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Weekend Pancake Quest: The Neighborhood Cafe

  1. Pancakes
  2. Pad Thai
  3. Scallops

These are foods that I really like but can’t cook well.

The only pancakes I can make somewhat well is Jenny’s recipe for Grandma’s Featherlight Pancakes

Buttermilk pancakes had been on my mind all week. On Friday, I rode the early bus downtown and wearily stumbled up to my desk. I perked up upon opening the cafeteria menu and seeing the breakfast special was buttermilk pancakes.

Suddenly the day felt shorter. I perked up.

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Dining Solo Sometimes & A Meal At Hyacinth

Becoming comfortable dining alone is a satisfying part of adulthood.

Our parents probably warned about the un-funness of bills, cleaning, fixing things and working. Sometimes eating ice cream for breakfast is the most satisfying part of a tough day. I’ve also found that pulling up a seat at any bar to order the food and beverage of my choice is very satisfying.

Dining alone used to terrify me. One May term in college, I spent an entire month eating alone in my dorm room. My roommates and best friends were gone and I felt too embarrassed to eat in the cafeteria. I literally ate baby carrots, oranges, ramen, and grilled cheese sandwiches all month.

If I could go back in time as current me, I would stroll into that cafeteria and and sit wherever I wanted. Of course, there’s a lot I’d tell my younger self.

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The Greek Festival At St. George Greek Orthodox Church

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.

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Three Underrated Restaurants Along Grand Avenue

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.

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Happy Hour In A Haunted Mansion: Forepaugh’s

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. 

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