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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 6:43 AM
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wj:

In Miami-Dade county, Haitians are not a noticeable influence on the restaurant scene, whereas Cuban restaurants are like the grains of sand on the beach: uncountable.

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 8:33 AM
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While I have been enjoying the ongoing dialogue on this post, I am most definately looking forward to the food reports...

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 8:43 AM
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  AMEN to that Ann !!!    The guys should be at Al's RIGHT NOW!  mmmm.... Hashbrowns.       Dawn

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 9:41 AM
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I knew it was only a matter of time before Anderson House went out of business. The reason why they went out of business is for the same reason there's a fast food and non-roadfood chain forum on the Roadfood website. For some reason, the tradional regional roadfood restaurants in the  midwest seems to have been hit hardest by the proliferation of casual dining chains, for example Dodd's in Indianapolis, Crabtree's Kitchen in Minnesota and The White  Way and Stone's in Iowa for example.Here in New England it
wasn't very different, many of the old time diners (hundreds of them) in the Boston area serving the "food of the people" (cod cakes, baked beans and brown bread) were "taken out" by the proliferation of the Dunkin Donut chains. You can find one every 6 blocks (I'm not exaggarating- ask any New Englander) and they're packed to the gills.  And mind you these restaurants didn't shut down their doors because the quality went down, the quality of these restaurants never waivered, just the quality in taste of their patrons went down the tubes.

I know I've lost the battle and the war. People who laughably call themselves "roadfooders" and continue to post on the chain forum and others  like them are the ones to blame for the collapse and downfall of regional roadfood. The "time marches on speech" is a load of garbage, if that's the case these restaurants would have died out decades ago, but instead their demise has been "coincidentally timed"  with the influx of national chains.

Miami Don

I know the number of Cuban restaurants in Miami far exceed the number of Haitian Restaurants, however I'm fairly certain that the majority of Haitian Restaurants in Miami far exceed the number in any other city in the US.
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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 10:02 AM
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AHI MPLS

The guys should be at Al's RIGHT NOW!  mmmm.... Hashbrowns.       Dawn

Hey Dawn, how about some corned beef hash?

We interrupt this thread for late-breaking food news...






These photos are unretouched (my sincere apologies) but taken only an hour ago at Al's Breakfast in Dinkytown!  Buffetbuster & I (Amy's not feeling well and wanted to sleep in) were waiting at the door at 5:50 am and were among the first customers when they unlocked the door promptly at 6 am.  Davydd arrived a few minutes later, and we had a grand time eating, taking pictures, struggling with poor lighting for photos, and chatting with the servers.  "So, you guys met on a website?" is the question that hooked them into a long discussion about RF.

Amy & Cliff have great pictures from Nye's Polonaise Room last night, and we'll be posting our Jucy Lucy finds later...stay tuned, friends!    Chris


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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 10:09 AM
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  BEAUTIFUL !!  I'm lovin' that short stack... Now get on over to A Bakers wife before all the American teacakes are gone!!!!  

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 10:13 AM
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As soon as we get going this morning, that is definitely on our list!  Thanks for the tip, Dawn!    Chris

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 10:21 AM
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 Amy, I hope you're not suffering from the dreaded " Nye's Revenge "    go get some Pho on eat street ,that should fix you right up!!    { sorry, WJ>>>}

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 10:34 AM
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Wow- everyone got up early! Good pics so far...

Dawn,

Apparently I can get my "Pho fix" right here in good ol' Rhode Island..

http://www.phofever.com/restaurants/rhode-island.php

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 10:51 AM
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  A Pho is a Pho is a Pho..... In any other city, 'twould still smell as sweet !!  

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 11:12 AM
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Nope, Dawn, it wasn't Nye's fault, even though we could blame the World's Most Dangerous Polka Band!  Amy was feeling a cold coming on before we got out of Iowa, unfortunately.  She seems okay this morning, so we're headed to A Baker's Wife and then to the 5-8 Club for our first Ju(i)cy Lucy of the day.

More to come...   Chris

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 11:40 AM
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At 6:00 AM it is still dark for another hour to go. We left before the sun came up and as I was snapping this picture on our departure I learned later I was becoming a grandpa for the third time at about this moment.



You are probably wondering how one should behave as a roadfooder. You really don't eat your food until it gets cold because you must first spend time composing your shot and shoot your food. Fortunately at Al's Breakfast it is a common enough event that no one pays you any mind.



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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 11:43 AM
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Not to repeat photos but I should add this one to show you I seemingly must have been the only coffee addict in the group.



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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 11:56 AM
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Did I say they don't pay you any mind? Our wait staff seemed enthralled at our photography.



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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 12:04 PM
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Wonderful pictures of the food and the people as well.  It looks as though you all are off to a great start!

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 1:27 PM
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  CONGRATS Davydd !! hope all is well      OH PLEASE don't forget to go to Matt's , none of that uptown cheese here !! ya get the real thing, yellow cheese ,kin to velveeta I believe..... makes it the raunchiest of the Lucys!! yummiest in my book. 

