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Anna and I have been waiting for the Tea House to open their Minneapolis location for nearly a year. And so finally last week, after a quick stop at the Textile Center, we stopped in for a delightful lunch.

We both ordered lunch specials and were treated to  a simple soup loaded with pork and tofu.

We then moved onto an order of the Juicy Buns. These were very similar to the first dumplings I had in NYC’s Chinatown. Our blonde, blue-eyed server gave us a quick lesson on how to eat them and for that I was grateful. Basically, you bite off the top (the twisty part), pour in some of the ginger sauce served on the side, and  then try to eat it as gracefully as possible without it slipping from your chopsticks and into the soup spoon you’re hopefully holding right underneath it. They were delightful and oh, such a mess.

Not that I was still hungry, but the Kung Poa Chicken I ordered was delicious and a huge serving. It was loaded with peanuts and some vegetables and became my lunch the following day as well.

I can’t wait to go back. Every time I think of the Juicy Buns my mouth waters. Yummmmmm……. who’s got time for a lunch date?

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There’s a cool event coming up here in Minneapolis in a couple weeks. I don’t know much about it, but hope to stop by. From what I can figure out there will be food and wine and speakers. And it’s all local. Good enough!

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Husband and I got away last Friday for a quick (and late) Birthday Dinner. We went to Al Vento. It’s close to the house, they have a great patio and their food is really, very good. We started with the plate of four Bruschetta (eggplant, asparagus, black olive tapanade and white bean).

Then we moved on to the Smoke Salmon Crostini. We’ve had it before and again it didn’t disappoint.

For entrée’s, Husband chose the Hanger Steak with mashed potatoes and asparagus, I chose the Fettuccine with Hangar Steak and Asparagus. So, yes, they were similar, but they were both delicious. I’m sure the Fettuccine was made in house. And surprisingly, the dish had a kick to it!

Usually I stop there. I usually skip dessert. But it was my Birthday, so I went for the Tiramisu. Husband had a Bailey’s and Coffee. The Tiramisu was perfect. Just enough liquor, just enough chocolate, just enough marscapone. It was delightful. And then I was full.

And happy.

Go spend an evening at Al Vento. Summer is nearly over and their patio is a treat.

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Cocoa & Fig

The first time I had a cupcake from Cocoa & Fig I was standing on Nicollet Mall with my friend Lisa. I was in heaven. And not just because Lisa is awesome company, but the Cupcake. Was. Amazing. At the time C&F only had a booth at the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. Now they have a store on the skyway level of the Mall. And that’s spectacular. It means I can get a cupcake nearly every day. I don’t have to wait around for a Thursday. In the summer. And since my birthday unfortunately fell on a Monday this year, I could still get a birthday cupcake. I chose the “Chocolate Chocolate Buttermilk” because, frankly, anything with chocolate in it’s name twice has to be chosen. It was delicious. All four bites of it.

BTW, my friend Chandler did the beautiful illustrations on the Minnesapolis Farmer’s Market website. You can see more of her work here.

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512 Posts

I just realized that is is my 512thPost. Really? Isn’t that insane? How did that happen? I know I’ve been doing this little thing for over 3 years, but that’s a lot of me just writing about little stuff. It also reminds me of why I started this little blog. I was going to be graduating with a degree in Creative Writing and was worried that I’d never write again. That I wouldn’t find make the time and I’d lose inspiration. Well, now I know I haven’t lost inspiration. In fact, having this little blog has actually lead me to more inspiration than I could have imagined! The blogging world is a busy one, full of amazing women (and a few men) that have more ideas and talent than I could every hope for.

Thank you to all of you amazing crafters, artists, bloggers and writers for keeping me inspired. Happy 512th Post to Me!

(The cupcake is from Bewiched. It’s Chocolate with Peanut Butter Frosting and a Homemade Pretzel on top. The perfect way to celebrate.)

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Tomatoes!

I picked my first three red tomatoes this weekend. Aren’t they darling? And finally, every tomato plant is loaded with green tomatoes. I was worried about planting a garden this summer. With a baby/toddler to take care of and a day job, would I have time to weed and water and prune and talk to the plants? Honestly, I haven’t, but Mother Nature has come through and the weather has been great for growing. It’s been warm and sunny and every few days we get a good soaking. I’ve only had to water a couple times. And the weeding? Well, I’ve only weeded a couple times. (Easier to pull when they’re larger, right?)

Anyway, I’m excited, here come the tomatoes!

Today at paper&clouds: Simple Six-Pocket Bag!

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I saw this article in City Pages recently. They compared the Tilapia Tacos at Sea Salt with the Tilapia Tacos at Tin Fish. They liked both, but decided Sea Salt’s were better. I can now say I agree. We live near Sea Salt and it’s become our favorite restaurant, hands down, no debate. We had never been to Tin Fish until yesterday so we biked there along the Grand Rounds parkway and stopped for lunch along the way. Husband ordered the Crab Cake, I ordered the Tacos and we shared the Shrimp Nachos. And they were all good, the nachos were really good, just not Sea Salt good. Actually, nowhere near to Sea Salt good. Not even in the same area code Sea Salt good. But the line was short (no line) and the food came out quickly. And the bike ride? It was great. (But the ride to Sea Salt would be about 10 miles shorter.)

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