Food & Drink

July is a time to bask in the sun and enjoy a great cocktail outdoors. We thought it would be fun to send local blogger Stephany Wieland out on the town to check out some of the cool drinks St. Croix Valley bartenders are stirring up this season.

Shawn Smalley is creating barbecue in a way that’s scarce anywhere in the country, let alone the St. Croix Valley.

Whether you are planning an intimate summer date or a casual night out with friends, nothing quite compares to enjoying a cocktail and alfresco appetizers with unparalleled views of the lush St. Croix River Valley.

In a world that’s transfixed by “the new” and “what’s trending,” there also seems to be a renewed interest in the nostalgic traditions that somehow withstand an ever-evolving popular culture.

Rick Chrustowski, one of our favorite author/illustrators, is releasing his newest picture book June 16. In Bee Dance, Chrustowski brings the bees to life with great images and vivid descriptions.

After a long winter, spring finally has arrived. Just like that, the days are longer, bright green buds are appearing on the trees, and the fresh air is invigorating. Along with the change in season comes a change in appetites.

Beneath the Bonfire by Nickolas Butler features a collection of 10 original and remarkable stories. Butler has a unique talent for portraying characters and places that readers will love and want to visit.

Doing something good for the community is rarely as intoxicating—or delicious—as the Brewers Bazaar. Though the event may seem like a day of carefree enjoyment, its objective is community service.

Comedy sketches have been done parodying the phenomenon that is brunch. For some variation of eggs, meat and potatoes, people wait for hours. They stand in lines that wrap around the block.

During National Poetry Month in April, or any time of the year, I love to pick up a volume of poetry with no expectations and then be blown away by reading just what I needed to hear.

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