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Eating my way through the Big Apple and around the world.

Always in favor of extraordinary flavor versus saving a few calories, I’m constantly seeking the best restaurants, recipes, and random little food finds. This blog chronicles my discoveries, most of which are located in New York City, the foodie heaven I am fortunate to call home.

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2 June 2010

Where to Eat in Minneapolis

Margherita Extra Pizza, Punch Neapolitan Pizza

Breakfast Quesadilla, French Meadow Bakery

Hand Cut Fries, Il Gatto

I just returned from a fabulous week in my dear Minneapolis. The trip was packed with wedding events and cookouts, so I really only had time for the hits. Those include, in order of consumption:

New Spots:

  • Il Gatto (the former Figlio. Unfortunately I wasn’t impressed, and I miss Figlio greatly)
  • Target Field (serving up Kramarczuk sausages and cheese curds. Hooray!)
  • Nicollet Island Inn (a refined, sunny spot for a bridal ladies luncheon)

Sad I Missed:

Still Dying to Try:

Check out my previous Minneapolis food coverage here!

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27 May 2010
Hello my little chowers! It’s been a long time; I’m in Minneapolis at the brand new Twins stadium. Enjoying a “jumbo dog” and some fried cheese curds. It is good to be back in the Midwest.

Hello my little chowers! It’s been a long time; I’m in Minneapolis at the brand new Twins stadium. Enjoying a “jumbo dog” and some fried cheese curds. It is good to be back in the Midwest.

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31 August 2009

What good food blog would be complete without a smattering of fried food goodness from the Minnesota State Fair. This makes me insanely jealous. You can’t beat the Midwest for disgustingly delicious food.

Cheese curds=always. Walleye cakes=must try.

hannahjensen:

the great minnesota eat-together.  my stomach may never be the same … but it was worth it.

Reblogged: hannahjensen

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21 July 2009
This sounds like a very cool event in the MPLS.
wbsc:

Some things you might consume over the course (har) of 100 courses: mini pancakes, camel meat, fresh-caught Alaskan salmon, thistle flowers…
You’ll do this at a 50-foot table. While being served by 2 1/2-ft tongs. On tiny custom made clay-fired plates and cups. All brought to you by Mitchell Dose, Julia Kouneski, and Chris Olson.
Thursday, July 23rd7:30 PM until all courses are consumed!West Bank Social Center$5-20 sliding scale donation
Space is very limited, so send your RSVP to westbanksocialcenter@gmail.com.

This sounds like a very cool event in the MPLS.

wbsc:

Some things you might consume over the course (har) of 100 courses: mini pancakes, camel meat, fresh-caught Alaskan salmon, thistle flowers…

You’ll do this at a 50-foot table. While being served by 2 1/2-ft tongs. On tiny custom made clay-fired plates and cups. All brought to you by Mitchell Dose, Julia Kouneski, and Chris Olson.

Thursday, July 23rd
7:30 PM until all courses are consumed!
West Bank Social Center
$5-20 sliding scale donation

Space is very limited, so send your RSVP to westbanksocialcenter@gmail.com.

Reblogged: stuffaboutminneapolis

Tags: Minneapolis
2 July 2009

Eating in Minneapolis, Part II: New Restaurants!

After polling in-the-know Twin Citians, the two new restaurants I decided to try were Barrio and Brasa.

Barrio is a new Mexican tapas restaurant on Nicollet Avenue. We tried a few things off the late nite menu, and although tasty (sorry, too dark for pics!) I wasn’t blown away. Perhaps I’ll have to go back and try the full menu. The drink pictured above was my favorite part of the meal: a passionfruit margarita with champagne and peppers!

Brasa was hands down the most recommended restaurant, and a place I had never heard of. But after this trip, I’m permanently adding it to my Minneapolis rotation. It’s a gourmet rotesserie by the same guy who does Restaurant Alma. You pick your meat (chicken, pork, or beef) and two comfort food sides; I did chicken, creamed spinach with jalapeño, and masa corn and cheese cakes. What’s more, it’s extremely affordable. That whole plate of food cost me $12!

I’m still dreaming about the butterscotch pudding with whipped cream and shortbread cookie. It was the perfect way to finish such a hearty meal, and one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. Thanks to everyone who recommended this restaurant!

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1 July 2009

Eating in Minneapolis, Part I: Old Faithfuls

I’m shocked the scale is up five pounds today. I was expecting at least 10! In addition to my quest for the best pecan roll, here’s what I ate at my tried-and-true Minneapolis restaurants.

The Local. As promised, this was the first thing I ate in the Cities. And you know what? EPIC FAIL! Sure, the rachel was always casual fare, but it used to be the best! I don’t even recognize it anymore: the turkey is dry, the ingredients aren’t proportioned, and the fries taste like they came from the freezer. ICK! This place is no longer on my must hit radar for food, but will always be my favorite downtown happy hour destination. Just stick to drinks on the patio and you’ll be fine.

Moose and Sadie’s. I first went to this cute little cafe on last year’s voyage. It’s quickly won me over as if I’ve been eating there since day one. In addition to a great pecan roll, this cornmeal pancake (with real butter) was superb.

