Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wondrous Azian Kitchen

533 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN

Restaurant Week Tasting Menu

Pork Egg Roll
Spring Roll
Cranberry Puffs

Our treat was the cranberry with cream cheese wong ton. The cranberry sauce that went with it just highlighted the taste even more.

Main Course

Pad Thai with Chicken

Opium Curry with Chicken

The opium curry dish packed a little kick. The pineapple gave the dish a slightly sweet great combo taste which was a great treat. The broccoli and the yellowish orange sauce pops to the eye, which I love colors that pop.

Tea was Jasmine Ginger which I would highly recommend.

<-- Larry my husband, he was able to join me that day. Picked him up at the airport and went to a late lunch. Life is good.

The caterpillar lounge is just off the bar area and past the sushi bar. A great place to hangout and listen to music.

I just loved their fortune cookies. I just hope they were talking about my camera equipment. Larry's fortune was "Whatever you do do not think of elephants and you'll be fine."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tasting Menu - 2nd course

Five Course Tasting Menu - set of 5 postcards

Friday, March 25, 2011


Looking back over the year and even the last two months for the webpage is incredible. The part that blow me away was the international hits. Two years ago I meet a number of food photographer and food stylist from all over the world in Boston at the International Conference on Food Styling and Food Photography. I have been keeping in contact with many of them.

The last promo piece was sent out to 924 people. With in a month of this promo piece being sent out via mail or email these were the state hitting my web page. Most of the hits were in Minnesota. 187 promos were sent just to the Minnesota areas.

Next promo card is set for Monday's mail and Tuesday email. This will be the 2nd of 5 postcards part of a series called the Tasting Menu. Local Food Stylist Kimberly Colburn on this project.

Friday, March 18, 2011

3 squares Restaurant

3 Square Restaurant
12690 Arbor Lakes Pkwy
Maple Grove

Restaurant Week

Lunch Tasting Menu

Three Squares Restaurant located in Maple Grove in the lifestyle mall area. Nice big restaurant with a big bar area. Wonderful big window to let in light. Tall booths with long table to give privacy to your dinner.
This was one of the restaurants I check out during restaurant week. This time Shelley joined me at her favorite restaurant. And now I can see what she was talking about. Very friendly staff and great food.

For our appetizers we went with.

Pierogies stuffed with potato and cheddar cheese topped with Onion strings and horseradish sauce.

Smoked Pumpkin Bisque with spiced walnuts and maple creme fraiche.

Blue River Burger with blue cheese with sweet potatoes fries.

Asian Chicken Salad with pineapple, kumquats, peanuts and tamarind dressing.

I have to say this was my first time trying kumquats. Kind of like a very small orange with a lot of flavor. Looking back on this day I can see an orange theme. From the kumquats to the cheese to gold fish to sweet potatoes fries. This day was such a treat, great day to share with a friend and share great food.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Vincent A Restaurant

Vincent A Restaurant
1100 Nicollet Mall

Restaurant is near WCCO and Target Corp office for a great business lunch meeting place.

Beautiful window views open up and fill the room with light to relax a person before going back to work. This is an upscale restaurant with white linen on every table. The dishes reflect this feeling of sophistication and a delightful taste sensation with textures, sauces, spices & meats.

Restaurant Week Tasting Menu

Pappardelle Pasta - Braised Pulled Rabbit, Green Peppers, Roasted Cauliflower, Sage Sauce

Grilled Duck Sausage
White Beans, Black Olive & Oven Dried
Tomato Ragout,Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Chef's Choice Cheese Served with Orange Marmalade, Mixed Nuts, Dried Fruit & Mixed Greens

Profiteroles - Vanilla Ice Cream Filled Puff, Warm Chocolate Sauce & Madeleiene Cookies

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Samba Taste of Brazil

Samba Taste of Brazil

922 Main Street
Hopkins, MN

Restaurant Week Lunch Menu

Starter: Pastel de queijo & Carne friend empanada

Feijoada—Black bean stew with pork meat,
sausages and ribs
Tilapia—served with rice & veggies

Feijoada - Black beans stew with pork meat, sausage, rib, collard greens, farofa, rice, tomatoes and onions.

The light brown thing on the dish is Farofa. I was told to try it with the rice and beans. A wonderful mixture of favors and textures.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Restaurant Week highlights

Restaurant Week 2011 came and went... Looking forward to the next adventure. Each day we visited different restaurant to see what they had to offer. So many different one to choose. Every place was a treat. From rabbit to farofa to carpaccio to pierogies to cranberry puffs and so much more.

List of Restaurants

Monday - Vincent A Restaurant
Tuesday - 3 square
Wednesday - Samba Taste of Brazil
Thursday - Wondrous Azian Kitchen
Friday - Amore Victoria Ristorante

Cranberry Puffs - deep fried cream cheese with cranberries.

Carpaccio di Manzo - thinly sliced meat with fresh parmesan cheese, and arugula.

Farofa - Brazilian - toasted manioc flour mixture.

Kumquats - golden yellow colored fruit with an oval shaped and the size of an olive native to South Asian. It taste like an orange but with a little more favor and kick. You can taste the rind.

Madeleine Cookie - French shell shaped petit cake.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Restaurant Week List

Restaurant Week

Each day a different restaurant, a different experience for my tongue.

Monday - Vincent A Restaurant
Tuesday - 3 square
Wednesday - Samba Taste of Brazil
Thursday - Wondrous Azian Kitchen

These are just some of the highlights from day one and two.