Sidney’s Taste of the Twin Cities

Where our very own foodie, Sidney, dishes on what’s good to eat in the Twin Cities.


4312 S Upton Ave,  Minneapolis, MN 55410

If you’re into food even a little bit you may have heard of Martina. It is an Italo-Argentinian restaurant in Linden Hills. Despite opening just a few months ago it is already one of the most talked about and most popular restaurants. I’ve been there for brunch three times already. That may sound like a lot, but if you’ve been there you know why.

Martinas burger

The double cheeseburger is arguably one of the very best in the Twin Cities. The Crab Carbonara, Lobster Toast and Potato Churros are equally as incredible. The space itself is beautiful and perfect for dates or foodie brunch with friends! 😉 I can’t wait to try dinner there!

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Designing With Chocolate the Easy Way

Adding a chocolate design to cakes, brownies, and other confections gives them a sophisticated touch sure to be appreciated by your friends. To easily use chocolate for decorating, place old candy, unwrapped, in a plastic sandwich bag. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, turning until melted. Then snip off the corner and use like a pastry bag to write words and create embellishments.

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By Bruce Lubin and Jeanne Bossolina-Lubin

Why do we eat popcorn in movie theaters?

Calvin (of Calvin & Hobbes fame) once proclaimed, “It’s not entertainment if you can’t sit in the dark and eat.” Americans really seem to enjoy combining those two activities: concession sales account for about 85 percent of a movie theater’s profit, and popcorn accounts for most of that.

It’s an odd custom when you think about it: while trying to pay attention to what’s happening on the screen, movie patrons absentmindedly reach into a bag of $6 popcorn (actual value: a few cents) and then snarf down handful after handful. It’s greasy, loud, and not very healthy—especially when you add all that butter. So whose bright ideas was it to make popcorn the cornerstone snack at every movie theater from London to Honolulu?

Back in the early days of cinema, eating anything in a theater was frowned upon. The Great Depression changed that. With little money available for more expensive entertainment, Americans flocked to movie theaters (now offering movies with talking!). At the same time, popcorn was becoming a popular—and cheap—snack.

Eager to cash in on both fads at the same time, enterprising vendors started setting up carts with popping machines outside if cinemas. At first, theater owners wouldn’t allow patrons to bring the loud, messy snack inside…until they saw there was money to be made. Then the vendors were invited inside, and the rest is snack history.

Source: “Do Geese Get Goose Bumps?” By The Bathroom Readers’ Institute

What skin care products do dermatologists recommend?

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Skin care is not an easy topic to discuss. With so many possibilities to set up a skin care routine – and so many products to choose, chances are you might get lost in all of these choices. So let’s ask the experts, shall we? Dermatologists see people’s skin every day, and treat them every day. They know what affects the skin and how to take best care of is. So: what skincare products do dermatologists recommend? We sat down with two of them to find out.
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Dermatologist Charles E. Crutchfield III M.D. Announces Platelet Rich Plasma to Treat Hair Loss (Alopecia)

Charles Crutchfield III M.D., a nationally recognized Board Certified Dermatologist and Clinical Professor of Dermatology, offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss and thinning hair.

Charles Crutchfield III M.D., a nationally recognized Board Certified Dermatologist and Clinical Professor of Dermatology, offers Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss and thinning hair.

There is new evidence showing the effectiveness of PRP Therapy as a non-surgical medical procedure to treat hair loss and thinning hair. Charles E. Crutchfield III M.D. has seen significant results in patients seeking treatment for hair loss (Alopecia). “Using the patient’s own blood, we create a concentration of Platelet Rich Plasma to promote hair growth and rejuvenation.” Charles E. Crutchfield III M.D. explains the treatment and its benefits: “PRP therapy uses the patient’s blood to create the ideal formula of Platelet Rich Plasma. We start by drawing a blood sample and spinning the blood to separate its components: red blood cells, plasma, and platelet-rich plasma. Injecting the enriched platelet-rich plasma, (containing concentrated amounts of growth factors, cytokines, and platelets), into the treatment area. This PRP treatment stimulates the inactive hair follicles into an active growth phase.”

Dr. Crutchfield has years of experience treating hair loss (alopecia) with success. He is excited about new developments that have made platelet-rich plasma therapy a viable option in treating Alopecia. “When we inject PRP into the area of hair loss, it causes a mild irritation that triggers your body to heal, explains Dr. Crutchfield. “When the platelets are in the clot, enzymes are released that begin a tissue response to attract stem cells to heal and repair the damaged area. The results are an amplification of the body’s regularly occurring wound healing system.”

