This was supposed to be “vacationing on a budget.” The family and I were in Minnesota for a week and allowed ourselves one night of fine, exceptional dining. After doing a little research and talking to friends who live in the Minneapolis area, I decided on Piccolo. There was plenty of praise for this little… Continue reading Piccolo


Another lesson learned. When people rave about the sushi items at a restaurant, stick to said sushi items. We made the mistake of wandering away from the sushi menu and tried some appetizers that disappointed. Crab croquettes ($9.95) – Deep fried snow crab served with creamy lemon white sauce. 3 to an order. The meat… Continue reading Origami

Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop

Located in the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, this little sandwich shop is on the main drag, a few doors down from Chipotle. I went with the Tullius, which is a double roast beef sammie. The bread was a soft hoagie roll and it was filled with thick slices or roast beef, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and… Continue reading Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop

Cafe Latté

— Originally posted on Yelp on 8/5/09 — I only came here for the cheesecake. It’s been a couple years since I’ve had lunch here. But, the cheesecakes are always great. We got the cookies and cream cheesecake and the chocolate raspberry cheesecake. Both were sweet, smooth and creamy — some of the best you’ll… Continue reading Cafe Latté

3 Squares Restaurant

— Originally posted on Yelp on 8/5/09 — Went here for happy hour. All the appetizers are half price. The food was decent but nothing was spectacular. We tried the walleye & shrimp cakes, pierogies, gorgonzola fritters (probably the best thing we tried), and tempura green beans (the plum sauce was really good). Definitely not… Continue reading 3 Squares Restaurant


— Originally posted on Yelp on 8/5/09 — I love their late night happy hour specials. The sangria is cheap and the tapas are anywhere from $3-10. Both the shrimp and mushroom croquetas were fabulous and the stuffed peppers with goat cheese were equally as good and had a little bit of a kick to… Continue reading Solera