Fall Essentials #2-The perfect puffy vest

I have a bit of an obsession with vests.  Maybe it’s their ability to make a simple outfit look chic.  Or that they can layer jackets and sweaters at the same.  Or, most importantly in Minnesota, the fact that they manage to keep you warm in breezy weather without making you feel like a suffocating marshmallow.  In other words, a vest seems to serve as the perfect fall “jacket” so to say and it can close that daunting gap of “What do I wear when it isn’t above 65 degrees 0r below 40 outside”.

These days, I seem to throw on a vest almost daily which I know gets repetitive, but I just can’t think of anything more perfect to wear this time of year.  I own multiple vests in different colors and it’s easy to mix and match with both sweaters and bottom-ups.  My favorite vest is the Excursion Vest from J Crew.  They are very well insulated and the addition of gold snaps and zippers make for a nice extra touch.  The colors range from very classic and neutral to bright and fun, allowing for a pop of color in these dull and grey months ahead.  They also have a corduroy lined version available for a more outdoorsy look.  I also have a Ralph Lauren one which I bought specially for a golf tournament.  It is a stylish sporting vest that is a lot thiner than the J Crew ones.  The thinness is a bonus, but I do not believe it is as warm.

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My personal favorite, a navy and white checkered J Crew vest.  Perfect to wear over solid colors.  

 

 

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My classic cream colored J Crew vest.  This one is great since it goes with anything.  

 

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A simple all white one!

This favorite vest of mine happens to be on sale online right now.  Visit https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/outerwear/puffersandvests/PRDOVR~B0109/B0109.jsp and use the promo code!

 

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Minneapolis Restaurants-Borough

Right in the heart of the North Loop lies Borough, an innovative American restaurant with an ever changing menu filled with classics and unique dishes.  It’s a fairly small place, but on a Friday night, it’s bopping.  The space looks industrial and casual, but the booths are cozy and the dim lighting offers a more sophisticated atmosphere.

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The menu is unusual since there are 3 courses listed with the first two being small plates.  You can order off of any of the courses which presents plenty of options.  I decided to get 3 dishes from the first course while other people ordered a first/second and a third.

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I started with the sturgeon which was about as good as it looks.  The fish was smoked with capers, onions, eggs and cream cheese along with an “everything” crêpe.

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Next, I ordered the steak tartare which was prepared with mushrooms and a raw egg. What I loved about it was the extra little sauce reductions that came with it. The black was a truffle reduction and the white was a milk one. They paired beautifully on the toast together.

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I ordered the duck confit for my small “entré” which was made delicious by the lingonberries that it was garnished with.  The duck was cooked fabulously and tasted delicious with the sweet/sour addition of the berries.

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The deserts at Borough are very unusual as the choices are limited but extravagant.  I ordered the persimmon dish which had a custard, a to die for sauce, sour cream ice cream and dried sponge cake.  I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like, but I ended up loving it!

Here are some of the other dishes that were ordered.  Everyone agreed that they were great!

Overall, Borough is a great place to have a special dinner if you enjoy funky and innovative food.  The menu is a little mature, so it might not be the place for picky eaters.  However, if you want to try something different then this is the place.  The only down side is that the restaurant gets very loud as it gets busier and I believe it is because of the limited space.  It gets a little hard to hear, but the food is definitely worth it!

Website: http://boroughmpls.com