After reading a A midday escape on Lyndale Avenue in the Southwest Journal last year, I decided I wanted to walk the entire length of the major thoroughfare as one of my local walking challenges. This walk had me step foot in four cities: Brooklyn Center, Minneapolis, Richfield, and Bloomington.
Within Minneapolis, I was in 14 neighborhoods: Lind-Bohanen, Webber-Camden, McKinley, Hawthorne, Near-North, Sumner-Glenwood, Harrison, Lowry Hill, Lowry Hill East, CARAG, East Harriet, Lynnhurst, and Kenny. Since Lyndale is the boundary for several of those neighborhoods, the list would be different had I walked on the east side of the street but for the most part I was on the west side during my time in the Minneapolis section.
During lent, FIKA restaurant in the American Swedish Institute serves semlor, marzipan and whipped cream filled cardamom buns. We enjoyed this special treat last year and walking to get it seems like it could be an annual spring tradition.
We arrived at FIKA around noon and were definitely ready for a break after five miles of walking without one. I was hoping to repeat the lunch I had last year - a beet terrine and involves goat cheese. Sadly it was not to be.
Instead, I had the Baby Lettuce salad (beets, marcona almonds, blue cheese & rye croutons, with orange-ginger vinaigrette) and split the Potato Dumplings (butternut squash, fresh cheese, pumpkin seeds & brown butter) with Scott.
The big disappointment came when I asked the server if they still had semlor and he said NO! Of course on the day that I walk 5 miles with visions of semla through my head was the same day a bus load of people wiped out the entire day's supply of the delicious buns. Thankfully FIKA is full of sweet treats so I swapped the semla for a chocolate chunk sea salt cookie and a cafe au lait. Oh and I returned to FIKA on Tuesday for a true fika to break up my workday and enjoyed semla then.
Our lunch break was just what we both needed for the 5+ mile walk back. We took a detour and stopped by the Southwest Home Improvement Fair at Burroughs Elementary School.
Caught my eye along the way
The old Honeywell campus is now home to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Phillips + Whittier 365 blog
Today I worked from home so used my lunch break to test the Strava iPhone app as a new mapping tool for our walks. I'm glad I was able to celebrate the first day of spring doing my favorite activity!
I took my favorite walk route that I discussed in this post. I was going to take a new photo of the home being built but it hasn't really changed on the exterior.
Caught my eye
There must have been a large-scale sidewalk chalk art installation in my neighborhood as I noticed elaborate designs on curb cuts in a couple locations.
I also love this mom/daughter sidewalk art:
I also noticed two homes that have been for sale for quite a long time have finally sold. For some reason I've always paid attention to that. Probably from our days of living in our first house and hoping that when the time came to sell that it wouldn't sit with a for sale sign in front of it for months and months (or more than a year like the houses that finally sold on this route).
I think March is a pretty ugly month even though we're all excited that winter is officially over. I'm excited (and maybe a bit impatient) for buds to start forming on trees and green leaves and colorful petals to pop up from the ground!
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