This tangent that will bring us back to the Honey Baked Ham Cafe.
Last week I had a huge craving for Boston Market.
My mind swirled with nostalgic cravings for a rotisserie chicken or meatloaf platter with the orange macaroni and cheese that always tastes more disappointing than it looks (yet you order it every time anyway).
I was surprised to to find that all of the Boston Markets in Minnesota have closed. Minnesota, Iowa, and North Dakota have zero Boston Markets. Wisconsin has two. Florida has 50. One for each state.
How dare you leave Minnesota when I haven’t wanted to eat you for a decade?
Somehow this brought me to a second, fast casual meat-centric chain, The Honey Baked Ham Cafe.
When people ask me what I’m up to this summer, the answers always the name:
“Not much, haha.”
If they ask if we’re going on any trips, the answer’s “Nope lol.”
We’re spending time outside with family and close friends. We’re walking the dog a lot – Trayse is having the best pandemic ever. We’re getting home projects done, and grilling on the deck.
I’m watching a lot of TV. Just started Fleabag and the Babysitters Club re-boot.
Here’s a few take-out things I really enjoyed and would recommend.
My reigning favorite summer meal right now is the Tofu Don bowl with some veggie sushi for later from Kado No Mise that I wrote about earlier.
Here are things I wanted to write about; one TV show + two meals.
Watchmen is one of the most incredible show I’ve ever seen. I can’t stopped thinking about it.
I’m not familiar with the comic, so I spent a lot of time frantically Googling backstories for Dr. Manhattan, Silk Spectre, and Ozymandias and reading the Peteypedia.
The first episode opens with a scene that really did happen – the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Continue reading
We hadn’t visited Tommie’s Pizza yet, only because we live a couple blocks from a pizzeria.
Ordering pizza on Fridays just feels right. After a glass of wine, I usually trudge down the sidewalk and pick up our order through the snow or sunshine.
This City Pages article reminded me that Tommie’s is not very far. Tommie’s is located across from Macalester College on Selby, serving NY Style pizza since 2018.
In this MN Spokesman-Recorder interview, owner Tommy mentions that he opened this pizzeria without outside funding, fully supported by his family after 30 years working in the food industry.
Ordering is easy – call ahead or order online for pick-up or delivery. You can also buy pizza by the slice here.
I’ve been thinking about comfort foods a lot. Probably because of all of the uncertainty.
When shit hits the fan I want something familiar. These foods have always been there for me for as long as I can remember – OK, so maybe Bangkok Thai Deli has been here for me for the past decade, plus, but still.
Each of these foods is something I’ve ordered at least twice during the pandemic (I think we repurchase a Top The Tater every other shopping trip). These restaurants and foods feel like old friends. Maybe they are.
Here’s my list: