Minneapolis Institute of Art

I’ve been experimenting with different types of protein pancakes lately (see here and here), and I decided to give things another whirl this morning.

I mashed up 1/2 of a very ripe banana plus a 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder:

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Then, I added one egg, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla, 3 tablespoons almond milk, and 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter:

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Plus 1/4 cup rolled oats and 1 scoop of Tera’s Whey chocolate protein powder:

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The batter was very liquidy, but it firmed up after cooking for a few minutes on the skillet:

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Served with more walnut butter, the other half of the banana, and a couple teaspoons of maple syrup:

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These were tasty, but I didn’t love them. I’m still on the search for a great recipe! Ideally, I’d like to have a few pancake recipes that I absolutely love and can rotate through on those mornings I’m craving something warm and doughy and delicious…I’ll keep you updated as I continue my search!

In other news…I visited the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) today. The MIA has a collection of over 83,000 objects ranging from textiles to paintings to new media. Best of all, general admission to the museum is always FREE. Special exhibits rotate through, and these exhibits are often for a low cost. I went and saw a terracotta warriors special exhibit there a few months ago, and today I visited the special exhibit More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness.

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The exhibit is meant to explore the changes in our experience of reality due to technology and social upheaval around the world. The exhibit’s title and message is derived from Stephen Colbert’s term – ‘truthiness’ – which describes fabricated truths that disregard facts and/or logic. His term describes mistaking (or perceiving) what we wish to be true for that which is true.

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As might be expected, the exhibit was a little bizarre. There were several pieces of video art as well as some online installations. Here’s a fav:

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Overall, the concept was interesting but I found most of the pieces a little scary. For example, there was one piece that showed the reactions of individuals who, while using chatroulette, were linked to a picture of someone hanging. Although this special exhibit wasn’t my favorite, the MIA is an incredible resource to the Minneapolis community and I would highly recommend going there (for free!!) on a regular basis.

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