Yearly Archives: 2010

Travail, The wonder child of Robbinsdale?

Last spring, we were having dinner at Victory 44. Our waiter was touting this new restaurant concept of which he would be a part.  The name would be Travail.  I had some idea what the word travail meant, but looking it up in the dictionary confirmed my suspicions — travail: work, especially of a painful or […]
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Fresh Tomato Bruschetta

Someone from work wanted a recipe for a fresh tomato bruschetta.  I thought tomato season was a little past its prime, but you sure wouldn’t have known it based on the many varieties at the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market yesterday.  Here’s the recipe if you can still find a local heirloom or two. 8 ripe […]
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Mac and Cheese with Swiss Chard and Leeks

There’s still Swiss chard and leeks in the garden, so I bet they can be found at the farmer’s market and your local grocery.  With a nip in the air, it’s a perfect time for some comfort food so check out my recipe for Mac and Cheese with Swiss Chard and Leeks.  It was posted […]
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Turtle Bread is coming to our ‘hood.

According to a website article from Southeast, there’s not a lot of amenities in Minneapolis east of Hiawatha and south of Lake Street.  I’m guessing the writer hasn’t spent much time in this part of town.  From the coordinates of the soon-to-be-opened Turtle Bread outpost, they didn’t realize that West River Road is only […]
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Where’s that Thai restaurant again?

Friends arrived first and waved us down street-side, otherwise we would have driven right past our destination, the Bangkok Thai Deli.  This delightful little hole in the wall at 315 University Avenue West, Saint Paul MN, is a restaurant that is attached to a small grocery store.  Walking through the store, we made our way […]
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The Strip Club, not a strip club

A visit to The Strip Club, Meat & Fish has been way overdue. We finally got our act together and headed over to East Saint Paul on a glorious, chilly Thursday evening to celebrate a birthday and finally check out JD’s place.  Large glass and wooden doors reveal a cozy, inviting space with high ceilings, […]
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Headed to Points South

You have to love a tailwind when you’re at 30,000 feet; it often puts you at your destination earlier than anticipated. Recently for us, it meant landing in Saint Louis a half hour ahead of schedule.  After grabbing our luggage and boarding one of those lovely shuttle buses for a ride to Hertz, we found […]
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Savoring the Japanese Kitchen

Recently our friends Julie, Dean, Barb and Tim wanted to come over to Bret’s Table to cook and enjoy dinner together.  Barb also wanted to show-off our kitchen to her son and daughter-in-law who were visiting from California.  Of course, anytime friends call and ask, “Can we cook at Bret’s Table?” if we’re available, the […]
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