buckets of presents

the best time is always the presents.  if presents come in the afternoon, you get to wait all day for them, and if they come in the morning, well, your day is off to a pretty good start.  jon left at 3am for a work trip, and he placed phantom of the opera tickets on his pillow — as in, we’re going to the broadway show in december.  this event is significant for a couple reasons 1) jon is the sweetest (he was on the advanced ticket waiting-list to get the seats) and 2) seeing phantom has been on my bucket list for a couple of years now.  i made a bucket list for minneapolis when we moved here, and since i had zero plans today, i decided to get started by taking kinzie to the stone arch bridge, a pedestrian and bike trail famous for the panoramic views of st. anthony falls:

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here is the rest of my minneapolis bucket list:

catch a fish at one of the lakes
see northern lights
go whitewater rafting
ride in a hot air balloon
invite neighbors to dinner
visit renaissance fair
go dog sledding
take the polar bear plunge
attend a murder mystery dinner
go to the canterburry camel races
attend artist-inspired mini golf at the walker
ride the minneapolis rail
see a show at the brave new theater comedy club
go on a minnetonka boat cruise
hike copper falls
attend open mic night at acme comedy
rent a paddle boat on lake calhoun
tour the mill museum
spend the day at como zoo
see a show at the guthrie theater

whenever i mention the minneapolis bucket list, someone recommends another 2 or 3 things, and so my list is continually growing.  luckily for me, i love exploring, and so i can only hope that the list grows faster than i can check the items off.

infused delight

jon’s brother came into town yesterday, and we got a bit ambitious with our attempts to show him a good time.  we spent the day at the stone arch festival in northeast, and then had dinner at aster cafe.

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the highlight of stone arch festival was the weather — not to say the festival wasn’t great, but walking around the river, soaking up the sun, and taking in the music made the event just about perfect.  for dinner we headed to the riverfront aster cafe, and sat on the patio while we sipped infused teas (the bar speciality):

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our friend samantha met up with us for dinner, and the two of us were loving on the dinner menu. we split ceviche salad and fig flatbread, and thought the evening would be excellent if it ended right there.  the men we were with, however, differed — they complained the menu didn’t have any man food, and they made us go to chipotle before we headed to indeed  brewery for a birthday party.  the lesson here is that aster cafe is delicious — but probably better for girls night than date night.

and what of indeed brewery? well, the place reminded me a lot of harriet brewing — the beer were similar, the food trucks were similar, and the warehouse effect was, you guessed it, similar.  the difference was in the shuffleboard table.

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shuffleboard has been my favorite bar game since college in new orleans (a popular tuesday night competition), but the beloved tables are hard to come by.  minneapolis seems to have more than most though, and i’m on a hunt to find all of them.  so far i’ve played at bulldog, moto-i and cafeteria. readers know about my love for the bulldog and the cafeteria, but i haven’t mentioned my equal dislike for moto-i — the bar seems to be trying to hard (offering a rooftop, three floors, and shuffleboard), but just not delivering (the drinks are subpar, the bar is dark, and the server are angry).  

but anyway, enough of that. tomorrow is monday and i could not be more excited.  monday means yoga, monday means cleaning, and monday means fresh starts.  i might be the only girl who ever loved mondays, but it’s nice to relax after the weekend and gear up for the week to come.

chat soon!