How to make Super Bowl LII the best year yet

Game day is quickly approaching here in The Bold North! As our town ramps up its preparations for Super Bowl LII hosted at US Bank Stadium, we have put together some helpful tips on all the things to do, ways to celebrate, and how to make this year as memorable as possible.

Before we dive in….

You already know we love all things Minnesotan but to show just how passionate we are for this great state on one of biggest events of the year, we curated a two super special boxes called Super Box  and Super Minny. These boxes are full of Minnesota essentials - a mix of cozy must haves like Great Lakes Co hats, beer tokens to local breweries, chapstick and more!

Order yours here

Events, Concerts, Happenings

There are so many exciting events happening in the next few weeks! We’ve hand picked a few of our favorites plus some suggestions from Meet Minneapolis who has a fantastic review of everything happening pre-super bowl. To see their entire list click here.

St. Paul Winter Carnival - January 25 - February 10th

-For over a hundred years, St. Paul has hosted the historic Winter Carnival. From the stunning ice palace sourced from Green Lake in Spicer, to the Fire and Ice Art Show, a snow sculpting competition, to the kickoff parade, there’s an event for everyone! Plan a date with your SO or grab some friends and boogie on over to Rice Park for a night of fun.

Super Bowl Live by Verizon - January 26th

-Head down to Nicollet Mall, the official epicenter of Super Bowl activities. Catch an impressive lineup of free concerts including musical superstar Idina Menzel, local country artist Chris Hawkey, and others at the Super Bowl Live starting Friday, January 26th. Daily activities also include free sleigh rides, stunts by snowmobilers, NFL meet and greet, and more!

The Loppet - January 27th

-An activity for the whole family, the Loppet is an annual cross country ski race that takes place on Lake Calhoun and around Uptown. Watch participants fly across the finish line or join in snowy the activities yourself!

US Pond Hockey Tournament - January 25th - January 28th

-Join fellow hockey enthusiasts for the historic US Pond Hockey Tournament on Lake Nokomis January 25th through the 28th, an event founded in 2005. With over 25 rinks, there’s a place for every team! To register to play, read more here.  

First Thursday - Leather Works MN + ACES - February 1st

-Get your game face on and join us at Studio 247 for a table top football tournament with Leather Works MN and ACES!  ACES is a local nonprofit working to reduce the achievement gap for low income students. Read more about all the great work they’re doing for the Twin Cities here. While you’re there, check out our new Super Bowl boxes. 10% of all proceeds will be donated to ACES.

The Armory - February 1 - 4th

-Check out one of Minneapolis’ coolest new concert venues, The Armory, to see megastarts like P!nk, Imagine Dragons, Jennifer Lopez and others rock the stage Super Bowl weekend.

What are your plans this Super Bowl season? We’d love to hear!

Local Holiday Recipes

One of the best things about the holidays are all of the delicious treats. From cookies to cocktails, there are indulgences everywhere! To help you prepare for your neighborhood cookie exchange or delight out of town guests, we’ve compiled our favorite holiday recipes from local bakeries, food bloggers, distilleries and more.


Cafe Latte Chocolate Turtle Cake

 

Credit: Midwest Living

Credit: Midwest Living

The infamous Cafe Latte Chocolate Turtle Cake. Decadent chocolate, drizzled caramel and toasted pecans. Is your mouth watering yet? If you haven’t been, Cafe Latte is a classic cafeteria-style restaurant, serving up soups, sandwiches, and divine desserts. It’s located on bustling Grand Ave in St. Paul. Looking to impress out of town guests or satisfy your chocolate cravings? Make. this. cake. Directions below.

Get the original recipe here: http://www.cafelatte.com/wp-content/uploads/Turtle-Cake-recipe.pdf

M&P Tip: Don’t skimp out on the cocoa. Spend the extra $ for the good stuff. Oh and the cup of hot coffee? Verrrrrrry important for a moist cake.

Ingredients:

  • Cake:
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 ¾ cups sugar
    • ½ cup cocoa (good quality)
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 Tbl. baking soda
    • 1 egg
    • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup buttermilk1 cup hot coffee

Directions: Combine egg, oil and buttermilk. Combine dry ingredients. Add wet to dry until mixed. Slowly pour in hot coffee. Scrape bowl. Mix briefly. Pour batter into three greased & papered 9" cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Test with toothpick.

  • Frosting
    • 5 Tbl. Butter
    • ½ cup milk
    • 1 1/3 cup sugar
    • 2 2/3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips (good quality)
    • 3/4 cup caramel1 ½ cups toasted pecans

Directions: Mix sugar and milk in saucepan, add butter and bring to a boil. Remove
from heat and add chocolate chips to pan. Mix with a wire whip until
smooth. If frosting is too thick or grainy add one or two teaspoons of hot
Coffee.


