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
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Peace Coffee-Lyndale Gardens Coffee Bar
6420 Lyndale Ave S
Richfield, MN 55423
Open since June 2014, Peace Coffee-Lyndale Gardens is located inside Lakewinds Food Co-op which is the first building on a large-scale development project in Richfield. The only downside to the location (two blocks south of Hwy 62 AKA Crosstown Hwy) is that the walk from my home involves a busy street (Lyndale Avenue) and going under I-35W/Crosstown Hwy. Since I live near a bicycle boulevard (Bryant Avenue), I wish that there was a bike/walk trail connecting southwest Minneapolis with Richfield. While I love the Lyndale Connector when I'm in a car, I abhor it while traveling on foot.
So, my primary goal for this walk--besides procuring a delicious sweet cream cold press--was to find the most pleasant route possible. Easier said than done I discovered.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Open since April 2011, Bread & Pickle is a food stand at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. In addition to tasty coffee beverages, it also serves Minnesota craft beer on tap and food (which I've never ordered). This morning was perfect outside so I celebrated by walking one of my favorite routes to get my coffee.
Bread & Pickle
4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55410
The Crack Press is $5.00 and a rare treat for me. It is cold pressed coffee, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate over ice. I have them hold the chocolate because I'm not crazy and know where to draw the line. The first time I had this drink, I compared it to Vietnamese iced coffee at Pham's Deli. It doesn't quite hit that bar for coffee drinks that involve sweetened condensed milk but it is definitely a tasty treat. It lasted me all the way home as I like these drinks to last as long as possible.
Here's the rest of my walk in photos:
Inspiration & Goals
The Nivens Family