Since this weekend is the beginning of all the holiday merriment, and I had a few birthdays to celebrate, I needed to find somewhere marvelous. So why not celebrate in an exquisite place with flaming cupcakes? UNION Restaurant in Downtown Minneapolis fit the bill perfectly. With a heated, year-round retractable glass rooftop – the only one in Minneapolis – and a stunning view of the skyline, the restaurant boasts the buildings original architecture and ambiance. While most are fans of their handcrafted burgers and perfectly plated meat and seafood, I have a weakness for the Black Orchard cocktail. Have you been? Do you have a favorite Minnesota special occasion place?