Thursday, October 17, 2013

Gir's Weekly Column: Volume 58

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Gir's Weekly Column: Volume 58

By Gir Todafunk
Special to The Daily Magi
September 3, 2055

Hey everyone, it's me, Gir Todafunk with another weekly column for the Daily Magi and Magi Football Blog. Holy friggin' crap. We give up 1,879 passing yards, Notre Dame outgains us through the air...and we still end up on top by 20 touchdowns. Am I reading this right? I have four interceptions, I return a kickoff, a punt and an interception for a score, I get pulled early for having my coverage blown...and we still rout them.

This is a strong testament to the will, the moxie, the heart of this team. They keep going and going and going. It doesn't matter what the score is, this team plays to produce points. The fact that we dumped 255 on this teams says a lot. So now we head into Minneapolis for a match with the Golden Gophers, a 1 vs. 2 showdown and a game that could tell the story as to who will win it all.

We're staying at the Grand Hotel Minneapolis for this week. It's one of those refined hotels for the well to do and one that suits us nicely. We're practicing at Mahtomedi Senior High School in nearby Mahtomedi, even going to far as to sign autographs for a number of fans. 

Want some old-fashioned New American cooking? Minneapolis is where it's at. Here are my top ten restaurants to check out. In no particular order, mind.

Restaurant Alma, 528 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Shrimp, Squid Ink Pasta, Duck and Panna Cotta are worth checking out. Also, the service and ambience is solid.

The Kenwood, 2115 W 21st St, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Huevos Rancheros are awesome, as well as the pastries and coffee. Oh yes, and the shrimp and grits are solid.

Joan's In the Park, 631 Snelling Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116
Lamb meatballs, chorizo-stuffed demi sec plums, brown butter pudding, hot chocolate cake, salted caramel ice cream...oh yeah, this is where it's at.

112 Eatery, 112 N 3rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Caulifower fritters. Yes, they do exist. And you can find them here. Also noteworthy are the targliatelle with foie gras meatballs and the tres leches cake.

George & The Dragon, 813 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419
Battered green beans, the best fries in town, pretzel bread, Dragon's Mil braised beef rib...wait a minute, pretzel bread!? You mean this is pretzel town, pretty boy!!? Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy send help!!!

Piccolo, 4300 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Scrambled brown eggs with pickled pigs feet, truffle butter and parmigiano. Talk about a unique combination. You can find it here.

Tilia, 2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410
Potted meat makes a comeback here...with shallots, mustard and grilled bacon bread. However, it's all about the beer. Of course, I'm not of legal drinking age yet, but will be soon.

The Craftsman, 4300 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
The charcuterie plate is the ticket, as well as that salted caramel ice cream. Well-crafted, locally sourced...Mitakihara quality-style fare.

Cafe Vin, 5555 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
They should change this to Cafe Win because the food is made of win. Steak frites, beet salad and pistachio pork tenderloin. Mmmm, tasty.

The SIX15 Room, 615 2nd Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55402
This is where we had our welcome dinner, as well as any team meals we had. Chicken curry satay and Moscow Mule are the ticket at this place. Of course, all of us opted to try out different dishes during our star here. Thanks, guys!

Next week, we head back to New Mexico. I wonder what other restaurants are out there? I am Gir Todafunk, Mr. Wonderful, signing off. You are not alone.

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