Devan Grimsrud (@pickyfoodie) is a Minneapolis-based food writer and photographer.
Minneapolis is one of those cities that has always flown under the radar. Across the country Minneapolis means frostbitten fingertips, funny accents, snowy streets, and old-school Mid-Western values. But there’s so much more to the city than cold winters and Lutheran churches. From amazingly diverse restaurants and world-class art museums, to incredible music venues and beautiful lakes a few miles from downtown.
If you like to sip on delicious craft cocktails – who doesn’t? – or have beer on the brain 24/7, you’ll love Minneapolis even more. Over the past few years, the number of craft breweries and distilleries has exploded. My favorite is Tattersall Distillery, but there are so many other great spots to check out, like Norseman Distillery, Dangerous Man Brewing, Du Nord Distillery, Indeed Brewing, Fair State Brewing Co-Op, and Able Seedhouse + Brewery. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination, and these places are hands-down better than any bar.
So last night you got your fill, and it’s 11AM and you’re in need of some food to knock that headache away. Let’s start with a diner, because let’s be honest, diner food is always good to you when your heart is pounding in your temples and your mouth is desert dry.
I like The Bad Waitress on Eat Street for a few reasons. One, you have very little interaction with the staff – as you fill out what you want on a piece of paper, pay, sit, eat, and leave. When you had a late night, aren’t feeling so hot, and want to gorge on pancakes in peace – this is the ultimate. Plus, they have bloody marys made with sake for just $5. Win, win, win.
Not a diner person? No worries, my next go-to spot for a speedy hangover recovery is Truce – a fresh pressed juice shop in both Uptown and the North Loop. Get some protein, fruit, and greens with their ‘Green’ acai bowl and maybe pick up a charcoal lemonade or ‘AMP’ juice to go, because, why not?
My last recommendation is for when you’re only very slightly hungover and armed with a craving for something more sophisticated. Café Alma is on the outskirts of the University of Minnesota’s campus (known as Dinkytown) and has impeccable food for both morning and lunch, to stay or to go. Cappuccinos? Check. Poultry bone broth? Check. Fried egg sandwiches, toasted oat oatmeal, macaroni and cheese? Check, check, check. House-made croissants and galettes, fresh juices, winter salads with squash? You get the picture.
So, next time you think of taking a trip to Minneapolis, I hope you you picture yourself lounging at an award-winning distillery instead of shivering in a parka in the arctic tundra.
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Alex Liz Pullen (@healthy_ballerina) is a Los Angeles-based professional ballerina turned wellness activist.
My schedule is different every day, but I always make sure I start it with a relaxing morning. Even if I have to get up early for work, a workout, or an event—I’ll get up extra early just to have a leisurely morning. My morning sets the tone for my whole day, so I always make an effort to make it count. If I start the morning stressed out, rushing, and running late, I’ll be on edge for a better part of the morning and it’ll even trickle in to the rest of my day. I ALWAYS make time for breakfast. Eating a nourishing and nutrient-rich breakfast sets you up for a day of healthy eats.
If I know I’m not going to get a workout in until later in the day, I like to go for a light walk/jog to get some Vitamin D and get my legs moving. We really spend so much time sitting down in our day-to-day lives. Whether it’s at a desk at work, sitting in class, at a coffee shop blogging, sitting in LA traffic, or catching up with friends over dinner…it’s a lot of sitting. I try and counteract that with staying active and walking whenever possible. I don’t always wear a step tracker (it makes me a bit neurotic to get my steps in), but I like to feel like I’m hitting the 10,000 steps a day bracket at least. That means opting to walk when I can, and going for a walk in the morning if I can squeeze it in. It can be as short as 10 minutes—I just like to get my body moving when I first wake up.
Some days, I’ll opt for yoga instead. I’ll either find a spot on my walk to do some yoga flows, or I’ll go out on my balcony and put on a Udaya guided yoga video or just do my own thing. It’s not a “work out,” it’s just moving and listening to what my body needs and it feels amazing. My balcony is my favorite space in my little world. It’s small, only big enough to fit my yoga mat. It’s super private but I still feel like I’m outside, and it’s the most amazing feeling to roll out of bed and just start stretching outside on my balcony. It can even be something as simple as a meditation with a couple sun salutations. For me, this practice just serves as a moment of stillness before the craziness of the day ensues.
After moving my bod, I make breakfast and coffee. Lately I’ve been loving the combo of my Bulletproof Coffee & Turmeric Overnight Oats (see below). If I don’t have any obligations until later in the day, I’ll skip my at-home practice and head to Hot 8 (my favorite Hot Yoga studio) after eating breakfast. Every day is different, but one thing that remains the same is my morning routine. After showing myself love with some movement and a nourishing breakfast, I’m ready to tackle the day ahead.
Turmeric Overnight Oats:
Mix all ingredients in a mason jar and store overnight in the fridge!
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The Brothers Buoy (@thebrothersbuoy) are a Brooklyn duo that consists of Graham (photographer) and Jackson (wordsmith -- also pictured above and below). They are not your average, run-of-the-mill, "food account" on Instagram but they are so much more.
In a very crowded space where food photography is plentiful and monotonous, The Brothers Buoy have broken away from the pack with a steady funk. As the great Don Draper once said, "success is related to standing out, not fitting in."
They’re bringing craftsmanship and most importantly, a sense of humor, to properly showcase the grub they eat, the joints they eat at in NYC, and the events they throw. They also give some complimentary tips to those aspiring food photographers out there.
So if you're into food as much as we are, keep up with these two via their Instagram, @thebrothersbuoy.
