July 18, 2019
Hi all!! I’m gonna jump right in and start where I left off.
Thursday, the night of July 11th.
First, we went back to Grand Avenue in Saint Paul. We thought there would be more options/bars open there but, really, there was only one… this small place called Tavern on Grand.
I ordered a simple Patron Margarita while boyfriend had one beer and a Seagram’s 7 with Coke.
My drink was pretty strong and got me tipsy right away! I started feeling kind of hungry but, this place wasn’t serving food anymore. I asked boyfriend if he wanted to drive all the way to Minneapolis to one of my old favorites, Pizza Luce. Their Baked Potato Pizza and the Cafe Latte Cheesecake were the only two items on my MUST-GET in MN list.
The newest Pizza Luce location is actually right by my sister’s but, I needed to go to downtown Minneapolis at least once while we were there and they opened a bit later anyways.
I ordered a Mango Margarita off their cocktail menu and chugged it even though I didn’t really like the fruity-flavored alcohol they used. I prefer drinks with plain alcohol and different juices/fruits to sweeten it up instead. I can’t believe I forgot to take a picture– I guess I was already drunk!?
I got a picture of boyfriend’s boring beer though??
And one of pretty much every single corner of the restaurant I could see…
I think I was distracted because there was a girl being
helped out dragged out by her friends. She was just sitting on the floor in the bathroom, couldn’t even walk or talk anymore, lol. I initially saw her when I went to pee. These other two girls were asking her name and trying to find her friends for her while I rudely put my hands under the dryer that was so loud… I pulled my hands out and said “sorry!!” as soon as I realized they were glaring at me because they couldn’t hear her and then, I quickly scurried away!!
The artwork on the wall was breathtaking, too. I’d put any of ’em up in my home– they were all for sale.
BUT, we all know the reeeal reason I completely forgot to photograph my Mango Margarita… I was too busy stuffing my face with the glorious, the one and only, BAKED POTATO PIZZA!!!
I don’t care what you think about mashed potatoes instead of tomato sauce on your pizza. I thought it sounded weird and maybe even gross before I tried it, too… and THEN, after my very first bite, I was hooked. I’ll never forget about it. I will always and forever be grateful to the girl who introduced me and forced me to have a slice so many years ago. ❤ I’m telling you, you need this in your life.
When we gobbled up the entire pie, we waited in the ‘to-go’ line so I could get a small container of tuna pasta salad and a peanut butter chocolate crispy bar. I don’t know how I had space in my belly after two drinks and half a pizza but, I nearly ate the whole tuna salad helping in the car on our way back to my sister’s. I never did get to my PB bar though… I forgot it in my sister’s fridge and I’m still depressed about it!! 😦
When we got back, we smoked a blunt in the car, hopped onto our pullout bed and fell fast asleep.
On Friday, July 12th, we had lunch plans with boyfriend’s mom and little brother. We hadn’t seen them since like, three or four Christmases ago!!
We went to Las Margaritas in Hastings, a Mexican restaurant that boyfriend remembered going to quite a bit as a kiddo! He assured me the food was good and he wasn’t kidding!
We shared some fajitas that had shrimp, beef, chorizo, AND chicken along with chips, salsa, beans, and queso. His mom had this delicious looking Chicken Chimichanga while his little brother had dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets and fries. He truly only eats chicken nuggets every single night of his life… a majority of our conversation was trying to convince him that other foods are good, too, but we were 100% unsuccessful. The kid hates everything!
A little after our food arrived to the table, boyfriend’s mom got a call from her man. She just started dating him and hasn’t introduced him to the little brother yet but, she was ready for boyfriend and me to meet him. It was a little awkward because the guy’s four years younger than us!! I said “hello” and went back into the restaurant almost immediately. I don’t think boyfriend liked him very much either but, hey, people like who they like and age is nothing but a number, right?! I made sure boyfriend kept his opinions to himself when she asked what we thought of him… 😛
She gave us huge bags filled with different gifts like laundry detergent, perfumes, colognes, house decorations, mugs with our initials on them, blankets, toothpaste, etc. etc. Everything was so nice– we totally need to go and see her more often, right?! 😉 I really do like her a lot though and not only because of the gifts!!
After we said our “goodbyes,” we headed to Forest Lake to boyfriend’s dad’s house. His wife was at work so it was just him and boyfriend’s other little brother. We all chatted around in the kitchen for almost a half hour. We also got a quick tour of the whole place since we had never seen it before. I took the cutest photo of the three of them before we headed back to my dad’s.
I was bubbling with anticipation because my dad was making me my most requested meal: Chicken Rice Porridge (or congee?)!!!
It was soooooo dang good, I had two big bowls and thought I was going to explode yet I STILL wanted more. The Ramsey County Fair was up and running though and I had already told my two little brothers I was going to bring them so I quit stuffing my face and off we went!!
