Archive | February 27, 2012

Operation Glass Slipper


It’s prom time again. I wish I could say that I have wonderful memories from my own but when your boyfriend asks you by saying that, “my sister made me ask you,” it doesn’t go very well. I can’t believe that relationship ended…

I did look fabulous at prom though and that is what it is all about. I was going for the wow factor in my bright orange short poofy princess dress. Yes, it was an attention catcher like some of the red carpet dresses we saw at the Oscars last night.

I think every girl deserves to feel like they are walking the red carpet!

Coming up on March 24-25 at Mall of America over 1,000 girls will receive dresses to wear to prom at the 6th annual Princess Event. The girls who are chosen would otherwise not be able to afford a dress for prom. Who needs a date when you look that good?

Started in 2006 by a mother-daughter team Operation Glass Slipper gives out dresses for prom to help create an all eyes on me moment for high school girls.

There are many ways you can help. They currently are looking for people to recommend a high school girl who is in need. Go to their website www.operationglassslipper.org to find out how to help them find girls to participate in this Cinderella experience.

If you cannot give your time. They are always looking for donations or Give Money at GiveMN.org.

Because it feels good to give.

@mplsgossipgirl

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Minnesota Monthly Food and Wine Weekend


If you don’t have anything to do this weekend yet and if you are not burnt out by Restaurant week join me at the Food and Wine weekend put on my Minnesota Monthly @mnmomag.  You cannot go wrong with good wine, good food, and it benefits Minnesota Public Radio!

This will be my first time at this event and I am not exactly sure what I should expect. The website in not very descriptive but I watch Top Chef  religiously and I think I will be able to pick it up. I will not be wearing a crazy Padma outfit though. I would love a suggestion for an outfit from someone who has been before. @mplsgossipgirl

You can buy your tickets online and make sure to note where you have to park to get into the event.

Can’t wait to see you there!

@mplsgossipgirl

MN Restaurant Week


February 26th-March 2nd 2012

Restaurant week is a chance for you to get out of your box and try a new restaurant in mpls or St. Paul. I have participated in this food fest over and over again and I have never been disappointed. It is a great reason to get together friends that you haven’t seen for awhile to eat a 30 dollar dinner or 15 dollar lunch. A steal for most of the restaurants listed. They want you to enjoy your meal so that you come back.

Your best bet for this restaurant week is: Saffron. Order the Lamb “Cassoulet” 2.0. You can’t go wrong with slow cooked lamb. The curried potato soup looks great as well. Saffron is not skimping on the ingredients with lobster and lamb.  Bring friends with and order all the dishes so you can try them all! There is not a dish on the restaurant week menu that I wouldn’t order. They also offer add on’s and wine pairings. If you have a little extra cash I would go for it.

Unfortunately, most of Saffron’s reservations are full at this point. But, there are other restaurants that always shine as well. I will be attending D’amico Kitchen for lunch sometime this week. Look forward to my posting.

Cafe and Bar Lurcat is a must. I have only heard the best from their restaurant weeks.  The Capital Grill is a great place to have a fancy dinner if you like steak. This would be one to get your husband or boyfriend to go to who wouldn’t normally get caught dead in a fancy restaurant. I wouldn’t order the salmon there but as someone who does not order steak I tried the entire menu last restaurant week and loved them all. You cannot go wrong. They also put out the same menu for restaurant week so if you miss it this time, it will be the same menu next time. I liked it enough to go back again. Also, make sure you don’t order your steak well-done. The Capital Grill knows how to cook this quality meat correctly, he will never want to go to Applebees again. Dress to impress there.

Restaurant week can be a bust though. There are a few restaurants on the list that I would not pay 30 dollars for a dinner at. Their normal menu items are not above that price range so why would I go there to get a more expensive meal? I have discovered a few places that I liked but didn’t end up eating from the restaurant week menu because it seemed silly. Bradstreet Crafthouse was one of those places. I discovered an amazing drink menu and some great appetizers. But, spending the money for the menu was not worth it.

I make wishes every year to see La Belle Vie do Restaurant week again. I am always disappointed when the list comes out without them on it. I am sure they are NOT having a hard time filling tables. But, it would be nice of them to make it more accessible to those mpls residents who currently are not foodies. It would be fun to see a menu with drink pairings with it.  Spill the Wine, Manny’s and Heidi’s would be nice to see on the list as well.

Get out there this week and eat some good food. Tell me about it!

#mnrestaurantweek

@mplsgossipgirl

Minnesota Girl


If you haven’t figured it out yet. I love Minnesota. Especially, the big city of Minneapolis. AKA one half of the the sin cities. 

I recently moved into the city from the suburbs and found it hard to find events/restaurants/things to do in my new home. Now, that I have gotten connected and found some neat events/restaurants/things to do I figured I would share them with fellow mpls lovers.

Just a girl loving life, food, and friends in mpls.

-mplsgossipgirl

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