I found a band called Anamanaguchi. They have a full CD called Dawn Metropolis that is probably the most UNIQUE listening experience of my life so far. They use a hacked Nintendo to do the music, so the songs sound like a cross of Ratatat (look them up) and Mario Brothers. Really cool stuff, if you want to relive the typical childhood of a child of the 80’s. If you were born in the 90’s, put on Saved by the Bell, slap a “Kevin Loved Winnie” Wonder Years shirt on, and listen away.
More about the band and some song samples can be found here:
This one has some really cool visuals too.
I went to Santorini’s yesterday. I am not a huge fan of suburban dining, since many are chain restaurants and offer very little variety, but Santorini’s is definitely not a chain restaurant. It sits in what was the Pickled Parrot (and then, Canyon Grille) building off of 494/5 in Eden Prairie. Despite the fact that it’s next to the giant Transit parking ramp, it has a great location overlooking a large pond just arcoss the road to it’s south. The deck usually has a wait, and this time it was over an hour, so I chose to eat inside. I stood inside waiting for my guests and watched the people leaving. Every single one took the complimentary Uozo shot (it’s a black licorice liqueur) and then struggled with the exit doors, almost as if they had forgotten that the doors swing outward. It was a nice chuckle.
I had the pita melt (no pics) which was a delicious take on the traditional Greek pita, turning it into a sandwich with a layer of cheese. Dippable, and cool.
Here are some pics of the area.
The valet parking (complimentary with purchase)
The view from the top of the Transit Parking Ramp.