Our Couple’s Staycation in Minneapolis

by Angie Anew on February 5, 2012

My hubby and I enjoyed a city staycation in Minneapolis last weekend! It was our first night away in a LONG time. Too long. Completing the Whole30 seemed as good a reason as any to get out and indulge a little!

We stayed at the W Minneapolis in the Foshay Tower. Great location and a fun vibe!

In keeping with my goal to try new things in 2012, I decided to step out of my comfort zone when buying an outfit for our night out. Normally, I wear black. Or gray (if I’m feeling adventurous). So when I walked by a mustard-yellow sweater with a detached turtleneck on sale at Macys, I thought: “That’s exactly the sort of bizarre top I’d normally never even try on. Perfect!”

I wish I would have taken pictures of our food and drinks, but sometimes it’s important to live in the moment, no?

We kicked off our evening at Prohibition — the bar on the 27th floor of our hotel. Several drinks are on a $5 happy hour special from 5 – 7 p.m. I ordered the Red Devil, a muddled cranberry and tequila cocktail. The drink was tasty, and the people-watching was fun. Think 30 percent guys in suits and women in backless dresses, 30 percent hotel guest gawkers, and 40 percent something in between.

Then we walked over to Barrio for dinner. I enjoyed a margarita as we noshed on some of the small plate offerings, such as the Amish chicken and black bean tostadas. Even though my husband is a particular eater and I prefer to dine gluten-free, we found several items that we could share. Hubs let me have the spicy crab soup all to myself, though. No arguments from me!

Next, we decided to hop on a bus to go to Marvel Bar. Thankfully, there were some people milling about outside when we approached the building, because the entrance is unmarked. Once inside, we nabbed one of the half-circle booths just as a small group was getting up to leave. We had a great vantage point for cocktail-sipping and people-watching. I ordered the Oliveto — a lovely combination of olive oil, gin, Licor 43, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg whites. Lemon meringue in a cute little glass! (Here’s a recipe I found for making the drink at home.)

After hanging out at Marvel Bar for a good while, we headed back to our hotel and spent some time in The Living Room — the bar/night club on the main floor. More people-watching and a little dancing, too!

We had a fabulous night!

The next morning, we enjoyed breakfast at Hell’s Kitchen (steak and eggs for me and cornmeal pancakes for the hubby). Then we visited the museum and observation deck on the 30th floor of the Foshay Tower before checking out.

We had such a great time! I am, however, excited to get back on the healthy eating bandwagon after this food- and drink-filled weekend. My tummy will thank me!

What are your favorite in-town getaways?

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Julie May 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Hi! I think I came across your blog via Whole9 on FB. Anyhow, I find your Whole30 journal full of great ideas! I, too, completed a round and am now on my 2nd. I love how great I feel all of the time and the recovery from CrossFit and running is incredible. I am in MN as well, 45 miles NW of Mpls.

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