The winter is nearly complete which means you only have a little time left to enjoy it. Who read that right? Stop pacing back and forth, refreshing your weather app for updates, and give the calendar a break from flipping to mid-year. Enjoy every moment of 2020 and see a city that does the seasons so great you’ll want to see them all from Saint Paul! Here was our style of getting around town from one market to another with a lot of the city in between! Let’s get a big dinner because we’ll need our energy for a huge Saturday. Tonight we carb-up!
Davanni’s Pizza & Hot Hoagies
Davanni’s is an easy choice when you’re arriving a little late in the evening. This famous establishment gave us the energy booster we needed to keep up the pace while exploring Saint Paul. This was a place the locals love and we find ourselves gravitating to yummy suggestions during many of our gallivants. How did Minnesota instantly win us over? By providing large amounts of melted mozzarella that’s how! Our tasty meals were dripping with delicious flavor, packed with juicy chicken and sausage, and CHEESE stretching its way through the experience. Welcome to Saint Paul, Team Goodvin!
Hmong Village Shopping Center
We felt like we had a healthy dose of fiber by just walking through Hmong Village. Finding healthy eating choices proved to have very little challenges when it came to getting onto our shopping list and there’s scores of locals that can say the same thing. The large Hmong population of the Twin Cities is an obvious clientele that keeps this market, and other businesses of this growing community, going but they are not the only ones. Saint Paul citizens pack this facility day after day and more visitors discover the tasty wonders of this culture all the time. One of the best ways to get a feel for a city you’re seeing for the first time is to simply go grocery shopping. It’s also a wonderful way to explore while staying indoors when there’s still a chill in the air outside. Needless to say, this stop made us very hungry. Let’s see what the city has in between markets!
Inspiration can hit in several ways. A simple stroll through a market with wall to wall veggies makes you crave…..You guessed it. All I wanted was veggies and they had to be green and a lot of them. Bangkok Deli is in the neighborhood called Frogtown and this area is filled with ethnic restaurants like this. We love hearing what the locals love and this Thai joint that stayed busy the entire time we were there. Pea tips and rice were up to bat for our early lunch and we dove in. Direct quote from the woman who rang us up when reading our ticket, “Oooooo….That was a very healthy choice.” So there you go, Mom. I did it! And they were delicious, too! Tender and and juicy with all that wonderful render that comes from beautiful foods like this. I love a good soaker-upper for my rice in every Asian style dish and pea tips are a perfect match.
Keg & Case Market
The pictures above were just a very small sample of all the greatness at Keg and Case. Craft beer, some of the cheesiest mac and cheese in the Midwest, mushrooms maturing right before your eyes, beautiful artistic pottery, rich ice cream….That would have all been enough for one trip to Saint Paul right there under one roof. There’s plenty of BBQ, locally roasted coffee, gourmet sausages, candy…You need to just get there and spend the best chunk of your day there like we did! And always remember that there’s plenty more of Saint Paul to explore before the next market!
Can Can Wonderland
Can Can Wonderland is a venue that lit up our afternoon! Fashioned from an old canning factory and turned into a retro gaming paradise and a retreat for the beer lovers. The ultimate playroom for generations upon generations. There is nothing better than seeing the games you grew up with still being enjoyed. I’ll raise a Minnesota craft beer to that! Let’s keep moving!
Saint Paul Winter Carnival
Mark your calendars right now! Yes, 2021 will be here before you know it and this is how you can celebrate the winter in a very fun way. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is a two weekend event that closes out January and welcomes in February in a unique way that this city cherishes. Tons of events, live music, and a fire breathing parade! That was a pleasure to write and I thank Saint Paul for the moment I just had. You ready for another market?
Cossetta’s Italian Market & Pizzeria
Countless visitors to Saint Paul mingle with the locals at this very famous arena of incredible food. Cossetta’s Italian Market & Pizzeria has the recipe to liven up your weekend with a family atmosphere. Italian food always has a spiritual way to make you feel right at home and Cossetta’s has this specialty everywhere. Multiple levels of this market to see and discover with plenty of options to keep you there and enjoying every square foot of the market. We had our appetizers and now we need another iconic Saint Paul meal to finish up this afternoon of market hopping.
Mickey’s Dining Car
We let the locals guide us everywhere we go and Mickey’s Dining Car came up several times throughout the weekend. The busy breakfast hot spot was packed and our hot meals were piled high with some of the greatest hashbrowns we’ve found in our travels. The hardworking grill is partnered with a hardworking cook and a crew that hustles all day long to make your visit a memorable one every time. And they all know how to work a crowd with a sense of humor that I cherish. This was a good call, Saint Paul!
There will always be countless avenues to go down in Saint Paul and we were so pleased to discover a few for ourselves. This metro area can keep a family entertained in so many ways and they can do it during all four seasons. The winter is an exciting time to visit Saint Paul so imagine this city during the rest of the year. Get a jump on the rest of 2020 and get your own gallivant going to Saint Paul!