(Okay, I couldn't think of a restaurant food word that starts with "B" except for bread.)
your pillow ready, cuz you're gonna be sinking your head in it real soon.
I mean cuz you'll be falling asleep from the boredom of this post!!!
Not because you're smothering yourself to stop the pain!! Geez.
Side note: If you have heart issues, get your nitro out cuz these bridge pictures are gonna knock your socks off. REAL exciting. Yah.
Oh, oh! Watch the boat to the left go underneath the bridge.
Now, wasn't that exciting?!
all the cars have to stop so the bridge can be lifted.....and this backs up traffic for miles sometimes.
What the heck??!!
Look up lift bridges sometime.
How they work is fascinating, even for a mechanical idiot like me.
The Stillwater Lift Bridge spans the St. Croix river and there is an attached walking bridge all the way across the river.
I didn't take better pictures cuz I was a scaredy cat (meooow) and already wetting my pants by taking THIS picture.
Okay, let's move on to bookstores and such. Stillwater is host to many used bookstores, really nice ones.
Art galleries too.
Each used bookstore is lovingly maintained inside and honors what old and newer books bring to nurturing the spirit and soul.
Aisle after aisle after aisle of organized, clean used books in these bookstores.
Many old and antique,
Both kinds of writers are in our little family.
Just an aside... I wanted to show you these stairs.
Stillwater is built on a bluff so there's several sets of these stairs in the city...lots of people use them for cardio workouts.
They seem to go on forever.
I asked Tim if he wanted to walk up these stairs, they seemed so cool. Tim quickly diverted the conversation by suggesting we look for a wine bar. Excellent move Tim!
Didn't take pictures of the inside though.
Probably not very appropriate.
This was a beautiful gallery though.
Ima tell you in all honesty, there is gorgeous house after gorgeous house after gorgeous house here,
course that makes sense since Stillwater is the oldest town in Minnestoa.
Here's the deal.
There are unbelievably fantastic restaurants in Stillwater putting out beautiful, creative dishes. Several restaurants are highly competitive with flavor, quality and presentation. I finally figured out why....Stillwater is located just 30 miles east of Minneapolis...so there is much high end culinary talent in this part of Minnesota.
The first night in Stillwater, we ate where all the locals do ....Phil's Tara Hideaway...it sits on an out-of-the-way dead end..a hideaway it is for sure.
So named because it was a hideaway for gangsters in the 20's, most notably Capone and Dillinger.
This restaurant is known for their Greek-Mediterranean style food.
Phil's Tara hideaway is rustic and intimate.
The next day, we grabbed some lunch at The Dock which sits on the St. Croix river.
The setting outside was peaceful.....
The seasoned mayo was fantastic!
I should have saved some for you?
Maybe next time huh.
This is not the best picture of this cool place.
Where we were seated; it was dark and moody and I could not get a good picture of anything.
Course, I really dug on the bread and olive oil too.
a-strolling (cuz we are 85 years old and this is 1910) and find an outdoor patio to relax and have a beverage in.
But immediately we saw this thing in the sky....
a lighted, red, floating thingie....one after another...
Turns out there was a wedding reception at one of the Irish Inns.
So of course we had to go check it out.
And immediately we noticed everyone was 25 years old.
So we just casually sauntered through and then quickly skee-daddled our old butts out of there :)
Okay, so then Saturday night came and we just knew we had to eat at
The Green Room.
However we weren't very hungry cuz we did nothing but gorge ourselves sick the last two days. Timmy and Angie no used to so much beef.
They are very competitive with Marx, where we ate Friday night.
The restaurant is located in a long, narrow turn of the century building with lots of beautiful exposed brick.
We were seated on the upper level and it was divine.
Oh my gosh, I have been trying to recreate this aromatic flavor at home ever since, to no avail.
I mean it was THE best roast chicken I ever had.
The best Tim can remember is, "It was really good." But I do remember the cayenne...
Kinda like me.
NO COMMENTS FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY PLEASE!
Delicate Like A Subtle Pink Peony Just Barely Opening up Before The Rain Comes Down and Pelts All The Petals Off The Delicate Flower Angie
HEY! Wake up guys!!!!
I just called myself a delicate flower...isn't that funny?
Hey, you're snoring and embarrassing yourself, wake up!!!
"Sweet dreams and talk at ya soon!!!"