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Papaya salad is being made behind colorful rice cakes.

Papaya salad is being made behind colorful rice cakes.

La voilà. Freshly made and deliciously spicy.

La voilà. Freshly made and deliciously spicy.

Multicultural interaction like nowhere else in the Twin Cities: Somali women in the Hmong mall.

Multicultural interaction like nowhere else in the Twin Cities: Somali women in the Hmong mall.

My table neighbors.

My table neighbors.

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Sunday, April 27, 7-9 pm.
Accilent Capital Management Inc
370 King W
Suite 804
Toronto, ON M5V 1J9
Canada

Please join us before the ‘Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story’ world premiere to meet the filmmakers Grant and Jen, enjoy some snacks and refreshments, and congratulate them on their Hot Docs screening! Walk our mini red carpet and mingle with the filmmakers between 7pm and 9pm. Then join us at TIFF Bell Lightbox for the 9:45pm screening.

Fermentation party: Ginger Ale & Sauerkraut.

Fermentation party: Ginger Ale & Sauerkraut.

Homemade kale chips. One of the healtheist snack alive!

Homemade kale chips. One of the healthiest snack alive!

Homemade buckwheat flax bread. Gluten free.

Homemade buckwheat flax bread. Gluten free.

Pop-up Birchwood Café at Verdant Tea serves a fusion of American soul food and delicate Chinese cuisine. The result is certainly intriguing, although at times slightly too subtle, at least for my tongue sensors.

Chinese-style Crepe. Buckwheat & egg crepe with shiitake mushrooms, black bean paste, romaine, pickled root vegetables, cilantro & fried potato crispies.

Chinese-style Crepe.

Interestingly tasting fusion buckwheat & egg crepe with shiitake mushrooms, black bean paste, romaine, pickled root vegetables, cilantro & fried potato crispies.

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Birchwood Savory Waffle.

Divine sweet potato, brown rice & kale buttermilk waffle topped with kumquat honey preserves, cilantro butter, pistachios, sunny side up egg, bacon lardoons & green tea powdered sugar.
Served with Sambal maple syrup.

Get yourself pickled.

Get yourself pickled at Rye Deli.

Minneapolis’ only Jewish Deli. Hard to believe in the land of the Frozen Chosen but true.

House rye sandwich.

House rye sandwich.

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Rather insipid soor (soft cornmeal), well spiced goat meat & basbaas (a green hot sauce made of lime, chili, & coriander).

Minneapolis has the highest Somali population in the U.S. Numerous restaurants are spread all over the city, most of them rather little snack bars than restaurants (like Hamdi).

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Hamdi, one of Mpls’ hotspots of Somali cuisine.

Somali cuisine varies from region to region and is a fusion of Somali, Ethiopian, Yemeni, Persian, Turkish, Indian and Italian culinary influences.

The meal is often an elaborated main dish of, believe it or not, pasta (baasto) or rice (bariis). Beyond the many styles of stew (maraq), rice is also served with meat and/or banana on the side. Another side, the soft cornmeal referred to as soor, is mashed with fresh milk, butter and sugar.

Very attractively visual menu.

Very attractively visual menu.

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Rice (bariis) spiced with cumin, cardamom, and other spices. Much better than the soor.

Sandra is the only woman in the restaurant but feels comfortable.

Sandra is the only woman in the restaurant but feels comfortable.