There is something luxurious about having a weekday off. It’s even more luxurious when The Husband says that we should go out to breakfast. This man knows the way to my heart.
We went to an old favorite, Keys Café (the original location). As you can see, it’s Minnesota’s most awarded family restaurant:
Some breakfasts deserve an appetizer, and if you go to Key’s, you need to get a cinnamon roll:
The Husband was in heaven with all the bacon that came with his Ranch Special:
And my Veggie Scramble was a cheesy delight:
After breakfast, The Husband headed to work and I enjoyed a few hours getting ready for Thanksgiving. I should have been working on the shrug for the Wedding of the Year (which is Friday – eek!), but I didn’t.
Before long, I had to pick up The Best-Good Friend and head to Fulton Brewing to sample The Husband’s beer. Fulton is doing a taproom “Brewers Series” and The Husband is calling his Robust Smoked Porter “London’s Burning.” It was the first time his beer has been available in the taproom and he was stoked.
Another whirlwind weekend that was filled to the brim in all the right ways. The Husband and I started things off at Hot Plate in south Minneapolis for an early breakfast on Saturday. I love the “paint by numbers” art all over the walls, we always wonder who painted them. This time I got the Greek Scramble but my favorite is the “BLT Omelet” (minus the ‘B’ for this vegetarian, of course):
The Mill City Museum is on the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis and is adjacent to St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge. The building is built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill:
The Husband helps provide some perspective.
Indoors at the market, there were 40 farmers market and craft vendors, including the whole reason I had to go Singing Hills Goat Dairy. She talked me into a sample of the Dilly Garlic Goat Cheese Curds at the Kingfield/Fulton Winter Market a few weeks ago and they were so amazing, I had to stock up:
I love these wintery colors.
Singing Hills Goat Cheese Curd Samples
Triple Crown BBQ Sauce, a Minnesota State Fair winner three times over.
Five bags of Dilly Garlic Goat Curds later, I was a happy woman. We also bought some Olsen’s Naturals Healing Lip Balm, Triple Crown BBQ Sauce made in NE Minneapolis (a three-time Minnesota State Fair Blue Premium winner – that’s serious), and some salsa verde from a cool organization I wasn’t familiar with, Urban Roots. I can’t wait to taste it!
Thanks to our early start, there was time to take Danny on a walk. It was a balmy 15 degrees, but we did a little bird watching while we walked along Minnehaha Creek:
This handsome Wood Duck is hanging out with the Mallards.
There is a flock of goldfinches that we see regularly now, dressed for winter.
City sparrows let you get close, they have no fear.
And then The Husband and I were off again. We were heading back downtown, this time with The Mother and The Brother to see A Christmas Carol at The Guthrie Theater. It was bitterly cold outside, so the views from the Endless Bridge were short and sweet:
A Christmas Carol program
The Guthrie Theater, right next door to the Mill City Museum.
A quick shot from the Guthrie’s Endless Bridge.
A quick shot from the Guthrie’s Endless Bridge.
I have a new favorite meal and you can find it at Brasa. Brasa serves comfort food inspired by the creole cooking traditions of the Americas and Caribbean, and my Black Bean Fritter Sandwich was SO GOOD. I love that they use 100% natural, locally produced organic producers. Their meats are slow cooked featuring rotisserie, braises and roasts – I can’t speak to that (and my bad photos prove it) – but The Brother and The Husband were both members of the Clean Plate Club:
My Black Bean Fritter Sandwich with fresh mozzarella, tomato, guacamole and jalapenos (vegetarian)
The Husband’s Smoked Beef. Braised & Seasoned w/ Sweet-Spicy BBQ Sauce with a side Seasonal Coleslaw.
The Brother’s Smoked Beef Sandwich with Sharp Cheddar & BBQ Sauce (no fried onions)
The Mother’s Vegetarian Sampler: Romaine & Mozzarella Salad, Fried Plantains, and Candied Yams
My Chocolate Tres Leches dessert with caramel cream sauce. Do yourself a favor and get one today.
By that point in the day, I was ready to put my feet up and we finally watched Cloud Atlas. I thought that was one of the most amazing movies I’ve ever seen, what a story. The book is on my reading list now, will I be disappointed?
Sunday I decided to tackle things around the house. First up, a batch of The Regret of Sharing Banana Bread. I added some chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and some Hershey bars this time. YUM. While it was in the oven, I started filtering the grape vodka for bottling. 16 cups of vodka later, I only have one more jar to go. What a mess:
Since I couldn’t make a bigger mess of myself now that I was covered in grape infused vodka, I decided to tackle Danny’s Thanksgiving bath. I usually end up wetter than he does:
After I toweled myself off, I thought Cleo was trying to tell me that she forgave me for putting Soft Claws on her this morning:
Turns out she was making a move on my tea time treat:
She didn’t get any of that either, I better sleep with one eye open for awhile….