What better way to spend Valentine's Day than with two fantastic meals?

For lunch yesterday we went to the Cheeky Monkey Deli, which opened Wednesday night on Selby in the old Zander space. Now, I miss Zander like nobody's business — it was our favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities. But the Cheeky Monkey may be a new fave, and it helps that they are nothing alike. The Monkey is very casual (and kid-friendly!), with great andwiches, baked goods, and wine and beer. It's also fairly cheap, with most dishes running $5-10. There are big leather chairs by the fireplace, and high-speed wireless. I think we'll be spending a lot of time there...

The dinner at Salut, also yummy, and Patrick got his favorite dinner of roast chicken with pommes frites. Very romantic, even with a baby. Their new Sunday night special is 3/4 pound of shrimp plus fries for $8.95, and we are tempted!

In between, we visited my aunt in the hospital. She had lung surgery, for what they thought was cancer but turns out to be some extremely strange allergy, and is recovering slowly. She's handling it really well, but could use some good thoughts.


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