A short weekend in Minneapolis and I had to
check out the food scene because Food and
Wine named Minneapolis as it’s favorite new food city.
I knew I wanted to eat at World Kitchen.
This truck is a total assault on the senses. The Yum-Yum Rice Bowl is a mix of chicken
or vegetables cooked in a Korean style served over steamed rice, Chinese
broccoli, shitake mushrooms, soft cooked egg, aromatic herbs, peanuts, crispy
onion, sesame and secret sauce. It was one of the best street food dishes that
I have ever eaten anywhere, ever! I am now fixed on finding a recipe.
World Street Kitchen (WSK) is the offspring of
the team( brothers Saed and Sameh Wadi) behind the critically-acclaimed Saffron
Restaurant & Lounge.
Also worth a mention is Dandelion Kitchen,
where owner ‘s Natalie Coleman. and Alexander Brand offer fresh, made -from
-scratch offerings and use only local farmers and vendors. Dandelion started
the whole food truck revolution in downtown Minneapolis.
Angel Food Bakery
Part of Hell’s Kitchen, this bakery serves
up gorgeous cupcakes and you can even watch as they prepare them. They have an
assortment of goodies including cookies,croissants, and craft breads.
The most difficult part of the visit?
Deciding which cupcake to get because all of them looked off the chart.
Minneapolis and St. Paul’s Farmers Markets
I love both these markets. Ask me to pick
St Paul: The market is LOCAL - 100% of
everything sold is grown within 50 to 70 miles of St Paul. The market appears
to have a better selection of produce (and prices) than Minneapolis. Score one
for the goods at this market.
Minneapolis: Has a wide variety of vendors
and products and tremendous spots for eating which is totally absent at the St
Paul market. I liked the feel and the vibe of this market.
Any way you look at it, Minneapolis has an
impressive food scene just keeps getting better.
The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture has partnered with Motorola to develop a Chicago collection of stories on Motorola’s travel app.
If you have an Android phone, you can download the StoryPlace.me.app and set up a user account to follow Explore Chicago’s Attractions collection of stories.
When you get within 0.2 miles of Maxwell Street Market, you will be able to unlock my video - Cooking Inspired By Maxwell Street Market – which is a story featured in their collection.
Where The Locals Eat
EXCITED to be listed on Where The Locals Eat:
“Where the Locals Eat spotlights the best restaurants in America. We prefer to highlight local restaurants that contribute to the dining culture of a city, striving to avoid chain restaurants in our selections (with a few notable exceptions - like smaller regional chains). Both WhereTheLocalsEat.com and our LocalEats iPhone App includes thousands of listings, from pizza parlors and delis to the finest steakhouses and sushi bars. Each listing includes price range, maps, directions, user feedback, menus and more.”
We LOVE Where The Locals Eat. Gives you insight into all of the choices that are available at local restaurants when you hit a new town or are looking for a new spot in your very own neighborhood.
Chicago Weather Forecast...
The Sun Is Shining And So Am I!
Never Drive Faster
Than Your Guardian Angel Can Fly!
Cesar Mascorro Perez - Tequila Expert
I am delighted that my dear friend, César Mascorro Pérez has agreed to be the resident Tequila expert on CupCakesandCrabLegs.
Tequila and Cesar are two words I always pair together!
As a former Regional Manager at Bancomext (The Mexican Trade Commission – Guadalajara) he was in charge of exports for tequila and worked with the US, Central America, South America, Japan. Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Russia, United Kingdom, Germany and Holland. Also as a consultant to Tequilas Del Señor he implemented and developed new tequila markets especially in the European Union.
He has been an advisor to many international companies on Tequila including my former school, the Universidad de Guadalajara Pro Tequila Industry in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame.
Ask any question about tequila and he has an answer... except maybe the morning after cure which we are all still looking for!
Salud and Bienvenido! Fun posts on tequila and its pairing with magnificent food to follow!
Always Up For A New Adventure
Can Have My Bags Packed in 5 Minutes!
Come Out Of The Kitchen With A Game Plan...
Like a pressure cooker, things accelerate but even the most tricky situation will remind you why having a “Plan B” in place is important. My friends call me the Plan B Queen. You can never have too many backup plans to keep your own game plan on course. Salud!
This Plan Has Worked For Me For Years
- Eat extremely healthy during the week - Carb load Friday night for my long run on Saturday - Exercise 5-6 days a week for at least an hour - Weight train on Tuesday and Thursday - Take some supplements including Fish and Flax Seed Oil - Cheat on the Weekends with no regrets!
Why I Run...
I must admit that one of the reasons I run is because I love to eat.
I run for ice cream and chocolate.
I also run for the medals and the t-shirts.
I run to discover how far I can push myself.
I love to run on Saturday morning and go up the tunnel across the street from the Drake Hotel and see the Chicago skyline. It never fails to take my breath away and remind me why I live in and love Chicago.
After 10 miles I am pretty sure I ran for steak and eggs at the Breakfast Club (1381 W Hubbard St Chicago, IL 60642
The best recovery food ever!
Photo Source: Channel 61
Got This Post From My Brother Terry Who Is A Great Chef...
"Now where can I find a job like Guy Fieri from Diners, Dives and Drive In's? I'd even color and spike my hair. Love ya, Terry"
Happy Wanderer and seasoned traveler. Mother of one talented and funny son. Runner/cyclist/athlete. Award winning, published and exhibited photographer. Into breakfast, dark chocolate and white wine. Love to cook. Owns a million swimsuits. Sings in the shower. Blows bubbles and follows shooting stars. St Maarten is my “leave me there” place. There is nothing better than running up the tunnel on Saturday morning across the street from the Drake and seeing the Chicago skyline. Love the color white and if it’s not a color – I pick red. Always up for a new adventure… I can have my bags packed in 5 minutes. Mexican in my past life and Italian in my next. All of my best memories in life have been at the beach. Love Life and never look back!