Route 61 Lounge and Bowling


Food & Drink

Route 61 Lounge and Bowling (formerly Gampers) has been a mainstay in Moose Lake for over 35 years.  The restaurant slash bowling alley slash arcade recently went through a face life during the shutdown and is back better (and busier!) than ever.  I originally came in for a family dinner while passing through town for […]

October 30, 2021

Sweetly Kismet Candy Store


Food & Drink

If you are headed into or out of Duluth, make a point to stop at the Sweetly Kismet Candy Store in Carlton.  Just off Interstate 35, alongside Kwik Trip, you will find an unassuming dirt road that leads to a big, beautiful white building.  While the building isn’t visible from the highway, its 4-foot by […]

October 3, 2021

Tipsy Steer


Food & Drink

Brandon and I have been friends for over 20 years. One of the hallmarks of our relationship is that no matter where life has taken either of us, we pick up right where we left off and almost always over a plate of copious amounts of food, whether it be tin can nachos or a […]

September 26, 2021

The Defeat of Jesse James Days


Entertainment, Events, Food & Drink

This past weekend, I headed to The Defeat of Jesse James Days in Northfield. Part of an annual event held the weekend after Labor Day, this festival began in 1948 as the “Fall Festival” including “Jesse James Day” on that Saturday. History on the namesake:  On September 7, 1876, eight men rode into downtown Northfield […]

September 18, 2021

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge


Food & Drink

If you haven’t been to Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, I recommend adding it to your list. Seated on the Mississippi riverfront, Psycho Suzi’s has been a Northeast Minneapolis staple since 2003. The second-to-none institution is located in a 15,000-square-foot space that used to house Gabby’s. Head over to the riverside, dog-friendly patio where you’ll find […]

September 5, 2021

Bar La Grassa


Food & Drink

Bar La Grassa has been a mainstay in the North Loop off Washington Avenue since 2005. Lead by James Beard Award-winning chef Isaac Becker, BLG features a variety of classic and inventive Italian pasta dishes (fresh, filled, or dry) small plates with bold flavors, and wines. We made sure to try the ricotta with picked […]

August 12, 2021

Dorset Chick’n Coop Restaurant and Bar


Food & Drink

When it comes to go-to dinner spots, Dorset Chick’n Coop Restaurant and Bar always fits the bill. The Coop is located in Dorset, a tiny community with a population of 22 just six miles east-northeast of Park Rapids and six miles west of Nevis. It is also located along the Heartland State Trail making it […]

July 10, 2021

The MinneSoda Fountain


Food & Drink

If you happen to find yourself on Main Street in Park Rapids, I highly recommend you stop at the MinneSoda Fountain, a few doors down from Revel Brewing. One part old-fashioned ice cream parlor and one part sub sandwich shop, once inside, the place will transport to the 1950s. Take a seat at one of […]

July 4, 2021

Outstate Brewing Company


Food & Drink

As I was looking for places to stop in Fergus Falls, I stumbled on Outstate Brewing Company. The entrance is unassuming as it is tucked away in an industrial area. Once inside the beautiful taproom, it’s hard to miss the giant, glass garage door to the patio that overlooks Otter Tail River Reservoir. After perusing […]

June 20, 2021

Shoreline Restaurant, Bar & Bowl


Food & Drink

While I was in Ottertail County, I drove through Battle Lake just after a rain shower. As I rounded a corner through town, I caught a glimpse of a vibrant rainbow and had to stop to take a picture. After a few shutter clicks, I turned to find myself in the Shoreline Restaurant, Bar & […]

June 13, 2021

ABC Brewing Co. (Ashby Brewing Company)


Entertainment, Food & Drink

The next stop during the Minnesota Governor’s Fishing Opener was ABC Brewing Co. (Ashby Brewing Company) in Battle Lake. Starting in Ashby and proclaiming themselves to be the smallest brewery in Minnesota, they offer rotating brews, indoor and outdoor seating, delicious, Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza, and live music. I picked through ABC’s staple beers include Triple-A, […]

June 6, 2021

Ottertail Bakery


Food & Drink

The Ottertail Bakery just off Hwy 78 is a must-stop if you are in the Ottertail area. Boasting “the best buns in town” as their tagline, locals also rave about the bakery’s turnovers, molasses cookies, maple frosted donuts, cinnamon rolls, caramel croissants, ding dongs, sourdough bread, Bismarcks – you name it, it likely has a […]

June 2, 2021

Glendalough State Park


Food & Drink

Home to one of the last large tracts of undeveloped lakeshore in western Minnesota, Glendalough State Park is just off the Otter Trail Scenic Byway in Battle Lake, Minnesota’s Otter Tail County. The park is filled with observation decks, picnic areas, a swimming beach, fishing piers, a trail center, a beautiful historic lodge, a paved […]

May 30, 2021

Spanky’s Stone Hearth


Food & Drink

During my stay on the Oregon Trail in Vergas, I took the two-minute walk over to Josh’s other establishment; Spanky’s Stone Hearth. Don’t let the name fool you, this is an upscale, fine-dining, foodie paradise. Adding to my glamping experience, they offer hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, and even an option to just let the chef […]

May 18, 2021

Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour


Food & Drink

There is something about a small-town ice cream parlor; the smell of warm saccharine wafting in the air, cheery staff that make servicing swaths of people look like a breeze, and an invitingly dim-lit patio ushering you in as a summer day comes to a cool. Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour in picturesque downtown Afton fits […]

May 23, 2020

Love Creamery


Food & Drink

My favorite time of year to eat ice cream is in winter. Call me crazy but there is nothing better than matching cold with flavor AND you don’t have to worry about it melting! Enter, Love Creamery. Located off Superior Street in Duluth’s up-and-coming Lincoln Park area, you can find Love next to Corktown Deli […]

February 25, 2020

Afton Alps


Entertainment, Food & Drink, Parks & Geology

During the winter, social media feeds are filled with two groups of people, those that have mastered skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, and other cold-weather endeavors with the smiles and hordes of gear to prove it, and those that stay inside. There isn’t often a medium. I find myself to be someone who falls in the […]

February 2, 2020

Al’s Breakfast


Food & Drink

When it comes to tiny breakfast joints, Al’s Breakfast in Dinkytown takes the cake. Ubiquitous in the list of iconic places in the Twin Cities, the narrow stop is a whopping 9 feet long and 10 feet wide. Al’s serves made-from-scratch breakfast fare, sass, and cramped quarters. Paying homage to their history and neighborhood, you […]

January 26, 2020

Tipsy Chicken Kitchen & Cocktails


Food & Drink

Whenever my mom gives a recommendation, I go out of my way to indulge. She has an eye for finding diamonds. This time, she had me head to the Tipsy Chicken Kitchen and Cocktails and it did not disappoint! Tucked away in a strip mall on the edge of Elk River, Tipsy has an old-farmhouse-meets-retro-rustic […]

January 20, 2020

Kramarczuk Sausage Co.


Food & Drink

When it comes to my favorite places, Kramarczuk’s Sausage Company tops the list. The eastern European restaurant and deli began in the East Bank-Nicollet Island neighborhood and has become one of the most chosen places for freshly baked bread, pastries, smoked sausages, and stewed cabbage. A local institution of the Northeast part of the city […]

January 9, 2020