Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kim's Visit!!!

It's been QUITE the summer for visits!  First Tena, then Amy, and now my cousin Kim...all within the span of about a month!

Kim came up on Friday evening, and we HIT THE GROUND RUNNING (as is usually the case when someone comes to play!).  She got stuck in traffic, and bad weather, and road construction, so didn't get here until about 9:00.  We rushed right off to Houlihan's to enjoy some "small plates", since we were all STARVING (since we waited to have dinner until she got here). 

We were GOING to go and do karoake at Bogart's in Apple Valley, but, after we got done eating it was 10:30, so we opted for coming back to my place and going to bed (we're old...what can I say??!!).

Saturday morning, we got up, got ready, and headed to Colossal Cafe (of course!) for flappers...actually Kim got flappers, and Duane and I had breakfast sandwiches.  YUM!

After breakfast, we headed to A Baker's Wife Bakery so that Duane could get some bread (and we could pick up some pastries to take to Robin and Dave's).  We then spent a little while at Robin and Dave's, so that Kim could see the new interior design stuff (and the new patio).

After chatting, we headed to the 133rd Airlift Wing Minnesota Air National Guard base for the 90th Anniversary Air Expo Program.  NOT on the scheduled agenda, but Dave mentioned it while we were at their house, and Duane really wanted to see it (THANKS A LOT DAVE!!!). 

It was actually pretty cool.  The base is off the side of the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport, so, in addition to touring through various military jets and cargo carriers, we were also able to get really close to the runway, and were able to watch planes taking off and landing.

It was BEASTLY hot, and I got burnt to a crisp, but it was cool to see the various planes up close.

After our adventure with the Air National Guard, we took the light rail from Ft. Snelling station to downtown Minneapolis, and, after a brief shopping spree at Marshall's, went to one of my FAVORITE places in the cities...the Foshay Tower!!!  I LOVE the view from the 30th floor, and it was LOVELY to, again, look down over the city from such an AWESOME vantage point!

After "observing" the city from the tower, we headed to Brit's Pub for beverages (I had a Pimm's, of course, Tena!!!), and ended up having dinner there too.  I had the beef and potato pastie...YUM!  We then headed back to the suburbs, stopped at Ring Mountain for a quick gelato (I had the watermelon lime sorbet!), and spent the rest of the evening watching "Here's Lucy" on DVD, and called it a night!

Sunday (today), we met Robin, Dave, and the girls at Wise Acre Eatery in South Minneapolis for breakfast.  OH MY GOODNESS...if you are anywhere near 5401 Nicollett Avenue, GO THERE!!! 

I had an AMAZING "toad in the hole" concoction, which involved cutting a hole in a slice of meatloaf, filling the whole with an egg (fried), which was place on a couple of slices of home made bread, which was resting atop a scoop of pureed carrot/mashed potatoes...AMAZING!!!!!  Approximately 80% of the food cooked at the restaurant is grown locally on their farm north of the cities, and it is REALLY, REALLY GOOD!!!!!

After breakfast, Robin and Dave and family headed back to South Minneapolis, Duane headed back to Eagan, and Kim and I went on a mini shopping spree at IKEA.  Kim then headed south to Iowa.  What a FUN, FUN, FUN weekend!

Kim will, HOPEFULLY, be back soon for another adventure in the cities!!!!  Here's hoping YOU were able to ENJOY spending time with family recently too!!!

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