Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Paws

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Shamrock & Sophie Saturday

We are just loving Shamrock’s fur cut. Look back at how shaggy and matted our Patchwork Dog was:

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There, he looks very unhappy! He wasn’t, though. He’s always been a happy dog. The only thing that would make him unhappy was when I’d brush him. I would try to brush him daily; but the mats were too much for him to handle. We were constantly cutting them out instead.

But since we got him groomed and she cut him short, life has been a breeze!

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I mean, just look at these cute paws!

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I do brush him daily with this short fur cut and he still doesn’t like it. But I coax him with treats. And there are absolutely no mats! I thought there might have been after we came back from Chicago, without a few days of brushing, but there weren’t. It’s wonderful. Just look at those brown eyes!

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And the other weird thing – Sophie started playing with Sham again! Not quite full-on like she used to. She’s a little more reserved, but THEY ARE PLAYING! And I am happy.

Happy Saturday!
Carrie

Chicago – Sticking Near the Hotel

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On this trip to Chicago, I planned to explore some different neighborhoods! We’ve always stayed in the Near North/River North area close to attractions, but that really isn’t necessarily when you have the “L” train to get you everywhere.

Still, that first day, we had to stick close to the hotel…

On our first morning, I was on a mission to find a cronut – you know, that famed croissant-doughnut hybrid originally created in NYC. I first had one, at Dunkin’ Donuts of all places, in Arizona. We don’t have DD in Minnesota and there is supposedly only one place that offers a cronut in downtown Minneapolis. So I gave the hunt a go in Chicago. Based on this list, we tried West Town Bakery, not even a block away from us in the in the Acme Hotel, {none in sight} and the Alliance Bakery {pastries and macarons only} that day and finally settled for the nearest Dunkin’. ‘

I asked if they “any of those croissant donuts.” They only had two left! Score! The flavor is Strawberry Shortcake.

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So good, but almost a little too sweet!

It was before we ate our cronuts that Rob was starting to feel not-so-hot.

In fact, he took one bite of his and it was all he could muster. At this point, I had finished the book I brought. I told Rob that he should relax for a bit and instructed him to drink the water bottles that our hotel left in our mini-fridge.

That’s when I went out in search of the bookstore I posted about here. I spent some time there, wandering a bit around the neighborhood Chicago afterwards, before picking up a few provisions {aka 6-pack of water and some chippy-chips to cheer Rob up back at the hotel}.

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He eventually started to get hungry {good sign!}, but we decided to play it safe by sticking near the hotel. We chose a restaurant that was not on our original list but that we spotted on the way back from Dunkin.

What intrigued us?  The sidewalk sign that read:

Calamari Fries

Fried Avocado

Curious?

You bet we were! So we pulled a seat up to the bar at Copper Fox Gastropub, a newer restaurant now open in the Courtyard Marriot. Look at all of these local beers on tap!

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Chicago doesn’t seem to have as big of a local craft beer scene as Minneapolis. You’ll see Revolution and Half Acre pretty much everywhere, but here were others! Many of which we hadn’t hear of before!

  • Metropolis
  • Off Color
  • Forbidden Root
  • Local Option
  • Moody Tongue

The bartender was the perfect resource for our beer questions. She was as excited about these beers as we were!

Are all of these beers local?

Yes, of course!

What’s a WPA?

Wildflower Pale Ale! Would you like a sample?

What’s your Moody Tongue?

An IPA. The best I’ve had!

I don’t normally order regular old Pale Ales, but I loved the sample. Done deal! {You know how I love the unique stuff!} Rob got all up on that IPA and detected a fruit flavor in it, so he inquired. “That’s nectarine!” So. Good.

We researched a few of these breweries in search of their taprooms. Forbidden Root seemed to be a bit off the beaten track, so we likely wouldn’t have made it there this time. Moody Tongue had a tap list that had us drooling – Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Barley Wine! Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner! Alas, their taproom, set to open this spring, was not yet open!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed {maybe I do because I post about what we eat}, Rob has lately been ordering either two sides or an app and two sides, rather than a traditional meal! Such was what he did this day, too. These chips came out first…

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ROSEMARY POTATO CHIPS$4

“How is it that YOU get the executive chef to cook all of your food today?!” our bartender smiled as she walked passed, coming back from the kitchen. {The other chefs either hadn’t come in yet or were on break!}

Rob was debating between the fries and those rosemary potato chips, finally going with the chips at the recommendation of our bartender. The chips did not disappoint! While you could see rosemary seasoning on the chips, the flavor was such that I thought the oil they were fried in was infused with it, too. I helped myself to nearly half of those chips {aka Rob shared them with me.}

The  BAKED GOUDA MAC AND CHEESE smoked gouda cheese, cavatappi, cheddar bread crumbs 9, 

BAKED GOUDA MAC AND CHEESEsmoked gouda cheese, cavatappi, cheddar bread crumbs – $9

This mac and cheese was oh-so-creamy – you know, that perfect consistency. Rob commented that some dishes like this are just cheesy without seasoning, but this one had some flavor. Still, Rob could barely eat half of it!

