Restaurant Reviews

Zumbro Cafe

by kara on November 13, 2010

Zumbro Cafe is my absolute favorite breakfast joint in Minneapolis, MN.   It’s located in the Linden Hills neighborhood, close to Lake Harriet.  This little cafe consistently serves up delicious breakfasts.  It’s not a greasy-spoon kind of place.  Breakfast here is made from all-natural ingredients that will make you feel energized the rest of the day.  The […]



by kara on November 1, 2010

I celebrated my birthday this last weekend. . .a great year behind me and an exciting new one ahead of me. Courtland took me to Lucia’s Restaurant in Uptown Minneapolis for dinner before we met up with friends to celebrate Halloween.   I love Lucias.  It’s always fabulous.  The restaurant is cozy, service is spot-on, and the food. . . oh, […]


Saffron Mpls

by kara on October 23, 2010

A couple of years have passed  since we last dined at Saffron in downtown Minneapolis.   The restaurant, run by brothers Saed & Sameh Wadi, specializes in contemporary Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine.  Chef Sameh Wadi is the only Minneapolis Chef that has competed against Iron Chef Morimoto on the Iron Chef America Show on Food TV Network. We had the opportunity […]



by kara on October 3, 2010

Love French food.  It’s by far my favorite cuisine.  Wine, bread, cheese, mussels, steak frites,creme brulee, and chocolate pot-de-creme.   The French have got it down.  When I want to get my French food fix, I prefer bistros over a formal setting.   Barbette, in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis usually does it for me.  My Mom and Step-Dad […]


Haute Dish

by kara on September 12, 2010

Haute Dish.  Chef Landon Schoenefeld.  Reinventing classic Midwestern cuisine.  Enough said.  I’ve been dying to go to Chef Schoenefeld’s new place.   He’s a well-known Minneapolis chef, who had gotten good press and some not so good press.  I happen to love the guy’s food and have followed him since his days at Bulldog NE.  He recently opened up Haute Dish […]



by kara on July 18, 2010

Courtland and I celebrated our 6th year anniversary on Saturday.  Can’t believe how fast years have gone by already since I married this man. He’s funny. He’s smart. He’s a rock star dad.  He likes to travel.  He enjoys good food and spirits.  I’m one lucky girl:) Each year, we treat ourselves to a fine-dining restaurant to celebrate our anniversary.  […]


Chef Shack, Mpls

by kara on July 11, 2010

Oh how I love Chef Shack  Our family has been to this mobile truck at the Mills City Farmer’s Market and Kingsfield Farmers Market within the last year.  Every time we’ve gone, we’ve devoured an order of mini donuts.  Now I’m not one to waste calories on donuts, but these are incredible. . .spicy, sweet, fresh, […]

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Independence Holiday

by kara on July 7, 2010

We traveled to Bismarck, ND for the 4th of July holiday weekend.  Like many other families, our holidays almost always revolve around food in addition to socializing.  My mom and step-dad are truly wonderful cooks and went out of their way to make our meals special. My favorite meal on our trip:   Seriously, how pretty and simple is that?  My mom […]

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Casa Mono, NYC

by kara on June 6, 2010

I just got back from a weekend trip to see my girlfriends in NYC, and of course, NYC is the mecca of international cuisine. We were fortunate to get reservations at Casa Mono,, a Spanish Tapas Bar, owned by Mario Batali. The restaurant is a cozy, intimate restaurant. The food was incredible. We started […]