Let me re-introduce myself!

THE WHAT

  • The Blog
  • The Food
  • The Opinions
  • The Photographs
  • The Comments
  • The Restaurants
  • The Cocktails
  • The Moments
  • The Recipes

THE WHO

NJP.Married.Divorced.Mother.Photographer.Aries
Extrovert.Determined.PassportStamped.Stern.
CreaterOfTheTallAlbum.GrannySipper.Qualified.
Classified.46.FoodAficionado.KitKatSnacker

THE WHY

I live, eat, think and breathe food.  But not just any food, the type of cuisine that makes me wanna photograph it and share it with the world.  About 15 years ago, I began photographing  all things food.  You name it; crab cakes, desserts, cocktails, vegetables.

Anything that could be captured and developed into a beautiful piece of artwork.  I have accumulated hundreds of memorable food moments over the years.  Now it’s time to contribute my  food moments. Don’t talk about it; Blog about it!

THE WHERE

Because I dine at various restaurants, I also appreciate the finer cuisine’s as well as the simple meals prepared in a tiny unsophisticated kitchen in the hood.  My food journey takes me to grocery stores, the Farmer’s Market, new restaurants, familiar places as well as my warm and inviting kitchen.  Sometimes it’s about the ambiance. Sometimes it’s about the food. Sometimes WHERE you are doesn’t really matter.

Raku at West End

Raku at West End

Raku is the next restaurant to join The West End conglomerate. They call themselves an upscale Japanese fusion restaurant. The menu consists of traditional sashimi, hand rolled sushi, tempura, and some flavorful fish and chicken entrees. The prices are average for a sushi spot. Entrees aprox $20. The decor is extremely simple and cozy and I absolutely love the red chairs and fish dangling from the ceiling. Much sexier than their 50th & France location. I wish them well … especially being neighbors with the popular Crave, who has great sushi too by the way.

Restaurant Showcase … The Lowry. Burgers. Whiskey. Oysters. Eggs.

The Lowry. Burgers. Whiskey. Oysters. Eggs.

They call themselves an Urban Diner which is fitting because they are located in Uptown on 21st and Hennepin Ave. A very cozy atmosphere with a menu to match. What I adore about this spot is the menu. It is “shi shi poo poo” which means extra fancy words are used on the menu to describe basic food. Right up my alley! Usually shi shi poo poo entrees are full of flavor but are lacking portion size. Nope not at The Lowry.
Go there for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Happy Hour. Here’s a little hint: They have tidy bathrooms.
Menu:
Chicken
skin-on, green top carrots, mashed potato, arugula, pan jus 14
Fish Tacos
blackened tilapia, avocado, black bean & corn salsa, Napa cabbage 14

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Milda’s

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Milda’s Cafe is located in “the hood” of North Minneapolis.  Breakfast all day, Fried chicken, grits, pasty’s, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, local celebrities and cash only.  You won’t be impressed by the ambiance but the chicken andouille sausage will make you question why you continue to eat pork. 1720 Glenwood Avenue North, Minneapolis MN.

Say No to Leftovers

After the very long Thanksgiving weekend; it’s time to get back on track and put some clean food into my system. The best way is always to prepare meals at home but if you are busy and on the go; Macys downtown Minneapolis has the freshest vegetable selection for a low calorie meal.