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.
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.
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.
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.
I had the most boring happy hour birthday crawl by myself in San Francisco.
I’m a lightweight which makes any type of bar crawl impossible.
On my birthday I found myself in San Francisco alone. I flew out mid-day with Jake meeting me after a work conference later that night.
My grand plan was to wander around the general vicinity of my hotel and happy hour hop.
San Francisco is one of the most expensive places to live in the United States. The rent and property prices are insane. It’s not unusual to see happy hour cocktails go for $12. This is unheard of in the Twin Cities. Despite the high cost of living, there are plenty of more affordable food and beverage options around the city.
Here are a few happy hour specials we found within walking distance of Union Square.
I’ve been ordering take-out from On’s Kitchen nearly once a week.
For years, we primarily visited Bangkok Thai Deli since back when the location operated out of the little grocery store with the This is still a place we still love.
It’s just that On’s is closer.
Once we tried both Bangkok Thai Deli and On’s, we’ve never branched out to other Thai restaurants in the Twin Cities. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t branch out too. We just found that when we branched out we missed these two places.