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The News Room – Minneapolis


My in-laws were in town this weekend and Rob planned an afternoon on Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis. We love going downtown on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon when there is nothing big going on {i.e. a Twins game}. It’s wonderful strolling along Nicollet stopping for a drink and app or two.

Rob and I have stopped for an afternoon drink at The News Room a couple of times before. On our last occasion, we took a look at the menu. It looked incredible! I had eaten there about ten years back with some girl friends. I remembered it being excellent. However, it’s a rare occasion when Rob and I are out in downtown Minneapolis for dinner. So, it just hadn’t happened yet.

We had intended on having a couple of drinks and some lunch on Nicollet Mall that day with his parents. Rob printed out a map of the street, highlighted the establishments he liked and even printed out menus of said places for his parents to peruse!

We started off at The Local with a round of ciders, reminiscing about our fall trip to Ireland. We wandered over to the Dakota Jazz Club so that Rob could show off one of the places where rob has found his Top 10 Fries in the Twin Cities. Unfortunately, the Dakota is not open for lunch on the weekend, so we wandered a bit further to Brit’s Pub. However, upon entering, the place was packed from wall to wall and there was about an hour wait for a table. A soccer match drew this crowd to Brit’s. And in the summer, lawn bowling and outdoor movies do, too!

By then, we decided to go for an appetizer at The News Room. Rob’s mom and I had our eyes on the Brie Curds:


Brie Curds
deep fried brie, homemade blueberry ketchup

And they were incredible. I love me some melty brie, so these did not disappoint. Drag the brie curd through the blueberry “ketchup” and it’ll remind you of baked brie drizzled with preserves. Yes, that good. These are highly recommended. I can’t stop thinking of them. You need to go to the News room just to try these!

The boys, though, decided to try the Arancini:

arancini crispy fried croquettes filled with risotto, benton's bacon, and bleu cheese, served with marinara 8.95

crispy fried croquettes filled with risotto, benton’s bacon,
and bleu cheese, served with marinara

These were tasty as well, but both Joyce and I decided that we liked “ours” better! Yeah, Rob and I still want to enjoy an entire meal at The News Room together, but this was a wonderful introduction.

We wandered about a block off the mall to have our lunch at Devil’s Advocate. But that’s for another post. 😉

What are our favorite kinds of appetizers?



Mediterranean Salsa Dip


I was inspired to post this recipe today by Katie over at Wish & Whimsy. She was inquiring about a healthy dish to bring to Christmas dinner. It got me thinking about the appetizer I’m bringing to a holiday party this weekend. It’s easy and one that people rave about and ask me for the recipe every time! Plus it’s something fresh and different from all of the heavy stuff you find at most holiday parties.

I think I found the recipe online years ago, but I’ve come to learn that it’s originally a Pampered Chef recipe that is paired next to hummus. Here is my adaptation:

Mediterranean Salsa Dip

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled & chopped
  • 1 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small (4.25 oz) can diced or chopped black olives
  • 2 plum/Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 2 (4 oz) packages of crumbled feta
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Just mix together and serve with your favorite chips, bread or pita slices. I use blue corn tortilla chips. Sometimes I use the garlic and herb feta, too! You can make ahead and chill to let the flavors meld; but it tastes great right away, too.

P.S. This is actually a doubled recipe, but I always make it that way because people devour it! {Plus, I plan to keep a small container for myself this time. I might just top a black bean burger with it!}

That simple!

What’s your favorite easy go-to holiday recipe?