Kimchee Grilled Cheese at Lowry Hill Meats
Seven dollars gets you the best grilled cheese sandwich in the Twin Cities, thanks to the good folks at the brand new Lowry Hill Meats. Located just south of the Walker Art Center, the butcher shop features a sandwich menu alongside an excellent meat and cheese selection. Sandwiched between two slices of focaccia, their grilled cheese features a glorious, unexpected combination of Raclette and American cheese, topped with house-made kimchee. In short, it’s fatty, funky and perfect.
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“But You Caint Use My Phone”
Erykah Badu’s new phone-themed mixtape is gold for your earhole. Inspired by Drake’s hit “Hotline Bling,” Badu weaves together her hip-hoppified take on old-school soul classics, lifting their beats for sensuous numbers that expound on the phone’s effects on communication and interpersonal relationships. The slightly dark grooves are perfect for a cold winter’s night.
Back in high school, I drank a quart of eggnog a day during the holiday season. Granted, it was to help the band win a drinking competition against the orchestra (which we always won), but the creamy drink holds a special place in my heart. Skip the mediocre supermarket nog and spring for the good stuff; Organic Valley has a solid version, but the best comes from Autumnwood Farm in a big glass bottle. Spike it or drink it plain — the unctuous richness of top-flight eggnog is best enjoyed without the traditional rum.
Christmas with Cantus
Christmas is incomplete without a little bit of choral music to make the season bright. That’s where Cantus comes in with their annual holiday concert. Expect classical and contemporary favorites done in expressive a capella — these nine guys can bring tears and holiday cheer to the biggest Grinches.
Where Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, 2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul
Hours 7 p.m.
Liza Sylvestre: Meridians (Opening Reception)
For the final show of their 2015 season, art gallery and party space Public Functionary features the paintings of Minneapolis artist Liza Sylvestre. Entitled “Meridians,” Sylvestre’s work focuses on the sense experiences and the flow of energy through the human body. Her intricate artwork has caught on throughout the nation, and with her colorful, naturalistic imagery, it’s easy to see why.
Where Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis
Hours 7 p.m.-midnight
Holidazzle returns and is better than ever; the only thing is it’s no longer the beloved parade of yore. Since last year, it’s been a wintry festival that features food, fireworks, ice skating and Christmas movies. Picturesque Loring Park is the event’s backdrop, perhaps one of the prettiest places in town on a snowy Sunday evening.
Where Loring Park, Minneapolis
Hours 11 a.m.-9 p.m.