Monday, April 05, 2010

Monday Musings

Fox 9 Storm Prophet Keith Marler has once again smiled upon us with his grace. The sun abounds. Let's muse.


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Last week, I wrote, regarding racial epithets and threat hurled at congressman by tea partiers:

I'm certain there are "goons" on the right wielding threats at congressmen. I am equally certain that there are left-wing activists perpetrating hoaxes in an attempt to discredit conservative opposition.


This week, I read:

That crowd (of tea partiers) was a sea of new-media equipment. Not only were tens of thousands people armed with handicams, BlackBerrys and iPods, so also was the mainstream media there, covering every inch of the event. Why did not one mainstream media outlet raise the specter that perhaps a video would exist to prove the events occurred?


Just reminding my readers that I am usually right, not that you need convincing.

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A bit late to the game on this, but I really need to opine, since it combines my love of food with my love of decrying our city's nanny-style city council leadership.

Minneapolis recently amended a city ordinance in order to allow food trucks (mobile kitchens, not unlike those found at your local county fair, but with higher quality offerings) to operate in Minneapolis. St. Paul already allows this, but Minneapolis worries that if it doesn't control everything, then everyone will automatically die.

The amendment isn't perfect, nor is it particularly good. Only 25 street food licenses will be allowed, and businesses will have submit proposals for licensure. This means that the vendors will be selected in accordance with the council's own parochial interests.

Chef Shack
is a shoo-in, and you can pencil Parasole Holdings and at least a couple Midtown Global Market players. All good. But you can expect a lot more Green Mill, Smashburger and Jimmy Johns types, bigger companies that are well connected and know this process. Regulation is the enemy of innovation, and there is a lot of regulation here.

A half-assed (or, tight-assed, as the case may be) street vendor solution is no solution at all. So color me hopeful, but not optimistic.

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I've wasted too much of my time on Frank Rich, and I'll not waste more of yours. Okay, maybe a bit. His article this week compares Obama to Superman. Literally.

Conservatives are often chided for embracing allegedly mythical personae. What, then, to make of an ideology that regards it's own human leaders as mythical? How do you respond to ideologues who accuse innocent citizens of engaging in behavior akin to that of the Nazis, based upon the fabrications of a party they believe to be led by superheroes?

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In the world of brick and mortar restaurants...

We had a stellar meal on our return visit to Evergreen Chinese. The restaurant resides in the basement of one of those ubiquitous Eat Street mini-malls. Every time we go, I feel like I'm being let in on a secret. If you are fan of "mock" anything (I had the lemongrass mock beef) this is your place, but don't miss the dumplings or the boiled peanuts. Four courses will run you about $15 per person, which makes it among the best values in the cities.

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Had a so-so lunch at Caspian Bistro. The ambiance is a cut above what you'll usually find near the 'U', but I like their approach to the gyros sandwich, with lavash style bread rather than the typical pita. The falafel was cold and mushy, and the dolma didn't have any punch to it (for an outstanding take on the latter, visit Emily's Lebanese deli in NE).

Some of the larger entrees coming out of the kitchen looked gorgeous, so a return dinner visit might be in order.

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If you enjoy cocktails, you must get to Bradstreet Crafthouse @ the Graves Hotel, and if you like whiskey, you must try their take on the sazerac. To give you an idea of how seriously they take the art, the waitress presented us with a cocktail amuse, served in a port glass. They also make their own bitters and even their own ice. The small plates were well above average as well. This is one of the great Minneapolis experiences. Go.

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