Dr. Crutchfield has seen a significant increase in the number of patients inquiring about this therapy. Estimates are that nearly 100 million Americans suffer from hair loss. PRP for Hair Loss Therapy is a breakthrough treatment option because it is a safe, reliable treatment that is short and non-surgical. The recovery period is fast, and the results look natural.

“In our experience, although PRP is not yet FDA approved for alopecia, we have a success rate of approximately 75%. I tell patients if they do not notice any regrowth after 2-3 treatments, not to continue. I define success as patients report that they see a significant amount of hair regrowth. I recommend a series of injections to be done monthly, for 4-6 months. Once patients achieve the level of hair regrowth that they are happy with, we will recommend a topical treatment program to maintain and extend the PRP treatment success and recommend a PRP treatment every 6 or 12 months for maintenance. “

The PRP treatment works well for both men and women. It is primarily designed to treat androgenetic alopecia, but we have had success in alopecia areata and hair loss associated with stress (telogen effluvium), too.

Dr. Crutchfield can review your specific case and help to develop a hair re-growth plan.

About Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD:
Charles E. Crutchfield III, M.D. is a graduate of the Mayo Clinic Medical School and a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Crutchfield is an annual selection in the “Top Doctors” issue of Mpls. St. Paul magazine. He is the only dermatologist to have been selected as a “Best Doctor for Women” by Minnesota Monthly magazine since the inception of the survey. Dr. Crutchfield has been selected as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” an honor awarded to only 4% of all practicing physicians. Dr. Crutchfield is the co-author of a children’s book on sun protection and dermatology textbook. He is a member of the AΩA National Medical Honor Society, an expert consultant for WebMD and CNN, and a recipient of the Karis Humanitarian Award from the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Dr. Crutchfield was also given “first a physician” award, Helathcare Hero, 100 most influential, and one of the Top 100 African –American Newsmakers in the United States by theGrio, an affiliate of NBC News.

Crutchfield Dermatology is a proud member of Doctors for the Practice of Safe and Ethical Aesthetic Medicine (DPSEAM).

The Best Face Moisturizer for Very Dry Skin & Skin Toner for African-American Women

No matter how hot you look, dry skin can make you feel hopelessly uncomfortable. Celebrity physician Dr. Michael Roizen states that African-American women can experience higher rates of transepidermal (literally, “through the skin”) water loss than Caucasian women, which can make skin drier. While you’re on the hunt for the products to include in your skin care arsenal, keep your eyes peeled for those that contain natural ingredients, which your dry skin craves.

What to Look For

The best face moisturizer for über-dry African-American skin is one that contains naturally moisturizing ingredients. Read the label and look for jojoba oil, sunflower seed oil, beeswax, shea butter or coconut oil. Moisturizers containing plant extracts help nourish and tone your skin. Vitamins and supplements are other ingredients to seek. For example, vitamin E and omega-3 can enhance the overall health of your skin and promote healing. When shopping for a daytime moisturizer, sunscreen is a must, especially if you want to reverse hyperpigmentation (the higher the SPF the better). If you happen to have an uneven skin tone, look for a tinted moisturizer that contains vitamin C, which will help reduce the appearance of dark spots. Dr. Charles E. Crutchfield, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, says that the moisturizing lotion that you choose should continually protect your face all day and keep it moisturized. If your face is really hurting because it’s so dry, look for a medicated skin moisturizer (a drugstore pharmacist can direct you to a good over-the-counter option) and make an appointment with a dermatologist.

The Skin Toner Debate

Some estheticians say that face toner is essential to rebalancing the pH of your skin after you cleanse it. Other professionals say toner is unnecessary because your skin’s pH will go back to normal after an hour or so. The choice to use skin toner is personal. If you feel like you need a skin toner to reduce the size of your pores after you wash your face, look for a toner that doesn’t contain alcohol or witch hazel because your skin will dry out even more and become ashy. Instead, spritz rosewater, lavender water, orange flower water or a mix of cooled chamomile and green teas onto your face. These natural ingredients are soothing and act like a natural astringent.

