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Ice Cream For Breakfast!

Ice Cream For Breakfast!

Lindsay Guentzel is a writer and television personality living and working in the Twin Cities. She loves everything that has to do with being at home — cooking, gardening, interior design, DIY projects — and she loves sharing ways to make it happen with as little stress as possible. 

You can follow her adventures on social @LindsayGuentzel. 

Celebrate Ice Cream For Breakfast Day on February 6th

The first Saturday in February isn’t the greatest time to celebrate Ice Cream For Breakfast Day when you live in Minnesota (don’t even look at the forecast) but I guess you can’t complain when someone gives you a built-in excuse to enjoy ice cream first thing in the morning, right? 

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a surge in high-quality, artisanal ice cream shops popping up across the Twin Cities. And while Mother Nature might not be cooperating with this celebration (again, don’t look at the forecast), it’s always a good idea to remind you of all the hidden ice cream gems you need to visit. 

Shopping small and shopping local is more important than ever. So whether you pick up some pints to bring home to stock your freezer or enjoy a mouthwatering treat from the comfort of your toasty car, I’m a firm believer that ice cream is always a good idea (one last time, don’t look at the forecast).  

Check out the hours on all of these places before planning your visit — a lot of them have limited their hours because of COVID and winter. 

Honey & Mackie’s


Out west? Make a stop at Honey & Mackie’s off Highway 55 and Rockford Road in Plymouth. What’s great about Honey & Mackie’s is they are always changing up their ice cream selections so you never know what amazing combinations they’ll have in store for you. Also check out their Valentine’s Day Sampler — available in-store only — which features 12 love-themed ice creams for you to share with your own Valentine (or buy two sampler packs and don’t share, we won’t judge). 

Pictured: The Caramel Brownie Stout, an ice cream made with stout beer from Minneapolis-based Utepils Brewing, brownies and salted caramel. Embed:

Milkjam Creamery


Perhaps the most photographed ice cream in the state, Milkjam Creamery on Lyndale Ave and West 28th in south Minneapolis became incredibly popular both for its magnetic colors and its high-quality, unique flavors. Milkjam balances veteran flavors like Black and C.R.E.A.M with monthly seasonal flavors and even has a D.I.Y. Valentine’s Sundae Kit for sale right now which is the perfect treat for the ice cream lover in your life. 

Pictured: Black, the darkest chocolate ice cream you’ve likely already seen all over social media (it is stunning and delicious). This Milkjam staple is also vegan and gluten-free (Milkjam always has plenty of vegan and gluten-free options on their menu so no excuses for you not to enjoy). Embed:

Bebe Zito Ice Cream


Tucked away off Lyndale in Minneapolis’ Wedge Neighborhood, Bebe Zito is the love child of chef Ben Spangler and Gabriella Grant that features chef-driven, small batch ice cream made with high-quality ingredients. The couple, who got engaged and married at the shop, went into business to provide ‘flavor vacations’ to all of their guests — like G.O.A.T Apple Pie (a Cajeta caramel base with roasted apple and cinnamon jam topped with pie crumble streusel) or the Breakfast Club (Fruity Pebbles and Lucky Charms mixed into a citrus vanilla base then topped with caramelized Fruity Pebbles). 

Note: Prior to starting Bebe Zito, Ben — a chef who has appeared on the Food Network for his creations, helped develop some of the most popular ice creams flavors at Milkjam Creamery (including Black, pictured above). And the married team opened their brick-and-mortar store in 2020 which deserves all the applause because life was already difficult enough.  

Pictured: Shop favorite The Crowening with a Valentine’s Day twist — a red velvet Oreo cookie base, malted strawberry cheesecake cookie dough, strawberry Oreos and strawberry jam. Served in a red velvet cone from The Konery. Embed:

Celebrate At Home

This might be the easiest holiday to celebrate at home. Take your favorite sweet breakfast food — waffles, pancakes, crepes, cinnamon rolls — and add a scoop of your favorite ice cream to the top. Eat, enjoy and then take a long nap Saturday afternoon. Perfection! 

My ice cream recommendations? Ben & Jerry’s Oat of this Swirled (buttery brown sugar ice cream with fudge flakes & oatmeal cinnamon cookie swirls), Talenti’s Gelato Layers in Banana Caramel Crunch, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream in Skillet Cinnamon Roll and Kemps Ice Cream’s Caribou Coffee Java Chunk.

National Bagel Day!

National Bagel Day!

I love bagels. And I’m not just saying that because this is a blog post about National Bagel Day. I’ve always loved bagels. Hot and toasted with a good old spread of delicious cream cheese over the top. Maybe a breakfast sandwich with egg, melted cheese and crispy bacon. An everything bagel loaded with turkey, tomato and sprouts, topped off with a spicy garlic aioli. To me, bagels are the perfect carb vessel. 

