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Eh? Fire and ice on the menu

For those who like a little adventure with their food and dining experience, here are two very different sensory experiences:

The Blu Ice Bar & Lounge at Grand Superior Lodge -- or rather outside of the lodge -- is hosting an ice wine festival from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at 2826 E. Highway 61 northeast of Two Harbors. Guests can sample the region's top ice wines with chef-prepared desserts and aperitifs. Ice wine is a style of dessert wine made from grapes that have been frozen on the vine. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about pairings and picking the best wine.

And if you're too cold to think about ice wine?

Little Angie's Cantina, 11 E. Buchanan St., is hosting a Texas-themed meal at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The menu includes an appetizer of shrimp three ways, fresh rattlesnake soup, grapefruit and raspberry salad, smoked beef brisket with green beans, bacon and jicama slaw and blackberry-filled empanada with homemade pineapple and lime ice cream.

Each course will be paired with a beer from the Texas-based Shiner family. The meal is $49.95.

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