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

Wild Mind Artisan Ales

Food & Drink

With the insurgence of local breweries, many seemingly the same, one stands out for its use of “carefully chaotic” wilds and sours. Wild Mind Artisan Ales, a brewery in southwest Minneapolis opened at the end of July this past summer bringing the concept of wild fermentation using funky local yeast (their words). Head brewer and […]

December 23, 2016

Northern Grade 

Buildings & Architecture, Retail

The Minnesota favorite and universally popular, “Heritage” lifestyle is in full effect this holiday season and what better way to start the gift shopping (or personal shopping, I’m not here to judge) than to visit the Northern Grade Pop-Up Market at the Machine Shop in Minneapolis! Chock full of local and American made clothing, decor, […]

November 6, 2016

Sparrow Cafe

Food & Drink

Even though the air has a bit of a chill, I still had warm weather on my mind, which made my next #mnbucketlist stop a rather fitting one. Sparrow Cafe is the epitome of spring, no matter the season – complete with a big mural of sparrows, filed with teals and soft greens (not pictured, […]

September 29, 2016


Food & Drink

Rustica Bakery is up next on our coffee-laden, September adventure. Off west Lake Street in Minneapolis, I went there with my friend, Thang from Young Professionals of Minneapolis (ypminneapolis.org) and immediately fell in love with their bakery case. Eclairs, chocolate chip cookies, bread pudding, you name it. I nabbed their latte and I could rave about that […]

September 26, 2016

Cafe Donuts and Kaleidoscoops

Food & Drink

While desperately searching for a quick pick-me-up, I found Cafe Donuts and Kaleidoscoops in Champlin, just a block off Highway 169. Although it was completely unexpected,  it’s more than worth stopping in. I mean, all kinds of variation in ice cream, 32 varieties of donuts, AND coffee – what more could you want, really. They […]

September 24, 2016

Urban Bean Coffee

Food & Drink

September has always meant football, bonfires, shorter days, and the beginning of fall. It also means, for me specifically, the library and my nose stuck in a book. So, the ninth month of the year requires more coffee than I care to admit. With that, I had an idea. For the rest of September, I […]

September 16, 2016

Red Wagon Pizza Co.

Food & Drink

When my friend Dawn asked me to come to dinner at Red Wagon Pizza, I didn’t even hesitate. I mean, the name alone. Red Wagon, Radio Flyer… My love of the Radio Flyer runs deep as its a reminder of Nevis backwoods, and feeling at home. Red Wagon gives me that home, please-stay-a-while, you’re-family-here feeling, too. […]

August 19, 2016

Izzy’s Ice Cream

Food & Drink

The last (but certainly not least) stop of my week of ice cream is a well-known, dare I say iconic, one. Izzy’s Ice Cream, my favorite of the two locations, just off Gold Medal Park, is, well… I mean, who doesn’t know Izzy’s?! Owned by Lara Hammel (a Lawyer by trade) and Jeff Sommers (a […]

August 14, 2016

Sonny’s Ice Cream

Food & Drink

My ice cream trek now brings me to a hub for sweet creatives. If you’re in the mood for crazy, off-the-wall, interesting, imaginative, think outside-the-box and inventive flavors then look no further than Sonny’s Cafe. A slice of Italy in Minnesota, if there ever was one – offering a stroll through the garden, it’s the perfect place […]

August 11, 2016

Milkjam Creamery

Food & Drink

It’s not exactly a secret that I love ice cream. A summer staple for this region, it only makes sense for me to give you a week of my latest ice cream finds as the summer is quickly coming to a close. Soon it will be donut runs and before-class coffee dates, but for now… […]

August 9, 2016

Blue Door Pub 

Food & Drink

Because I always stress the importance of spending time with your grandparents, it should come as no surprise that when I chose to cross off somewhere as iconic as the Blue Door Pub from the MNBucketlist, I brought them with. While I’m a fan of anywhere that serves cheese curds, they gravitate more toward the […]

July 8, 2016

Symphony and Suds

Events, Food & Drink, Music

This past week, I attended a private backstage performance of Symphony and Suds, Minnesota Orchestra’s brass quintet concert. Held in Surly’s Brewing Production Area, the absolutely incredible acoustics paired amazingly well with the sounds of ragtime festivities and those reminiscent of New Orleans’ French Quarter. The experience came second to none. The event, co-hosted by […]

May 9, 2016