First off, thanks for the great recommendations on Cake or torte (thread down a bit on the midwest message board). We ended up going to Cafe Latte, very wonderful. We are going there again the next time we are in St. Paul, the salads looked outstanding. Although I wish they would serve the coffee drinks in mugs with handles, my fingers were a bit burnt.
We stopped at Cossetta's on Kelloge Ave in St. Paul to look for italian ingredients. The shop was well stocked and the ravioli with gorgonzola, and artichoke heart salads were quite good. We noticed that the line for the prepared hot food was so long that it snaked around the entire place and went out to the parking lot. How good is the food at this place? Is it worth the wait?
We also went to a cooking class at Cook's on Grand. Rick Kimmes (Oceanairre) was the chef of the night. Very good food with instructions and demonstrations on preparation. Rick was personable and answered even the silliest questions with respect and care for the food.
We had lunch at Kazmarack's (sp?) on Hennepin Ave. near University Ave. I highly recommend this place. First the portions are enormous, my wife and I shared a plate and it was difficult to finish. The piroges were very good although I enjoyed the meat filling better than the cheese. The cabbage roll was good esecially with some horseradish sauce. Worthy of another trip was the sauerkraut and the ukranian sausage. The sausage was outstanding. The sauerkraut included bits of ham and was very nicely seasoned. My recommendation is to visit Surdyks to buy wine and cheese for home consumption then stop at Kazmarack's for lunch.