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2022 Winter Carnival: Where to eat in downtown and Lowertown St. Paul if you’re here for festivities

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2022 Winter Carnival: Where to eat in downtown and Lowertown St. Paul if you’re here for festivities

Are you planning to come to downtown St. Paul for the Winter Carnival?

If you’re looking for a place to warm up and grab a bite, downtown, and especially Lowertown, have lots of great options, even though the pandemic has claimed a few of our favorites in the past year.

Here are some suggestions for new and classic places to grab a bite when you’re out and about. Hours of operation might be different from previous years — many restaurants are dealing with staffing and supply chain issues that have led to drastic changes, often on the fly. Be sure to call or check websites before dropping in.

In addition, St. Paul’s new mandate requires proof of vaccination and a face mask to be worn when you’re not eating or drinking in certain establishments, so plan ahead and be kind to the workers who have to enforce the law.

LOWERTOWN

Kyatchi: This Japanese restaurant in the former Tanpopo spot serves delicious sustainable sushi and a full menu of other Japanese specialties, including rice dishes, ramen, skewer and hot dogs (Japanese people love hot dogs, just go with it). There’s also a full bar, specializing in sake and Japanese whiskey. $$, full bar

308 E. Prince St., St. Paul; 651-340-5796; kyatchi.com

Saint Dinette: This eclectic, chef-driven eatery is one of my favorite places to grab a bite and a drink. Chef Adam Eaton, formerly of La Belle Vie, is putting out a menu full of eclectic bites from inventive small plates to a buttery, double-patty burger that is absolutely best in class. The cocktails are delicious, too. $$, full bar

261 E. Fifth St., St. Paul; 651-800-1415; saintdinette.com 

Big River Pizza in St. Paul. (Pioneer Press: Holly Peterson)

Big River Pizza: If you’re looking for a way to feed a crowd, Big River’s affordable, wood-fired pizzas are a great way to go. I especially love any of the vegetarian options — Lott sources the vegetables from local farmers, which makes total sense given the restaurant’s location just across the street from the St. Paul Farmer’s Market. $, beer and wine only

280 E. Fifth St., St Paul; 651-683-2186; bigriverpizza.com 

Bullvino’s Churrascaria: This relatively new Brazilian steakhouse is expensive, but you get a lot of high-quality meat for that price tag. Grilled meats, often skewered on swords, are served by wandering servers, who dramatically slice bits of steak, lamb, and even chicken and sausage onto your plate until you either explode or turn over a little color-coded cardboard sign at your seat that tells them to stop. $$$, full bar

289 E. 5th St., St. Paul; 651-493-3397; bullvinos.com

DOWNTOWN ST. PAUL

Gray Duck Tavern: Located in the historic former Lowry Hotel, this restaurant has recently re-opened after being closed during the entirety of the pandemic. New owners are serving hot dogs, burgers and other bar staples. $, full bar

345 Wabasha St., St. Paul; 651-340-9022; grayduckstpaul.com

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Happy Hour fills the bar area of Louis Ristorante & Bar. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

Cossetta/Louis: This long-standing Italian eatery boasts a giant deli, with pastas, sandwiches, salads and pizzas, but also the upscale eatery Louis on the second floor as well as a dazzling pasticceria, the interior of which was imported directly from Italy, and the sweets filling the bakery case exquisite. And during the pandemic, Frank’s Levee Tavern, serving Italian street foods. Deli: $, beer and wine only; Louis: $$-$$$, full bar; Frank’s: $-$$, full bar

211 W. Seventh St., St. Paul; 651-222-3476; cossettas.com 

St. Paul Grill: This clubby room, recently re-opened after being closed for more than a year, is still the place to catch politicians and Winter Carnival royalty imbibing after a long day. The restaurant serves a classic menu of steak, chops and fish, a great burger, and the list of whiskeys and scotch is one of the most extensive in town. $$-$$$, full bar

350 Market St., St. Paul; 651-224-7455; stpaulgrill.com 

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The oyster bar at Meritage in downtown St. Paul. (Courtesy of Meritage)

Kincaid’s: There’s a killer happy hour at this fish and chophouse in the heart of downtown, but they also serve lunch and dinner. The seafood offerings are extensive, but there are also plenty of meaty options, including Wagyu sirloin. $$-$$$, full bar

380 Saint Peter St., St. Paul; 651-602-9000; kincaids.com

Meritage: Oysters and bubbly after a walk through Rice Park to check out the ice sculptures? Yes, please! Belly up and watch a chef shuck for you or grab a booth and canoodle with your sweetie for the perfect date night downtown. The menu of French specialties are sure to get you in the mood if the oysters don’t float your boat. Reservations recommended. $$-$$$, full bar