It’s a pretty small and boring fair but, if you’re looking to people watch or eat some fair food faves, why not stop by? Parking is only $3 and admission is free for everyone.
We walked around and saw everything on offer within 15 minutes. I needed one of the freshly squeezed lemonades so that’s what we grabbed first.
Then, we stopped at the tiny, sad petting zoo. I felt so bad for the big farm animals stuck inside spaces they couldn’t even move in just for us humans to poke at. 😦 They were all absolutely beautiful…
I wanted to steal a bunny so bad. They were adorable and unbelievably soft!!
My little brothers begged to go on a ride so we let them choose just one.
I think they were too scared of any wilder ones so they went on this boat that simply swooshed back and forth and around… You can see them on the farthest seat to the left. 🙂
By the time their ride ended, I had drank all of my delicious lemonade and was ready for another. This time, we went to a different stand that had more than one small sized cup. I didn’t like it as much as the first one but, at least the cup was decorated and there was more lemonade to drink!!
I was still stuffed from my big bowls of Rice Porridge but, boyfriend and the boys were all wanting a snack. Boyfriend got the Footlong Corndog for himself and the regular sized ones for the boys. We didn’t have anything else to do so we headed back to my dad’s house.
He surprised me with two more of my most favorite dishes!!!
Salaw Machu Kroeung and Prahoak (not pictured)!!!
Boyfriend and I both had a bowl of rice with the Salaw and I also had the Prahoak with a bunch of different veggies before we left.
We weren’t ready to be quiet and lay down at my sister’s quite yet so we went to one of our other old stomping grounds, Barrio in Downtown Saint Paul!!!
This place seriously makes THE most top-notch margaritas around. My favorite is the Cobra Verde which is like a cherry-lime flavored one and my second favorite is the Black Diamond, a pomegranate flavored one with the yummiest black salt rim.
I also tried one called Enter The Dragon (not pictured) but wasn’t the biggest fan. Passionfruit isn’t really for me. 😛 I let boyfriend drink most of that one since I demolished the Black Diamond and Cobra Verde before he even finished his beer then, I had another Black Diamond before they turned on all the lights and killed the party.
There were SO many people partying and having a good time, it sucks that everything closes so early and drinks can’t be served after 2 AM. No one looked like they wanted to go home yet!
You know how the saying goes though… “you don’t have to go home but you gotta get the hell outta here!!” and that we did.
Drunk me needed breakfast food and there was no other restaurant on our mind besides the infamous Perkins. We both grew up frequenting the place and knew we had to go there since they don’t exist in Vegas.
I had the Hearty Man’s Breakfast with pancakes and boyfriend had some type of skillet. We had the loveliest waitress who packed us free muffins, gave me two of her handmade flower hair pins, and also told us to add her on Facebook, lol.
With full tummies, we headed back to my sister’s and went to sleep (almost) right away. 😉
Saturday, July 13th was our last day in Minnesota. When we woke up, we went to my dad’s to pick up my oldest brother. We had plans to hang out with most of my cousins (on my mom’s side) but, not until later in the day when my sister would be done with work.
My Aunt, the very first one we saw, had invited us back over to have her homemade Chicken Rice Porridge. 😀 I can never have too much of the stuff so, we went and ate with her, my Aunt we quickly hugged at the casino, my Uncle, and three of my cousins. She also made air fryer chicken wings that we were all fighting over.
We hung out for about two hours then, started heading to my Grandma’s/Aunt’s house in Shakopee. We were the first ones there and when I called my sister she was sleeping, two of the girls were trying to hit up a graduation party, and another one wasn’t answering his phone! My Aunt was there but, she was on her way out to play poker at my Uncle’s brother’s house! I met the cute doggo, hugged and chatted with my Grandma, and then thought none of my cousins would ever show up so I group texted them that I was leaving because I didn’t want to wait around all day. LOL. I was being a brat, I know, but all of a sudden, my cousin who wasn’t answering was calling and was on his way and the girls came to see me BEFORE hitting up the graduation party. 😉
We didn’t have any food or booze so the girls went to the graduation party while the rest of us went to Cub Foods (!!) for some meat to grill. We stopped at my cousin’s girlfriend’s house to grab two bottles of Ciroc but, in order to get them, the guys had to help dig out a huge swing set/playground from their neighbors’ yard. One side was completely sunk underground. The grass and tree trunks had grown over and around it so they had to dig it out. It took a TON of bodies and so much time and work but, in the end, it was released and positioned properly!! I don’t mean to brag but, my man took control of the whole situation. If he wasn’t there, I don’t think they’d ever have moved it!!
We pitched in on some steak, brats, and chicken while my sister bought the dessert and my brother got snacks. My cousin marinaded and cooked the meat so well!! I was surprised and totally impressed. We all devoured everything while drinking Ciroc Peach and Mango.
