The pucks are flying all around Grand Forks this weekend. There's hoops at UND this afternoon in The Betty against a fearless women's crew from Montana. And a second game hockey game tonight in The Ralph against Miami. The weather forecasting people, who have not been very jolly, say things are going to be better — before they get worse again. Even in January, there are people who say, "We live here because we like it here."
Sometimes when you take food home from a restaurant it tastes better the next day. And sometimes it just sits there in the refrigerator until you throw it out. The leftover Ravioli Di Portobello I took home recently from the Olive Garden tasted better two days later. The ravioli was good enough the first time around. That's when I had supper with Marcia and Brad Wehe and Jana and Charlie Makovsky. The dinner for four with me at the Olive Garden went for $160 in the silent auction before the recent benefit dinner for Northlands Rescue City Mission.
'Twas a few days before Christmas and the round tables at Eagles Crest Grill were set with sparkling white cloths and red napkins. A crackling fire took the chill off the evening. And another cozy Christmas party was about to begin at the restaurant just south of Grand Forks. Eagles Crest Grill, which is the cornerstone of King's Walk city golf course, is open year-round and has operated separately for the past 15 years.
"Eat Out, Eat Well." That's the name of the book that came across my path a year or so ago. I skimmed it enough to learn a few tricks about watching calories while eating in restaurants. During Blizzard Alivia, I again picked up the book by Hope Warshaw. And since I often stop for coffee, I turned to that chapter again. That brought me to thinking about the high calorie count in the lattes I frequently pick up at Starbucks or Caribou.
When I asked for mango juice, I got a full pint of it in a plastic container for $1. And it was very good. Then, I studied the menu at Steer's, a new Somalian restaurant on South Washington Street, and I asked for goat meat wasland ($15). I had a chance to study this relatively new restaurant in Grand Forks as owner and manager Elias Dean prepared my dinner.
The line moved along in an orderly fashion as fourth-graders from St. Michael's School picked up their lunch at midday. I was in line with Kamryn Buettner. She's a fourth-grader at St. Mike's. She noticed I had visited Discovery School for lunch with a second-grader, Emerson Eastman. And she wrote a letter asking me to visit her school and meet Chef Liz Stempinski. She said Chef Liz is an amazing cook and can make almost "homemade anything." And on my visit, I could see Kamryn was right.
While it is not the prime place to go for Thanksgiving dinner, the Broken Drum has established itself as a place for quick meals. Soups, burgers and sandwiches that taste good on cold days draw hungry customers to the sports bar and grill on North Washington Street. So I joined Mary Loyland (ML) and Don Bernstein (DB) there for lunch on a November day. The Broken Drum, which used to be an unlikely place to meet for lunch, draws a variety of customers. It also draws crowds before hockey games and offers group catering.
CROOKSTON — Three years have passed since Brent and Jasmine Melsa opened Drafts Sports Bar & Grill along the U.S. Highway 2 bypass here. And it has become a popular stopping place for people traveling through the area as well as those nearby who are drawn by the creative menu and the bar. A clubhouse sandwich ($9.49) caught my eye on the menu. It came with ham and turkey, topped with cheddar and Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon and mayo. It was twice as much as I could eat at one sitting, so I brought the rest home in a bag.
He wears a meat thermometer on his shirt sleeve. He knows how to turn out steaks. He can cook corned beef. And he does a lot of fish. As a matter of fact, Paul Gregg, knows how to prepare everything on the menu at Irishman's Shanty. He has had experience in restaurants. At one point, he had a chance to learn more about the trade in a highly regarded course at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Today, Gregg is the sole owner of the Crookston restaurant that has been around since it was established as a bar more than 60 years ago.
The Green Mill restaurant and bar, long known for its presence on South Columbia Road in Grand Forks, had its beginnings in St. Paul in 1935. And the legend kept growing — with calzones, pizza and salads. The Green Mill in Grand Forks has become an established restaurant with seating for almost 300. The Green Mill was rebuilt at its convenient, original Columbia Road location after it was destroyed by fire a decade ago.