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

Hairy Mosquito Trading Co.


Antiques, Events, Food & Drink

The Hairy Mosquito Trading Company is crazy, eclectic, dare-I-say cooky, ice cream shop and trading post in Milaca. It’s easy to spot, just look for the large home-made metal mosquito sculpture squatting outside. Inside, you’ll find old-fashioned ice cream, sundaes, banana splits, ice cold drinks, nostalgic candy favorites such as rock candy, wax lips, Necco […]

August 23, 2018

Four Years Later


Events

The question I am most often asked is, “how long have you been doing this?” Without skipping a beat, it is always promptly followed with, “why?” Four years ago today, I lost my Dad. That was the end and the beginning of everything. Prior to his unplanned departure, I had never even thought about the […]

August 21, 2018

Lake Pepin


Parks & Geology

Lake Pepin, named for Jean Pepin who settled on its shores in the late 1600s, is the largest lake on the Mississippi River. On the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, Lake Pepin is located approximately 60 miles downstream from Saint Paul. Although Frontenac State Park takes up a large part of the Minnesota side, the […]

August 19, 2018

Jax Cafe


Food & Drink

Jax Cafe has been a Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood staple, a landmark if you will, since opening its doors in the early 1900s. Now in its third generation of ownership, Jax began when great-grandfather, Stanley Kozlak, built a local dance hall and a store to sell furniture, hardware, and funeral services (I know, right?!). When prohibition […]

August 14, 2018

Watt Munisotaram


Buildings & Architecture

In the middle of farmland, in a small town in southeastern Minnesota, sits one of the most unique, breathtaking and tender places you will find locally. The Watt Munisotaram, a Cambodian Buddhist Temple in Hampton, is by far the most elaborately decorated and exquisitely encapsulating houses of faith I’ve ever seen, here or anywhere else […]

August 11, 2018

Niagara Cave


Parks & Geology

The Niagara Cave in Harmony is rated one of the “Top Ten” rated caves in the United States and is only a mile from the Minnesota-Iowa border in southern Minnesota’s Bluff Country. It was discovered in 1924 by a pig farmer and has since become a family owned and operated tourist attraction. It features stalactites, […]

August 5, 2018

Tracy’s Saloon and Eatery


Food & Drink

The hidden gem of the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis, Tracy’s Saloon & Eatery is a favorite local bar off Franklin Ave. The bar originally opened as Dick Tracy’s Saloon in 1979. When the owner of the comic book rights threatened a lawsuit, Tracy’s was born. Even without the famous moniker, Tracy’s keeps with its friendly […]

August 2, 2018

Ideal Diner


Food & Drink

It’s hard to pass up Ideal Diners vibrant marque off Central Avenue. This Northeast Minneapolis landmark was built in 1949, touting iconic slogans like, “where regular people feel special, and special people feel regular” and “14 Stools, 1 Counter, No Bathroom.” Both irrevocably true. For decades, Ideal has been THE quintessential city breakfast spot. Owned […]

July 30, 2018

Circus Juventas


Events

If you are looking for something to do that includes watching death-defying acts, body-bending movement and brilliant colors, look no further than Circus Juventas! Formerly Circus of the Star, in reference to Minnesota as the North Star State, Circus Juventas is a youth performing arts circus school off Montreal Avenue in St Paul’s Highland Park […]

July 26, 2018

The Twin Cities 400 Tavern


Food & Drink, Historical & Museum

The Twin Cities 400 Tavern in North Minneapolis is an expansive restaurant and bar inside the Marriot. Located in an industrial area off of Broadway, the restaurant was formerly Scalzo’s Italian Grille, and prior to that, the Itasca Room at the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis (now the Marriot). It is named for the Twin Cities 400 […]

July 24, 2018

The Abundant Kitchen


Food & Drink, Retail

GIVEAWAY! Read on. What better way to start the weekend than to take a trip to the farmers market, chat up some local growers, bakers and artisans and return to the kitchen to make fresh, straight-from-the-garden favorites? The Abundant Kitchen allowed me to do just that and so much more! Located in downtown Buffalo, The […]

July 22, 2018

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