Mick’s Office


Food & Drink

Mick’s Office in Moorhead is the definition of a “dive bar”. Cheap beer, cheap (and amazing!) burgers, and an atmosphere that will have you reminiscing about late nights, drinking games, and your hometown bar. Filled with pool tables, dart boards, and wooden booths, hand scribed graffiti all over the walls and ceiling – it is […]

January 12, 2019

Poor Gary’s Pizza


Food & Drink

I am all for small town pizza joints and Poor Gary’s Pizza fits the bill. Located in the downtown area of Moose Lake, Poor Gary’s is family owned, and couldn’t be more Mom-and-Pop if they tried. Think, old school lighted letterboard menus, bucket booth seats, and customizable everything. I mean, they didn’t even flinch at […]

January 4, 2019

Caydence Records & Coffee


Food & Drink

If you love worn vinyl, live music, and an infusion of caffeine, look no further than the Payne Phalen neighborhood gem, Caydence Records & Coffee. The coffeehouse-meets-record shop is in the Eastside of St Paul, on the corner of Payne and York. Serving up St Paul’s own Bootstrap Coffee Roasters and other fun, creative, specialty […]

December 30, 2018

Lange’s Café


Food & Drink

At the intersection of 75 and 23 is Pipestone, Minnesota. Here you’ll find the Pipestone National Monument, the Historic Calumet Inn, and Lange’s Cafe. Lange’s Cafe is a family recipe heavy, history-laden, made-from-scratch local pride favorite. So, of course, I had to try it. As soon as I walked in, I totally fell in love […]

December 27, 2018

QC Pizza


Food & Drink

Have you heard of QC Pizza? Short for Quad City, QC Pizza is between Century and 494 in Mahtomedi and is the only place you will find Quad-City style pizza in Minnesota. What is Quad style, you say? Well, let me explain. Quad-City Style Pizza comes from the Quad Cities region of northwest Illinois and […]

December 22, 2018

Miracle at Lawless Distillery


Food & Drink, Holidays

If you love kitschy holiday décor and themed drinks, make your way to Lawless Distillery this month. Lawless is the only place in Minnesota where you will find Miracle, a holiday-themed pop-up bar. Originally launched in 2014 in New York City, Miracle has become an annual tradition for restaurants and bars all over the world […]

December 17, 2018

European Christmas Market 2018


Events, Food & Drink

I have another event to add to your December traditions; The St Paul European Christmas Market held on the East Plaza at Union Depot! The market was inspired by “Christkindlmarkt,” an outdoor open-air holiday market and festival common across central European countries during the Advent season. Since the Middle Ages, this 500-year-old world tradition fosters […]

December 14, 2018

Union Depot’s 6th Annual Holiday Bake Sale


Food & Drink

My absolute, most-favorite event of the year is the Union Depot’s Annual Holiday Bake Sale. Hosting the top Twin Cities bakeries for 6 years in a row in the Union Depot’s gorgeous Waiting Room, it certainly doesn’t disappoint! More than just a bake sale, it includes all kinds of events like baking and cooking demonstrations, radio […]

December 9, 2018

Angelo’s Italian Restaurant


Food & Drink

If you love pizza as much as I do, boy do I have a place for you. Angelo’s Italian Restaurant has been around since 1971 and is a south St Paul staple. Unassuming in its strip mall location, it is everything you could want in a hometown Italian joint. Angelos serves up giant meatballs, hoagies, […]

December 6, 2018

Joe Jitters


Food & Drink

I spend a considerable amount of time in Northwoods coffee shops. Whether I am researching or writing about Paul Bunyan, you can always bet I’ll be huddled up with a cup of hot apple cider and a sweet of some sort. Enter, Joe Jitters Coffee House in Moose Lake. 45 miles south of Duluth off […]

December 2, 2018

Moxie Java


Food & Drink

So here’s the thing, Moxie Java didn’t start in Minnesota. MJ actually started in Boise, Idaho. The coffeehouse has become so popular, it franchised and stretches to North Dakota, South Carolina and now Minnesota with its Moorhead location. Founded by John Roberts and Chris Minion, Moxie Java nabs a place on my #mnbucketlist for a […]

November 19, 2018

Take 16 Brewing Co.


Food & Drink

One of the last places I stopped during the #MNPHO2018 was Take 16 Brewing. Housed in a former auto parts store and auto repair shop, Luverne’s first-ever brewery is named for old Highway 16 that connected Detroit to Yellowstone National Park. The highway was established in 1926 and was the main traffic route west and […]

November 10, 2018

JJ’s Tasty Drive-In


Food & Drink

As soon as I got into Luverne for the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener (#MNGPHO2018), I passed by an old would-be drive-in. After a few events, and coaxing from friends (I’m looking at you, Greta!), I headed over to JJ’s Tasty Drive-In. Mom-and-pop establishment, check. Treasured local dive, check. Malts so thick you could eat […]

November 3, 2018

Able Seedhouse + Brewery


Food & Drink

Northeast Minneapolis is chock full of history, most notably seen in the refurbished buildings that now house coffee shows, chic salons, trendy office space, bold marquees, and, of course, breweries. Able Seedhouse + Brewery has become a favorite of the masses and with good reason. Located in a former General Electric light bulb plant that […]

September 20, 2018

Hill Valley Cafe & Coffee


Food & Drink

Off Central in Northeast Minneapolis, Hill Valley Cafe & Coffee is a true neighborhood hangout. Step up to the counter custom built from reclaimed wooden doors. Peruse the menu, filled with breakfast sandwiches, tacos, wraps, French toast (yes, it’s as good as it looks!), and coffee drinks. There’s even a rack of vintage mugs for […]

September 16, 2018

Mickey’s


Food & Drink

Housed in a vintage train car, Mickey’s has been around since 1939. Opened by Mickey Crimmons and Bert Mattson, the 20th century all-night diner has been featured in films like A Prairie Home Companion, Jingle All the Way, The Mighty Ducks, and seen on shows with the likes Alton Brown, Rachel Ray, Al Roker, and […]

September 9, 2018

The Anchor Fish & Chips


Food & Drink

Anchor Fish and Chips is a traditional pub grub in Northeast, Minneapolis. You may have seen the food truck at different festivals and events around the Twin Cities. Their brick-and-mortar establishment is a local favorite hole-in-the-wall. It is just down the street from Dangerous Man and Sleepy V’s donut shop. Anchor is a hidden gem […]

September 5, 2018

Mojo Coffee Gallery


Food & Drink

Mojo Coffee Gallery is a quaint and quirky northeast Minneapolis staple. Located in The California Art Building, Mojo is cozy, warm and inviting, with locally-made ceramic mugs, bowls, and cups all over the walls. The unique, artistic atmosphere of the coffee shop, café and ceramics gallery marries well with its grassroots, arts district, Portland vibe. […]

September 2, 2018

Minnesota State Fair 2018


Events, Food & Drink

Minnesota. State. Fair. In all it’s deep-fried, hyped, once-a-year but every year no-matter-what glory! The “Great Minnesota Get-Together” is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, attracting nearly two million people annually. What began in 1854 as a territorial fair to highlight agriculture and encourage farming has become the perfect, closing-out-the-summer tradition. […]

August 26, 2018