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Libertine~ Uptown Minneapolis


3001 Hennepin Ave.
Uptown Mpls

Libertine has been on my list of restaurants to visit for only a short period.  A few weeks ago we were at Coup d'etat and noticed Libertine's rooftop.  Since in over 30, we hardly eat in Uptown.  WE save it for "special" nights out.  Well, Friday night was the night!!!  All dressed up (pretending to be 25) and ready to go.  Roof top seating is key.  The atmosphere was so much fun.

 I am a firm believer that your waiter sets the mood of your experience from the minute they visit your table.  Our waiter, CJ, was so much fun.  Full of suggestions and spunk!  He did not disappoint, everything we ate was amazing.  We ordered so much food there was no room at the table.  This is very typical with this group of friends.  We laugh at ourselves but do it EVERY.SINGLE.TIME!

If you want excellent food and a fun atmosphere, go to LIBERTINE.  This will be on my list of "places to take out-of-town guests".  

La Fresca

4750 Grand Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55419

From the owner of Rincon 38 & Cafe Ena

My friends have a list of restaurants they want to experience.  A #mnbucketlist so to speak.  We crossed off the ones I have been to and decided from there.  Since Rincon 38 is my friends favorite restaurant , we thought this would be a perfect spot to try.  

It was great! My favorite thing on the menu was CAMPESINO.  Perfection! 

La Fresca Mpls
Live & Love MN

What once was old is new again! Fanny pack turned Waist Pack

Waist Pack

Waist Pack by liveandlovemn featuring Kate Spade

Source: 1: Brit + Co  2:Anthropologie 3: etsy Ruth Kraus  4:Luggagebag   5:Tory Burch 6: Kate Spade 

Current Obsession:

I remember going to amusement parks when I was a kid.  My mom and dad always wore Fanny Packs.  How embarrassing! Those ugly nylon bags that they seemed to cram EVERYTHING into.  Well ladies & gentlemen, They are back.  At least according to me.  My husband has declared that they were, and still are awful.  I disagree (insert giggle).

Places to wear your amazingly stylish waist pack:
Concerts- who wants to carry a bag at a concert?
State Fair- 2 hands to hold your fried twinkie on a stick
Farmers Markets- need hands to hold your flowers!
Grocery store- one hand to hold coffee, another to push cart
On a walk around Lake Calhoun-never know when you might need a beer from Tin fish

CLearly I have thought long and hard about this.  Everyone needs one.

What do you think of the new fanny packs   waist packs?  Love it or loath it?

SHOP LOCAL : Parc Boutique and Solid Manufacture Co. created this fanny pack perfection...

Back to School Shopping at CC & Mays

boys backpack
Thank you social media for helping me find the perfect toddler backpack.  Follow CC & Mays on Facebook or Instagram and you will be instantly addicted. 

The clothing collection for girls and boys is exactly what I would order if I owned a kids shop. I could buy EVERYTHING in the store if my budget allowed.  I went there specifically for this backpack. My son played in the play area and did not want to leave. The result: I bought 4 more items that I wasn't to panning on getting. Swoon!!!  Shop local at CC & Mays. I promise you will love it! 

17420 Minnetonka Blvd
Minnetonka, Minnesota

Happy 20th Birthday Mr. Little Guy

Come explore City Hall and celebrate the 20th birthday of Thom, the Lake Harriet Elf!
On Friday, August 15th Minneapolis will be honoring “Mr. Little Guy” for 20 years of spreading creativity and community to our children.
*Attend the Lake Harriet Elf Day Proclamationat 9:15AM in City Hall Room 315! 
*Join us for birthday cake in Room 317! 
*Join us for an Elf Craft in Room 317 
*Come for a Young People’s Tour of City Hall! Tours will begin every hour on the hour (starting in Rm 317) at10am-4pm, and run approximately 30 minutes, depending on the audience.

Linden Hills Cornfest 2014

Linden Hills, Minneapolis If you like this you will love :

Pig ate My Pizza 

Weekend events- August 16th & 17th

Smack Shack’s Annual Crayfest Block Party

Saturday Aug 16 @ 12:00pm At Smack Shack, Minneapolis

All you can eat Louisiana Style Crawfish Boil featuring Minnesota Crayfish washed down with All you can drink Hurricanes and Beer. Street Party with Live Music and Crayfish eating contest!
21+ Event | ID Required | Rain or Shine
Tickets are $40.00 in advance and $50.00 at the door.
Buy Tickets

Aug. 17: Tilia’s Augtoberfest. The bash is back with a hog roast, craft beer and music from Frankie Teardrop, Black Diet and Umami. (2726 W. 43rd St., Mpls.)

August In Minneapolis

August In Minneapolis
It's August already! Can you believe how fast the summer is flying by?  We still have a couple more months to enjoy this beautiful weather.  August in Minneapolis is, in my opinion, the best month of the year.  There are art fairs, music festivals and everything in between.  

Don't forget to check out the Events tab of  L&L for upcoming events.  Hope you are having a fabulous summer! 

Thursday, August 7

Lynnhurst Summer Fest | 5:30 – 8:30pm | Lynnhurst
Music, food, games, and entertainment.
Music in the Park | 6:30 – 8:30pm | Fuller
Featuring the Brahmstedt family and friends as they perform musical variety. You'll enjoy popular music including jazz, folk, and rock, as well as light classics.

Saturday, August 9

Truck Extravaganza | 11 – 3pm | Folwell
Trucks of all shapes and sizes for kids to explore, music and more.
Festival for Fathers | noon – 4pm | North Commons
Food, music, games and more.

The “Summer Sampler” Food Truck Rally is scheduled for Saturday, August 9th, and will feature 18 food trucks plus free live music in Harriet’s Tap Room from Noon to 7PM. We invite you to a very special after-party with the Honey Island Swamp Band from New Orleans.

Monday, August 11

Armatage Neighborhood Festival | 6 – 8:30pm | Armatage
Armatage. Fun, games, music and food.

My newest obsession- Goodnight Macaroon

Thank you Pinterest for introducing me to this new shop!!  I ordered this sweater plus and more today! Super affordable, trendy clothes!!! 

Note:This is not a sponsored post. 

A weekend full of Art

Loring Park Art Fair August 2nd & 3rd 
Saturday 10-6/ Sunday 10-5

August 2 & 3 · Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5
Powderhorn Park · 3400 15th Ave S · Minneapolis

Broders Pasta Bar

Broders' Pasta Bar
Broders' Pasta Bar has been on my Minneapolis Bucket List for a while.  They are always in the Best Of Magazines and have heard amazing reviews from my friends.  We finally went this week. 
Let me start by saying we had our kids with us…This is major factor in our dining experience.  Keep reading!
My husband is not a big "pasta guy".  It's usually the last thing he wants to eat unless he is carb-loading for a race.  Myself, on the other hand, live on pasta and bread.  Which is why I want to go here so badly.  We decided Monday was the day to go.   We did not take into consideration that my 2 year old woke up at 5:30 am and was a major grouch.  Or that he never sits still for more that 3 minutes.  
We have a little wait for dining room. No problem.  We get a glass of wine and sit on the beautiful patio. Except the boy won't sit. He kept running towards the parking lot and laughing hysterically. Funny to him maybe, not us.  I mean, I almost spilled my wine chasing him:) 
We decide the patio was going to be the best place for us. Even though it doesn't have pasta on the menu.  It did serve from the kids menu.  After all, they are that matters most right?   

My favorite thing was the Panzanella Salad. It was fresh and delicious.  I tried to make this at my house  last night and was totally disappointed with myself.  haha That is exactly the reason why we eat out so much! 

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