Houston and I both worked on Wednesday in Los Angeles and left straight from work to LAX. Needless to say, it was a looooong day: commute to LA, work a full 9 hours, drive to LAX, travel to Minnesota... YIKES.
First stop? Dinner at In-n-Out. Yes & Yum.
My genius boyfriend devised a way to keep our glasses from getting smashed/lost.
So I watched the sunrise from the sky as we arrived in Minneapolis, Minnesota at 6:18 am (central time) - aka 4:18 am in California. Blegh. A red-eye flight with a screaming baby in the back of the plane makes for a very tired and very cranky Elise.
Lucky for me, two naps occurred on Thursday to make up for being awake for nearly 24 hours. Hallelujah!!! The sound of the St. Anthony Falls in the distant is remarkably soothing.
Such a relaxing day, with a quick trip downtown to check out the food trucks and the Farmer's Market and then we were off to dinner at Gasthof's - A restaurant complete with polka music, lederhosen, and delicious food (also with a meter bratwurst and beer boot challenge) - It is an amazing dining experience.
Lunch on Thursday was at Matt's Bar - home of the original Jucy Lucy; a hamburger with a molten cheese center. Yes, there is cheese cooked in the center of the patty.
Houston and I ate there in December, but I was totally game to go again. Matt's Bar has been featured on the Food Network and cranks out thousands of burgers a year - impressive when you find out that the kitchen is next to the front door!!! Yep... see the guy in yellow? That is the cook and the grill/deep fryer. Delicious. (p.s. That beer was NASTY)
When on vacation, go to Costco, right??? That's what we did on Friday afternoon. Gary lives on the 11th floor and the building has shopping carts for residents to use when bringing groceries upstairs from the basement parking.
On Friday night we walked from Gary's to the Target Field to watch the Twins game!!! I purchased tees for Houston and myself - and we traded Dodger blue for a couple hours. [I am totally lame and my Twins logo tank top can not be seen in a single picture we took... take my word for it, it was cute]. It was an awesome game -the Twins won! The local deli, Kramarczuk’s actually serves sausages at the ball park, which was great since we didn't get to go to the deli on Thursday (Houston was super bummed). Baseball games are always over to quickly for my liking. I would much prefer to attend a game that goes into extra innings - I just have too much fun to have it only last 2-3 hours. Houston said we will just have to go see the Dodgers play more often - I'm good with that.
It was a sad morning to wake up on Sunday knowing we would be heading home to California. We slept in and lounged around all morning. I have a HUGE list of things I would like to do if we are ever in Minneapolis in the summer again: walks through the trees, rent some bikes and ride through downtown, kayak on a lake, I could go on and on) - but on Sunday, I just wanted to relax on the couch. Nice. Before we went to the airport, we ate Mongolian BBQ, a first for me. IT. WAS. DELICIOUS. and as Ruby says: "if you don't like it, it's your own fault!" You fill up a bowl with the ingredients you would like and then they grill it for you. My bowl: chicken, broccoli, baby corn and rice noodles.
Houston and I then spent about an hour in the lounge after we checked in our bags - playing Words with Friends and enjoying tasty drinks... I then got a random case of the giggles. *wink wink*
Then it was homeward bound. [yes, we watched Despicable Me, again]... 4 hours later and we were back in LA and back to reality. Bummer.
Soooo not ready to go back to work.