Cinnamon lived in Minneapolis in the late 2000s while getting her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. After years of living elsewhere, she visited a friend in the western Twin City in summer 2016 and quickly remembered how much she loved it. She moved back soon after.
Where I live:
South Minneapolis’s Northrop neighborhood, which is filled with old homes just a stone’s throw from Lake Nokomis, St. Paul and Powderhorn Park.
Best way to get around the city:
Biking. There’s a reason Minneapolis has been named one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world.
Don’t leave without having:
Hotdish — a type of hearty casserole made with some combination of meat, vegetables and condensed soup. The best way to try it is as a guest at someone’s house. But if you head to the ’burbs, you can indulge in a version of the classic Tater Tot Hotdish at the Mason Jar, in Eagan.
But the local favorite is really:
All things local. Although it sounds cliche, because eating locally has been a national focus of late, Minneapolitans have always had an affinity for everything Minnesotan. Whether that’s eating food sourced from our farmers or wandering the annual Uptown Art Fair, the focus on local is anything but a trend here.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
The immense support for local musicians and artists. The creative scene here is supported like nowhere else, and it shows. I’d miss all the music events, art crawls and the like.