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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 10:15:29 (permalink)
Bravo!  Just Bravo!

I can't believe another report almost got by me.  How do I miss these things?

Nancy,  Your narration is superb!!!  Your choices are excellent and then there's your pictures.

I love your reports!
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 10:42:52 (permalink)
Aww, Marlene, thank you!  (And agnes and annie, you too.)

Dawn, he was a really good sport about his big boy carseat.  We trucked him all over the north forty, so to speak.

Dale, I don't know that I can say that tater tots are more prevalent there than they are here for instance.  The cheese curds would be a for-sure regional thing.  And I was unfamiliar with fried cauliflower until I met Julie.  (That sounds kind of wrong, doesn't it?)
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 11:00:54 (permalink)
That is one happy kid! too cute.
I think I'd sell my soul for a trash basket and a cheeseburger.
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 11:32:16 (permalink)
Nancy, I love this report, especially the photos of the biscuits n' gravy and the various burgers. I'm going to be in the Twin Cities for a day or so next month, and I'm really glad that I learned about Stabby's ( love that name! ) in time for my trip. And for a burger fanatic like me, a Juicy Lucy is an absolute must. Unless my camera explodes, there will be photos, so be warned!
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 13:32:27 (permalink)
Raisin pie?

I'm at a loss for words.

Tell me about cheese curds.  I've heard of them and always wondered what they were or why they were different than just say... cheese.

Are they always served breaded and fried?  

I want them.
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 13:54:33 (permalink)
Cheese curds are fresh, not aged, and they can be eaten naked (meaning nothing on the curds, but I suppose that's an option for the eater as well).  Very fresh curds will squeak against the teeth when bitten.

Great story, Nancy.  Did y'all fly in and back or drive?

Brad
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 14:12:00 (permalink)
Nancypalooza

Aww, Marlene, thank you!  (And agnes and annie, you too.)

Dawn, he was a really good sport about his big boy carseat.  We trucked him all over the north forty, so to speak.

Dale, I don't know that I can say that tater tots are more prevalent there than they are here for instance.  The cheese curds would be a for-sure regional thing.  And I was unfamiliar with fried cauliflower until I met Julie.  (That sounds kind of wrong, doesn't it?)


Oh, yes, I know all about the cheese curds- something I always try to get when I'm in Wisconsin or Minnesota- but tater tots? interesting....
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 14:27:35 (permalink)
nancy -- thanks for the report.
 
No mention of the Farmington Bakery is complete without noting that they are one of the only (if not THE only) source in the Twin Cities that has cornish pasties.  They're not Iron Range sized or quality, but they are good enough to satisfy a craving.  I've interrupted bike rides with a stop at the Farmington Bakery several times for a pasty and some doughnuts.
 
 
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 14:38:32 (permalink)
Just ordered a pound of fresh curds on Ebay.

We'll see how "fresh" they are when I get them.
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 15:55:28 (permalink)
That little fellow looks like he was channeling BillyBoy at the Doughnut Plant in NYC!

Nancy, I've had deep-fried cauliflower at bars in Miami.  I always figured that it was just another veggie to check off on the list of frozen stuff for bars and restaurants from Sysco (along with zucchini, mushrooms, etc.).  I like 'em all.
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 16:27:52 (permalink)
Nancy -

Fabulous report that almost makes me want to go to Minnesota!

Actually, I do want to go (back) to Minnesota - I just won't do it when it is winter!  Just seeing the pictures Davydd posts from his front yard make me happy to be a Floridian at the peak of hurricane season!
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 16:59:20 (permalink)
Brad--we flew this time and rented a car.  I might be getting too old for that drive, even with a stop.

Bob--I sent the link to the report to the Stabby's guy (via the email at their website) and he's going to link to it.  Make sure to check them out if you can--the coneys for lunch looked intriguing.
 
MSPD--so was that you we saw going up and down the highway to Northfield?  There are a lot of bikers on that road.  I did not realize that about the pasties, but they had a couple of turnover wrappings--the pie crust one on the apple turnover and the more traditional puff pastry one on the blueberry--so that does not surprise me.
 
Marlene I am dying to hear what you think of cheese curds.  My first experience was at the Minnesota State Fair (ten days ending Labor Day, you should check it out if you can) and they are a Big Freaking Deal there.  And honest to pete, they squeak.  People serve 'em with ketchup but I liked the weirdness of dipping them in even more cheese.
 
Steve--we went up to take the nephew camping and it was in the thirties every night we were there so needless to say the hikes had to suffice.  You should go in August.  It's pretty hot there (and even more humid) in August.
 
Don--first time I had them was at a police academy lunchroom and I just thought they were frying anything at random to serve to the recruits.  I don't think I've ever seen them on a bar menu down here but then I'm not in that many bars.
 
chrissie & all--thanks for the nice words, especially about the little man.
 
 
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 17:02:33 (permalink)
Oh, I forgot to talk about sour cream raisin pie.  I figured it had to be a holdover from when you didn't have a lot of fresh fruit.  I don't love raisins (don't hate 'em, I just don't have a lot of opinion about them) but the tastes together in that pie are pretty good.  If you go to MN you should know your sour cream raisin pie and your rhubarb (with strawberry or without).  Dale, get right on those when you visit.  :)
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 19:03:51 (permalink)
So I take it you don't pick raisins out of things like rice pudding?
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/26 19:51:30 (permalink)
Naaah.  That would be Julie--she's a detritus-leaver.
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/27 01:27:13 (permalink)
Not fair!

You know I had to look that up and what's worse is I still don't know what it is for sure.

I'm thinking that Julie leaves remnants of dead stuff?

I'm so easily confused.


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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/27 07:30:47 (permalink)
LOLOL.  No, what I mean is that Julie picks off bits of bun she doesn't want to eat, any bit of a casserole or salsa, etc. that she doesn't want to eat--you get the idea.  Her plate usually has a remnant pile.  Me, I'm an omnivore, and unless I find it totally disgusting or I'm full, it's going down the hatch.  Not really an accident that I outweigh her.  :)
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/27 10:07:03 (permalink)
AHA!  So she'd understand that stinky cilantro hanging from all edges of my plate, knapkin and any other item to which I can stick it.
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/27 10:42:05 (permalink)
nancy...it's possible.  The ride to Northfield is a good one and I enjoy it.  About 50 miles round trip so I have total license to pig out along the way and after I get back!

The pasties are actually a 3rd type of crust.   Kind of like a pot pie top.   Next time you're there (or up in Northern MN on the Iron Range) I encourage you to try one.  Get there early...the pasties at Farmington Bakery disappear sometimes.
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/27 11:36:53 (permalink)
Fantastic trip report!  What wonderful pictures..And your nephew and his donut bliss is priceless...Loved it.
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/28 15:48:15 (permalink)
In case anyone is interested -- I just found out that the name "Stabby's" is related to the owners' last name.
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Re:More from the Twin Cities and Nearby 2009/05/28 16:08:51 (permalink)
I saw that too--kind of disappointing, given all our ideas about his possible nefarious past.  I actually used the 'contact us' at their site to send them this review and he asked if he could link to it.  I hope they do really well there.
 
Enjoy your bike rides MSPD!
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