Food & Drink

White Bear Lake has been enjoying JJ’s Bierstube since it opened in 1999, but this restaurant has a history going back more than 50 years.

Legend has it that some dude named Sandwich (the Earl of Sandwich? Count Sandwich?) was the first to get the idea of stuffing tasty tidbits between slices of bread.

With football season in full swing, it’s time to bring out the plethora of tasty snacks that go along with rooting for your favorite team. And lucky for us, White Bear Lake has plenty of great places to watch the game or grab snacks for a crowd of hungry football fans.

It was about one o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon when the head brewer asked me, “Is it too early to drink?”

“Naw,” I replied. “That’s why I’m here.”

Last year’s inaugural Taste of White Bear Lake was a huge success, bringing more than 500 people to Pine Tree Apple Orchard to nosh on some of the area’s best culinary creations. And this year promises to be no different, featuring 25 local food vendors.

When you think Minnesota, you probably think comfort food—Tater Tot casserole or mom’s creamy homemade mac and cheese. But in addition to those Midwestern classics, White Bear Lake boasts an array of Asian-inspired cuisine that will rival any of your crockpot creations.

Oh, those fateful summer jobs—you know, the ones that alter the course of our lives forever (for better or worse). If you’re as lucky as Pam Powell, your summer job helped you find your calling.

  Next month, my son Dylan will be a junior at the University of Missouri, where he is studying broadcast journalism. He hopes to spend his career in front of a camera, but early on, it was the stage that held his heart.