When I ordered my dish, I asked our bartender “Would you recommend the Fried Avocado Salad?” When her eyes got wide, she smiled and she nodded slowly while saying, “Mmm-hmmm…” I was sold.

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FRIED AVOCADO SALAD heirloom tomatoes, candied jalapenos, pickled onions, charred corn – $10

Wow. Just wow. All of these flavors came together in such a unique way! Candied jalapenos? Who knew that you could have sweet and spicy in that kind of combination? Alone, they would just be too much, but mixed in this entire salad with the pickled onions and fat from the avocado… was quite the flavor combination. As pointed out by our bartender, the breaded avocado is not actually deep-fried, so don’t feel so bad about this addition!

I’d come back here and try so many other things on the menu! That would include the scallops, salmon and risotto based on the way they are described. One diner’s Kale Caesar looked fantastic with its block-sized croutons and the other couple at the bar was swooning over the Biscuits with Honey Butter. There was something special about them {the biscuits, not the couple}, that was also noted on the sidewalk board; but I can’t quite remember.

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After lunch, with our tummies full, we headed over to Eataly of all places. It was on our list of things to do and close to the hotel. MAN, THIS PLACE IS HUGE! A city block of Italian craziness! Kitchen utensils, espresso bar, wine shop, wine bar, cheese shop, pasta bar, pastries, restaurants, salami, beer bar… It was all soooo… overwhelming!

Here, I can imagine that the food would be absolute deliciousness hailing from Mario Batali, but it would not be relaxing. I’m so glad that we had lunch beforehand and here we could just wander. Rob went in search of a bottle of wine from the vineyard in Italy where he proposed {he never found it}, while I discovered this:

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Yes, a Limoncello Bar! I just had to try the raspicello and the peachello. Both tasty, but I think I’ll stick to my traditional limoncello and sister citrus-cellos, like the ones we sip after dinner at Sul Lago.

And just look at all of meats and these cheeses!

Rob contemplated the thousands and thousands of dollars worth of cheese they must keep on hand, while I contemplated the thousands of cheeses they have on hand. If I were to buy some, how would I decide?! Then I saw these little assorted cheese plates:

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Or, if you’d prefer, go to the fresh-made Mozzarella Bar where you can watch burrata being made by hand! {Was I really glad we ate lunch already?!}

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On our way back to our hotel, after wandering around Michigan Avenue a bit more, Rob made a sound that I can’t describe, but can always decipher – it’s the one when he sees a car that he lusts over…

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Yes, a Lamborghini. I never spot expensive sports cars on my own. {Well, except for the one with Batmobile cones when we were in Beverly Hills, but who could miss that?} As much as he goes ga-ga over them, Rob laughs and says if we had money to buy one of those, we could pay off our house, buy a new one and travel!

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As for dinner, I had all of these great restaurants picked out in great new-to-us neighborhoods. Rob tends to crave Italian wherever we go (like here, here, and here.) Since he wasn’t feeling all that hot, I let him choose. Spaggia is always on our list to try in Chicago, but the price tag is hefty. The chef from Spaggia has a newer restaurant called Monteverde in the West Loop; but Rob wanted to stick close to home base.

So we stopped for a quick aperitif at Side Door to discuss our Italian options. At least we had narrowed down our choices!

We were seduced by the perceived-elusiveness of Side Door, but were not all that impressed by their offerings for their price and service. Instead, we’ll elect Pops for Champagne next time for some stellar bubbly and service. But do not worry, Pops was close enough to our hotel that it was not missed on this trip!

Our final choice for Italian was La Stanza Ristorante at Labriola. Labriola, as it so happened, was on a list I made of best burgers for Rob! But Italian was his go-to that night.

