If you haven't been to Minneapolis before, it's certainly worth a visit. It's a young, clean, active and artsy city. They also happen to have some fabulous restaurants as you'll see below!
My plane touched down late on Friday night and we headed right over to Bar La Grassa for some wine and "bruschetta." Their version of bruschetta is like nothing I've ever had before, and I was blown away by the melt-in-your-mouth soft eggs and lobster bruschetta. It was possibly my favorite dish of the weekend (fair food included!)
Barbette. It's an artsy little French restaurant with the cutest rainbow colored tables outside. I had a delicious french toast dish with baguette bread (nom!) as well as something called a "Wake Up! Beer" - guinness + espresso. After breakfast, we headed over to the lakes (it is the "Land of Lakes" after all!) for a much needed stroll to burn some cals before heading to the State Fair!
After another great dinner at Borough and a late night of karaoke on Saturday, we slept in a bit on Sunday and walked around to some shops in Sara's neighborhood. Sara lives in North Loop, which is a really neat part of town where they've converted old warehouses into beautiful restaurants, shops and loft apartments. She's also close to the downtown area as well as some of the old mills along the Mississippi River that have so much history - think Pillsbury, Gold Medal Flour, etc - all part of General Mills now (where Sara works!)Bachelor Farmer, which is a super cool restaurant serving Nordic cuisine (gotta say that was a first!) and they offer a fantastic brunch on Sundays. The highlight was the "cart" that comes around serving champagne and baked goods (like brioche, salted brownies, carmelized onion biscuits and more). We might have tried one of each...
After brunch, I HAD to see Minnie's famous Spoonbridge and Cherry at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. And then it was off to the Mall of America. Did I mention it was ONE HUNDRED DEGREES in Minnie on Sunday? Who would have thought! So it was a perfect day to spend in an air-conditioned mall. And when else am I going to see MoA?