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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/09 17:18:32 (permalink)
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Whoah! Thinking everyone is really friendly here but just having a little off time? I have to say as a so called "newbie" that this conversation would scare me off of joining a crawl if I was thinking about doing so. You should really think of how this looks to the both the new people and the "quieter voices" on this forum. You come off....well let's say "not very nice."
 
I am sure that I am wrong because everyone has been very nice to me here in the short time I have been posting but those with thinner skins are hightailing it out of any thought of attending your soiree. 
 
Just sayin....


Joy,
 
If you're expecting a Sunday School atmosphere this ain't the place. It is more of a Frat House where everyone knows each others' peeves and finds a way to stick the needle whenever possible. Despite the seemingly harsh rhetoric, there is a lot of mutual affection and there has not been more than a handful of hospitalizations on crawls in this millennium.
 
Here's a view from a previous crawl when they ran short of bagels one morning - jump to about 2:30. No hard feelings, we shared a cortado afterwards and are still fast friends.
 
Jim

 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/10 08:20:26 (permalink)
 I am certainly no choir girl but to an outsider, it still seemed a bit harsh for a get together thread. I have been a part of this type of community for years in other subjects and know how this goes...so no worries, I will just mmob and watch from now on. 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/10 08:29:10 (permalink)
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 I am certainly no choir girl but to an outsider, it still seemed a bit harsh for a get together thread. I have been a part of this type of community for years in other subjects and know how this goes...so no worries, I will just mmob and watch from now on. 




Over the years, it's been mostly "the Usual folks" who join us in these ventures. mind you everyone is an outsider at first...
There are people who used to post on the forum in the Boston area... we used to post meet ups all the time but those folks left in frustration (or disgust)  when no one new was joining us... and those threads were how should I say..much more "outsider friendly"
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/10 09:21:46 (permalink)
JoyB
 I am certainly no choir girl but to an outsider, it still seemed a bit harsh for a get together thread. I have been a part of this type of community for years in other subjects and know how this goes...so no worries, I will just mmob and watch from now on. 


Months before I went on my first Crawl, to Kansas City Crawl in 2017, there seemed to me to be a pretty nasty online fight going on, and it was making me reconsider my decision to participate. I did a few PMs with one of the members and he reassured me that it was just some friendly needling and would all blow over, and, in fact, it did. I had a great time in KC. My advice would be to don't let the bickering get in the way of participating. If there are 15-25 people on a crawl, if there are any who are bickering, there will also be plenty who aren't.
 
David
 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/10 14:45:45 (permalink)
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I'm in charge Lutefisk  for breakfast,  lutefisk for lunch, and lutefisk for dinner- every day!


Now that's for me. Well, not quite. Lunch and dinner -- absolutely. Breakfast? Nope. Journey cakes please.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/10 14:55:48 (permalink)
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I'm in charge Lutefisk  for breakfast,  lutefisk for lunch, and lutefisk for dinner- every day!


Now that's for me. Well, not quite. Lunch and dinner -- absolutely. Breakfast? Nope. Journey cakes please.




Ok...perhaps some wild rice pancakes or Swedish pancakes with lingonberries for breakfast then...
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/10 15:29:53 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/07/11 06:22:56
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I'm in charge Lutefisk  for breakfast,  lutefisk for lunch, and lutefisk for dinner- every day!


Now that's for me. Well, not quite. Lunch and dinner -- absolutely. Breakfast? Nope. Journey cakes please.




Ok...perhaps some wild rice pancakes or Swedish pancakes with lingonberries for breakfast then...


No Lutefisk for me........ ever.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/10 16:07:18 (permalink)
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I'm in charge Lutefisk  for breakfast,  lutefisk for lunch, and lutefisk for dinner- every day!


Now that's for me. Well, not quite. Lunch and dinner -- absolutely. Breakfast? Nope. Journey cakes please.




Ok...perhaps some wild rice pancakes or Swedish pancakes with lingonberries for breakfast then...


No Lutefisk for me........ ever.



Oh...come on...lutefisk and lefse...they go together like bagels and lox!
 

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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/10 17:24:10 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby nagle 2018/07/11 06:23:21
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I'm in charge Lutefisk  for breakfast,  lutefisk for lunch, and lutefisk for dinner- every day!


Now that's for me. Well, not quite. Lunch and dinner -- absolutely. Breakfast? Nope. Journey cakes please.




Ok...perhaps some wild rice pancakes or Swedish pancakes with lingonberries for breakfast then...


No Lutefisk for me........ ever.



Oh...come on...lutefisk and lefse...they go together like bagels and lox!
 



Sorry, no. I’ll look for the bagels and lox, regional appropriateness be damned in this case.

But that’s just me. I wouldn’t suggest to anyone else that the follow my lead.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/10 18:23:12 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/07/10 20:22:34
David,

Hold out for the Regionally Appropriate Swedish meatballs at IKEA.

Jim
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/10 21:25:45 (permalink)
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David,

Hold out for the Regionally Appropriate Swedish meatballs at IKEA.

Jim

I can’t wait.
David
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/10 21:30:50 (permalink)
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David,

Hold out for the Regionally Appropriate Swedish meatballs at IKEA.

Jim

I can’t wait.
David

You'll have to wait David. wanderingjew will definitely elbow to the front of that line.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/10 21:41:12 (permalink)
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David,

Hold out for the Regionally Appropriate Swedish meatballs at IKEA.

Jim

I can’t wait.
David

You'll have to wait David. wanderingjew will definitely elbow to the front of that line.

I’ll console myself by heading back to Hoosier Mama.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/11 06:22:44 (permalink)
Is that blueberry on your shirt? 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/11 07:08:24 (permalink)
Comparing the Swedish Meatballs at where I'll be taking everyone to ikea is like comparing Grimaldi's to Sbarro
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/11 13:29:55 (permalink)
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Comparing the Swedish Meatballs at where I'll be taking everyone to ikea is like comparing Grimaldi's to Sbarro




As fine a comparison as you'll find!  
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/11 13:40:47 (permalink)
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Comparing the Swedish Meatballs at where I'll be taking everyone to ikea is like comparing Grimaldi's to Sbarro




As fine a comparison as you'll find!  




I remember going to the Swedish Inspired Crabtree's Kitchen , in Marine on St Croix  back in 99. It was in a few of the older Roadfood books.. The owners retired a few years later and the family didn't want to continue with the restaurant... All I can say is that it was so freakin' good! Wish the place was still around or wish there were more places like it- trashing old school Scandinavian food is no different than trashing German food- truly the definition of comfort food.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/11 13:49:13 (permalink)
Are Ikea Swedish meatballs regionally appropriate in Sweden?
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/11 13:54:19 (permalink)
I think this guy might have the answer

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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/12 10:44:43 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2018/07/12 11:48:13
I received this email from a coworker and it seems appropriate for this thread:
 
"So we stayed in downtown Minneapolis Thu and Fri night.   Marge had read about an Eastern European meat market that had been around since the early 50’s called Kramarczuk’s.  So we went to a downtown farmer’s market on our way out of town Sat morning and then over there.  We truly wished we hadn’t eaten at the farmer’s market .  This place has like a cafeteria connected to it where they serve all the sausages and smoked meats they make, along all kinds of other Polish and Ukrainian dishes.  The smell was amazing!

 
We did buy some smoked kielbasa, smoked pork loin and jarred Polish sauerkraut to take home.  They were extremely good!"
 
https://kramarczuks.com/
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/12 13:12:23 (permalink)
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We will be in Minneapolis next month and will be all over that!  Thanks for the tip.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/12 13:35:32 (permalink)
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We will be in Minneapolis next month and will be all over that!  Thanks for the tip.




Scouting out potential finds for the spring tour I presume
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/12 14:07:59 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/07/12 15:45:01
I ate at Kramarczuk's back in 2009, and even brought back a pound or two of their house made Brats for The Contingent's scientific pursuit of Wisconsin's Best Bratwurst (eventually opened up to out-of-state entries). Although they didn't win, Kramarczuck's was well received.
 
The cafeteria style restaurant adjacent to the retail delicatessen and bakery is a real treat.  Huge portions of Polish comfort food are the big draw here.  All the usual suspects are on the menu including Cabbage Rolls, a myriad of Sausages and, of course, Pierogis.
 
As I go through my MSP archives, Kramarczuk's holds a solid spot on the short list.
 
Buddy
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/13 12:05:58 (permalink)
The Danish American Center sponsors "Danish breakfast" every third Sunday of the month, featuring Æbleskive (pancake balls).
http://www.danebo.org/index.php
http://www.danebo.org/ind...&pid=34&cid=27
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/13 12:59:22 (permalink)
Thanks for the info!
 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/19 19:32:11 (permalink)
As promised, I've been gathering intelligence for determining any major conflicts for the 2019 MSP Crawl.  After talking to representatives from both cities, I’ve learned there are no major municipal events going on during any of the dates we’ve been discussing up to this point.
 
However, it’s been pointed out MSP is home to several major colleges and universities, and their graduation ceremonies could affect the availability of hotel rooms.  The biggest concern, University of Minnesota, holds their graduation during Mother’s Day weekend which wasn’t even under consideration.
 
Macalester College and Hamline University both hold their ceremonies on 5/18 and University of St. Thomas sends their grads off on 5/25.  All three schools are in St. Paul and none of them are as big a concern as U of M.  Plus, if the biggest problem is a lack of hotel rooms in StP, we can always check out Mpls and the many surrounding suburbs.
 
So, based on the above, and what we already knew (Easter 4/21, Passover 4/19-27 [only the first couple nights matter], and Mother's Day 5/12), the best remaining dates are:
 
4/11-14
4/25-28*
5/2-5
5/16-19
5/23-26
 
I’ve asterisked 4/25-28 because, in addition to the University of St. Thomas graduation, there are also a dental convention and a major volleyball tournament coming into St. Paul that same weekend.  Again, shouldn’t be a problem getting around, but might tie up some hotel rooms.
 
Now that you’ve got the information, it’s time to zero in on the final set of dates.  I believe Bonk stepped up to the plate to handle that issue, so I’ll back off and let him handle things, if he still chooses to do so.
 
Buddy
 
P.S. In the course of doing research, I made some excellent contacts and some very cool discoveries about things to do and places to go once we choose our dates.  More on that in a separate post.
 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/19 21:07:55 (permalink)
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Plus, if the biggest problem is a lack of hotel rooms in StP, we can always check out Mpls and the many surrounding suburbs.

Backyard camping at Rumaki's?
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/19 21:16:41 (permalink)
I was thinking of taking up residence in Davydd's camper van.
 
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/31 14:56:24 (permalink)
We are headed for the Twin Cities this weekend and I have been doing a little research.  
 
The Russian Tea House sounds like quite an interesting place, but they are only open from 11-3 on Fridays and closed during the summer.  While we are disappointed we can't visit, it might be someplace we should consider for the Crawl next year.
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Re: 2019 Crawl Location Discussion Thread 2018/07/31 18:18:32 (permalink)
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We are headed for the Twin Cities this weekend and I have been doing a little research.  
 
The Russian Tea House sounds like quite an interesting place, but they are only open from 11-3 on Fridays and closed during the summer.  While we are disappointed we can't visit, it might be someplace we should consider for the Crawl next year.




Will forward this request to the powers that be for consideration.  You have earned two Lutefisk points good for redemption during the crawl!  
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