For each cake layer: Petal 1/3 of the frosting, then sprinkle ½ cup of pecans and drizzle ¼ cup
of caramel on the first layer


Caramel & Apple Pumpkin Pie

 

Credit: Zoe Bakes

Credit: Zoe Bakes

Caramel, apple and pumpkin? Sign me up! Local baker and author, Zoë François, delivers a buttery, flaky masterpiece with this festive recipe. François studied at the Culinary Institute of Art and has written 4 cookbooks on how to master breadmaking. To keep up with her baking adventures, be sure to check out her instagram, @zoebakes.

Get the original recipe here: http://zoebakes.com/2017/11/21/caramel-apple-pumpkin-pie/

Pie dough – you’ll only need enough for one 10-inch pie, so you can freeze the rest.

Ingredients:

  • Caramelized apple layer:
    • 5 apples, peeled, cored and cubed in 1/2-inch pieces
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • Pinch salt
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 2 to 4 tablespoons water
  • Pumpkin layer:
    • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree or equal amount roasted
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • pinch of salt
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon all-spice
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla – DIY vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Parbake the crust by lining it with foil and pie weights. Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until the bottom crust is set, but not coloring at all.

In a skillet, heat the apples, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt until the apples are tender. In a small bowl combine the cornstarch and water. If your apples have a lot of liquid use just 2 tablespoon of water. If they are drier, add the remaining 2 tablespoons water. Stir over medium heat until the apple juices thicken and the cornstarch no longer looks cloudy. Allow the apples to cool while you prepare the pumpkin filling.

 Whisk together the pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, all-spice, eggs, sour cream and vanilla.

Turn down the oven to 325°F. Put the apples in the parbaked pie shell. Pour in the pumpkin over the apples. If there are any large bubbles, pop them with a fork.

Bake the pie for about 1 hour, but check after 45 minutes to gauge how quickly it is setting up. You want to take it out when the pumpkin is set and just puffing ever so slightly. You don’t want it to be liquid in the middle, but you also don’t want the pie to soufflé or it will crack. Set it to cool on a rack. Once the pie is room temperature place it in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Enjoy!


Coconut Macaroons

For those of you looking for a healthier alternative, try these coconut macaroons from local food and health blogger, Fit Foodie Finds. They’re naturally sweet from the coconut and can quickly cure a sweet tooth craving. These delicious macaroons are perfect for your next family gathering or to share with girlfriends at a holiday party.

Find the original recipe here: (https://fitfoodiefinds.com/2016/12/coconut-macaroons/)

Credit: Fit Foodie Finds

Credit: Fit Foodie Finds

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. First, preheat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together coconut, maple syrup, egg whites, coconut oil, and vanilla.

  3. Use a 1/4 cup to scoop the coconut mixture into your palm and compress together. Place on baking sheet and shape into a dome with the palm of your hand. Repeat.

  4. Bake at 350ºF for about 20 minutes or until the macaroons begin to turn golden brown on the sides.

  5. Let cool for about 30 minutes.

  6. Coat the bottom of each macaroon with chocolate by melting chocolate chips in the microwave and stirring until smooth.

  7. Dip the bottom of each macaroon into the melted chocolate (gently), set on a piece of parchment paper. Repeat.

  8. When chocolate has cooled and hardened, enjoy!


Pomegranate-Rosemary Gin Fizz

Credit: Norseman Distillery

Credit: Norseman Distillery

A nod to the classic holiday colors of green and red, this pomegranate-rosemary cocktail is light and refreshing. It pairs nicely with an assortment of appetizers and as a plus, looks beautiful in photos. We used some of our favorite local gin from Norseman Distillery in Northeast Minneapolis to whip up this delightful drink. Check out our original recipe below. P.S. How fun is this holiday label?!

Ingredients:

  • Crushed ice
  • 2 ounces of Norseman Gin
  • Dash of lemon
  • ½ tsp superfine sugar
  • Splash of La Croix (any flavor)
  • Splash of pomegranate juice
  • 1 tbps Pomegranate seeds
  • Rosemary sprig

Directions: Add everything except pomegranate seeds and rosemary to shaker. Shake until well combined. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with pomegranate seeds and rosemary sprig. Enjoy!

2017 Holiday Gift Guide

November is in full swing which means the holidays are right around the corner! The holidays are our favorite time of the year - hot cocoa, cozy sweaters, cheerful music, baking, festive parties and most importantly, more time with loved ones. Show the special people in your life how much you care by gifting them a unique, local gift.

