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Two Local Drive-Thru’s That Don’t Serve “Fast Food”

For those of us who prefer not to go inside restaurants during the pandemic, drive-thrus are perfect.

Heck, I’ll take a carry out window and just shiver outside for a bit.

It feels unsettling to call in an order and then go inside to pick it up while people dine and socialize, open-faced.

I can’t blame restaurants. The owners and employees are making impossible choices to survive.

If you have a drive-thru, I’m intrigued. I’ll be there.

Most of the fast food restaurants in the city have drive-thrus. But, these two local restaurants in the Twin Cities offer foods you might not typically think of as “fast food” through their drive-thrus.

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How To Make My Favorite Lasagna

Lasagna is a food I could eat every night for dinner.

There’s Fancy Lasagna and there’s Midwest Mom Lasagna. Sometimes you want Midwest Mom Lasagna.

Fancy lasagna may involve parboiling noodles, bechamel with a touch of nutmeg, and homemade bolognese.

An online search for authentic Italian lasagna brought me to a recipe involving all of these things plus steps for making my own pasta sheets. “The ONLY lasagna recipe you will ever need!” it boasted. “Yeah, I’m not doing any of those things,” I thought.

Midwest Mom Lasagna might still involve par-boiling noodles, but definitely no bechamel. Most of us grew up eating lasagnas with cottage cheese (or possibly ricotta) layered around hamburger tomato sauce. It’s the stuff that many of us grew-up on. It reminds us of mom.  . . or a nice mom who served it.

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Eating & Drinking Stuff From Drive-Throughs

The real winners of this pandemic are drive-throughs.

I used to hate the Starbucks drive-through on Marshall and Snelling. I loathed it.

Every time I would drive by the notorious carbucks I would curse the people blocking the street and bike lane with their cars. The traffic in and out of the Starbucks is so bad that an officer actually directs traffic at the entrance/exit.

For those of you who don’t live in the city, there’s just not much room for drive throughs. Space is limited. That’s not to say there aren’t drive-throughs. There just aren’t many and they aren’t usually perched on tiny corners of the busiest intersections.

I hated the carbucks until the pandemic. Now I love carbucks.

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Chasing The French & Blue Cheese Side Salad

In Minnesota it’s just kind of summer until it’s fall.

We spend six months complaining about the winter and four months complaining about the heat and humidity. Then, there’s fall.

Once the tips of the trees start to change colors, there’s no turning back. We’re given this  sweet, fleeting stretch of magic before everything’s cold and brown and bare.

For two weeks the cross street is lined with a canopy trees with little orange leaves that gently sprinkle down like a snow globe, forming shallow waves on the streets.

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Pandemic Lists: Four Before, Six After

The pandemic transitioned from faraway news to full-blown this spring. Now, we’re moving towards winter and it’s still here.

A spring onset let us quickly pivot to eating outside, talking outside, moving outside. . . being outside a lot more than we used to.

Winter is coming and I’m worried.

Can restaurants make it without patios? Will ice bars become a thing? What will holidays look like? I wonder if people will get restless and do the inside things they avoided during the summer. Will the people that don’t, go full blown Shining?

Sigh.

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