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6Smith

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It was a Monday night. We had just returned from our annual trip to Michigan. But friends were in town visiting family and were leaving the next day! We couldn’t miss them. When would we see them next?

We had to meet up!

6Smith is a restaurant I had been hearing about for a while now. It looked good. However, I never put it on our list of must-tries because it was up in Wayzata. As southern suburbanites of the Twin Cities, we rarely get up in that direction unless there is an event of some sort. We just don’t make trips up that way just for dinner. {Okay, so here’s an exception!}

But that was the area where our friends were visiting family! It was a beautiful day. And rumor had it that 6Smith was supposed to have one of the best patios in the Twin Cities metro. It doesn’t hurt that it is situated on a lakefront!

YES. This is where we would meet.

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We arrived early. While waiting for our friends, I ordered a Sazerac. It had been a while since I’d had one. I wish I would have taken a photo because we couldn’t believe the size of it! I would have thought it was a double pour.

Meeting up with old friends meant that this rendezvous was more about reconnecting. So I only got a few pictures of the food. I got nothing of the patio nor waterfront.

But sitting outside on this perfect summer evening was sublime. The food was an added bonus.

Another bonus? It was Monday, which meant it was half-priced wine night! This was fitting since Katie is a Wineaux friend back from my in-home wine tasting days! The selection of wines is pretty decent, too. There were a lot of interesting ones, not just your usual suspects.

Katie elected to order a salad and a side for dinner:

Roasted Beet & Watermelon Salad - red and baby golden beets, watermelon, arugula, goat cheese pecans, raspberry vinaigrette, balsamic gel | Loaded Mac & Cheese - Fini cheddar, Nueske's bacon, scallions

Roasted Beet & Watermelon Salad – red and baby golden beets, watermelon, arugula, goat cheese, pecans, raspberry vinaigrette, balsamic gel – $13 | Loaded Mac & Cheese – Fini cheddar, Nueske’s bacon, scallions – $8

The salad was just beautiful! But that Mac and Cheese was a side?! Rob ordered some, too, luckily, because it didn’t last long. It’s some of the best we’ve had!

Katie’s husband had to try a Juicy Lucy! This one was a bit more elevated than the traditional ones you’ll find.

Venison & Kobe Juicy Lucy - smoked gouda, jalapeno, oyster mushrooms, bacon and carmelized onion toasted pretzel roll - $18

Venison & Kobe Juicy Lucy – smoked gouda, jalapeno, oyster mushrooms, bacon and carmelized onion toasted pretzel roll – $18

I think we’d stick to a traditional one for the purpose of introducing out-of-towners to the famed Juicy Lucy! Though, 6Smith almost had me at Pretzel Bun.

I ordered something I don’t order too often:

Chili Rubbed Chicken Sandwich - Mahon cheese, avocado, Sriracha aioli, brioche bun - $15

Chili Rubbed Chicken Sandwich – Mahon cheese, avocado, Sriracha aioli, brioche bun – $15

Not the best chicken sammie I’ve had, but tasty enough.

Rob chose something off the Appetizers & Small Plates menu to pair with his Mac & Cheese:

Bacon & Bourbon - $13

Bacon & Bourbon – $13

After reading the menu, I was not picturing bacon with a shot of bourbon! I envisioned a plate of bacon with bourbon-infused cherries. Just check out that menu again below! Sure it is labeled, “Bacon and Bourbon”, but do you understand why I was a bit surprised?

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The Bourbon was a bonus. {For me, since Rob is not a huge fan and pushed it my way.}

The service might have seemed slow if we hadn’t been with our friends catching up. It always takes a long time to order and decide when that happens! For our situation, the timing was right.

The weather was perfect out on the patio and by the water. We enjoyed wine at half-price. Even with that, it’s the company that made this dinner extra special. Our visit to 6Smith? I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

What is your favorite restaurant with a patio or on the water?

Cheers~
Carrie

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His & Hers Bacon and Blue Cheese Mac & Cheese

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This past weekend, I made an impromptu visit to see my friend Stacy. While there, Stacy was kind enough to help me get my sushi fix!

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I was delighted that my visit included not only going to one of the painting classes with which I’ve been obsessed, but also that it was a fundraiser for Stacy’s daughter’s school.

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There was an excellent turn-out.

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Stacy made painting one-handed look like a breeze. But the cast on her broken arm did make for great shadow entertainment on her canvas. E.T., anyone?

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And a couple of hours and glasses of wine later, this:

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…became this:

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Wait? Who set Stacy’s hand on fire?!!

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So what’s on tap this week? Well, first I think I should share a dish I made last week with all of you. Because sometimes I get ideas for meals or snacks when people post what they’ve eaten. I’m sharin’ the love. I’ve definitely gotten some great ideas from these gals.

Last week, I made this Bacon and Blue Cheese Mac & Cheese for the first time.  I really wanted to make my husband swooooooon! I knew it was high-cal, so I separated into six servings instead of the suggested 3 – 4. I dished up our meals into his and hers servings:

His was topped with a little extra bacon and blue cheese crumbles. Hers was a slightly smaller portion served over a bed of spinach and topped with chopped tomatoes. The only trouble I had making this dish is that it was really runny. And if there is anything Rob despises, it is a runny sauce! I tried to let it sit, but it was starting to get cold; so I popped it back on the heat and slowly stirred in some corn starch. That seemed to do the trick.

Rob went absolutely nuts over this dish.

He said he’d order it in a restaurant any day and that it’s probably the best mac and cheese he’s ever had! I wouldn’t go that far. It was great, but I’m not a huge bacon-in-my-food lover. Yes, I just said that. I’m an alien to this planet.

I’m trying to incorporate more meals into our routine that Rob will love and just serve smaller portions, rather than trying to make healthy things he gets bored with or just doesn’t want to eat.

We had a couple free plates coming, so we are trying Plated again this week. To read my Plated review, click here. If you want to give it a try yourself, click my referral link, to get two free plates yourself!

Now for this week:

planning

 Food

Dinners:

  • Monday – Fontina Polenta with Roasted Spring Vegetables from Plated.  Meatless Monday! We were originally going to go with the amazing Grilled Cheese concoction with the chickpea-tomato salad, but they were sold out by the time I placed the order. Lesson learned!
  • Tuesday – Lemongrass Pork with Vermicelli Noodles from Plated.
  • Wednesday Beer and Beef Risotto. Hey, I made Rob soooo happy with the Blue Cheese and Bacon Mac & Cheese last week, that I thought I’d go with another combo of things my husband loves: Beer, Beef and Risotto. Crossing our fingers it rocks his world just as much!
  • Thursday – Leftovers
  • Friday – Family in Town
  • Saturday – Family in Town
  • Sunday – Family in Town

Lunch:

Breakfasts:

Fitness

  • Monday – RUN: Couch to 5k – Week 5, Day 1
  • Tuesday – Recumbent Bike/Yoga
  • Wednesday – RUN: Couch to 5k – Week 5, Day 2
  • Thursday – Recumbent Bike/Yoga
  • Friday – REST
  • Saturday – RUN: Couch to 5k – Week 5, Day 3
  • Sunday – REST

 What is your favorite twist on Mac and Cheese?

Cheers~
Carrie