Exploring Japanese Food

Who doesn’t love sushi?

I hope you didn’t raise your hand.

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My family and I have a Japanese friend who brought the ingredients over to make this. He told us that most of what he brought was straight from Japan and that we couldn’t get it in the States. Sad.

Soo I’m not going to lie- before we befriended him, the only Japanese food I knew about was sushi. But did you know that there’s actually Japanese pizza? (Picture below)

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This Japanese pizza is called Okonomiyaki. Technically it’s a pancake, but to me it looks like a pizza. So flavorful. There’s fish, onion, Japanese mayonnaise, and cabbage in here among other things. Love.

Being eager to learn more about Japan, I went to the Obon Festival that takes place in St. Paul annually. Definitely go if you haven’t. They do floating lanterns when it gets dark, teach you how to make origami, and have rows of food stands.

Here is what I got while I was there:

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This is called Takoyaki. They are snacks that are filled with octopus, tempura, pickled ginger, and green onion. To me, they taste similar to the Okonomiyaki, but I could just be naive. They definitely have similar ingredients though.

Anyways, after all this, I think I should take a trip to Japan soon.

Plus I’ve been obsessed with the song “Lost in Japan” by Shawn Mendes.

A sign? I think so.

Thanks for reading!

3 Restaurants in the Twin Cities that you Need to Try: Part IV

(Breakfast Edition)

Finish Bistro

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This is their french toast. So good.  I usually go to Finish Bistro to grab a coffee and occasionally a pastry (or two). They have lots of seating- outdoor seating in the summer. And they have weekly events as well.

Colossal Cafe

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I’m going to be real with you guys right now and say that this photo does NOT do this food any justice. Colossal home makes ALL of their food. Every time I bring a friend here, they rave about it for hours after. It’s truly amazing. The lines get super long, but it is worth it.

Original Pancake House

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I eat way too much every time I come here. These are the chocolate chip pancakes that I get every time I go. I’ve also gotten their eggs benedict which I would highly recommend. This place gets extremely busy, so I would suggest that you call ahead.

XO,

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3 Restaurants in the Twin Cities that you Need to Try: Part III

The Lynhall

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This place is actually so cute. They have the prettiest pastries and the whole place is just aesthetically pleasing. It would be a cute place for a photoshoot. I thin they also have a private room you can use for an event. Their food is great. They have fun coffee flavors as well.

Foxy Falafel

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OMG. That box on the left has honey cheese curds. Get. Them. They are the perfect cheese curd. Inside Foxy is cute, very small, but they have some fun art in there.

Spitz (my absolute favorite)

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My favorite food is definitely mediterranean and this place, let me tell you, just amazing. I love everything I have ever gotten there. I always get the waffle fries because they come with this tasty chipotle sauce. They also have really good sangria. Did I mention that they have games?

Happy Eating!

XO,

YOUNGCOCO

3 Restaurants in the Twin Cities that you Need to Try: Part II

Costa Blanca in NE

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These are tapas! We came here hungry as cows and ordered like 6 dishes. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember the names of what we got but man it was good. A little pricey, but it was a very good experience.

Barrio

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I love Barrio. They have multiple locations- in St. Paul and Minneapolis. If you sit outside at the one in downtown Minneapolis, make sure you sit at Barrio’s section. The restaurant next door has very similar seating and my friend and I sat and waited at the wrong restaurant for 30 minutes before realizing we weren’t actually sitting at Barrio…oops.

The Handsome Hog

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This was my first chicken and waffle experience and to tell you the truth.. I still dream about it. I have never tasted anything so good in my life. Literally life changing. Wow.

You guys.. I swear this food is mouth watering. 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND.

Thanks for reading + happy eating 🙂

XO,

YOUNGCOCO

Aesthetically Pleasing Ice Cream Places

The Loop, CA

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This place is so much fun. What’s better than churros and ice cream? Churros in ice cream. They have so many options to choose from and omg I wish they had these in Minnesota.

Waffle Bar, MN

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I need this right now. Waffles and ice cream are another iconic combination. This place is super fun and they have a wall where you can post instagram photos. They also have a cotton candy machine? Pretty cool.

Minnesota Nicecream, MN

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I waited in line for this ice cream for like 45 minutes. Luckily, there was a pug in a backpack in front of me which made it more enjoyable. The ice cream looks better than it tastes, but would definitely get it again.

So, have you been to any of these places?

If not, treat yo-self!

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3 Restaurants in the Twin Cities that you Need to Try: Part I

Karta Thai

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This is their red chicken curry. It is phenomenal. So creamy and comes with so much that  I always leave with left overs! It’s a win win. They have great deals and it’s a fun little place.

 

Mim’s Cafe

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This is my all time favorite place to go. My go-to. The staff there is unreal. They are incredibly friendly and welcoming and not to mention they make amazing and authentic food. This picture is of their Shawarma Platter. I always get this (and the falafels on occasion)

 

Restaurant Alma

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You see that thing with a knife sticking in it? That is ricotta cheese that will change your life. I literally would eat that whole thing no questions asked. That is their cheese board and underneath are their wet chips (I think that’s that they’re called) which are great. They taste like buffalo wings. Alma is cute and the servers are very attentive. It’s also a good place to study.

Thanks for reading!

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Healthy On-the-Go Lunch Idea

I am always on the go.

Having quick, dishes-free lunches is essential. I am also in college and can’t afford going out to eat everyday (even though sometimes I do..oops).

So for me, this quick, inexpensive, and healthy lunch is a life saver.

I will call it: The Greek Spinach Wrap (only because there is tzatziki in it lol)

So what are the ingredients?

  • spinach wrap
  • tzatziki sauce
  • chicken or turkey
  • choice of lettuce
  • banana peppers
  • avocados (optional)
  • cucumber

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Why do I love it?

First of all, it tastes amazing with like no effort what so ever.

Did I mention no dishes? (I wrap it in tin foil)

It’s pretty healthy

Easy to make

Not a basic sandwich

You can switch up the ingredients and it will most likely still taste bomb

It’s not that messy or loud to chew (very important because I usually eat in class- yes I’m that person)

Please try and let me know what you think 🙂

Thanks for reading, have a happy and healthy Tuesday!

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