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This photo means that 1) I went to the first Internet Cat Video Film Festival, 2) I decided to Instagram it to add to the hipster allure even more ( but everyone knows a shitty night iPhone shot can get saved with some selective focus and sepia filter) and 3) a crap-ton of people attended.

What I saw: people dressed as cats, people bringing cat-themed food (okay that was my friends), cat-traffic, actual cats. The vid film fest itself was okay, and definitely took a long time to edit together, but it wasn’t anything groundbreaking. Yeah, cat videos in general aren’t supposed to be ground-breaking. I guess what I mean is, if anything I felt like I was simply validating what I do everyday at work because I had a modern art museum next to me and hundreds of other people and it was a film fest. But it got all of Minneapolis talking and it increased our cool factor, and well, I definitely laughed for a good hour.

At the end, I spotted one woman across the street in a parking alley comforting her cat, which she had brought, which seemed to be upset by all the people. If there’s anything weirder than cats, its cat people. TL;DR: cats run the internet, apparently film festivals based off of late-night ‘net surfing are super popular.

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Food, Review

Get your kicks at 10,000 Licks

What best captures the flavors of summer in Minnesota? There’s a strong argument for the State Fair, with its bacon, butter, cheese, and Twinkies. Perhaps it’s the hot, spicy street food from the numerous trucks that line city streets during lunch time. A cold pint of Summit? Fresh berry jam? The list goes on and on. How about another option for tasting a seasonal variety of local flavors: the popsicle. Specifically, a popsicle at 10,000 Licks.

10,000 Licks is the brainchild of Andi McDaniel and Sarah Newberry, who funded the project through a Kickstarter campaign last summer. The campaign received well over the original goal of $10,000, and the money funded, among other things, a proper freezer cart, biodegradable packaging, molds, and vendor permits. Currently 10,000 Licks is in its second season and Sarah can be found with the cart at various farmers’ markets, events, and private parties. This year, 10,000 Licks included an Ice Pop CSA, which meant that customers could pay to pick up a different box of flavors every other week. The best part about 10,000 Licks is that it sources many of its ingredients locally.

The flavors are unlike anything you’ve tasted in a popsicle before, and while certain classics will appease the shy and the unadventurous (strawberry rhubarb, coconut) I would recommend going a little out of your comfort zone – you’ll be rewarded. When I visited the stand they did not have Vanilla Beet (which I was curious about) but they did have Sweet Corn and Cantaloupe Ginger. The Sweet Corn, which Sarah told me raises a lot of eyebrows, was perfectly creamy, and the corn tasted so natural as a sweet flavor that I didn’t think twice about it. It was like tasting a corn bread & vanilla ice cream milkshake. Does that sound weird? There’s really no way to correctly describe how delicious and at the same time unprecedented the flavor is. Similar to this garlic ice cream, take my word for it or try it yourself! The Cantaloupe Ginger was tart, and very gingery. I love ginger, and I was happy to discover that this popsicle did not scrimp on ginger’s spicy kick.

For $3, you get the perfect treat with which to wander around shopping on a sunny Saturday morning. The flavors change every time the cart is out and about, and you can rest easy knowing that like Minnesota’s countless outdoor markets, these pops, too, are naturally delicious. For more information on 10,000 Licks, including where to find the cart, check out the website here.

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Food, Musing

birthday pie – a simple creamy rhubarb pie

I’m not sure who first taught my dad how to make apple pie. Maybe it was his mother. Maybe he taught himself. I’ve never asked. Growing up, he was the Pie Dad. The superhero dad that knew how to make the perfect pie. It was my first instance of gender role awareness and I remember thinking it cool as a kid that my dad was the Pie Expert. He always made his own crust, thick and buttery, which would sit in the fridge overnight to be rolled out the next day by an oily, old-yet-reliable rolling pin. Even when I came home from college, I’d keep an eye out in the fridge for a fist-shape lump of dough that meant a pie might be in the works.

We had a cool apple peeler, too, the kind that peels, slices, and cores the apples at the same time. I’d sneak apples, always, once they were coated with sugar & lemon. My dad makes his pies tart and minimal – you can really taste the fruit, and the layers of dough always flake and fold so organically. I’ve since then watched and learned from other Pie Masters – one being my friend Gwen, whose pear ginger pie is one I will never forget.

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Light Lemon Veggie Pasta & comfort food

Image Source: Woman Eating Pasta results on Shutterstock

Before we begin, I’m going to preface this by saying that stock photo websites are one of the best 10-minute internet distractions, because of the treasure trove of weird combinations, poses, & facial expressions. For example, I was recently doing an assignment for a job application and had to find a stock photo of a woman eating – the second image that popped up in my search was the nekkid torso of a woman, with two hands holding each of her nipples with a chopstick. Huh?! There have been a few curations of stock photos such as Women Laughing Alone with Salad, which I found strange because really, what woman laughs alone with salad? And that brought me to the idea of comfort food…

The phrase “comfort food” often brings to mind the indulgently simple recipes from childhood, such as pancakes & waffles with ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, meatloaf, etc. Comfort food is awesome because, well, you eat it when you need comfort. Bad day? Tired? Break-up? Lonely? These foods wrap their cheesy, sugary, carb-y arms around you and tell you everything is going to be alright, or at least until you put the spoon down. Or, one bite of that gooey lasagna will remind you of Mom. Mom’s not here. This lasagna is.

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MN Food Truck Fair: high attendance, some kinks, delicious food & beer

This afternoon I headed to downtown Minneapolis to partake in what was billed as the city’s “first annual Food Truck Fair.” I had seen a deal for half off of an entry ticket ($7, down from $15) which would give me general admission. The event was also selling various levels of VIP passes that ranged from $30 t0 $80, giving you unlimited food truck samples, a whiskey tasting, and mini jucy-lucy sample. (For those who don’t know: a jucy lucy is a cheese-stuffed burger that originated in southern Minneapolis. It is beyond delicious.) I decided to grab a friend and go. The event cost me $20, which included parking and the two discounted passes.

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