To help wow your giftees, we’ve created a holiday gift guide. We’re recommending local businesses to check out and the cutest products we’ve been eyeing up lately. Below you’ll find great gifts ideas for everyone in your life and support local businesses at the same time.

For those with a sweet tooth: Annie B’s Peppermint Bark

 
 

Photo: 2nd Truth Photography

Okay we may be a little biased with this one (it is in our newest box, Cheer) but we promise it’s worth the hype. This minty slice of heaven is perfect for those chocolate lovers in your life. Add a few other delectable items from Annie B’s like their caramel or small batch popcorn to tie it all together.

For those with an old soul: Anthony Scornavacco Antiques

 
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This gorgeous antique store located downtown St. Paul is perfect for historic, beautiful gifts. Meticulously run by antique savant Anthony Scornavacco, this store is chock full of timeless items, small trinkets from years past and rare gems. Find antique trays for cocktails, a jewelry box for grandma’s pearls, or small painting for a coworkers desk.

For those with cold necks: KISA Turkish Tea Towel (and scarf!)

 
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Photo: 2nd Truth Photography

To bare the frigid Minnesota winters, scarves are an absolute necessity. But what if your scarf could also double as a tea towel, blanket or wrap? Cue the KISA Turkish Tea Towel. This beautifully woven item is perfect for your mom or a girlfriend. Plus, it’s neutral colors make it wearable with any outfit.

For those looking to give back: Greater Goods

 
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If you want to be more thoughtful with your spending, choose to purchase from a business like Greater Goods that donates 5% of their proceeds to a local charity. Founded by Lauren and Joel Gryniewski, this quaint store offers handmade card and unique products from all of the world. Grab a few Christmas cards for your grandparents or a Minnesota Tee (like the one above) for the out of town relatives.

For those who need a spa day: Da Bomb Fizzers Bath Bombs

 
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Photo: 2nd Truth Photography

What’s better than soaking in a warm bubble bath on a cold winter night? Soaking in a bath with an amazingly fragrant bath bomb! Treat your friends to an at home spa night with “da Bombs” made by local teenagers Isabel and Caroline Bercaw. These fun bath accessories come in an assortment of flavors and each have a secret gift inside. See the Cake Bomb featured above in our Confetti box.

For those who love a clean aesthetic: The Foundry

 
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Shelves of dainty glassware, luxurious bath products, unique home goods, children’s toys and more, The Foundry is a one stop shop for products that are “simple, useful and beautiful,” (The Foundry).

Where do you find your holiday gifts? We’d love to hear!

Maker Spotlight, WAAM Industries

 

If you’ve recieved your own Minny & Paul box, you’ve probably noticed a small product card tucked beneath the box top. It details what each item is, where it came from and who made it.

We love sharing these small snippets of our featured makers but we want to do more. To recognize these talented makers, we’re starting a spotlight series to share their stories. Check back every month to read about someone new and get to know the people behind the products.

Credit: Bethany Schrock

Our first installment highlights a company we’ve been with since the start of M&P, WAAM Industries. WAAM is a local design and fabrication maker. The company was founded in 2012 by Andrew and Hanna Vomhof. They started small, working out of their basement and a few spare rooms. Fast forward to present day, and they’ve added a large industrial workspace to their business.

 

Credit: Nylon Saddle

Credit: Nylon Saddle

The idea for WAAM Industries started in a sketchbook. Their idea was simple - take everyday functional objects and elevate them to be long-lasting and aesthetically pleasing. Both MCAD graduates, Hanna and Andrew combined their unique skillset and minimalist perspective to take their vision from paper to real life.

Credit: WAAM

Credit: WAAM

If you didn’t already know, all of our hand selected products are nestled into these beautifully crafted boxes. What makes WAAM so great is the versatility of their product - after unboxing the goodies, use it as a trendy decor piece or storage box. Check out the things we store in our WAAM boxes:

  • Yummy tea
  • Cards from special friends (have you seen these beautiful letterpress cards by Maddko Illustration in our latest “Fuel” box?)

  • Sweet treats for that midnight sugar craving - have you checked out our Treat box?

  • Nightstand storage for your lip balms, essential oil (I love CALM by Miss Violet Lace from our Girlfriend Box), lotions and more

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What are ways you use your box? Let us know in the comments or tag us on Instagram - @minnyandpaul.

