When I first started seeing photos of people’s meals on their blogs, I was a bit put-off. It just seemed….weird. As I’ve grown to embrace it, I’m adding more of my own.
Today’s meal has a story to tell beyond what’s on the plate. The below was a recent lunch at Holy Land in Minneapolis. Holy Land is a bakery and deli in Northeast Minneapolis. The neighborhood was traditionally immigrants and very working class. When my great-grandparents moved to Minneapolis 100 years ago (from Germany and Sweden), they moved to Northeast. Now the neighborhood is an eclectic mix of the descendants of Northern European immigrants, African-Americans, East African (mostly Somali) immigrants and hipster artists who work in the Northeast Arts District.
As you might imagine from its name, Holy Land features authentic Middle Eastern food: falafel, hummus, pocket/pita bread, olive bar, halal meat, fried desserts, etc. I had the Greek Gyro, which included chicken and feta cheese (!!). With fries and a Diet Coke, I think my meal came to around $7. And it was wonderful! And delightfully filling ; )
In addition to the good meal, I also enjoyed the scene at Holy Land. Shoppers/diners ran the gamut from recent immigrants from Africa to preppy/hipster white girls like me (ha ha ha). It’s fun, because one doesn’t always find such a diverse crowd in the Twin Cities.