Cupcakes and Things


Sweet Retreat is part of the eclectic 50th & France neighborhood located in Edina, MN. Surrounded by boutique’s, restaurant’s, salon’s and cafe’s; the name alone will make you want to make a pit stop. Saturday was my 1st time visiting the cupcake boutique. There was a small collection of cupcakes and cake bites so I opted for the Mocha Chocolate. The frosting was savory, sweet, and finger licking but the actual cupcake was very very dry.  I despise dry anything … dry skin, dry weather, dry chicken, and especially dry cupcakes! Not sure if it was a bad day for the #1 Voted Cupcake joint in the Twin Cities or if the City Pages made a huge mistake.  Either way, the next time I am in the area I will make it a point to stop by again … If I can find a parking spot!

Redstone American Grill Maple Grove



New location in Maple Grove, MN opened December 2012 is located in the lot next to Granite City. The space is a tad bit larger than the Minnetonka location but the ambiance and decor is identical.  The fireplace and congenial staff warm you upon entrance. There is a private dining room that also has an outdoor patio.  I have dined at Redstone for over 10 years and I must say it is one of my favorite restaurants in The Twin Cities.  My meal today included chili and lodge wedge cornbread with honey butter.  For dessert, seasonal bread pudding with bourbon sauce.  Pay them a visit and let them know you heard it here FIRST!