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Toddler friendly restaurants?

Great! Haute Dish is another one on my list to try... (way too many but now is somewhat limited with a toddler...)

Mar 29, 2014
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Toddler friendly restaurants?

Sorry i wasn't clear... prob shouldn't type when it was late at night :) Yes I did mean if it's okay to bring a toddler to Alma... good to know it's prob not the best place then. And thanks for the tips on parking...

We've been to Brasa pre-kid - we liked it!

Mar 29, 2014
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Toddler friendly restaurants?

Is it okay to bring a 19 months old toddler there? We don't need a kids menu as he pretty much eats whatever we eat including curry, fish, blue cheese etc... but he sometimes babbles loudly or in a high pitch voice when he's excited (he doesn't usually throw a tantrum when he gets to eat...). I just don't want to disturb other patrons.

If Alma is not a good one to bring a toddler, any other suggestions (something other than burgers/pizzas)? Doesn't matter if it's in the TC or nearby suburbs. Easy parking within walking distance is a bonus.

Mar 28, 2014
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Kitchen Tool you had an 'a ha' moment with ......

lucky you :)

Oct 10, 2012
Ummm in Cookware

Kitchen Tool you had an 'a ha' moment with ......

thanks!

Oct 10, 2012
Ummm in Cookware

Kitchen Tool you had an 'a ha' moment with ......

JavaBean and Sarah - what brand of Japanese knives?

Oct 08, 2012
Ummm in Cookware

Best pasta sauce in a jar?

Dave's Gourmet Pasta Sauce.

Oct 08, 2012
Ummm in General Topics

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

Yay - smoked almonds (forgot the actual name but it's a new product I believe)

Oct 08, 2012
Ummm in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 4th quarter 2012 [old]

Didn't like the coconut/mango bites either...

Oct 08, 2012
Ummm in Chains

New Dim Sum places

We went to Wanderer's in April I think, and the wrap in the shrimp balls were a bit thick, and the spare ribs lacked a bit of flavor, so it sounds like they may have improved (if the new chef started after April!)

Sep 03, 2012
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Best challah (kosher or not) in the area?

goyimfromroch are you in Rochester (saw reference above?) Any good place here? I think we've tried Trader Joe's, Prescott's (I think? Or was it Gingerbread House?) and Great Harvest, and my fav is Great Harvest. Wonder if there are other places that sell them here too...

Sep 03, 2012
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Keefer Court chow report

Great thank you! Good to know that.

Aug 24, 2012
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Keefer Court chow report

Keep meaning to go there... is parking a pain in that area on the weekend?

Jul 31, 2012
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Penninsula on Eat Street

Thanks! I like ground shrimp paste, just didn't know it by that name.

Jul 31, 2012
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Penninsula on Eat Street

What is belcan? Tried googling but no luck.

Jul 30, 2012
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Family friendly restaurants near SW Minneapolis and Corcoran?

Thanks for both suggestions. I think I'll collect all ideas and see which one they feel like going!

Jul 30, 2012
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Family friendly restaurants near SW Minneapolis and Corcoran?

Thanks for the suggestions! It'd be dinner on a weeknight. Kept meaning to try V44 at some point!

Jul 30, 2012
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Family friendly restaurants near SW Minneapolis and Corcoran?

I didn't know there is a Minneapolis Corcoran neighborhood (I have no clue about the TC and all the suburbs, I was just going by the address...)

So I'd say it's Corcoran, NW of the cities (she said hwy 55, almost to Rockford)? But she's okay to drive closer to SW Minneapolis...

Thanks for all your help!

Jul 30, 2012
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Family friendly restaurants near SW Minneapolis and Corcoran?

She actually said she's good anywhere, priority is family friendly where the little ones can be exuberant :) Thanks!

Jul 29, 2012
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Family friendly restaurants near SW Minneapolis and Corcoran?

Two friends are coming to MN to visit, one will be staying in SW Minneapolis (south of lake Harriet / Edina) and the other will be staying in Corcoran. DH and I will be traveling up from SE MN to meet up with them since they have little ones (10 months old and 18 months old), and we are just not familiar with family-friendly restaurants up that way.

