Sea Salt

It’s that time of year again – I’m so nostalgic for the beginning of the school year, the weather, the new clothes & nerdy supplies but boooo I’m grown now and I have to work. I also struggle with my intense love of summer heat and being outside versus the coziness of boots, sweaters, Badger football, and hot meals that is fall. I’ve had grilled cheese and tomato soup 3 times this week, and it’s only been 60 degrees…

Sea Salt is a Minnesota summer classic. I SO wish this was open year round, but clearly the appeal is that it’s a summer joint. I always, always, always order the fried fish tacos. I’ve tried the regular fish tacos, and the fried just kills it – no fishy smelling fish, fresh cilantro, diced onions and lime over the top gives a mix of flavors so similar to traditional Mexican food it’s hard to find anywhere else, let alone in Minnesota. Pro tip: go post-rainfall to enjoy Minnehaha falls, bike there if you can, be prepared to wait an hour or more on a beautiful day, annnd don’t forget to save room for the best ice cream in town: Sebastian Joe’s.  I recommend (per my dear friend Liz’s suggestion) Raspberry Chocolate Chip or the Nicollet Pot Hole – I’m not kidding when I say it’s the best ice cream in town.

Luckily, Sea Salt stays open through October, and rumor has it the lines are non-existent this time of year.

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Restaurant Alma

Mmmm food.  As their website states it’s fresh, seasonal and organic.   All-in-all an excellent combo for dinner with kStyle. You know it’s fancy when they’re only open for dinner, so take my word and make a reservation.  We decided that rather than exchange holiday gifts this season, we would spend our hard-earned cash on good eats!  The tricky and amazing part of Alma is that their menu changes every 6-8 weeks, so it’s always a good place to return to.  They also have an excellent option of three-course tasting for $48. Given that dessert is a top priority when I dine out, Kristi and I decided to share multiple dishes and a couple of desserts.

We started with the Rabbit Rillets and the Roasted Beets. I tried Rabbit! I’m growing up! It was more of a Rabbit Pâté – pretty risky for a first time, but with a little bit of yummy mustard (shooting with technical terms here) it was pretty good. The Roasted Beets were fantastic! Such an unexpected mix of flavors – sort of pickled, and a definite must here.

As our second entrée we shared the Squash Ravioli which pretty much put all other ravioli to shame.  Brown Butter? Pepper? Check yes! This might have been my favorite of all the dishes. But wait…

The Wild Striped Bass! SO GOOD.  I love a good Sea Bass (um, Lurcat? Divine) but this was something I’d never experienced: fennel (always a yes), pecans, and citrus broth. A winning combination overall.

To top off an excellent meal and excellent company we shared the Spiked Chocolate Cake and the Creme Brule (I can’t remember the flavor) but regardless, get the Chocolate Cake. It’s hard to find a Chocolate Cake that’s not too dry not to mention with toasted marshmallows. Do it. Love it.

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