Great new places to try in Edina

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Entrance at Coalition

Yes, I know that I’m moving across the country in a week, but that doesn’t mean I cannot rave about some great new food joints in my hometown.  This summer in Edina has been bustleing as 3 very popular restaurants have moved in.  A lot of recent hype has acquired from the new residents, making the summer exciting and lively.

 

Ole Southern: An up and coming chain based in Hayward, Wisconsin; this traditional bbq is an off-branch of Famous Dave’s.  Ole Southern’s focus is on creating real authentically prepared meat.  The menu is simple, full of different kinds of meats which you can pair with sides such as a delicious mac and cheese, and barbecue rice.  The meats include ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken, and hot links.  They can be by themselves or in a sandwich complete with a mouthwatering soft bun.  The atmosphere is very reminiscent of a casual-fast type place with an order-at-counter system, making it ideal for takeout.  If you do choose to eat in, it is a fun vide with tables painted as American flags and country music playing amongst strings of lights on the ceiling.  I’m personally I’m not a big fan of ribs and I always thought that bbq was pretty much just ribs, so I didn’t know what to expect from Ole Southern.  I was so surprised by how much I loved the brisket that it has completely changed my mind about bbq.  If you are in the mood for some good old meat, Ole Southern will hit the spot!

 

Coalition: Among the bustle of popular restaurants nestled along the 50th and France area is a new addition to the overwhelming choices that downtown Edina offers.  Coalition is a refreshing classic gourmet american place that offers a variety of foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The menu and its namesake is based off the concept of bringing a bunch of local food providers, bakeries, and farms together to create a vast and tasty menu that is sure to suit many preferences.  I’ve eaten at Coalition for both breakfast and lunch.  The breakfast puts a good twist on classics such as pancakes and french toast.  I tried both the pineapple upside down pancake and the vanilla crème french toast.  Both were divine.  In addition to the comfort food options on the breakfast menu, the restaurant gives you these amazing cardamon donut holes to start.  They come out fresh, warm, and, most importantly, delicious.  For lunch, the menu is pretty straight forward with a section for starters, salads and sandwiches/burgers.  The apple brie salad is super tasty and refreshing, while the chicken cheese biscuit sandwich hits the spot if you’re in the mood for some hearty food.  It seems like you cannot go wrong with anything at this nice casual newcomer.

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The clean simple interior of Coalition.  

 

Town Hall Station: Situated at the location of an old independent gas station, Town Hall Station is a creative “stop” to go and “refuel”.  They even kept the old vintage gas sign, making the atmosphere feel nostalgic for a day long gone.  The restaurant might strike an outsider as an old-time diner like place, but it is, in fact, a bumping hip hangout joint complete with a full service bar and great atmosphere dinning.  The menu is not what you’d expect, as it features a lot of Southwestern cooking, in addition to classic burger creations.  The nachos are exceptional as a starter, and if your feeling the Tex-Mex, they have loads of taco options.  The burgers are spectacular with their signature one really standing out.  It features two patties full of briskets and covered with cheese for a juicy creation.  The vibe is super fun, service fast, and food good.  What else could you ask for when you want to have a good time!

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The fabulous pulled pork nachos which are completely soaked in queso!

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The old time feel is brought to you by the vintage sign advertising Town Hall Station in the parking lot.

Since I’m leaving soon, I’ve been trying to make an effort to go out and explore my hometown often.  It has been fun to truly find what Edina has to offer and take advantage of that before I go.  I urge others to do the same if your going to college.  I cannot believe that I’m leaving in a week, as time has flown by, so everyone, use up the time with fun stuff while you can!

 

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My recent adventures- Singapore

Hey everyone!  As promised, I’m back to share insight from my recent trips.  Over Spring Break, I was lucky to have the opportunity to travel to Singapore as part of a school trip.  It was an amazing experience, and it marked the first time that I’d traveled to Asia.  Singapore is a very unique place, even for Asia since it’s considered a true melting pot of cultures.  It’s sort of like the USA in that there is a huge range of ethnicities and cuisine.  However, unlike America, its culture is very distinct.  The city (which makes up the whole country) is by far the cleanest place that I’ve very visited.  It might come to a shock at first to find out that chewing gum is illegal, but as soon as you hit the streets, you’ll realize the immense impact of the intense ban.  Everything is spotless and crisp, making it a very refreshing place to travel to.  Here, I’ve complied a list of great things to enjoy in Singapore from my experience.

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This was the view from the Marina Mandarin hotel (the hotel I stayed in).  

Please take time to admire the view- The architecture is incredible as the city truly combines old, new, and futuristic together.  The bay, marina, and skyline are all worthwhile to gaze at.  Many hotels offer views, and the famous Boat Hotel (Marina Bay Sands Hotel) has an observation desk that will blow you away.

 

 


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Go to the Merlion park- The mythical merlon figure is the official symbol of Singapore.  One of the most popular places to visit is a park that has a huge sculpture of a Merlion.  It happens to be the most photographed picture in the city, if that tells you anything about it’s importance.  It’s worth visiting just for a picture.  You can even take a historical bum boat to the park which is a ton of fun!

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Raffles Hotel- This famous hotel was the spot of the first european settlement in Singapore.  It is named after the country’s colonial founder, Sir Stamford Raffles.  The hotel also marks the spot where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented, among other claim to fames.  The hotel operates as a luxury hotel today, and visitors are welcome for pictures.

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Take a street tour on a traditional trishaw- The streets of Singapore are extremely fascinating.  Everything is so colorful, vivid, and lively.  There is no better way than to tour them then on a trishaw.  The most well known tour is the Trishaw Uncle co.  The uncles are super fun, and really embrace the friendly nature of Singaporean culture.  They play music, crack jokes, and show you around the city they love.

 

 

 

The Singapore Zoo- Thanks to major conservation efforts and state of the art enclosures, the Singapore Zoo has become world renowned.  It’s massive, and believe me, kids and adults alike will enjoy it.  Many exhibits are in open spaces where the animals can roam around without an enclosure.  At night, you can take a safari ride through a separate park showing nocturnal animals.

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The light show at Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay- This massive park is a wonder to behold filled with futuristic super trees and enclosed landscapes.  You can climb up and around the trees to gaze out at the city, in addition to taking in a magnificent light spectacle at night complete with dinosaurs and music.  Fun fact; the Super Trees are powered by solar electricity, representing the many ways that Singapore is committed to sustainability.

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The fabulous super trees

 

 

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The Orchid garden at the National Botanical gardens- This garden holds one of the best collections of unique and rare orchids in the world.  Orchids, which are native to Southeast Asia, are the national flower of Singapore.  The garden showcases that in an amazing display with some of the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen.

 

Chinatown- One of the many examples of culture displayed in Singapore is the extensive village of Chinatown.  It is full of street bazaars and temples.  The Buddhist temple, located in the heart of the area, is gorgeously decked out in gold and red hues.  It is a great place to visit and learn more about the world’s religions.

 

Hawker’s Markets- These elaborate yet cheap food halls are full of various local and international flavors.  Take some time to look around the many choices of food at the different stalls.  Chicken rice, the national dish, is located at pretty much every one.  This is worth the try, although it wasn’t my favorite due to the fact that I’m not big on chicken.

 

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A dessert of shaved ice, coconut cream, and fruit found at a Hawker’s stand

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Delicious native fruit of Singapore. I loved trying these exotic produces.

Singapore is an amazing place to check out, even if your just stopping through.  I loved the culture and class of the place, making everything super pleasant.  The food is exotic, the architecture unique, the people friendly, and, did I mention, english is the national language, making travel simpler and stressless for American tourists.

I’m Back!

Hello readers (who probably forgot about me), and non readers who I want to become readers!  I apologize for not writing these last months as I’ve been extremely busy with graduation, senior obligations, college decisions, and travel.  Everything has been a ton of fun, however, and I have now finally found time to share my fun with you!

A lot has been going on in my life recently including 2 big international trips, and myself preparing to move to New York for school.  With summer coming to an end, I’m hoping to share the adventures that I’ve had, and will have before I head out to school.  I’m trying to revamp the blog so that it’s  more of a overall lifestyle blog with me sharing tips and wisdom from my life centered around my favorites hobbies (food, travel, and fashion).

Then, once I move out to New York (and by the way, NY means small college town living, not city that never sleeps), I will focus on trying to live a fulfilled, adventurous, and classy college life.  I will share tidbits on how I’m doing that, in addition to travel.  My college’s location is a tad isolation from city life, but I believe that I’m going to have easy access to cities up and down the east coast, in addition to the atlantic shore and charming small town life.  I cannot wait to hopefully expand this blog while focusing on a more college student targeted audience!

I will try to post more content in the next couple of days, as I attempt to revamp everything!

Thank you, Addie ❤