Although I’d been to Minneapolis for work a few times, I had never really explored the city like I did when I went to visit my friend, Marcia. It was so much fun!
Marcia and I used to work together. We went through years of crazy times – a Eurotrip, boy drama, work dilemmas, and a real bond over #crackersyndrome (inside joke: this meme can shed some light on that.) Nothing like adversity to bring two people together.
One thing we used to do a lot together before she moved to Minneapolis a few years ago was wine and dine all the time. And this is OF COURSE what we did when I finally made it up there this past month. We love to share food so when we order, we order for the table, for the both of us to share. Ya know, the way it should be. Here are some photos, a nifty map and a little recap of my trip for you. Enjoy!
Recap of my Minneapolis Trip
I arrived late the first night (it was a loooong travel day) so we ordered bibimbap bowls and just talked the night away. What we do best. The real adventure began on Day 2.
- Fika // Nordic-inspired cuisine inside American Swedish Institute. We had mushroom toast which had kale, a runny egg, manchego, radish, garlic butter and danish rye. YUM. The meatballs were juniper-spiced with a potato purée and lingonberry mustard sauce with a house salad. They ran out of the cardamom buns which made me sooo sad. Next time.
- American Swedish Institute // We walked the Turnblad Mansion which was amazing. I won’t even try to explain the history behind the Swedish immigrant owners of this mansion but I will tell you, it was fascinating. You can check wiki for the whole story. Also, the kitchen here was ADORABLE.
- Edwards Dessert Kitchen // After the museum, we drove to the North Loop and came across this new spot which not only was SO CUTE, it was also home of several delicious desserts. We ended up getting the hazelnut dessert with coffee. It was SO rich though, so we took it home. Not mad about it.
- Hewing Hotel // We had a few drinks here and they were STRONG. My day drinking days are so behind me that I felt these in my soul but once again, not mad about it. That old fashioned was SOLID. Also, I legit want to stay here someday.
- Martina // Giiiirl, oh girl, we ate good here. But wait, our drinks were fire. We had the Toro y Gallo which had vodka, yerba mate, ginger, turmeric, and lime. They came in the cutest terra pots. Here for it! As for our meals, we shared cinnamon fried calamari, cacio e pepe panzotti, potato churros, and grilled octopus. We were SO full but happy. That’s all that matters.
- Bellecour // We had brunch at this cute French bistro in the heart of downtown Wayzata. Number 1 this area…LOVE! It was near Lake Minnetonka. We shared the croque-madame tartine and the dirty French burger. I also had the apropos drink which had Pinnacle vodka, cranberry cordial, apricot, lemon, and brut. We were STUFFED. We walked around the lake and enjoyed a great day here.
- 6Smith // Drinks with a view? Yes please! We had a few drinks here as we watched people take their boats out on the lake. It was nice. HOT but nice. It was like I was back in Miami. ;)
- Minneapolis Sculpture Garden // We walked around here and saw the LOVE sculpture, the blue rooster and the Spoonbridge and Cherry to name a few. The photo below shows the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture with the skyline in the background. We love a photographer.
- Wakame Sushi & Asian Bistro // We were so exhausted from the day that we ended up ordering in for dinner. We got sushi from this spot. We’re big spicy tuna and seaweed salad fans so this place hit the spot.
- Penny’s Coffee // We stopped by here to grab a quick breakfast and coffee before our massages. I had the avocado toast and my friend got a ham and cheese crepe which was DELISH. No complaints.
- SALT Spa Salon Cafe // We had the most amazing day here. We both had lavish pedicures and massages in their salt rooms. I left feeling like a pure goddess. Also wondering why I don’t do this more often. Working on it…
- Young Joni // I have to say, this place was my favorite spot. I mean I ate really good food the entire time I was in Minneapolis but man, I don’t know if it was because I was sitting front and center to the action or if the food + drinks were just THAT good. Maybe both. We shared the Umami Mama pizza which had crimini, shiitake and portobello mushroom, taleggio, fontina, thyme. We added fennel sausage for good measure. We also shared the Japanese sweet potato and thai sausage skewers. I totally want to recreate this for the blog. Let’s see.
I spent the morning at Target where my friend works which was SO COOL. She gave me a tour and I was amazed. My love for Target grew even more. We had poke bowls for lunch and then I uber’d home to do some work from her house.
- Quang Restaurant // It was my last night in Minneapolis and we wanted to chill, watch the VMAs and enjoy some pho. And we did just that. We ordered chicken pho from this place and it was on point. I ended up having the leftovers for lunch the next day before my flight.
ALL the Photos!
All in all, I had an amazing time and can’t wait to go back!
What’s your favorite spot in Minneapolis? Also, where should I go next? I want to keep doing these travel posts so let me know in the comments below!