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Travel Diary: Twin Cities Day 4

Day four was our last full day in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Before Church we went to The Good Day Cafe again to have breakfast. This time I got The Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, and shared a chai latte with my mom and sister. Everything was delicious, the hollandaise sauce was delicious and the crab cakes paired well the english muffin.

Because it was Sunday we drove to St. Paul to attend the oldest black baptist church in Minnesota; Pilgrim Baptist. Their choir was amazing full, loud and energetic. They sang a song I love: Faithful is Our God by Hezekiah Walker, they performed it so well.

Afterwards, we went to Truce Juice, a cold-pressed juice shop. I ordered the Charcoal Lemonade after I found out they were out of The Glow Greens. The juice was tasty albeit mad expensive. And the activated charcoal turned my tongue black for a while, which wasn’t fun.

Our last event in Minnesota was a cook out with our extended family. Which was a fantastic time with fabulous food. It was nice meeting some family I’d never met and talking about our time in Minnesota with them.

Later that night my parents picked up some dessert for us at Sprinkles, a little bakery. I didn’t love my cupcake: the cake was a bit dense but I enjoyed the flavor

The day was short so we could get some rest but we had an excellent time.

Stay fly

~Akilah

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Travel Diary: Twin Cities Day 3

Day 3 started with breakfast and extended family at The Good Day Cafe. You know the feeling of being at a great restaurant but not ordering the right thing? That’s what happened to me that day. I got The Big Luigi and it was good but I knew I could do better.

I loved the decor at The Good Day Cafe and the service was excellent. If you go ask for Michelle she was our super sweet server, who recommended menu items and even snapped a family photo for us.

Next we went to The Mall of America, which is the biggest mall in the US of A. It has four levels that are about the size of normal malls. We didn’t get to see even a quarter of it but the stores we went to were incredible.

We first went to a tea shop called David’s Tea. It reminded me of Teavana but with a more fun and colorful personality. The teas were named like nail polish colors which I thought was genius.

Then we went to the holy grail of day 3: Marbles The Brain Store. It’s a game store where the games are set out for you to play. They teach you how to play and play with you. We spent a good hour and a half in that store and bought three games: Otrio, quoridor, and Square Up.

Naturally, we worked up an appetite playing games, so we went to Crave in the mall. Crave was a slightly upscale sushi and entree place. I ordered the Jerk Marinated Shrimp Salad. It was delicious and had some serious kick.

Later on we stopped by Ikea, we definitely need one Nashville.

Then a couple hours later we went to My Burger for dinner. I had a love hate relationship with this place because my burger was mediocre the fries were bad but the root beer was the bomb. 

Minneapolis is known for 1919 root beer and though I don’t like root beer I wanted to try it. Root beer is generally too sweet for me, but this root beer changed my life!  It was crisp and sweet yet had a pleasant bite. I highly recommend it.

Stay fly

~Akilah

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ο»ΏTravel Diary: Twin Cities Day 2

The second day of our Minneapolis/St. Paul trip was one of my favorites.

Oftentimes on vacation everyone is lazy and getting up and about takes longer. That’s what happened and since it was a weekday we completely missed the restaurants’ breakfast window.

But we had a great lunch/first meal of the day at Pineda Tacos. I got the Taco Bravo with chipotle pork. It was super spicy but tasty and filling.

Then we drove out to Lake Calhoun and walked along it. We also took some fun pictures on the pier. The weather was beautiful and the lake picturesque.

Lake Harriet was close by so we drove to that area and went to the Peace Garden and Rose Garden across from it.

The gardens were beautiful and there were pretty birds all around. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the birds because toddlers kept scaring them away :(.

Next we drove out to an area called Linden Hills, it reminded me of the Hillsboro Village area in Nashville.

There was a cute little children’s bookstore there that my mom had heard about called Wild Rumpus.

Our whole family thoroughly enjoys childrens books and bookstores so a bookstore devoted to children was heaven. It even had a mini door I walked through. They had picture books, MG fiction, YA fiction and even some adult offerings. I came away with a list of new books to read.

After perusing the bookstore we went to get ice cream at a place called Sebastian Joe’s. I got the Plum Ginger Sorbet in a handmade cone. It was delicious.

Later that day we explored an area called West End Boulevard, this area reminded me of Nashville’s Green Hills. It had lots of elegant boutiques and specialty stores.

We went into a little place called Kittsona, which was like a mix of Kate Spade and Anthropologie. it had this really cute rug in it that I may DIY in the near future.

Then we went into Apricot Lane Boutique and a painting place called Brush Studios, just to look around.

Later that night, very late in fact we had pizza delivered to the hotel room. Unfortunately I was so tired I didn’t take a picture of it and no one remembers the name of the restaurant. It was good though.

Stay fly and stay tuned for Day 3

~Akilah

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Travel Diary: Twin Cities Day 1

I’m baaaack! It’s been a while since I posted but that’s because I was on vacation and now I’m back with a 5 day travel diary.

My family and I took a road trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul to visit family and explore the cities. I haven’t been to Mpls since I was two so this time was of course much different.

Day 1

We left at about 3:00 in the morning and drove through Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Iowa.

Missouri was beautiful and I took some pictures from the car, not the best quality but they capture the gist of the scenery.

We stopped in Cedar Rapids Iowa to eat lunch at The Lost Cuban. I was impressed with the paintings of old cars on the inside but that’s where my admiration ended.

The service was poor; my mom saw a server drop a piece of meat he was putting on the plate then pick it up and eat it.

And the food was not good. I had the Infidel Sandwich a pressed sandwich with Picadillo and potato sticks. My sandwich was the best out of the foods that my family tried. And it was only mediocre. Cuban food should have some fun flavor and this had basically none.

So after the disappointing lunch at The Lost Cuban we got back in the car. I fell asleep and woke up to a massive storm, thankfully it passed pretty quickly.

We got to Minneapolis at about 7:30 and checked into the hotel: Marriott Minneapolis West.

The hotel was gorgeous and the staff was very friendly. They recommended the restaurant BLVD Kitchen and Bar so that’s where we went for dinner.

The atmosphere was upscale but not ultra fancy. Our server was kind and he let us know that it was happy hour and that some dishes were half off.

I ordered the Mushroom and Arugula flatbread it had shiitake, crimini, button and oyster mushrooms, arugula and truffle cream. It was pretty good, not amazing but tasty.

Day 1 of the trip was fun, but the rest of the days were even better!

Until next time, stay fly friends!

~Akilah

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