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FYI: MPLS Neighbors

During the past several weeks, the Fifth Precinct has seen a noticeable increase in bicycle thefts.  The majority of these incidents have been preventable.  Unsecured bicycles have been taken from yards, porches and open garages.  Most of these bicycles are eventually recovered, but are unable to be returned to the owners due to lack of reporting or identification.  Please take a moment to go to http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-prevention/docs/BikeTheft.pdf to find helpful bicycle theft prevention tips..

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Too Haute to Handle

So, a couple girlfriends and I were out celebrating the impending birth of one of said girlfriends’ second child.  One last hoo-rah, if you will.  We were all chomping at the bit to try Haute Dish, Washington Avenue’s newest culinary hot spot.

We arrived during happy hour ($2 off all cocktails, yay!), ordered some beverages (no non-alcoholic beer available for the mommy-to-be, mind you) and pondered the menu.  We had to try the Tator Tot Haute Dish, of course.  The asparagus salad sounded phenomenal, as well as the macaroni and cheese (with lobster, yum!).

[side note]: when this group of gals dines out, we usually order one of many things and taste everything.

The asparagus salad was interesting:  shaved asparagus, next to a mound of asparagus flan, and an egg yolk to boot.  The flan was tasty, but I was left wanting more asparagus!  It’s in season here, for heaven’s sake. 

The Tator Tot Haute Dish was tasty.  The shortribs included with this dish were fall-apart tender, generally delicious.  The “tator tots” were really more like croquettes, but satisfied my fried potato craving.  And, there were only three “tots” on the plate, so we halved them, and shared.

Finally, the macaroni and cheese.  Not tasty.  Lots of potential, though.  The pasta itself (homemade, mind you) was done well.  The cheese sauce was just ho-hum.  The lobster was very fishy.  And, the topping, red roe (forget from what fish) was over-done…just too salty. 

So, in conclusion, we weren’t impressed.  Our server was just so-so, with a penchant for interrupting girl talk.  The food was not sharable.  There weren’t really any appetizers on the menu to speak of (and if you’re having “happy hour,” there should be some apps!). And, we left hungry. 

For what its worth, the cocktails were tasty.  The drink menu was nice!

We went around the corner and rounded out the evening with wings from the Monte Carlo.

If classic Midwestern cuisine is what you’re looking for, I say visit Red Stag.

{Totally forgot to take photos!  And, to be fair, DeRusha just loved Haute Dish.}

Continuing my Winter Parking Restriction tirade…So, it’s pretty clear that the even side of the street is now all-clear.  Problem: the odd side of the street is still under 4” of ice (and that makes parking super fun). And, the ice doesn’t appear to be melting with cars parked on it 24/7. 
If we’re going to be under restriction for another month, I say the City should at least switch the restriction, allowing people to park on the even side, while the odd side can melt.  Logical?
UPDATE: Minneapolis lifted the parking ban effective 10:00 a.m. today! Woo.

Continuing my Winter Parking Restriction tirade…So, it’s pretty clear that the even side of the street is now all-clear.  Problem: the odd side of the street is still under 4” of ice (and that makes parking super fun). And, the ice doesn’t appear to be melting with cars parked on it 24/7. 

If we’re going to be under restriction for another month, I say the City should at least switch the restriction, allowing people to park on the even side, while the odd side can melt.  Logical?

UPDATE: Minneapolis lifted the parking ban effective 10:00 a.m. today! Woo.

co-op shopping for dummies

I love food. I love cooking. I love eating.  I love grocery shopping.

Confession: I’m good at eating lots of fresh, locally-produced produce in the summer thanks to the wonderful farmers markets in the area.  But, although I’m making an effort to get out an patronize local businesses that support local eating, sustainable food practices, and the like, if you open my refrigerator, I don’t really practice what I preach. 

So, in an effort to work more natural, locally-produced products into my life, I thought I’d take a field trip, to The Wedge Co-op in my neighborhood. 

First mistake: going on a Sunday afternoon. 

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Last night my friend Jenna and I attended Simple Good and Tasty’s first birthday party at the Grand Cafe.  Dinner was delicious. We met some great people. And, I was truly inspired by the site’s creator, Lee Zukor.  Here’s some pics from the event.

PS: Tried duck for the first time last night, with this meal, and it was delicious (is it socially acceptable to gnaw on the bones?)…and from a farm (Au Bon Canard) in Calendonia, Minnesota. The sausage in the Cassoulet was also made fresh, on-site at the Grand Cafe. Delish.

Local Food Fun!

I’m excited to celebrate the first birthday of local food blog Simple Good & Tasty tonight.  The Heavy Table just celebrated its birthday last week.  Hard to believe that we have two fantastic publications today, that weren’t around 18 months ago!

Simple Good & Tasty hosts monthly “local food” dinners. I’m usually booked on Tuesdays, so I’m excited to be available for this meal.

Tonight, dinner is at the Grand Cafe, and will feature a three-course meal celebrating local food and vendors including a roasted beet salad, cassoulet, polenta cakes and a dessert. I am hungry already. I’ll try to post some pics later!

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Thursday’s fire at 50th & Bryant in southwest Minneapolis

photo: heavytable


I’m sad about Thursday’s fire. Ironically, I was going to make a reservation at Heidi’s for next weekend…I guess that will have to wait for now.  I hope all of the businesses get back up on their feet quickly.

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Thursday’s fire at 50th & Bryant in southwest Minneapolis

photo: heavytable

I’m sad about Thursday’s fire. Ironically, I was going to make a reservation at Heidi’s for next weekend…I guess that will have to wait for now.  I hope all of the businesses get back up on their feet quickly.

an open letter to minneapolis

I am a concerned resident of Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood.  Specifically, I am concerned about the city’s recently-announced Winter Parking Restrictions.  I understand the challenges that a cold, snowy winter present.  Since late December, the streets in my neighborhood have been nearly impassible.  The roads are icy and snow covered.  The streets have narrowed such that two cars cannot pass each other.  And, my own car was side-swept overnight two weeks ago, no doubt due to the fact the streets are so narrow.

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hello and welcome

I’ve been pondering starting a blog for some time now, but don’t really have time to write long posts very often. That’s why I enjoy twitter. I can comment, suggest, commiserate and sometimes complain 140 characters at a time.  When a friend suggested I start a Tumblr page, I looked in to it, and yeah, good idea (thanks @AdamBez).

So, as you’ll soon find out, my current crusade is the recently-announced Winter Parking Restrictions in Minneapolis. I’ll post the letter I sent to the Mayor, my City Councilwoman, and my neighborhood association today.

Cheers!