Saturday morning we had breakfast at Birchwood Cafe in the town of Seward towards St. Paul. Birchwood Cafe was the second recommendation I found from Andrew Zimmern. I had the Apple + Kerzna pancakes which had pomegranates, marscapone, and chipotle sugar, a combination I’ve never had but was excited to try. They had a kick but it wasn’t bad! Mike’s Eggs Benedict with pork were delicious as well with the fresh apples and greens which I don’t typically see on Eggs Benedict.
After breakfast we drove out to St. Paul. The drive was beautiful across the campus of University of St. Thomas and the houses along the way. I never get tired of seeing the architecture you find at cathedrals and basilicas. The Cathedral of St. Paul was amazing.
Next we went to Surly Brewing right when they opened to purchase our tickets for the noon tour. They open at 11 am so we sat and had a beer while we waited. The beer hall at Surly Brewing is so cool and we loved the brewery tour, it was definitely by far the best brewery tour we’ve done together!
We walked to dinner in Uptown and tried out Stella’s Fish Cafe. They have a really large menu selection but I went with the Chef’s Plate of scallops with grilled romaine, butternut squash, fresh apples, and fennel. It was probably the best scallop dish I’ve ever had and I loved every piece of it!
Below are pictures from the Cathedral of St. Paul. Sadly tomorrow I fly back to Milwaukee but not without a ‘Sota’ t-shirt and some Minnesota wild rice!
Stained glass windows
Stained glass windows above the choir
Panels at the altar
The dome inside the cathedral.
Entrance to the cathedral.