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Three Vegetarian Things: Tillie’s, iPho & Hungry Hippie

Curry Grain Bowl with Tempeh from Tillie’s Farmhouse (St. Paul, MN)

We didn’t visit Tillie’s because we never make it past Stewart’s.

The last time I visited Tillie’s was was decades ago when it was Trotter’s.

Back in high school, we went to Trotter’s during finals week. We felt very grown-up piling into someone’s car and driving across the river into St. Paul to lunch. I never ordered anything fancier than a turkey sandwich, but it was the best turkey sandwich I ever had. Fresh grainy bread, sprouts, and mayo, which I had previously thought I hated. It just seemed so special.

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It Doesn’t Matter If They’re The World’s Best Donuts

It doesn’t matter if they’re actually the world’s best doughnuts. They may be and they may not be. But they’re the world’s best doughnuts right now.

We ordered four doughnuts – a glazed cake, glazed raised with sprinkles, banana cream, and cherry-filled. I hesitantly unfolded the 20 dollar bill in my purse hoping it was enough.

“That’s be $5.25” the woman said.

I refer to World’s Best Donuts as “grandma doughnuts.”

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My Most Favorite Farmers Market Breakfast

I’ve had all summer to think about this.

My favorite farmers breakfast is from the big Minneapolis Farmers Market on Lyndale.

It consists of two things:

  • Iced Vietnamese coffee with boba pearls from Rainbow Chinese ($5).  If you are lucky enough, the owner may mix it up for you. It’s so flipping good I long for it all week.
  • Spring rolls and/or egg rolls. There are no bad egg rolls at the MPLS farmers market. Rainbow sells big ones. GreenHearts (also listed as Vang Express) sells long, thin egg rolls and huge spring rolls. Their spring rolls are nearly twice as large as everyone else’s and cost only $3. They’re packed with shredded veggies. Sometimes you can choose from different meats or vegetarian ones. Last time they included some sliced chicken breast.  Another vendor down the stall from Rainbow (I think it’s called Deelish) also sells egg rolls and spring rolls + coconut curry.

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Nacho Adventures: Four Places So Far

The world can be divided into two types of people: Those who prefer nachos with real melted cheese and those who want cheese sauce.

I want cheese sauce.

Something that we all learned from Chipotle is that cheese sauce can suck when you keep it too real. The truth is American cheese can do some things real cheese can not.

Jake prefers shredded cheese nachos. He also likes composed nachos while I prefer a big messy pile.

Post appendicitis, I’ve developed a nacho craving. I always want to eat nachos now. Here’s the latest on my search for my favorite nachos in the Twin Cities.

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Our Favorites & Something New: My Minnesota State Fair Post 2019

The best holidays are The Minnesota State Fair and Halloween.

To be honest, I wasn’t super drawn to the new list of new fair foods this year.

I know deep fried things on sticks aren’t light fare, but a lot of the items seemed to be very heavy like grilled sandwiches, foods that could either be very good or very bad (al pastor waffle, lahmucan) or boring (fried feta bites, boneless wings, or “build your own burger.”

Build your own burger as a new vendor? lol come on.

This year, we’re following the same philosophy as we dud last year. We’re not trying a new food simply for the sake of trying a new food because $$$. I’ll let the food critics go there first.

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