Friday, May 28, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I recently visited one such dining establishment - The Happy Gnome - with friends for brunch. Probably best known for its beer selection, I've also always quite liked the desserts and patio. This was my first brunch visit.
I ordered the Skillet Scramble, made up of eggs, bacon, asparagus and fontina cheese, and served with a side of American fries. I really enjoy scrambles, so it should come as no surprise that I also really enjoyed this one. A healthy portion size at a reasonable price...and of course, bacon (did you know there are more than 500,000 people on Facebook who like bacon? Not Kevin Bacon, not a particular brand, just plain old bacon). And so continues America's love affair...
Of course, the potatoes were good too - crispy, well-seasoned and hearty.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I was a bit overwhelmed by all of the food, and a little bit nervous about the relleno, since I'd never had one before. But it was pretty good...I could have done without the seeds that were still on the inside, though. The enchilada and taco were both excellent, and the rice was good, too.
I was impressed with our experience at El Tejaban - it offered satisfying, reasonably priced food, with speedy service. If I remember correctly, they have a pretty good happy hour, which I look forward to checking out soon.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
With that said, I have been doing a few fun things/checking out a couple of new restaurants, so I'm committing myself to follow up this weekend with at least two new updates.
Other than that, the gloomy weather has me thinking about all the things I want to do this summer. I'm thinking a list is in order. Here are some initial thoughts - what are some other fun things I should add?
- Take a trip to Valleyfair with my nephew
- Attend a Twins game at the new Target Field
- Have friends over for a BBQ and use our deck for the first time
- See Sex and the City 2 on opening night (okay, technically this is still in May, but I'd be remiss not to include it)
- See A Streetcar Named Desire at the Guthrie
- Take a mini weekend road trip somewhere in greater Minnesota with fun local attractions
- Tour the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit at the Science Museum
- Visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for the first time
- Run a 5K
Saturday, May 1, 2010
This year's theme is "Hello Tokyo!," and visitors are greeted by a number of large-scale, amazingly fragrant and beautiful, Japanese-inspired masterpieces surrounding the entrances to the MIA.
Here's a sampling of my favorite pieces, the first of which was my absolute favorite, and totally took me by surprise because the painting isn't one I usually give much notice to when I visit the MIA. But the floral artist's interpretation of this piece was just so good that I now have a new found appreciation for it.