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

CLOSED: 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

YOU’RE INVITED! @Minnstameets x @4PlayMSP – Winter 4Play


@Minnstameets x @4PlayMSP – Winter 4Play Saturday, January 9, 2016 11:00am – 4:00pm Hosted by @Minnstameets Ambassador, @MNBucketList (that’s me!), in partnership with @GreaterMSP, we invite you to a day of winter fun! Get outside your comfort zone with thousands of friends as we show the world how to do winter right. (#4PlayMSP #MakeItMSP @MakeItMSP […]

December 29, 2015


Food & Drink

It’s not exactly a secret that my friends and I are close. So when it comes to holidays, even though we spend time with our families, we make time for our friend-family, too. We had our ‘Friendmas Brunch’ at the Meritage this past weekend and it was divine.  Located in the Historic Hamm Building Administration […]

December 22, 2015

3rd Annual Union Depot Holiday Bake Sale

Events, Food & Drink

If you’re out and about in St. Paul and looking for something to do today, I highly recommend coming to the Union Depot for the 3rd Annual Holiday Bake Sale. Featuring the top bakeries in the Twin Cities, you can stop in and sample them all (ahem, I am). Groundswell, the Buttered Tin, Common Roots, […]

December 12, 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



Are you new to Saint Paul? Know someone that is? Well, tomorrow, December 1st from 5 to 7:30 p.m., I will be at the Minnesota History Center for the Welcome Hat ceremony – an event organized by Saint Paul Hello, celebrating and connecting newcomers to Saint Paul and Minnesota. This event happens the first Tuesday of each month […]

November 30, 2015

Minnesota Transportation Museum

Historical & Museum

Over the #weekend, I spent some time #climbing, #exploring and #wandering the #MinnesotaTransportationMuseum. Hosted by my friends from @Minnstameets (the very sweet, always welcoming @shineonyoucraydiamond and @mamacita.rita) and the @TransportationMuseum, we were able to delve into this incredible history-packed place with #Minnstameets_Transit. And the girls didn’t disappoint; we were even introduced to the famous #NorthernPacificRailway […]

November 10, 2015


Food & Drink

I love pizza so much that I drag (usually willingly) my closest friends and even my Mom, pictured above, to any place that gives me my fix. I can’t help it, I have a thing for a good Italian food. So when I found out that it was Davanni’s 40th anniversary this month, I was […]

October 21, 2015

The Butcher Shop House of Gore


Just in case your clamoring for ideas of #spooky-theme places to go between now and #Halloween, might I suggest #theButcherShop #HouseofGore in #StPaul… Boasting itself as the #Midwest’s Goriest #hauntedhouse, it celebrated its fifth year of #BellaLugosi-meets-#Creepshow bloody #horror. If you know me, then you know I love #oldschool, #1950s #grindhouse #horror and this place […]

October 17, 2015

Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival


My #throwbackthursday is from this past #Sunday, at the Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in St Paul. Rebecca invited me as it’s on both of our bucket lists. Having a record breaking turn out, over 15k attendees, the festival was reminiscent of Japan’s annual Obon holiday. It featured art, music, […]

August 27, 2015

Urban Flower Field

Parks & Geology

In great nod to the pictures everyone takes, here is my contribution – the Urban Flower Field. Although I admit, I had very insouciant models – which always helps. The Urban Flower Field is a temporary art installation, a living civic process, if you will, and is on the corner of Robert and 10th street. […]

August 5, 2015