Food & Drink

Standing behind the handsome marble bar in LoLo American Kitchen & Craft Bar in downtown historic Stillwater, co-owner and bar program director Joe Ehlenz chats with customers and mixes cocktails while his business partner, culi

Winter is the perfect time to cozy up with a steaming mug of coffee. With so many wonderful coffee shops to visit all along the St. Croix River Valley, we stopped by four venues in Stillwater and Hudson this month to chat with the owners and find out what they have brewing this winter.

Ah, the new year, when everyone’s thoughts turn to new beginnings, life changes and optimism for the future. Instead of sharing a book about resolutions such as diets and healthy cooking, I’m recommending something different: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Bitter-cold winter mornings call for maple syrup and warm waffles. Or pancakes. Or French toast. Whatever your preference, restaurants throughout the St.

Sara Hayden, owner of Sara’s Tipsy Pies in Marine on St. Croix, wears many hats: entrepreneur, pie baker, recipe creator, philanthropist, wife and mother of five, including 10-year old triplets, a 12-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome and a 14-year old.

As people prepare for their Thanksgiving feastS, local wineries in the St. Croix Valley are offering the chance for wine lovers to scout out some of the most delicious wines to grace their holiday tables.

Minnesotans and Wisconsinites CAN agree that pizza is delicious no matter how you slice it. There are brick-oven pies, New York-style slices, deep-dish delights and everything in between. So go ahead and reap the saucy rewards of your abundant river valley, one cheesy bite at a time.

For more than 200 years, Oktoberfest has been celebrated with frothy beers, savory German fare and musical merriment. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to join in on the fun.

As the days grow shorter and we enter a season of crisp autumn evenings, we begin to crave dinners that are roasted with herbs and served with an array of fresh harvest vegetables.