Mall of America


Winter is a season of traveling all over Minnesota to shop for thoughtful gifts for my family and friends. For me at least. But in the cold of February, I am much more inclined to find my way indoors.  It is hard to beat the Mall of America when it comes to indoor shopping malls. […]

February 2, 2023

Hazelwood Food + Drink

Food & Drink

Up next on the Minnesota Bucket List is Hazelwood Food and Drink. With three locations, Bloomington (pictured), St. Louis Park (pictured), and Tonka Bay.  Hazelwood is part of Nova Restaurant Group that also owns Tavern 4 & 5, Chesters Kitchen and Bar, Pescara, and Terza Ristorante – each of which are incredible. So it is […]

January 9, 2022

Cedar + Stone, Urban Table

Food & Drink

I have a confession. This mnbucketlist-er was so fitting for my personal taste that I went twice, no joke. Cedar + Stone, Urban Table is the latest addition to the new, updated north side of the Mall of America. Part of the new JW Marriott Minneapolis, it adds a much needed upscale-but-approachable charm to the spaceship-looking […]

March 21, 2016

Lucky’s 13 Pub

Food & Drink

Photos by By Rebecca Studios  A few weeks back, my best friends and I got together, as we do every month for bucket list dinners and crossed off Lucky’s 13 Pub from the #mnbucketlist. With locations in Bloomington, Mendota, Fargo, Plymouth and Burnsville, it’s easy to find one that is near you. With a spacious, […]

February 3, 2016

Cantina Laredo

Food & Drink

Up next on the MNBucketList is Cantina Laredo, one of the newest restaurants in the Mall of America. With 12 locations all over the U.S., it’s about time they open one in Minnesota. Cantina Laredo, on level three, offers a modern, contemporary take on Mexican cuisine. From fresh guacamole made at the table, house made […]

January 5, 2016


Food & Drink

I love pizza so much that I drag (usually willingly) my closest friends and even my Mom, pictured above, to any place that gives me my fix. I can’t help it, I have a thing for a good Italian food. So when I found out that it was Davanni’s 40th anniversary this month, I was […]

October 21, 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

Droolin’ Moose

Food & Drink

If you are a huge chocolate fan, I can’t recommend the Droolin Moose enough. With a store that is nothing short of lovable, with its wide-open spaces and a tasting bar,… yes, that’s right, a chocolate tasting bar. It’s hard to go wrong. They have locations in Bloomington, Burnsville and St Louis Park. The chocolate […]

April 21, 2015


Concerts & Venues, Retail

If you are the person who spent your adolescence scouring through record bins and traipsing the aisles of music stores and you long to return to those times, then you are in luck at Discland in Bloomington. It is the perfect place to get your nostalgia on, sort of reminds me of Cheapo or Amoeba […]

February 24, 2015

Cadillac Ranch

Food & Drink

Cadillac Ranch is one of those places that looks exactly how it sounds. Totally the Bar and Grill you’d expect. Think Big Texas, minus the attire. They have a six different locations and one of them is a Mall of America, which is the one that I tend to frequent. The décor is #rustic meets […]

February 10, 2015

Vom Fass


If you are an oil and vinegars snob, like myself, then you probably already know Vom Fass. If you aren’t, a snob I mean, then consider this your invitation. Vom Fass is an artesian shop that sells oils, vinegars and specialty liquors. They just so happen to have a shop in the Twin Cities, right […]

January 13, 2015

Tucci Benucch

Food & Drink

Today is my Mom’s birthday and we have a bit of a tradition, we have to have Pasta at Tucci Benucch (it’s on the ground floor at the Mall Of America). My birthday always includes Mill Valley Kitchen or Luna Rossa, hers is Tucci. We shared marinated olives, hand pulled mozzarella and the best carbonara! […]

September 23, 2014

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Parks & Geology

This is one of my favorite things on the bucket list – mostly because people forget its there! The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge right by the Mall of America off American Blvd in Bloomington, was built to provide a habitat for a birds, fish, and other wildlife and to offer environmental education and outdoor recreation […]

August 16, 2014

Pizza Studio

Food & Drink

If you’re hanging out at the Mall of America this weekend, I highly recommend the Pizza Studio. It’s an easy stop near the food court, neighboring the Theaters of the Mall of America. Create your own pizza from start to finish, lots of options and just to show, here is what I got; whole grain […]

August 15, 2014

Star Trek: Journey To The Stars (Mall of America)


I’m a huge nerd, let me make that clear before I start. I love, love, love the nerdiest, nerd things. And one of those being Star Trek. So, when I heard that that Mall of America was hosting Star Trek the Exhibition, I about lost my mind. Um, exploring the history of the #future, what […]

July 28, 2014

Midwest Music Museum (Mall of America)

Historical & Museum, Music

In the interest of exploration, I stopped by the Midwest Music Museum at the Mall Of America tonight for the “Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!” exhibit. Get a glimpse of the 1965 Metropolitan Stadium concert, musical artifacts, interactive stops and tons of rare photos during the height of Beatlemania. The exhibition runs through September 7th, stop […]

July 18, 2014


Food & Drink

Cupcake lover, check. Macaroon fan, check. Tried all the sweet shops within driving distance, workin on it. Which brings me to Cupcake. They have four locations, off University Ave in Minneapolis, MOA, Snelling in StPaul and Cliff Road in Eagan. Some locations have a café menu but the Mall of America is the smallest with […]

June 22, 2014

Twin City Grill

Food & Drink

A #mnbucketlist find inside another mnbucketlist-er! The Twin Cities Grill on the lower level at the Mall of America is full of comfort food and locally inspired decor. It’s a little dark and crowded but definitely a Minnesota favorite.

June 13, 2014


Food & Drink

Crave is in the Mall of America, but also has locations in St Louis Park and Edina. This time, I tried MOA. It’s not hard to find, just look for the vampire-inspired branded logo at the corner of the food court. The restaurant itself is really dark but beautiful. Which lends itself a little to […]

May 20, 2014

SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium

Parks & Geology

(from site) Discover the new SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium – the Largest Underground Aquarium in the World -providing close encounters with a vast array of creatures. Things to do at Sea Life Minnesota: Enjoy a delicious beverage or snack at Coffee Cove Interact with creatures at the touchpools – hold a crab or touch a starfish! […]

September 30, 2013