5 Would Like a Bigger Bed Please
Northern Minnesota Culinary Adventures
Takk for Maten means "Thanks for the Food" and that is how you will feel.
All the tables are set up like the picture above- directions for how to order, a vase of feather-pens, menu, and fabric covered book with ordering tickets inside.
The menu covers ground in Norway, Sweden, and even Finland with breakfast items like grilled lefse with bacon and egg, swedish pancakes, yeasted waffles, and cardamom french toast.
I naturally ordered the item with the most whipped cream- the Swedish pancakes. Yum! I also had some tea they blend themselves with cacao, cinnamon, and orange, I think. Super tasty good.
This place was so fantastic, with great service, a designerly (but comfortable) feel, and kid-friendliness to spare, we had to come back today for a coffee/ chocolate-lingonberry milkshake break. That's right, I said chocolate-lingonberry milkshake. Combining the two was a special order, but it was delish. I hear their gooseberry shakes are good too.
If you live within 100 miles of Duluth, you have to come here. The end.
The Last Whaleback Ship in the WORLD (and minigolf)
So, for those of you who are curious as to what a whaleback ship is, why there are no more, and why we would go see one, read on. For those of you who are not, skip to the end.
Somewhere between 100 and 150 years ago, people who do these things wanted to design a boat that would have a minimum of drag in the water. So they made a ship that looked like a whale. As I understand it, they worked great, but the people who worked on them thought they were ugly, so they stopped making them. They were called whalebacks or pig noses. My husband is the ultimate boat dork, so visiting this boat was mandatory.
Bridges and Pinko Burritos
We had dinner in the former location of the Whole Foods Coop which now houses Burrito Union, home of the best Communist Mexican food money can buy. Seriously, very good. For any of you old-school Madisonians out there, it kind of reminded me of Porto Bananas.