Some people might think, what are you going to do in little Minnesota on day two? Well let me tell you, there’s a lot to do. We woke up early Friday morning because I had work, and Melissa went with me. I actually got to leave work early, and I drove to the Walker Art Center with Melissa. Once we parked the car, we again consulted trusty Yelp to decide on a lunch spot. I’d been to Namaste Cafe before, and along with their yelp reviews, that’s where we decided to go for lunch. We walked the 20 minutes from the Walker to Namaste, and passed by the cool shops in Uptown. Uptown is a trendy spot in the lakes are of Minnneapolis. Once at our lunch spot, we chose a place to sit on the porch. Now for those of you who aren’t familiar with Namaste, it’s a house someone bought, and turned into a restaurant. Namaste is a cute, and cozy resturant with a great Uptown location near the Walker Art Center. Once settled into our seats, we ordered a cup of chai. I went with a soy sea salt caramel chai (say that five times fast!) and Melissa went with a soy vanilla nutmeg. Both came shortly after we placed our order, and every time I’ve been to Namaste, their cups of chai have never disappointed me. They have a wide variety of unique flavors, but it’s the froth and smoothness that gets me.
The nice thing about Namaste is they have a lunch menu with daily specials, which we ordered from. I got Friday’s Creamy Masala Fish, and Melissa got the Coconut Tofu. The lunch portions at Namaste are huge! If you are into desert, I’d recommend ordering the creme brule as an appetizer – life is short eat desert first. I normally leave that for the end, but am full by the time I get around to even think about consuming dessert. Don’t make my mistake, because the brule is lovely.
We had spent so much time conversing, eating, and drinking that we lost track of time. We decided to Uber back to Walker to save on time. Walker Art Centyer is a modern art museum and for an adult cost $14.00 to enter. Right now, the Walker Art Center has the Merce Cunningham exhibit. Mindful that we had to meet family at Dragon City Cafe for dinner, we had to rush through six exhibits in two hours. It’s not the best way to visit the Walker Art Center, but we made it through four exhibits.
The exhibit was overwhelming in the best way possible. There were numerous costumes to admire, and huge walls of backdrop. They also had footage of the dances throughout the floors which I really appreciated watching. I enjoyed how the exhibit made it accessible, in my opinion to non-dancers, and how Merce Cunningham’s process was explained. The exhibit mention the famous Black Mountain College, and Melissa and I about a year ago were at the Hammer Museum in L.A. and had learned about the college together previously. Was it fate? or a mere coincidence?
Regardless, it’s safe to say Melissa and I are compatible travel partners. Extremely cheesy, but it’s not everyday you have a cousin, friend, and travel companion rolled into one!!
Our time at the museum was up, so we headed over to visit my Grandma at the restaurant. Once at the restaurant we got a surprise!! More aunts than we had anticipated joined us for dinner. Two of our cousins came and joined us for dinner as well and we ate so much food. Basically, Melissa and I decided we wanted to eat our way through Minnesota.
Now, we had some big decisions to be made. What exactly were we going to do now that we’ve eaten dinner with my relatives? We all decided we needed coffee and made our way to a local coffee shop call Blue Moon Cafe. Blue Moon Cafe is a local coffee shop within walking distance of Dragon City Cafe. You can play scrabble, and if you go during the day, they have a record shop attatched. Outside of the Blue Moon on the corner, is a poetry book birdhouse. You heard me right, a birdhouse, for books. The idea is you take one, and leave one if you have a book readily avaiable. They are sprinkled throughout Minneapolis and it’s cute to see how different home owners chose to decorate their book houses. Now, not all of them are poetry, just the one outside of Blue Moon.
The final destination of the evening: Can Can Wonderland!
I’ve been to Can Can Wonderland once for a work party and I was pretty excited to be back. For those outside Minnesota, you must be wondering, what the heck is Can Can Wonderland? Well, Can Can Wonderland is located in the lovely city of St. Paul inside an old canning factory. In addition to Can Can Wonderland, the old factory houses the BlackStack Brewery, Theatre Mu, Visat Bule, and numerous artists quarters – yes, it’s a hip place to hang out.
Can Can has an indoor mini-golf course, pinball machines, magicians, and karoke – lots of fun stuff. Be warned, if you go on a Friday evening like we did, you will most likely wait at least an hour to play mini-golf. We sat at the bar, and watched karaoke. Not only does this place have pin ball machines and mini golf, they also have karaoke. Yes, the wait was long, but it was worth it! When you get to playing mini golf, it’s a riot! We didn’t keep score, which I think made it better. All of the 18 holes were created by different artists – each hole was quirky and unique.
Full from lunch and dinner, everyone in the group got drinks. Can Can Wonderland has creative beverages and food. All of the beer they sell is from Minnesota breweries. They have vegan and vegetarian food options which I liked very much.