Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 to 2010



Wishing you a fun and safe New Year's Eve!

Make sure your resolutions are in place!

The Bad Waitress: Food Review 52 of 52



As part of my New Year's Resolution to try 52 new restaurants, diners, coffee shops and bakeries during 2009, I present the following review.

Place
The Bad Waitress

The decore was great. The walls are filled with photos and posters of celebrities. I loved it!


Each table is assigned a superhero. Mine was Captain Marvel.



At The Bad Waitress, you fill out your own order and submit it. I felt so special!


Location
2 East 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404-4338

Who I Went With
Myself

What I Ate
Black forest ham and cheese omlete, hashbrowns and toast.



Would I Go Back
Yes! This place was so much fun. I'd put it as one of my favorite spots this past year. The decor was great. The experience very original. I want to take my parents next time they visit.

Worth the Price
Very much. The omlete was only $7.50! I'm going back for more.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

La Belle Crepe: Food Review 51 of 52


As part of my New Year's Resolution to try 52 new restaurants, diners, coffee shops and bakeries during 2009, I present the following review.

Place:
La Belle Crepe

Location:
825 Nicolett Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402-2606

Who I Went With:
Myself.

What I Ate:
Orange Dream Crepe: orange marmalade, creme fraiche and whip cream.



Would I Go Back:
Yes.

Worth the Price:
This was probably the 3rd crepe I've ever eaten and it was wonderful. It was a great change from the normal desserts that I usually eat. For $4.99 this was very tasty and very filling. Loved it.

Mama's Pizza: Food Review 50 of 52


As part of my New Year's Resolution to try 52 new restaurants, diners, coffee shops and bakeries during 2009, I present the following review.

Place:
Mama's Pizza

Location:
800 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Who I Went With:
Myself

What I Ate:
Ham and sausage pizza.
Salad with cucumbers, carrots, peas, olives, cheese and french salad dressing.





Would I Go Back:
Yes. I picked Mama's Pizza because I had not yet posted a review on a place located in the 8 miles of Minneapolis skyways. I'm always walking these and looking for new places to visit.

Worth the Price:
The pizza and salad was less than $8 so it was a great lunch to take back to your desk.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Favorite Quotes: On Hearthrobs



Quote:
Heartthrobs are a dime a dozen.

Who Said It:
Brad Pitt

My Thoughts:
Here's a dime. Can I get my dozen?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Favorite Quote: On Bad Girls


Quote:
The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.

Who Said It:
George Carlin

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Surdyks: Food Review 49 of 52



Place:
Surdyks

Location:
303 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN

Who I Went With:
Scott, David and PK.

What I Ate:
This was our Thanksgiving meal that we brought into Scott and David's home. I had ham, sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts with bacon, garlic greens, mashed potatoes and stuffing.

Would I Go Back:
Yes. The meal was very tasty! The food made the day feel very much like Thanksgiving.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas



Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is my all time favorite Christmas song. Hugh Martin wrote the song for Judy Garland to sing in the movie Meet Me in St. Louis. Over 500 artists have recorded the song and it's one of the most played holiday songs in history.

The above dress is the one Judy Garland wore in the film while singing the song. The dress is part of a collection owned by my good friend Michael Siewert.

Below are other Judy Garland costumes. These were on display during the Judy Garland Festival this year. The Meet Me in St. Louis dress is one of my favorites.



A photo of me and Michael during this year's festival.



Judy singing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas . . .



Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Turtle Bread Company: Food Review 48 of 52



Place:
The Turtle Bread Company

Location:
4762 Chicago Ave.
S. Minneapolis, MN

Who I Went With:
Scott

What I Ate:
Cream of Potato and Chive soup, bread.



Would I Go Back:
Yes.

Worth the Price:
Yes. Scott and I were out doing errands and we were getting hungry. We wanted something light and figured soup soup was the best thing. For over a decade, the Turtle Bread Company has prepared fresh soups and breads each day. The great flavor verified that!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wuollet Bakery: Food Review 47 of 52


As part of my New Year's Resolution to try 52 new restaurants, diners, coffee shops and bakeries during 2009, I present the following review.

Place:
Wuollet Bakery

Location:
3608 West 50th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Who I Went With:
Scott, David and PK.

What I Ate:
Pumpkin pie and chocolate cake. These were the desserts we had at Thanksgiving.





Would I Go Back:
For sure!

Worth the Price:
Yes! The baked goods were wonderful!! It's not a surprise that Wuollets has been open for over 65 years!

From Wuollet's website:
When Reino Wuollet opened his family bakery in 1944, he couldn't have imagined the growth and notoriety his family's name would earn. With a $1,000 loan, impeccable business sense, and an insistence on producing the highest quality goods, Reino grew his company into a Twin Cities landmark.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Favorite Quote: On Modeling



Quote:
I'm not pretty. The truth is I didn't think I could be a model at all. I was looking at some of the guys on the walls at Irene Marie Models and I thought to myself "Jesus Christ. I can't do this. I don't look anything like these guys."

Who Said It:
Channing Tatum

My Thoughts:
Channing, I think you need to take a second look in the mirror.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Buca di Beppo: Food Review 46 of 52



Place:
Buca di Beppo

Location:
1204 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN

Who I Went With:
Scott, David, Jan, Peter and Sara.

