COOK St Paul


Food & Drink

COOK is a small, made-from-scratch, Korean-influenced eatery in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul. Commonly called out as one of the best brunch locations in the Twin Cities, COOK serves up a new take on fan favorites like short ribs eggs benedict, Korean pancakes, curry carrot cake muffins, bi bim bop, and breakfast nachos, mac […]

June 16, 2018

Ward 6


Food & Drink

Ward 6 Food & Drink off Payne Avenue in St. Paul opened in December 2012. Unfortunately, it is set to close on June 3rd. Named for its location, residing in the sixth of the capital city’s seven political districts, Ward 6 sits in a 128-year-old building once served as a taproom for the nearby Hamm’s […]

May 28, 2018

Dish: Cuisine for Change Gala


Food & Drink

This past Thursday was the 15th anniversary of Second Harvest Heartland’s signature fundraising gala; Dish: Cuisine for Change. Held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul, the event included gourmet cuisine from 20+ local chefs, wine and cocktail tastings including shrimp and grits from the Oceanaire Seafood Room; farro and arugula salad from […]

May 4, 2018

Saint Paul Winter Carnival


Events, Holidays

The St Paul Winter Carnival has been a Minnesota tradition for over 130 years. 130 years. Let that sink in. So the story goes; In 1885, a New York reporter wrote that Saint Paul was, “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation” in winter. Offended, the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce decided to prove not only […]

February 5, 2018

Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition


Events

If you are in need so something to do tomorrow, I highly recommend heading to the MN State Fair Grounds for the Minnesota State Snow Sculpting Competition. The three day competition ends tomorrow when you get to vote for your favorite sculpture in the People’s Choice Awards 11am-1pm. Don’t forget to stick around to watch […]

January 27, 2018

Cafe Astoria


Food & Drink

Taking a cue from Explore Minnesota, Rebekah and I ventured out to Cafe Astoria in St Paul this morning. Just off Grand Avenue and West Seventh Street, the independent, locally owned coffee house is tucked away inside the historic Paulina building.As home-away-from-home as it gets, Astoria is intimate, cozy and comfortable. While they are known for their smoothie bowls, crepes, oatmeal, and homemade pastries, […]

December 17, 2017

St. Paul European Christmas Market


Concerts & Venues, Food & Drink

I have another event to add to your December traditions! The St Paul European Christmas Market is held on the East Plaza at Union Depot over the first two-weekends of December. The market was inspired by “Christkindlmarkt,” an outdoor holiday festival common across central European countries during the Advent season. Since the Middle Ages, this 500-year-old […]

December 14, 2017

Union Depot’s 5th Annual Holiday Bake Sale


Events, Food & Drink

My absolute, most-favorite event of the year is the Union Depot’s Annual Holiday Bake Sale. Hosting the top Twin Cities bakeries for 5 years in a row, it certainly doesn’t disappoint! More than just a bake sale, it includes all kinds of events like baking and cooking demonstrations and musical performances. This year, there was […]

December 9, 2017

Herbie’s On The Park


Food & Drink

Earlier this week, I stopped by Herbie’s on the Park to check out their Toast to Summer festivities! Located inside the old Minnesota Club, one of St. Paul’s original buildings, the hockey-themed restaurant is next to the Xcel Energy Center. If you have trouble finding it, just look for the Herb Brooks statue outside – […]

August 26, 2017

Nelson’s Ice Cream


Food & Drink

Well hello, hot weather staple! Ice cream is my go-to in the sometimes unforgiving Minnesota heat. And there is no better place to kick it off than Nelson’s Ice Cream in Stillwater. Started in 1923 as the Seven Corners grocery store, owned by John Lustig, it was the place for top-heavy, cold ice cream. After […]

June 13, 2017

Mademoiselle Miel


Food & Drink

It is my personal belief that that only way to make it through mid-weekdays, happily, is by chocolate. You may disagree, and that’s okay; more chocolate for me. Speaking of, I give you Mademoiselle Miel in St Paul. Founded in 2011 by Susan Brown, MM moved to its current location, a small storefront and showroom […]

May 10, 2017

Do The Dow


Buildings & Architecture, Events

When it comes to art, I naturally gravitate toward local. Lucky coincidence because St. Paul’s Dow Artist Studios had their annual open house, Do The Dow, this weekend and I was able to get my fill. An exhibition that featured work from 25 different artists including Carolyn Brunelle, Noreen Tyler, Martha Kuzzy, Joan Cox, Steve […]

November 13, 2016

Pumpkin Nights


Events, Holidays

If you need something to do to this weekend, I suggest making your way to the Twin Cities Pumpkin Nights at the State Fairgrounds. Displaying more than 3000 pumpkins along the half mile walking path, Pumpkin Nights takes a theatrical approach to the typical pumpkin patch. You’ll see things like; Scarecrow Row, International Bazaar, the […]

October 30, 2016

The Dancing Goat 


Food & Drink

Random coffee fact for the last day of my caffeine adventure. Shepherds discovered coffee in Ethiopia circa 800 A.D. Legend has it that 9th century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to “dance” after eating coffee berries. A local monk then made a drink with coffee berries and found […]

October 1, 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

Urban Growler Brewing Co.


Food & Drink

Up next on the #mnbucketlist is the first woman-owned and -brewed microbrewery in Minnesota. Yep. its true, Urban Growler was founded in 2013 by Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak. They make beers like Kölsch, CowBell, Rhubarb Wit, Big Boot and even have a “plow to pint” series that takes their signature beers with a local twist; […]

July 11, 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 9, 2016