What a year 2012 has been. When I started my blog on February 27, 2012 I never thought anyone would read it. I simply wanted to have an online diary to remember what I did in 2012.
But, I was wrong, so wrong. Not only did you start reading but you passed www.mplsgossipgirl.com on to you family and friends. Thank you!
I have enjoyed writing this blog because of all of you. I view this blog as a shared experience. You have sent me ideas, told me about your favorite restaurants, and disclosed some of your secrets of the city. I am incredibly lucky that you have reached out to me and because of you I have experienced the Twin Cities in a whole new way.
If you are a new reader, I wanted to share with you some of my most popular posts of the year. It would be a good place for you to start to explore in Minnesota.
This post had the most views in one day:
Gather at the Walker: I wrote about the fantastic happy hour at Gather. They have 5 dollar small plates and a 5 dollar specialty drink. You can read more about it HERE.
These were the posts that you liked the best:
1. Rainbow Foods: I wrote a post about when Rainbow did UNLIMITED Double coupons and showed you how much money I saved. You can read this post HERE.
2. Duluth, MN: This summer I went on a road trip with my best friend up to Duluth and the North Shore. It was an amazing trip you can read about it HERE.
These are my favorite posts from 2012:
Wuollet Bakery: I loved visiting Wuollet’s this year to see all the wonderful creations. It is fun to go and see a business that is local and creating a wonderful product. They have my favorite cupcakes in Downtown Minneapolis, Red Velvet is my favorite. You can read about the bakery HERE.
Billy Elliot at The Ordway: This was the best show that I went to see this year. It was unexpected but it kept me entertained and I wanted to go and see it again. You can read about it HERE.
Food and Wine: I loved going to this event. I was able to try food from many of the restaurants in the cities and also drink wine. What could be better than that? I will be posting about this year’s event very soon. You can read about it HERE.
Now my blog has new goals, bigger goals. I want to share with you local non-profits to become involved with, fun events to try, show you local businesses and products that you might not know about, and review new restaurants to wake-up your taste buds. Most of all, I want you to try something new this year.
You can follow along with my list or make one of your own:
If you like my posts, please share it with your friends and family. I would love to hear about what they think I should do next. I am always looking for suggestions. You can leave me a comment or tweet me @mplsgossipgirl.
Lastly, as 2012 has been closed and 2013 has arrived I wish to thank all of the readers, local businesses, and this great state of Minnesota for enriching my life.
because you make my life more fun!
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The Minnesota State Fair is one of my favorite times of the year. I love everything about the fair from the donuts, to the roasted corn, and last but not least to the people watching. The fair is fun on a stick.
It is almost a right of passage for every young Minnesotan to work at the fair and for every other Minnesotan to visit at least once a year.
It is one of those magical places where you can go and be who you are and eat fried foods without judgement. Okay, maybe a bit of judgement, I mean really, did you wake up today and think today is the perfect day to wear my utility kilt.
Each fair-goer has their favorite things to do and eat at the fair. These are my favorites.
Deep Fried Candy Bars are always on my list of must haves. They are a great way to dive into the fried world that is the Minnesota State Fair. Warning: these are very rich! I would only get one to share for 3 people.
This is a deep fried Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. The breading is fantastic and fried to perfection. The inside is gooey, peanut-buttery, and chocolaty. I usually get the deep fried Snickers bar which is equally as good, if not better. I would avoid the deep fried Oreo’s. They are just not as good because they don’t melt like the other candy bars.
Although, you cannot eat the food on display. I love to go to the Creative Arts building to check out the prize winning foods and crafts. I am someone who believes in the homemade local foods movement and want to learn how to can food myself. It is amazing what some people can do.
It is my goal to at some point in my life win a baking ribbon at the State Fair. It would be even more kick-a** if I could win with a Vegan cake. It looks like I have some pretty stiff competition.
Need some “real” food at the fair? Try Giggles. It is the “La Belle Vie” of the Minnesota State Fair. This year their new food item is the Walleye Roll, which is pictured above. It is walleye mixed with mayonnaise and wild rice on a buttery brioche with fresh shredded lettuce. They also serve up other great items like the elk burger and walleye cakes.
You have to go and see the crop art in the Horticulture building. Many this year were political. I got a few good laughs from this cake which says, “Defending Marriage Sanctity” and then has names of several politicians who have had some “trouble” in their marriage. It was all decorated with seeds. Also, stop by the Minnesota Craft Beer section as well. It is new this year and serves craft brews by some of my favorite breweries like Surly, Harriet Brewing, and Boom Island.
All of this eating made me thirsty. Thirsty for some local wines. This was a great new addition to the fair this year. Right outside the Horticulture building you will find Minnesota Wine Country booth. It is simply beautiful and it offers flights to try many different Minnesota wines. It even comes in the shape of Minnesota.
The Cannon River Winery had my favorite red wine with the Mill Street Red. The Minnesota Wine Country booth also had food available. I didn’t have any but the people around me looked like they were enjoying themselves.
If you need to cool off, you should head to the Fine Arts Building and the Eco Experience building. They are free to go in and usually there is some pretty neat stuff to see.
Time for more food. I wanted something healthy with some greens and choose this tabbouleh from the Pita truck it was delicious with the garlic sauce. It is outside the merchandise mart.
O’Gara’s is my favorite place to people watch at the fair. They have lots of tables outside and some inside as well. They usually have live music and during hot days the roof mists you to keep you cool. They have beer and a great food selection. I love the tater tots and the air conditioned bathrooms.
Last but not least, I had to have a final snack as I was leaving.
Because our state fair is the best state fair, don’t miss it, don’t even be late.
What is your favorite food at the fair?