Another national holiday celebrating another nation’s food…
IT’S NATIONAL YORKSHIRE PUDDING DAY!
Picture pudding. You probably just thought of some chocolatey or vanillay goo that can be gobbled up with a spoon pretty easily.
Not that kind of pudding today.
In the UK, pudding is really just a word for what happens when you mix eggs, flour, and milk, and make a popover-y pastry kind of thing. And usually that means with MEAT. None of this namby pamby sweet stuff. Meat.
Luckily for us we have a pub in town (a few actually) that serves food of the British Isles. It’s called Merlin’s Rest, and it’s very fun.
If you’re gonna go British, grab a cider.
Meaty and potatoy. The way life should be.
Tomorrow is National Dessert Day and World Egg Day!
Hold on to ya’ butts.
IT’S NATIONAL STICKY BUN DAY!
I’m about to give up one of my secrets. The secret is called Isles Bun & Coffee, and it’s the best bun you can get in Minnesota. Cinnamon rolls, sticky buns, and pecan sticky buns adorn the menu at this tiny, tiny shop in uptown Minneapolis. Yeah you can get coffee, but why would you ruin a bun with coffee? Supposedly, they’ve won awards for their coffee so I guess they’ve got that going for them. Which is nice.
BUT WE DON’T WANT NONE UNLESS YOU GOT BUNS, HUN.
These buns are primo. Optimal. The epitome of bun. We were sad that we couldn’t do both a sticky bun and a cinnamon roll lest we don’t eat the rest of the day. But opting for a pecan caramel roll was a great way to start our Sunday in this beautiful, sunny, 40 degree weather.
These buns are roughly the size of your head. And normally when a place would advertise such a claim, people expect the rolls to be one of two things: 1) Just a mess of goo with nothing holding it together, or 2) a hard, overbaked crust of tasteless dough. Isles has the art of the bun mastered. The tender crisp of an edge meeting the soft interior lined with all sorts of amazing cinnamon and caramel flavor. You don’t need a knife to take this sticky bun apart. You will want to use your hands, though, and you’ll quickly find out why they call it, “sticky.”
As you can see, we got a side of the cinnamon roll frosting. This was AK‘s first visit to Isles, so I had to have her experience the delicious icing if only for a fleeting moment. But it should be noted that sticky buns and cinnamon rolls are not the same thing! That means we’ll likely return in October for cinnamon roll day. There’s just nothing that competes with Isles around these parts!
Tomorrow is Cook a Sweet Potato Day and Margarita Day!