Weekend in the The Bold North
January seemed like it was the longest month ever, and I just realized that I didn't blog once. Oops, I'll try to do better.
Anyway, one of the highlights of January was our trip to Minnesota. Our friends recently moved back there from the city, and we finally got to visit them on their "turf." I'm ashamed to say until now I had not visited this region of the country before. I had sworn to them (after a few drinks) that I would visit them during the coldest part of the year. It turned out not to be as cold as expected, although they had a blizzard a few days earlier and tons of snow was still on the ground. We got there late Thursday night, spent a few hours catching up over beers, and then stayed in their adorable Minnesota-themed guest room. I won't share any pictures so that it will be a surprise for future visitors.
After cinnamon rolls, we had a delicious and vegetarian second breakfast at a new restaurant called Fig and Farro. With full and happy bellies, we set out exploring Minneapolis. Because of the Super Bowl this weekend, there is so much stuff going on in both cities, including a zipline across the Mississippi River (God help anyone who does that this weekend in the subzero temps). We also walked across the Stone Arch Bridge and got an awesome view of the city.
I finally had the much-anticipated Minnesota Bloody Mary, and it was everything I dreamed it would be. Spicy, savory, and complete with snacks. And because Minnesotans are classy AF, they also serve it with a "snit," or chaser of beer to cleanse the palette. I'm spoiled now, and no other bloody will be good enough. I also had the most amazing cheese curds of my life. Later that night, we crashed Steph's mom's happy hour, and I tried walleye tacos and a fried walleye sandwich. Walleye is the Minnesota state fish and is everywhere. It's white and flaky and perfect for fish tacos! If you can't tell, food was a major theme of the weekend. At one point I also ate a mac n' cheese hot dog and tots. I'm not sorry about it.
Day 2 we explored St. Paul, which we kicked off with a pancake breakfast and mimosas at Steph's childhood home. We headed to downtown St. Paul for festivities, including the giant Ice Palace (they've been showing this on the news nonstop during Super Bowl coverage), a giant slow slide, and a parade which we stumbled upon without even planning it. Minnesotans really know how to get outside and embrace the cold. #hygge!
Later in the day we headed back to Minneapolis and checked out Minnehana Falls, which were almost completely frozen and beautiful. We ended the day with more local beer and a kick-ass salad (yes, it was time for a salad, and yes, there's a such thing as a kick-ass salad).
Until next time, Minnesota. We can't wait to come back in the summertime and visit some breweries. It's currently -4 degrees there, so I hope everyone visiting for the Super Bowl is bundled up. I'm not really pulling for either team, but am excited about the puppy bowl, the halftime show, and this dip that I'm about to make.