I’ve read that while Chicago Deep-Dish pizza is a must-do if you are an out-of-towner and have never had it before, Chicagoans in general tend to go for the lighter, thinner crust on most occasions. There was a Chicago Deep Dish on this menu, on top of which they plastered their “best-in-town” accolades. “Sure, they all say that,” I thought. This really skinny guy at the bar ordered one all for himself. And to be honest, it looked insanely good. That is coming from someone who’s had Chicago Deep Dish twice and was underwhelmed. If I were to try it again, I would definitely do it here!

Instead, I went off their separate Neapolitan Pizza Menu…

Salsiccia Pizza - Fennel Sausage, San Marzano Tomato Sauce, basil and fresh mozzarella cheese - $13.95

Salsiccia PizzaFennel Sausage, San Marzano Tomato Sauce, basil and fresh mozzarella cheese – $13.95

Chewy crust, bright SM tomatoes and the perfect balance of sausage and basil. That price wasn’t so bad either! I ate about half of that pie, which was way too much… and brought the rest back to our hotel. Rob did not come here for a burger. It was all Italian…

Garganelli - hand rolled penne, prosciutto, peas and parmesan cream - $19

Garganellihand rolled penne, prosciutto, peas and parmesan cream – $19

Horrible photo, but the pasta was perfect in every way. Those little hand-rolled penne are what all good fresh pasta should taste like – and perfectly al dente. There was a little too much prosciutto for my liking and a little too many peas for Rob’s; but having too much of anything is rarely a complaint in a bowl of pasta, amiright?! Still, Rob’s tummy could only handle half of this.

All-in-all, we still had a great day out-and-about around the hotel. But Rob’s stomach did not fair well throughout the rest of the night, which made for a very interesting next day… our anniversary…

To Be Continued…

To read about the our late night arrival in Chicago, click here.

Cheers~
Carrie

Watershed

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What do you do when you see a $19 each way flight

to Chicago the weekend of your anniversary?

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You check to find a decent hotel and you book it!

Okay, so the $19 flights were only for Saturday nights and Tuesdays; so we were okay with bumping the price up a bit to fly out on Friday night and return on Monday. But it was still quite the deal. I have so many new places to share with you that it would it take weeks if I put them all in separate posts, so some of them may be mish-mashed together, depending how I’m feeling when I’m writing… m’kay?

Of course, we didn’t miss one of our faves, Pops for Champagne, which we discovered on an overnight trip on our way to Ireland a couple of years back

While scouting out places to try on this trip, we discovered online that Pops has a little beer and cocktail haven in their basement called Watershed!

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{For the record, that didn’t stop us from stopping upstairs at Pops on one occasion, though, too.}

Since our flight arrived late Friday night and we didn’t check in to our hotel until after 10pm, we popped to this late-night dining spot upon arrival. I had already eaten at my favorite Surdyk’s stop at MSP airport on our way out. Rob ordered a burger here at Watershed {not pictured}. It was fine, but nothing to write home a blog post about. Rob didn’t think it was seasoned.

What’s unique about Watershed is that nearly everything on the drink menu is local to the Great Lakes Region! There is a huge map of the Great Lakes on the wall. Check out this wine list:

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Wines from Michigan, New York, Illinois… the bottled beer list is similar. We saw beers from Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana… There are only two beers on tap at a time.

Rob was lucky to try the Lagunitas High West-ified Imperial Coffee Stout. What’s that you say? Lagunitas is from California? Well, right you are! But did you know Lagunitas’ founder Tony Magee hails from Chicago? In fact, he started brewing some of his beer in Chicago last year. It doesn’t state so, but this particular beer is barrel-aged and very scarce. He enjoyed every sip of it!

Likewise, the liquor used in all of their craft cocktails also hail from the distilleries located in the Great Lakes Region. While you can’t tell on this menu, there is another page listing all the spirits they carry and what state they are from.

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They sure now how to make a cocktails here!

Fave fave was the Take 5. Although, the barstaff made us some off-menu cocktails that they were currently working on, too. I love being the guinea pig! You can get your classics here, too.

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I love the ambiance at Watershed. It’s more of a lounge and great for groups. My only gripe about this place {besides the oak wall against the bar – ugly!} was that there were low seats at the bar, which was higher up, making it awkward communicating with the bartender. They were always looking down us.

But I will tell you that they take care of you here! We loved learning from Adrian so much that we came back on our last night – the night of our anniversary – for a nightcap and some fries. They are the same ones they make upstairs at Pops for Champage And they hit the spot.

watershed  – an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas.

