L20 House by OLARQ Osvaldo Luppi Architects // Mallorca, Spain
When it comes to acclaimed burger joints in Minnesota, the Twin Cities metro usually garners most of the mentions, but a little known spot in Eden Prairie is a MUST stop for burger lovers. The restaurant known as The Lions Tap is situated along the Minnesota river in an area that can only be described as rural (not suburban). Their claim to fame is perfectly made medium rare patties with precision, no frills, no bullshit, no “jams” or “aiolis,” just good ass burgers. Their menu only extends to five burgers and 1 side, crinkle cut fries that always come out perfect, just like the burgers. One of the few mom & pop shops to beat McDonalds in court (undisclosed settlement), it’s no longer about funds, it’s all about the love at the Lions Tap. Although technically a brewery, this is a family establishment, so be mindful of dinner rushes and weekends to avoid crowds. If you have the time, I highly recommend you take a trip to the southwest ‘burbs to enjoy this gem, click the link below for more information.
Location: 36 7th Street W, St. Paul
Located in downtown St. Paul, Mickey’s Diner is quite possibly Minnesota’s most iconic diner. The classic box car was originally designed in New Jersey then transported to Minnesota in 1939. Known for their pancakes and breakfast plates, this is a place where a slim wallet can take you far. Milk shakes and malts are a must with any burger, everything is cooked to order so you’ll know it’s fresh when it hits the table. If it’s hockey season beware, things can get crowded quick, Mickey’s is a very small diner so make the trip during off hours. Click the link below for their official website.
Last Thursday, Bay Area rapper G Eazy stopped by the Twin Cities on his “The Beautiful & Damned” Tour. The Oakland native was joined by openers Anthony Russo, Phora, and L.A’s own burgeoning talent Trippie Redd. This one sold out shortly after the doors opened and the line easily wrapped outside of the ticketing lobby. The opening acts all did their thing, but Trippie Redd clearly stood out as a fan favorite. The young artist shined brightly in front of a packed house showing an incredible amount of poise while bringing his Soundcloud hits to life. With the crowd properly warmed up, G Eazy took the stage to ear popping screams, it was obvious who the audience was there to see. Staple tracks like “Sober” and “Her & I,” off his most recent album, The Beautiful & Damned, proved to be highlights, but it was clear that G Eazy could do no wrong in front of this crowd. An artist that has always gotten love in the Twin Cities, Eazy appeared at home and comfortable commanding 5000 fans. The entirety of the event went without any snags which is actually pretty rare in this day and age, say what you want about the Roy Wilkins’ sound, but this particular show was very well managed. G Eazy is a polarizing figure who continues to rise through Hip Hop’s ranks, but one thing that is for sure is that he puts on a damn good show. Check out a few pics above and be on the look out for more from G Eazy he continues his tour.
Jimmy Kimmel has become something of a favorite when it comes to awards show hosts in Hollywood, but even his calm and collected approach to comedy wasn’t enough to make the 90th Academy Awards any easier to watch. To no one’s surprise, the event was littered with awkward moments, transparency montages, and overrated acceptance speeches, the latter of which Kimmel tried to spare us by enticing winners to keep their speeches short in exchange for a new jet ski. The host even joked about the crystal-laden stage, commenting that “each of the 45,000 Swarovski crystals on the stage represents humility,” even though the site was really enough to make anyone working an honest 9-to-5 cringe. Despite presenting some well-deserved wins for Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Gary Oldman, and Roger Deakins, the “brilliance” of the event was overshadowed with failed Star Wars skits, a hotdog-throwing prank, and several desperate attempts to whitewash the #OscarsSoWhite, #MeToo, and #TimesUp movements.
In regards to the latter, a special pre-filmed segment featuring interviews with Hollywood elites discussing equal representation in the business was presented by Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Selma Hayek, who urged viewers at home to make movies about their own life stories. Lupita Nyong’o and Kumail Nanjiani also took an opportunity to address the Dreamers, reassuring those who were watching that “Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood, and dreams are the foundation of America.” The best take on the present state of Hollywood, however, came from Kumail Nanjiani, who commented that, “Some of my favorite movies are by straight white dudes, about straight white dudes. Now you can watch my movies and relate to me. It’s not that hard. I’ve been doing it my whole life.” In the end, a lot of jokes were made about the laughable spectacle that is Hollywood, but in the end we’ll see how much change actually occurs before the Oscars return next March. A full list of winners can be seen here.
Location: 10 S 5th St. #11, Minneapolis
When: Wednesday, March 14th @ 9PM
The Twin Cities’ next wave of artists is currently surging with talent with one of them being Phillip Saint John. He’ll hold the release party for his EP, The Sound, features a solid lineup including performances from Taylor Seaberg, Neon Blaque, Yoni Light, and ChocVillah. As 2018 gets into full swing, we’re sure you’ll be seeing a lot more from Phillip Saint John. This one is 18+ and advance tickets are currently available for only $8 ($10 @ door), click the link below to buy yours now.
Laguna Aculeo House by Cristian Alvarado Espinoza // Paine, Chile
Minneapolis isn’t very well known for it’s Jamaican cuisine, but a little food court stall from the Burnsville Mall has began making big waves in south Minneapolis. On a summer day you can’t miss Pimento, reggae can be heard blasting from the open store front from at least half a block away. Within that block you’ll no doubt smell the chicken & pork that’s been catching people’s attention. Formerly neighbors, Tomme Beevas linked his home recipes with Yoni Reinharz’ business savvy and a restaurant was born. After winning the Food Network’s, Food Court Wars and spending a few years in Burnville, the duo decided to open a new location in Minneapolis. The food indeed lives up to the hype. Succulent jerk rubbed chicken falls off the bone onto a bed of rice, plantains, beans and Jamaican slaw. They also offer some damn good pork and oxtails for those looking to get that truly authentic feel. The staff is helpful and the menu can be navigated with ease by just about anyone. Food for 2 will run you about $20, not bad for a fairly balanced meal with a home cooked feel; on Wednesdays they offer a solid 6 wings for $5 deal. If you live in the vicinity of 26th street & Nicollet, GET FAMILIAR! Otherwise it’s well worth the trip, click the link below for more information.
Location: 520 Malcolm Avenue SE, Minneapolis
When: 6PM-9PM, Last Monday of Every Month
The good people from Surly Brewing have began opening up their cellars on every third Monday of each month. Craft beer fanatics and fans of the brewery can finally get their hands on previous years of Surly Darkness and coveted anniversary editions from years past. These tend to attract large crowds, so if you’re really dying to find a specific bottle you should plan on arriving early.