Cascade River State Park


Food & Drink

Cascade River State Park is one of the lesser-known state parks of the North Shore. Located in Lutsen it is connected to the Superior Hiking Trail and the North Shore State Trail, near the northeastern tip of Minnesota. The site was originally named Cascade River State Wayside and developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in […]

July 20, 2019

Hai Hai


Food & Drink

If you haven’t been introduced to Hai Hai, the newest venture from the creators of Hola Arepa, allow me. Since its opening off University in NE Minneapolis, Hai Hai has become THE hot spot. The name Hai Hai is Vietnamese for “two two,” as in, the Double Deuce. It’s a homage to the buildings former […]

July 14, 2019

Gordy’s Hi-Hat


Food & Drink

Gordy’s Hi-Hat in Cloquet is an up north, must-stop kind of place. Family-run since it opened, Gordy’s has become the go-to for gingham paper-wrapped burgers and festive, perfectly balanced malts and shakes. Step right up to the raised counter to place your order for fresh hamburgers, home-made onion rings, and fresh hand-dipped fish. Open seasonally […]

July 9, 2019

Small Town American Parade


Events, Food & Drink

For the 4th of July this year, I decided to head to Brookston. Brookston is located on the northern edge of the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation and is about 17 miles from Cloquet. The town is roughly a half a mile, with only a handful of businesses; a post office, Houle’igans Saloon, Larry’s Country […]

July 4, 2019

Tendermaid Hamburgers


Food & Drink

Have you heard of Tendermaid? It’s an infamous loose-meat, secret-recipe burger joint with roots dating back to 1930s. Let me tell you all about it. Mildred and Jerry Thatcher loved to frequent one of the more popular eateries in Marshalltown during the early 1930s, the Taylor’s Maid-Rite. The Thatcher’s ate there so often they decided […]

June 26, 2019

Betty’s Pies


Food & Drink

No road trip along the North Shore is complete without stopping at Betty’s pies to curb my sweetness-craving. Located in Two Harbors, along Highway 61 across from Lake Superior. With a line out the door, it comes as no surprise that Betty’s touts the “World famous” moniker. Beginning as a fish-shack her father Aleck opened […]

June 22, 2019

Chop n Pops Bakery


Food & Drink

Whenever I head back home, I always make it a point to stop at Chop n Pop’s Bakery in downtown Nevis. Since my sister and I planned to be in the area for the weekend before she moves to Missouri to work for the Chiefs (I know, right? So proud!), I knew we would have […]

June 16, 2019

Hazel’s Northeast


Food & Drink

Days like today require homey, comfort foods and a warm atmosphere because let’s face it, Mondays are hard but they become significantly easier with a larger-than-average dose of maple syrup. Enter Hazel’s Northeast.  This mainstay has become a total hot spot on the corner of Johnson Street and 29th and let me just say, in […]

June 10, 2019

Blue Water Cafe


Food & Drink

If you are in the Grand Marais area or plan to be, go out of your way to check out the Blue Water Cafe.  Located downtown near the harbor, Blue Water is a straightforward, hometown diner that features meat-and-potato classics.  Swedish pancakes, biscuits and gravy, buttermilk pancakes, patty melts, beef pot roast, broasted chicken, deep […]

June 6, 2019

The SPAM Museum


Food & Drink, Historical & Museum

A few months back, I had posted Explore Minnesota’s Minnesota Bucket List. I had nearly every box checked with the exception of the SPAM Museum in Austin, Minnesota. During the #MNGFO2019, I was finally able to check it off my list! SPAM, if you aren’t familiar, is a brand of canned cooked pork made by […]

May 30, 2019

B & B Cafe


Food & Drink

The B & B Cafe in Albert Lea is the kind of place you mention to friends when they ask where your go-to breakfast spot in the area is. I know this because when I asked for recommendations, B & B was on the top of everyone’s list. Tucked off Sibley Street, the 50’s style […]

May 27, 2019

Brookside Boathouse


Parks & Geology

Have you ever tried kayaking or canoeing? How about stand up paddle boarding or hamboarding? What about rock climbing? If not, why? What if I told you, you could try all those things without the added expense of buying equipment, having the means to store it, or paying for an expert to show you. Well, […]

May 25, 2019

The Elbow Room


Food & Drink

If you are in the Albert Lea area and looking for a great burger, keep an eye out for a tiny yellow building on the corner of East 8th Street and James Ave, just off SE Broadway Ave with a red neon sign that reads, “The ELBOW ROOM.” Don’t let the small exterior fool you. From […]

May 22, 2019

Myre-Big Island State Park


Parks & Geology

The next stop during the #MNGFO2019 was Myre-Big Island State Park in Albert Lea. Just a stone’s throw from the Downtown area, the park has 8 miles of shoreline on Albert Lea Lake making it a great place to rent a canoe and head out on the water. I myself am more into hiking so […]

May 16, 2019

Interchange


Food & Drink

For the past few years, I have been lucky enough to be part of the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener. It is always a blast to check out the lesser explored parts of Minnesota and, this year, follow Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan as they competed with one another to hook the biggest […]

May 13, 2019

Jake’s Pizza


Food & Drink

I love cheesy. Romance, jokes, garlic bread, you name it. I’m pretty sure “Cheese” would have been my rap name. It’s then of no surprise that when I went searching for cheesy pizza at the #MNGFO2019, Jake’s Pizza in downtown Albert Lea hit the mark. The perfect place for late night eats, Jake’s has been […]

May 13, 2019

Keg and Case Market


Buildings & Architecture, Food & Drink

You may be hard-pressed to find someone in the Twin Cities who hasn’t heard of Keg and Case Market in St. Paul’s West 7th neighborhood. Housed in the Schmidt Brewery, the gourmet food and vendor hall has already accumulated a laundry list of accolades. The food hall boasts over 33,000 square feet with more than 20 […]

April 29, 2019