Monday, January 26, 2009

Travel Travel Travel

It's been a busy couple weeks. This afternoon I got back from a weekend in Brooklyn visiting Liz's brother and celebrating her birthday. We had a great time and only set foot in Manhattan once to check out an art gallery. We stayed at a great hostel in Williamsburg, checked out DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, and environs.

Prior to that I spent 5 days in Colorado skiing with Mikko, Steve & D. That was a blast, too. Great to see Steve (the guy I moved to Salt Lake with 10 years ago) & D (now in Denver). The weather was terrific and we enjoyed bluebird days at Breckenridge (where Mikko scored us a helluva deal on a condo), A-Basin and Loveland.

Next up is a week of down time at home before Liz and I take off for a week in Nicaragua. It's a rough life I lead.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

See the Cold? Hear the Cold?

I love these days when you can see and hear how cold it is. The temp this morning was -17 and you could hear the car tires squeaking down the snow on the street in a tone that doesn't occur when it's above -5 or so. And I especially enjoy looking out the 15th floor window of my office building downtown Mpls to see all the exagerated steam and exhaust coming out of every building and car. I just wish I could have gotten a good photo of it. Tomorrow I leave for a ski trip to the balmy mountains of Colorado where it's in the teens and twenties, but maybe I'll try to snap a photo or two tomorrow morning.

Seeing, hearing & feeling Minnesota, indeed.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Best Breakfast in Town

Liz recently introduced me to a place we'd been meaning to go for months - the Clicquot Club Cafe in Seward. After dining there twice in the past 10 days, I deem it Best Breakfast in Town. I enjoy a great breakfast as much as all y'all, and tend to end up at the joints that serve the amazing (and filling) Tex Mex / Farmer's / Cajun, etc. But Clicquot Club steps above the fray with a far higher quality serving, my favorite being the Gorgonzola Fritatta. Simply beyond.

Gorgonzola Frittata $8.95
Spinach and Roasted Garlic Frittata eggs topped with melted Gorgonzola cheese, red onions, tomatoes, and smoked bacon. Served with roasted Potatoes and toasted baguette.

Everything is phenomenal, right down to the potatoes and bread. The prior week I fell in love with the Tex Mex at the Neighborhood Cafe on Selby at Snelling, but see myself going back to Clicquot Club again and again to explore the complete menu. In addition, the staff at Clicquot Club is terrific. And why wouldn't you enjoy your job when cranking out such masterful pieces.