Hey blog fam, happy Thursday!! I can’t believe it’s Thursday (actually I kind of didn’t know what day it was)…I got back into Austin at exactly midnight and ended up home a little after 1am…so I lingered in bed a little bit longer this morning and had Sam make the coffee 😉 it’s day 25/30 for me with the 30 Day Challenge and I’m so ready to get back on track! Like I said before I left though, I wasn’t going to be strict because I wanted to enjoy the trip without stressing too much about diet and I allowed myself a few more than one day of treat meals. Haha. It’s okay! We move on. I wanted to share my trip to Minnesota with you guys and seeing as I had my own personal tour guide – one of my best friends Jess, who has lived in Minnesota for quite some time – I feel this will be a pretty great little guide for someone like me who had never been to the most northern state in the United States (it isn’t Maine!)! There’s so much to do, see, and so much history! So I’ll probably break up my Minnesota trip into several posts but here’s the first one! Take a look:
Tour of Minnesota
– Minneapolis, MN –
Matt’s Bar vs. 5-8 Club
Matt’s Bar vs. 5-8 Club – Home of the Minnesota famous Juicy Lucy! There is a debate between these two places about which one had it first. A Juicy Lucy/Jucy Lucy is a burger that has the cheese inside of the patty instead of on top, so that when you bite into it the cheese oozes out from the middle.
I got into Minnesota around lunch time so our plan was to try a Juicy Lucy from each place. But Matt’s Bar had a line out the door and only accepted cash/check – which none of us had, hello! This is 2016! Come on Matt. So we headed over to 5-8 and each ordered a different version of the Juicy Lucy. At 5-8 you can choose what type of cheese you want in the middle. From what I understand both restaurants have made it onto the Travel Channel’s, Man vs. Food. 5-8 received the first place ranking as the “tastiest place in America to chow down” by the Travel Channel in 2014, but Matt’s Bar won “the best tasting Jucy Lucy in town” by Travel Channel’s show Food Wars. SO, I guess you just have to decide for yourself! Matt’s has more of a dive bar feel and 5-8 feels like an old-fashioned diner, so you could also take that into consideration if you are trying to pick between the two. (Also each restaurant spells it differently – that’s not a typo!)
After lunch Jess took me to the best view of Minneapolis on the very top floor of the Guthrie Theater from the Amber Room. From it you can see what is known as “Mill City” where old mills like Pillsbury and Gold Medal Flour used the Mississippi River for hydropower. Jess also shared: “Minneapolis boasts that it has the most number of live theatre seats per capita right after New York City. Basically, the arts are thriving here and well appreciated.” And although we didn’t see a show, the theater itself was an impressive structure! Afterward we walked across the Stone Arch Bridge (“Built by railroad baron James J. Hill in 1883, the bridge allowed for increased movement of people and goods across the river. It served as a working railroad bridge until 1965 but is still seen as a symbol of the railroad age.”) over the Mississippi River and enjoyed the view of the “Mill City” ruins. The views were incredible!
After walking around we decided to hit up Bauhaus Brewery for some local beers and brews. I’m oddly allergic to beer – but, seriously – so while Steph and Jess enjoyed local beers, I enjoyed a locally brewed Kombucha! The taproom was so spacious, and this brewery was definitely popular because it was packed! But there was plenty of space inside and out. There were “yard games” and a space set-up for live music. There was also a food truck set-up outside for post-beer munchies. I wish I had taken more pictures of it, but it was super cute, trust me! There were also a handful of other breweries nearby that you could walk to if you wanted to brewery hop!
This isn’t in chronological order (well everything else was but we did the zoo on a different day), but we also made our way over to the Minneapolis Zoo for a behind the scenes tour because Jess used to work there and has a lot of history there. But we also walked around and saw all the animals! They’ve got really nice trails throughout each section of the zoo and I’m pretty sure we walked over two miles to see everything. You can check out this page to find a zoo map.
So that was Minneapolis in a nut shell. Jess definitely fit in as much as we could in the short time we had, she gave me the highlights but assured me that I’d have to come back because there were a million things to do and see!
I can’t wait to blog about our road trip up North because that was definitely one of my FAVORITE parts of the trip, so stay tuned for that!
Gotta go nanny now, hope you all are having an amazing Thursday!