At least that is what it felt like. We have had two back-to-back weddings in Minneapolis and I (unfortunately) have had 7AM flights out of MSP both Sundays. Nothing better than getting up at 5 after a wedding to hop on a plane. Am I right?
Anyways, below are some of the eat/see/do things we did in the Twin Cities the past few weeks. By no means a comprehensive list, and you may notice this list is heavily food focused, but hey, that’s how we roll.
Stone Arch Bridge – I have to admit I was skeptical about this one. The manfriend was convinced that he wanted to show me the bridge and hell bent on making sure we got to it. I am glad we did because it was really cool! Looking back at the shore from over the river, you can see the caves and the now repurposed old flour mills. It was a hot day, but once we got onto the bridge and over the water, it felt worlds different. Had we had more time, I would have loved to go for a morning run over the bridge. Next time.
Bridge from the Shore
Shore from the Bridge
Old Gold Medal Flour Factory
The Bachelor Farmer – I recently read an article in one of my food to travel mags about The Bachelor Farmer and at 35,000 feet made a reservation for dinner. We were early for our ressy, so we grabbed a drink at the bar. It came as a bit of a surprise, that all of the cocktails on the menu were made with fortified wines rather than liquor, but my drink was amazing. The décor in the restaurant was awesome. A beautiful blue and white patterned wallpaper with neat lamps and a really cozy interior. Dinner started with a small plate of delicious pretty radishes with butter and salt and crisps. The rest of the food was delicious, but my favorite thing was that you could order a half bottle of any bottle on the menu. The remaining two glasses are then put up on a board, so someone else could order them. A great idea and an opportunity to try new wines that might not be offered by the glass otherwise.
The radishes – nom nom nom
The wine glass list
Sebastian Joe’s – The ice cream here is delish. I tried the Mocha Chip with the handmade cone. Who doesn’t love handmade cones? The lines here are huge (speaking from two weeks of experience going here) but they move quickly and the ice cream is great.
Punch Pizza – If you love Neapolitan pizza, this is your stop. Delicious, fresh, quick pizza. They advertise that they cook the pizzas for 3 minutes at 800˚F and they were right. We got our iced tea and barely sat down before the pizza came out. We had the ‘Rugula pizza with buffalo mozzarella and fresh prosciutto and arugula put on after it baked. I love putting fresh greens on a pizza, and this was delicious.
Surdyk’s – I have found my slice of heaven in a liquor store in Minneapolis. We walked in and there were ~7tables with about 6 wines each to go around and taste. I had a delicious rosé (surprise) of cabernet sauvignon and sampled a few others. Apparently I was the only one who didn’t know they did massive wine tastings on Friday, but it was pretty neat. They also have a wide beer selection, and since it is not distributed in Wisconsin, we stocked up on Surly! If only they distributed in Wisconsin.
Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge – This may be the kitschiest tiki bar I have ever seen. I think all tiki bars have to be kitschy but this was particularly so. The wood floor-esque carpeting, the drinks in tiki cups and the photo booth were so wonderfully ridiculous, I couldn’t help but instagram a few pics, We each had a beer (I couldn’t stomach a rum drink at 4PM) and sitting on the patio looking at the river was great. Who wouldn’t love a bar that describes beer as “Crap on Tap.” Highly recommend this tacky and fun bar.
Wise Acre Eatery – Our dinner destination this weekend with Tim’s friends. It is a small restaurant in an old garage with the bay doors opened during dinner, which was lovely. It felt like we were eating outside when we were inside. The ambiance and service were great and the walls were covered in pretty green plants growing inside. They have a farm and the food is fresh and delicious, starting with the pop corn they give you at the table when you arrive, subtly hinted with rhubarb, citrus, and salt. So delicious. After 9PM, you can get their Hamburger Special a burger with fries and a beer for $15. My manfriend opted for that, and I had the Chicon which was crispy and delicious. Definitely recommend swinging by this place, but not recommended for a group, but we had an awesome time.