June 12, 2013

Insta-Gratitude Week 24

1 - Eating some new stuff.  It's hard being a vegetarian sometimes and finding new recipes for things, but I'm working on it... or at least buying magazines and paging through them.
2 & 3 - You must all think I'm a little obsessed with Kelsey, but she made the cut twice last week.  First, she finished her first 5k in 34 minutes when we did a beer run on National Running Day (and then gave me a thumbs up.)  Then, we celebrated her birthday with Margarita Monday!!!
4 - The Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth.  It's one of my favorite sites in Northern MN and we spent Friday night at Grandma's Up Bar & the new rooftop area enjoying the view.
5 - The wedding venue from Saturday... and one of the reasons I thought it was a little Gatsby-esque.
6 - A night at home with Lola catching up on some stuff & enjoying a nice cold Abita.

Yesterday at lunchtime, Justin & I were in search of something with vegetables.  We decided to head back across the river to Saint Paul to try a cafe that's been recommended many times and counts towards my 30 new restaurants in Saint Paul.  The place is called Trotter's Cafe (website here) and it's known as a farm-to-table kind of place.

We sat on the sidewalk patio and enjoyed some awesome sandwiches.  Justin had a tuna melt on gluten-free bread and I tried the vegetarian special of the day which was a white bean pesto sandwich with sprouts, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, red peppers, onions and smoked gouda.  I've heard such good things about their pizza as well, so I know we'll be going back for lunch in the future to try that.  I love a place that says they source as much organic, local and seasonal produce, plus you can't go wrong on a lunch place with soup, sandwiches and pizza.

Another good week with lots to be thankful for.  It's exciting to see things actually getting checked off of my 30 before 30 list and to be around when other people cross things off of theirs.  Do you have a list?  I dare you.

Oh yeah, and I'm trying another one of these blog hops today.  Check it out.


  1. that sandwich sounds awesome! this post is a nice idea...i need to look at what im grateful for more!

  2. Woot-woot for Margarita monday--- man I miss those! Darn budget! ;)

    And seriously that Gatsby wedding venue is just too perfect! I wanna go get married there! To Jared, again of course!

  3. This is a good idea. I need to stop bitching and be grateful more often!!

    I am intrigued by this aerial bridge lift. What, exactly, does it lift??

  4. weeee i linked up and wrote my own insta-gratitude today! sure, it was posted about 6 hours later than my usual time... but better late than never? i loved my first week - such a good way to remind yourself to be thankful for the little things. :)

    also, can you mail me one of those margaritas? thanks.

  5. The Twin Cities have so many great and unique restaurants...I'm jealous! I get so tired of all the chain restaurants here where I live. On a trip to Portland a few years back I tried a farm-to-table place, and it was amazing!

    Love this weekly gratitude post by you! It so much easier to complain and bitch but taking time out to appreciate even the small things really makes me realize all the good/blessings in life. Thanks for sharing :)

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