Hannah and Claire EAT: Mort’s Delicatessen

525 Winnetka Avenue
Golden Valley, MN 55427-4759
(763) 544-2900

With a coupon in hand (thank you restaurants.com) our girls set off for a dinner date, boyfriends in tow. Destination – Mort’s Delicatessen, a New York style deli with foods highlighting Eastern Europe.  As the boys scanned the *cough-cough*wrap menu, our girls went right for the meat…ordering the largest sandwiches on the menu!!  Much to the confusion of the servers, boys took the “girly” meal and girls took the “man” meal!

lucas – JAKE’S BUFFALO WRAP    9.99
Chicken strips in buffalo sauce tossed with lettuce, diced tomatoes & bleu cheese

anthony – CAESAR WRAP    9.99
Grilled chicken, romaine lettuce tossed with Caesar dressing and parmesan cheese
wrapped in a spinach tortilla

claire – THE TOOTS 14.99
Brisket sandwiched between latkes on marble bread. Served with apple sauce and au jus.

hannah – THE LANSKY 16.99
To call it just a sandwich would be criminal. Smoked brisket, dry aged beef, swiss cheese,
pickles and dijonaise served on ciabatta. Grilled and pressed to blend all the flavors.

Tasty Tip: Date boys that eat like little girls…more food for you!!


A picture is worth a thousand words … no need to explain!

The Great Battle of the Octopi and Worms

The Great Battle of the Octopi and Worms

Building our creation

Building our creation

And yes – we do weddings, birthdays, office retirements, births, and movie releases.

Lucky’s 13 Pub
1800 American Blvd West
Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: (952) 405-2213
A beautiful day greeted our ladies as they woke up this past memorial day, and they decided to celebrate the best way they knew how: by spending all day at Luke’s pool and eating until they couldn’t move. God bless America!
After a long day of swimming and laying by the pool our foodies were craving the good ole American classic ‘The Cheeseburger’ and the closest place to indulge these cravings was Lucky’s 13 Pub in Bloomington . With so many options it was difficult to choose but our diners finally decided on:


~ Ham, fried egg, bacon, & cheddar 10.99 with a side of cottage cheese (3 animals on one burger!)

The Breakfast Burger

Hannah- LAND & LAKE

~ Our burger topped with a walleye cake & hollandaise 12.99 (A cow with a fish on it!)

The Land & Lake Burger

and then there was Claire….
~ Grilled chicken, cashews, wild rice, dried cranberries 9.49
{Ummm, it was a huge salad, filled with meat and a delicious carb-filled pretzel roll…so lay off!}


The burgers were delicious and the fries were phenomenal and the popcorn served at the beginning or the meal was addicting. All in all, a perfect way to celebrate any day!

Yes friends, you read that correctly…Angel Food Coconut Lime Cake.  And yes, it was delicious.  Hannah, as usual, felt the need for some cooking and Claire, as usual, felt the need for some eating.  A quick scan through the Betty Crocker Instant Cake Mix cookbook brought up this little gem.

Angel Food Coconut Lime Cake

1 package Betty Crocker white angel food cake
1 1/4 cups cold water
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup Key lime or regular lime juice
1 teaspoon grated lime peel
1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 cup flaked coconut

1.  Heat oven to 350°.

2.  Beat cake mix and cold water in extra-large glass or metal bowl with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium speed 1 minute. Pour into un-greased angel food cake (tube) pan, 10 x 4 inches. (Do not use bundt cake pan or 9 x 3 1/2-inch angel food pan or batter will overflow.)

3.  Bake 37 to 47 minutes or until top is dark golden brown and cracks feel very dry and not sticky. Do not under-bake. Immediately turn pan upside down onto glass bottle until cake is completely cool, about 2 hours.

4.  Beat condensed milk, lime juice, and lime peel in large bowl with wire whisk until smooth and thickened. Fold in whipped topping.

5.  Run knife around edges of cake; remove from pan. Split cake horizontally to make 3 layers. Fill each layer with about 2 cups lime mixture. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining lime mixture. Sprinkle with coconut. Store covered in refrigerator.

Claire EATS: -??????-

I did it. I swore I would never eat here again…but the call of Cheesecake Stuffed Pancakes (yes, you read that correctly…..) was far too strong.

I ate at IHOP.

I’ll spare the details of my past IHOP misadventures and say again: Cheesecake Stuffed Pancakes.  With Hannah down and out for the night, my dear pal Matt (and growing fellow foodie) agreed that cheesecake in any form was too delicious to pass up.  Braving it north on Highway 100, we found one of the few IHOPs in the Twin Cities.  No need for a menu, we ordered:

Pancake Stackers Sweet and silky cheesecake layered between four buttermilk pancakes. Crowned with cinnamon apple compote & creamy whipped topping.

New York Cheesecake Pancakes – Four fluffy buttermilk pancakes loaded with creamy, rich cheesecake pieces and crowned with cool strawberry topping, powdered sugar and whipped topping.

and…four sausages to even out the sugar high.

And you know what?  It was good.  It was really fricken good.  Beyond the obvious deliciousness that are pancakes, throw in some cheesecake and that’s pretty much perfect.  Heck, take out the cheesecake and those were some fantastic pancakes – crispy on the edges, fluffy on the inside – everything a pancake should be.

As Matt and I said, we’d go again…maybe next time with one less order of pancakes…

We’re BACK!!!!!

Summer’s finally here, which means Hannah’s finally home, which means food ‘o plenty!  Join us as we eat our way through Summer 2010!

The Blue Door Pub
1811 Selby Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 493-1865

This place is a must – as simple as that.  With a perfect Happy Hour ($2 on all tap beers…what?!), friendly atmosphere, and absolutely delicious burgers, this place better be on your list to visit…soon!

With Hannah off at college, Claire decided to invite fellow family member and foodie – Nan.   They squeaked a seat right before Happy Hour filled up the pub, did a quite look-see through the menu and settled on a favorite and an exotic.  Nan went for the ‘Classic’ Juicy Lucy and Claire went for the ‘Jiffy Burger’, as she says: Peanut goes with pretty much anything.

Excellent company and excellent food rounded off the evening!

Claire and Nan enjoyed:

The Classic – 6.50
A Twin Cities original and South Minneapolis’ culinary gift to the world.  Made with cheddar cheese.

Becareful! The cheese is molten!

Jiffy Burger – 7.75
You’ve got to try it to be a believer.  We cover our burger with peanut butter, a little mayo, pepper jack cheese, bacon, and a few pickles – just like Mom used to make!  Awarded Best Burger in the Twin Cities by City Pages!

Like I say, peanut butter goes well with anything!!

Bell’s Best Brown Ale – 2.00 (Happy Hour!)