Well, it’s finally spring in Minnesota, and we’re starting to get out and explore our surroundings.
Our weekend started with a dinner at Butcher and the Boar, which is a newish restaurant in Minneapolis. It’s gotten rave reviews by critics and Yelpers alike, and the menu looked intriguing. A couple months ago I’d gotten the idea to try it out, but weekend reservations were being booked at least four weeks out. Which only made me want to go there even more. So finally, when we had a free weekend and a babysitter, I snagged a reservation for a table for two just a couple days in advance.
Of course, our reservation was at 9:00 pm, which is normally around my bedtime, but I decided to sacrifice sleep for some much needed quality grownup time with Andrew. I did not take pictures, because I didn’t want to be That Girl at a swanky restaurant in the city, but it was a cool place. Fairly casual, with penny-tile floor, moustache art on the walls, and an open kitchen, it was definitely nice to set foot in something more sophisticated than a Chipotle, which we haven’t done in a while. The menu is all about meat, if you couldn’t guess from the name. Charcuterie, steaks, chops, sausages, as well as a great selection of seafood and side dishes. We tried the Berkshire pork chop, a “footlong” sausage, cheesy grits, and beer-battered fries. Oh, and speaking of beer–the selection was perfect. They do a lot of bourbon at this place, but their beers on tap are perfect for beer snobs like ourselves. We each enjoyed a glass of our favorite Minneapolis brew, Surly Furious.
So it was a late night out for us, and I didn’t quite make my 5 a.m. wake-up call for the trail run I was hoping to do this morning with my new running group in Rochester…but I made up for it by getting a fairly decent workout in later when we dusted off our bike helmets and went for our first ride of the season.
And guess who came with us?
Yep, baby’s first bike ride! We got a seat for the back of Andrew’s Big Dummy, and a cute floral helmet for our little lady. We rode into town and explored the neighborhoods a little. It also made me so happy that we’ve ended up on this quirky little farm in Minnesota. We’re only an hour south of the Twin Cities…so it’s pretty easy to enjoy what the city has to offer (even though we’re all for the country, we’re both pretty big fans of the occasional night on the town, so it’s nice to be so close). And after our city lust wears off, we can go home to our farm…and ride our bikes into town the next day.
I love having the space that the country offers, but growing up I always hated how it would take us fifteen minutes in the car to get anywhere. Here we’re only about a half mile out of town, so it really is the best of both worlds. And we hope it will be good for business, too–once we get our farm store up and running, we’re hoping we can attract customers to come and pick up eggs and meat at our store, instead of having to rely on farmers markets. So it helps that we’re not too far out of the way.
In town we rode around some neighborhoods just to get another feel for the place. Exploring a place on a bicycle is entirely different from driving by in a car. You have time to take in so many more details. Zumbrota, we realized, is full of a mish-mash of architectural styles when it comes to the homes in town. Lots of older Cape Cods and bungalows…and then all of a sudden there will be a random Victorian mansion. And then more bungalows. Keepin’ it weird in Zumbrota, I guess.
Oh yeah–so this week has been a big week for Ada. First bike ride, and first SLIDE RIDE! We hit up the local playground and introduced Ada to the swing and the slide. Here’s a little parting shot: