Minneapolis Restaurants-Broders’ Cucina Italiana

Often over shadowed by its older sibling across the street, Broders’ Cucina Italiana is a little known foodie paradise.  Its quick grab and go cafe atmosphere is perfect for a great last minute dinner, lunch or takeout which is what differentiates it from the pasta bar’s slight inconvenience of always being overcrowded.  The food is very authentic and well prepared with an extensive menu to choose from.  Anyone fascinated by foreign products or unique food products in general will delight, as I do, over the expanse of goods imported from Italy.  Many of the products, such as pasta, vinegar, candy and gelato to name a few, are in Italian which elaborates on a cultural shopping experience for the globally intrigued.  I find much joy looking around to see what they have while waiting for my food.

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Some of the goods on sale

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As a customer, you can order pasta dishes such as the delicious Mac and Cheese or the Spaghetti Parmesan, in addition to sandwiches, pizza, salads, and anti-pasta.  I love the tomato mozzarella sandwich on a baguette.  It’s simply perfect.  The pizza is Italian style thin crust and offers many traditional and innovative flavors.  There is a case of all the prepared salads and such where you can go and pick them up to bring home.

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The Mac and Cheese is nothing like Kraft’s.  It more of a cream and tomato dish topped with baked bread crumb.  Delicious!

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The salads and gourmet goods on display

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In addition to freshly prepared meals and the groceries, the Cucina has an assortment of homemade desserts and a coffee station with the ability to brew up plenty of gourmet drinks.  I recommend the caramel flan and the cheesecakes which changes flavors everyday.  There are also imported cookies and small bits.

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The beautiful display of desserts.  

Together, Cucina Italiana is a great place to enjoy to quick meal, shop and just look around.  The food is fabulous, the atmosphere’s refreshing and it’s easy!

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Fall Essentials #3- Rain Boots

A recent trend in the last couple of years has been rise of Hunter Boots among both teenagers and adults.  Unlike its precursor, Ugg Boots, Hunters are practical and have an established history of being a reliable Wellington Boot brand.  The boots have been the official rain boots for the British Royal Family, in addition to being used extensively during both World Wars.  Although the boots have only recently become a phenomena in the States, the company has been around for about 150 years.

The product is practically a simple rain boot, but what Hunter does differently to attract gaggles of teenage girls is that they promote the stylish side of the boots through campaigns and overall brand image.  They make rain boots a cold season staple, going along the lines of leather boots and, previously, Ugg Boots.   One major difference that might have had an impact on their rise was that Hunters, being rain boots, are water proof.  However, Ugg are notoriously not, making Hunters the choice for rainy and snowy days.  In fact, Hunters are the perfect choice for fickle weather since they prepare you for anything.

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Examples of campaigns that emphasize Hunter’s practicality…

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And style.  

What I love about my Hunters is that I can wear them with anything in any weather.  Mine are the classic tall shiny black ones which I love because of the neutrality.  Right now, they are my go-to shoes since I tend to wear mainly sweaters and jeans in November.  Although the black is a perfect neutral color, the boots come in countless fun colors, brightened by shiny finishes.  The choices are a bit overwhelming, but whatever kind you want, you are sure to get plenty of use out of them.

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Some of the brightly colored choices that Hunter provides.