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Tillie’s Farmhouse serves up fresh, local flavor
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Tillie’s Farmhouse serves up fresh, local flavor

Tillie’s Farmhouse is just around the corner from Izzy’s Ice Cream and St. Thomas University. It’s a pleasant walk, particularly now that the weather is improving. It’s outside of the immediate “Macalester bubble,” so you aren’t going to make awkward eye contact with someone while trying to figure out if they sat near you in…

Brunch at Town Talk Diner is savory and sweet
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Brunch at Town Talk Diner is savory and sweet

A field trip to the Trylon Theatre on the 21 bus brought me to the intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and Lake Street, where I found the Town Talk Diner. It was freezing and windy, so I didn’t do much exploring, but I think there was a Target across the street. Down the block, you can…

Coffee shops just outside the Macalester bubble
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Coffee shops just outside the Macalester bubble

It’s easy to get trapped in the so-called “Macalester bubble.” We’ve all been there. Why leave campus when anything and everything a college student could need is a half mile away? It is difficult to muster up the courage to get out, especially when a city adventure can mean riding public transportation for the better…

Preparing food in the dorms: pickling and fermentation
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Preparing food in the dorms: pickling and fermentation

On a February evening in Café Mac, Nora Fried ’22, Becca Gallandt ’22 and Grace Jones ’22 pulled a collection of Mason jars from their bags. Inside were all shapes and sizes of pickled cucumbers, carrots and green beans. They cracked open the sealed jars while reminiscing about the pickle-making process and complaining about the…

Fair State Brewing Cooperative: community and IPAs
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Fair State Brewing Cooperative: community and IPAs

A bit of etymology: the Latin prefix “co-” translates to “together.” This perfectly represents Fair State: it functions as a cooperative, stresses the importance of community and is co-owned. When sitting down with owner and Macalester alumnus Matt Hauck ’06, we were constantly interrupted by customers saying hello to Hauck. It was a jovial experience…

Decadent cupcakes and frothy lattes wow at Groundswell
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Decadent cupcakes and frothy lattes wow at Groundswell

A man who makes my heart swell recommended I check out Groundswell, a local coffee shop located in St. Paul. Walking into the shop, you are immediately greeted by natural light, rustic tables and a well-lit display of confectionary delights. The walls, adorned with the work of local artists, draw you in as you await…

Beer and sustainability at Bang Brewing Company
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Beer and sustainability at Bang Brewing Company

Bang Brewing maximizes their space, totes sustainability and makes exceptional beer. This week, I sat down with co-owners Sandy and Jay Boss Febbo to learn more about their brewery. It is undoubtedly one of the most unique and hidden gems of the brewery scene in the Twin Cities, and, dare I say, the United States….

Shish: Don’t call it a comeback
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Shish: Don’t call it a comeback

I’ve been hanging out at Shish for two years now. It’s a Macalester institution — my go-to spot when Café Mac is just not cutting it. Sometimes the food has been great, sometimes not, but I’ve always been loyal. So you can imagine my surprise when I got back to Macalester last fall and Shish…

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Farro Stew Recipe

1 cup farro, rinsed 3 cups broth (or water and bouillon) 1 can beans 1/2 head of cabbage, sliced up 1/2 large onion 1 can diced tomatoes 1 can tomato paste 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 splash apple cider vinegar Pinch of salt Pinch of pepper 4-5 dashes cayenne pepper 2 dashes smoked paprika Slice…

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