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It must be December 

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A Very Mystic Christmas

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Probably my favorite Viking

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Okay, Google, show me a video of a kangaroo playing badminton with a pirate…

- Phil Dunphy

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Another Central reunion

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A break room surprise 

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Dinner at 112 Eatery

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 10:32 pm GMT -6

Not sure why it took us so long to visit Isaac Becker’s 112 Eatery – it’s been on my list for ages, we’ve been to his newer Bar La Grassa and Burch multiple times and he’s a freakin’ James Beard award-winner, for crying out loud. And tonight it actually happened by accident: we had planned to grab a bar or lounge seat at Saffron across the street (before they close for good on Saturday), but couldn’t get in.

We actually couldn’t get a table at 112 either, but lucked out on two bar seats after a very short wait. John the bartender took good care of us and we had a very nice recovery night out. For drinks, Colleen had a cider from Cold Spring, Minnesota called Milk & Honey, while I had an amazing twist on straight up bourbon called brown butter bourbon. It smelled like caramel corn and felt like it was going to burn through the roof of my mouth – tremendous.

We only had time for two courses, so I started with the Boston Bibb salad with fine herb vinaigrette and parm ($10), which I’m going to call the “Cousin It” salad. Bachelor Farmer still has my all-time favorite salad, but this one was very close. Colleen ordered the salted cucumbers with avocado & orange ($8), which she said was one of the best dishes she’s had all year.

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No more ribs, but amazing fries

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You don’t vote for kings…

- King Arthur

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Gary Clark Jr. at First Avenue

Sunday, November 27th, 2016 10:20 pm GMT -6

Jumping back into the pile of old concert review drafts, here’s one from April 2, 2016, when we went to see Gary Clark, Jr. at First Avenue for his The Story of Sonny Boy Slim tour. We didn’t see him the first time he came through town solo in 2013, so we were really looking forward to this show (plus the $37.50 tickets went on sale like nine months earlier). Carson McHone was the opener, but I think we got there late and ended up with a crappy spot in the back corner of the floor, so I don’t recall much about her set.

To be honest, I’m a much bigger fan of Blak and Blu than I am of the new album. Still, Mr. Clark is an amazing musician and it was great to see him at my favorite venue. He came back to play the Basilica Block Party again later in the year, but we always seem to have conflicts with that event (and I’ve still never been to one). Can’t seem to find a full set list anywhere online, but here is the Riemenschneider review from the Strib. A few pics after the jump too.

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Have it your way

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The Wizard of Cros

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Grandma and her girls

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Thanksgiving traditions 

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New gig, same great clothes 

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Don’t listen to Minneapolis

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Play for Patrick ❤️

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Need to add this to the list

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Looking good, St. Paul

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Supposed to be happy, but I’m only getting colder. Wear a smile on my face, but there’s a demon inside…

- Jekyll and Hyde

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OUIBar + KTCHN now open

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Finally

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Served all day

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This game makes me happy

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Hello Arizona

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Say the magic words, Fat Gandalf…

- Vanessa

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Look who I ran into

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Back again

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Wednesday at the Barn

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The new kid in town

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Babes in Toyland at First Ave

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 08:15 pm GMT -6

Digging into the backlog of concert posts, here’s one from a show way back in January (1/30/2016, to be exact). I was really excited to see the reunited Babes in Toyland at First Avenue, especially after hearing great things about their 2015 Rock the Garden gig. Kat Bjelland and Lori Barbero didn’t disappoint, bringing the fierceness that made them a favorite of Beavis and Butthead. New bass player Clara Salyer fit in just fine and opener Kitten Forever set the tone early, jumping between roles in classic girl punk style. Read more in this blog post from Twin Cities Media, which also provided a set list.

One side note – we were supposed to see Babes again as part of a Lowertown Line taping on October 20th, but they cancelled just a few days before (Bruise Violet took their place and kicked ass). More pics and the set list after the jump.

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A little Stan and his plan

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The girl and her pho

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2017 has to be better, right?

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My own Audrey with a Jane

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And the battle’s just begun. There’s many lost, but tell me who has won? The trench is dug within our hearts. And mothers, children, brothers, sisters, torn apart…

- Sunday Bloody Sunday

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George & the Dragon

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New buns at the Fudd

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Hello deer

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Star-struck & tongue-tied

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It’s that time of the year

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My heart is human, my blood is boiling, my brain IBM…

- Mr. Roboto

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The Rabbit Hole gets me

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Fire! Fire! FIRE!

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Super salty bowler

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Bonus Golf

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One of them must be wrong

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