So I did some processing…AND some pinching…and I’m back to tell you more about my amazingly wonderful fantabulous trip to Minneapolis last week! And well, since it’s Wednesday, of COURSE today is going to focus on the food! 😀
Be sure to head on over to Peas & Crayons to see if anyone else’s eats even COMPARES to mine this week! And be sure to leave Jenn a little love for all that she does to host our weekly foodie
showdown celebration each week! 😉
After arriving in Minneapolis and FINALLY getting a chance to meet Seth face-to-face after emailing for months, Frank, my driver, took me to meet the rest of the Yoplait crew! Once there, I made small talk with some of the ladies, got all makeup-ed, and threw down a glass of liquid courage (aka, white wine…thank you Tanya!) before my VIDEOTAPED interview.
After the interview, there were various shots the videographer set up for me…working at the computer, walking around downtown…if I was half as cool, I’d say I was like totally Carrie Bradshaw, but I’m sure this little country girl more resembled Felicity Porter…let’s just hope my hair looked a bit better! 😉
Afterwards, I did a lightning fast hotel check in/wardrobe change (we’re talking like 7 minutes here people!), snapped a pic of my welcome “gift” (a few snacks, a notebook, and an itinerary for the next day’s events…again, thank you Tanya!) and met everyone for dinner at one of BEST restaurants in Minneapolis, 112 Eatery.
Conversation was definitely NOT lost during our two-hour dinner…especially after a bottle of un-oaked Chardonnay (my favorite) was poured for the table. As for dinner, we had a sampling of appetizers and sides to go along with our individual entrees…and of course in a place like this you HAVE to order dessert!
I ordered the roasted halibut topped with pickled fennel, watercress, and a pistachio cream sauce and it was JUST as delicious as the wedding halibut…I think I just found my new favorite thing to order out! As for the sides, apps, and desserts, there were PLENTY more that went around the table (#foodcoma), but these were my favorites…
Clockwise from top:
Fresh ricotta with white truffle honey and toasted baguette (I could eat this every day for the rest of my life!), caramel budino spiked with Maker’s Mark (holy yum!), roasted carrots with honey and pecorino (I seriously could have eaten a plate of these for dessert!), strawberry rhubarb tart (sweet perfection), and seared scallops served over oyster mushrooms (DIED and GONE to HEV-NNNN!)
In fact, let’s get another look at those scallops, shall we?
Sara would have KILLED for these!
After dinner, we walked back to the hotel and said our good-byes until the morning…and then I carried my overfull tummy down to the hotel gym to walk off my foodbaby!
Nothing like having a mini YMCA all to yourself at 10:30 at night! 😀
would have barfed had I played on any of the equipment only had the capacity to take a little leisurely stroll on one of the treadmills, but it was still nice to have some quiet time to myself. Anyone else like a walk after a big meal?
The next day was JAM-PACKED with activity…ten hours to be exact! And now that I think about it, it’s going to take far longer than this post (or your attention spans) can handle, so I’m going to skip it for now and move on to some tequila!
I mean DINNER!!
Sadly, Brianne had to leave that night to make her flight, but since Katie and I didn’t fly out till the morning, we decided to head down to Rosa Mexicano for dinner. We shared a VAT of some of the freshest guacamole I’ve ever tasted (at a restaurant) and each ordered a simple margarita…tequila, agave, and lime! #yum
For the record, guacamole should ALWAYS be chunky!
In true blogger fashion, Katie and I jabbered the night away, but we DID manage to fill our bellies with more than just chips, dip, and liquor…
After a day of basically eating non-stop, I was ready for something veggie-filled and fresh so at the recommendation of our waiter, I ordered the off-the-menu veggie enchiladas with mushrooms and spinach…unfortunately, I couldn’t really tell you how they tasted since they were drowning in red sauce, baaaaa-ut, I’ve had worse…and HEY, at least they were pretty! 😉
Honestly, I wish I’d gotten Katie’s duck tacos…or at LEAST a picture of them! She let me steal a bite and they were SO good…not at all the greasy consistency I’ve experienced with duck in the past!
Do you have a favorite thing you like to order at a restaurant?
What is the last place you traveled to?