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The craft beer brewing industry has long been male dominated, something women are striving to change. A wave of female innovators is creating delicious brews while bringing their own unique experiences to the fore. Here are five women-owned breweries around the country you can explore no matter your gender or preferred style of beer.
Black-owned restaurants are a critical component of the vibrant culinary scene in Minnesota’s Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. No surprise since the area is home to some of the nation's largest Ethiopian and Somali diaspora communities and even boasts an Iron Chef America winner. From fine dining to fast casual, vegan soul food to pizza, donuts to injera, consider this list your starting point. But remember, it’s just a sampling: While this round-up includes many favorite spots, there are dozens more Black-owned restaurants in the area that are certainly worth checking out.
Mustard lovers: Head to Middleton, Wisconsin.
More than 6,000 varieties of mustard are showcased at the National Mustard Museum in this town just outside Madison. Admission is free, though the destination is open only five days a week during the coronavirus pandemic (face coverings are required; capacity is limited). Enter and you’ll encounter shelves groaning with mustards from all 50 states and more than 70 countries, along with displays of antique mustard pots, tins and jars, plus vintage posters and advertisements.
Tens of thousands of soda bottles line the shelves, filled with liquids of every possible hue. Most of the beverage flavors are familiar—root beer, cola, strawberry. But some sound like a mad scientist's concoction—buffalo wing, blue cheese-flavored. Located in the Minneapolis suburb of Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, Blue Sun Soda Shop claims to stock the nation’s largest selection of soda, ranging from popular craft brands to wacky novelties.
The Twin Cities Gateway is one of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area’s best kept secrets. Each of the nine communities that make up Minnesota’s Twin Cities Gateway—Anoka, Blaine, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Ham Lake, Lino Lakes, Mounds View, New Brighton, and Shoreview—has its own unique vibe. They also have something in common: great restaurants.
If the pandemic has driven your home cooking into a rut, venture into tastier territory with a virtual cooking class. Right from your own kitchen, virtual cooking classes are an antidote to fatigue. Find inspiration and gain know-how to transform your meals into a flavorful and exotic culinary journey.
Here’s a delicious round-up of some upcoming virtual cooking classes for home cooks of all experience levels.