New London Cafe 

Food & Drink

Sitting quietly in Duluth’s Lakeside neighborhood is the New London Cafe. A little gem you wouldn’t know about unless someone you know tells you about it, it’s owned by Carl Ehlenz, the owner of Betty’s Pies, up the road in Two Harbors. Yes, that means you can totally get a slice of Betty’s for breakfast – […]

January 29, 2017

Sammy Perrella’s Pizza and Restaurant

Food & Drink

Up next on the #mnbucketlist is Sammy Perrella’s Pizza and Restaurant, a decades-old regional pizza chain. Sammy’s is one of my favorite places for pizza, specifically the one in Brooklyn Park. Say what you will about chain restaurants – Sammy’s is the place for authentic Italian cooking. Started 61 years ago as a small café […]

January 21, 2017

Lake Ave Restaurant and Bar 

Food & Drink

On days like today, all I want is homey, lived-in, cozy places that I can hide from the cold but while being able to bask in its beauty. In short, it’s pretty out there, but I’d rather be inside eating. Winter means bright brunches and dim lit dinners, so you can expect to see plenty […]

December 8, 2016

Crabby Ol’ Bill’s

Food & Drink

Alright, it’s October. Which means it’s safe to talk Autumn without gripe. Knowing that, you can expect to see lots of Fall-inspired activities and food.  That being said, I give you one of my favorite fall places, Duluth. Specifically, Crabby Ol’ Bill’s in Canal Park just off the Lakewalk, a stone throw from Lake Superior. […]

October 5, 2016

Amity Coffee

Food & Drink

Amity Coffee, in Duluth’s Lakeside Neighborhood, is the next stop on our demitasse pursuit. It’s close to the Lake Superior lakewalk and is a nice, easy-going, comfort-on-all-levels kind of place with an Uptown vibe, complete with tables as artfully designed as their drinks. Owned by Adam Swank and Patti Chuang, who thought long and hard […]

September 21, 2016

Tall Ships Duluth 

Food & Drink

I headed to Duluth this weekend with the hope of seeing the World’s Largest Rubber Duck (I’ll show you that later) but also to see the Tall Ships on Lake Superior. A festival in Duluth, it showcases some of the most beautifully cared for ships, like this one. When and If, a 63ft Alden schooner […]

August 22, 2016

Fannie Rose Candy Shop

Food & Drink

Since this week started off full of saccharin, sucralose and all other kinds of sweetness, I thought that I would continue it with the next #mnbucketlist-er. Fannie Rose Candy Shop is off East Superior Street in downtown Duluth. Built in 1907, the top floors of the historic building were part of the Grant Hotel, complete […]

February 15, 2016

Glensheen Historic Estate

Food & Drink, Historical & Museum

Up next on the #mnbucketlist is the historic Glensheen Mansion along London Road in Duluth. The former home to Chester Congdon, who was once wealthiest man in Duluth. He started a school teacher in Wisconsin and eventually became the wealthiest Minnesotan. He chose the name Glensheen, meaning “shining glen”, and was named for Chester’s family […]

December 18, 2015

Original Coney Island

Food & Drink

Let’s talk Coney Island, shall we? Like heaps of fries? Moxie, Hot Dogs, and burgers? Sassy service? WELL then, I have the perfect spot for you. The Original Coney Island in Duluth may be one of my favorite places in the Northeast. There I said it. Super fun, great service, diner style – how could […]

December 8, 2015

Pizza Lucé

Food & Drink

Friday night, serendipitously, a few of us crossed off Pizza Lucé from the #mnbucketlist. With eight locations including Uptown and Downtown Minneapolis, Duluth, Hopkins, Richfield, Seward/ University, St Paul and the new location in Roseville (mentioned by Visit Roseville MN during the amazing #minnstameets_oval), most were surprised that I had never been. I mean, they’ve […]

December 6, 2015

Grandma’s Saloon & Grill

Food & Drink

This next bucket list stop needs no introduction. Walking distance from literally everything, it’s not surprising that this landmark ended up on my list. Grandma’s Saloon and Grill, or Grandma’s, as its more commonly referred to, has been around since 1976 and now has three locations; Canal Park, Miller Hill (in Duluth, too) and Virginia […]

November 17, 2015


Food & Drink

Next on the #bucketlist is Pickwick Restaurant and Pub in old Downtown Duluth. It’s a historic place next to Fitgers Brewhouse and Brewery, and has been around since 1914. With an old world feel and a pub atmosphere, its worth a stop. Great service and traditional food with big, sharable options. And of course, I […]

October 29, 2014

Bent Paddle Brewing Co.

Food & Drink

Bent Paddle is a craft brewery and taproom in Duluth, in the dingy, industrial, worn out area of town. Don’t worry, the staff is super friendly. I, of course, collect two tumblers from every brewery I visit (I have a lot, don’t judge me) even though it’s usually other people drinking for me. The two […]

October 26, 2014

Lake Superior Railroad Museum

Historical & Museum

Lake Superior Railroad Museum, the North Shore Scenic Railroad, is the former Duluth Depot. It houses a huge staged train station, complete with a time period town, the hanging signs for stops, maps, store fronts and freshly painted railroad cars. Best of all, you can go explore all on your own, which is always best […]

October 25, 2014

Scandia Cemetery

Cemeteries & Graveyards

Just before the Glensheen Mansion, you will find the Scandia Cemetery off London Road. A gated empire fenced graveyard that overlooks Lake Superior. You can get into in if you hike Tischer Creek, but beware of the potholes and divots. A large portion of the headstones are broken and battered, reminiscent of the colonial east […]

October 22, 2014


Food & Drink

Toastys on Ninth Street in Duluth. This place has been Chet’s, 8th Street Video on 9th and Mean Beans Espresso & Creams. So were clear, I couldn’t find this at first. But a lovely gentleman with a neck tattoo and big ear gauges told me where to find it. He was a wealth of knowledge, […]

October 17, 2014

Leif Erickson Park and Rose Garden

Parks & Geology

Just off of Lake Superior is one of the more calming and scenic areas in Duluth. Complete with beautiful flowers, bridges, a fountain, marble gazebo and structures; make it especially picturesque. Its named after Leif Erickson (also spelled as Leif Ericson), who was a Norse explorer who was the first European to land in North America, […]

October 16, 2014

Tavern on the Hill

Food & Drink

Tavern On The Hill in Duluth off Woodland Avenue. Oh, I need to gush a little about this place. Really. Great marketing, expansive menu, restaurant design is stunning; suffice it to say that everyone loved everything. I would have just moved in if I’d gone to college at UMD. From the drinks to the food, […]

October 16, 2014

Carmody Irish Pub and Brewing

Food & Drink

Next up on the bucketlist is a bar in downtown old Duluth. The , a favorite of the zombie pub crawl crowd. It’s dark, quiet and slow (maybe it was just while I was there?). Plus side: one of the waitresses looks like a Megan Fox carbon copy.

October 15, 2014