What to Avoid

While it may sound soothing, never let a moisturizer with mineral oil near your face if you want to keep it kissable. The higher levels of melanin in African-American skin can make it more sensitive to certain ingredients. Mineral oil, parabens, dioxanes, phthalates and oxybenzone can clog your pores and have the potential to irritate your skin and cause dark patches to form. If a bottle of moisturizer or toner just states that it contains “fragrances” in the list of ingredients, put it back on the shelf. An undisclosed fragrance has the potential to harm your already sensitive skin.

Your Skin Care Routine

Moisturizing your skin is only one small, yet important, step in a beauty regimen. Whenever you wash and rinse your face, do so with warm water because hot water actually causes your skin to become dry, according to Crutchfield. Even taking a hot shower can take a toll on your dry skin. Cleanse your face with a product that contains glycerin, petrolatum or hyaluronic acid but doesn’t create suds. Then gently pat your face dry with a soft towel. If you feel that you need it, spritz on some toner. Crutchfield says to finish up your skin care routine by immediately applying moisturizer to your face. To help your skin stay hydrated, drink eight cups of water a day and watch your salt intake.

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Facial-of-the-month: Cherry Chocolate

A brighter complexion awaits you with our decadent Cherry Chocolate facial for February here at Crutchfield Dermatology MediSpa. It comes loaded with skin-brightening cherry enzymes that not only give you a glow, they also help protect your skin from signs of aging.

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With winter comes the threat of frostbite

The best strategy is prevention

Frostbite is a term that is used when skin is severely damaged by the cold. The skin and underlying tissues freeze and secondary injury occurs. As the skin freezes it becomes red, then numb, then solid/firm and finally pale.

Frostbite can occur anywhere on the body including areas that are covered and protected, but typically it happens in the extremities and regions commonly exposed to the cold and wind such as fingers, toes, nose, ears, cheeks and ears.

Frostbite is an injury where the skin actually freezes. In severe cases, the underlying tissue can be affected, too. First, your skin becomes painful and tingles. Next, the skin becomes very cold and red, then numb, hard and pale.

Sometimes, in severe cases, hands are difficult to close, or joints underlying the frostbite will be difficult to move. Exposed skin in cold, windy weather is most vulnerable to frostbite. But frostbite can occur on skin that is covered. Because the area that gets frostbitten often becomes numb, a sufferer may not even realize it until someone else points it out to them.

Frostbite commonly occurs upon exposure to cold weather, but it can also be caused by exposure to cold metals, ice or cold liquids.

In cold weather, one must be cautious and protective by wearing the appropriate clothing and covering vulnerable areas such as hands, ears and face. Temperatures below zero degrees Fahrenheit are especially concerning. Exposed skin can become frostbitten with just 10 minutes of exposure under these conditions.

Very early, mild frostbite is called “frostnip” and only requires rewarming. Other stages of frostbite need medical attention because severe damage can occur such as damage to muscles nerves and bone, and severe blistering can result in infection.

Stages of frostbite

Frostnip: Frostnip is the early, first stage of frostbite. The skin becomes tingly, red and painful. At this point, getting out of the cold and rewarming the skin is all that is required. The skin may become tingly again upon rewarming.

Superficial frostbite: In the second stage of frostbite, the red skin becomes pale or white/light. If the skin begins to have a burning sensation, this is an indication of severe skin involvement. The skin should be rewarmed, but as it warms it may become mottled in color, painful and swollen. Blistering can occur within 12-36 hours after exposure.

Severe (deep) frostbite: If the frostbite continues, it can affect the full thickness of the skin and nerves and the area beneath the skin including fat, muscles, bones and joints. A signal that this is happening is that one loses all sensation of discomfort, coldness or pain in the area(s).

If you experience any signs of frostbite including discoloration, pain, swelling or blistering, consult your physician. In addition to frostbite, the person should also be aware of developing hypothermia. That is where the cold overwhelms the body’s ability to maintain its temperature.

Signs of hypothermia

  • Unstoppable shivering
  • Thick and slurred speech
  • Fatigue and sleepiness

Frostbite risk factors

  • Poor circulation
  • Infants and children
  • Elderly
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco users
  • High altitudes (decreases oxygen to skin)
  • Medical conditions that affect ability to feel cold or interfere with normal blood circulation such as diabetes
  • Dehydration
  • Exhaustion

Frostbite prevention tips

  • Check the forecast and plan your outdoor activities appropriately.
  • Limit the time you spend outside by employing several warming periods.
  • Dress in layers with material designed to both wick wetness away and maximize protection against the cold.
  • Cover your head, ears included.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.
  • Don’t become overly exhausted or dehydrated.
  • If traveling extensively in cold areas, have an emergency kit with supplies and warming materials.
  • Consider self-warming packs for hands and feet (available at sporting goods stores and online).
  • Don’t forget excellent gloves or mittens and thick warm socks.

