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{Weekend Recap} Minnesota + Fit Foodie Finds Edition

June 24, 2014

I’m baaaaack! Did you miss me? Before we jump back into the food, I thought it would be fun to recap my trip to Minnesota. I’ll be completely honest, as much anxiety as I had leading up to the trip (explanation here) and despite truly missing you guys, I’m having a hard time getting back into the swing of things. Maybe by the end of this post it will come back to me.

I absolutely love going to visit Minneapolis. Seeing C’s family is always amazing and even though I didn’t grow up there, they always make it feel like home. And then there’s the fact that my best friend, Lee from Fit Foodie Finds lives there. People often can’t understand how someone who I hadn’t met before last year could so quickly become my best friend. I guess you have to see it to believe it, but Lee and I are the same person. Actually it’s kind of scary how similar we are and our boyfriend’s are.

Me and LeeIt’s not often you find someone you truly connect with, who has a weird fetish for food photography and can also spend their life-savings in Crate and Barrel. Not to mention the fact that we both became self-published authors on the same day! I have a copy of Lee’s eCookbook, Single-Serve Desserts and can tell you it is absolutely gorgeous and so creative! Oh and I’ve made one of her cupcake recipes and it is BOMB. So go buy it.

Back to the trip. The weekend was so jam-packed with activity that I’m kind of exhausted just looking at the pictures. So much so that the thought of putting them into a collage is putting me to sleep so instead get ready for one serious photobomb. Here are the highlights from my trip:

Lunch at Fika, which is attached to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. The food was incredible and so fresh. I especially loved the spinach and celery soup and the Swedish meatballs.

FikaAnother fabulous meal at Wise Acre. If you’ve never been, all of the food is farm-to-table and as local as possible. Highlights included the Minnesota “edamame” and the Blueberry Salted Honey Custard.

Me and CLee, her bf Blake, C and I rented canoes and headed out onto Lake Harriet for some fishing in the sun. The weather could not have been more spectacular and I caught my very first fish! Unfortunately mine was the only one not caught on camera (I got a crazy fish who got himself off the hook), but I swear it happened.

fishingA party bus (hadn’t been on one of those since prom!) and watching the sunset from a boat on Lake Minnetonka was pretty unforgettable. An incredible night meeting so many amazing people.

Lake MinnetonkaIf you haven’t heard, Minneapolis has gotten a TON of rain these last few months and the lakes and rivers are overflowing. The land of 10,000 lakes has just about doubled. But a little rain ain’t going to stop me from hitting up a Farmer’s Market. I stocked up on some wild rice and ate my weight in Mexican food.

farmer's marketAnd to cap off an absolutely perfect weekend C’s family, Lee, Blake and I polished off the date night menu at Cafe Lurcat before a gorgeous sunset stroll through Loring Park.

Cafe LurcatIt’s going to be a bit of a challenge getting back into a routine, especially considering I don’t have the ecookbook taking up most of my time, but such is life. And clearly life ain’t so bad 😉 It’s good to be home!

Have you had friends you’ve met through the internet become real-life friends? What’s your favourite city to explore?

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    June 24, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Who is the hot blonde. Hot as in the weather because it looks really hot there.

    Oh D. How sentimental of you. Said it on Lee’s blog but just wait until August. I need to come get my friend’s chef pants back. When I visit we can rectify your question. Boom. Snap. Crackle. Pop.
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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    June 24, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Ahh you so pretty–glad you had a fun weekend 🙂 Also don’t expect anyone to believe that you actually caught a fish. If it’s not on camera then it didn’t happen.
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    Brittany
    June 24, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Yea my blog buds are wayyyy cooler than my real life friends, I totally get it. SO glad you two got to meet in real life. This trip sounds like a blast!
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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    June 24, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Love blogging friends! All of you got me through the last year of my life! Glad that you had a good trip. I’ve never been to Minnesota but it’s definitely a (summer) trip that I want to take once I’m up north!
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    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish
    June 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Slightly jealous… ok, a lot jealous… but so glad you had such a fun weekend!!! The fishing day looked great, and I absolutely love that pic of you and C in the market! Happy summer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish recently posted…Almondmilk w/Protein + {Super Greens Mac & Cheese}

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    June 24, 2014 at 8:52 am

    What a fun trip! I bet it felt good after weeks of ebook stress. Being on a canoe in the sun sounds pretty amazing right about now.
    Welcome back!
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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    June 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I always, always have an impossibly difficult time getting back into the swing of things after I come back from a trip, and it’s even worse if I’m jet lagged. But I will selfishly say that it’s good to have you back — missed your face! And since you’re done your ebook, does that mean I can get back to bugging you on a more regular basis now 😉

    PS! Remind me that I still need to buy your book!
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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    June 24, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Glad that you had such a fun weekend! Some of my favourite people I’ve met through blogging. It’s an awesome community!
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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    June 24, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I cannot even look at this post without a tear coming down my face – BECAUSE YOU TWO DID NOT SEND ME A SNAP CHAT – TOGETHER!!!!!!!

