Food & Drink

Autumn is here in all her glory; ignore winter’s approach and celebrate the crisp air and glowing colors with sausages and beer, Oktoberfest-style. The16-day festival originated in Munich and attracts 6 million people annually with beer, jollity and hearty eats.

From the brothers who brought you Roma and Patriots Tavern comes a new restaurant inspired by the ancestors of many Minnesotans.

Oh, for the love of cheese! Cheese is more popular than ever, swept up in vigorous local, organic and artisan food movements across the country. From mild, comforting American to stinky French Roquefort, cheese has beguiled and delighted mankind for centuries.

It’s time to treat your taste buds at the annual Taste of White Bear Lake event on September 12 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Pine Tree Apple Orchard.

August is the month to relish summer’s sultry side, the side that is sensual, slow moving and begs for an umbrella in your drink. Think tropicalia, from the Brazil of the 1960s that brought us the African-hued music of Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.

Television personality, food writer and former celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain claims that food tastes better when eaten barefoot, preferably outdoors in a tropical setting. Of course it does. Almost everything is better on a breezy veranda in, say, Jamaica.

Summer is a great time to become a locavore, and our favorite farmers markets are overflowing with stalls of fresh produce, baked goodies, meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, and dazzling bouquets of fresh-cut flowers.

Spice may be nice, but spicy is naughty, and that’s much more fun. Besides, Minnesotans aren’t always as nice as everyone says we are. We may have a reputation for preferring bland food, but we can bring the heat with the best of ’em and enjoy it, too.

Walking into Red Lantern in White Bear Lake is a bit mysterious: Cloaked in low light, with red hues emanating from the three lanterns that overhang the horseshoe-shaped sushi bar, the space is small, cozy, warm—a far cry from the brick

We are homo sapiens; we have highly evolved incisors, bicuspids and molars that are meant to bite and chew food. And yet there is something irresistible about the immediacy of nourishment in liquid form, especially as the weather warms up.