Joy Summers Posts

Romantic Dining For 2019

These long, dark nights are best spent by low, warm lights in the company of your person. The past year has brought a new crop of restaurants with seductive lighting and dishes worth lingering over. […]

A Nice Change Of Pastry

A tendril of an aroma wafts out of the basement of a church in Powderhorn. It wraps its way around the neighborhood, near Lake Street, beckoning like something out of a Tex Avery cartoon. Inside […]

The Very Best Gay-Owned and -Operated Restaurants in the Metro Area

During our annual toast to all this Pride, we wanted to take a moment to give a shout-out to some of the chefs and restaurant owners who are part of the community. A great restaurant […]

Lavender’s Best New Restaurants

This past year has given us fewer new restaurants, but those that have opened have been a tasty selection. In the Twin Cities, we’re eating more casually with French and Southeast Asian flare. The wine […]

Romantic Dining At Home

The best gifts are always the ones made by hand. There is nothing better or more romantic than pulling together a dinner made from scratch. We reached out to some of our favorite gay tastemakers […]

Divine Destinations for Romantic Dining

Last year brought so many new date night dining options into the Twin Cities landscape, including a revitalization of two lovely Minneapolis restaurants. When looking for somewhere to snuggle in over low light, delicious food, […]

Romantic Dining: Tenant

The best first date I ever had began with an inauspicious “no.” No, I did not want to get all ‘do-ed up and go out to the hot new club that just got a write-up. […]

Romantic Dining: Bardo

The restaurant Remy Pettus had his eye on wasn’t available. Prolific Minneapolis restaurateur John Rimarcik had shuttered the place he called “Rachel’s” for a refresh. Pettus was a young chef, bouncing around town with a […]

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Eating with kids is a careful tightrope walk of balancing (reasonably) healthy food with efficiency in service and a flexibility for those who play out the politics of their plates like a last war stand. […]

Looking Forward to 2016

Is it me or was 2015 just one burst of insanity after the next? I hope you made it through those holidays OK. I’m hoping that the extended family visits were swift and kind and […]

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