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Sweet Peas Classic Neighborhood Pub

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Maybe I watched too many episodes of Cheers when I was growing up, but I love a neighborhood bar where I feel like everyone could know my name. That’s the feeling that you get from Sweet Peas. Located on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul, Sweet Peas has a classic bar menu filled with burgers, fries and sandwiches. They’ve added their own touch of intrigue with homemade tater tots (not for...

Exploring Food & Culture at the Pilgrimage Café

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The newly opened Pilgrimage Café is a restaurant that celebrates the importance of food as a connection to culture and history. Influenced by foods that span the globe, they use flavors and dishes to explore other cultures while at the same time reminding you of home. Did someone say comfort food? It certainly was that, and delicious too. It’s a treat to start...

The Woman Behind Cafe Maude

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One of the things I love about the local eateries in Minneapolis is that they often have a story, and usually they are stories I didn’t know. Cafe Maude in southwest Minneapolis, for example, was named after Maude Armatage, a woman basically forgotten to history. Enticed to do a little Googling, I learned that Maude was considered a driving force in helping Minneapolis come of age in the...

Lunch at Broders’ Deli

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A snowy winter afternoon can be transformed by a leisurely lunch, especially when it is at Broders’ Deli, the Cucina Italiana. The neighborhood deli in Minneapolis features fresh pasta, sauces, baked goods, Italian groceries and pastries, deli items  and so much more – all of the food is available for carryout. The Husband and I ate our lunch in their small dining area and enjoyed...

Eating at the World Street Kitchen

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The Best-Good Friend always has brilliant ideas. It was a crisp winter day when she suggested lunch at the World Street Kitchen, one of the best restaurants in Minneapolis. Featuring a seasonal menu that is inspired by the food served in street carts around the world, their lunch took me on a culinary vacation – my favorite kind of dining experience. We both decided on the Yum Yum Rice...

Best Waffle: The Lowry

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I blogged about my visit to the The Lowry in July, but I have to post again. In my mind, the primary reason to go there for breakfast is to indulge in this: The Peanut Butter Waffle is the closest thing to culinary perfection that I have ever tasted. The light and tender waffle is served with crunchy Skippy, vanilla custard, and candied peanuts. Your first impulse is to skip adding the maple...

Eating Breakfast in Modern Times

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Great Breakfast in Minneapolis We are lucky to have so many great places to have breakfast in Minneapolis. With such a wide variety to choose from, it’s easy to find something for every appetite at the table. It is a rare treat when those options are targeted to me, however, I’m usually the only vegetarian in the group. When The Husband and I needed to fuel up before searching for the...

Feeling Like A Cheeky Monkey

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I love a good name. Coming up with clever names and titles has never been my strong suit, so I have a lot of respect for people that can. When I was looking for dinner recommendations a few weeks ago, I did a double take when The Best-Good Friend suggested The Cheeky Monkey. The cheeky what? I had to learn more. The Cheeky Monkey is located in one of my favorite neighborhoods in St...

The Caves of Faribault

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Faribault, Minnesota has one of the best-kept secrets in the state: The Cheese Caves. The first cave was carved into the naturally occurring sandstone thanks to German immigrants in the 1850s. Brothers Ernst & Gottfried Fleckenstein founded a brewery and used the caves for brewing and storing beer. Their brewery Fleckenstein Brewing operated in the caves until Prohibition. The caves were...

Dinner at Kim’s Kitchen

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Great Chinese Food in St. Paul We are always on the lookout for great Chinese food, especially when it’s getting late and we’re out running errands. The other evening, desperate for food ideas and hungry for something simple, we noticed Kim’s Kitchen as we flew past on Randolph Avenue in St. Paul. Kim’s is a small, neighborhood restaurant that has been family-owned since...

Heidi Van Heel

Heidi Van Heel

Writer, freelancer, and believer in magic living in Minneapolis. In my free time, I love reading, exploring the great outdoors, and experimenting in the kitchen.

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