Mike and I are determined not to let the cool and cloudy weather interfere with our plans for a Memorial Day weekend of awesomeness. We kicked off our Saturday with a trip to the Bakken Museum, which features exhibits about electricity and magnetism and is located in a mansion on Lake Calhoun. Being more of a history buff than a science enthusiast, I was much more interested in the exhibits about the history of the mansion and the artifacts about bringing electricity to rural Minnesota. However, I did learn how coal-fired power plants generate electricity, which I was really excited about until Mike informed me that it was common knowledge to the rest of the world.
After such an educational morning, we refueled at the French Meadow Bakery & Cafe. Not only do they use organic, local, and sustainable ingredients, they also serve breakfast until 3 pm on weekends (dining out for breakfast doesn't work for me). It's pretty much Stacy culinary heaven.
Of course, I ordered off the breakfast menu, choosing the eggs and smoked salmon. Mike, who doesn't share my obsession with breakfast food, ordered the BBQ pulled pork sandwich.
My eggs and salmon were incredible: the eggs were scrambled perfectly, and there was a generous amount of high-quality smoked salmon. My meal came with a side of organic mixed greens with a lovely vinaigrette, as well as hemp toast, which was quite wholesome-tasting and not nearly as weird as I thought it would be.
Mike's BBQ pulled pork sandwich was also a hit. He reports that the bun was incredibly fresh, the barbeque sauce to pork ratio was "perfect", and the slaw topping nicely complemented the pork.
We were both in the mood for some dessert (after all, how can you go to bakery and not order dessert?) so we split a vegan, gluten-free berry cream tart. The chocolate almond crust had a crumbly texture, similar to a graham cracker crust, which was a nice contrast to berry cream (although since it was vegan, it wasn't dairy based--I'm not exactly sure what it was). It was a delicious dessert with the perfect balance of sweetness, worth ordering even if you don't have any dietary restrictions.
Overall, our lunch was a bit on the pricey side, but we got ethically sourced food that was well-made down to the smallest detail--and that's something I'm willing to pay for.
French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
2610 Lyndale Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55408