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 8, 2016

Fort Snelling

Buildings & Architecture, Historical & Museum

This weekend means a great many things, but first and foremost, it is a commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring us a new nation, the United States of America. While we’re busy hosting barbecues, attending celebrations and watching parades and fireworks shows, I thought it a good time to talk about […]

July 3, 2016

The Salt Cellar

Food & Drink

On days like today, filled with gloomy, cool wind and rain, comfort food and warm lighting are necessities. This is where a place like The Salt Cellar comes in. Always beautiful and full of history and elegance, the supper-club-esque restaurant adds a bit of “new” to the “old” Cathedral Hill neighborhood in St Paul. Owned […]

May 10, 2016

The Mall of St Paul

Buildings & Architecture, Retail

Garage sale season upon us and while we may have a sudden urge to get outside, the weather doesn’t always agree, so I give you a place to get that yard sale fix without worrying about the weather. The Mall of St. Paul is a hodgepodge of collectibles, breakables, vintage versatile, charms, textiles, trinkets, knick-knacks, […]

April 27, 2016


Food & Drink

While I’m still on my coffee fix, let me introduce you to another coffee-public-house-but-so-much-more stop on the #mnbucketlist. Brix in Woodbury, technically St. Paul, serves up coffee, yes, but also savory and sweet crepes and their delicious secret recipe for frozen custard. Less stepping away from their coffee roots and more stepping into limitless crepe […]

April 7, 2016


Food & Drink

Since this is the time of year when most of us could all really use a cup of coffee to get through our days, I give you another coffee shop on the #mnbucketlist. This one is in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood and serves up so much more than caffeine. I was initially introduced to Groundswell at […]

April 5, 2016

St. Clair Broiler

Food & Drink

Formerly the St. Clair Sweet Shoppe in the 1940’s, the St. Clair Broiler first started serving broiled hamburgers in St Paul in 1956. They have seen the gamut of neighborhood changes to local and national celebrity patrons like Hubert Humphrey and Al Gore. Unrelated, Gore and I have the same affliction for SCB Hot Fudge […]

March 14, 2016


Food & Drink

PHOTOS BY REBECCA STUDIOS Welcome Hat  Minnesota History Center  Tuesday March 8th, 5-8pm (but I’ll be there 5-7!) Facebook RSVP Here. Remember hearing about Welcome Hat a few times over the last few months? Well, that time has come again and Minnesotan newcomers are invited to another one-of-a-kind Welcome Hat ceremony! On the first Tuesday of […]

March 3, 2016

Minnstameets x St Paul Winter Carnival


This past Wednesday was Minnstameet’s Instameet, #Minnstameets_SPWinterCarnival2016. Although the St Paul Winter Carnival is held in Rice Park, we were able to hang out in the very beautiful Landmark Center. We received a private warm-up and reception room, an exclusive meet and greet with the Royal Family (read about the Legend some time, it’s cute), […]

February 5, 2016

The Nook 

Food & Drink

Since I was already in the Hamline neighborhood, Casper’s and Runyon’s Shamrock Irish Nook, also known simply as The Nook, is up next on the #mnbucketlist. Around since 1938, previously a horse barn turned gas station turned to a host of different variations of the name ‘Nook’ and finally into what it is now – […]

January 30, 2016

Cold Front

Food & Drink

Located in the Hamline neighborhood of St Paul, Cold Front Ice Cream is next on the #mnbucketlist. In the space formerly known as Lynden’s Soda Fountain, ahem which was formerly known as Kopplin’s Coffee, Cold Front is one of my favorite ‘last course’ stops. Specializing in coffee, ice cream and soda, they opened their doors […]

January 27, 2016

Minnstameets x 4PlayMSP – Winter 4Play


This past Saturday was the @Minnstameets x @4PlayMSP – Winter 4Play. With a whole day of braving the cold and taking part in some of the most Minnesotan things you can do, we all showed why we are The North. Taking over Fort Snelling Lake Beach in Fort Snelling State Park, we grabbed maps, mixed and mingled by […]

January 11, 2016