What I Ate:
Buca serves family style and there was so much food! We had garlic bread, baked rigatoni, spaghetti with meatsauce, fettuccine alfredo, garlic mashed potatoes and Italian broccoli romano.



Would I Go Back:
Yes!

Worth the Price:
Very much. The first Buca di Beppo opened its doors in 1993 in this basement location of a Minneapolis apartment building. They now have 86 locations nationwide. It was great to eat at the original. The food was wonderful.

Tabatha's Salon Takeover Episode 7


Tabatha came to her breaking point when she flipped out on the employees of her latest salon takeover! When the employees continued to make classic, lazy, and amateur mistakes, Tabatha got fed up.

Did she give up or did she pull it together to whip them into shape?

Tabatha, I'm still waiting to get your call about having lunch with me!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My Rudolph Theme Tree




Growing up, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was my favorite holiday show. The last few years, I've decorated my tree in his honor! The video is how things turned out this year. Enjoy!



Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Inn: Food Review 45 of 52



As part of my New Year's Resolution to try 52 new restaurants, diners, coffee shops and bakeries during 2009, I present the following review.

Place:
Holiday Inn Restaurant

Location:
Sioux Falls, SD

Who I Went With:
Myself

What I Ate:
Scrambled eggs, bacon, American fries and toast.



Worth the Price:
Yes.

Would I Go Back:
Yes. A good breakfast is one of my favorite things! This was very good and it filled me up for my drive back to Minneapolis.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bob's Java Hut: Food Review 44 of 52



Place:
Bob's Java Hut

Location:
2651 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

What I Ate:
Blueberry muffin and Diet Coke.


Would I Go Back:
Sure. Bob's Java Hut was started 15 years ago for motorcycle enthusiasts. I don't even know how to sit on a motorcycle so I probably don't fit in. HA! But I'd stop by again if they don't mind.

Worth the Price:
Yes. The muffin tasted like it was baked that morning. It was exactly what I wanted.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Favorite Quote: On Changing Men


Quote:
Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him.

Who Said It:
Marlene Dietrich

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Melting Pot: Food Review 43 of 52



As part of my New Year's Resolution to try 52 new restaurants, diners, coffee shops and bakeries during 2009, I present the following review.

Place
The Melting Pot

Location
80 South 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Who I Went With
Scott, his parents and David

What I Ate:

First Course:
Alp and Dell Cheese Fondue served with apples, carrots, breads and chips.

Second Course:
Alpine Ridge Salad (bed of mixed greens topped with oven roasted tomatoes, award-winning Gruyère, Raclette and Fontina cheeses, hard-boiled eggs and honey roasted almonds, topped with a robust shallot vinaigrette.)

Third Course:
Fondue Feast: Filet Mignon, Sauerbraten NY Strip, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bratwurst, Hefeweizen Marinated Shrimp, Roasted Garlic Crusted Chicken, Sun Dried Tomato Ravioli and Fresh Vegetables.

Fourth Course:
Chocolate Fondue with strawberries, cheesecake, marshmallows and brownies.



Would I Go Back
Yes. This was my first fondue experience and it was a lot of fun. A very interactive meal. We were there a couple hours and the time flew by. There was so much food!

Worth the Price
This was the "spendiest" place I've visited on this journey. $45 a person. But, with the amount of food you get, plus the enjoyment of the fondue experience, it's very much worth it!

Monday, December 7, 2009

200 and Going



I recently had my 200th blog posting. Thanks for reading and leaving such great comments. I hope I'm creating an enjoyable and entertaining blog to visit!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Quang: Food Review 42 of 52



As part of my New Year's Resolution to try 52 new restaurants, diners, coffee shops and bakeries during 2009, I present the following review.

Place
Quang

Location
2719 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Who I Went With
Scott, David and PK

What I Ate
Tofu Pad Thai



Would I Go Back
Yes.

Worth the Price
Yes. Pad Thai is one of my favorite dishes. I've tried it in many restaurants and I have my Minneapolis favorites. Quang served some delicious Pad Thai. Well worth the price and I would go back for it.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Favorite Quote: On Stomachs



Quote:
You can only hold your stomach in for so many years.

Who Said It:
Burt Reynolds

Launch My Line Debuts


Last night the new Bravo reality competition Launch My Line debuted. I was only going to watch the first 15 minutes. I was determined that I would not like it.

Well . . . I'm big enough to admit that I loved it!! The spin on this latest fashion competition makes it stand out.

From Bravo's site:

Bravo's newest fashion creative competition series, Launch My Line features 10 established fashion designers paired with 10 industry professionals, who are highly regarded in their own field of expertise, but have always dreamed of having their own clothing line.

From stylists, music producers, event planners to CEOs and choreographers, the innovators will work with the established designers to bring their vision to life and create a fashion line. In the end, one team will be declared the winner and someone's clothing line will be launched.


Did you see it? What did you think?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tabatha's Salon Takeover: Episode 4


Tabatha has a serial shopper on her hands in salon owner Kim who spends all of her earnings on clothes! Reality sets in when Tabatha facilitates an intervention involving Kim’s husband, forcing Kim to donate what she doesn’t need from her closet to charity.

Meanwhile, back at the salon, the employees seem to care more about themselves than their clients. One client suffers from an eyebrow wax gone wrong.

Will Kim be able to take control of her finances AND her salon?

With Tabatha's help, she can!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Twilight Moms



After seeing this, I no longer have issues when saying I'm Team Jacob!