I think the name fits.

What is your favorite restaurant or bar that supports your local area?

Cheers~
Carrie

 

 

What I’ve Been Reading – Thanks to TripFiction

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In my last post on books, I was looking for recommendations of books set in Quebec. I was so glad that I tweeted that out to the Universe, because TripFiction sent me a link to their site that included a setting location search! What a cool idea. “I’ll be using this site for all of my travels!” I thought.

Because of TripFiction, I placed a hold on this book at the library:

Ru

Ru by Kim Thúy

Fiction – Wow. I would have never picked up nor probably even known about Ru if I had not seen that link from TripFiction. It’s set in both Quebec and in Vietnam, so the focus is not entirely on Quebec; but I loved this book. It’s another one of those that jumps around in time and had me a bit confused at the beginning; but I was brought in almost immediately with the poetic descriptions. We live in a time when there seems to be so much controversy over refugees: This is a must-read. Thúy gives you a taste of the struggle, the feeling of a life uprooted, the sense (or lack there-of) of belonging. Although this book is fiction, it reads like a memoir and is truly very touching. It’s also a quick read. Take a weekend afternoon and read it. {It was the perfect break I needed while reading the next book I’m mentioning below.}

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Duddy

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler

Fiction – This was recommended as a must-read classic if wanting a setting in Montreal. Who recommended it? I don’t know. The Google, probably. It wasn’t in my local library, so I purchased it used online, I believe from ThriftBooks. As I mentioned in my previous post, it took me a long time to get into. I felt like the book was confusing at first and all over the place. It wasn’t until about one-third of the way through that I started to get into it – making the connections and getting to know, relating to, understanding, empathizing with the character. Now that I’m done with the book, that first third doesn’t even feel relevant!

A Goodreads Review:

I threw the book across the room when I finished.

I saw that review before I read the book. I kind of understand why now! The ending didn’t really make me angry, though. In fact, there really wasn’t an ending. Duddy didn’t learn a thing nor grow. Maybe the reviewer threw the book across the room because it wasted her precious reading time!

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I finished that ^^ book on a trip to Chicago {more to come!} Since it was a difficult read for me, I hadn’t anticipated finishing it!

I decided to find a secondhand bookstore for another book, especially since my husband was sick and couldn’t leave the hotel room. I found this nearby independent bookshop called After-words

I made my way downstairs where all of their adult fiction is located…

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I could have spent all day down there! I probably could have filled one of these baskets, too.
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And since I was having the most difficult time making a decision on a book and knowing that I have several books waiting for me at home, I decided why not read something based in Chicago!? I pulled up the TripFiction website and searched for books set in Chicago.

From there I began to look for books by those authors. The top-rated book on that list was Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros. This book was not available, but I found another one by this author:

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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Fiction – Like Ru, this book is an easy, poetic read, but in a different sense. Cisneros creates characters based on students she’s met. She then tells them through the voice of a girl living on Mango Street. I would recommend that you do not skip the Introduction to this book. It includes Cisneros’ insight on how this book was created. The way she writes just sings to my soul!

One of my favorite lines in the beginning:

The only people who ever enter the garden are the family who speak like guitars, a family with a Southern accent.

I  knew I was going to love this book. And I did. Although I have eight books set in Quebec awaiting me at home, I have now put Caramelo on my reading wish list.

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Thank you, TripFiction for introducing me to some new-to-me books and authors I would have never known about otherwise!

How do you find new books to read?

Cheers~
Carrie

Best BarkBox Ever!

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Sophie & Shamrock Saturday

Okay, I really loved this month’s BarkBox theme! It’s April – the month when it starts to really feel like spring here in Minnesota. (Well, some days!). Also, baseball season begins! I don’t even like baseball. But I’ve learned to enjoy bits of it because my husband does.

And this month’s barkbox is naturally baseball-themed!

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Okay, so I love the “Score” at the bottom. How stinkin’ cute!

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I think this month was such a fun collection of items to go along with the theme…

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Did you notice that this month’s chew is in the shape of a pretzel?!! Stadium eats!

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Sophie and her dirty beard got it out of my hand the second I unwrapped it.

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And seriously, the name of these treats… Love!

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The mitt toy is cool, but I know Sham will take more to the Fire Ball because of all of the pieces he can nibble.

