we could reminisce about bad traffic, sunny days and the impossibility of being an Angelino for life. While this conversation would have been worth a visit to the ...

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The Torta Man of Minneapolis: Manny Gonzalez

Manny Gonzalez never expected to stay in the United States. He moved to Minneapolis from Mexico City at age 21, with a simple goal: learn English and return to Mexico City. Manny explains, “I was going to school in Mexico City for hotel administration and culinary arts.  I applied to work at the Sheraton Hotel in Mexico City, but ...