If you are a car lover like myself, I have something you should definitely add to your #mnbucketlist. The MN C&C (ahem, cars and coffee) is a monthly gathering of automotive enthusiasts for ooo-ing and ahh-ing. It’s hosted at the Auto MotorPlex in Chanhassen off Audubon, the first Saturday of the month from April through […]

August 6, 2016

ChuckWagon Charlie’s Smokehouse and Saloon

Food & Drink

More often than not, when I go in search of food, I look for comfort and generous portions. Well, Chuckwagon Charlie’s  fits the bill on both accounts. While they are really known for their meats, fish and seafood (they even have BBQ and Pig Roast available for catering), I actually went for the corn on the cob and […]

July 19, 2016

Chanhassen Cinema Prince Mural

Food & Drink

Interrupting my summer road trip to bring you the most incredible mural of Prince that just popped up! Still being painted by the unquestionably talented Australian artist, Graham Hoete, it started this past Saturday and will conclude with a dedication ceremony held this Wednesday at 7pm. Everyone is invited. It is located on the south […]

June 21, 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

Bring It Studios / CrossFit Chanhassen

Food & Drink

Up next is something brand new to the #mnbucketlist; fitness. I know, I know. I fill your feed with dives, bistros, eateries, saloons, chuck wagons and fanfare food, BUT this list really is all inclusive. Bring It Studios / CrossFit Chanhassen – I know some of you know this place, because one of the owners […]

July 3, 2015

St. Hubert’s Cemetery

Cemeteries & Graveyards

Ordinarily, I try to write about the somber and the sweetness of cemeteries and graveyards but this one is a little bit different. St. Hubert in Chanhassen, erected in 1887, is adjacent to the St. Hubert’s Catholic Church. The reason it is dissimilar is because it’s filled with children, many of them unmarked. Being a […]

May 7, 2015

Lake Ann Park

Parks & Geology

Next on the #mnbucketlist is a few short miles from my office; Lake Ann Park in Chanhassen. It’s a place where you can walk around the gorgeous and serene lake and lay in the sun without much distraction. Lake Ann is smaller but is just as beautiful as Lake Calhoun or Lake Minnetonka.  Also one […]

April 29, 2015

CLOSED: The School II Bistro & Wine Bar

Food & Drink

One of the most important aspects of being part of a community is that you don’t just celebrate new locality and bask in triumphs, you help others graciously bow out when necessary. One of the very first places I reviewed was The School of the Wise in Victoria, after falling helplessly into a self-induced food […]

April 28, 2015

Chanhassen Pioneer Cemetery

Cemeteries & Graveyards

Crossing off another #cemetery from the bucket list tonight. This time, I stopped at Chanhassen Pioneer Cemetery. This one is on my running trail so its one I see all the time. This one in particular has had quite a bit of resident press about it. A few local articles have been written about adding […]

August 18, 2014

Tian Jin

Food & Drink

Next on the bucket list is Tian Jin, a Chinese food restaurant in Chanhassen. Its really easy to miss because of the location, but worth every minute of irritation with your cars navigation. Great vegan and vegetarian options and, oddly enough, lots of meat options, which would please any carnivore. Its really quiet inside, so […]

August 2, 2014


Food & Drink

And were on to Axels on the bucketlist Axels is a homey, dark, lodge-like steak house with locations in Chanhassen, Mendota and Roseville. I’m partial to their popovers and the buttery pasta. BONUS; I got to draw all over the table with #crayons. Which, lets be honest, I’m a kindergartner at heart. I have been […]

July 17, 2014

Taste of Chanhassen

Events, Food & Drink

Spending the night at the Taste Of Minnesota; the annual July 4th carnival in Chanhassen that’s filled with food, music, festivities and fireworks! How could anything be better?! How are you spending your Independence Day?

July 3, 2014

School of the Wise

Food & Drink

Next time you’re looking for a good bite in a comfortable atmosphere, go to school – The School of the Wise, that is. Best grilled asparagus sandwich ever, seriously. Love this place!

October 19, 2013

Lake Ann Park

Parks & Geology

A walk in the park before the leaves change. History: Lake Ann Park is Chanhassen’s premier community park! This 102-acre park is located at 1456 West 78th Street. The topography of the site has gently rolling hills, while the western quarter of the park is in dense tree cover. Lake Ann Park is so special […]

September 18, 2013

Power Balladz (Chanhassen Dinner Theater)

Events, Music

(from site) Power Balladz is a live comedy performance featuring a mixture of comedy, trivia, and iconic rock n’ roll songs from the 70s, 80s & 90s for which it is also named. Created by Mike Todaro and Dan Nycklemoe with Peter Rothstein, Power Balladz began its initial theatrical run at the LAB Theatre in Minneapolis […]

September 13, 2013

Spring Peeper Meadow

Parks & Geology

Spring Peeper Meadow at the Landscape Arboretum  In 2007 Spring Peeper Meadow celebrated 10 years of restoration. The underground tiles that had drained the meadow for decades were broken in October 1996, allowing water to remain on the land that had supported agriculture for so many years. Spring Peeper Meadow resumed its history as a […]

September 1, 2013