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Eating Week #6: Restaurants on the Road

Usually Mike and I do a restaurant review, but the last month or so has been so busy for both of us that we couldn’t find an evening in which everyone was free to dine out.  In large part this situation was due to both of our families taking vacation trips.  So, Mike and I agreed that we’d each individually review some of the places that we ate during our trips.

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Restaurant Montage

Recently I was lucky enough to take a road trip to the west coast with my daughters. As with most vacations once you are in the middle of everything it becomes clear that the trip is really about one thing – where is the next meal coming from. We were lucky enough to stay with friends in places and they would help with this problem, but for much of this trip we were on the road. In our search for nourishment we ate fast food, fine food, and forgettable food. Here are a few of that not so forgettable places.

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Eating Week #5: Flame

It’s traditional to barbecue on the 4th of July, and it’s a tradition I try to respect.  However, tradition can only take you so far.  This year I found out that tradition can be trumped by 95 degree temperatures, especially when it’s accompanied by steamy humidity levels.  We’d thought to do a barbecue with Mike and family, but the weather convinced us that it was time to explore a new dining experience – one with air conditioning.  Unfortunately, of our five choices, three of them were closed, and one was a repeat.  By default we went to Flame, a restaurant in the new wing of Rosedale Mall. Read More…

A Hot Time with a New Flame

If you are anywhere in the Midwest you may have noticed that it is summer.  For the fourth of July it is traditional to have a barbecue and grill some hot dogs and burgers. It is traditional to go somewhere and view fireworks.

Tradition sounded too hot. Instead of grilling I conspired with David to find a restaurant where we could get someone else to cook and we could relax in an air-conditioned room. Neither of us have AC in our houses because here in MN you really only need it for about two weeks. They can be long weeks though and after several consecutive days of high 90s an escape sounded prudent. We could have gone to a few local places that we know, but the hope was to try some place new that we could review here on the blog. Our first several choices were closed in honor of the nation’s birthday, but we ultimately ended up at Flame. Read More…

Eating Week #4: Hell’s Kitchen

Given Mike’s long history with the restaurant (see here!), it’s not at all surprising that one of the places we wanted to review for the dining-out part of this blog was Hell’s Kitchen.  It’s a fabulous restaurant, with wonderful food and incredible atmosphere, and if you’re in the Twin Cities area, you owe it to yourself to dive into Hell’s Kitchen.  This time, Mike, Kira, Kira’s aunt and uncle, and Catherine and I went to brunch, and it was a very special outing.  So, what happened on this trip?

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Delicious Habits

Earlier this month Hell’s Kitchen hosted their Fan Appreciation Brunch. It was a celebration of 10 years in business and reaching 10,000 fans on Facebook. I knew when David and I started the 5×2 blog we would be reviewing Hell’s Kitchen at some point and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Read More…

Where’s My Spoon?

This review is going to be difficult for me to write because I don’t know what I was eating when we went to Fasika, an Ethiopian restaurant in Saint Paul. I can describe the dishes, but it is an odd feeling to not know the name of the thing you are eating. Here is what I do know. For not a lot of money you can get a huge meal of tasty food.

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