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That bird doesn’t seem so bad

Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 11:44 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family at 11:44 PM

MK and the recently maligned sculpture 

Dinner at Bellecour

Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 11:00 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 11:00 PM

After the success of Spoon and Stable in the North Loop, everyone was watching to see what Chef Gavin Kaysen would do next (and I don’t mean the stand at the stadium). When word got out the next project would appear in Wayzata, the countdown for reservations was on (and become like a concert on-sale date). Bellecour was the name, Lake Street was the place and modern French influenced by mentors Daniel Boulud and Paul Bocuse was the format. With some good social media timing, I snagged a reservation for one of the first Sundays (March 26th).

The building has housed several restaurants over the years (including a Muffuletta I knew nothing about) and was completely redesigned for Bellecour by Minneapolis-based Shea (whose growing résumé is becoming seriously impressive: Spoon and Stable, McKinney Roe, Mercury Dining Room and Rail, Milkjam Creamery, Italian Eatery, 4 Bells, Eastside, CōV). It’s a pretty space that’s not super big, but has several distinct areas, including a tiny bakery up front for pastry superstar Diane Yang. Cocktail legend Robb Jones (Spoon and Stable, Saffron, Bradstreet Crafthouse) leads the bar program, which we sampled while we waited for our table.

We were seated between two groups that were rather remarkable. On the one side, we had a family of four that appeared very high up the socio-economic ladder. I was surprised someone would bring such young children to a restaurant like this, but the kids turned out to be some of the best behaved people in the whole place. On the other side, we had what I found out later was a table full of restaurant critics (several of which I follow on social media). They were having an extremely fun time, at least that’s what I would surmise based on the amount of noise coming from that table (I still love you all, but wow).

We asked our server Ross how he liked working there and he said he actually just started and was hired after the initial wave of people were trained. He told us he was a chef prior to this job and he was very knowledgable about how all the menu items we asked about were prepared and served. There were a few timing issues with our service, but overall they were doing fine for a brand-new operation.

Colleen and I both started with salads – hers the verte (bibb lettuce, shaved radish, fines herbes vinaigrette, $9), while I went for the frisée (sourdough crouton, crispy bacon, poached egg, sherry vinaigrette, $12). How can you go wrong with sourdough, bacon and egg in a salad? It was very good, but The Bachelor Farmer still holds my number one spot.

For our main course selections, my notes say that Colleen had cod ($25), but it must have been a special (don’t see it on the current menu). I chose the steak frites (NY strip steak, watercress, arugula, beurre de Paris, $28) and found it to be a solid second to the same dish at Barbette. Colleen added a side of champignons (roasted mushrooms, madeira butter, $8), which were one of the highlights of the evening for her.

We both ordered sorbet for dessert (don’t recall the flavors, three scoops for $7), which were served in an edible bowl. Great presentation and strong flavor. Overall, the total bill with tip was right around $150. Stopped in the kitchen to say hi to chef and congratulate him on the new venture and found him to be as gracious and humble as the other times I’ve met him. It’s great to see good people achieve success – bravo, chef!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

The little Mozart seems happy

Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 03:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Music at 3:26 PM

Thanks Studio Phil (and Guitar Center)

Last concert of the year

Posted Friday, May 26th, 2017 11:18 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 11:18 AM

MK playing baritone over on the right

Uptown doesn’t have all the rooftops

Posted Thursday, May 25th, 2017 06:23 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 6:23 PM

Ox Cart Ale House Rooftop – follow the tracks

Nerdfest 

Posted Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 08:28 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 8:28 PM

MK wins another academic letter award from EVHS

Ray Lewis on the attack

Posted Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 04:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools,Sports at 4:26 PM

Finally got to see MK play lax (final game of the year), Shakopee South

Best part of my day

Posted Monday, May 22nd, 2017 05:57 pm GMT -5 in Family at 5:57 PM

SK on track 2

Tried out dinner @ Golden’s Deli

Posted Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 08:13 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:13 PM

Lunch with kid one, dinner with kid two

First-timer

Posted Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 01:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:19 PM

Can’t believe the steak lover had never been to Murray’s (still the best in town, IMO)

Yet another St. Paul classic

Posted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 08:45 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:45 PM

Mother’s Day dinner with the fam 

My little Tweety friend

Posted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 06:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,Pets at 6:47 PM

Spent some Sunday Funday time with Ms. Robirdo

Mother’s Day 2017 @ IHOP

Posted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 12:37 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 12:37 PM

