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Crave in Edina

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I went to Crave for the first time shortly after they opened about 18 months ago. It was fine, but nothing too exciting. I went there twice this past December. Once with clients and it was good, better than I expected, and a second time with Husband and friends and it was really, really good. Almost amazing.

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They are known for having a bit of everything, from pizza to sushi. Which might have been the problem when they first opened. But they appear to have worked the kinks out, because we had no complaints. We went there for their seafood and sushi and got so much more.

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There were six of us plus two babies (12 months and 2 months). They were accomodating to the kids and even offered a kids menu. C ordered the Salmon (above) and it looked great. A bit on the large size, but quite good.

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I ordered the Beef Short Ribs (been craving beef lately). It was served with tender and delicious Gorgonzola gnocchi and mediocre brussel sprouts. But it was the beef that stood out. It absolutely fell apart and was full of flavor and I continued to eat well after I was full.

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Husband (along with the rest of the table) ordered Sushi. Above is the Mexican Roll which contained Tuna, Avocado, Jalapeno and Cilantro. They all agreed it was amazing. As were all the appetizers, including the Siracha Edamame and the Ahi Tuna. And I guess, the desserts. We all shared the Ginger Creme Brulee, the Key Lime Pie and the Coconut Cake. My favorite was the Coconut Cake. It was moist and full of coconut. Sister loved the Key Lime Pie. Husband loved the Creme Brulee. When I went there with clients we tried their Pumpkin Cheesecake, which they didn’t have the second time. It was heavenly and I could really go for a big piece right now!

So, after a few tries, I really think Crave is worth a trip. I’d recommend the Short Ribs or the Sushi, the Edamama and any of their desserts. Enjoy!

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I offered to bring a little something for breakfast on Christmas Day. I’m sick and tired of scones and muffins and wanted to try something a little different, but still festive and delicious. I found a recipe on the blog, Culinary Concoctions by Peabody, for a Pumpkin “Cinnamon Roll” Coffee Cake and I knew I had found my recipe. I had saved some leftover roasted pumpkin from the Pumpkin Pie I made at Thanksgiving, so I wouldn’t even need to use the canned stuff.

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There are a few steps involved, but Husband joined me in the kitchen just at the right time and took over the task of spreading the layers. On the bottom (which becomes the top) is a layer of caramel and pecans, then cake batter. streusel, cake batter and more struesel. He did a great job and had a lot of patience. I would have gotten frustrated immediately. But as Peabody writes, it was all worth it. The Coffee Cake was really moist and full of flavor. It started Christmas day off the right way. I think I’ve started a tradition!

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