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.
It’s been way too long since I’ve attended a a summer food and culture festival.
Our friends randomly asked if we wanted to check out a Greek Festival so off we went. St. George’s Greek Festival occurred last weekend (August 18-19th).
I have no idea how many years this festival has occurred, but my guess is many.
Volunteers warmly welcomed guests and served a variety of foods and beverages.
Entrees included gyros, different types of kabobs (souvlaki), moussaka and spanakopita. We got so full on savory food that we left no room for dessert. Not even the baklava sundae.
The food and beverages here were affordable and very good. We grabbed some Greek beer and wines beforehand.
Grand Avenue is a popular street running through St. Paul, Minnesota.
It’s also near our home, which means we’ve found ourselves here on Grand a lot over the past couple years.
People flock here for shopping, walking, and restaurants. There’s the adorable and independent Red Balloon Bookshop that many of our parents took us to when we were kids, The Bibelot, Grand Ole Creamery, Juut Salon Spa. Or some of us may remember dancing at the Wild Onion (RIP) and drinking at Billie’s.
It’s natural to get excited about all of the new restaurants opening around the Twin Cities. But, I wanted to dedicate this post to three places I love along Grand Avenue that have stood the test of time for 13+ years.
There’s an old house along University Avenue in St. Paul with a sign that reads “Russian Piroshki and Tea House.”
Since moving back o the Twin Cities, we’ve driven by the tea house often, curiously commenting that we’d like to visit sometime.
Linda and Nikolai Alenov have actually operated the Russian Tea House for over 40 years. Nikola’s brother Pete used to operate a famous guitar shop in the house, too, called Pete’s Guitars, until his passing in 1998. Bono, Alton Brown, George Harrison and Bob Dylan are noted as guests. According to this Citypages article, Alton Brown described the tea house as his favorite stop in Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run.
One thing to know is that the tea house is only open on Fridays between 11-3pm.
I love going to haunted places, but I never ever ever want to find a ghost.
Haunted places are old and interesting. They’re cloaked in storytelling and steeped in history. I especially love visiting haunted dining/drinking establishments because you don’t just wander through; you get to pull up a seat and eat.
Forepaugh’s is 147 years old. The mansion is tucked into a quiet stretch of West 7th near the river. Jake and I have driven along West 7th a million times and somehow never saw Forepaugh’s. I’m not sure how, because the mansion in all of its glory looms on the peaceful, grassy lot.
Since 1870 the sign says.