Category Archives: Restaurants & Cafes

Comin’ in Hot: The Newest Food Delivery Business In Minneapolis Launches Today

The Twin Cities newest food delivery business launches at 9:00 AM today (May 7th) in Minneapolis! ClusterTruck is not an actual food truck, it is a one of a kind delivery-only service that creates from scratch dishes in their downtown kitchen and delivers them fresh and fast. Bonus: The curbside delivery is always FREE!   Continue reading Comin’ in Hot: The Newest Food Delivery Business In Minneapolis Launches Today

Travel Minnesota: 24 hours in Shakopee

“Every Hundred Feet The World Changes” ~ Roberto Bolaño

There’s something to be said about taking the scenic route, in both life and travel and the lesson here is, you don’t have to trek very far to find an adventure.  John and I had the opportunity to experience a brief but action packed 24 hours in Shakopee, MN last weekend. This historic city is just across the river from our home in Chanhassen but other than our outings to Canterbury Park, or the occasional trip to Valley Fair when the kids were young, we haven’t had the opportunity to spend much time there. The essence of discovery is something that we embrace so we really looked forward immersing ourselves in this mini-vacation.
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Food Month In Review: March 2018

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating”

Lucky for those of us living in the Twin Cities; we are provided with seemingly endless opportunities to not only eat, but to do so abundantly well.  I field frequent inquiries from friends and family regarding restaurant recommendations and I love sharing my culinary experiences so I decided to create a new feature.  It will be a brief overview of our culinary adventures from the prior month.

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The Twin Cities Restaurant Scene: Eating and Imbibing During The Week Of The Big Game

The pinnacle of football game days is almost upon us and the anticipation has been building.  There are throngs of exciting events surrounding this colossal affair.  The Bold North is ready! We’re bursting with immense cultural activities, tremendous musical talent, ice bars aplenty and of course bounteous opportunities for dining and imbibing.

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Twin Cities Burger Tour: A Photo Gallery

 

“We all need to make time for a burger once in a while”  ~ Erica Durance

In the past 2 years John and I have devoted a plethora of time to searching out as many mouth-watering Twin Cities burgers as possible.  Sometimes we enjoy the company of friends and/or family on these outings, other times it’s the two of us.

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Consider Me Caffeinated: A Global Espresso Art Gallery

 

“Adventure in life is good; consistency in coffee is even better” ~ Justine Chen, North of Beautiful 

My search for the perfect cup of coffee knows no bounds.  I am ardent and unapologetic regarding my caffeine infatuation.  Whether it is our weekend latte treks in the Twin Cities or when traveling abroad,  I am always on the hunt for the consummate coffee experience.  While the quality of the java holds high significance, it is as much or more about the venue and who I’m getting caffeinated with that matters.  Sipping a morning espresso alongside the locals at the Mercado De La Boqueria in Barcelona or slipping into a café near the Campo De Fiori in Rome with John are a couple of my very best café memories.  Today I am sharing some of my favorite coffee occasions through photos.  Enjoy and please share yours with me, I look forward to seeing your pics and hearing your cafe recommendations.  Read on if you would like to learn more about the definition of espresso and the associated terms.

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Hidden Gems: Nong’s Thai Cuisine

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The Sukiyaki Soup Bowl at Nong’s Thai Cuisine

John and I traveled to Thailand last summer and fell in love with the fascinating culture and the stunning food climate. Since that experience I have been craving Thai food regularly.  While I do plan to do a lengthy blog post on that trip, today I am writing about a hidden gem of a restaurant that I found tucked away in an unassuming strip mall in Golden Valley.  My oldest son and I try to meet for a meal when I am in his neck of the woods . Usually those outings take place in Golden Valley, close to his job.

The desire to try something new for lunch last week had us yelping nearby restaurants.  Nong’s Thai Cuisine popped up.  The restaurant was close in proximity to our location and the reviews were consistently above average so we gave it a try.  My impression: insanely good!  The incredible menu made it hard to choose just one dish. I’ve found that a long menu doesn’t always correlate with high quality, favorable food choices but at Nong’s I truly could not decide what to order because there were so many fantastic options. I ended up with the Sukiyaki Soup found on the noodle page.  Ingredients included: glass noodles, egg, Napa cabbage, onion, green onion, celery and special sukiyaki sauce.  The flavors were addicting.  The choices on the spice scale were mild, medium, hot and thai hot.  I am a spice girl so I opted for hot and loved it.  The portion was extremely generous which I appreciated as I had the remaining soup for lunch the next day.  I don’t refer to that as leftovers, I call it: same soup, different day….

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