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Day 10, part 2: Relections of Minneapolis

Minneapolis, United States

I raced to Minneapolis trying to get there before the Walker Art Museum closed at 5pm. I got there at 4:15, sort of raced through the museum and then realized that their sculpture garden is open to the public all day. What a magnificent garden. The center piece is this larger than life cherry on a spoon fountain (oops, water feature) in the middle
Inside a greenhouse lives an early Frank Gehry fish, which if you know his architecture helps explain the influence of fish on his work.
My favorite part though was the plaque under it.
Here's another view from inside the greenhouse.
The Walker sculpture garden had just finished it's 20th anniversary celebration over the summer and they had installed an artists designed Miniture Golf course. Now, as it was The second week of September I didn't get to see it, but I did get to see the remains of it as they were tearing it up. I loved the contrast of the dead grass that had been under the fake greens as if it was the ghost of miniature golf.
I had so such good luck hooking up with my couchsurfing host Andrew until 9pm so had to fend for myself in the city (totally fine by me btw) for dinner. thanks to Yelp and my knowledge box I found out about a restaurant called the Red Stag. I looked up directions, drove to the block and couldn't find it. The address simply didn't exist. I checked back with my iphone, saw there were like 20 reviews for this place at that address, but still no restaurant. I called them and they repeated the address, but I still couldn't find it. I was getting frustrated. 1st Avenue and 5th Street seems like a pretty easy place to find, I was there and no restaurant. Then it dawned on me. Minneapolis is one of those cities that has quadrants. I was in NW and the restaurant was in NE. If your designing a city, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if your going to have quadrants, stay clear of using numbered streets and avenues. It is confusing enough to have to keep track of 1st street from 1st avenue let alone having to know that It's 1st Street NE. Okay, I'm done venting about that. It was well worth the frustration. The restaurant had the MOST AMAZING PORK CHOP I'VE EVER EATEN. I've eaten a lot of pork chops in my life, but this one, oh my god. Before that arrived, I had their Watermellon Gazpacho. also delicious. It was too dark to get a good shot of the chop, but here's one of the soup. yummm.

permalink written by  JRadhirsch on September 10, 2008 from Minneapolis, United States
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Great food and great sights! keep it coming!
really enjoying it all....and you can never get enough MINIGOLF with your midwest culture!
drive safe and be well!!!

permalink written by  The Professor on September 12, 2008

Glass fish! Topiaries and giant cherries! Watermelon gazpacho??? Oh my god yum. Minigolf! I love how minigolf has permeated every aspect of my reality. I never used to see it. I mean, occasionally... but now, it's everywhere. And hooray for that. More ridiculousness, please.

permalink written by  Justine Smith on September 13, 2008

the homage to the carp and his grandmother was wonderful. Nice that something that beautiful can be made into something delicious (ie. the real fish) like homemade gefilte fish and not the jarred variety.

permalink written by  jrad's mom on September 14, 2008

Did you get the recipe for the watermelon gazpacho cause you know that finding the sublime gazpacho has been a quest of mine, that along with the sublime meringue and while on the subject of food quests, the sublime brisket?

permalink written by  jrad's mom on September 14, 2008

I remember when we visited the Guggenheim in Bilboa, Spain designed by F.O. Geary that they had that same quote about the carp. That dude is awesome.
Also, I can't believe that in your lifetime of pork eating you have come across the BEST one ever. Wow. This is quite a trip, Hirsch.

permalink written by  Shameless Heather on September 17, 2008

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