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What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a personal stylist for an online clothing subscription service. I love getting to help people curate their wardrobe and I get to work remotely with an amazingly flexible schedule.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Anything from Noah Gunderson
What are the best TV shows of all time?
I hate to say Friends because it's just a cliche, but I can watch it over and over again without getting sick of it. Parks and Rec is another solid one.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
We have such a great mixture of stores in the city. Mall of America is about a 20 minute drive outside of downtown Minneapolis and has any chain store you would ever need, and we also have some amazing boutiques and local designers with more original pieces. Parc Boutique is one of my favorites and has a mix of wide-known and local designers.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Hennepin/1st Avenue on a Saturday night at bar close.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Minneapolis and where did you get it?
When I think of decadence I think of pasta and the best place for that is Bar La Grasa. They have a cauliflower gnocchi dish that will blow your mind. Sweet, savory, citrusy, with a little bit of a kick - I could eat it forever and ever.
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Minneapolis? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Hotel Ivy Spa - I went with a group of girls that I work with for a spa day and it was the most luxurious day ever. I got the world's most relaxing facial and spent the rest of the day hopping between the hot tub/steam room and lounging in my robe next to a fireplace with champagne. There's also a great bar in the basement of the hotel called Constantine that has amazing cocktails and a really cool old gothic church vibe.
What restaurant in Minneapolis looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
El Taco Riendo. The inside is a little sad but hands down the best tacos in Minneapolis. Holyland (right across the street from El Taco Riendo!) also looks like a bummer inside but has amazing amazing amazing middle eastern food.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Minneapolis? Which one do you like?
Marvel Bar. They have perfected all of the classic cocktails and have a handful of originals that are also amazing. The Oliveto is a must-try for anyone who's craving something sweet. If you're not sure what to order, just let them know the types of drinks you usually like and they're usually happy to come with something unique that will suit your mood.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Minneapolis?
Chino Latino. Mediocre food, bad drinks, always over-crowded, and the crowd is generally a bummer.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Minneapolis?
Midtown Global Market. There are some amazing little food gems in here, plus it feels a bit like a flea market and it's fun to walk around to see all of the local merchants.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Minneapolis. How do you spend it?
Long boozy brunch at Hola Arepa followed by walking my dog around Lake of the Isles with a stop at the dog park. Maybe bike to Boom Island Park and hang out by the river with the best view of the city. Sushi/ramen dinner at Masu in NE and finish with a cocktail somewhere in North Loop.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Paris. I haven't been to a lot of places around the world, mostly western Europe and around the US but I've gone back to Paris twice and am already itching for another visit. It's such a beautiful city and I love the culture - wine with every meal and also as a snack between meals? I can get down with that. There is just something in the air in Paris, it's like anywhere that you are headed in the city there could be the most picturesque little French street just around the corner. There's a busy-ness that I love about big cities but it doesn't feel rushed and stressful like New York, everyone is laid back and just seems to be enjoying life.