Archive | March 2012

Key’s Cafe and Bakery


If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love happy hours. Why? Because happy hours are happy and usually make me happy after working all day. Plus, it is a great excuse to meet up with people you haven’t seen in a while.

Now, this place is not what I would have picked as my happy hour pick. But, I am glad I went along with it.

IT WAS AWESOME!

Mostly, because of our wonderful server. Even though she wasn’t there every second, and wasn’t the most attentive, she warmed my heart, made me feel good, and had me laughing. Plus, she kept bringing me $2.50 whiskey-cokes. I am going to hunt her down every time that I go there now.

We had their new appe-teaser which was the Greek plate with olives, hummus and this feta stuff that was amazing. We also had the nachos not the macho-nachos. Both were only 7 dollars. Both I would order again.

They look like they have really awesome desserts as well which I may have to try next time. I will keep you updated on my favorites. Can you really go wrong with a rice crispy bar the size of your head though?

Plus, free entertainment watching the Valets from the W run around.

HERE is there website.

Try it out and let me know what you think.

Because someone who warms your heart can change your day.

@mplsgossipgirl

Keys Foshay on Urbanspoon

Zelo Happy Hour


One of my favorite Happy Hours in Minneapolis is at Zelo it is called 4-5-6. It’s clever and a great deal.

If you are like me and starving after work it is a great place to stop with a friend and have a 5 dollar drink and a 5 dollar appetizer. The drinks on the menu are worth the 5 dollars that they are.  My personal favorites are the Moscow Mule and the Margarita both taste fresh.  I have had a few that were not made correctly and told the server that. It was quickly fixed.

The food is also very good. Their pizzas a great and they offer them on this menu too! I love the margarita but that is because I am not a meat-za fan but I have heard that the sausage is yummy as well. The other thing you can’t leave without trying is the Spicy Tuna Crisps. I don’t know how to explain them but I can eat a whole plate in 2 minutes flat.

I actually had a horrible experience there about a week ago when my friend ate an under cooked Turkey Burger. I tasted the second one and it was VERY under cooked.  I can’t say that the situation was handled well by the restaurant at first. The server tried to convince me that people say that a lot but that they are cooked.  It was not. She asked them to take it away and actually got sick (sorry to whomever cleans the bathrooms). They then wanted to cook it more and bring it back to the table!!! She refused it and said she did not want anything else. The manager also came over to tell us it was in fact under cooked.  The only thing that made this situation much better was that the server came to apologize and said it was not his intention to say that it was not under cooked. I appreciated the fact that he did not blame the cook and admitted that he should have handled it differently. I have had this server on many occasions and he even remembers my last name. So, Kudos to him for doing the right thing.

It was very hard for us to even tell the server that we thought it was under cooked. It is hard, at least for me, to complain at a place that I frequent quite often. To say the least, this experience did not get me to stray away because I do really enjoy the food (I don’t think I will ever have another Turkey Burger there) and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun happy hour.

If you go there let me know what you think about it.

Because you always get yourself in trouble when you try to eat healthier

@mplsgossipgirl

Zelo on Urbanspoon

Metro Transit- Free Rides


Another reason why I love Metro Transit. If you are planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow why not take the bus?

IT’s FREE from 6:00pm until buses stop running.

 

Because I don’t Blarney around.

@mplsgossipgirl

Free Creative Writing Classes- Hennepin County Library


Library’s Rock! This is another reason why.

Hennepin County Library is offering free Creative Writing classes for all ages. Try the Creative Writing Center Class where you get to sample several forms of writing and pick which one you like the best or try another one of the multitude of classes that they are offering.

They are able to hold these classes because of the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the Loft Literary Center.

You can go online to their website or call to register.

Find out more information HERE.

 

Because writing is a magical art form.

@mplsgossipgirl

The Stir- Women’s Foundation of Minnesota


Last night I attended The Stir an event put on my the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.

It was a wonderful night filled with good advice, powerful women, and wine. The Women’s Foundation put on this event to raise money for their new campaign MN Girls are Not for Sale. Dealing with the prostitution of girls in Minnesota and eliminating prostitution in our state. This event showed that women can come together and stand-up against problems in our state.

Get involved. Donate.

Find out more information HERE.

 

Because women matter

@mplsgossipgirl

Local Chef Challenge


 

On March 31st & April 1st Minnesota Monthly is putting on the Local Chef Challenge at the Mall of America.

I love Top Chef because it is amazing to watch the talent that chefs have. Here is the chance for one of the 8 local Minnesota chefs to become the Top Chef of Minnesota and we get to watch it up close and personal. It will be interesting to see what they bring to the table with all the different styles that they cook in.  Each chef will go head to head in a battle royal for foodies in the MOA rotunda.

Chefs include Doug Flicker of Piccolo, Jim Christiansen, Patrick Atanalian of Sanctuary, Jim Kyndberg of Crave, Christopher Thompson of Masu Sushi and Robata, Landon Schoenfeld of Hautedish, Vincent Francoual of Vincent, and lastly Jack Riebel of Bucher & the Boar. My money is on Doug Flicker or Jack Riebel.

Check out more information here.

I look forward to attending this event. See you there.

 

Because talent should be appreciated.

@mplsgossipgirl

The Bachelor- The Women Tell All


Tonight, The Women Tell All episode on ABC at 7:00PM

It should be interesting since everyone knows the truth of what actually happened this season and the whole skinny dipping incident with Courtney the model. It will show some of the girls true colors depending on how everyone handles themselves.