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When we are developing ideas for new Pyknic designs and goods here, I think the dream end goal is being able to create something timeless. The true measure of success, to me at least, is creating something that will transcend a point in time. Take Seinfeld for example. It first aired in 1989 (when the "world wide web" was first created) and it is still both popular and culturally relevant today.
Of course while the mission, not everything we think up is special enough to have that type of longevity even though, I can promise, it always comes from a good place. Some stuff we think up won't even leave the ground. There is a digital folder, or two, of unused final versions of artwork that will never see the light of day. More tangibly, I have notebooks, paper bills, and napkins full of serial killer-esque sketches archived.
At the other end of this spectrum, there are things that are "of-the-moment" as NYLON defines it. Self-explanatory. Our intention was never to create something that would pander to trends or fads. But if one of our goods is deemed good enough to be representative of this current climate we're at now culturally by a relevant publication such as NYLON Magazine, I'll embrace that... especially due to the fact that we're giving LASAGNA a bigger platform, a dish totally underrated in the food community at this point in time. Your welcome Lasagna.
This artisanal collaboration is infused with hops. Damn Handsome uses the spent grain from the craft brewing process and repurposes it in the soap. This beer waste actually contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are beneficial to the body. One brewer's trash is another man's essential skin care elements!
Our hand soap is small-batch and handcrafted. Most importantly, it is vegan, green conscious, and NEVER tested on animals. We wouldn't have it any other way.
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Refinery29 just released a list of "29 Non-Edible Foodie Gifts For The Pizza Rats In Your Life". This Christmas / holiday gift guide for foodies, fans of food puns, and food meme lovers features three Pyknic items including our popular realistic French Fries socks.
Have a friend that plans life around brunch? Refinery29 suggests that our original Weekends are for Waffles Crewneck Sweatshirt would make the perfect Christmas Gift for the breakfast or brunch food lover in your life.
The list of the Best Foodie Gifts also features our Donut Kill My Vibe mug. Your friends should be down with coffee so you can't go wrong with any of these mugs.
Back in September not only were we juggling our webstore as well as our new brick-n-mortar flagship location in Downingtown, PA but we were also in the process of opening a second outpost at worKS Kennett Square.
We've always loved the cute and artsy town of Kennett Square which also happens to be just as quirky as us with its annual "Mushroom Festival". When Tara over at worKS approached us with the opportunity to be part of a collaborative community of artisans & makers that we admired in a restored 1950s garage turned into a retail space it was a done deal.
This time last year we were just an online store and we were buried in the catacombs of the digital highway without any human interaction but now Pyknic is tangible. By visiting our retail spaces you can not only get a feel for our apparel and food lifestyle goods IRL (definition: in real life) but also get a grasp of the brand's culture.
This past year has been tremendous thanks to all of your support, whether locally, nationally, or across the globe. Martha and I can only hope we continue to grow our small business in 2017. We'd love to meet all of you so make sure to stop by one of our retail stores or one of the holiday markets we're part of this winter!
worKS: 432 S. Walnut St. Kennett Square, PA 19348
Open: Thursday from 4 - 7pm & Friday - Sunday from 11 - 5pm.
These are just a few of our favorite shots of model @ChaelChip that our photographer Ashley Jensen took for our new Fall 2016 Lookbook. Say what you want about fashion but in our eyes, it is about fun and expressing yourself in that manner. I think that's evident with this quirky statement tee with our 'I Only Brought My Appetite' slogan. Perfect for Thanksgiving!
Nothing accompanies our food themed t-shirts and sweatshirts better than ALL THE FOOD!
But we do love seeing our vintage-inspired graphic tops layered with denim jackets, vintage motorcycle jackets, and flannels. They add another layer of personality to any outfit.
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One city that cannot be overlooked for its fabulous fare is Chicago. I chatted with food blogger Kristin, aka the @nom_stop, and she showed us that not only are the eats in the Windy City f'n delicious but they can also be nutritious.
Named in the 1980’s for its affluent inhabitants, the Gold Coast neighborhood in Chicago is filled with foodie finds fit for a king or queen. If, of course, your royal highness is up for a kickass cup of Joe, a grass-fed burger, or a full tray of tacos.
For the Brunch Queen: 3 Arts Club Café, located inside Restoration Hardware. Here, the overworked and under caffeinated (who isn’t these days?) gather for almond milk lattes and brunch fare. The posh dining room alone is a reason to visit; filled with RH’s beautiful furnishings, it is beyond Instagram-worthy.
Since they don’t take reservations, you are bound to encounter a bit of a wait, which comes as no problem when there are four floors of home décor waiting to be explored.
By the second floor, I was mentally packing a suitcase and plotting my move into the place - amazing.
For the Taco King: Velvet Taco. This casual, counter-service taco joint is a must if you’re in the neighborhood. Everything is made from scratch, including the tortillas, which is a major deal breaker for a taco lover like myself.
Among my favorites was #8, a shredded pork taco with pineapple, avocado crema, and pickled onion on a purple corn tortilla, as well as #11, the grilled flank steak taco with mushroom and white queso. Game. Over.
For Your Healthy Highness: LYFE Kitchen. With a menu featuring baked fries, “unfried” chicken, and plenty of vegan options, LYFE has the whole “healthy but tastes good” vibe down pat. I opted for the grass-fed farmhouse burger on a gluten-free bun that did not disappoint.
And while everything on the menu is delicious, the garlic parmesan sweet potato fries absolutely stole my heart. I now live by the motto contained in the name: Love Your Food Everyday. Let’s just say that the Gold Coast left my heart and my stomach full of nothing but love.
Follow along with me as I continue to eat my way through the city in search of the best noms! Too see more restaurant recs right now, head to: http://www.thenomstop.com/lincoln-park-food-cng-part-1/
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