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I live in the Twin Cities, in Saint Paul. It's been my home since 1984 when I arrived having never seen snow before in my life. I am a Carioca, native of Rio de Janeiro. You can imagine the initial shock! The Cities has changed a lot since I arrived, and the quality of life, despite the long winters, is pretty amazing. I am curating a collection of my favorite places and experiences here, with my highlights and the help of other "AFARians' s"Highlights. I hope you enjoy it.
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4300 Glumack Dr, St Paul, MN 55111, USA
When you have time stop for a bite to eat and/or enjoy a glass of wine, bubbly, fresh squeeze OJ or a good cup of coffee, this is THE PLACE! Excellent eats, prompt courteous service. All sandwiches and baked goods are made fresh and are so yummy!...
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1670 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105, USA
The Italian Pie Shoppe is a neighborhood place, family owned, serving a deep dish pizza we just love, and a place we return to over and over again...it's a sweet spot, in a college campus area, and on some nights you will be graced with live organ...
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850 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105, USA
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Cafe Latte has been a neighborhood and town favorite for many years. Family-owned, consistent top quality food (soups are always amazing), nice vibe, amazing desserts. Hard to choose a favorite one, but the Turtle Cake, German Chocolate Cake, or...
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235 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101, USA
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One of my favorite cocktails: Enter The Dragon - a margarita with passion fruit juice, cava, muddled hot peppers ... Yum! You can find it at Barrio. And there are pretty good eats at this place, too. Find it in Saint Paul by the lovely Mears Park,...
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211 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
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The brand new pasticceria at Cossetta's is gorgeous! Italian marble, long case full of beautiful sweets and some savories, espresso bar, cordials, grappa and liquors, and a feeling you have been transported across the ocean. Don't miss it next...
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517 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
Boutiquey, cozy, personable, knowledgeable staff, and interesting selection (such as Txakoli from the Basque Country). An they have an annual Rose Tent event which is a highlight of our spring in the Cities. Come check it out, right here in Saint...
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1825, 374 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
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The bar at WA Frost, you have to come have a drink here at least once. I suspect you will be hooked. It's just such a lovely setting. Weather you have it at the marble top bar, or in the cozy basement with its intimate nooks, or outdoors when the...
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704 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116, USA
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Another one of my favorite neighborhood regular stops. Wood burning oven bakes/blisters the pizza in 90 secs! Out of it also comes the yummiest rosemary focaccia which is served with the delish Punch salad. Order a carafe of chianti and the bread...
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1573 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105, USA
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Love this neighborhood shop with an amazing variety of cheeses, cured meats, spreads, a few but delicious baked goods, and yummie made to order sandwiches. Come here to pack a picnic, to get provisions for your tapas or wine and cheese party....
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74 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105, USA
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Our favorite purveyor of tastes from the sea. They also supply many of the ingredients you will need to prepare your seafood dishes. So glad to have Coastal in town.
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St Paul, MN, USA
The atmosphere in Meritage brings to mind 19 th century French paintings of Parisian society With enormous windows overlooking the stately Lamdmark center and a gentle light glowing from the bar it's a perfect spot for both hot summer nights and...
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1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103, USA
Peaceful. Relaxing. Green. Tropical palms of all shapes and sizes rule in the Palm Dome at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. "Wow" and "Oh my god" escape my lips a lot each time I visit this mammoth glass enclosure—some trees have leaves big enough...
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378 Maria Ave, St Paul, MN 55106, USA
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Okay, I'll fess up-- I stole the picture from the website, but I don't think the guys would mind. I'm giving credit where credit's due. The SC is intimate, relaxed, and lush. The bartenders are chill, friendly, and take shots on the half-hour....
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Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis, MN, USA
This is one of my favorite places in the city. Either side of the bridge gives you a fantastic view. Anyone who wants to consider themselves part of the Twin Cities needs to go here at least once. Speaking from experience though, you'll want to go...
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3925 W 50th St, Edina, MN 55424, USA
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Even in the face of fierce national competitors, locally based Cooks of Crocus Hill holds its own (and then some) as a mecca for foodies and gourmands of every stripe. Its cooking classes are the gold standard in the Twin Cities. Whether you want...
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725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
The Walker Art Center is one of the major contemporary art museums in the U.S., housing some of the most iconic and innovative visual, performing, and mixed media art in the world. The Center hosted the first major museum exhibits by Joseph...
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3756 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409, USA
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I can't tell you clearly how to get to Victor's 1959, but I assure you when you find it you'll be highly impressed. It's a small cafe, but the vibrant paint and rows of window box flowers will welcome your arrival (spring-fall of course). Grab a...
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1040 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105, USA
Lovely little French bakery, very authentic, owned by a Frenchman who moved here for work, missed a good patisserie/boulangerie, went back to France to get trained as a baker, and brought back a piece of Paris into My Twin Cities! Oh so yummie!...
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1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103, USA
Escape to the tropics in this paradise of place!!!
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211 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
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Peroni on draft, views of the Saint Paul Cathedral and the High Bridge, good food, our favorite patio in this part of the Cities.
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645 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
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For Brazilian or Brazil aficionados, come and check out excellent caipirinhas with a bottomless basket of pão de queijo, or try these 'picanha in pão de queijo sliders'! A great moment for a Brazilian!
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237 7th St E, St Paul, MN 55101, USA
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This all day breakfast/brunch and sweet things place is worth the visit to downtown Saint Paul. They serve fresh squeezed orange juice, and have many mouthwatering dishes. I enjoyed the Huevos Rancheros Eggs Benedict with corn bread, avocado,...
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452 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
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Summers are short and precious in the Twin Cities. This is a place to enjoy dinner al fresco in a sweet romantic setting. Food is good and tasty, not fine dining in my book, but the setting adds spice! Enjoy it with a glass of dry rose!
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A delicious cocktail with a spicy kick at our favorite neighborhood sushi place. Cool rolls, always delicious, nice consistent service. There is a lovely 2nd floor deck for the few precious warm months in the Cities.
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134 Western Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102, USA
This salonspa is in my neighborhood but even it it weren't I would drive to it. It's made up of like minded independent professionals who want you to have a great experience in self-care and beautifying yourself. And where else can you have a...