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  • My Picks | The Best Burgers in Minneapolis-St.Paul

    So, it's safe to say that my favorite food is a cheeseburger - and great for the thighs, let me tell ya. There is never a time in life that a cheeseburger doesn't sound absolutely divine. After living in Minneapolis, home of the Juicy Lucy, for the past 7 years, I've tried quite a few burgers and have recently experienced a few new(er) places that each have a delectable burger.

    I realize my usual blog content pertains to clothes, makeup, home decor - you know the stuff that really matters in life - but I've decided to branch out! Afterall, there are no rules here - I do what I want, y'all! I'm not concerning myself with what fits in my blog "grid", if you will - WOOOOOOOOOF! Don't get me started on people who obsess over their stupid grid... I literally hate it. Get over yourself. Ew. Moving on...

    So, back to burgers. YUM. Ok, here is my list of 10 bests. Some you'll see on many "Minneapolis Best of" lists and others you may have never heard of. And please note that in no way, shape or form am I pretending to have great insight and expertise on food because I'm writing this. Nope, just a consumer here sharing my opinions! Feel free to disagree with my choices - I won't argue with you unless you tell me that my dog isn't cute. He is the cutest dog on the planet and you're wrong if you disagree :) 

    • Victory 44's "Perfect Burger" - A local fan-favorite, Victory 44's Perfect Burger truly lives up to its name. The patty is part beef and part bacon and comes on a sensational bun from Rustica Bakery. Topped with gooey American cheese, house-made pickles (and I don't even like pickles... these are phenomenal) and thick-cut bacon (and I don't even like bacon, I know), this burger melts in your mouth, confusing your brain because you're transported to your own kind of heaven on earth... yeah, it's GOOD! It comes with bacon-loaded fries, which are basically yummy french fries with bacon grease and bacon powder sprinkled on top. It's a party, y'all. ($17.00 w/ fries) 
    • Red Cow's "Brooklyn" - This burger, you guys... it's SO GOOD - literally melts in your mouth delicious. It has two thinly smashed Red Cow grind patties, white American cheese, bone marrow (WHAT) and in-house pickles. Back up though... BONE MARROW?! Yeah, don't let that seem scary. I'm the world's pickiest and least adventurous eater and I love it. And no, it's not like hard chunks of bone fragments on top of your burger. It's basically melted down and added in the middle of the patties with the cheese creating a buttery substance that melts into the patties and cheese, becoming an invisible secret ingredient of deliciousness absorbed into every bite. TRUST ME ON THIS. Red Cow's fries are also delish and they have a sweet potato option, which is a fan favorite (not mine, but for some). They also offer Gluten Free versions of most of their menu items, including their french fries. ($14.00 w/ fries)  
    • Revival's "Revival Burger" - Thinly cooked-to-perfection grass-fed beef made in-house, using 80% short rib and 20% brisket, with melted American cheese, mayo and house-made pickles. This burger will quickly become one you crave. Though they don't offer french fries at Revival (which seems like a burger consumption sin), they do have yummy sides to choose from like their mac-n-cheese or hush puppies (shown below). ($13.00 + side) 
    • Nighthawks' "Cheeseburger"- Another classic take on a burger, this one drips with American cheese over the juicy beef patties. Fermented pickles come on the side and are oh so delicious. The patty(ies) sit on a bed of yummy carmelized onions atop a homemade potato bun. All of this is topped with their "secret sauce", which is ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, burger, and bun blended up - yeah! I recommend the double versus the single - it's on the smaller side for dinner (double shown below) and I just don't know why you wouldn't get the double... duh. Fries cost extra, but they're worth it if you share with the table. ($10.00/single or $15.00/double w/ coleslaw or potato salad) 
    • The Nook's "Juicy Nookie" - The original Nook and its larger counterpart, Shamrocks, make what might be the best Juicy Lucy (called a Juicy Nookie) in the Twin Cities. In my opinion, their juicy lucy is the best juicy of all. It's classic deliciousness at its best - gooey American cheese oozes out of the perfectly cooked beef patty on a simple bun and delicious fries (they also have sweet potato fries and waffles fries that you can substitute for). The Nook is a city staple - you must go and see for yourself! ($9.50 w/ fries) 
    • The Nook's "Nookie Supreme" - Ok, so this thing is HUGE. Two Angus chuck patties are separated by a bun half and gooey American cheese with lettuce, onion and their "special sauce". I love the flavor of this but it's generally too much food for me, though my husband says otherwise. However, I read here that you can fix that issue by simply ordering a cheeseburger with lettuce and special sauce, which is basically a single version of the Nook's classic go-to burger. This beauty was also featured on Guy Fieri's FOOD Network show, Diners Drive-ins and Dives! ($12.50 w/ fries) 
    • The Lowbrow's "Highbrow Burger" - This beauty is made with 100% grass fed Minnesota beef and comes topped with melted brie, caramelized onions, field greens and roasted garlic aioli. Deemed the "fancypants" burger on the menu, this doesn't disappoint. They also offer a Gluten Free bun option for an additional $2.00 and their french fries are yummy and Gluten Free/Vegan for those who need that option. ($11.00 w/ fries) 
    • Matt's Bar's "Jucy Lucy" - A Minneapolis classic that apparently was the "original" lucy, but many other restaurants claim the same, so who's to say? Probs not me. Matt's is something you must try, but for me the location and experience leaves SO much to be desired, that it's not a place I frequent. Seating is sparse, they only accept cash and local checks (who in the world uses checks anymore...) and there's always an obnoxiously long wait time in the teeny tiny bar area. However, they make a really delicious Jucy Lucy (their unique spelling) that everyone must have at least once or twice or ten times. No frills here, just yumminess. ($7.25 + fries) 
    • Edina Grill's "Cheese Burger" - This one is very simple and is never on any "Best of" lists, however, it is classically delicious in its own right. Coming with lettuce, tomato, mayo and your choice of cheese (obvi American is best in this case) with a simple bun and served with yummy, perfectly crispy french fries. Plus, I love Edina Grill - it's a family favorite and located in a prime 50th and France location in Edina. Win-win. ($11.95 w/ fries) 
    • Lucky's 13 "Juicy Lulu" - Like the previous, you're not going to find this burger on any "Best of" lists, however, I want to give some credit where credit is due. A solid juicy lucy in its own right, the Juicy Lulu from Lucky's 13 Pub in Bloomington holds its own. Not to mention, they use that fantastic crushed ice in their soft drinks, which is nostalgic and delcious in my Diet Coke with lime. The burger is simple - gooey American cheese, beef patty, sesame seed bun and perfectly crispy fries. You can add lettuce, tomato or onion too, which adds a nice extra crunch. Another Lucky's win - they serve all-you-can-eat popcorn while you wait for your food. Yum. ($12.99 w/ fries) 

