April Showers Bring May Flowers April 07th 2015

We're a few days into April and we've already seen a bit of rain in Minnesota. This goes right along with the saying, "April Showers Bring May Flowers". It makes us wonder if you're like us and are going to plant flowers this spring. Since we're beginners we looked up the easiest plants to grow this spring. According to Thompson-Morgan.com the top 10 easy to grow flower plants and seeds include:


Sweet Peas

Nigella (Love in A Mist)


Eschscholzia (Calfornian Poppy)



Hardy Geranium (Cranesbill)



Which ones are you going to plant?

What to Expect When Taking a Walking Food Tour March 16th 2015

At Taste Twin Cities we offer a couple different walking tours. Our two most common ones are seasonal. The winter tour is the Downtown Minneapolis Skyway Food Tour and the summer tour is our popular, Minneapolis Riverwalk Tour. As a newbie to the cities or to walking tours, we understand that taking a walking food tour is a first for many. When preparing to go on one for the first time, a number of questions may come up. We'll hopefully answer most of them in this blog for you. See some of the popular questions with answers below:

  1. Will I get my workout in for the day? No, not likely. The walk is a leisurely stroll while your tour guide provides you with history and fun facts about the surrounding area. You're on your feet a total of 20-30 minutes with stops along the way for sitting and eating.
  2. What kind of shoes do I wear? Comfortable ones. We feel like this one is obvious but for females there are so many options; tennis shoes, flats, sandals, boots, comfortable heels, etc. You do not have to wear the not as cute ultra-comfortable tennis shoes but we do suggest a pair of shoes that are worn in. Ones that you know can go for a 10-20 minute walk in. I suggest flats, sandals or boots if you're still looking to stay semi-stylish.
  3. What should I wear? This depends on the weather and if the tour is indoors or outdoors. Dress for the weather if you're outdoors. The walk will not warm you up too much so do not wear less because it's SUPPOSED to get warmer. We suggest wearing layers. You can always take off a jacket if you're too hot. As for the indoor tour, a light jacket is perfect. There is a chance that you'll get a little warm when walking around indoors. A heavy winter jacket may cause you to become hot.
  4. What should I bring? Guys bring your wallet, ladies, a small purse with your wallet, and both or you, bring your ID. A big purse will likely become heavy and harm your shoulder and posture. On our tours all food is included in the original price but if you want a cocktail or soda you'll need your wallet and ID to pay for that.

Does anything else come to mind when preparing for your tour? Take a look at our FAQ page for answers to more or ask us on Facebook or Twitter!

Stuff to do on Spring Break March 03rd 2015

March is here, meaning that spring and Spring Break are right around the corner. It's an exciting time of year as we anticipate warmer weather and some time off.

As a parent of children on spring break or a student on spring break, you may be left wondering what you're going to do with an entire week off. We want to make sure you enjoy it so we came up with a few ideas.

For those who have little ones:

  • Have a craft day! Pinterest has plenty of ideas for you to find crafting ideas or click our link for 75 Simple Paper Plate crafts.
  • Go Skiing! There are many great ski places not far from the Twin Cities, a couple including Afton Alps and Buck Hill.
  • Get your nails done. It's always a nice treat to get your nails, so why not bring the little ones with you? (Yes, even if you're the father.)
  • Try a new recipe. Having time off is the perfect time to try a new recipe. Our favorites are these Orange Chicken and Peanut Butter Cup Brownies recipes.

For those who do not have little ones:

  • Go Skiing. We mentioned this above but if you go later in the day you're likely to snag cheaper rates. Plus, most families and groups should be on their way home for dinner by 5-6 pm, leaving the ski hill to the older crowd.
  • ROAD TRIP!!! Who doesn't love a spontaneous road trip? If you're looking for a day trip, Duluth is about 2.5 hours away, or for something a little longer; Chicago and Omaha are about 6 hours away, and St. Louis, MO is about 8 hours away.
  • St. Paul for St. Patrick's Day. IF your spring break is over St. Patrick's Day, St. Paul is the place to be! You'll have the opportunity to dress up in your favorite green outfit and watch the parade. If you're old enough to drink, our partner company, Twin Cities Brewery Tours, has a brewery tour you could hop on.
  • Try one or two new restaurants or breweries. The great thing about spring is that it is a popular time for new stores and eateries to open. We suggest trying out: Shag Sushi Wok Bar and Sisyphus Brewing.

If you're one of the lucky ones who still get a Spring Break, we hope you enjoy it and have a good time!