Obama to prove, beyond doubt, he is the coolest POTUS of all time

Obama to prove, beyond doubt, he is the coolest POTUS of all time

‎Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, and the first African-American president of the United States, has worked hard to cultivate an image of accessibility. He tweets, he jokes, he sings, he laughs. He made a Spotify playlist. He stopped by St. Paul’s Union Depot for a rally of rock star proportions. He cooled off with ice cream from St. Paul’s Grand Ol’ Creamery. And he ate at The Bachelor Farmer, one of the Twin Cities’ coolest restaurants. What Tiger Woods did for golf, President Obama did for government. Say what you will about his policy and politics, one thing is undeniable, Obama made the White House cool. But those are pretty minor things. He’s always been cool, and that’s not something that switches off when you become president. It’s his avid enthusiasm for the advancements and progress in science and technology that makes him truly stand out. Obama’s South by South Lawn turned grass that was once kept tidy by hungry cows into a celebration of technology, ideas, creativity, and, in a word, the future. According to the official www.whitehouse.gov, it was, “…a festival to celebrate the spirit of innovation and bring together creative thinkers and entrepreneurs from across the country to discuss how we can tackle some of our biggest challenges.” A fusion of art and tech, science and music, #SXSL brought out some of the nation’s best and brightest for a day of revelry and fun, of ideas and innovation, and for an opportunity to eat cookies with the president. Leonardo Dicaprio came out to talk climate change and saving the environment. Rapper Common wore VR glasses. The preteen cast of...
Is Twin Cities dining still exciting?

Is Twin Cities dining still exciting?

Twin Cities dining is on the up and up. Our restaurants have received a lot of love from press nationwide. Thrillest named the Twin Cities among the best US food cities, and 12 Twin Cities chefs were named semifinalists for the James Beard Award in 2016. We’ve been patting ourselves on the back for breaking the mold of Midwest boring. Look at us, we said, and all of our James Beard Award nominations. We’ve got Andrew Zimmern living here, for chrissake! But maybe too soon. Anthony Bourdain’s recent quote on unexpected foodie cities was lauded by local publications, but note the use of past tense: “…Minneapolis, for a very long time had really good food and a lot of great chefs.” We lost La Belle Vie, really the only restaurant of its type in Minnesota, to a simple lack of butts in seats. We lost Solera, Brasserie Zentral (and Foreign Legion), Vincent, Masa, Il Foro, Cafe Levain, Pilgrimage, and Workshop at Union within a few short months. And now Heartland, also the only restaurant of its type, is closing as well. Maybe too many places opened all at once. Maybe that’s why it seems like we’re hemorrhaging good, independent restaurants while Fogo de Chão and Kincaids thrive. We’ve heard it time and time again that we’re tapped for talent, that it’s near impossible to find top workers for both the front and back of the house. We know that bubbles can’t grow forever before they pop. Or do Minnesotans really only want burgers, steaks, and wings?   So is the Twin Cities’ dining scene still exciting? Short answer: Yes. Longer answer: But maybe not as...