Sometimes the nice girl does want to get last. On the show Ben looks like an idiot who is blinded by dating a model. Who knows what he is like in real life but he does not come off in the best light in the show. He should have known that skinny dipping was not a good idea. Regardless, we all know this relationship isn’t going to last whomever he chooses. I love watching train wrecks, why else would anyone watch reality T.V?  This one should be pretty funny. Tune in.

Let me know what you think.

@mplsgossipgirl

Minnesota Monthly Food & Wine Experience


Today I attended the Food & Wine Experience at Target Field. I had a wonderful time sampling wine, beer, and delicious foods. It was put on by Minnesota Monthly magazine and supports MPR.

Here are some of my hits:

I hope that Top Chef comes to Minnesota for a season because it would be awesome to the see the chefs go head to head at this event. There were some definite hits in the food department from the Chow Girls, Seven, Faribault Cheese, Splendid Spreads, Just Truffles, Drooling Moose, and BelGioioso Cheese.

Firstly, everything at the Chow Girls table was delicious including the nuts. Let’s just say I would love to see them make a restaurant with these great appetizers.  Seven was also a hit. I even saw a line form there for part of the day. Rightfully so because the sushi was great and so was the beef skewer. The surprises in the food department for me was from the Cheese companies. A local cheese hit was the Faribault cheese caves. I couldn’t tell you what one was my favorite but I saw many of the men try a few of the chipotle garlic cheese curds. Also the BelGioioso spread was outstanding, it was easily missed because of the positioning of it but they had some wonderful examples of how to use their product. I got a recipe that I am going to try from Splendid Spreads. They had this 7 layer dip in a greek style that was yummy. I hope they didn’t mind that I took two.  The two hits for desserts for me were the Just Truffles and Droolin Moose.

Now lets get to the wine. I tried all the fancy expensive wines that you go to the event to try and found that I clearly have no wine experience and couldn’t tell the difference between them and cheaper wines other than some of these expensive wines were a little too aggressive and peppery for me.

But, the point of the event was to try something new, it was fun to try wines that I might not buy from the store. Here are a few that I enjoyed that might be different than what the judges picked. From Z wines the Landskroon Dry Chenin Blanc, I am not a huge white wine drinker but this one was good. The Monogamy Cab from the Wine Sisterhood. It was unexpected and good. Plus, these wines have fun names and would be fun to give as a gift and in a reasonable price range.

The beer. Wow, it was great to see the beer at this event, I had the most fun at Bells Brewery an employee showed me the Darth Vader a mixture of two of their beers. I loved it! You will have to ask them what it is because I think they keep it a bit of a secret. Plus, they had all their seasonal beers. I also enjoyed Surley as I always do but, I wish they would have brought all of their beers to try. They may have gotten a new lover of that beer. Shells Firebrick was an unexpected hit for me as well. My only note about the beer is that I did not want to put the beer in my wine glass. I hope that next year they all bring their own small cups to try with.

The best hidden gem of the whole experience was the Dakota Jazz room corner who had Jazz music playing, food, a wonderful drink, and sitting room! It was nice to relax there an actually be able to enjoy the food and drinks from them.

The not so hits:

It would have been nice to have more sitting areas. I noticed many older people complaining about their feet hurting myself included and having no where to sit. Also, more live music would enhance the event. I have to say that it was pretty awkward trying to carry everything, drink, and eat at the same time. They should also add an area with cigars. It would fit in perfectly with this event.

One of the most hilarious comments I heard during the day was, “holy crap there is more to this thing, we now have to go this way, this is soooooooooo great!”

It would have been nice to know that there were two ways to go when we got there. We were lucky we stopped a volunteer who told us to go a certain way go all the way back and travel down. Otherwise, I think it might have been a difference experience for me.

Spilling food all over myself over and over again was not so much fun. I was going to wear a white shirt. I am so glad that I didn’t. Most of the food places did not make items that were easy to eat. I should say easy to eat while holding a wine glass and a bag. They needed to channel top chef and the amuse bouche challenges. Where all you have is one bite to get all the flavors in.  Although, I think the sitting areas would make this easier and people wouldn’t look as stupid wearing wine glasses around their necks.

Overall, I loved this and will come back next year with more people. I also would recommend this to my friends as a great Valentines Day present. There is nothing like being at Target Field on a sunny day drinking and eating. It was a beautiful setting for an event like this. Until then I can fill my free wine glass with my favorite wines from this year.

Kitchen in the Market – Chef Mike DeCamp


Monday, March 12 from 6:30-9:30PM Chef of La Belle Vie, Mike DeCamp is the featured chef at Kitchen in the Market.

Chef’s Night Off hosts your favorite Twin Cities Chefs in a hands-on cooking class. You do need to make a reservation and it is limited to 12 fans.

See more information here.

I would love to hear from anyone who attends. Contact me by replying to this post.

Because cooking with your heart makes the food taste better.

@mplsgossipgirl

 

Herberger’s Sole Sisters Shopping Frenzy


Saturday, March 17 Herberger’s is putting an exclusive shopping event. From 8am-noon in their shoe department they are hosting sole sisters shopping frenzy.

This means 30% off on your entire men’s and women’s better shoe purchase during the shoe event.

You will get to preview the spring collection and enjoy a mini Lancome makeover.

Contact your local store to make your complementary reservation:

Northtown: 763-783-2863

Rosedale: 651-635-2600

Southdale: 952-926-3004

Southtown: 952-886-2900

Stillwater: 651-430-9229

More information Here.

 

Because shopping is fun.

@mplsgossipgirl

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