Monday, March 09, 2015

On the Menu Monday (MPM) - Week 11 - 2015

What a whirlwind of a weekend! This past weekend was the MN Monthly Food and Wine Show and it is always one of my favorite weekends of the year! But of course we kicked off the weekend Friday with a half day of work, and lunch with my good friend Stacie, her mom, one of her sisters and my sister! It was so much fun to get to meet her sister Ashley who lives in NYC and it is always fun to see her mom. I was so glad my sister could join us as well. We had a great lunch at Lunds and Byerly's Kitchen, which is such a cool concept! It is on the street level of a new elder transitional concept in downtown Wayzata. They have a small amount of groceries, TONS of wonderfully prepared foods and a great sit down area with wine and beer. Scott and I have been there a few times, but everyone just loved it AND our food and service!

After lunch my sister and I had manis/pedis and then did a little shopping which was really nice! Scott was home working on the house, so before dinner we hit up Home Goods where I came across two lamp shades that I just couldn't pass up. I wasn't looking to replace them, but these were just way too perfect! They work in the room, and the fact that they were formerly green, and Scott painted them this rustish orange works out perfect.
I keep a restaurant list of places I want to try in the Twin Cities. Places I read about in our local magazines, hear about on Facebook or get recommendations from friends. Miltons Vino Vittles and Beer had been on the list for a while and we decided on a whim to give it a try. We both loved it. Great atmosphere, great menu, excellent service and food! 
 Great place, they have a mixture of southern down home cooking with a Jewish twist!

 Shrimp and Grits with a fried egg for Scott.
 The Russian for me.
 And a delectable piece of homemade carrot cake to share!
Saturday and Sunday we spent both days at the show, which was fantastic and a ton of fun but Saturday night was wonderful! We started meeting up with the wonderful Suedkamp girls again, bonus of one more sister and then we were joined by a couple of other friends for drinks at Coup d' etat, which has such a fun atmosphere!
We had dinner plans across the street at another place I wanted to cross off the list, Libertine. Another place with great atmosphere and a wonderful menu. The food and company were awesome!

Last week we somehow managed to eat leftovers every night we didn't go out. I am hoping to get some more cooking in this week. The weather is supposed to be really nice here all week, in the 50's and 60's very spring like. We have actually had a very mild winter here considering, but I can be ready for spring! I am ready for some deck time. 
We are getting ready to have a lot of work done on our house, so we have people coming again this week for estimates. Siding, roof, our awning recovered and hardwood floors throughout the main floor. I guess this is why we never travel any further than Wisconsin. 
Here is what we have planned for this week. 

Plans - Chiro, Scott is off, working on the eat in kitchen and working on the wood box for the fireplace. 
Breakfast and Lunch - Leftovers
Dinner - Out to our favorite pizza place, Joey Nova's with our neighbors who just came back from a two week Panama Cruise.
Plans - Bunco night with the girls in the neighborhood. My sister and friend Stacie are subbing, looking forward to seeing them. We also have a company coming out for a siding estimate. 
Breakfast and Lunch - Bacon and eggs and Leftovers
Dinner - Usually it is whatever people bring to Bunco, I am going to make a margarita dip with strawberries. 
Plans - It is supposed to be really nice, so I am hoping we can go for a walk in the neighborhood. 
Breakfast and Lunch - Bacon, egg, avocado and leftovers
Dinner - Grilling something! Most likely steak, peppers and onions. 
Plans - We have another siding estimate, but this one is a former co-workers husband, so they are coming for dinner and drinks. 
Breakfast and Lunch - Bacon, egg and avocado and leftovers. 
Dinner - Chicken and spinach lasagna and butternut squash. 
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Plans - We are leaving for the weekend to get away with friends in Spooner, WI. I am looking forward to this weekend. We always have a great time with Lori and Jason. Looking forward to a nice low key weekend!
For more meal plans and links to recipes, check out the Orgjunkie.


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