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 1:57 PM
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Miami Don

I know the number of Cuban restaurants in Miami far exceed the number of Haitian Restaurants, however I'm fairly certain that the majority of Haitian Restaurants in Miami far exceed the number in any other city in the US.



Probably true, but what I was trying to convey is that one might be able to count all of the Haitian restaurants on two hands.  BTW, if you are ever in town again, I can make some recommendations beyond Tap-Tap on South Beach.

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 2:25 PM
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wanderingjew, The anticipation intermission discussion is over. We're back to some serious reporting.

First, I should report we roadfooders had the honorary gift exchange. Ayersian brought fresh pork tenderloins straight from Iowa for Buffetbuster and me. I had mine for lunch and took the time to experiment with white balance settings on my kitchen counter north light. I went through all the settings to see which one worked best. This white balance was the outdoor shade setting.



Finding the right setting at Al's Breakfast to shoot without flash was difficult. One only wished they had more time to experiment but the lighting was fairly dark and diffuse with incadescent, LED and flourescent shooting out from the back room. The best thing you can hope for is a daytime visit sitting next to a window to get the best shots.

Anyway, my gift to Buffetbuster and the Ayersians was Pearson's nut candie bars. They are a St. Paul product. I think there might be an old Roadfood.com discussion about them. I thought about 25 CDs but heard that was not appropriate.



And last but not least, Grandson Jonah Hippert Stovall arrived this morning at 7:19 AM in La Crosse, WI. He will be the first born true cheesehead roadfooder in our family.



I will be heading for La Crosse tomorrow morning.

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sat, 03/21/09 5:01 PM
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Awww on both counts!  Congratulations Grampa Davydd--he is lovely--and it looks like y'all are having a wonderful time in the Twin Cities.  Enjoy yourselves, and I hope Amy feels better.

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sun, 03/22/09 12:40 AM
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Davydd


Here is the Google search on A Baker's Wife's Pastry Shop.

http://is.gd/nrw2

We gathered again at the Cat-Man-Do Tibetan restaurant in St. Paul in a neighborhood surrounded by Macalester College. After our meal we engaged in a clandestine pastry taste-up from the trunk of Chris' car in the parking lot behind the restaurant. Chris' contraband came for the Baker's Wife's Pastry Shop. Pure roadfood addiction.



More reports are coming. I will miss the Hell's Kitchen breakfast gathering. I'm headed to La Crosse in the morning.

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sun, 03/22/09 9:19 AM
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Congratulations, Davydd, on the new grandchild. I'm sure grandpa will make sure that he grows up to be a dedicated roadfooder. BTW, great report and photos - sure wish I was there with you. 

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sun, 03/22/09 9:30 AM
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Chris always has something in the trunk of his car!  ;)

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sun, 03/22/09 10:52 AM
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Davydd


I learned later I was becoming a grandpa for the third time at about this moment.


 









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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Sun, 03/22/09 11:01 AM
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I ditto the Mozel Tov!

Cute baby there!

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 1:46 PM
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We had a fantastic time at Hell's Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis yesterday morning.  If this place is going downhill, it would be truly scary to think about how good it was before.  Everything from the porridge to the maple glazed bison sausage to the peanut butter and jams were outstanding.  They even gave us a complimentary caramel pecan roll to try.  Service was friendly, while the atmosphere was bizarre and unique.  I have never eaten at anywhere else quite like it.
 
When they sat us down, they gave us what was called the key to the city.  The waitress didn't know anything about it (or did a great job of playing dumb) and the hostess came back over and told us it was from the mayor.  A quick phone call to Al Bowen eliminated him from the suspects list.  We never did figure out what the purpose was, although since we discussed it so much, maybe it already served that purpose.
 
Here are the six of us in front of the fireplace next to our table.

Sitting down left to right: Amy and friend Kelly
Middle row: Mariton, Emilou (holding the key) and Chris
Back row: Myself

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 2:05 PM
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Sorry I missed the get together at Hell's Kitchen (not really)



The night before here they are at the Cat-Man-Do.



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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 2:12 PM
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Davydd-
Wish you could have joined us for our meal at Hell's Kitchen, but you had grandfatherly duties elsewhere!  Congratulations again!

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 2:16 PM
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Buffetbuster,

Another photo of your mug at Hell's Kitchen-  
Where's the food???


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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 2:17 PM
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Key to the city you say ?      

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 2:22 PM
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A quick story my buddy wanderingjew may enjoy.....

I was in Winona, Minnesota on Saturday and spotted a cool looking little drive-in type place called Penguin Zesto.  Definite bonus points for the cool name!  The menu includes such local foods as 1919 root beer and cheese curds.  I asked one of the locals in front of me what she recommends to eat and she told me her favorite thing was the shrimp basket! I'm guessing WJ would not be ordering the shrimp basket.
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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 2:43 PM
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buffetbuster,

Great shots of some wonderful looking Twin Cities venues!  Never been to Cat-Man-Do, although we have been to Everest, another Nepali restaurant, this one located in St. Paul, just down the street from Tavern on Grand.

Wish Hell's Kitchen was open for dinner.  We rarely go out for breakfast when we're traveling on business, and we're always working during lunch.

