They arrived on Friday afternoon, and, after dropping their bags, and checking the "possible places to go/experiences to have/restaurants to try" checklist that I created...
They had just come from seeing their friend Stephen in "Seussical: The Musical" in Mankato, and had just had two mediocre restaurant experiences. We have AMAZING restaurants here in the cities, so I made it my mission to have FABULOUS food at each meal!!!
We had appetizers/lunch at Houlihan's...
Eagan Outlet Mall...
Mancini's Char House. Fabulous restaurant tally after day one...TWO for TWO!!!!
We decided we were too tired for much else, so watched a movie. After much deliberation, we decided on "Grease II", which ended up being WAY WORSE than any of us remembered, but it was fun to mock it as we watched. Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield must look back at this and CRINGE...we certainly did!!!
Saturday morning, we got up, got ready, and headed to the St. Paul Farmer's Market. It was a SUPER HOT day, but wasn't too terrible (yet), so enjoyed walking around looking at all the great stuff! I stopped by Chef Earl's BBQ Sauce booth, chatted with Earl and Felicia for awhile, and I bought ANOTHER bottle of sauce (Hot Chocolate Baby)...even though I already have nine bottles of their other flavors in my fridge because they are so dang good! I also ran into my friend Susan, who was helping sell jellies and syrups at a friend's booth.
The Buttered Tin for breakfast (THREE for THREE!). I had an AMAZING Huevos Rancheros Benedict. Tena had the Bananas Foster French Toast. Tracy had my favorite...the Biscuits and Gravy. We also shared a "milk ball", which was a dinner roll type pastry, filled with strawberry rhubarb cream cheese...AMAZING!
St. Paul Union Depot, then headed to the Ft. Snelling Light Rail Station to head to downtown Minneapolis for MORE adventures (yes, I know the light rail runs from RIGHT outside the depot to Minneapolis, and we COULD have just left the car in the ramp and taken the light rail there and back...NOW...doh!).
Foshay (my FAVORITE building in the twin cities), and took the elevator to the museum and open air observation deck on the top of the building. It's been closed for about a year and a half, so I'm THRILLED that it's finally open, and was equally THRILLED that we could go up and view the city! Tena, in all of her trips to the city, has NEVER been to the top, so I was EVEN MORE THRILLED she finally decided she wanted to go. It was AWESOME!!!
Brit's Pub for Pimm's Cups, and appetizers (FOUR for FOUR)! It was LOVELY to sit in air-conditioning (the temp outside was about 95 at this point, with a dew point of 75...).
Cafe Latte (FIVE for FIVE)!
Tracy and I had an AMAZING salad combination plate of a Wild Apricot and Wild Rice Salad, and a Kalamata Feta Greek Salad, and Duane and Tena split a yummy Chicken Nacho Pizza. We all had AWESOME desserts! My Dark Chocolate Tres Leche Cake was DELICIOUS!!!
Trader Joes, we headed home...COMPLETELY wilted and exhausted, and watched a couple of episodes of The Carol Burnett Show before collapsing into bed (well...Duane and I went to bed...Tena and Tracy, apparently, stayed up for another two hours chatting...oy!).
Today, we got up, got ready, and headed to Colossal Cafe for breakfast (SIX for SIX). Duane and I haven't been for AGES, so it was nice to go again. I had an AMAZING Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich on one of their savory scones. Tena had the Apple, Walnut, and Brie Flappers. Tracy had the same sandwich I did, only with sausage. Duane had a flapper, scrambled eggs, and sausage. So GOOD!
A Baker's Wife for pastries, came back to the townhouse, and Tena and Tracy loaded up the car, and headed back to points south.
Here's hoping your were able to spend time with YOUR BFF's recently too!!!