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Magazine Calls Mpls. One Of 2013's Hottest Travel Spots

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- To hear the editors at Travel + Leisure Magazine tell it, you'd think this city had cornered the market on serving up twigs and berries.

Minneapolis was the only American city to make the magazine's list of the hottest travel destinations for 2013.

The magazine cited Minneapolis's growing Scandinavian restaurant scene as a draw for tourists hoping to experience the "foraging-and-farming ethos of Copenhagen's famed Noma."

The magazine cited Bachelor Farmer for its rooftop garden, noted the recent opening of the American Swedish Institute's Fika, and also heralded Union as the potential next big thing.

Brie Roland is the food and beverage operations manager at Fika.

"I'm ecstatic, and a bit surprised," Roland said.

Roland said the restaurant community is pretty close knit, and she commends the other restaurants mentioned.

She said Swedish food gets a bad rap.

"I don't even know how it caught on, but this whole new Nordic idea where you are taking this heritage and then combining it with idea of local and really simple but just beautiful clean flavors," she said.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO's Susie Jones Reports

The magazine called Minneapolis "an unexpected foodie mecca in the American heartland."

The rest of the list was comprised of such far-flung places as Italy's Basilicata, Nepal, Zambia and Amsterdam.

Fika and Union say the phone has been ringing off the hook since the magazine came out.

Bachelor Farmer will reopen Tuesday after a one-week vacation so we're not sure how full their answering machine is.

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