My younger sister Katie (I call her Kat) is a bit sweet-obsessed. She especially loves cakes and cupcakes and stops in bakeries every chance she gets. Yesterday she went to Dorothy Ann Bakery in Woodbury. Back when I was wedding planning Katie was my right hand man when it came to cake-tasting. We cake-tasted at three or four places before I decided on Queen of Cakes in Edina, but Dorothy Ann was one of the first places we tried, in fact (I can’t believe I am even admitting this) we went there two separate times to cake-taste. They have a cake called chantilly that is great.

Kat brought me back two cupcakes from Dorothy Ann Bakery, one chocolate with a white frosting filling and a carrot cake cupcake for Erik. When taking a bite of the chocolate cupcake, I literally said out loud, “oh my god”. It was that good, really moist and a real chocolatey flavor. It reminded me of a hostess cupcake, only yummier. They are lovely, too. Thanks Kat, my dear, for thinking of your sister!


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Masa has an amazing lunch deal during the week, buy 3 for $10. You can choose from guacomole, a jicama and mango salad, chicken tortilla soup, and many different types of tacos and tortas.
Diane, Amelia (coworkers/friends) and I went last Friday for a fun lunch. It was awesome getting out of the office and relaxing with good food. Masa also has great happy hour deals that include awesome half-priced margaritas. I wish I was drinking one now!

The food is amazing and includes chips and salsa at the beginning of the meal (their salsa verde is made from fresh tomatillos and is great, I could eat it with a spoon, really, I could!). Masa has a great atmosphere both inside and out, but on a nice day you definitely want to check out their Mexi-chic patio.

I didn’t know this until I saw a recent episode of “Good Eats” with Alton Brown but Masa is the corn-based dough that is used to make tamales.

Apparently iphone’s take better photos than blackberries.
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Sunday morning brunch. Good friends. Adorable location. Amazing food. Great weather. Patio seating.

Sound perfect? It was!
Erik and I met my best friend Kristin and her boyfriend Tim at Cafe Twenty Eight on Sunday morning in Linden Hills, Minneapolis. Before Kristin suggested Cafe Twenty Eight I had never heard of it, but there will definitely be a second trip. The restaurant is family-owned, many ingredients are organic and from local farms. Everything we ate was delicious.
I had a breakfast burrito, Erik and Tim had egg scrambles and Kristin had an onion and gruyere quiche with a pear salad. She also had a blueberry pancake. Kristin is a tiny little thing but she can eat A LOT (she runs marathons and does triathalons), while I’m on Weight Watchers and had to excercise restraint to only eat half of my breakfast burrito. I could have eaten two of them.
Check out the food pics, yummy!!!
I haven’t spent a lot of time in Linden Hills but oh my goodness, what an adorable little haven. There were about 5 more restaurants I walked by that looked amazing (Rice Paper restaurant, Zumbro Cafe to name a couple).

Check out those potatoes, and that organic chicken sausage was amazing.
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My coworker Brooke lives near me in the West side of St. Paul (I live in South Saint Paul but we’re only a couple miles apart). She recommended this cute little coffee shop called Cafe Juliahna on the West side (or is it technically in West St. Paul? I never know with this area). So considering my love of coffee and cafes I checked it out the other weekend.

There are a lot of great things about this cafe. First, they roast their own beans using solar power and all the food is organic. My sister and I went on a Saturday morning and had breakfast. My latte was divine and I will definitely be going back for coffee. We shared a veggie breakfast wrap with a side of fruit. It was pretty good, very fresh but I don’t think it was quite worth $9. People who are really into organic food probalby wouldn’t consider the prices out of line.

One not so great thing was the service, I’m pretty sure the owner was the one who took our order and she was not very friendly, almost kind of rude actually. And it wasn’t as though they were busy…so like I said, coffee was fantastic, the food was ok and the service pretty poor. But the cafe was an adorable little place and it is a locally owned business so I’ll be back, but probably not to eat. I have searched and searched and am pretty certain this place does not have a website, they are located at 879 Smith Ave S. (right off of Robert St. and Anapolis)


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My coworker Brooke lives near me in the West side of St. Paul (I live in South Saint Paul but we’re only a couple miles apart). She recommended this cute little coffee shop called Cafe Juliahna on the West side (or is it technically in West St. Paul? I never know with this area). So considering my love of coffee and cafes I checked it out the other weekend.

There are a lot of great things about this cafe. First, they roast their own beans using solar power and all the food is organic. My sister and I went on a Saturday morning and had breakfast. My latte was divine and I will definitely be going back for coffee. We shared a veggie breakfast wrap with a side of fruit. It was pretty good, very fresh but I don’t think it was quite worth $9. People who are really into organic food probalby wouldn’t consider the prices out of line.

One not so great thing was the service, I’m pretty sure the owner was the one who took our order and she was not very friendly, almost kind of rude actually. And it wasn’t as though they were busy…so like I said, coffee was fantastic, the food was ok and the service pretty poor. But the cafe was an adorable little place and it is a locally owned business so I’ll be back, but probably not to eat. I have searched and searched and am pretty certain this place does not have a website, they are located at 879 Smith Ave S. (right off of Robert St. and Anapolis)


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I’m not sure I enjoy anything more than dinner out with my hubby. We kept it casual last Saturday and went to Bulldog in Lowertown St. Paul. We had a fantastic time eating great food and enjoying each other’s company.

Erik had never been to Bulldog and this was only my second time. He ordered a beer flight and a reuben (one of his favorites). I ordered a vodka/soda/cran/lime cocktail and a buffalo chicken sandwich (one of my favorites). They put blue cheese crumbles on top of cheddar on my buffalo chicken, need I say more? The french fries were fresh cut and perfect texture/flavor. This place has definitely won me over, did I mention they have french fries on their appetizer list prepared 7 different ways?!

We will definitely be going back to Bulldog. Our entire bill was only $44 plus tip and I thought that was pretty good considering I had 2 cocktails and a meal and Erik had a beer flight and a meal.

I should point out that Barrio next door was pretty busy. I guess everyone else had a different experience than I did (see previous post). But hey, I wish them the best of luck, I want restaurants to thrive in St. Paul so more come…and as I mentioned, I would be willing to try Barrio again if someone convinced me it was worth a second chance.

Sometimes I get kind of embarrassed whipping out my camera to take a picture of the plate of food in front of me. So on Saturday I tried to be discreet and used my blackberry to snap a couple pics.

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