Well, it’s March. I can’t explain to you how much March in Minnesota sucks, for lack of a better word. While 3/4 of the country is beginning to emerge from winter and enter spring, we are merely transitioning from Minnesota Winter to Normal Winter, which is winter the way the rest of the country experiences it. You know, temps in the 30’s, lots of snow, gray skies, instead of arctic blasts, arctic sunshine, super dry air and temperatures so low they could kill you. And while all the big home improvement stores are starting to advertise for lawnmowers and fertilizer, we are left bemoaning the fact that our ground is still frozen and the grass is still covered by FEET of snow. March is a tough month for many Minnesotans, not just this transplant. Almost everyone, except the winter diehards, is feeling it. So, today some friends and I went for flower therapy, as my friend called it.
We traveled to Bachman’s on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. Bachman’s is a big flower store chain. The one on Lyndale is especially nice because it has within its walls Patrick’s Bakery and Cafe. The cafe is made to look like it is outside. The ceiling is like that of a greenhouse. There are fountains and big yellow market umbrellas over little wrought iron cafe tables. Birds chirp and hop around while you sit. It is an all around fabulous experience, especially in the dark of winter.
Patrick’s has delicious quiche and sandwiches, but also the most amazing pastries. I chose the St. Tropez quiche, made with chicken, tomato and feta cheese. It was served with mixed greens and a vinaigrette dressing.
Of course the best part was dessert. We tried three. My choice was passion cake. Yes, of course I love the name. Who can’t use a little extra passion in their life? 😉 (It’s actually made with passion fruit mousse…).
We also tried a chocolate almond cookie cake. It tasted like a super moist chocolate chip cookie with rich and delicious chocolate.
And we sampled trillogy cake (that’s how they spell it), which was an outrageous combination of three different types of mousse and proved to be a light and wonderful delicacy. It was my favorite. All were paired with coffee, which was a much better brew than I expected it to be.
After consuming the goodies we walked around the greenhouse area, absorbing the smells of all the early spring and indoor plants and then checked out the gift area, trying the whole time not to look out the windows and see the mountains of white outside. I left feeling refreshed, even if just for a brief interlude. It was great to escape the doldrums for an afternoon.