I hope you got to Nye's Polonaise, and even more, hope you were able to get some reasonable pix in that dark-as-the-Batcave atmosphere.

Davydd,

Another mazel tov on your new grandson from the Roadhouse families!  He looks like a pretty good little scrapper.  So, once he's weaned from mother's milk, what comes first-a breaded pork tenderloin or a fried walleye sandwich?  Or maybe one of those giant pulled pork sandwiches over at Tonka Grill.

Whatever you decide, I hope you and the little guy will enjoy each other's company as much as we enjoy visiting with you and Nancy (who, although rarely mentioned on these boards, I'm sure is the proud Grandmama ).

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 2:48 PM
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Hell's Kitchen is open for dinner in its new location.

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 2:53 PM
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   The tentacles of my influence stretch far and wide!!! {at least around South Mpls.!! glad you all had a good time, and many thanks to the lovely Miss BARRET ! Hell's Kit. Hostess Extrordinaire.... 

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 3:14 PM
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AHI MPLS-
Nicely done!  We could not figure out who it was from.  Since we announced in the forums that we were going to be at Hell's Kitchen, we figured it could have been anybody.  How did she recognize our party?
 
Buddy-
Does this answer your question of if we made it to Nye's or not?



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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 3:28 PM
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That looks like a truly dangerous polka band.  Dawn, nice work on the secret ops.  ;)

Davydd, that rates a big old 'awwwww'.

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 4:52 PM
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Looking forward to the Nye's review and photos.  Looks like you had a fine time in The Cities.  How many different Jucy Lucys did you wrap your chompers around?

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 6:41 PM
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 Hee-Hee!  You know the Seinfeld where they're trying to meet up at the movie?  Elaine was described as having "A big wall of hair and a face like a frying pan "  I went thru a minute or two of that-Nothing Mean!!!-  then { DUH! } mentioned the foto-frenzy     it was a dead giveaway....

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Mon, 03/23/09 8:23 PM
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Oh PUHLEEZE

BB

You should know by now restaurants have a WARNING Photo posted at each hostess station. 



So far this trip looks awesome

Davydd

Gratulationer on your grandson

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Tue, 03/24/09 5:43 PM
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Here are some of the plates from Cat-Man-Do



Buffetbuster had a totally liquid meal






Goat Momo. You could also get pork and chicken.

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Tue, 03/24/09 5:51 PM
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Oh my that looks good!  The soup looks like Lahksa Lemak (sp?)

And the other dishes look Indian except for the Momo.

Is it fusion cuisine or just dishes from surrounding countries?

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Tue, 03/24/09 6:23 PM
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Davydd


wanderingjew, The anticipation intermission discussion is over. We're back to some serious reporting.

First, I should report we roadfooders had the honorary gift exchange. Ayersian brought fresh pork tenderloins straight from Iowa for Buffetbuster and me. I had mine for lunch and took the time to experiment with white balance settings on my kitchen counter north light. I went through all the settings to see which one worked best. This white balance was the outdoor shade setting.



Finding the right setting at Al's Breakfast to shoot without flash was difficult. One only wished they had more time to experiment but the lighting was fairly dark and diffuse with incadescent, LED and flourescent shooting out from the back room. The best thing you can hope for is a daytime visit sitting next to a window to get the best shots.

Anyway, my gift to Buffetbuster and the Ayersians was Pearson's nut candie bars. They are a St. Paul product. I think there might be an old Roadfood.com discussion about them. I thought about 25 CDs but heard that was not appropriate.



And last but not least, Grandson Jonah Hippert Stovall arrived this morning at 7:19 AM in La Crosse, WI. He will be the first born true cheesehead roadfooder in our family.



I will be heading for La Crosse tomorrow morning.


Pearson's Nut Goodies!!! Never to my liking as I don't care for the maple syrup flavor.  But, my Dad gets a basket of those every year for Christmas.  Congratulations on the baby. 

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Tue, 03/24/09 8:13 PM
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While all the food looks great, and while everyone looks like they are having a ball, the baby stole the show...Congrats!

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Wed, 03/25/09 7:51 AM
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 Hee-Hee!  You know the Seinfeld where they're trying to meet up at the movie?  Elaine was described as having "A big wall of hair and a face like a frying pan "  I went thru a minute or two of that-Nothing Mean!!!-  then { DUH! } mentioned the foto-frenzy     it was a dead giveaway....
Okay, which one of us has a face like a frying pan?



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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Wed, 03/25/09 9:15 AM
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I MAY have used the terms Babyface and Lumberjack, but I used them in the nicest possible way!!  I LIKE Babyfaces and Lumberjacks.....

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Wed, 03/25/09 9:24 AM
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Ssshhh!  You're not supposed to give away Chris and Amy's secret service code names!

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Re:Descending on the Twin Cities March 20th - Wed, 03/25/09 10:26 AM
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Oh my that looks good!  The soup looks like Lahksa Lemak (sp?)

And the other dishes look Indian except for the Momo.

Is it fusion cuisine or just dishes from surrounding countries?


The canopy marque did say "Fusion of Nepali, Tibetan and Indian Cuisine". You guessed right. The goat momo was Tibetan.

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