It’s definitely supposed to be spring right now. Yet, as I write this, snow falls. So, here is a guide to enjoying the season of rejuvenation in Minnesota.
1. Don’t fear the white stuff! If it’s snowy, then you might as well take advantage of it. Noah and I recently went skiing at Theodore Wirth Park. The park in north Minneapolis has 20 miles of cross country skiing trails, tubing, and snowboarding areas.
We enjoyed a little over an hour of skiing, and we got a great workout. The trails were beautiful!
2. Celebrate indoors! Luckily for me, the holiday of Purim provided a perfect opportunity to have fun inside. I invited friends over to make the traditional triangular-shaped Purim cookie, hamantashen.
Another Purim tradition is costumes, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to dress like a taco:
And a person wearing footie pajamas (read: not really a costume):
3. Try new food! One of the best indoor activities I know is eating, so I’ve enjoyed spending more time in the kitchen as well as trying some new restaurants.
We tried Victor’s 1959 Cafe, a Cuban restaurant in south Minneapolis.
The restaurant featured lots of unique Cuban dishes, and I was excited to try a vegetarian dish with yuca and plantains. Noah had a salmon dish with beans, rice, and plantains.
We also tried a Cuban beer and a Cafe Cubano (espresso sweetened with sugar and a tiny bit of milk):
Highlights from my kitchen have been chicken with caramelized onion and cardamom rice from the Jerusalem cookbook:
Salmon with thyme, broccoli, and rice:
Peanut butter granola from CarrotsnCake:
And cilantro burgers:
The cilantro burgers were incredibly easy to make. Recipe as follows:
– 1 lb. ground beef
– 1 bunch chopped cilantro
– 1/4 cup chopped onion
– 2 eggs, beaten
– 1/2 cup flour
Mix everything together and then broil for 8 minutes on one side and 5-7 minutes on the other side (depending how pink you like it).