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Few of My Favorite Things

November 8, 2009 - Meg Alexander
I recently spent some time in the Twin Cities, enjoying a vacation day with a few of my favorite things: good company, food and shopping.

Though my parents live only a couple hours away, between our two households' schedules, get-togethers are more sporadic than I would like, which is why a day out with my mom is such a treat — that and she's an awesome, amazingly patient, funny lady.

So, favorite thing No. 1, obviously, my mom.

No. 2: Namaste Cafe, a quaint little restaurant on Hennepin Avenue in Uptown Minneapolis that makes Indian and Nepalese food, using mostly fresh, local ingredients. We got there between meal-times, so we ordered a couple chai teas and ate off the appetizer menu, choosing three dishes: Aloo Chaat, Paapri Chaat and Green Soybeans. Yum! The soybeans were so-so, not terribly flavorful, but we both agreed the other two were delicious! (What the heck are they? Click on the link to check out Namaste's menu.)

No. 3: We dropped by a vintage consignment shop, Tatters, located just a few blocks down from Namaste on Lyndale Avenue. There were so many great finds, I could have dropped a lot of dough there! The prices were pretty high, but it was almost a luxury to have such a great selection in one spot, instead of sorting through rack after rack at thrift store after thrift store to find quality vintage wear.

One more place I would recommend while in the Twin Cities if you're looking for a good deal and enjoy reading is the Half Price Bookstore. It's on Excelsior, in the Miracle Mile strip mall. We didn't have time to hit it this last trip, but it's become a traditional destination for my family. My husband and I can't walk out without at least one paper bag filled with books.


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