FIKA: is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.
We Minnesotans know that our state is well-known for our harsh (and long) winters, often full of snow and no short supply of ice. But one of the most beautiful things about northern Minnesota, is being able to see it just as the ice and snow start to melt away, but there's just enough to give the area the moody, eerie, majestic feel that captivates the minds and hearts of many.
Not only was the food phenomenal - the wine list had me salivating, the atmosphere was unlike any Twin Cities restaurant I've tried, and yes, the reservation was worth the wait. I found the service to be wonderful - we'd gone roughly one month after the official opening, and every single person working at the restaurant provided such a wonderful experience that made for such a lovely evening.
Ask anyone that knows me, and I'm always the first to hunt down something to do with traces of volcanic activity. I knew that the Great Lakes region, specifically Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota, was a previously volcanic area - the only question that remained was if there were still any black sand beaches left.
As we focus so frequently on moving forward and keeping up with the times, I find that it’s most important to remember where we came from. Our histories, our roots and learning to appreciate our past. Boutique hotels are beginning to pop up worldwide, embracing this exact principle. How can we stand out? How can we modernize without losing sight…