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Cloudy Sunday


I’ve been interested in this bar/restaurant for a while, as I’ve seen so many great reviews.

We finally decided to try and went for brunch.


We got there at 11 a.m., and we were told that there would be a 2-hour wait for a table, so we decided to take seats at the bar (we don’t like to wait and I probably wouldn’t wait even for 15 minutes!).



A medal is always a good sign.


We didn’t drink, but a lot of people were having a drink with their meal.

They have a bloody Mary bar and apparently it was very popular.


We (mostly I) already did our homework last night and we knew what to order.

Terry had Gnome Hot Brown.

“Play on a Louisville classic.
Sriracha-bacon mornay,
turkey, cheddar, prosciutto,
tomatoes, sunny-side up egg,
Surly Furious bread, mixed greens”


I had Pork Belly Hash.

“Beer Braised shredded pork belly,
two poached eggs, Brussels sprout & bacon
hash, mascarpone polenta,
chipotle hollandaise”

This was excellent!!

So so good.

I don’t like to eat a lot of rich creamy food anymore, but if I do, I want the dish to be great (not just good).

This was rich and delicious, but not heavy at all.

You could certainly tell the chef’s skills in this dish.


Actually Terry said the same thing about his dish, too: rich and tasty but not heavy.

I can’t wait to go back for lunch or dinner next time, or for brunch again!

The Happy Gnome


We went home full and happy.

A few hours later I was ready to get out of the house again and this time I was ready for something sweet.

Cafe Latte along with their sister shop, Bread and Chocolate are a few of our favorite weekend hangout places.

Bread and Chocolate is a good place to go in the morning but in the afternoon there aren’t many baked goods left.

So we picked Cafe Latte today hoping to find the perfect afternoon dessert.


Terry’s lemon cream cake.

Very good.


My tiramisu tres leches.

This was good, too, but the lemon cake was a little better.

These are big pieces, and even with the help from the cup of coffee, I felt a large amount of sugar streaming into my veins (lol).

I enjoyed them very much, but next time we should really share a piece (if we can agree on what kind, though, and that is always the problem…).


After finishing the cake I felt the urge to walk a little before sitting in the car again.

So we went window shopping.

Pottery Barn was already decorated with the Easter-theme.



And these pictures are from one of my favorite stores to browse, Anthropologie.

Love their colorful plates and bowls and other kitchen stuff.




After we drove home, I still didn’t want to sit down, and I went for a long walk.

It was a dark cloudy day, but it was a good day.

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  1. lori fox wrote:

    The food at the Happy Gnome looks delicious, particularly your hash! I could go for that right now!

    Reiko Reply:


    The hash was absolutely delicious! I could go back for the same food next weekend (lol). Have you had a chance to go to this restaurant when you were still in MN?

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm | Permalink
  2. lori fox wrote:

    No, Reiko, we rarely ventured into St. Paul. But when we’re in town again, maybe we can meet you there.

    Reiko Reply:

    I’d love that! Let us know if you plan to visit the Twin Cities. The food scene in St. Paul has been becoming really exciting lately. 🙂

    Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 2:54 pm | Permalink
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