The Index

//Flower Friday//

In an attempt to brighten up my small studio space I have adopted the idea of flower Friday. It is also my baby step into maybe getting a few plants down the road. It's kind of a running joke that I can keep people alive but when it comes to plants, forget it! Last week I bought a gorgeous bunch of bright peonies (my favorite) and they smell so good! Buying flowers weekly might seem  frivolous but I see it as a small act of self care. This week, hydrangeas! 

//Walker Arts Center Sculpture Garden//

It's finally open! I visited the sculpture garden last weekend with a few friends and it was so beautiful! May I recommend going at sunset and visiting the huge tree with the wind chimes? The Walker has done some incredible work with the grounds and I cannot wait to visit more this summer. The renovation process and progress can be found here, take a look for yourself!

//Red Wagon Pizza//

It doesn't take much for me to be convinced to try out a new restaurant. This week I went to Red Wagon for pizza. Located off 54th and Penn Avenue, Red Wagon is hard to miss! Aside from the obviously delicious pizza, a major perk is their moderately large parking lot. I know that sounds weird but parking can be such a pain especially in residential areas. The weather was nice so we sat outside in the garden patio! Tons of seating, very private even though it's right off the street, cute string lights, I could go on. OK, the pizza. We ordered the Margarita and the signature Red Wagon. All the pizzas are wood fired, thin crust, and 100% delicious. Are you salivating yet?

//Vegan Challenge//

As some of you know I am a vegetarian, although I have to admit that in a pinch I will eat chicken or pork. Lately I have been eating better and making smarter choices (less doughnuts, booze, and my late night runs to get ice cream)! All of these changes paired with daily exercise have definitely helped me feel better. Now if I could only get more sleep! I have been scouring the internet and asking vegan friends about meal ideas and tips! I am headed out of town to see family in Texas this upcoming weekend so naturally I will start next week. I cannot deprive myself of all the incredible southern cooking there. If you're interested in joining me send me a message! I'd love to have a partner (or 5!)

//Bar Brigade//

It has been awhile since I have been to Saint Paul (I hate admitting that). So, when my friend Missy suggested catching up over a glass of rosé I jumped at the chance! Aside from the wonderful company Bar Brigade was overflowing with modern charm. From the funky tile flooring to the cozy bar that showcased plenty of cute potted plants, Bar Brigade was perfect. Not to mention that they have rosé on tap there. Yes, you read that right, on. tap! I had an insane broccoli and lentil salad with sliced almonds, feta cheese, marinated in a lemon vinaigrette. I am definitely going to see if I can recreate that dish at home. Saint Paul has had so many great new spots pop up recently and it has been so fun to rediscover the city that I love so much. If you're feeling brave and have your passport ready head over to STP for a fantastic time at Bar Brigade!