A change. A transition. A new view.
We are frantically packing and sorting so we can get some painting done. Finally. Taking care of our home has been a huge undertaking. It is a grand house in the Victorian sense with high ceilings, ornate nods to the era and a whole lot of other people’s renovations. It was built for a surgeon in 1876 and sadly he died soon after his pratice and home were completed. It has been owned by a series of doctors, it has been offices for surveyors, a head office for an old telecommunication company and a bed and breakfast. Now it is a home, for all seven of us.
The Copper Hen-Cakery and Kitchen. A large open space that had been lovingly restored complete with pressed copper roof, large wooden beams, polished boards and a sumptuous eatery. It is a farm-to-table cakery (love this word) in ‘Eat Street’ in the heart of the city of Minneapolis. When we visited to have our late lunch and glass of wine The Copper Hen was a month old. So young but doing a great trade and trying some new things. According to Heavy Table the husband and wife team Chris and Danielle Bjorling raised nearly $12,000 as a kick-starter from friends and neighbours to get their passion project, a rustic, farmhouse style bakery and cafe off the ground. I am totally seduced by the amazing looking bread and the display of sweet treats. And I admire anyone starting a food business – you can see the hard work in the space, the detail, the attention to please.
We sampled this cheeseboard and tried a ‘black and white pizza’ which was simply fig and goats cheese on a leavened base. It was thin, but dense and chewy – quite a new sensation, but lovely. Does everything taste so good when you are away from home and exploring? I am not sure. But this little establishment was simply good fun. You can follow them on Facebook and be inspired for your next leavened adventure in your own kitchen.
Last night away from our little people and our home. I have had such an amazing time here in the USA with my man and have only skimmed the surface with blogs and instagram updates.
I am loving finding new things to look at – I have always loved magazine but have had a sabbatical from buying them. A long story which I am sure you can track back in the blog. But as I wonder the through Barnes and Noble these are a few that I haven’t seen at home. If you want to find out more I am sure Pinterest will offer you more insight.
|Papier Mache and Mollie Makes -DIY Fashion|
|Country Living Modern Rustic|
|Grown up bean bags, covered occasional chairs.|
Did I mention Minneapolis is the home of Target? Well the homeware section of Target looks nothing like our store at home. There is such a range of lovely things – here is a sample. One of the blogs I have read over the years – HouseTweaking – would often reference Target as one of her home interior sources. Now I know why. I would be happy to take all of this home, but…it probably won’t happen.
|I love large collections on display.|
|Gorgeous wool felt stool.|
|Love the Navy bottoms on these baskets.|
|Peanut Butter and Jelly|
Travel does mean exploring new food. I have restaurant fatigue already after 5 days on the road, so today it was time to find a supermarket. I cruised the aisles of Target which sells clothes, home goods and so on, just like at home. But it also has a large range of fresh, cold and prepared foods. I enjoy seeing the lavish displays of….marshmallows, frosting and canned cookies. And some other more unusually named and prepared products. One world, one people and so many ways to grow, prepare and eat food. Enjoy!
|Hmmm..Do you have a hungry man?|
|Not one option for marshmallows but an entire section|
|Fully cooked Bacon?|
|Packet Mix Cake – love the zebra stripes|
|Lutheran Church – a view from our hotel|
In the last 24 hours the heavens have opened. Summer days have turned to summer rain and thunderstorms. So much so that we received a text message at 4am to warn us about flash flooding. I think we are ok here in the hotel (he, he) and the CBD in general. But the wet weather changes my day as we move about on foot or the fabulous city bikes that pepper the city blocks.
People don’t wear bike helmets here! They ride motorbikes without helmets or protective gear. And I have seen several billboards advertising increased awareness for child safety restraints in cars. Apparently a very small percentage of the population takes child safety in cars seriously?
A lovely lady in Macy’s asked me why Australians love bacon so much.Wasn’t really sure how to answer that question. And an Old Brit in a pub told us we just missed his mate how had left to find his boomerang that hadn’t come back. I am surprised at how often we are getting lost in translation. My man asked for a small latte and got a mocha latte instead, without the cream. Everything is so big – big coffees, big sodas, big, big, big…..and the coffee is not that good.
And there are a everyday things that I grew up seeing on Sesame Street, like the bright yellow School buses. School is out for the summer in a week or so. Apparently they had such an intense winter that schools were closed down for days at a time because of such bad snowstorms, so they have had to extend the term to cover the lost teaching days. Generally the CBD has been quiet on the weekend. There are a lot of conference delegates wondering the streets – with their name tags on, which I do not quite understand? But shoppers are few. Yesterday may have been an exception. My timing of another saunter into town found me walking against the tide – thousands of people were out walking, each on wearing different Health fund T- Shirts. Apparently Americans spend the most per person on medical expenses but for poorer health outcomes.
|Macy’s Building – Bronze Statue of Mary Tyler Moore|
I am enjoying how learning about others offers an opportunity to learn about myself. As I adventure in America I appreciate more about my home Australia. I am embracing being the same but different. I am enjoying getting ‘Lost in Translation’.