    All photos are linked to their original sources.

    Honorable mentions that I've heard are great, but haven't had the chance to try yet: Saint Dinette, Meritage, 112 Eatery, Parlour, Libertine, HauteDish.
    Honorable mentions I've had but didn't make the list: Tilia, Blue Door Pub, Pat's Tap, Buster's on 28th. 

    So there you have it! Now I'm hungry.... mmmm. Thoughts? Agree or disagree? Is yours a favorite I missed? SHARE your thoughts by COMMENTING below! :)

    xo Cait

  • House Tour photos are {finally} posted!

    Hey all! I finally have all the photos up from my house tour! Thanks to Perry Smith of Perry James Photography for taking them - my new puppy, a mini goldendoodle named Gatsby, has snuck in a few of them too - more on him later, don't worry! :)

    If you need a photographer for ANYTHING, contact Perry - he is awesome!!

    Click HERE to view the full tour!!!

    Have a great weekend!! :)

    xo Cait

  • Craigslist Find of the Day | 11.13.14

    Look past the lumpy couch... the find of the day is this 8x10' area rug from West Elm for $150! Um... that's a great deal, for any somewhat quality 8x10' rug. Sidenote: WHY ARE RUGS SO EXPENSIVE?!  

    This baby is nice and neutral, so you could pretty much put it anywhere, with anything. Doesn't get much easier than that... get it while it's still available!

    Original post here.

    West elm area rug - $150 (Lakeville)

    West elm light grey and cream rug
    No smoking no pets. Recently cleaned. 
    8x10 excellent condition
    Will meet at Lakeville or Burnsville target
    Cash only
    If ad is still up its still available

    Here's some inspiration for how to style this neutral rug in a dining room:

    wood chairs / dining table / candelabra / buffet / lamps / mirror / sphere / tea light candle holders / succulentplates / charger / runner / napkins / napkin rings / glassescurtains / bar cart / floor vase + branches

    Have you found anything spectacular on Craigslist lately?? Happy Craigslisting! :)

    xo Cait
  • Craigslist Find of the Day | 10.16.14

    Ok, some of you may be thinking - EW, those are NOT a find (cough cough - Logan)! But, hang with me here. These chairs, if paired with the right furnishings and decor, could be awesome. You'd need to give them a good wipe down, potentially stain the legs and most DEFinitely remove the rollers, but then these are prime. Picture them flanked on either side of a couch or fireplace or something... could be fab!

    Original post here.

    Two Great Side Chairs on wheels for Office - $50 (Woodbury)

    Two great chairs for sale. Forest green tufted velvety fabric with upholstery tacks framing the front. Chairs are on wheels. Great for an office or any side seating in any room.

    Cash only please.

    Here's some inspiration for how to style these funky chairs in a living area:

    couch / rug / pillow 1 / pillow 2 / pillow 3 / side table / coffee table / lamp base / lamp shade / frame / light

    Have you found anything spectacular on Craigslist lately?? Happy Craigslisting! :)

    xo Cait
  • House Alert | St. Louis Park

    I was perusing Zillow for a home in the St. Louis Park area for a friend and came across this GEM. I am a little obsessed with this house. It's been so beautifully remodeled and is nestled on the end of a street across from a peaceful golf course. Love the finishes, love the layout, love the color palette. Lots of love, folks, loves of love. I just love looking at real estate! I love houses. Am I weird?

