Friday, April 29, 2011

A Tale of 2 Cities - Mpls VS Saint Paul

Wow......Big Fricken Deal!

Charles Dickens wrote about two cities, but did he ever bake for two...simultaneously?

A lot of the Last American Bakers readership is outside the United States.

The blog hits in Western Europe and Asia has been climbing at a rapid pace and that kinda cracks me up.

To be honest I can't think of anything cooler than somebody drinking tea in Denmark, and starting off their day with a new installment of L.A.B.

One of the things that I'd be remiss to not mention is did you know that Danny Klecko doesn't bake for an entire city every day, he bakes for two.

In my state of Minnesota, our capitol is Saint Paul, this is the city that I live in, but just across the Mississippi River, just a stone throw away is Minneapolis.

According to the 2010 Census the "Twin Cities" is the 16th largest metro area in the United States and has a population of 3.5 million residents.

I have live 15 years in Minneapolis, and 25 years in Saint Paul. Each one of these cities is wonderful, but yet totally unique from one another.

Both sides of the river has it own additude.

Each day when Klecko goes out to do sales calls, or eliminate a problem with a current account.....he actually has to develop a persona that will match up the customs and mentality of whatever camp he is visiting.

Even though these two cities have fit together as well as that ying-yang symbol, the differeneces can be confusing.

Permit me to illustrate.

Minneapolis is a big city with many important people
Saint Paul is a small town where everybody is your friend

Minneapolis has Museums
Saint Paul has Walmarts

Minneapolis likes to negotiate
Saint Paul will slug you in the jaw

Minneapolis used to be referred to as the Mill City
Saint Paul was called Pigs Eye

Minneapolis followed Western time during part of the 60's
Saint Paul remained steadfast with Central time

Minneapolis houses the campus of the Unniversity of Minnesota
Saint Paul houses the campus of the University of Minnesota

Minneapolis is where Prince filmed Purple Rain
Saint Paul is where Bob Dylan smoked weed and talked to God

Minneapolis is the birthplace to film directors, the Coen Brothers
Saint Paul is where Coopers Grocery was a shooting site for their film "A Serious Man"

Minneapolis has profesional baseball,basketball and football teams
Saint Paul has hockey and roller derby

Minneapolis has the Basilica of Saint Mary
Saint Paul has the Cathedral

Minneapolis was headquarter to the Billy Grahmm World Wide Ministries
Saint Paul is home to Klecko's religous musings

I love the Twin Cities and have grown to appreciate their differences.

Some chefs will insist that their patrons will obtain a sophisticated palate before they will expose them to their premier dishes.

Klecko just simply requests that you aknowledge the differences between the two cities that motivate him every day.

1 comment:

  1. Tell us how you adjust differently to making a Minneapolis customer call, than to a St. Paul customer call.

    I imagine, in Minneapolis, you have to put your money in a safe place, because there are bankers there.