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

Tracy’s Saloon and Eatery


Food & Drink

The hidden gem of the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis, Tracy’s Saloon & Eatery is a favorite local bar off Franklin Ave. The bar originally opened as Dick Tracy’s Saloon in 1979. When the owner of the comic book rights threatened a lawsuit, Tracy’s was born. Even without the famous moniker, Tracy’s keeps with its friendly […]

August 2, 2018

The Twin Cities 400 Tavern


Food & Drink, Historical & Museum

The Twin Cities 400 Tavern in North Minneapolis is an expansive restaurant and bar inside the Marriot. Located in an industrial area off of Broadway, the restaurant was formerly Scalzo’s Italian Grille, and prior to that, the Itasca Room at the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis (now the Marriot). It is named for the Twin Cities 400 […]

July 24, 2018

Benedict’s Morning Heroes


Food & Drink

Benedict’s, in the Promenade of Wayzata, is the latest from Mike Rakun, chef-owner of Mercy Bar & Dining Room in Minneapolis. One of the newest on the Wayzata restaurant scene, and already a serious favorite of mine. Sure, they serve the traditional breakfast fare, BUT they throw in their own twist! They have all kinds […]

July 18, 2018

The Classic at Madden’s Golf Course


Food & Drink

Madden’s Golf Course in East Gull Lake, Brainerd has a long list of accolades including being rated one of America’s Top 100 Greatest Public Courses. The Classic, Madden’s bar and grill located next to the clubhouse is one of the most popular restaurants in the Brainerd Lakes area and was even rated #3 in The […]

July 15, 2018

BlackStack Brewing


Food & Drink

Housed in what looks like a 1970s living room, St Paul’s BlackStack Brewing is just outside of Can Can Wonderland. The giant venue is a renovated warehouse, complete with high ceilings, industrial windows, mid-century modern couches, tables and chairs. They also have an entire wall of board games. Loung-y with a side of pizzazz. Pull up to […]

July 12, 2018

MN Nice Cream


Food & Drink

You may know MN Nice Cream as a little food truck on Instagram but what you may not know is that they just opened up a brick-and-mortar cafe in Northeast Minneapolis. Located in the former home of Empire Coffee across the courtyard from Able Seedhouse + Brewery, MN Nice Cream serves up ice cream tacos […]

July 9, 2018

Gorman’s Restaurant


Food & Drink

Gorman’s Restaurant in Lake Elmo has been around for more than 36 years. Ed and Kathy Gorman originally bought the (former) White Hat Restaurant in 1980, changing the name to its current moniker 20 years later. Gorman’s is brimming with historical photos and antiques.  The walls are covered in historical pictures, dating back to the 1800s, framed in original […]

July 6, 2018

Lake Monster Brewing


Food & Drink

Lake Monster Brewing started around 2013 and moved into an old railway exchange building in an industrial area of St. Paul in December of 2015. Housed in a 100-year-old, red-brick railroad exchange warehouse on Vandalia Avenue, the 10,000-square-foot space has high ceilings and plenty of open seating. Resting in between I-94 and University Avenue, you […]

June 27, 2018

Eastside


Food & Drink

Eastside is located in the eastern downtown neighborhood in Minneapolis. Located in the ground level of the Latitude 45 apartment building off Washington Ave, this modern, upscale establishment is characterized by its tile floors, industrial chic architecture, high top tables, white oak bar top, and a drink ledge that allows you to gaze at Eastside’s […]

June 21, 2018

Madre Cacti Co.


Retail

Madre Cacti is a cactus-only plant shop that recently opened at 22nd & 2nd in the Bottineau neighborhood of Minneapolis and it is already an Instagrammers dream. Madre opened with more than 300 cacti of more than 80 different species from private growers in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Carrying a unique assortment of cactus […]

June 18, 2018

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

24th Street Pedestrian Bridge


Historical & Museum

If you have some time this week, I highly recommend visiting the 24th Street pedestrian bridge that stretches across I-35W in Minneapolis. Scheduled to be torn down this Friday as part of the I-35W reconstruction project, the bridge has stood since the 70s, linking the Phillips and Whittier neighborhoods. It has become a haven for […]

June 13, 2018

BANK at the Westin


Food & Drink

If you are in the mood for a little retro with a dash of glamour, you’ll want to check out BANK in downtown Minneapolis. Filled with historical significance, BANK resides in the early 20th century Farmers and Mechanics Bank building that is now part of the Westin Hotel. Swoon-worthy spiral staircases, the original vault turned […]

June 9, 2018

Jay’z Bakery


Food & Drink

This perfectly iced beauty hails from Jay’z Bakery off Atlantic Avenue in Dassel. Jay’z is owned by Jason and Mona Zimmerman, who together have 38 years experience in the bakery profession including at SuperMoms, Inc, where they met. They offer a wide variety of bread, buns, bagels, cookies, pies, cupcakes and, yep you guessed it […]

June 6, 2018