American Swedish Institute: The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson

Historical & Museum

I was lucky enough to attend the preview party at the American Swedish Institute’s newest exhibit, The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson. We began by stepping inside the “moss-covered”, fairytale-like imagination of Finnish artist/sculptor, Kim Simonsson, filled with life-sized, “moss-covered” children, animals and other mysterious characters. The American Swedish Institute exhibition displays 35 selections of […]

April 20, 2018

Victor’s 1959 Cafe

Food & Drink

Victor’s 1959 Cafe just off Grand Ave, brings a little piece of Cuba to south Minneapolis. The snug hole-in-the-wall was originally a Shell gas station in the 1920’s and later operated as a Dairy Queen until it became Rick’s Ol’ Time Café. Victor’s has since become a fast favorite and Cuban go-to. They serve up […]

April 17, 2018

Mary Tyler Moore at Super Bowl 52


If you are headed downtown to take in the all of the Super Bowl 52 festivities, don’t forget to snap a picture with the Mary Tyler Moore statue. With her hands cloaked in Bold North mittens, you can finder her tossing her hat into the air against the frigid backdrop of Nicollet and 7th Street.

February 1, 2018

Explore Minnesota’s ‘Sota Pop at Super Bowl 52


If you are planning to check out all the festivities downtown this week… Stop by Explore Minnesota’s ‘Sota Pop an interactive pop-up experience Now through through Super Bowl Sunday! Curated by Explore Minnesota and created by local artists Its the most Instagrammable spots of Super Bowl LII! Located in storefront windows of Renaissance Square building […]

January 30, 2018


Food & Drink

If you are looking for an upscale, elegant, romantic night in Downtown Minneapolis, Zelo is where to go. Part business lunch destination, part dark lit date night favorite, it is located in the Nicollet Mall inside the Medical Arts Building. And the ambiance certainly doesn’t disappoint, filled with warm leather booths and soft modern lighting. […]

January 20, 2018

Rise Bagel Co.

Food & Drink

Can we talk about Rise Bagel Co. for a second? Owned by sisters, Jen and Kate Lloyd, Rise Bagel has been a mainstay at farmers markets and pop-ups since 2014. Their Everything bagel was named one of City Pages’ “100 Favorite Dishes” in 2015. Rise opened this year in the North Loop neighborhood. The building, […]

January 6, 2018

Relighting the Grain Belt Sign

Historical & Museum

Welcome to 2018! A great way to open the new year is through bright, shiny, glowing lights! Enter the relighting of the forever iconic Grain Belt Beer Sign! Grain Belt beer was originally produced by the Minneapolis Brewing Company which formed in 1891. Later produced in the still standing Grain Belt Brewery in Minneapolis, Minnesota […]

January 1, 2018

The Turnblad Mansion at the American Swedish Institute

Buildings & Architecture, Historical & Museum

Hidden in the Phillips West neighborhood of Minneapolis, sits the turn-of-the-20th-century Historic Turnblad Mansion.Built for Swedish immigrants Swan and Christina Turnblad and daughter Lillian who officially lived in the mansion from 1908 to 1929. Swan Turnblad was a prominent Swedish Minnesotan and the manager, editor, and publisher of Svenska Amerikanska Posten, a Swedish American newspaper. […]

December 27, 2017

La La Homemade Ice Cream

Food & Drink

Have you heard of La La Homemade Ice Cream yet? It’s a classic ice cream parlor and soda fountain shop in Uptown. Owner Jennifer Lisburg started the shop off Chicago Avenue and 48th Street in 1993. It was later moved to Fertile, MN and has now settled into the former Shoe Zoo space on Hennepin […]

December 20, 2017

Kenwood Restaurant

Food & Drink

The Kenwood Restaurant in Minneapolis is the perfect brunch spot. It’s a cozy, neighborhood eatery that is part English den, part intimate upscale parlour with beautiful warm-wood tables, rustic decor and Tartan walls. Come for their trout hash, huevos ranchero, or eggs Benedict. I learned that mimosas pair exceptionally well with their black walnut butter […]

November 29, 2017

Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant

Concerts & Venues

With a strong chill in the air, evenings out are spent indoors. I, for one, opt for musical venues and gorgeous spaces. Luckily, the Dakota is both. Established in 1985, the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant opened in  St. Paul’s Bandana Square and has since moved to downtown Minneapolis in the Nicollet Mall. The Dakota […]

November 26, 2017

Minneapolis Holiday Boutique

Holidays, Retail

‘Tis the season for winter markets! I am all for shopping locally and that extends to gift-giving as well. And I’ll always look for any excuse to get into the holiday spirit! This one is the Minneapolis Holiday Boutique at the U.S. Bank Stadium. Filled with shopping, music and the football game playing in the […]

November 14, 2017

Late Nights Minneapolis 


Is being front-and-center at a live, late night comedy show on your bucket list? Great! I have just the thing! Late Nights Minneapolis is the city’s only fully-staged late-night style talk show and comedy experience. If that sounds like an extremely specific description, it is, because the show is the only one of it’s kind. […]

October 10, 2017

Annie’s Parlour

Food & Drink

Up next is Annie’s Parlour, a Dinkytown landmark – an institution, if you will. If you’ve ever taken a tour of the University of Minnesota campus it’s likely that you were told about Annie’s. Known for their crispy, hot fries and malts that are big enough for two, Annie’s is as American fanfare as it […]

October 6, 2017

CLOSED: coup d’état

Food & Drink

Unfortunately, on the Minnesota Bucket List sometimes instead of introducing you to a new place I end up telling you that one is bidding farewell. Soon to be replaced by a new Pourhouse, Uptown’s Coup d’ e’tat is a stunning, upscale restaurant that includes both upper and lower levels, spanning over an incredible 9000 square […]

September 30, 2017


Food & Drink

Airy, warm, cozy Minnesota days like today deserve a beautiful place to spend them. Enter MERCY at the Le Meridien Chambers hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Nestling into the former home of Marin Restaurant & Bar, and D’Amico Kitchen before that, Mercy is named after youngest daughter of co-owners Abby Rakun and Chef Mike Rakun’s. The […]

May 7, 2017

CLOSED: Cafe Maude 

Food & Drink

If you are in need of night filled with Mediterranean-meets-French food, warm lighting and waitstaff with a keen eye on detail, look no further than South Minneapolis’ Cafe Maude off Penn, just north of the Crosstown Highway. A neighborhood gem if there ever was one, Maude rests in the Armatage neighborhood which is named for […]

December 30, 2016

Burch Steak and Pizza Bar

Food & Drink

Sitting as the welcoming entrance to Uptown with street-side plate glass windows and a thick script backlit sign, the Burch Steak and Pizza Bar has become a fast favorite for special occasions and late night pizza dinners. Part high end steak house, part basement pizza parlor, Burch has been hailed as one of the best […]

December 27, 2016