December 2017 City South Magazine

In the December issue we're checking in with cookbook author Beth Dooley as she serves up flavors of the midwest.

Photographer Mardo Charuc writes about his photo “Winter Beauty,” which won first place in the photo contest’s “Wildlife and Nature” category:

 

As the end of the year approaches and winter starts settling in our bones, our bodies call for carbo-loading and our hearts for ways to give back to the community. Rustica Bakery has both on its holiday (and year-round) list.

 

Less than a year ago, Dan Justesen’s long-time project came to fruition, and Utepils (OOH-ta-pilz) Brewing opened its doors in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood.

 

There is something unique about the holiday season. Excitement drifts into our lives right along with those fresh white clumps of the first snow. It’s a time to celebrate with family and community, but it’s also a time to celebrate the changing of the seasons.

 

Growing up in New Jersey, local author Beth Dooley loved to visit the farmers market with her grandmother, picking out plump tomatoes and other seasonal ingredients to use in the kitchen. In grad school, the budding writer baked bread and prepared vegetarian meals for her friends.

 

An open-ended game that has no right or wrong way to play. Now make it fun for all ages, win or lose. This is the model Silly Street was invented to satisfy.

 

With canine companions becoming an ever more important part of people’s lives, doggie daycares are a growing enterprise. We spoke with the owners of three local doggie daycares and learned about what makes their dog and human customers love them.

 

Right in the heart of Eat Street in the Whittier neighborhood is another yummy spot, of sorts. Here you’ll find cards instead of menus and knit foods instead of the edible kind. There are some wares made in Minnesota and others from around the country.

 

MnSpin, a new local music platform compiled by the Hennepin County Library system, will be available for your listening pleasure this month.

 

Hayim Herring and Terri Martinson-Elton were strangers until they decided to write a book together.

 

You may not be aware of it in the midst of your frantic holiday shopping, but a phone app called Branch Messenger may be making your trips to the St. Louis Park Target a little more efficient this year.

 

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
Edited by Stephanie Perkins

 

Lowry Hill Liquors and Lakeside Wine + Spirits in Long Lake have been family-run businesses from the beginning.

 

You may have passed the charming brick building on Lyndale Avenue in Uptown many times. Or maybe you’re a loyal customer at Urban Tails Pet Supply.