410 St. Peter St., St. Paul; 651-222-5670; meritage-stpaul.com

Herbie’s on the Park: This restaurant serves up comfort food and elegant cocktails in a beautiful, historic space on Rice Park. Sit at the gorgeous, front-and-center bar for a signature mule and a plate of wings or a burger and some hand-cut fries, or cozy up by the fireplace in the dining room for a hearty entree. $$-$$$, full bar

317 Washington St., St. Paul; 651-726-1700; herbiesonthepark.com

Loon Cafe St. Paul: Minneapolis’ favorite pre-game spot has opened in the former Great Waters spot in the historic Hamm Building, and it is serving its famous chilis, a long list of sandwiches and a bunch of fun appetizers, including a queso with spinach that we love. $, full bar

426 Saint Peter St., St. Paul; 651-330-4777; looncafestpaul.com

PRICING GUIDE

  • $: $10-$15 per person for a full meal
  • $$: $15-25 per person for a full meal
  • $$$: $25 or more per person for a full meal

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Gaslit Episode 5: May 22 Release, Time, Where To Watch And Plot Speculations

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Gaslit is a historical drama that takes a modern peek at the 1970s political Watergate Scandal. We infer from the synopsis that the series focuses on untold stories and forgotten-era characters.

Before we go on to the 5th episode, let’s refresh ourselves on what happens in the 4th episode. We’re thrown into August 1972, about 2 months after the Watergate break-in. We’re given a little peek into Dean’s newfound closeness to Nixon after John Mitchell was removed from his role following the findings of his closeness to the break-in. There’s also a fictional version of Alexander Butterfield being involved in some surveillance tapes.

From here, we pan the camera immediately onto Martha. She has PTSD, and the nightmares of what happened when she was in her hotel room in California haunt her. Their daughter Marty develops a drinking problem when she finds herself in splits. She plays the classic sipping drinks and fluttering around the house during parties and watching movies to play it off.

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We’re also shown that John might not be happy about being fired, despite his happy outward self. He is seen drinking uncontrollably, trying to drown his sorrows while listening to Nixon on the tele. Martha notices this when she walks into his room high from her prescription drugs for her trauma.

Howard now has cold feet about being accused of the break-in. He asks Liddy to plead to the administration or the President to promise them some relief if they’re found guilty. Liddy does not take this well and asks him to keep his mouth shut and not to talk to the involved authorities. After a while, the judge announced the final sentencing to be done in two months.

The FBI continues with its investigation. The director, who works with the President, tries to misdirect the investigation by telling his agents that they aren’t allowed to investigate or question higher officials without a concrete case.

Dean, unable to decide what he wants, seeks some solace in Mo. She breaks up with him after having had enough of his two-sided behaviors and inability to choose sides. Dean, however, goes back to meet her at the end of the episode.

Now for speculations for the next episode. As of now, we have no spoilers floating around. The synopsis says, “Martha finally speaks out, putting a strain on her marriage; the FBI comes closer to answering the real story behind Watergate, and John Dean is forced to come clean to Mo on their Camp David honeymoon.” We might see how Martha handles the issues she faces in California and how it affects her new life outside politics. We may also see the drama that ensues post-John coming clean.

Where To Watch

Gaslit is available on cable as well as OTT on Starz. It is also available on the Starz Play app on Amazon Prime and Hulu for the USA. The episode, “Honeymoon,” releases on Sunday, May 22nd, at 8 p.m. ET. The episode should be available shortly after, with Amazon Prime releasing it at around 8 a.m. UTC on Sunday.

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Lynx guard Aerial Powers breaks out of slump with help from … Michael Jordan

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Aerial Powers hadn’t experienced a shooting slump since she was in college at Michigan State, and even that stretch may not have rivaled her early-season struggles this spring.

Through five games, the shooting guard made just 14 of 57 shots from the field — 24.6 percent — and 2 of 15 from deep. Not good.

Powers wasn’t feeling well ahead of Thursday’s game in Las Vegas. She was congested with cold-like symptoms, and Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve asked Powers if she felt like maybe she wanted to sit the game out.

Not a chance. She was playing.

Reeve and Lynx wing Bridget Carleton then reminded Powers of Michael Jordan’s famous “flu game,” in which he scored 38 points in an NBA Finals game after apparently battling a stiff case of food poisoning.

That was an ironic message from teammate and coach, given the person Powers reached out to the night before the game was Michael Jordan.

