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Eating & Drinking At The Mall of America: The Hotel Bars Edition

If you don’t eat a piece of cheese from the sample table at Rybicki, you aren’t are a real Minnesotan.

Just kidding you still are.

Neither of us particularly enjoys shopping, but we love wandering the Mall of America. Each lap is supposedly a little over 1/2 a mile. We love walking with the mall walkers.

Six years ago (!!) I wrote a blog post called “My Short Guide To Cheap Mall Of America Food Dates.” This was back when we lived next to the Mall of America. Occasionally we’d pop over for weeknight snack and walk dates.

Many things have changed since we moved back home to the Twin Cites and while others are the same.

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My Favorite Meal At Broders’ Cucina Italiana

 Broders’ Cucina Italiana’s Eggplant Special Pizza has been my favorite pizza for almost ten years.

I worked behind the deli counter at Broders’ during my first year after college. As employees, we were given opportunities to nearly everything from the menu and learn about the Italian food products sold in the restaurant. How are you supposed to answer customers’ questions about the menu or communicate a genuine enthusiasm foods if you haven’t tried them? Broders’ gets this.

Even though I ate a lot of food from Broders’ while I worked there, I never got tired of it. The Eggplant Special pizza was my favorite then and it is now.

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Confessions Of A Reluctant Harry Potter Fan: The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

I was a reluctant Harry Potter fan.

Growing-up, magic was mostly forbidden. Bible magic was OK. Disney magic and Chronicles of Narnia magic was OK, too. But Bed Knobs and Broomsticks magic and Roald Dahl Witches magic was not. Maybe because magic was so forbidden, I have always been obsessed with magic.

Fast forward to the summer after my senior year of high school. Before college freshman orientation, we were all assigned to read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix the fifth book in J.K. Rowling’s series. I had never read a Harry Potter book and I thought it was the stupidest assignment in the world.

I dutifully bought the book. It was as heavy as a brick and 870 pages long. With a resentful heart, I opened the book and started my summer reading assignment.

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This Week And A Horoscope

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m going to lead with a thought from my weekly horoscope.

Every week my friend shares Madame Clairvoyant’s weekly horoscopes. They’re not like typical newspaper or magazine horoscopes that offer vague insights into nothing (or, worse, those automatic Twitter horoscopes).  I never read these. But I’ll Madame Clairvoyant’s. They’re more like a pep talk, a kick in the pants, a warm hug.

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63 Episodes Later: This American Life

I’ve always been a late adopter.

I joined Twitter in April of 2012 (it even says so in my bio!) and Snapchat last May. I never did use Vine or Blab before they died and have yet to Facebook “Live.”

Podcasts were never my thing. During our long car rides between Missouri and Minnesota, Jake often played epic, four-hour podcasts about his favorite video game or sports team. Like a spell, they promptly put me to sleep. “Why would you want to listen to someone talk for hours?” I questioned, much preferring to listen to people sing.

This changed last week. On a whim, I played one episode of This American Life and proceeded to listen to 62 more.

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