Benedict’s Morning Heroes

Benedict’s, in the Promenade of Wayzata, is the latest from Mike Rakun, chef-owner of Mercy Bar & Dining Room in Minneapolis.
One of the newest on the Wayzata restaurant scene, and already a serious favorite of mine.
Sure, they serve the traditional breakfast fare, BUT they throw in their own twist!
They have all kinds of eggs Benedict, for instance, the steak Benedict, an ode to the traditional steak and egg breakfast.
Or grab a seat at Benedict’s breakfast counter for a pancake flight.
Yes, I’m serious. Pick 3 pancakes like the Elvis, Pineapple upside down, and Nutella strawberry. If pancakes aren’t your thing, don’t fret! They also serve Mini donuts with chocolate sauce!
I’d suggest grabbing one of their crafted espressos and marvel at the modern pineapple-themed decor with high ceilings and tall glass windows. Hello, summer retreat!

ninetwentyfive

Let me start by saying, I adore ninetwentyfive.
Paying homage to its address on Lake Street…
you can enter the restaurant though a corner street-side door, or stroll through the lobby of The Landing…
Wayzata’s first hotel to open in decades, and take in the warm fireplace and beautiful decor.
Inside, you’ll find a two floors, neither short on cozy or intimate. The centerpiece being the spatially exceptional bar that can be seen from any table.
Ninetwentyfive is the perfect place for incredible breakfast favorites with a twist like brioche French toast with bananas, Nutella and toasted walnuts or roasted apple crepes with salted caramel sauce and creme fraiche.
Since we came for a casual lunch, I was lucky enough to try the fresh spaghetti with arugula-pumpkin seed pesto with cherry tomatoes and fried ricotta.
It was even more delectable than it sounds. For dessert, we went with the sweet corn crème brûlée with blueberry compote and caramel corn.
It was absolutely divine.
Modern, elegant, innovative, comforting and satisfying with impeccable presentation, ninetwentyfive certainly tops my list.

Lake Minnetonka

The frozen sunrise is incredible when viewed over Minnesota’s ninth largest lake, Lake Minnetonka. With 125 miles of shoreline, it’s easy to find a beautiful vantage point. This particular spot is Wayzata Bay off Lake Street in Wayzata looking towards Cedar Point.

 

Mazda / The Hotel Landing 

Recently, I got the chance to take the All-New 2017 Mazda CX-5 for a spin. With it’s deeply vivid, Soul Red Crystal Metallic color complementing every curve and angle creating a sense of motion, even at a standstill, I chose to go to “The Gateway to Lake Minnetonka,” Wayzata, Minnesota to see a place that equaled the CX with state-of-the-art technology and all the comfort, style and luxuries a single experience could have, the Hotel Landing. Just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Wayzata’s first hotel in 53 years opened June 2017. Hotel Landing has 92 rooms, 31 condos, has Ninetwentyfive – a two-story restaurant, and a serene Nordic-inspired spa, Läka Spa, inspired by Minnesota’s Nordic Heritage. It combines elements of modern and classical European architecture for an airy, coastal infusion. Located on Lake Street, this luxurious boutique hotel will be a favorite for wedding ceremonies and receptions. It was the perfect backdrop and accompaniment to Mazda’s CX-5. A big thanks to Mazda for their incredible hospitality!

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