Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Life on The V-List Approved: Best of the Best in Mpls

In the last couple of days, I had a fabulous 90-minute deep tissue massage at Ivy Spa, followed by a delicious Indian dinner at Dancing Ganesha, highlights at Brian Graham Salon, lunch at Aster Cafe and found some amazing deals at the Len Druskin outlet in City Center. I figured it was time to list all the people, places and things I've discovered in the mini-apple to keep me chubby, buzzed, happy, relaxed and a teense bit here are a few of my faves:

Massage: Ivy Spa Club - Deep Tissue massage by Bobby - he's the best around.
Haircut and Highlights: Brian Graham Salon - Trish is my stylist and I love her.
Mani/Pedis/Eyebrow Waxing: Ocean Nails in St. Louis Park@ Excelsior and Grand
Eyebrow Tinting: Revamp! - Uptown. Visit Amy, she's awesome.
Facial: Pull out a Plumb salon in Edina.
Discounted Designer Duds: Len Druskin Outlet Stores, Saks Off 5th
Gym/Swim/Sauna/Steam: Calhoun Beach Club
Wifi Enabled Coffee Shops/Cafes: Wilde Roast, Urban Bean, Corner Coffee, Moose & Sadies, Butter, Aster Cafe
Cupcakeries: Sweets St. Paul, Cake Eater Bakery, Salty Tart
Food Trucks: Chef Shack, The Turkey Guys
Ice Cream: Sebastian Joe's
Italian: Bar La Grassa, Broder's
Pizza: Black Sheep, Pizza Nea, Reds Savoy's, Dulano's
Indian: Dancing Ganesha
Mexican: Barrio, Los Ocampos
Chinese: Ping's
Thai: Tum Rup Thai, Ginger Hop
Asian Fusion: Thom Pham's Wonderous Azian Kitchen
Vietnamese: Ngon, Quangs
Sushi: Origami, Wasabi, Fujiya, Tiger Sushi
American: Cafe Lurcat, 112 Eatery, Muffaletta, WA Frost, Brasa, Bulldog NE
Wine Bar: Toast, Sapor, Bin
Cocktail Lounges: Bradstreet Crafthouse, Honey, La Belle Vie Lounge
House Music/Place to dance off all the calories: 414 Sound Bar, Epic

Delicious foods I often crave:
*Red wine spaghetti w pine nuts, penne with shrimp and crepes with caramel @ Bar La Grassa
*Shrimp, lamb scottadito, lamb sugo, steak with ponzu and tres leches @ 112 Eatery
*Miso sea bass, fries and burgers @ Cafe Lurcat
*Basil fried rice @ Tum Rup Thai
*Black Bean Burger @ Bulldog NE
*Deviled eggs @ Mission
*Tomato Basil Moz Pizza @ Pizza Nea
*Mahi mahi tacos and chicken enchilada @ Barrio
*Tomato, mozarella, avocado, basil salad w balsamic and a side of steak @ View
*Shiromaguro, cranberry puffs, ping pong wings @ Azia/Anemone (RIP) - hopefully can still find these items at Wonderous Azian Kitchen
*Shrimp pita @ Uptown Cafeteria
*Sesame Chicken @ Ping's
*Burger @ Vincent
*Beer Cheese Soup @ Muffaletta
*South Jersey Hoagie @ Broder's Cucina
*Tacos al pastor @ Los Ocampos
*Nachos @ The Loop
*Mac & Cheese @ Eli's
*Mini-donuts @ Chef Shack
*Oreo and oatmeal raisin cookie ice cream @ Sebastian Joe's
*Salted caramel and dark chocolate merlot ice cream @ Izzy's

Apparently these are many of the reasons why I am chubbier than ever before, and the baby weight isn't just melting off like it seems to for every celebrity who starve themselves and work out all the time...which is not for me. I'm enjoying every bite. And plan to enjoy some more during restaurant week Oct 3-8.

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