    (oh and it would have been nice if I WERE THERE with my man! – HAAARUMPHHHHH) – LOL!!!! But I mean, I know you two have a chick-mance so I don’t want to totally intrude! I could have just popped out from the bushes to say hi for a split second!
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    Lee
    June 24, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Best weekend of my lyfeeeeeeeeeeeeee. One day we shall be neighbors. And make balls every day. Then eat all of them.

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    Cassie
    June 24, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Um, well, I met you soooo. There. And Erin, of course!! This makes me really want to visit Minnesota… is that weird??
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    Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change
    June 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I love this so much – so glad you enjoyed your time in Minneapolis/Minnesota. I am so excited for the future because I know it means meeting more of the amazing people I’ve found in the blogging world. One of those “blends turned best friend” happened at HLS last year, with Laura from Laura Likes Design. =)
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    Pip {Cherries & Chisme}
    June 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    This looks like such an awesome trip!!
    Oh tell me about it, life after travels… Hard. Next month I shall embark on life after 6 months of living abroad – help! Always nice to be home though, I find I appreciate it far more after being away 🙂
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    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
    June 24, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Aw you four are the perfect couple pair. I’m so glad you had an amazing trip.
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    Britt@MyOwnBalance
    June 24, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    I love exploring new cities! I also love exploring NYC because there is always something I’ve never done before. AND I love meeting bloggers in real life. They are the best!
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    Jo @ Living Mint Green
    June 24, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Love your vacay recaps. Are you going to recreate that soup? PLEASE SAY YES.

    During my upcoming trip to Vancouver, I’m actually meeting up with 3 people I’ve met through the HLB world!! 🙂
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    lindsay
    June 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    it’s like the cool kids club meets martha stewart club! i’m in awe! what an amazing time with amazing people! xxoo
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    Karey @ Nutty About Health
    June 24, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    You guys are so cute, & you’re right – it’s amazing when you just “connect” with someone & get them. Great pics!! 🙂
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    Kim
    June 24, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Great pictures of all y’all! Glad you had such a fun time!! I have friends that have a house on Lake Minnetonka – maybe we should plan a trip to visit – looks beautiful there!!
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    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut
    June 24, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Wow I’ve not been to any of those places and I’ve lived in Minesota for a year! I did get to hang out in Stillwater this past weekend though..downtown is definitely a must! Infact I’m making you and Lee hang out there with me when you come next. 😉

    I’ve definitely met some kindred blogging spirits and it’s the coolest thing. You two definitely have a thing! Even releasing an ebook on the same day!!
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    Amanda
    June 24, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    How the hell do you manage to look good even in a top knot?! IT ISN’T FAIR! *stomps feet*

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      Davida Kugelmass
      June 25, 2014 at 9:42 am

      I am SO hungover in that pic. You can see it in my eyes…rough morning.

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    Luv What You Do
    June 24, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Great pics!
    So jealous of your boating and fishing! I used to love canoeing!
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    Lucie@FitSwissChick
    June 25, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Aww, what a fun weekend!! Party bus?? I want that here!!
    Laura and I definitely became close friends since she visited me in Switzerland. People were irritated, that I would let her live in my tiny appartment without even seeing her ever before. But I just knew it would work out perfectly and it did!
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    kathy @ vodka and soda
    June 25, 2014 at 6:55 am

    sounds like an awesome trip!! meeting bloggers IRL and with whom you have a connection is always amazing. i met up with those bitches from fitnesscreatures blog and they’re incredible. i miss them and wish they didn’t live so damn far (atlanta)

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda
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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    June 26, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Loved this recap! You look so pretty and happy 🙂
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    Mary Frances
    June 26, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Oh that sunset is waaay too gorgeous! Matches your smiles 🙂 Looks like a fabulous weekend, Davida (<3 your pink racerback btw) I know how you feel; one weekend or week away from the blog and coming back is like, what, having to bake, photograph, edit, AND write? It is hard! You'll get it though in no time 🙂 I'm checking out her cookbook as well, it sounds right up my alley!
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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    June 27, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    It looks like you had a great time! I hope your ebook is doing well 🙂
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    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    June 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    I’m thrilled you had a wonderful week with C’s family and the bestie. Those are always great for simultaneously recharging the batteries and leaving you feel exhausted all at the same time. Weird but true.

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    kimmythevegan
    July 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Sounds like you had a blast on your trip =) I actually don’t find it all that weird that you met your best bud through the blogging world. I find I meet like minded people that way as we tend to follow blogs that interest us, thus having a lot in common with the other blogger.
    You guys are adorable together =)

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