I am That Friend—the one who will text you on a random Saturday because she saw a tweet about an obscure craft market. That Friend who subscribes to the e-mail list for all of her favorite restaurants and concert venues…. and NEVER UNSUBSCRIBES. I am the Friend who will convince you to join her for butter churning aerobics.
You either love me or hate me. (Y hates me. He would like to sit inside and play video games all November, please.)
Regardless, here’s what’s on my radar in the Twin Cities in November. Friends, consider this your text. Future friends, consider this our meet-cute. What are we getting into this month?
NORTHERN GRADE | November 5-6
I love this market full of American Made goods that seems to have leaped straight off the Instagram screen. This year, I’m excited to see Louise Gray’s quilts in person and try on a pair of the new women’s Red Wing boots.
Midtown Global Market Chili cook off | November 12
Three years ago, on a snowy February day, I happened to be checking twitter when I saw that the Midtown Global Market was having a soup cook-off. I was there in ten minutes. I haven’t been to the chili version, but it sounds about the same: for a $5 donation, you can try global versions of chili and vote for your favorite. IF you haven’t been to the Midtown Global Market, you absolutely should - this indoor market features pretty much every ethnic food you can think of, including Somali, Vietnamese, Indian, Middle Eastern. The market helps immigrants set up businesses, and plenty of the MGM stalls have gone on to open actual restaurants (including one of my favorites, Sonora.)
Augustine's Bar and Bakery
I read an article about a bakery/bar concept in Brooklyn the other day and thought THIS IS MY DREAM LOCATION. The very next day, I saw a tweet that Augustine's - a bar and bakery in St. Paul from the owners of The Happy Gnome - had just opened for business. FATE.
Pumphouse Creamery cinnamon ice cream
Because I am broken, cold weather makes me crave ice cream. Sometime in the past few years, cinnamon has moved into my top flavor spot. Pumphouse currently has three different types of cinnamon ice cream and I’m thinking a cinnamon ice cream flight is in order.
Anthropologie Book Club | November 16
Let me take you on a little journey: In June, one of my favorite authors, Sloane Crosley, came to town for a reading and conversation with The Riveter magazine (a wonderful local magazine focusing on writing by women.)
At the event, I got a little flyer for a Riveter bookclub at Anthropologie. After a bakery and a bar, this is my second dream combo.
I’ve been able to attend just two of the book club meetings, but I’ve loved them. Aside from some of the best book conversations I’ve had in real life, the Anthro team creates outfit inspiration based on the book’s characters—and even that adds some really interesting elements to the conversation.
Gingerbread Wonderland | Starting November 22
I saw a postcard for this tacked to a bulletin board next to the bathroom at a coffeeshop. A gingerbread Twin Cities! Why not?
Hip Hop Nutcracker | November 22-23
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime | November 29 - December 4
A friend of mine entered the Hamilton lottery, didn’t win, saw this play instead, loved it, and never even complained about not seeing Hamilton. I can’t think of higher praise.
(RANDOM SIDE NOTE: Y and I listened to the audiobook of The Curious Incident on a cross country road trip, and my iPod (remember those?) kept accidentally skipping to a chapter that started “And there were three little poos” so that phrase is all I can think of when I hear about this play.
MCAD Art Sale | November 17-19
Every year the Minnesota College of Art and Design holds a big sale of student work— all kinds! It’s such a fun experience and a great opportunity to purchase some unique art. One of my favorite parts last year was a room of comic artists creating art on the spot for less than $5, and a photographer taking tintype portraits.