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You wouldn’t be alone in thinking we’d gone nuts for taking a weekend getaway trip to Minneapolis in February. As we boarded the plane, cranky toddler in tow, Tim and I looked at each other, like, what happened to our beach vacation!?!?

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Our Febgiving Feast

March 1, 2010

Our friends Jim and Becca created the Feburary holiday of Febgiving and this year Tim and I decided to get into the act ourselves.  Tim designed an awesome invite and on Saturday we hosted 25 friends and seven babies for a turkey feast! Everyone brought a side dish, dessert or cheese. The table groaned under the weight of such deliciousness.

The feast in progress! I’m obsessed with Whole Foods brand Italian sparkling water.  Tastes amazing and costs $1.29 a bottle.

The table setting with red parrot tulips from the corner bodega, Marta glasses ($1.50-2.50 from CB2) and our silver, bought at auction. This vase was re-purposed from this experiment. I also used some of these vases from Jamali Garden Supply and mini daffodil plants.

We tucked fortune fish (left over from our wedding) into each napkin.  Everyone had fun with them.

A delicious looking plate.

A room full of happy babies.  Alex was so happy to share his toys with all the little people.

Tim and Alex toast the Febgiving crowd.

Thanks to Katherine and Joanna for the lovely photos!


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Hinterer Gosausee / Oberösterreich / Austria via Ola on Flickr

We’re in Minneapolis for the weekend to celebrate Febgiving; we had Friday Night Pizza with Kate and Kyle and Tim and I are cozied up watching the Olympics.




Random photo of Minneapolis Saint Paul I took this past February. So glad to have a reason to post it here.  

My friend Jim Norton and a cadre of talented folks behind The Heavy Table are kickstarting The Secret Atlas of North Coast Food which promises to be nothing short of mouth-watering. Minneapolis has some serious food mojo happening and I can’t wait to have this guide in hand for our next trip. For those of you who haven’t been, this will provide a guidebook and reason to get on a plane.  Here’s one of our  Minneapolis travelogues, if you haven’t seen it.

I’m especially looking forward to this chapter A Taxonomy of Ice Cream Trucks and Their Songs:

A Taxonomy of Ice Cream Trucks and Their Songs
written and illustrated by Andy Sturdevant

Writer and artist Andy Sturdevant (MinnPost, the upcoming Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow) tracks down some of the many ice cream trucks plying their fattening wares in the Twin Cities metro area, observes their habits in their native environment, and documents both their offerings and their maddeningly cheerful songs.

Click on over to Kickstarter for more information.


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This weekend we went to Minneapolis to celebrate Febgiving (the celebration of Thanksgiving in February, natch). We ate like royalty all weekend between Friday night pizza with Kate (amazing photographer and food blogger) and her husband Kyle and the feast itself on Saturday afternoon (photos of last year’s event here).   Friday night the wine was flowing and the pizzas were amazing:

1. San marzano, fresh mozzarella, sautéed mushroom and truffle oil
2.Cambazola, prosciutto and pear
3. Roasted butternut squash, asparagus, goat cheese and garlic oil

Kate and Kyle have a pizza night every Friday night so they make a sourdough pizza dough from scratch every week, using a recipe from Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in 5 Minutes a Day. (Wordy, but, delicious recipe after the jump!)

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Cake vs Pie

March 24, 2010

At our Febgiving, the conversation after dessert turned to a debate about the merits of cake vs pie. It all started when Stephanie cheekily posed the question “would you rather go to a pie heaven (where they only serve pie) or cake heaven (where they only serve cake)?”  Let me tell you, the debate got intense and heated very very quickly.  I am a pie heaven person beyond the shadow of a doubt.   Jezebel has been running a March Madness playoff between Cake and Pie and it will be interesting to see who wins.  I’m rooting for pie, how about you?


Our friends Jim and Becca wrote an awesome book on the craft of cheese making in Wisconsin. This would make an amazing valentine’s gift for the cheese nerd (like me!) in your life ($18 at Amazon). Add a box of cheese from the University of Wisconsin-Madison ($19) and they’ll love you forever.  I have personally sampled the aged cheddar and can give it the AGDS seal of approval.  I love Jim and Becca for many reasons but one of my favorite is that they created Febgiving, the celebration of thanksgiving in February.  This year Febgiving is celebrated Feb. 14 and 20th. I can’t wait.