Sally’s. My vote for best bar food in America. We played it healthy with salads (mine’s BBQ chicken), but there’s no way you can make a stop here and miss the waffle fries.

Chino Latino. My photos didn’t turn out so hot, but that taco above cost $1 during the amazing late nite happy hour (they also have an after work one). You have to love a restaurant that serves both Mexican fare and sushi: that’s the spicy mango shrimp catapelliar roll. I also love the queso fundido.

French Meadow Bakery. My second favorite place in the Cities for breakfast. You can’t miss the cinnamon roll. Yes, that’s a cinnamon roll, not a piece of cake. It’s bigger than my large coffee cup! I also adore their pancakes. That’s a blueberry cornmeal one. Carbo loading!

Figlio. This is my other favorite happy hour in the Cities, and it lasts almost all day on the weekends. That plate of sliders and fries? Three dollars! Wine and beer? Three dollars! Unfortunately it might be closing/reconcepting soon, so go while you still can.

Uptown Diner. My favorite breakfast ever. In addition to the world’s best pecan roll, they have a ridiculously good eggs florentine (pictured above) and Cajun breakfast (my two faves). Plus it’s cheap!

Bruegger’s. I love this bagel chain, but unfortunately I can’t get my fix in New York. The herby turkey sandwich is my favorite (roasted turkey, light herb garlic cream cheese, sundried tomato spread, lettuce, and red onions).

Sebastian Joe’s. I accidentally left this off the list of favorite Minneapolis restaurants, even though it’s just an ice cream parlour. Best ice cream in the Cities, and maybe the world. It’s well worth the almost always wait. I indulged in raspberry chocolate chip and danish nut roll, but after sampling Max’s Oreo, I now know you can’t miss that flavor.

Phew! Time for a diet!

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30 June 2009

The Great Minneapolis Pecan Roll-off, 2009

I love a good pecan roll (could be my favorite food item, ever), and for some reason I equate Minneapolis with this delectable deliciousness. Here’s what I found this trip:

Key’s Cafe. I was pumped to try this caramel roll, as the menu touts it as “famous.” This was my least favorite of the week, possibly because it was sans pecans. Also, this is not served a la mode. That’s an ice cream scoop of straight up BUTTER. Get ‘er done!

Moose and Sadie’s. This cute cafe by Max’s apartment is our go to spot for good breakfast. The pecan roll was delicious and I’d definitely have it again. But nothing can beat the challenger at…

Uptown Diner. Best pecan roll in the Cities, hands down. No matter how hard I try, I can’t find a better one! It’s just the right consistency of doughiness and gooeyness. Until next year, my little ball of perfection!

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24 June 2009

Where to Eat in Minneapolis

In addition to the new restaurants I want to try, I obviously have my favorite Minneapolis standbys. The places I frequented for four years, and still crave on an almost constant basis. Here are my must eats in Minneapolis.

The Local. When I moved to Minneapolis in 2002, my first downtown dining experience was at this Irish bar/restaurant. My freshman year roomie and I became obsessed with the rachel and fries. This will be the first thing I eat when I step foot in the minne-apple.

Pizza Luce. By far my favorite pizza in the city. Let me just tell you about “The Wrangler”: BBQ chicken, banana peppers, red onions, and mushrooms with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses on a BBQ/red sauce. Yes please!

Hell’s Kitchen. This downtown eatery makes the best peanut butter ever, plus a mean huevos rancheros. Always a hopping place for breakfast.

Sally’s. I can’t tell you how many hungover weekend lunches and all day/night happy hours on the patio I’ve had here. Hands down the best bar food I’ve ever had (mmmmmmm, those waffle fries!).

French Meadow Bakery. This place always feels like home. Incredible breakfasts and sandwiches, plus the best cinnamon rolls in the city! Sitting on the patio with a chai, an apple pancake, and the paper is one of life’s simple pleasures.

Figlio. My other favorite happy hour destination. The $3 happy hour (HA! Hear that, New York?) runs almost all day both Saturday and Sunday, and I’ve been craving the gorgonzola fries with tomatoes since I had them last, a year ago.

Chino Latino. One of Minneapolis’ more “edgy” restaurants, although its been around forever. Food from around the equator is served family style and always makes for a fun girls nite out.

Birchwood Café. The food tastes good and makes me feel good. Organic, mainly vegetarian fare that even my meat and potatoes dad will eat. Also the best key lime pie in the city.

Uptown Diner. Hands down best breakfast in the city. Can you say cajun breakfast and sticky pecan roll? I thought so.


Tags: Minneapolis
22 June 2009

Minneapolis Foodies—HELP!

Hello all my Minneapolis readers! I’ll be heading to the Cities this week and obviously already have all my meals planned—all but TWO spots I’m leaving open for places I haven’t been. I’ve narrowed it down to the following five. Which place do you think is the best?

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3 June 2009
All my MPLS people! Check out this cupcake event this Saturday!

All my MPLS people! Check out this cupcake event this Saturday!

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Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh