Transition to Minnesota

Hi everyone!

It's been a while since I last updated this blog.  I've been busy moving and started my new job as a senior software engineer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I'm still adjusting to big city life.  Everything is so fast paced here, so very different than Madison, Wisconsin.  My new commute is now 20-60 minutes depending on traffic and weather conditions.  My old commute in Madison was a mere 5-10 minutes.  I was so spoiled back then!  However, I do love the city life here in the Twin Cities and there's so much more offerings that are not available in Madison.

I'm still in process of selling my house in Madison.  If you know of anyone who is looking for a good home on Madison's east side, please leave me a comment and I can forward you my house listing and MLS number!  Once my house sells, I plan to look for some land up here.  My son wants to garden and raise animals so I need to find a home with a few acres.

These days I'm up early by 6 am and I go to bed around 9 pm. My old routine I was up at 7 am and in bed by 12 am.  Crazy, right? Well it's cold here now and nothing much to do except cuddle up in a warm bed and sleep! LOL.  Plus I don't watch cable anymore so that's a main reason why I'm not up so late anymore.

I have yet to venture around the many awesome restaurants in town.  Just haven't found the time to do so after work.  In the big city it feels like by the time I get home, I just want to eat dinner and relax and then go to bed.  On the weekends, I'm still traveling to Madison so I haven't had any sight seeing time here in St. Paul.

So far this is all I've done since moving to St. Paul:

  • Visited Mall of America
  • Visited Hmong International Market
  • Visited Hmong Village
  • Eat at the local restaurants where I work in Minneapolis (Darby's, The Loon)
  • Ate food from the food trucks that stopped in front of my workplace but now they don't come anymore because it's cold (boo hoo!)
  • Shopped at Target, Walmart, Sams Club, and Cub Foods

So many more things I want to do! Just gotta find more time to do it. :-)



Hi Annie, I visited your website every now and than for Hmong recipes and just viewing the cool things you added to this page. I live in laCrosse when we came to USA and moved to Minnesota when I was about 10 years old. My family have been living here for almost 30 years and haven't moved anywhere. Welcome to Saint Paul. You visited most major places already but yes there's still a lot to see and explore. I'm a mortgage loan officer and work for Team USA mortgage. I do work with a few Hmong Realtors so if you are looking for a few acres you might want to look at houses and land in the suburb like Anoka County or more out of the city. If you don't know anyone in the mortgage or real estate I can help you with the process too when you are ready. Anyway, just thought I say hello and introduce myself. Thank you and happy holiday!

Hi Annie. Welcome to MN!! My husband and I just moved to MN a year ago too so if you experience something neat/fun up here please email and let me know!! Here are a few suggestions from me...Go to Cafe Latte and get a piece of the raspberry torte or tres leche. Head to Dar's Ice Cream in East St Paul for cheap and delicious ice cream. We really enjoyed Lake Elmo Inn for brunch in Stillwater. Next time you are shopping at mall of America go to Tiger Sushi and order their volcano salad. It's sashimi with strawberries and mango. It's delicious. My husband is a huge donut freak. There's a place called Donut Hut in Little Canada. They are only open from 6am-2pm daily. Hope this helps. Again, welcome! :)

Very inspirational. Congratulations on your success. I have always loved your food blog. I'm sure there will be many food adventures yet to come. Thanks!

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