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We love our pooches so much… and love that they can get fun finds like this every month. What will we do when our subscription ends? Probably re-subscribe. Sham’s favorite toys are ones I never would have even though about picking up for him in a store. You can get a free BarkBox added to your subscription this month when you sign up your pup. Just click here.

Happy Saturday!
Carrie

 

That time I had a crepe at a bar…

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It’s that time of year!

We soon will start making wine with some of our friends again! How did last year’s wine turn out? Well, we aren’t 100% sure yet. The first wine, a Pinot Noir that was supposed to be ready in three to six months isn’t very good. I’d take Black Box wine over it any day!

No worries, though, I’ve used our first wine to make some tasty mulled wine this winter. And it’ll make a great sangria this summer. You can always make a bad wine good {unless it has gone bad.}.

We’ve tried two of our other batches, a Shiraz and an Amarone, which aren’t quite ready, and we think they still have potential. But what do we know?! The others won’t be ready until October or November. We are having a tough time with all of this waiting!

That is why we went to Midwest Supplies

and picked up a white wine kit this time around!

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Rob refused to do a white wine last summer, but after we tasted one of our friends’ Rieslings, and it was ready in a just a couple months, we decided this might be the one for us to sip this summer while waiting for our reds.

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But a trip to Midwest Supplies in St. Louis Park also means an opportunity to try a restaurant in the west metro, like we did here. Although, I have been eyeing this little place called Bunny’s right across the street from Midwest…

Bunny’s it was!

My impression before going is that this was kind of a divey sports bar that’s been there for a while. But I was surprised how big this place was when we went inside…
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It was almost noon on Saturday. I was happy to sip on a Bloody Mary while Rob was pleased to find one of his favorite local IPAs on tap – Steel Toe Size 7 IPA, which hails from St. Louis Park.

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There tap list appears not to be one that is ever-changing like so many these days. But they do offer two beers of the month and always list them on their website, too.

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The menu is pretty large, and as always, hard for me to make a decision. But why would I not order this?

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Our bartender was not the chatty type; but he was also very busy. He really seemed like he did not want to be working there. That is probably why, when I ordered a bloody mary, he didn’t try to upsell me on the Bunny Mary

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Oh, yes, you get a paper placemat like that^^ at the bar! {Maybe at the tables, too?} Funny thing is, when the food arrived, the runners didn’t even attempt to place the plates on the mats.

Garlic Cheese Bread A 1/2 loaf of grilled French bread brushed with garlic butter, topped with mozzarella cheese & baked. Served with marinara sauce for dipping. 7.95 Add sausage or pepperoni for 1.95

Garlic Cheese Bread – 1/2 loaf of grilled French bread brushed with garlic butter, topped with mozzarella cheese & baked. Served with marinara sauce for dipping – $7.95  Add sausage or pepperoni for $1.95

Rob had ordering remorse once he saw my dish! But I have to say that Garlic Cheese Bread with Sausage was some good bar food. Still, neither of us had a Lunch of Champions that day…

Crespella Black forest ham & melted brie cheese wrapped in a house made crepe, topped with sautéed mushrooms, with an asiago cream sauce & toasted garlic crostini. 9.95

Crespella – Black forest ham & melted brie cheese wrapped in a house made crepe, topped with sautéed mushrooms, with an asiago cream sauce & toasted garlic crostini – $9.95

Rob stole one of my crostini immediately, thinking I had won the food lottery over him this time around. However, don’t let those Garlic Crostini fool you. They look better than they taste. The Garlic Cheese Bread was much better. This crostini, imho, is just a vehicle to get that sauce down the gullet…

… ’cause it was soooo good. There is a crepe under there, but you can hardly tell from the photo because there is so much sauce. It had a little more ham than I like, but I’m strange. Most sandwiches have too high of a meat ratio for me; so it’s just the same for me here. And those mushrooms – so tender and tasty! Maybe I could get less ham, more mushrooms next time? Not that it really matters. It was still way too much food. I just made sure to eat all the mushrooms and leave the crostini behind.

We’ll go to Bunny’s Bar & Grill again if we’re at Midwest Supplies and in a jam for a meal. But we always like to try out other west metro restaurants if we aren’t in too much of a time crunch.

Do you have any recommendations?

What’s your favorite type of crepe – sweet or savory?

Cheers~
Carrie

The Rabbit Hole

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We kept seeing all these recommendations for The Rabbit Hole, a restaurant connected to the Midtown Global Market on East Lake Street in Minneapolis. However, every time we’ve made it to the Midtown Global Market, it just happens to be a Sunday.

