05/20/12

Overnight in Minneapolis, MN

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The Electric Fetus
2000 4th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

The Electric Fetus is widely regarded as the pre-eminent independent music store in Minnesota. Founded by four friends in 1968, partially as a cultural experiment, their website recalls a variety of stories from the past, including the “Streakers’ Sale” where customers could take all they could hold if they shopped in the nude. It’s a retail ticket outlet for many local venues and hosts in-store performances. There are also locations in Duluth and St. Cloud.

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Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant
510 North Snelling Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104

Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant, located in St. Paul, was the perfect spot for a quick and delicious meal. I ordered the vegetarian sampler and was impressed by the varied and flavorful assortment of items. This is one of the better Ethiopian restaurants that I have visited in my travels.

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Located in historic Dinkytown, The Varsity Theater first opened as a vaudeville show house in 1915. The Varsity Theater has been through several changes with the most recent incarnation being a well-appointed photography studio.

The interior of the Varsity Theater is eclectically designed with immaculate attention to detail. The bathrooms are among the nicest and most unique I have seen. The space is intimate with various scaling configurations to appropriately fit their diverse programming.

10/17/10

Tao Natural Foods – Minneapolis, MN

Tao Natural Foods
2200 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Phone: (612) 377-4630
http://www.taonaturalfoods.com/

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Alas, inspiration! After a couple of months of laying low, I was finally impressed enough to write. I loved the feel of this health store / cafe. It was light, airy and hip. Large picture windows made the sidewalk dining area feel like an extension of the kitchen. Plants spill over the counters, evoking an overall greenhouse vibe. The clientele felt like regulars and the retro diner seating encouraged conversation with the cooks. The servers were a little cold, but warmed up once I started asking questions. After a long morning of travel, I was thrilled to find this place.

I tried the AVOCADO RICE PLATE. The bowl of brown rice was topped with black beans, tomato, avocado, sliced red onion, tempeh and finished with toasted sesame oil. It was one of the most simple, yet perfect, meals I’ve had in a while. This huge plate of food that was more than fairly priced at $10.50.

This place just got it. I wish I could have tried another meal, but I liked my lunch so much that I have attempted to replicate the dish at home. Tao has become the gift that will keep on giving (once I get the recipe just right).

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