What We Ate At The 2016 Minnesota State Fair

Our state fair is better than your state fair.

I haven’t been to many state fairs, but I just know Minnesota’s is the best. That includes you, Texas. Sorry.

This year, we went with Jake’s family. They served as excellent hand models. Roaming the fair as a group is more challenging in terms of efficiency and coordinating potty breaks, but ideal for sharing food. Everyone pitches in and everyone gets to try a bite.

The Minnesota State Fair really is the great Minnesota get together: Lingonberries, lefse, Prince blasting from every corner, all blessed by a purple sunset. It felt like the perfect homecoming.

Here’s what we enjoyed this year:

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When In CA Wine Country: Buena Vista Winery Barrel Tour & Tasting

I don’t know a lot about wine, but I sure like to try it.

When I first began culinary school, I enrolled in the Wine Certification. I found our first textbook reading overwhelming. It delved deeply into clippings and grapes and soils and weather. I quickly decided that a career as sommelier was not for me, but loved becoming more literate about wine terminology and having a clearer idea about what wines I like. I also developed some mad wine-swirling skills which make me look like I know what I’m doing. It was also really fun to take home a couple bottles of chardonnay that we made in class, even if they needed time to mature.

“Can you recommend a Sonoma winery?” I asked our Airbnb hostess.

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California Wine Country: You Have To Put Your Phone Away At Ernie’s Tin Bar

“I want to be a wine baron,” Jake stated as we sat at Buena Vista’s bar illuminated by the glowing picture of Count Agoston Haraszthy.

“Who doesn’t” I replied.

The evening before, our flight landed in San Francisco, thus beginning our road trip weaving east to Tahoe and then up to Portland.

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Saying Goodbye To St. Louis

Is it ironic that we’re moving from St. Louis, Missouri, a city where you can find St. Paul sandwiches everywhere, to St. Paul, Minnesota where there are none?

Our movers arrived, the sellers just accepted our counter-offer, we’re embarking on a last-minute trip to California next week, and are trying to say goodbye to St. Louis. It’s a lot of changes. I suppose change is all we’ve known.

No matter what states to which we’ve moved, we’ve met good people. Making friends as an adult can be challenging, but you will find the people who let you be yourself. It might take some time, but they’re there. I promise. This is how we spent our last weeks in St. Louis:

I finished my two-weeks notice and spent time with my friends. 

We spent our meal in St. Louis at Mai Lee and enjoyed our favorite dish

I bought a box of kolaches. St. Louis Kolache makes my favorite. We always gravitate towards the savory flavors. The soft bun is slightly sweet and the fillings are plentiful and . My favorite flavor is biscuits and gravy, but we’re also fond of the Pappy’s BBQ beef (or pork),

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I tried a bunch of dishes at Reed’s and drank a frothy cocktail shaken with an egg white.

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I got my Nduja fix at Salume BedduWhen you order Nduja from Salmue Beddu’s lunch menu, they serve it warm along with toasted bread and cheese. I also ordered a veggie sandwich, which may sound strange considering that I was at a salumeria, but it was so good I don’t care. Being the benevolent wife that I am, I saved Jake half of my lunch.

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To my delight, he surrendered his half of the Nduja. “It’s too spicy,” he commented. I made fun of him and then ate it for breakfast.

I ate a really good steak at Citizen Kane’s steakhouse. This restaurant set inside a house has been serving steaks since 1993. Someone gave us a gift certificate, so we made sure to visit before our move.

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In terms of flavor, tenderness and value, this ribeye’s now my second favorite in addition to Northwest Steakhouse in Mason City, IA. We’ll also miss the salads drizzled with that sweet, St. Louis-style Italian dressing.

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Who’s gonna sprinkle Provel on my salads when we move back to Minneapolis-St. Paul? Citizen Kane’s Mayfair dressing tastes like a cross between blue cheese and caesar. This is no overpriced a la cart steakhouse. Steaks come with a bread basket, side salad or soup, and your choice of a side. The crispy potatoes are one of the best things we’ve eaten for a while.

We’re going to miss St. Louis and the new friends that we’ve made here. Grateful for the opportunity to live here and forever a cheerleader for the community.

Next week I’m going to take a break from blogging as we settle into our interim home and travel to California. We haven’t ventured outside of the Midwest since we got engaged so we’re thrilled to sneak away between moves.

San Francisco -> Napa -> Tahoe -> Avenue of the Giants -> Portland -> Home.

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This Is Our Favorite Dish In St. Louis

We love Mai Lee. It’s no secret. I try to remember to tell Mai Lee I love her about once a month.

Every dish we’ve tried tastes really, really good. Raw vegetables look and taste pristine and vegetables are cooked perfectly tender-crisp. The pho’s flavorful; Jake prefers #9 with the shaved beef, but I prefer #1, Hu Tieu, a lighter soup filled with crab sticks, shrimp, and barbecued pork. To each his or her own. If you can’t find something you like here, we can’t be friends.

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