The Rabbit Hole is closed on Sundays. 😦

While one review was for their underrated burger, that’s not what drew us to this establishment. About a month ago, I saw this post about Rabbit Hole’s poutine {what’s that?}.

I swear I saw another article echoing that sentiment, along with listing the Kimchi Fried Rice as a must-do. I can’t tell you where I saw the review, nor can I find it now. Perhaps it was even on Yelp or TripAdvisor. Yet, it must have been very convincing because the next Saturday available that was still a little chilly in these Minnesota climes meant I was driving us to The Rabbit Hole!

Unlike the rest of the market, The Rabbit Hole has a dark interior. There was a nice selection of taps…

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I ended up getting a taste of soju, “the world’s” most popular spirit, which was described to me by the bartender as a bit like vodka and a bit like wine. Sounded like sake to me! And I like sake. But I was so glad he gave me a taste because it was so strong that there is now way I could have had a whole drink of it.

I went for the Seattle Dry Cider on tap instead. {Which, btw, was rather boring; but served as a great palate cleanser!} Rob found a beer to his liking, but I can’t remember it now because the food totally overshadowed it!

So what kind of restaurant is it? 

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Well, Korean.. kind-of. Fusion? Maybe. I think it’s best described on their website:

The Rabbit Hole gastropub is our nod to Korean Pogjangmachas, but our food is Korean by way of Los Angeles. It’s not your Halmeoni’s, Omma’s or Imo’s Korean cuisine, nor is it the kind you had while you were in Korea. It’s also not “Americanized” Korean as we are not “Americanized” Koreans. We are Korean-Americans and The Rabbit Hole is who we are.

So let’s get right to the menu, shall we?

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Believe it or not, Rob did not go with the burger, but the Harold & Kumar Poutine. I was so glad he ordered it, because I wouldn’t; but I wanted to try it! That review I read made me curious, as did that playful description above. His order came out first…

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Harold & Kumar Poutinehouse-cut fries, pork curry gravy, kimchi carmelized onion, parmesan, cheddar, soft-boiled egg, chipotle aioli – $10.75

Of course, poutine-purists would say that this is not poutine, nor are any of the other gourmet riffs on this Canadian dish. But who cares? This was a flavor bomb!!!

Who would even think to put these flavors together?! {Totally get the 1 bowl, 3 cultures!} They absolutely work, though. The Rabbit Hole’s fries have also been raved as being some of the best in the Twin Cities. While you can’t get quite an accurate idea of one’s fries when it comes to poutine {the gravy soggifies them – yes, I just made up that word!}, I still could tell that these fries would have potential. That same article I can’t find said something about them being cooked one way, followed by a second cooking process, giving them a crispy exterior and a potato-y goodness inside. Oh yeah.

Rob said this one can go up to the top of best poutines in the Twin Cities.

{But probably tied with Muddy Waters – they are so different!}

But before that arrived, I was debating on what to order because at first, the Rapscallion was calling my name. It sounds like me, but it also sounds a bit… boring, considering all the flavors on this menu.

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And I was told by some obscure article that I should not skip the Kimchi Fried Rice, also known as Rice Rice Baby.

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It was the bacon that was throwing me off. I like bacon alone, but never in dishes because it tends to overpower them. If I want bacon, I’ll just eat bacon. But against my better anti-bacon garnish judgement, I ordered it anyway. The bartender told me that I couldn’t go wrong.

Rice Rice Baby

Rice Rice Baby brisket, kimchi fried rice, bacon, pickled jalapeno, soft-poached egg, furikake – $13.50

Okay, so I thought Rob’s dish was flavorful? This is the bowl of all bowls! This is the fried rice of all fried rices! This is the flavor of all flavors. This is some of the best food I’ve ever had! It’s flavor I’ve never known. MSP Magazine describes it best in this article.

There was not one flavor that stood out or overpowered the dish. {I barely noticed the bacon, except for by sight.} The kimchi was mixed a little throughout, though not the star; such that it is appropriate that it is not really called Kimchi Fried Rice. 

I am so glad that I listened to that random review!

In the summer, on Saturdays, we like to go for a walk around a lake and get a bite wherever we happen to be. It’s going to be hard for us to venture over to the East Lake Street neighborhood on a Saturday night. But maybe we’ll end up at The Rabbit Hole if it happens to be raining… This food cannot be missed.

What new flavors have sung to you recently?

Cheers~
Carrie