Monday, February 23, 2015

Midtown Global Market

Midtown Global Market, housed in the old Sears & Roebuck Building in Minneapolis, is a fun place to visit. It's a funky, unpretentious bazaar of international food stalls, merchandise, and music.

Saturday afternoon it was full of Minnesotans from all nations, getting out of the house and out of the cold.

It was also full of security and police officers. We didn't find out why until later -- it's only a few miles from the Mall of America which had been targeted by terrorist threats over the weekend.

Happily unaware of that, my daughter and I were in search of freshly made feta cheese and hummus, and dessert.


THE best bakery, Salty Tart. Sarah was contemplating the chocolate cake made with locally brewed Surly beer, the chocolate croissants, the cheese cake.








Just across the way, I was buying some dark chocolate raspberry truffles.













There were critical choices to be made at the olive bar in the Holy Land Grocery.









We looked at some bags for a trip I'm taking in March. These were from Africa. Too deep. Stuff gets lost. Keep looking.











Or how about a shirt so everyone knows I'm a Norwegian Minnesotan? Uff da is a sort of all-purpose exclamation that has been handed down for generations and is still most useful. If you come to Minnesota or go to Norway, you will hear it.








Time for some music



and dessert --chocolate cake, truffles, and a chaser of olives.






We only managed to make it part way through one piece of cake for the two of us. The rest went home with Sarah, for later.

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  1. That looks like an interesting place to shop. I've never heard "Uff Da" before. Learnt something new today.

  2. That looks like an interesting place to shop. I've never heard "Uff Da" before. Learnt something new today.

  3. Yummy! All that lovely food! It even sounds great and I'm sure it tasted even better. Great photos.

  4. MMMM! You found some yummy treats! Uff Da is new to me!

  5. I read that about the Mall...scary.
    But you seem to have enjoyed yourself a lot...everything looks great, fun...AND delicious.

  6. Cynthia, I could almost smell the chocolate in your post. And I gave it up for Lent, so it's hopeless!

  7. Mouth watering cake!
    I'd be having seconds! And some to take home.
    The richer the chocolate the bigger my grin gets!
    PS: At last blue skies - the monsoon and rain depression has "petered" out.
    This is going to be a strange year - no usual horrible humid sauna this February,
    the rains came instead.

  8. One thing I miss now living on an island, from days on the mainland, markets They are one of the first places I visit whenever I go on vacation anywhere. Lovely visual journey through yours.

  9. Cynthia the place is lovely I like the bags some of them are interesting.. Where are you going to travel in March?

  10. What fun day and great photos and wonderful variety ~ Delish looking food too!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  11. I could enjoy a day like that. Looks like a great place to meander and graze a little...

  12. Looks like you had a great outing! I love the Holy Land Grocery. Just after the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe movie came out, I took GN there to get her some Turkish Delights like in the movie. I don't like the news about the MOA, though. Olive bars are very tempting, aren't they?

  13. Looks like a fun mall! And that cake is huge!

  14. The food looks good, and I bet that cake was tasty.

  15. I don't enjoy shopping much but the market looks like my kind of place. I agree that those fabric bags with long handles aren't that pragmatic but the sisal bags are terrific. I love mine for travelling as they are so strong.

  16. I reckon I could start using 'Uff Da' around here, I'd love to mix it up linguistically around the dinner table! Talking of dinner dark chocolate raspberry truffles Yum - meeeee. Can I come?
    Wren x

  17. That was a tasty trip to the mall, it all looks very nice to try some of the chocolates.

  18. When it comes to desert, sometimes it's better that I'm not given a wide choice - it's a difficult task. You are right with those big bags, they're way too deep, my husband calls them "vermuda triangle" in my bag :)

  19. Just talked to my daughter from St Paul - she says when it reaches 17 it feels "warm." This looks like a great culinary experience - especially the sweets!

  20. Tuffles, chocolate cake and olives? My favorites!!!! We've been to Mall of America a couple of times and were amazed at the size of it. It would be a hard place to secure.

    Uff Da? I shall try to remember that.

  21. Those chocolates look delicious. Where is your next trip?