EWC Blogger Brunch

Events, Food & Drink

This past Sunday was the EWC Blogger Brunch, hosted at BlueStem Bar (French Meadow Bakery) in the Nord Room. As if the gorgeous venue wasn’t enough, I got to hang out with some of the most beautiful ladies I’ve ever met. We bonded over peach bellini’s, mimosas, makeup, pretty things and pastries all while wax […]

September 30, 2015

World Wide Instameet in Minnesota: #WWIM12 + #WWIM12_MN


YOU’RE INVITED!  The World Wide Instameet in Minnesota: ‪#‎WWIM12‬ + ‪#‎WWIM12_MN‬ Explore Minnesota Tourism is partnering with Minnstameets to host a day exploring the St. Croix River Valley for World Wide Instameet Day! I was asked to host the Lunch in Stillwater, so of course I chose something with a little history and somewhere you […]

September 29, 2015

Crow River Winery and Vineyard

Events, Food & Drink

A little while back, on the way to Pipestone, I was able to cross off the Crow River Winery and Vineyard from the #mnbucketlist. Outside the metro, Crow River is in Hutchinson, off Hwy 7 in the middle of the Crow River Watershed (hence the name). They have four vineyards Box Elder, Henry, Winter, and […]

September 28, 2015

From The White House

Food & Drink

I’m taking a break from the bucket list to talk about my Mom (founder of Operation Minnesota Nice). Growing up, I was taught to look at volunteering in the same way that some families view military service. It was a civic duty, and not optional. If I wanted to have a stake in the outcome […]

September 25, 2015

Nic Nac Paddywac’s


Of all the extra stops Emily and I made after tea, this one was the most charming. Anoka’s own Nic Nac Paddywac’s on Main Street is more concrete than an occasional shop but embodies the flair, ease and newness of one. As an albeit-‘artist collective’, the vintage, garden, whimsy Parisian décor changes often. Further setting […]

September 24, 2015

Avant Garden

Food & Drink

Continuing along in Anoka, the historic Mississippi River town just north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Emily and I next stopped at the Avant Garden espresso bar. Although it’s off Main Street, we found it by walking through their graffiti covered alley, stumbling onto their back patio. We know how to make an entrance. Avant […]

September 23, 2015

Serum’s Good Time Emporium

Food & Drink

After the tea party, in our tea party dresses, Emily (@thegoodwithin) and I explored downtown Anoka. She was in search of a past-favorite watering hole. Serum’s Good Time Emporium has been around forever. With a building that dates back to 1885, huge neon marques inside and a mix of antiques and baubles all over the […]

September 22, 2015

Mad Hatter Tea Room

Food & Drink, Historical & Museum

“It began with the tea,” the Hatter said… And yesterday did indeed. I, along with a few of my favorite ladies had a tea party. Well, tea service at the Mad Hatter Tea Room, that is. Opened in 1999 in the old Post Office building in downtown Anoka, its located in the historic Woodbury House […]

September 21, 2015

Mark Your Calendars! 9/26/2015


DON’T FORGET! #MNBucketList Presents: Candy + Apples September 26th, 11am-3pm (but open until 6pm) We will start at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store (also known as Jim’s Apple Farm) at 11am. Explore, have a blast seeing this unbelievably remarkable place. Then we will meet over at Sponsel’s Minnesota Harvest, which is four miles away at noon. It […]

September 21, 2015

Leipolds Gifts and Novelty

Antiques, Retail

Leipolds Gifts and Novelty in Excelsior opened in 1971 and is an homage to Minnesota nostalgia. That’s not an overstatement either. This place is completely packed, from carpet to ceiling with old rosters, books, ‘on Lake Minnetonka’ décor, prairie and church group cookbooks, toys, Christmas ornaments, pottery, puzzles, unusual greeting cards, hunting and fishing garb […]

September 18, 2015

Jensen’s Cafe

Food & Drink

Since it is grandparents day, as you may know, I decided that #breakfast with my grandparents at Jensen’s Cafe in Burnsville would be best for an #mnbucketlist stop. Especially since Jensen’s is brought to you by Doron Jensen, whose grandfather, Alvin Johnson started the café in Nebraska almost 70 years ago. He also owns Jensen’s […]

September 13, 2015

Minnesota Renaissance Festival


If you are looking something to do now, or any weekend until October 4th, I suggest the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Beginning in Jonathan, in 1971, it now calls Shakopee home. The largest of its kind in the U.S., it has become a paradise for cosplay with jousting knights, belly dancers, glinty mermaids, court jesters, glittery […]

September 12, 2015

Lela Restaurant

Food & Drink

Let me be totally upfront, when I was invited to Lela Restaurant, I half expected stuffy, noisy, special-occasion-only atmosphere with expensive food I couldn’t pronounce and while I still can’t pronounce some of it, I was so, so wrong. And because I was so taken back and on the rare occasion that a place gets […]

September 10, 2015

Kelly’s Koffee and Grill

Food & Drink

Whenever I travel, whether in Minnesota or elsewhere, I always look for travel guides, brochures and local papers. Anything that can give me a taste of life there. Because I was on my way to the Pipestone National Monument, I browsed the paper and came across an ad toting things like “bistro”, “cookies”, “donuts”, “sticky […]

September 6, 2015