Minnesota: We’ve Only Seen Like 5 Lakes So Far… Disappointing.
For the past week and a half, we have been stationed in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is the last big city we will be in until we reach the west coast, so we’ve been soaking it all in.
May 18th was our first day in the city, and it was Kelly’s birthday (the big 3-0 plus 1). We have been trying not to buy too many “things” and focus more on spending our money on experiences and consumables (excluding our wallet-busting trip to Ikea, which I will detail later).
For Kelly’s birthday we started at Icehouse – Kelly’s choice. A classy looking bar and restaurant with creative cocktails.
They have live music there as well, with a huge stage, although no one was there when we were on a Monday night. If you happen to be in the area, I would like to recommend the Cast Iron Mushrooms, they were ridiculously good. They also have cocktails made with Malort here, which is one of my personal favorite alcohols, and a “Chicago thing”.
We had a lovely time and I even managed to get Kelly to smile for a picture.
We then hit Pizzeria Lola – a neighborhood pizza spot with coal-fired pizzas. I was attracted to this spot because of the tons of interesting topping combinations on their menu. We tried La Creme pizza – made with red sauce and a drizzle of fresh cream. It was… wow. The mushroom pizza was also a winner (we eat a lot of mushrooms).
Which brings me to Kelly’s next present:
He tore through it already, so the review is in: It’s great. I can’t wait to read it myself. (This is one of those presents that was MOSTLY a present for Kelly but also a tiny bit of a present for me…)
Other Minneapolis highlights thus far:
Modern Times for brunch. A vegan and vegetarian friendly spot with an outstanding menu and delicious food. Definitely a bit of a dirty hippie type place, and I mean that in the best way possible. I wish I could go back over and over again, and if I lived here I certainly would.
We also got to meet up with friends Anthony and Amy at a great dinner spot, Pilgrimage Cafe. Awesome drink specials (2 for 1?!) and good food. Anthony hosts the blog Break the Twich, which is about minimalism and living simply, and Amy writes about designing the life you truly want at her site, Uncoveries. It was so much fun talking to a couple who has many, many similar interests to our own and seeing how we have each come to approach trying to live more purposefully. I definitely recommend checking out their websites.
And as promised – our Ikea outing. Since we are in the BIG CITY we have been tempted away from our frugal purchasing habits by the hypnotic allure of the one, the only, the Ikea. In the checkout line, Kelly and I played a little game we like to play where we guess how much money we spent before the cashier totals it up (perhaps you have played this game as well). We are usually pretty decent at guessing, and one time Kelly even got within 10 cents at the grocery store. ANYWAY – Kelly guessed $150. I guessed $135 just to be annoying. NEWSFLASH: We spent $240, which is ridiculous. Better luck next time.
Even though that is a lot of money, we got a ton of great stuff, including this majestic couch cover and accompanying pillows:
We also got a new bed cover, a box to keep shoes in by the door, and some nice plastic containers to keep oils and spices in. More importantly, we picked up some LED lights to update the RV’s lighting situation – more on that in an upcoming post!
In other news, the kitties are obsessed with the outside – Ace in particular. Kelly got him a harness so we can tie him up (supervised of course – VERY supervised since he’s a rascal) and let him sit outside. Now every time the door opens he wants to get out there and eat grass like a weirdo.
Next week we are continuing our trek north toward Duluth, and then on towards the cabin in Cass Lake, Minnesota. I’m sure we will up our lake-count along the way. Here’s hoping we manage to experience that magical time when it is warm yet mosquito-free.