    Set up a tour and place your offer with a trusted real estate professional.

    2401 Cavell Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426

    2401 Cavell Avenue South, St. Louis Park, MN 55426

    4 beds/2 baths, 1,740 sqft (Lot: 5,662 sqft)
    For Sale: $329,000
    MLS #: 4537596

    Fantastic re-model with golf course views out your windows deck on a quiet end street. Be wowed with the quality open floor plan. New: roof, siding, windows, bathrooms, kitchen with granite counters/center island, stainless steel appliances, plumbing, electric, and more!

    Source: Zillow

    2401 Cavell Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426

    2401 Cavell Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426

    2401 Cavell Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426

    2401 Cavell Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426

    2401 Cavell Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426

    2401 Cavell Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426

    2401 Cavell Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55426

    Images: Zillow


    Have you found any GEMS in the real estate world lately? Do share! Happy house hunting :)

    xo Cait

  • Craigslist Find of the Day | 10.13.14

    WOW! This mantle is absolutely gorgeous... it's currently still up on Craigslist, but I bet it won't be for long. Listed for $200 in Edina, MN this beautiful white, custom fireplace mantle would be a lovely addition to any home. I don't have a fireplace in my house, otherwise I would snatch this right up. Heck, even if I had free wall space in my house regardless of not having a fireplace, I'd snatch this up. I love the detailing in the wood - very classy and timeless, but totally modern. This would fit in well with any decor.

    Original post here.

    Fireplace Mantle and Surround - $200 (EDINA)

    Up for sale is a custom fireplace mantle that was not used in our home renovation. Our loss is your gain.

    fireplace, antiques, architectural 

    Call Tim at [see link above].
    Here's some inspiration for how to style your mantle. I would suggest an accent wall (or entire room!) of a warm, neutral gray like "Dovetail" by Sherwin Williams. An apothecary jar, like the one below, allows for some seasonal transitions - lemons in the summer, leaves in the fall, pine cones or ornaments in the winter, florals in the spring, etc. I've shown the initial of my last name, but it's available in every letter. You could also try an amperstand!

    mirror / rope frame / apothecary jar / letter / candlesticksartichokes / candle / screen / paint

    Happy Craigslisting! :)

    xo Cait
  • Craigslist Find of the Day | 9.24.14

    Glamify your living room or office with this mirrored coffee table! Available to buy from Craigslist for $65 in Maple Grove, or you could choose to spend almost $100 more and buy it new from Target... your choice! I would say, give these Maple Grove folk a call!

    Original post here.

    Modern Coffee Table - $65 (Maple Grove)

    We are selling our "almost brand new" glass coffee table. This was purchased from Target but does not really fit our space. All the details and pictures are at the link below. Purchase this one for half of what it costs new from Target.
    condition: like new

    I say, buy this beauty and incorporate it into a super Hollywood glam style office! See some inspiration below:

    couch / wall art / chandelier / rug / tray / desk / desk chair / lamp / cabinet / side chairs / pouf / throw / flowers

    Happy Craigslisting! :)

    xo Cait

  • Craigslist Find of the Day | 9.17.14

    My Craigslist find today is a mid-century 9 drawer dresser, which could be used in a bedroom, living room as an entertainment center, dining room as a buffet or entryway as a console table with lots of storage. Whichever route you take, this piece of furniture is sure to shine. I think the finish as-is is stunning, but this dresser could easily be painted to suit your taste, style and color scheme. Grab this beauty up for just $40!! (That's crazy cheap, y'all!!)

    Original post here.

    retro style dresser - $40 (arden hills)

    Great condition, real wood, retro dresser. Cash and pick up only. Smoke free home.

    Here's some inspiration for how to incorporate this dresser into a bedroom:

    bed / nightstand / lamp / rug / bedding / dot pillow / fur pillowbench / mirror / light fixture

    Happy Craigslisting! :)

    xo Cait

  • House Alert | South Minneapolis

    I stumbled across a stunningly adorable house while perusing real estate for sale in the South Minneapolis area and southern suburbs, as I often do. Am I looking to move? No, I just love looking at real estate!

    How cute is this house!? Set up a tour and place your offer with a trusted real estate professional.

    4230 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

    3 beds/2 baths, 1,851 sqft (Lot: 5,227 sqft)
    For Sale: $289,900
    MLS #: 4518361

    Single family Cape Cod, built in 1946, just steps from Lake Hiawatha Golf Course. Features: fireplace; detached 1-car garage; extensive updates: kitchen renovation, 2 bathrooms; security system; spacious master bedroom + office and walk-in closet; beautiful yard; patio and more!

    Source: Zillow

    Images: Zillow

    xo Cait