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checking out roots in minneapolis

Jo Larson | Mar 28, 2003 09:47 PM

This is going to be usual. I am 75 years old and want to go back to my years of growing up in Minneapolis. I have not been back but have so many happy memories. I plan on visiting Mpls. in May and would love to, if at all possible, experience the food memories of my youth which is now called retro. I know perhaps all of you will have to ask your grandparents or even great grandparents about my request. However, is there anything left in Mpls. that will be in my memories? I asked several months ago about Chinese food from that vintage and someone answered with a message that when his older in-laws came to visit, where they went. My request was for really (old fashioned) Chinese food of that day. I have kept that address. I can still taste the Chinese food that we got for take out that was wonderful. Can anyone give me any other places that will satisfy my desire for that wonderful taste. I know that most of you will not know even what I am talking about. Also I know that when I retrace my roots I may not recognize the area. I just want to see what has happened in Mpls. It has become so sophisticated which makes me very proud. Chinese of the old style is my top priority but also want to have old style Scandinavian food, I married a Swedish man in California. I even remember great Polish food. Although I am of Irish, English backgound I still remember those foods in addition to what would be now very old fashioned now. I live now in So. California which has wonderful ethnic restaurants and also some of the best places to eat in the world and I eat out often. However, the bottom line is I am looking for perhaps something that may still be there from the very old days. In addition to trying to find where I used to live (Loring elementary school and Patrick Henry High), my primary quest is for something of my past, mostly foods. I know this is difficult, as I said ask your grandparents, but rembember some of us at 75 years old are still going strong and very much chowhounds. It is great food that keeps us young. I would be able to keep up with all of you. Thanks so much in advance. I hope that I get some responses that will make my roots adventure wonderful. By the way, I will be traveling alone and would appreciate a recommendation for a fine central location hotel to stay at. I will rent a car and am good with maps. I might even look up some of my old school friends if they are still with us and can keep up with me. I am not trying to be heroic at my age just want to do my roots Cheers!!

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