Madre Cacti Co.


Madre Cacti is a cactus-only plant shop that recently opened at 22nd & 2nd in the Bottineau neighborhood of Minneapolis and it is already an Instagrammers dream. Madre opened with more than 300 cacti of more than 80 different species from private growers in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Carrying a unique assortment of cactus […]

June 18, 2018

COOK St Paul

Food & Drink

COOK is a small, made-from-scratch, Korean-influenced eatery in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul. Commonly called out as one of the best brunch locations in the Twin Cities, COOK serves up a new take on fan favorites like short ribs eggs benedict, Korean pancakes, curry carrot cake muffins, bi bim bop, and breakfast nachos, mac […]

June 16, 2018

24th Street Pedestrian Bridge

Historical & Museum

If you have some time this week, I highly recommend visiting the 24th Street pedestrian bridge that stretches across I-35W in Minneapolis. Scheduled to be torn down this Friday as part of the I-35W reconstruction project, the bridge has stood since the 70s, linking the Phillips and Whittier neighborhoods. It has become a haven for […]

June 13, 2018

BANK at the Westin

Food & Drink

If you are in the mood for a little retro with a dash of glamour, you’ll want to check out BANK in downtown Minneapolis. Filled with historical significance, BANK resides in the early 20th century Farmers and Mechanics Bank building that is now part of the Westin Hotel. Swoon-worthy spiral staircases, the original vault turned […]

June 9, 2018

Jay’z Bakery

Food & Drink

This perfectly iced beauty hails from Jay’z Bakery off Atlantic Avenue in Dassel. Jay’z is owned by Jason and Mona Zimmerman, who together have 38 years experience in the bakery profession including at SuperMoms, Inc, where they met. They offer a wide variety of bread, buns, bagels, cookies, pies, cupcakes and, yep you guessed it […]

June 6, 2018

Chief Kandiyohi

Food & Drink

On my way out of town, I had to check out the Chief Kandiyohi Statue. Located off Becker Ave in Willmar, the big, golden Chief stands 17 feet tall above his 7 foot tall pedestal. This image became the Kandiyohi County Bank symbol in 1915 although there never was a real Chief Kandiyohi. The icon […]

May 31, 2018

Ward 6

Food & Drink

Ward 6 Food & Drink off Payne Avenue in St. Paul opened in December 2012. Unfortunately, it is set to close on June 3rd. Named for its location, residing in the sixth of the capital city’s seven political districts, Ward 6 sits in a 128-year-old building once served as a taproom for the nearby Hamm’s […]

May 28, 2018

The Kofe Shop

Food & Drink

What better way to finish a day of fishing than with a drink that plays to it? Enter the Reel’em In Italian Soda at the Kofe Shop in Spicer located just down the road from Green Lake. This blue beauty is complete with Swedish Fish and a bobber to top it off! The Kofe Shop […]

May 27, 2018

American White Pelicans

Food & Drink

During Minnesota’s Governor’s Fishing Opener, Green Lake was filled with anglers, cameras, onlookers, dignitaries, politicians and me. All expected. Although, I was quite surprised to see so many American white pelicans. In the past, the giant white birds and their brilliantly orange bills, once-rare to Minnesota, were a threatened species. From 1878 to 1968, Minnesota […]

May 25, 2018

The 2018 Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener


The Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener has been a tradition in Minnesota since 1948. It was designed to improve Minnesota’s economy, held as a venture between the state’s resort industry, media, and public officials. For me, and many others, it serves as the official kickoff of the summer tourism season. Travel and tourism are a $14.4 […]

May 23, 2018

Jake’s Pizza and Restaurant

Food & Drink

Jake’s Pizza and Restaurant was a must-stop during the #MNGFO2018. Located in downtown Willmar, around the corner from Foxhole Brewhouse, Rosita’s and The Goodness Coffee House, Jake’s Pizza is a local favorite. From the spacious layout, accommodating for big groups after games or celebrations, to the thin crust, cheesy, melty pizza masterpieces, Jake’s really delivers. […]

May 22, 2018

LuLu Beans Coffee Shop

Food & Drink

LuLu Beans Coffee Shop is one of the coolest places to hang out in Willmar. Located in a converted old house off First Street, LuLu’s is the epitome of home-away-from-home. Comfy, eclectic furniture adding to the cozy ambiance with vintage postcards of Willmar’s yesteryears along with chalkboard menus and artisan pieces for purchase everywhere. In […]

May 18, 2018

Sibley State Park

Food & Drink

Over the next few weeks, I am going to be telling you all the things I did during and on the way back from the 71st Annual Minnesota Governors Fishing Opener in the Willmar Lakes Area. First stop – Sibley State Park in the Kandiyohi County, located 15 miles north of Willmar on U.S. Highway […]

May 15, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day!

Food & Drink

A very happy Mother’s day to all of the birth, adoptive, fur, rescue and second Moms out there! And to my favorite Minnesota woman: my Mom (isn’t she gorgeous?!) To the woman who taught me the importance of road trips in your hometown, singing your lungs out in the car, and loving the whispering pines you were born […]

May 13, 2018

MayDay Parade and Festival 2018

Events, Food & Drink, Parks & Geology

Another MayDay Parade and Festival has come and gone, but how incredible it was! The free event takes place in the Powderhorn neighborhood in South Minneapolis. It has been produced by In the Heart of the Beast Theater (HOTB) since 1975, taking place the first Sunday of May. The festivities bring out more than 50,000 […]

May 7, 2018

Dish: Cuisine for Change Gala

Food & Drink

This past Thursday was the 15th anniversary of Second Harvest Heartland’s signature fundraising gala; Dish: Cuisine for Change. Held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul, the event included gourmet cuisine from 20+ local chefs, wine and cocktail tastings including shrimp and grits from the Oceanaire Seafood Room; farro and arugula salad from […]

May 4, 2018

North Pole Restaurant

Food & Drink

The North Pole Restaurant has been a fixture in Newport, Minnesota for decades. The restaurant began in 1947 as a soda fountain in Village Drug on 21st Street in Newport. Customers could get fountain service while they waited for their prescriptions to be filled. Robert E. North (Bob) purchased the place and renamed it Newport […]

April 30, 2018