Category Archives: IN or Out?

IN or OUT?

Our take on everything from products to restaurants, trends to events – it’s all either IN or OUT.

Brand Test: Kettle Chips

Ok, so they’re not the healthiest food around, but who doesn’t crave the salty, crunchy goodness of kettle chips now and then? I know we do! It was time to discover what brand was most worthy of the caloric splurge, so we did a blind taste test of three popular brands: Cape Cod, Kettle Brand […]

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Sprouting Up…

…Brussels style! They’re green, leafy, and bitterly delicious. Brussels sprouts have gotten a bad rap for years, but lately, they’re so in. Since last year (as predicted by the James Beard Foundation and Forbes) restaurants have added them to their menus left and right. They’re even taking a more prominent role in grocery stores with […]

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What the Phở?!

I’ve lived in Minnesota all my life, but 5 months into our ridiculously long winters I am reduced to a whimpering, huddled mass next to the radiator.  Determined to toughen my spirit against the impending cold, I decided that I would develop a plan of attack to carry me through this frosty season. There’s nothing […]

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You say donuts, I say doughnuts?

Either way you spell it, they’re back! How can this possibly coincide with the current “healthy eating” trend? The Krispy Creme wave arrived and departed the Twin Cities in such a short time, making the rumblings of an emerging donut trend nearly unbelievable. But the reality is, doughnut sales are up at in-store bakeries and […]

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Local Brews Prevail: The Fulton Beer Bottle Launch

David and Goliath, the 1980 US Hockey team, Apple Inc., Seabiscuit—what do these stories all have in common? The underdog prevails.  Have you noticed the beer list at your local restaurant lately? Move over, Budweiser! The local brewery is gaining steam. Two weeks ago our neighbor Fulton Beer started distributing six packs across the metro […]

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Brand Test: Premium Ice Cream

With summer now a distant memory, we decided we could hang onto it a little longer by testing everyone’s favorite warm weather treat. We chose three premium vanilla ice cream brands: Sonny’s, Graeter’s and Izzy’s. Two of these (Izzy’s and Sonny’s) are popular local brands, and the third is based in Cincinnati. As with all […]

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Food meets Technology: The Vending Machine of the Future

From wireless appliances to interactive ovens, food related technology is developing at an increasingly rapid pace—and believe it or not, vending machines are also going digital. The new “Digi-Touch” vending machine was created by the National Automated Merchandising Association (NAMA) along with Kraft Foods, Crane Merchandising Systems, Samsung, and Next Generation Vending and Foodservice, Inc.. […]

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Is it ‘Greek’ to you?

In the past five years, sales of Greek yogurt have increased an astounding 2500%. With sales reaching $1.5 billion this year alone, Business Insider calls it “one of the hottest-growing food categories of all time.” So what’s the difference between yogurt and Greek yogurt? Both traditional yogurt and Greek yogurt are made from milk that […]

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Bring on the Gluttony!

This year, I went into the fair very prepared. I created a list of new foods, as well as my annual go-tos and printed out eight copies to impress my friends with my preparedness. I think we did a great job on the must-haves, but could have used some improvement on the newbies list.   […]

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Overwhelmed by Options

I was an epic food fail at the State Fair this year. One who has been there might ask, how is that even possible? Well, in all fairness it was my first real venture to the Great MN Get Together and basically I choked. So many options and selections and only so much room, I […]

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