Any recommendations for something near SW Minneapolis / Corcoran or somewhere in between that'd be convenient for both of them (it doesn't matter so much for us coming up from SE MN)? One of them is Jewish and I think that's the only dietary requirement.

Thanks!

Jul 29, 2012
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Tofu edamame nuggets - like! Thought it'd come with a sauce (the picture suggested so) but it didn't (and if you read the fine print below the picture, it did say it is not included...) Taste pretty good as is without sauce, but I think it'd also go well with a variety of Asian sauces like soy, plum, sweet chili (maybe even the toasted sesame salad dressing I have bought elsewhere!)

Also like the dark chocolate covered pomegranate seeds, a combo of sweet (but not too sweet) and tart, and slightly crunchy due to the seeds.

May 28, 2012
Ummm in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Also like the Pappardelle with Chicken and Mushroom, though the portion is smaller than expected - lots of air in the package!

Also tried the salmon/asparagus pasta, it was okay... like the chicken/mushroom better.

May 28, 2012
Ummm in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Yep I found the Milk Chocolate w/Caramel and liked it! I checked all over the shelves by the cashier for the Dark Chocolate Speculoos Bars but no luck last time... will try again next time :)

May 28, 2012
Ummm in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Meh - Golden Caramel Swirl Super Premium Ice Cream. Not enough Caramel. Didn't taste the sea salt (I think it said it has some sea salt or something in it? Too lazy to go check).

Okay - coffee ice cream.

May 20, 2012
Ummm in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Oh good idea! I have to remember to save the garlic juice and use the garlic nibs on eggs!!

May 20, 2012
Ummm in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

I hope they'd stock them in the midwest soon! (yes LAWoman, I am in the midwest!!)

May 20, 2012
Ummm in Chains

New Dim Sum Place

Hubby and I went there for dim sum. Overall I liked it better than the (now closed) Jun Bo which we went to 6 or 7 years ago (so this is my 2nd time going yum cha here in MN!) For reference, I grew up in Hong Kong and Melbourne, so have been to really authentic dim sum places.

The food is decent, but is kinda pricey as for the two of us it was about $45 including tips (which they included in the bill already).

The dish I was most disappointed in was the chicken wrapped in tofu skin. The other ingredients in the dish were not what I would have expected (fake crab stick and taro?) The spare ribs with black bean sauce lacked some spice (usually comes with some thinly sliced red chili but they were no where in sight... maybe not to scare the typical Minnesotan off... and I don't even like my food that spicy but found this dish lacked some kicks). The deep fried seafood roll was meh (should have tried the spring roll instead, but I guess they pushed this dish to my non-Chinese husband when I went to the bathroom... not something I'd have ordered), and the coconut pudding tasted more like jello, rather than the spongy kind I like with rich coconut flavors.

The shrimp dumpling skin was slightly too thick (plus when I picked them up, both times, the skin got stuck at the bottom and could only grab on to the fillings... yes I know how to use chopsticks :)) and the bbq pork "noodles" (cheong fun) was slightly too thick too, and the bbq pork is more red-dyed and a bit too sweet...

We had other dishes too but I don't remember much - which is prob a good thing which means I don't have any complaints :)

Overall it's a decent experience. I know I can't expect too much, but that doesn't mean I can't be critical, and I can't help but compare them to my past experiences :) At least we didn't wait to be seated when we went (about 11:30am). I have never heard so many people speaking Cantonese at the same time in MN, so if the native speakers are going there, it can't be that bad right? :) I am just picky lol.

May 20, 2012
Ummm in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Couldn't find Smore's Frozen Sandwiches. Asked an employee, and she said they carried them last summer, but there were some quality issues or something and hadn't seen them since?

May 16, 2012
Ummm in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

Couldn't find the Dark Chocolate Speculoos Candy Bar. Where are they at? Near the checkout?

May 16, 2012
Ummm in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - 2nd quarter 2012 [OLD]

I don't usually like pickles much, but I really like these mushrooms! I think it's the garlic.

May 16, 2012
Ummm in Chains