I moved to the twin cities area three whole months ago! (Who else can’t believe it’s been that long?) This whole time I have yet to explore the Minneapolis food scene and I’m so excited I had the opportunity to try some new restaurants at the Healthy Living Summit this year!
Check out my first Healthy Living Summit “recap” here:
A Healthy Living Summit Un-Recap
Since today is WIAW or What I Ate Wednesday, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to share some of my Minneapolis eats with you! If you are in the area or will be visiting, be sure to read this post!
I had the opportunity to hang out with some gals from Girls on the Run Solemates, an amazing program I am supporting (and one you can help out AND win a delicious prize here!) Thursday evening. We did a short 2 mile run around lake Nokomis and then a few of us stayed after for some dinner at the Sandcastle (which is right on the lake), including a new local friend, Hyedi, who also attended the Healthy Living Summit (see, this kind of correlates with HLS!).
I had the fish tacos with cilantro, relish and lime. They were so very pretty as well as deliciously fresh and flavorful. The Sandcastle was a cool, relaxed place to hang out and chat, although it was a little noisy with the planes flying overhead and the ducks under our picnic table hoping for some scraps. I will definitely be going back for the food, friendly staff and gorgeous view of Lake Nokomis.
First of all, I would like to note how cool I looked on Friday when I brought my diet dew in an awesome koosie I found from Target to the Wild Harvest tour. (More on the tour later.) Everyone else had coffee from Starbucks or the like. Not this girl!
After the tour and after checking into the Healthy Living Summit, Alex, Mollie and I found a whole new world of food in downtown Minneapolis. They have food trucks there! We stopped at a place that was recommended to us called Hola Arepa.
An arepa is a taco-like dish except the shell is a thicker corn shell. It was good and messy. Like grab some extra napkins messy. It was a little disappointing they ran out of diet coke (hi, my name is Amanda and I need caffeine at least twice a day), but we got there right on time since they were running out of arepas at around 1pm.
Hola Arepa offered a variety of creative combinations of arepas as well as interesting drinks. Alex got a yummy cucumber lemonade while I snagged a bottle of something flavored with ginger (not my favorite, but I’m not much of a ginger person either). This is one unique food truck you will definitely want to check out!
It was a relaxing environment and I’m glad I went to meet some new ladies including Melanie (sweet gal who lives in the area and is also a RD), Gabe, Kim, Hannah (who just moved to my hometown Omaha!), Katie, and Caroline and see some familiar faces including Jen and Natalie (friends of Becky). (Be impressed at all of the blog linkage in this post…it’s not easy!) The food wasn’t amazing as far as my meal was concerned, but I did love the wine I ordered. It was a plum sparkling wine which is right up my alley. No heart-healthy red wine for this girl.
The roomies and I attended dinner at Crave in downtown Minneapolis for a mingle arranged by Molly and Lee. We had a reservation for 8 which turned into about 18 so we had to split up into different tables. The staff was not too pleasant about this and we were told we’d have to wait 3 hours to sit together (there were tables open everywhere around us that were “reserved”). I don’t know about you, but I’m not very used to snobby hosts. I suppose I’m not too used to eating in the big city either, so this might be a common thing?
I ordered the Lamburger which was spicy and amazingly juicy with a side of vegetables which turned out to be broccolini (not a fan). Oh did I mention that Dave came along for the ride? Lee invited her boy, so I thought I should invited my boy as well! It was really fun to have him there and he even took a picture of my food with his awesome phone.
|Alex, Gabe, Molly, Mollie, Katie, Dave, Me and poor Marissa and Jessie were cut out of this picture!|
After dinner, we headed over to Hell’s Kitchen for drinks in the lower level bar. I highly recommend the margarita with infused tequilla (recommended by Nicole). I had fun chatting with Marissa about her health coaching, although I was a bit turned off by the bartender’s lying about tables being “reserved” because we later found out they didn’t want us sitting there since we weren’t getting dinner. I’m glad I got a spot at the bar!
So basically I had a fun time in Minneapolis with the HLS gals and want to go back to check more places! Happy Wednesday!
Have eaten in downtown Minneapolis? Where is your favorite place to eat?
Have you ever been to a food truck? That was my first time!
Linking up to Jenn’s What I Ate Wednesday party!