Frostbite diagnosis

Continuing skin discoloration, swelling, pain and blistering are all signs of frostbite. Consult your doctor. Depending on the severity, the physician may order other tests to determine if any hypothermia, muscle or bone involvement is present.

Treatment: first aid and medical treatment

For frostnip, gentle rewarming is all that is required. For moderate to severe frostbite, or if hypothermia is suspected, get medical attention right away.

With frostbite, the gentle rewarming should include ONLY lukewarm water warming or a gentle warm bath only. Using other measures can cause burns. If the feet have been severely affected, avoid walking on them because this can cause further damage.

If blisters are present, do not break them. The first step is to immediately get out of the cold; rewarm using water at a temperature of 99-105 F; use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen, Aleve or Advil; and get medical attention immediately.

If the case of frostbite is severe, the doctor may prescribe medications to prevent infection, increase blood flow to the affected areas, reduce pain or increase oxygen flow to the involved areas. Surgical treatment may also be needed.

Remember, when it comes to frostbite, prevention is the best strategy. If you do find yourself in a position of getting frostbite, get out of the cold, gently rewarm, and get medical attention without delay.


Croup: a common childhood illness with a strange cough

Croup, most commonly, is a viral infection of the upper airway in young children. The condition can partially obstruct the airway. This blockage can cause the child to have a strange cough that sounds like a barking dog. Croup often starts out like a common cold, but breathing difficulties may soon develop.

The most common virus that causes croup is parainfluenza. The viral infection causes swelling and inflammation of the airway including the vocal cords, windpipe, and passages into the lungs.

When these areas have air forced through them as the sick child breathes, the sound can be that of a barking dog, a barking seal, or even like that of a high-pitched whistle. This whistling sound is medically called “stridor.”

The patient may also have a fever and a raspy or hoarse voice, especially when crying. Other symptoms include enlarged lymph nodes, fast breathing, drooling (difficulty swallowing), appearing lethargic, being dehydrated (few wet diapers), and a general rash.

Parents may also see a retraction of the skin of the chest between the ribs as the child struggles to breathe. Breathing retraction or turning bluish is a medical emergency.

The condition is most common for children ages four months to five years. Croup is more common in boys than in girls and is seen more often in the fall and winter.

The child is contagious until the fever resolves. Of the infectious forms of croup, 80 percent of cases are viral, and about 20 percent of the cases are caused by a bacteria.

There is a second, rarer type of croup called spasmodic croup. This is not caused by a viral infection, and doctors believe it is caused by irritation and inflammation of the throat and voice box (vocal cords) from either an allergy or from the acid in the stomach coming up into the throat when the child is lying down.

In this case, the child will wake suddenly grasping for air, have a barky cough, and have difficulty breathing. In spasmodic croup, the child will not have a fever.

No matter what the cause, if your child is having difficulty breathing, get medical attention immediately.


The majority of croup cases present as a mild illness and will get better in just a few days; the normal course is three to five days. In a small percentage of cases, the swelling of the airway can become so severe that it interferes with normal breathing and immediate medical attention is required.


For mild cases, supportive measures with rest at home are all that is needed. These supportive measures include:

  • Keep your child relaxed and calm. Crying or getting worked up can worsen airway irritation and obstruction. Rock or hold your baby, cuddle, sing songs, read or tell stories. Offer your child the things that give them the most comfort, like a special blanket or favorite toy.
  • Use a humidifier. This will soothe inflamed airways and enable your child to breathe easier.
  • Hold the child upright. Breathing is easier when the child is positioned upright.
  • Push fluids. This includes milk, formula, water, soup and popsicles.
  • Have the child get plenty of rest. Rest allows the immune system to work at its best to fight the infection.
  • Use an over-the-counter medication to reduce pain and fever. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) is good for reducing pain and fever.

In croup, children often do better in the day and worsen at night. This is a medical phenomenon known as “sundowning.” Consider sleeping in the child’s room to provide them an extra level of security and enable you to act appropriately and quickly if the condition takes a turn for the worse.

If the symptoms are mild but last more than four days, or if your child has trouble breathing, call your doctor immediately.