LBV came through with some really amazing food, and there was plenty of it. That's always a gripe of mine when I'm at an event with passed appetizers: they come around infrequently and I can only eat half of the selections, if that. But they made enough food for all of us (I saw several people refusing plates towards the end) and they were all vegetarian and vegan choices. Super delicious!
The space was the perfect size for a smaller event, and everyone appeared to be having a great time. In fact, when I left at 10:00pm, every seat at the bar was still full. Since the space was kind of limited, we had to pre-sell tickets to the event, but we're hoping to be able to avoid that in the future.
Johnny and I are starting to scope out patio spaces for the next Pink Elephants. To sit outside and enjoy the weather, of course, but we'd also love to invite some pets to start joining us. So many restaurants and so many animal charities to choose from! I got some great suggestions last night and I invite you to keep them coming.
Doing anything Sunday? The System Film has a big shoot happening all day over here in Northeast, and they need a lot of extras. I'll be there. (Considering that I have a role in the film and that Sunday's shoot location is just 2 blocks from my house, I really have no excuse not to be there.) Here's the email from Cristina with all the details:
The System is filming a General
Assembly and Protest on Sunday, and we're putting out a call for extras.
need a lot of people there to fill the hall, so if you or anyone you know
are interested, please come out to the Firefighters Hall and Museum on
This will be the big SPEECHES day, GENERAL ASSEMBLY, and all the UNION HALL
IT WILL BE A LONG BUT EXCITING DAY!
We need extras all day, from 8:30am to dusk, but most of all from 9:30am-3pm
and 4pm to dusk.
Wear khakis if you have them. Otherwise jeans and a white t-shirt. Black
pants as final resort.
This is important stuff! Come help us out and we'll feed you and
entertain you a while.
There's also the Loring Pasta Bar, with its a mecca of tasty Italian plates, plus salsa music every Saturday night starting at 10:00pm.
If salsa isn't your friend's thing and you want to go someplace without being hit on, have dinner at Origami Sushi then walk across the street to Jetset. Jetset is a sleek, straight-friendly gay bar with pretty martinis, plus my pal Bryan Gerrard DJs there every Saturday.
@cecilmenk Best place to get a bike tire fixed if I live on Hennepin and 1st? @amck See your neighbors at One On One http://www.oneononebike.com/ @cecilmenk Perfect. Will try one on one. Thanks. @amck I'm like Roger Rabbit w/ "Shave and a Haircut." I hear "where can I...?" and I pop out of a wall, singing at the top of my lungs.
That's me: chock-full of useful information, and relevant, cute pop cultural references.
I'm also pumped to see the new Gael García Bernal comedy, "Rudo y Cursi," which will be presented by director Carlos Cuaron.
I honestly have barely had any time the last few days to go over the MN Fashion Week schedule and commit to any events. Plus, it's kind of the 11th hour of planning my own event a week from tonight (Pink Elephants at La Belle Vie, got your tickets?). What's everyone hitting up? What should I definitely not miss?
My sister sent me a link to Mohop sandals yesterday. They're animal-friendly and eco-friendly, not to mention incredibly versatile:
How versatile? Each pair comes with 5 interchangeable ribbons which can be tied in numerous ways so you can customize them depending on your outfit (and there's certainly nothing stopping you from buying your own ribbon to further expand your choices). The sandals also come in 9 different styles, all ergonomically designed to be the most comfortable pair of summer heels (or flats) you own.
This has provided an obscene amount of entertainment* today, in between all the mixing, pouring, rolling and tasting. My Pillsbury Bake-Off dessert recipe is complete! It just needs a name now. I still have to tweak my appetizer yet, but it's a pretty simple one.
* In case it's not obvious, Trekking other people is way more fun than Trekking yourself.
Via vita.mn super-user Guptan: a new vegan cafe opened this week on Nicollet Avenue. Old Arizona's Greenway Cafe also serves up coffee, tea, beer, wine, a patio and wi-fi. Bikers can exit on Nicollet from the Greenway, drivers can easily park along Nicollet.
Speaking of vegan stuff, my friend Apryl has been photo-blogging her meals at Las Rawmacitas; how about some recipes, Apryl?
And speaking of recipes, Monday is the deadline for the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off contest. Because I'm crazy like that, I'm actually entering it this year. The majority of my weekend will be spent doing final recipe testing. I'm actually kind of annoyed because there is no "cake" category this time, so my best idea will either have to transformed into some sort of cookie or bar, or just wait until the next Bake-Off. I also haven't determined by looking at the rules whether or not I can submit multiple recipes, which I was planning on doing.
Contestants will go head to head to see who can eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes. Anyone who yacks during or within the 5 minutes following the contest is disqualified. Contestants must show up by 2:00pm to sign in and fill out a liability form (you know, just in case you pull something).
As far as I can tell, the winner of the Minneapolis Hot Dog Eating Contest wins bragging rights. This event is free, with hot dogs and buns courtesy of the Bulldog. There may be drink specials for spectators, but that's yet to be determined. The contest does overlap with the Bulldog's usual daily happy hour: 3:00pm-7:00pm, $1.00 off taps and bottles (Belgians excluded).
Starting tomorrow, Chino Latino is running a "Pink Tacos for Pink Slips" promo, in which anyone who's unemployed can ask for a free mini-taco. The two-bite munchie consists of a fried wonton shell stuffed with spicy tuna tartare and citrus aioli. No pink slip is actually required, just ask your server for the freebie and it's yours. The promo runs through April.