I love food. Actually, I love eating food that is prepared for me by someone else. I especially love sweets. Ice cream, Italian ice, doughnuts, pastries. The things I remember most about any location are things I have eaten there. We are traveling to New Jersey soon and the whole trip is really about what we will eat when we are there.
The suburbs of Minneapolis are not that varied in what they offer to eat. There are mostly chains around us, so we have had to go searching for good eats, which are usually found closer to the city. When my brother came to visit me about a year ago, he introduced me to Isles Bun and Coffee in Minneapolis. (I should mention he lived in Minneapolis for seven years before I moved here.)
It is this adorable little shop, with barely enough room for people to stand in line and order. Parking is limited to the street, though we have never had a time when we couldn’t find a spot. But the baked goods that they produce are some of the best I have had anywhere, and trust me, wherever I go I search for yummy sweets. They make all sorts of cinnamon rolls and muffins, but my favorite is one called a puppy-dog tail.
Puppy-dog tails are served by the dozen, and are basically twists of dough iced with cream cheese icing. There is a giant bucket of icing at the coffee prep station in the shop. They have little cups so that you can grab extra icing to take with you because honestly you can never have too much. They are best served warm so that the icing can goo a bit. We usually call ahead and ask them to prep them fresh for us, which they do happily. It is absolutely impossible for us to eat just one. We usually go to Isles Bun and Coffee in the warmer months because then we can sit outside at these umbrella tables and soak up the energy of the street while enjoying a party in our mouths.
I went to Cub today and grabbed some doughnuts for the fam. I tried a Danish doughnut covered in sugar. It was delightful and sort of reminded me of my beloved tails. The air is warmish feeling (It’s 19 but with no wind) and I was reminded that in fact spring will come and puppy-dog tails are in my future, and that is one very bright and yummy spot of life in Minny.