Today I stayed at the Marriott W Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, built in 1929. The hotel has an observation deck on the 30th floor similar to the Empire State Building, but much smaller and shorter. One drawback of downtown Minneapolis is that it is almost all office towers with very few residential buildings. Restaurants are hidden between these buildings and are either ridiculously expensive or casual in nature--probably affected by an epidemic of restaurants closing down (60%?).
It is said that there are many Lao Hmong people living in this area so I wanted to try Lao food but I couldn't find any in the city center; I had to ask if there was any Asian food, and was introduced to Japanese fast food by a person working at a local restaurant. For lunch today, I ordered two Japanese fast food items which were both very salty--I don't know why Japanese people opened such an establishment here because their food was terrible! Afterwards I continued looking for Laotian food in the evening and found one Vietnamese restaurant located on the edge of downtown Minneapolis; ordered a fresh shrimp roll and beef train (a kind of noodle dish)--both dishes were too salty! The waiter boy's attitude is very good. He sent a bowl of her mother's favorite soup, but he sent it to the Asian diners instead of me, who ordered fatty beef soup. I don't know why; I hate fatty meat and dripping soup.
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