Tour de Fat: A fun event with or without beer and a bike

I know the whole focus of the Tour de Fat is beer and bikes but when you’re hanging with a 10 year old and you live pretty far away from the location, beers and bikes are less appealing than event as a whole. But I’m happy to report that Tour de Fat can be fun with or without the beer and bike.

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Everyday grillers

"I think it is weird that T and I are the only ones in our neighborhood that grill every night," I told my friend Tiffany. It seems to me, I told her, that there are two kinds of people: those who grill, and those who grill infrequently or not at all.

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Day tripping in Northfield: What book are you reading?

This year summer has been about finally reading those books that have spent too many months untouched on the shelf, evenings and weekends spent at the grill, and glorious warm, slow, sunny moments strung together with day trips to great places within a few hours drive of the Twin Cities. We hike for a few hours, grab a cone or a root beer float, and come home feeling like we've taken Thoreau's advice to live deliberately and deep, and to suck out all of the marrow (and ice cream) of life.

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TC Spotlight | Let's all scream for ice cream!

(Photos by Paige Elliott) TC Spotlight is a weekly highlight of local businesses. Each week we explore a different theme and pick 4-6 businesses to spotlight.

Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of July (July 20) is National Ice Cream Day? We here at the Daily Planet our doing our part to help you celebrate this sweet holiday by highlighting a few choice ice cream shops around the Twin Cities, as the first in a series of local business roundups. Get the scoop below:

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Hearing set in Hebrew National lawsuit

A motion to dismiss the lawsuit charging that Hebrew National hot dogs are not “100% kosher,” as widely advertised over the years, will be heard July 31 in Dakota County District Court — where the lawsuit was originally filed in 2012.

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IGGERS DIGEST | Weekend Chinese brunch at the Minneapolis Tea House

The weekend buffet brunch at the Tea House, 2425 University Ave., Minneapolis is still pretty new, but word seems to have gotten out in the local Chinese community - we arrived around 1 p.m. last Saturday, and every table in the place was taken. But what we got was well worth the $13.50 price and the 10 minute wait. Tea House's weekend brunch is very different from the standard Chinese buffets (which are mostly pretty awful) or the dim sum brunches at places like Yangtze, Mandarin Kitchen and Pagoda in Dinkytown (which are pretty good).

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Dinkytown vacancies don't faze property, business owners

A man looks at the building where Bruegger's Bagels was located on 14th Avenue in Dinkytown on July 10, 2014. The shop closed in June because of an increase in the retail space's rent rate. (Photo by Holly Peterson)

Vacant Dinkytown storefronts aren’t a sign of a waning business district, property owners in the area say.

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IGGERS DIGEST | Newest Eat Street discoveries: Cinco de Mayo Mercado and Apho Tibetan takeout

So many new restaurants opening up on Nicollet - especially south of Lake Street - that it's hard to keep up with them all - Kyatchi, the new sustainable sushi restaurant at 3758 Nicollet Ave. S., and the bricks and mortar version of Hola Arepa at 3501, and the new location for Corner Table at 4537. You have probably read about those already - but my latest discoveries are a couple of little take-out locations at in the 3700 block that have actually been around for a while - Apho, at 3752 Nicollet Ave. S., and Cinco de Mayo Mercado, across the street at 3733 Nicollet Ave. S.

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