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You're invited: Szechuan Dinner With An Expert

When Jim Harkness, the new executive director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, dines at Little Szechuan in Saint Paul, he orders in Mandarin, and sometimes he throws in a Szechuan accent, just to mess with the waiters’ head. My Rake co-blogger and I will be having dinner with Jim this Sunday, September […]

Conversations Real and Imagined: The Proselytizer

Mission: Impossible III, 2006. Directed by J. J. Abrams, written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Abrams. Starring (and that’s all you can call it) Tom Cruise, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Laurence Fishburne, Billy Crudup, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Maggie Q, Michelle Monaghan, Simon Pegg, future Dracula Michael Berry Jr., and Saginaw, Michigan’s own Ty […]

The Dog's Lover

I log onto the Target website, type the keywords “Target stuffed dog” and wait for the page to load. She’s not there. The white bull terrier with the red bull’s-eye around her eye, the one in the jaunty, red-and-white knit cap, is no longer available. “Great,” I mutter. Now I’ll have to stalk toy stores […]

The Sparkle Force

Made-in-Minnesota fashion has been getting a lot of attention lately, but it’s local jewelry designs that have impressed us most with their beauty and breadth. (Note: We’re thinking beyond the surfeit of reindeer-shaped pendants and other novelties peddled on the craft-fair and church-bazaar circuits.) While area boutiques like Bluebird, Karma, and Ivy have imported clothing […]

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