 

Friday Night Out, Volume 2

Summer in the Twin Cities can be summed up in one word: glorious. Walks around Lake Calhoun, Sunday brunch at Nightingale, brats and beer at a Twins game, fresh flowers from the farmers market, a stroll around the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden—everything flourishes come June. And though it’s time to welcome in a new season, there’s still time for one last hoorah. Gather your closest friends and toast to the warm weather next Friday night at some of our favorite bars and restaurants in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

1. WA Frost

Luscious greenery, great food and historic beginnings? Enter WA Frost. Nestled in the charming Cathedral Hill neighborhood, this sophisticated oasis mimics the cool, relaxed vibe of St. Paul. Enjoy a mean Old Fashioned with friends or dine on classic dishes sourced from local, sustainable farms. Not ready for the night to end? Pop over 2 blocks to The Happy Gnome, a casual gastropub, for a cold beer.

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2. 4Bells

We’re all in need of a little southern charm every once in awhile, right? Luckily, we’ve got our own little slice of “lowcountry flair”at restaurant 4Bells, located in Lowry Hill. This vibrant restaurant offers fresh oysters, delicious fried chicken and great views of the Minneapolis Skyline. Find a spot on the rooftop patio and order the specially curated “Harom Place” cocktail.


3. Pizzeria Lola

Pizza + wine: name a more iconic duo, I’ll wait… :)

indulge in artisan pizza and a global wine selection at one of our favorite neighborhood pizza joints, Pizzeria Lola. From the classic Margherita to the creamy Boise and exotic Korean BBQ, there’s a pie for everyone. M&P Tip: Friday nights are poppin’ at Pizzeria Lola, so be prepared to wait a bit for your table. We guarantee it’s worth the wait though—just check out their impressive reviews → Pizzeria Lola Press

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4. Burch Steak

We don’t know about you but there’s something we love about dressing up on a Friday night. If you’re feeling the fancy vibe, pop over to Burch Steak, right off Hennepin in Uptown. Not only does Burch deliver a delicious menu, but their service is impeccable. We always feel taken care of there. Grab a glass of bubbly and cheers to a memorable meal.

5. Butcher and The Boar

Looking for a more lively crowd? Head on over to Butcher and the Board, a meat-lovers heaven located in downtown Minneapolis. Enjoy craft beer and house-made sausage in their bustling dining room or laid-back, dog-friendly beer garden. It’s only a hop, skip and a jump from the Target Field, the Orpheum or US Bank Stadium.

 

What’s your favorite local joint to frequent? We want to know! Comment below with your go-to wines and dines.

The Friday Night In-between

All dressed up but no where to go? It's an epidemic, we completely understand. No worries though, we have created a remedy for the Friday night in-between. Find our 5 curated solutions to the perfect Friday night below:

1. We like to call this one the "Double Hitter." To all our ethnic food lovers out there-this one is for you! Pimento is an incredible, authentic Jamaican food restaurant with the chillest vibes and the best food. We highly recommend the chicken curry with a nice beer on the side! After you grab a bite to eat, head on over to the Icehouse right next door to enjoy some live music, drinks, and good company. Viola! Vibes + drinks + food = the perfect evening out.

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2. Here's to all our nature-lovers. Enjoy the great outdoors at Lake Calhoun! Bring your beach blanket and the best tunes (we curated a playlist full of all local MN artists for you) & enjoy the MN summer. If you're like us, food is always in order, so set up camp near the Tin Fish and enjoy a lakeside meal as the sun sets! Bonus: they have ice cream sandwiches that are to die for!

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3. We found the cutest little speak easy in the North Loop and can't keep the secret to ourselves! Marvel Bar, under the Bachelor Farmer, is a quaint little joint with lots of character. Text your friends & tell them to meet you there for a good time. Plus, the North Loop has tons incredible restaurants and little shops to hit up on the way.

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4. Not much of a social butterfly? No worries there, we got you covered! Grab only your closest friend and head on over to the Aster Cafe to enjoy some live music & incredible food. The mood really sets the night for a good time with your favorite person. While you're out, why not head down the street and catch a movie at the St. Anthony Main Theatre! This old-timey theatre gives you a glimpse of Minneapolis back in the day but keeps up on all the latest trends in Hollywood.

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5. The Hewing Hotel is the place to be on a Friday night! You'll find every kind of person here all with the same goal to have a good time. We promise, the place is packed! They serve incredible cocktails and we would highly suggest the duck fat fries. YUM! P.S Ask them about their rooftop views! Why not just plan a fun little staycation while you're at it? 

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Now that we have solved the Friday night crisis, we are on to bigger and better things!  Be on the look out for more blog posts to come. Let us know of any of your favorite Minneapolis/St. Paul places to go on a Friday night, we'd love to hear! Stay local, friends.

Cheers!