Midtown Goes Downtown; Great Deal at Saffron

A little taste of the Midtown Global Market will be making an appearance on the Nicollet Mall this Saturday night, as the Minneapolis Mosaic kicks off a summer of multi-cultural arts and entertainment. Manny’s
Tortas, La Loma
Tamales, Pham’s Deli and Holy Land Grocery and Deli will all have stands
on the Nicollet Mall, selling everything from spring rolls to shawirma.
For the full program of Minneapolis Mosaic activities, check out
http://www.minneapolismosaic.com/. The party runs from 6 to 10 p.m.,
with over 40 entertainment acts.

Elsewhere downtown,one of my favorite Twin Cities restaurants, Saffron, is offering a three course $35 dinner special, with optional wine pairings for an additional $15. The offer is good Monday through Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., through the end of this month.

Chef Sameh Wadi’s menu starts with chilled asparagus soup with yogurt cheese and olive oil crostina, accompanied by a glass of Juve y Camps Cava. The main course is duck breast with cauliflower, sultanas and preserved lemon, served with a Guenoc Petit Syrah, followed by a dessert duo of passionfruit curd tart and sorbet, with a Palladino Moscato D’ Asti.

Saffron is at 123 N. 3rd Street (across the street from the 112 eatery); call 612-746-5533 for reservations.