Home and the Heartland

Discussion in 'Free Range' started by TaterTot, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. Slothly

    Slothly Chicken

    Tater, I totally thought TC was supposed to be Traverse City, and I was thinking how crazy it was how many chickens live in Michigan.

    It wasn't until about 10 or so minutes after reading that I realized you meant Twin Cities... My brain is obviously off.
     
  2. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    TT, jealous.

    Slothy, my parents live in that TC!
     
  3. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    Getting drunk at the Northwestern/Nebraska tailgate. I think about 8 Nebraskan families have offered to feed me.
     
  4. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    Go Big Red! Actually. Go neither. Gophers would like to see both lose. :wink:
     
  5. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    My brother is a gopher!
     
  6. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Nebraskans are so nice.
     
  7. Pickles

    Pickles Chicken

    I suppose I am now!
     
  8. tacocat

    tacocat Chicken

  9. Pickles

    Pickles Chicken

  10. deet

    deet Chicken

  11. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    <3 I miss the UP, and the left coast.
     
  12. Slothly

    Slothly Chicken

    Michigan is beautiful, if you're not stuck on the East Side.

    I'm bitter.
     
  13. deet

    deet Chicken

    GR area chickens are in for a treat (sorry, I can't remember who is where) because they're opening Detroit-based famed Slows BBQ near you.

    Hopefully your wait times will be better than ours in Corktown. Worth at least one visit if you love BBQ.
     
  14. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Happy Birthday Michigan!! 178 years young.
     
  15. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    Cross-posting from the Travel Thread because this is what's good in MSP according to TaterTot.

    I'd recommend staying downtown for walkability, especially if you're planning on attending a Twins game. The light rail is awesome and you can get around really easily to uptown, campus, St. Paul, Mall of America, etc. There's a W, Graves, Hotel Ivy . . . those are on the fancier side, but there are some Marriotts and DoubleTrees downtown that are all totally acceptable (I've done a few overnights for bachelorette parties). When you're looking, send me a few that are in your price range and I can make a better recommendation.

    So many restaurants and awesome eats. If you're into sushi, that list is separate, let me know.

    In uptown, Lyndale Tap House. Their pit beef is just unnnnnf.
    Also Chiang Mai Thai, if that's your jam.
    Downtown, Key's Cafe or Hell's Kitchen for some brekkie.
    Bachelor Farmer if you're into rustic.
    Maybe check out Haute Dish, which does upscale versions of LOTS of Minnesota classic "hot dish" entrees.
    Cafe Lurcat right by the Basilica.
    Also downtown, lots of places near Target Field have good food. Newsroom, in particular.
    112 Eatery. 'Nuff said.
    In St. Paul, Mango Thai is BYOB and delish.
    Brasa has all the meats.
    Salut Bar Americain is right on Grand Ave. and good, not too spendy.
    If you end up on Grand, you gotta do Grand Ole Creamery.
    Senior Wong is Mexican-Chinese fusion and right on the light rail.
    The Surly Tap Room is the best place to go for beeeeeeeer.
    The Happy Gnome is a gastropub with AMAZING beer selections and whiskey flights; their wild game poutine is drooly.

    See what's playing at First Ave. & 7th St. Arguably the most iconic TC venue, usually not very expensive. Also Fine Line. I'd check out the Walker Sculpture Garden (free, I think) and Weisman Art Museum (on campus, also free). Go to the Mall of America just to go (and do some tax-free shopping, if it pleases you). SEE A TWINS GAME! YAY! You are doing this! I will talk to my friend who works in the front office and see what they have cooking, maybe he can get you into Legends Club or something. Is it a day game? If not, I'd stick around there for fireworks -- I bet they have an awesome show. I think the Basilica also does an awesome display, but I'll have to ask around and see what's good with it. And NO, you will not get hassled for not being a Twins fan. Minnesotans are so nice and the Twins have been sort of bad the past five years, so the rabidity is low. Very low.

    Oh. And walk the Greenway in uptown! Take a day and just do it. Get some Sebastian Joe's ice cream and enjoy. The Greenway goes around Lake Calhoun (where you can rent paddle boats and paddle boards) and people watch, Lake Harriet, and Lake of the Isles. Just so gorgeous and fun and good for people watching. It's what MN living is all about. Calhoun or the Lake Harriet band shell are also probably good for fireworks.

    Lake Minnetonka/Excelsior Commons and the restaurants on the lake are also quintessentially Minnesotan, but probably a good 25 minutes from downtown and just a fucking zoo around the Fourth because all the Minnetonka kids (many of whom still live with their parents, the rest just come home to roost) are out in their rich parents' boats getting drunk and spreading STDs.
     
  16. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Another thing I need to keep an eye on is whether Rhymesayers is doing anything while we're there. Rap shows are generally not very fun, but I would not miss an opportunity to see Atmosphere or POS rock their hometown.
     
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  17. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    Z and I (he has consented to the term Anne Hathadick if I use it 'sparingly') officially are now Twin Cities residents! The townhouse is lovely - now to unpacking!
     
  18. shiba shake

    shiba shake Chicken

    I'm also a TC chicken! We're west side suburb residents and I work in the rather stereotypical medical device field.

    I'm originally from Alexandria, went to college in Moorhead, and then moved to the city for jobs reasons. A went to college in Wisconsin, but he grew up in the TC area.
     
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  19. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I know you guys mean Twin Cities, but in Michigan that's Traverse City, where my parents now live and I spent the holiday weekend. I have to be sure to pay attention to context because I keep thinking "wow, there are no decent jobs in TC, how are these chickens paying for anything?"
     
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  20. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    New chickens in my hen house!!! We're southwest. I work in St. Paul. @shakespeer, I'm like old enough to be your mother but we could still meet up sometime.

    @shiba shake Is it Medtronic, Boston, or Guidant?
     
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  21. shakespeer

    shakespeer Basic Pirate Lesbian Aesthete

    I vote for a meetup, but @shiba shake has to bring her dog.
     
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  22. shiba shake

    shiba shake Chicken

    @TaterTot Right now it's Medtronic, but I have worked at Guidant/Boston (shortly after Boston bought Guidant) and Covidient (which just merged with Medtronic). Basically all my jobs are medial device companies except for one crappy one in the middle. I only lasted 1.5 years at that place. Not terribly long ago I tried to break out of medical companies, but it was hard to find a new job and then all the medical places started calling. So I caved.

    And I'm all for a meetup! I'll also gladly bring Ippo, he loves all people and we need to socialize him more.
     
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  23. TaterTot

    TaterTot Rulebitch

    Should we organize this privately? Does anyone care if some other chickens know of our whereabouts? I live in Lakeville and would prefer not going downtown Minneapolis. I also won't go north of 394. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    We could find a place with a patio, perhaps. For the pup.
     
  24. android

    android Founding Messiah

    @TaterTot I'd organize privately just in case there are any creepy stalkers lurking.
     
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