When I was 24, I lived a few blocks from Bde Maka Ska in south Minneapolis and my Saturday morning routine in the summer was almost always the same. A large black coffee from Caribou paired with a toasted rosemary bagel with bacon scallion cream cheese from the Bruegger’s on Lake Street. Enjoyed on a bench just feet from the lake, typically with a friend seated next to me as we dissected life’s greatest challenges over a low-key brunch.

When I decided to cut gluten out of my diet, I mourned carbs — specifically, I mourned bagels. I mourned finding an amazing bagel while traveling, an impromptu breakfast from the corner bodega in New York City or a quick lunch at a cute little bistro like proper bagel in Nashville. The old-school delicatessen in Berkeley, ordering a plate full of lox, red onion, capers to load up on a crispy bagel while sipping bottomless cups of coffee. 

Again, I love bagels. 

The good news? The Twin Cities is loaded with amazing locally-owned bagel spots for both gluten and gluten-free bagel lovers and I’ve offered up a few awesome suggestions for you below. The perfect way to celebrate this very important holiday. 

Rise Bagels

North Loop

530 North 3rd Street


Years ago, I attended one of Rise Bagel’s test kitchen pop-ups. For a long time, sister duo Kate and Jen Lloyd sold their organic artisan bagels at farmer’s markets across the Twin Cities. And then they decided to open up a shop. So they settled in to put together a menu of delicious, unique bagels, cream cheese and sandwich offerings and I was lucky enough to be invited along as a friend’s plus-one to partake in the luncheon. 

Their brick-and-mortar store in North Loop is beautiful. The perfect surrounding for the products they offer. I ordered a large coffee (with an extra shot of espresso) and settled in to enjoy my Smoked Salmon sandwich on a gluten-free bun. This dream of a sandwich combines all of my favorite traditional fixings that scream ‘BAGELS’ — smoked salmon from Northern Waters Smokehaus in Duluth, red onion, cream cheese, capers and dill. 

Rise Bagels is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8am to 1pm (or until they sell out) and they offer online ordering and curbside pick-up. 

The Smoked Salmon sandwich, featuring Northern Waters Smokehaus smoked salmon (IYKYK)
The delicious options at North Loop hotspot Rise Bagel

Hark! Cafe

Warehouse District

430 North 1st Avenue


Did you know Minneapolis has a 100% vegan, gluten-free, celiac-safe restaurant? I didn’t either until last week when I started doing some research for this post. Hark! Cafe is a brand-new cafe in downtown’s Warehouse District (in the old Rosen’s location on 1st Avenue, for all of us oldies out there). It’s beautiful. Bright and open and colorful, even with the COVID-restrictions in place. 

Hark! is the lovechild of two best friends, Katherine and Lisa, who met in college and now spend their days reinventing their favorite recipes to fit the plant-based, gluten-free lifestyle. Am I vegan? Nope. But I’m open to trying everything. So I went for it with a toasted onion bagel loaded with garlic cream cheese, tofu “egg”, grilled pepper and onions, and vegan cheddar. 

It was delicious. And the bagel — which was the real reason for my visit — was awesome. The texture was like an old-school bodega bagel, nice and crispy on the outside but chewy on the inside. It was a bagel!!!!! (If you know anything about gluten-free baking, you know that texture is hardest thing to nail and these bagels taste just like bagels). 

Hark! Cafe is open for takeout Tuesday through Sunday. 

A tofu breakfast sandwich on a toasted onion bagel with garlic cream cheese at downtown Minneapolis’s newest cafe Hark!

St. Paul Bagelry

1702 Lexington Ave North


5426 Nicollet Avenue


St. Paul Bagelry is owned by sisters Dodie and Peggy who opened up their second location in Minneapolis in 2017 after acquiring a cult-like following in the St. Paul suburb. And they make over 3,000 of their New York-style bagels every day.

Besides offering the classic bagel and cream cheese combo, St. Paul Bagelry has a long menu featuring breakfast sandwiches, lunch options and even pizza on a bagel that’s made-to-order (called the bagizza). St. Paul Bagelry bagels are also available at stores across the state, from Duluth to Rochester with a few locations in Wisconsin and northern Iowa as well. 

My suggestion? The MacGyver — hot roast beef, Swiss cheese, garlic herb cream cheese, green pepper and red onion on an onion bagel. 

St. Paul Bagelry’s two locations are open seven days a week with online ordering available as well.

The Joni Mitchell at St. Paul Bagelry (Source: @stpaulbagelry on Instagram)

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