I Handwrote A Dining Bucket List: World Street Kitchen

This weekend I sat down and handwrote a list of all of the places in the Twin Cities I wanted to try.

I’m not so much in the mood to chase the hottest new restaurant openings (although I guess I did just make a reservation for Hyacinth). What I’m really in the mood for is chasing the places that have bene around for a while that we haven’t tried yet.

When you live in one place for a while you can take things for granted. For example, in St. Louis, we made it a point to see all of the major attractions in the area. We talked about how we should  do the same in our own home state and visit the History Museum, Wabasha Street Caves, and James J. Hill house.

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All Of The Frozen Pizzas We Try From Lunds & Byerlys BOGO Sales

Lunds & Byerlys is a special place where you may walk in for only lemons and peanut butter and walk out with four frozen BOGO pizzas.

Lunds (those of us who lived here for a while may still call it Byerlys) is one of our more upscale grocery chains. I don’t shop here to save money. I come here when I want high quality deli foods or to get in and out efficiently. The customer service is good and it’s near my house. I fill in my weekly groceries here each week.

Lunds also happens to offer a good variety of frozen pizzas including local brands from around the Midwest. Seemily with more frequency Lunds offers a BOGO frozen pizza sale. Every single frozen pizza is buy-one-get-one-free. This means that you can get some of the more expensive frozen pizzas for about $4-6 each. You may even luck out and nab a Mucci’s pizza.

We buy so many frozen pizzas here that I’m starting a blog post to track them all here. Pizza brands are listed in alphabetical order:

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Coupons & Sushi Rolls At Hy-Vee Market Grille

Every month I look forward to book club.

It’s a women’s book club that initially formed after the election via social media. We take turns choosing books written by women of all genres. I’ve learned I’m really good at is waiting until the very last minute to cram in each month’s book!

Besides the conversation and exposure to books I might not choose to read myself, I like trying new restaurants. Of course the places have to be conducive to a book club gathering (not too loud, not too small, not too busy where lingering at a table is going to cause an issue). We live all over the Twin Cities and rotate restaurants in different parts of the cities.

Restaurants have included Cooper’s Pub (fantastic veggie burger), Ginger Hop (loved their curries – though on the sweeter side) and Delicata (fantastic pizza with a crisp crust) and . Last month we met at Hy-Vee Market Grille in New Hope, MN. Yup, that’s Grill with an E.

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A Dedicated Post To How Much I Love Falafel

I’m really obsessed with falafel right now. I think it might be my favorite food.

For take-out I suggest that we get falafel so often that Jake tries to kindly suggest other dining options. You know, because variety.

(Shrug).

At home I frequently make Trader Joe’s bags of frozen falafel. Depending on how hungry you are, the bag contains enough to feed two dinner + few for leftovers. These falafel have a denser texture which I don’t mind. They crisp up nicely in the oven and have a good flavor. I serve them with pita pockets, tomato, bell pepper, onions and the tzatziki sauce sold in the refrigerated section. The sauce itself has a thinner yogurt texture (like you’d find in raita) and is packed with thin cucumber slices.

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Thoughts Three Weeks After Deactivating Facebook

Three weeks ago I left Facebook.

It feels weird.

I’ve been on Facebook ever since my sophomore year of college. Back then it was for college students only. Facebook slowly added one college at a time to access the network. I mean, the social network lollll. We celebrated the day Facebook finally added our college.

We excitedly added the high school people we hadn’t thought about for three whole years and our new college friends.

Before all of the privacy settings you could totally stalk your ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend or you could poke people. Statuses were limited to “[Insert name] name is ________.” We also wore ties as belts, bra straps as head bands, and blazers over graphic tees. It was a strange time.

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