The girls came back from the graduation party and brought us even MORE food. I could not stop eating– I started making my stomach ache!!
I met my cousin’s baby girl for the first time and she was the sweetest thing, ever. She never cried the whole night except maybe once for two seconds when she was hungry.
We stayed there drinking, looking at our old photos, and just catching up with each other all the way until 4 in the morning! My Grandma and Aunt wanted us to sleep over but, we ended up driving to my sister’s to gather all of our things and spent our last night sleeping at my dad’s.
When we woke up, I was SO hungover and the humidity outside was OUTRAGEOUS.
My dad made us a ton of spring rolls and grilled meats to bring with us on our road trip home. I took zero photos of the scenery because I was either eating, sleeping, or using my phone for music. Our first stop was in Hastings, Nebraska at a Rodeway Inn.
The hotel desk lady was a rude bitch but, the room was nice enough. We went to a gas station and this dude in the parking lot was jumping in front of us doing some E. Honda from Street Fighter shit, shouting gibberish words. I think he was being a racist so I flicked him off and told him to ‘back the fuck up.’ Boyfriend was all like ‘what is going on?!’
I hated that small town. Never again will we stay there.
Luckily, we had some spring rolls, rice, and meat to eat in the room and didn’t have to go out looking for food. We both ate and showered before ATTEMPTING to sleep. It was 10 PM in Nebraska and we hadn’t heard from the cat sitter at all. She checked in with us every other day so we were worried. We sent numerous texts, a voicemail, an e-mail, and called her a million times but, she never answered! I dozed off here and there but, never fully slept. I finally received a text and e-mail apologizing for the “delay in texts” around 10 PM Nevada time. She said she did see my cats at 3:30 PM that day but, gave no real explanation why she was unable to communicate?? We were UPSET but, what could we do??
The next morning on Sunday, July 15th, we woke up early to get the fuck out of there.
We showered and skipped the continental breakfast. It was time to make our way to Grand Junction, Colorado. I slept a LOT but managed to wake up just on time to search for a dispensary that was one quick exit away.
The Green Solution Outlet in Silver Plume, CO. I wish I took a photo of the actual store but, here’s a stupid one of the bag ^ and some of the packaging (below)…
We got an 1/8th of the Triple Chocolate Chip flower and “immediately threw it in our trunk… ;)”
I slept some more until we made it to Travelodge by Wyndham in Grand Junction. We checked in and got our room with a king-sized bed but, there were Elm bugs all over the window and the window sill… I am getting itchy just thinking about them!! We ran to the front desk and asked for a new room. We had to opt for one with two queen-sized beds instead but, at least it was free from those creepy crawlies!!
We were starving and had nothing left to eat so we found this place not too far away called, Warehouse 25 sixtyfive. I do not understand that name at all so don’t ask me…
I liked that it really looked like a warehouse inside and out. It was decorated well and the restaurant was super spacious.
Aside from that, there was nothing else to compliment them on.
We ordered some chips and salsa to start. I loved the presentation but, there could have definitely been a bigger bowl for the salsa. It didn’t even look like we ate any chips when the dip was already gone! There was no spice and it was kinda warm… I would’ve liked it chilled a bit more.
We were given a measly amount of shoestring fries and the tiniest McDonald’s lookin’ burger. Our waitress was the biggest idiot and gave boyfriend the wrong burger. He ordered a double patty that was supposed to have BBQ sauce and onion rings on it but when it first came out, it looked like this…
He asked for his correct burger so the waitress grabbed his tray, brought it to the back, let it sit and get cold, topped it off with tons of BBQ Sauce and two onion rings. He knew it was the same burger because it was near freezing and the fries were, too. He didn’t say anything this time though because he just wanted to get to eating!!
We went back to our hotel, showered, smoked, and slept. The pillows were hard so I couldn’t sleep soundly. I seriously slept better during the car rides over both of the hotels.
We woke up at around 6 AM on Tuesday, July 16th, had some free hotel breakfast, and took off from Grand Junction, CO to our home in Las Vegas, NV!!! Again, I slept most of the time but, was too excited the last hour because I needed to see my fur babes!!!
That concludes our days in Minnesota and our road trip back to Las Vegas!!! I am grateful to have a working vehicle again and it was absolutely amazing getting to spend all that time with our families. ❤
I got my period when I awoke yesterday so, yeah, yikes, I still haven’t been back to work. I spent my day blogging, reading, and watching Reality TV!
For dinner, boyfriend red wine marinaded chicken and put it together with a fresh salad. We bought a new dressing called Three Herbs– tasted like Italian but not as tart.
Today, we had chicken tacos! Boyfriend made his own seasoning and it was spicy goodness!!
Tomorrow, I’ll finally show you what I got in my June ’19 Boxycharm or if I finish Lies She Told, it may be a review/fave quotes post on that. Either way, I’ll be back. 🙂 I’m so excited to get back into my blogging groove!!!