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Kransekake is an eye catching traditional Scandinavian wreath cake that’s a holiday favorite in Minneapolis and the Upper Midwest.

4 Ways to Add Minneapolis Flavor to Your 2020 Holiday Celebrations


End 2020 on a high note with these great ideas from The Link Minneapolis to add some authentic Twin Cities flavor to your holiday celebrations. Many of these items also make perfect gifts to mail or take with you if you’re heading out of town and want to share a little taste of Minneapolis with more distant friends and family.

What’s on the Menu for a Minneapolis-Style Holiday Feast?

If you’re on the hook to cook for this year’s holiday celebration, spice things up with a dash or two of hot sauce from local favorite brand Isabel Street Heat. Make your holiday menu a little retro – and maybe more than a little tongue in cheek – by including a Minnesota classic like Tater Tot Hotdish. It may sound weird if you didn’t grow up eating it, but it’s actually delicious.

How About Ideas for Dessert?

If you’re feeling ambitious, try baking a towering kransekake (Norwegian wreath cake) for dessert. Originating with the region’s early Scandinavian settlers, this popular holiday and celebratory treat is also gluten-free – bonus! You could also just buy a kransekake at Taste of Scandinavia Bakery & Cafe – we won’t tell anyone you didn’t make it from scratch. Serve it with a cup of java brewed with beans from nearby local roasters SK Coffee or True Stone Coffee Roasters.

Where Can I Order a Holiday Meal Near Stadium City in Minneapolis?

Order holiday brunch for curbside pickup or delivery from Birchwood Cafe and enjoy it after you open all your gifts (because you were nice and not naughty this year, right?). Pick up a smoked ham or turkey breast from Lowry Hill Meats and all you have to do at home is reheat it and make the sides – easy! Or if your holiday tradition is to be nontraditional, order pies from Blaze Pizza or Chinese food from Tea House Restaurant in Stadium City, just down the street from The Link Minneapolis, and enjoy being a rebel.

How Else Can I Share Some Local Love This Time of Year?

With University of Minnesota-themed gifts, of course! Head to the bookstore at Coffman Memorial Union on the Twin Cities campus or order online and you’ll find gifts galore, at a wide range of price points. UMN facemasks and golf tees, or Goldy Gopher keyrings and coffee mugs make great stocking stuffers – especially as a gag gift for those Wisconsin Badger fans in your life. You can even find the perfect gift for your pup, emblazoned with the Gopher colors and logo.

For more great options to eat, drink, and make merry during the holidays and all year round, check out The Link Minneapolis’ Neighborhood page. And wherever and however you’re celebrating the holidays this year, have fun adding some Minneapolis flavor into your festivities.


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