For the night time festivities for the party, I decided that a progressive dinner at various locations around the Twin Cities would be fun. I had Brittany pick three of her favorite restaurants that were all over of the city. She picked one across the street from the beautiful Calhoun Lake in uptown Minneapolis, one in St. Paul, and the last one in the heart of Minneapolis’ downtown. We rented a limo for transportation for us and needless to say, a HUGE Hummer limo showed up at her house!
Disclaimer: I did a horrible job of taking pictures of the gloriousness of food I consumed this night. I have a few things, but actually failed rather miserably at documenting this portion of the night.
First up, Urban Eatery in uptown. This was a cool little place. It was right across the street from Lake Calhoun, which is pretty big. We got to sit outside and enjoy all the views of the lake and urban settings. We ordered cocktails and appetizers here. I had a mojito, which was pretty dang good. We also shared the sweet potato fries, guacamole and chips, and avocado/tomato pizza (apparently we were feeling avocados).
Secondly, we headed to St. Paul for some wine and Italian food at a place called La Grolla. This was a more quaint place, but had amazing food and wine. We split bottles of wine and then three of us split:
Cappellini al Basilico e Pomodoro
Angel Hair sautéed with Fresh Tomato, Basil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pan Seared Chicken Breast with Shallots, Sun-dried Tomato, Champagne Cream Sauce
Each dish was really good, but also really filling. I was completely stuffed when I left there, but I also couldn’t stop eating because it was so good and I NEVER eat this food!
Lastly, we went to Brittany’s favorite restaurant in the twin cities – Manny’s. It’s a upscale steak house with a little more fun atmosphere than the stuffy steak houses you are probably thinking of. We got dessert and cocktails here and my did we get DESSERT!
We ordered the brownie that had a tub of ice cream and whipped cream with hot fudge drizzled on it and a
pie slice of key lime pie. We got cocktails at Manny’s as well, which was really good and came with a hibiscus flower in the drink!
All in all, I think we had a very successful weekend for this lil’ bridey.