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Dine Minneapolis

Winter Brunch at Cafe Alma

On a frigid December Sunday, it was high time for some brunch and some Christmas shopping. So, Victoria and I slid from the parked car, across ice dams, to Cafe Alma for some wholesome breakfast food. Although I had wholeheartedly sworn off Alma in…

January 2, 2019
Dine Minneapolis

Revisiting Young Joni

Following copious amounts of Christmas shopping, my father and I were in need of revitalization. And nothing sounded better than a late lunch at Young Joni. My father, an avid Pizzeria Lola fan, had never been. And, having not returned myself since my summer…

December 30, 2018
Switzerland Travel

The Swiss Désalpe

Ready for our next adventure, we headed to the Gruyères region for the day. And, much to our surprise, an amazing event was going on: the Désalpe de Charmay. This annual tradition is a mountain festivity, which celebrates the descent of famous Swiss cattle…

October 25, 2018
Switzerland Travel

Harvest Season in the Lavaux Vineyards

On a beautiful September day, my family and I went to one of my favorite walking spots in Lavaux, among the vineyards. But, before we began our hour-long foot journey along Chemin de la Dame between Rivaz and Epesses, we needed sustenance. Stopping at a…

October 11, 2018
Switzerland Travel

An Afternoon in Yvoire

Finally, after 3 years of dating my Swiss boyfriend, my parents made the journey to the Lac Léman region. I was so excited to share with them the Swiss part of my life – Lausanne, fondue, Lavaux – and more! My boyfriend and I…

September 27, 2018
Dine Dining Reviews Minneapolis

Dine / Alma – Minneapolis, MN

Alma is often called one of the top restaurants in the Twin Cities. Heralded by Zagat, Vogue, James Beard and more, Alma was established in 1999 by a former New York City chef, Alex Roberts; Roberts was well trained, and a founder of the…

September 20, 2018
Dine Dining Reviews Minneapolis

Dine / Young Joni – Minneapolis, MN

One of the biggest blessings about living in Minneapolis again – I have close friends here who actually want to eat high caliber meals! After years in Madison with hard to coordinate foodie friends and with BFFs on limited budgets in Chicago (me included!), there…

September 13, 2018
Dine Minneapolis

Minneapolis Restaurant Week at Café Lurcat

In the height of the summer, wearing atrociously unstable wedges, I met my friends from college at Café Lurcat in Loring Park. I hadn’t been to the restaurant since a Junior Prom meal several years back, so I was excited to re-experience the sophisticated…

August 23, 2018
Dine Dining Reviews Minneapolis

Dine / Bellecour – Wayzata, Minnesota

Located in the swanky town of Wayzata – perhaps the most blue-blooded enclave of the Upper Midwest – is Bellecour, the latest buzzing restaurant from Chef Gavin Kaysen. A departure from sister restaurant, Spoon and Stable, Bellecour features white-washed Nantucket decor, French delicacies, and a…

August 9, 2018
Sunset Over Lac Léman; Lausanne, Switzerland
Dine Switzerland Travel

Swiss Fondue at Café du Vieil Ouchy

It was my last night in Switzerland. Therefore, it was time for the most traditional of Swiss meals – fondue at Café du Vieil Ouchy. After a fabulous dinner at Café Grancy the previous night, I was looking forward to another delicious meal at another…

July 19, 2018
Cafe Grancy Lausanne, Switzerland
Dine Switzerland Travel

Dinner at Café Grancy

With my departure from Switzerland looming, it was time for another round of goodbye dinners. So Junior, his family, and I headed to Café de Grancy, a large, airy restaurant just south of Lausanne’s train station. With a stunning patio and subtle belle époque touches, it was…

July 12, 2018
26 Grains Cold Cereal Bowl with Chia Seeds and Mango
Dine London Travel

Breakfast at 26 Grains in Neal’s Yard

In London for a quick business trip, I was lucky enough to have a free day for exploring. After an ample rest in my miniature hotel room, it was time to seize the day and grab breakfast. I quickly showered and dressed, wanting to hit…

June 28, 2018
Lake Geneva, Switzerland Restaurant Guide
Dine Switzerland Travel

Lake Geneva Restaurant Guide

Although Switzerland is not the most trendy of places for food and beverage, it is great at what it knows. Particularly in the French dominant, Lac Léman region (or Lake Geneva, if you are an English speaker), traditional Swiss food and beverage shines, with a handful…

June 21, 2018