Paleo Pancakes and Pizza Luce

Several months ago, I bought the cookbook Practical Paleo.

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I don’t follow a paleo diet (and do not support following any strict diet plan!), but I do like a lot of paleo recipes and appreciate the paleo approach to eating for two primary reasons.

1. They promote eating whole foods
2. They discourage fear of fat and encourage regular consumption of fat in meat and other natural sources (see my post about not being scared of fat here)

Despite admiring this cookbook on the shelf and reading through it a few times, I haven’t actually made any recipes from it. Why does this always happen with cookbooks? I seem to always use recipes on the internet or just make them up.

Today was the day for a recipe from the book!

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The recipe I chose was for pumpkin pancakes. The recipe was a simple collection of pumpkin puree, eggs, coconut flour (but I used almond), and some spices. Mix it all up:

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Cook it all up:

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And serve with dried bananas and coconut butter (if you’re me):

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Delicious!

In other news, I have a recap from a visit to Pizza Luce from a few weeks ago.

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Pizza Luce is a popular pizza chain around the Twin Cities area that specializes in creative options with plenty of vegetarian and vegan selections. We ordered quite a feast and had plenty of leftovers! To start, we ordered Focaccia Katerina which was focaccia bread covered with pesto, goat cheese, and bruschetta:

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I ordered a veggieball hoagie with a ‘side salad:’

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As you can see, the side salad was enormous. My dining partner ordered a build-your-own pizza with chicken, tomatoes, and basil:

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Everything was delicious! I would definitely go here again. Also, if you’re buying gifts this holiday season, Pizza Luce is doing a special where you can buy $100 worth of gift cards for $80.

Out to Breakfast

A meal out for lunch or dinner with friends or a hot date (read: my fabulous and fun bf) is not so unique for me. Obviously, as evidenced by my extensive list of restaurants visited around the Twin Cities area. A breakfast out though…now that’s something special!

Over the last couple months I’ve gone out to breakfast not once, but twice! IT’S A RECORD!

My first breakfast out was at the Uptown Diner

Uptown Diner is – you guessed it – a staple of Uptown. It serves breakfast and lunch Monday-Wednesday and then stays open all night long Thursday-Sunday. Read: it gets the brunch crowd and the bar-close crowd. Because who doesn’t want a juicy burger and fries and a malt after bar-close? Really though, I wouldn’t know.

I do know, however, know that their hash browns are bomb.

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As is the veggie omelette with fruit:

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And the french toast with fruit and nuts that my friend got looked superb:

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If you want large portions and hearty food, this is a good bet for any meal of the day.

The second breakfast out I enjoyed was at Hazel’s Northeast

Another restaurant with a neighborhood association, Hazel’s is an icon of the Northeast neighborhood, and weekend waits can climb to close to two hours. Luckily we went on a weekday and avoided a rush (but the restaurant was still almost full!).

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We were seated near the open kitchen and were immediately overwhelmed by the multitude of good-looking options presented by the menu:

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The choice was made for hot cocoa, pico omelette, and drunken banana french toast (warm bananas, rum soaked raisins, caramel, and toasted pecans).

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Everything was great!

Both of these locations are top-notch breakfast eateries, and the lines out the door prove it. If you go on a weekend, go early or expect to wait.

Sebastian Joe’s

After the difficult work of self-assembling a bed, the obvious reward was some top notch ice cream.

Anyone who’s been in or around the Twin Cities for an extended period of time has probably heard of Sebastian Joe’s. I learned about Sebastian Joe’s shortly after moving to Northfield, Minnesota – a solid 40 miles away from the Twin Cities. As you can see, the store has a little bit of a legend surrounding it.

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Sebastian Joe’s is a locally owned and operated ice cream maker with two locations in the Minneapolis area (one in Uptown and one in Linden Hills). The ice cream is uniquely flavored, made from high-quality equipment, and nearly all of their flavors are certified kosher! Sebastian Joe’s two signature flavors are raspberry chocolate-chip and oreo, but they’re rotating list of flavors include such varieties as vanilla basil, chocolate chip teddy graham, and madarin orange chip. Reading the titles of the flavors is always an enjoyable in and of itself. Some of my favorites include ‘immaculate confection’ (vanilla, ginger, and honey) and ‘when pigs fly’ (maple, bacon, and chocolate chip) – that one, obviously, is not kosher.

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In addition to ice cream, Sebastian Joe’s also sells a small selection of baked goods as well as a full espresso menu:

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I ordered a Joe’s Brr Bar – oreo ice cream dipped in chocolate:

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My friends ordered an oreo milkshake and a scoop of salted caramel (unpictured):

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This stuff is good. Like really GOOD. So good in fact, if you come here on a warm evening, the line is likely to be out the door and you can expect to wait 30-60 minutes to get your chance at the counter. Word to the wise: it’s worth it. 🙂