restaurant: republic

Although I’ve got many memories from college hanging at the 7 corners area of Minneapolis, given its close proximity, I rarely make it over to that part of town. When I heard about Republic, I knew I would be heading there soon – I’m a sucker for “fancy” bar food and a great beer list. (Don’t mind the fact that I rarely drink beer.) When we finally made it over there, we ran into Angharad from Eating for England. Fun!

It was a muggy, hot night when we visited, so unfortunately the patio wasn’t really an option (thanks Minnesota for going from 50 degrees to 95 in one week) and the inside was familiar as many of the same elements were left behind in the transition from Sgt Prestons to Republic. The food definitely got a make-over as did the beer list, but the reasonable prices stayed behind. The fish bowl drinks that Sgt Prestons was famous for are no longer on the menu. ;)

We were there for happy hour so I stuck with the house wine ($3) and the Taster happily had his favorite local tap beers. We decided to order almost all of the happy hour food specials over the course of a few hours and started with guacamole and chips. It was just that, nothing special, but a good way to start out a hot Friday afternoon.

Our other “appetizer” was ricotta fritters with honey. We were quite truthfully, a little disappointed. These weren’t hot (not sure if that was on purpose?) and just didn’t have much flavor to them.

But that was when the meal turned around and we went from “meh” to “more!”

The fish tacos were delicious. Warm corn tortillas, seasoned fish, crisp cabbage and a bit of pico de gallo with fresh lime juice hit the spot.

The burger – you actually get to choose what kind you want from the normal menu – was a hard choice but we went with the red wine reduction and brie, which was served on a shiny brioche bun, complete with fresh greens on the side. For $5. Seriously.

We will definitely be back to Republic, if not for the burgers, there’s always beer. And that patio.

Republic

(612) 338-6146
221 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
4pm to 1am Daily

 

 

 

 

daily eats: 6.14.11

So because I’m in my “busy season” you may see a few more daily eats posts – I hope you don’t mind! Thanks for bearing with me. :) Camp starts this weekend and I have a few work trips and weddings sprinkled in as well!

tuesday 6.14.11

Tuesday started like a lot of Tuesday mornings – with yoga sculpt. But this Tuesday I was in Brainerd and the teacher was a good friend from yoga sculpt teacher training. How perfect! It was an amazing class and it felt so good after a few, ahem, rather indulgent days. {When I travel for work I try to keep things (sleep, workouts, food) as similar to my habits at home as possible – vacation is a different story and this trip had a little of both. :)}


Post yoga coconut & pineapple water.


Breakfast: Coffee and a Veggie Daybreaker Sandwich from Caribou on the way back to the cities. We were both a little sad to be leaving the resort, the nature, the lakes and the slower life of the north.

Lunch: After two days of indulgent foods (Zorbaz Pizza was especially delicious), drink and a food show (cheese and sugar overload) I was desperately craving a huge salad. I decided to try out Qucumbers, which is a huge salad bar restaurant that also has take-out available. It’s not really on my side of town, or I would probably go for lunch more often! It was just what I needed.

My salad included: spinach, romaine, tomatoes, red cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, red onion, garbanzo beans, edamame, olives, olive oil and apple cider vinegar with a side of watermelon chunks. Summer is here!


I had a nice commute (exaggeration, it took 45 minutes) home and could feel my lack of protein at lunch setting in so I had a little plate of nachos (x2)) to hold me over until dinner.


Dinner: About 2 servings of chicken & veggie potstickers with a small bag of frozen broccoli. Tuesday nights are usually my night alone at home, so I usually eat pretty simple meals and focus on getting things done or watching the Real Housewives. Most of the time done simultaneously. :)

A few bites of gelato finished of the day. :)

 

Do you prefer the bustling city or quiet country?

grilled lake trout

Living in the land of 10,000 lakes, we should probably be a little more familiar with trout. In fact, we should probably be out at one of those lakes catching our own trout. But can you really imagine the Taster and I fishing? (Hmmm, I’d probably have my laptop, or at least the tablet so that I can stumble….he’d want music and sports) All nature isn’t lost on us, we love taking hikes in states other than Minnesota and of course walks along the Mississippi. Today we are actually “up North” and have hopefully hiked at least once by now. We also did spend some time on a lake, sans all forms of technology.

See, there’s proof! :)

Getting back to the trout, I was a little surprised by how much we enjoyed it! It is much meatier than I expected and reminded us a lot of salmon – in that good sort of satiating fat way. We simply seasoned it with olive oil, salt and pepper and grilled it.  It is local, pretty inexpensive for fish and easy to prepare so it’s safe to say we’ll be having it again soon. Have any good trout recipes or recommendations for us?

 

Grilled Lake Trout
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 - 6 oz trout fillets
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Marinate fish with olive oil and seasonings for about a half hour or longer.
  2. Heat grill to medium heat.
  3. Use aluminum foil or grill pan.
  4. Cook about 4-5 minutes and flip over.
  5. Cook an additional 4-5 minutes, until fish flakes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 6 oz fillet Calories: 378 Fat: 18 Carbohydrates: 0 Fiber: 0 Protein: 42


daily eats: 6.8.11

Wednesday 6.8.11

6:25 am: Realize I’ve overslept. Ugh. Roll out of bed and head downstairs for a quick, but intense 30 minutes on the elliptical. Thank the weather gods that it is no longer 103° and humid, I like to save those temps for hot yoga.

Stop by Caribou for daily coffee + coconut creamer…where they know my name. :) I like it.

 

Finish reading The Pioneer Woman’s Love Story during commute (not while I was driving of course) – fantastic book, I loved it!

Breakfast: 2 slices sprouted bread + earth balance + peanut butter

Lunch: Brown rice + chard + tofu topped with goddess dressing + sriracha (inspired by Eat Live Run) with a side of greens. :)

Wonder if I’ll be able to make it through the afternoon (my snack stash is seriously lacking at work.)

End up being so busy at work that I don’t even think about being hungry.

 

Head out and realize I’m hungry. Actually I totally planned it. Stop by Starbucks (because I had a gift card) and order a strawberry smoothie. They are out of bananas. Stare at the menu with no clue what to order. Order a coffee Frappuccino light, 2% milk. “Wait, what is the light Frappuccino mean?” I ask the barista. “Sugar-free.” “Scratch that, I’ll take a regular, 2%.”

Afternoon Snack #1: Drink about a third of it in the car/my personal library.


Visit a precious little baby and want one.

Sitting in traffic, I practice/plan out the yoga sculpt class I’ll be teaching at camp. I’ve found driving is the perfect time to do this, even though people probably wonder what I’m doing.

Come home starving so the Taster whips up some “Minnesota Sushi.”

Afternoon Snack #2: also known as ham, pickle and cream cheese roll-ups.

God I’m glad I grew up in the Midwest.

 

Dinner: cod + tartar sauce and broccolini (my favorite!)

Sometimes I like to eat a light dinner just so I can snack later, is that wrong?

Have trouble deciding between popcorn and gelato.

Why decide? Have both!

Evening Snack #1: Belgian Chocolate Gelato – few bites

Umm, why is this the first time I’ve had gelato?! It’s amazing!

Evening Snack #2: Popcorn + a little butter

Rough Calorie Estimate: 1,900

Thoughts on the day: Missing fruit and different colored veggie!