Yum! Kitchen and Bakery


Food & Drink

Numero Uno choice in cupcakes, for me is Yum! Kitchen and Bakery. The name says it all, really it does. If I bring a Yum! cupcake anywhere – I get the same reaction, “Yum!”. !”. I fell head over heels for the chocolate raspberry yogurt cupcake. oh em gee. I’ve been lucky enough to try […]

August 12, 2022

Olde Main Eatery 


Food & Drink

When it comes to hospitality and graciousness, Olde Main Eatery in Elk River makes the top of my list. I have, on very good authority, heard it called the best place for breakfast in the northwest metro, and I couldn’t agree more. A casual, homey, small town place where you can feel right at home. […]

August 5, 2022

Kramarczuk Sausage Co.


Food & Drink

When it comes to my favorite places, Kramarczuk’s Sausage Company tops the list. The eastern European restaurant and deli began in the East Bank-Nicollet Island neighborhood and has become one of the most chosen places for freshly baked bread, pastries, smoked sausages, and stewed cabbage. A local institution of the Northeast part of the city […]

January 9, 2020

Lake Superior Railroad Museum


Historical & Museum

Lake Superior Railroad Museum is located in downtown Duluth, in the platforms yard of the original Historic Union Depot, built in 1892, now the Saint Louis County Heritage and Arts Center’s Historic Union Depot. The Depot also houses the Duluth Art Institute, Duluth Playhouse, the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, and the Saint Louis County Historical Society. […]

September 21, 2019

Lake Ave Restaurant and Bar 


Food & Drink

For me, fall means landscape changes and comfortable spaces. On days like today, all I want is homey, lived-in, cozy places that I can hide from the summers-end crowds. Don’t get me wrong – I love basking in the beauty of any touristy place, I just like to bask from afar, with food. In short, […]

September 15, 2019

Muskie Water’s Co.


Food & Drink

Muskie Waters Co. is one of those favorite stops you can’t wait to make when you are in the Northwoods. Located just off the Heartland bike trail in Nevis, on Highway 34, between Walker and Park Rapids, it is well worth the stop and I’ll tell you why. Coffee and ‪‎espresso cafe, ‪check. Candy store, check. Apparel ‪boutique and ‪‎ice cream shop, check and […]

September 9, 2019

Great Lakes Aquarium


Parks & Geology

If you are going to be in or passing through Duluth anytime soon, make sure to spend some time at the Great Lakes Aquarium. Previously known as Lake Superior Center, Great Lakes Aquarium has been part of the Duluth Waterfront since 2000. From many vantage points throughout the building, you can catch a view of […]

August 1, 2019

Betty’s Pies


Food & Drink

No road trip along the North Shore is complete without stopping at Betty’s pies to curb my sweetness-craving. Located in Two Harbors, along Highway 61 across from Lake Superior. With a line out the door, it comes as no surprise that Betty’s touts the “World famous” moniker. Beginning as a fish-shack her father Aleck opened […]

June 22, 2019

Chop n Pops Bakery


Food & Drink

Whenever I head back home, I always make it a point to stop at Chop n Pop’s Bakery in downtown Nevis. Since my sister and I planned to be in the area for the weekend before she moves to Missouri to work for the Chiefs (I know, right? So proud!), I knew we would have […]

June 16, 2019

Hazel’s Northeast


Food & Drink

Days like today require homey, comfort foods and a warm atmosphere because let’s face it, Mondays are hard but they become significantly easier with a larger-than-average dose of maple syrup. Enter Hazel’s Northeast.  This mainstay has become a total hot spot on the corner of Johnson Street and 29th and let me just say, in […]

June 10, 2019

The Dancing Goat 


Food & Drink

As the story goes, shepherds discovered coffee in Ethiopia circa 800 AD. Legend has it that herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats. They appeared to “dance” after eating coffee berries. A local monk then made a drink with berries and found that it kept him awake at night, thus the original cup […]

April 11, 2019

Vikre Distillery


Food & Drink

This winter had created a need for something stronger than beer but lighter than Glögg. Enter my favorite Boreal Cedar Gin from Vikre Distillery in Duluth. The award-winning micro-distillery also makes Boreal Juniper Gin, Boreal Spruce Gin, and Øvrevann Aquavit. Located in Canal Park, adjacent to the aerial lift bridge, it is housed in a […]

March 18, 2019

Uncle Loui’s Cafe


Food & Drink

If you are like me, you scout out anywhere you can find short, worn diner counters, softened vinyl stools, and bottomless coffee. Look no further than Uncle Loui’s Cafe. Opened in 1993, Uncle Louis Cafe is in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood. The dive-like, hole in the wall is a favorite among travelers and locals alike. […]

January 19, 2019

Lange’s Café


Food & Drink

At the intersection of 75 and 23 is Pipestone, Minnesota. Here you’ll find the Pipestone National Monument, the Historic Calumet Inn, and Lange’s Cafe. Lange’s Cafe is a family recipe heavy, history-laden, made-from-scratch local pride favorite. So, of course, I had to try it. As soon as I walked in, I totally fell in love […]

December 27, 2018

Rourke Art Museum 


Buildings & Architecture, Historical & Museum

Now that we are faced with darker, shorter days and soon-to-be-dropping temperatures, I have started looking for things to do that keep me inside. Summers in Minnesota are meant to be lived outside and I save anything indoors for the chillier months. With that, I found the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead to keep me […]

November 28, 2018

Moxie Java


Food & Drink

So here’s the thing, Moxie Java didn’t start in Minnesota. MJ actually started in Boise, Idaho. The coffeehouse has become so popular, it franchised and stretches to North Dakota, South Carolina and now Minnesota with its Moorhead location. Founded by John Roberts and Chris Minion, Moxie Java nabs a place on my #mnbucketlist for a […]

November 19, 2018

Hairy Mosquito Trading Co.


Antiques, Events, Food & Drink

The Hairy Mosquito Trading Company is crazy, eclectic, dare-I-say cooky, ice cream shop and trading post in Milaca. It’s easy to spot, just look for the large home-made metal mosquito sculpture squatting outside. Inside, you’ll find old-fashioned ice cream, sundaes, banana splits, ice cold drinks, nostalgic candy favorites such as rock candy, wax lips, Necco […]

August 23, 2018

Jax Cafe


Food & Drink

Jax Cafe has been a Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood staple, a landmark if you will, since opening its doors in the early 1900s. Now in its third generation of ownership, Jax began when great-grandfather, Stanley Kozlak, built a local dance hall and a store to sell furniture, hardware, and funeral services (I know, right?!). When prohibition […]

August 14, 2018