Benedict’s Morning Heroes


Food & Drink

Benedict’s, in the Promenade of Wayzata, is the latest from Mike Rakun, chef-owner of Mercy Bar & Dining Room in Minneapolis. One of the newest on the Wayzata restaurant scene, and already a serious favorite of mine. Sure, they serve the traditional breakfast fare, BUT they throw in their own twist! They have all kinds […]

July 18, 2018

The Classic at Madden’s Golf Course


Food & Drink

Madden’s Golf Course in East Gull Lake, Brainerd has a long list of accolades including being rated one of America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses. The Classic, Madden’s bar and grill located next to the clubhouse is one of the most popular restaurants in the Brainerd Lakes area and was even rated #3 in The […]

July 15, 2018

BlackStack Brewing


Food & Drink

Housed in what looks like a 1970s living room, St Paul’s BlackStack Brewing is just outside of Can Can Wonderland. The giant venue is a renovated warehouse, complete with high ceilings, industrial windows, mid-century modern couches, tables and chairs. They also have an entire wall of board games. Loung-y with a side of pizzazz. Pull up to […]

July 12, 2018

MN Nice Cream


Food & Drink

You may know MN Nice Cream as a little food truck on Instagram but what you may not know is that they just opened up a brick-and-mortar cafe in Northeast Minneapolis. Located in the former home of Empire Coffee across the courtyard from Able Seedhouse + Brewery, MN Nice Cream serves up ice cream tacos […]

July 9, 2018

Gorman’s Restaurant


Food & Drink

Gorman’s Restaurant in Lake Elmo has been around for more than 36 years. Ed and Kathy Gorman originally bought the (former) White Hat Restaurant in 1980, changing the name to its current moniker 20 years later. Gorman’s is brimming with historical photos and antiques.  The walls are covered in historical pictures, dating back to the 1800s, framed in original […]

July 6, 2018

Brother Justus Whiskey Co.


Food & Drink

Northeast Minneapolis plays hosts to a pretty hefty number of groundbreaking, good-time places, faces and intoxicating liquor joints. Well, it just got better. Brother Justus Whiskey Co. is a brand new, underground distillery that promises to put Minnesota whiskey back on the map. “Back,” you say? Why yes, didn’t you know that Minnesota made some […]

July 2, 2018

Lake Monster Brewing


Food & Drink

Lake Monster Brewing started around 2013 and moved into an old railway exchange building in an industrial area of St. Paul in December of 2015. Housed in a 100-year-old, red-brick railroad exchange warehouse on Vandalia Avenue, the 10,000-square-foot space has high ceilings and plenty of open seating. Resting in between I-94 and University Avenue, you […]

June 27, 2018

Paul Bunyan Days


Events, Food & Drink, Historical & Museum, Paul Bunyan

This past weekend was the 70th Annual Paul Bunyan Days Festival in Akeley. Some say 68th, some say 69th, but most residents say 70th and I tend to follow local lore. The large, crouching Paul Bunyan statue created by Dean Krotzer has become Akeley’s claim to fame. The mythical lumberjack is directly tied to Akeley’s […]

June 24, 2018

Eastside


Food & Drink

Eastside is located in the eastern downtown neighborhood in Minneapolis. Located in the ground level of the Latitude 45 apartment building off Washington Ave, this modern, upscale establishment is characterized by its tile floors, industrial chic architecture, high top tables, white oak bar top, and a drink ledge that allows you to gaze at Eastside’s […]

June 21, 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

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

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