“I texted Michael Jordan (on Wednesday) night, and I told him, ‘I’m shooting bad. I’m in a shooting slump. I’ve never been in a shooting slump before,’ ” Powers said.

She was out of answers. Powers had made a point to put in extra work, getting up additional shots before and after practice. But the reps weren’t leading to results.

Jordan said that Powers was pressing.

“He said, ‘Let the game come to you,’ ” Powers said.

He didn’t want Powers putting up even more practice reps — she was clearly doing the requisite work, so that wasn’t the issue. She just needed to relax. Powers said she felt like she did that in Tuesday’s victory over the Sparks, yet she went 1 for 9 in that game, including a number of missed open looks.

“And he said, ‘That’s OK, just take a break and let the game come to you,’ ” Powers said.

So that’s what Powers tried to do in Las Vegas. The result was a breakout offensive performance in which she scored a season-high 25 points on 9-for-21 shooting.

“I just relaxed and played my game,” Powers said, “so, shoutout to Michael Jordan.”

It was exactly the advice she needed to hear. Because during the slump, Powers said every miss just felt “heavier and heavier.”

“I felt like in the last couple of games, it’s like every miss felt like it was another brick on my back,” Powers said.

Jordan reminded her that it’s OK to miss shots. It’s part of the game. Powers put that advice into practice. When she missed a good look, she thought ‘Whatever,’ then went back to playing defense and didn’t hesitate to put up a shot on her next good look. It was a healthier way to approach the game.

“Those few games where I was like 1 of 10, 1 of 12, it was like, ‘OK, what the hell is going on?’ ” Powers said. “Now I’m tense in all my shots, and I don’t want to feel that way. You shouldn’t feel like that.”

You want to feel the way Powers felt Thursday. She did say she wanted to get another good performance under her belt before she felt the proverbial monkey was off her back.

“I definitely feel like I’m shaking that monkey off me a little bit,” Powers said. “I put a lot of work in that maybe people don’t see. So it’s not like I can’t shoot, I think I was just in my head a little more than usual. Because usually I’m a confident player, and I wasn’t playing with that confidence. So just relaxing and letting the game come to me.”

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SWAT Season 6: When Will The Show Premiere In 2022? Is It Worth Waiting?

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S.W.A.T. is an action-drama series created by Shawn Ryan and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and runs on C.B.S. Other similar series airing on C.B.S. did not last very long, but S.W.A.T. seems to have hit the right spot with fans. The show follows the story of officer Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, who is promoted to team leader after a bad shooting and jumping a few stairs to get there. The show banks on the “adventure of the week” format, which keeps the viewers tied.

C.B.S produces S.W.A.T. Studios, along with Original Film and Sony Pictures Television. The executive producers are Neal H. Moritz, Shawn Ryan, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, Danielle Woodrow, Pavan Shetty, Marney Hochman, Justin Lin, and Paul Bernard.

The show seems to have some common roots with the F.X. crime drama The Shield, also created by Ryan. The fifth season was announced in April 2021, and the first episode aired on October 1st of the same year.

The Cast

We expect to see regular faces with Shermar Moore from The Young and the Restless playing Hondo, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Alex Russel, Jay Harrington, David Lim, and Patrick St. Esprit. Director Justin Lin will hold down the fort.

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The Plot

Based on the 1975 series about a SWAT unit in California, it would be expected to bear a somewhat close resemblance while throwing in Ryan’s flare to it in an unspecified city.

Over time, the series has been applauded for how it brings to light the situation between people of color and the police, namely African-Americans. In season 5, we see Hondo still reeling from his heroic choice to do a press talk in Season 4.

He moves to a peaceful Mexican village to gather his pieces back up and regroup his thoughts. While Hondo enjoys a little time off helping Mexicans, his team continues to work tirelessly fighting crime in Los Angeles.

Is It Worth Watching?

Season 5 has had about 4.35 million viewers with a 0.46/18-49. The ratings have risen a whole 11% from the previous season, and there is a 38% up in viewership. The show is a watcher with an overall positive rating, and you should look out for the new season. The show was an immediate hit among crime and action-drama fans.

SWAT is available to stream on Netflix up to Season 4, and we would expect Season 5 to turn up very soon. It is still available on Paramount+. With Season 6 being announced in April 2022, we hope to see the season start airing sometime in October this year, following a similar pattern to the last season.

The show will ideally air on C.B.S. and should be released in an orderly fashion on other streaming services as time progresses. You should look forward to the new season of what is honestly a good series.

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