Always late to the party (but never late for an appointment), here comes Girl Friday with her 2005 Year in Review. Hey, at least it’s still technically 2005. I looked over the last year of blog entries, my 2005 day planner, and my bathroom to compile this list, which is a little different that the others I've been reading for the past month. Not everything here hit the market in 2005 (besides the music), but it was all important to making this year a great one.
Happy New Year, everybody!
5 Very Unexpectedly Delicious Meals:
Longfellow Grill: The veggie burger with pepper jack and chipotle aioli, and a most heavenly cole slaw made with apple juice, cider vinegar, and raisins.
Bilimbi Bay (no longer in existence, possibly because this was the best they had to offer): The basket of shoestring-cut fries drizzled with housemade tangy bleu cheese sauce and fresh diced tomatoes.
The Bulldog: The No-dog with sauerkraut, shredded cheddar, ketchup, and mustard, with a basket of fried mushrooms.
Famous Dave’s: The cream cheese-stuffed French toast with praline sauce (weekend brunch only).
The Bad Waitress: The grilled spinach, tomato, and gruyere sandwich with spicy mustard on pumpernickel alongside a big bowl of spicy tomato soup (despite the annoying process of ordering your food).
5 Watering Holes Where My Drink Hits the Bar Before My Butt Hits the Barstool:
Stasiu’s Bar, Northeast (New happy hour Monday-Friday, 2-for-1 from 3 to 7.)
Grumpy’s Bar, Northeast
The Herkimer, Lyn-Lake
La Casita, Columbia Heights
5 Local Businesses & Contractors I’d Happily Recommend to You:
The Columbia Heights Midas
Simple to Grand Catering (The servers are oustanding.)
Schaab’s Snow Shoveling
5 Essential Beauty Products I Discovered This Year:
L’oreal Glam Shine Lipcolour in “Sizzle”
Kiss My Face Liquid Rock Deodorant (Lavender)
J/A/S/O/N Naturals Makeup Remover Pads
Sally Hansen Diamond Lip Treatment in “Garnet Gala”
5 [Non-local] 2005 Albums That Are Never Out of My Reach:
"Knuckle Down" by Ani DiFranco
"Nobody’s Darlings" by Lucero
"Silent Alarm" by Bloc Party
"Digital Ash in a Digital Urn" by Bright Eyes
"I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning" by Bright Eyes (What? You knew I was an emo girl.)
5 Favorite Wastes of Time:
Minneapolis Rock Bars
5 Working Titles for the Novel I’m Writing:
How to Use a Guy in 10 Days
The First Drink is Always Free
Have You Seen My Underwear?
Bad Girl Voo Doo
Trapped in Minneapolis: A Restless Girl’s Guide to Midwestern Boys
5 Categories That Didn’t Make the Cut
5 Crappy Books I Read
(Idea ditched because writing a book is f**king hard.)
5 Coolest Functions of My Blackberry
(Idea ditched because…. LAME.)
5 Worst Fashion Trends
(Idea ditched because I only really despise ponchos and high-cuffed jeans.)
5 Guys I’ve Dated and 1 Nice Thing About Each
(Idea ditched because I was having a hard time with that last part.)
5 Things That Drove Me to Drink
(Idea ditched because this list matched the above list, item for item.)