Tried the Maplewood edition

My lunch visitor

Posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017 10:13 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 10:13 PM

SK took a study break at my office 

Thanks for the dogs, Franky

Posted Thursday, April 27th, 2017 08:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:31 PM

Post-run dinner with the old lady

Lauryn Hill at First Avenue

Posted Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 11:28 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Friends,Music at 11:28 PM

I’ve run into my friend RW the past two days in a row, which reminded me of the Lauryn Hill concert at First Avenue last September (that I never wrote about). You can read Chris Riemenschneider’s review of the 9/4/2016 concert here, since this is all I really remember from that night:

  • We loved the Fugees and were sad we hadn’t seen any of her other recent visits.
  • It was the most money we’ve ever spent on a First Avenue ticket.
  • We learned RW is a true First Ave VIP and got us one of the tables upstairs.
  • Ms. Hill completely lives up to the diva reputation (and her band probably wanted to kill her by the end of the show).

That cover of Nothing Compares 2 U was amazing, though.

Not sure why all the pictures from this show were so terrible, but here you go…

(Not) Doug the Pug

Posted Sunday, April 16th, 2017 01:05 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Pets at 1:05 PM

Easter with the in-laws

National Sibling Day

Posted Monday, April 10th, 2017 09:41 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 9:41 PM

The sisters headed to a sleepover

SK at Nokomis

Posted Saturday, April 8th, 2017 07:45 pm GMT -5 in Family,Nature at 7:45 PM

Breaktime between Saturday shifts

Dangerously Delicious

Posted Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 12:12 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:12 PM

SK and I try out the St. Paul Lowry (aka Bottle Rocket)

Sunday Brunch at Saint Dinette

Posted Monday, March 27th, 2017 11:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 11:50 PM

I’ve already said about all I can say about the burger – it was time to try brunch at Saint Dinette. My only issue with the regular menu is that my younger daughter is a picky eater and won’t be adventurous, while my wife is allergic to eggs and corn and won’t eat red meat (SK is always good for a burger and fries). The brunch menu had expanded options for Colleen and MK is still out of the country, so Sunday was the day to go.

You know it must be a good sign when there were people waiting outside the door to get in when I got back from my morning run. There were still a few tables open after I showered and changed, but it was almost completely full by the time we left. It will probably be even worse once the regular Farmer’s Market resumes next month.

We started off with the monkey bread (cream cheese frosting, $7), which might have to be served alongside that cheeseburger and fries during my last meal on Earth. I’ve always had a soft spot for Cinnabon amongst all the evil chain options, but damn, this thing just blew them out of the water. It was hard to really follow that up, but my crepe was really good (Canadian bacon, gruyere, truffle bechamel, egg, $13), while Colleen had granola and blueberries ($8) with a side of maple pork belly ($6). So tasty.

What can I say? Saint Dinette is one of the best amenities to living in Lowertown. Come early, come often…

An Update from Ireland

Posted Monday, March 27th, 2017 11:50 am GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 11:50 AM

Her horse Rose in Killarney 

Starting to get jealous

Posted Saturday, March 25th, 2017 05:18 pm GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 5:18 PM

Another beautiful Ireland pic from MK

The Euro Store?

Posted Friday, March 24th, 2017 11:32 am GMT -5 in Family,Shopping,Travel at 11:32 AM

Free time to shop and explore

She made it!

Posted Friday, March 24th, 2017 08:18 am GMT -5 in Family,Travel at 8:18 AM

MK in Ireland

She’s on the menu

Posted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 02:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 2:19 PM

Bird sauce forever @ Cecil’s

Ireland-bound 🇮🇪 

Posted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 07:01 am GMT -5 in Family,Music,Schools,Travel at 7:01 AM

Spring break band trip to the old country for MK

Lunch with the scholar

Posted Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 04:14 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Schools at 4:14 PM

Kid one @ Sea Change

Life in Lowertown

Posted Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 12:15 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Housekeeping,Personal at 12:15 PM

Change is good, right? Well, we’ve been charging ahead full force the past month. Kid one moved out and into her own apartment mid-February, while the rest of us decided to pack it up and move back to the city. Today marks three weeks in our new loft in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood, which the local boosters describe as:

A vibrant artists’ quarter filled with beautiful workspaces, hip cafes, fine dining and the stunning CHS Field.

We are kitty-corner from the wonderful St. Paul Farmer’s Market in the Rayette building, which we share with the home of my all-time favorite cheeseburger, Saint Dinette. The building has had an interesting history, opening as a millinery in 1911, with stints as the home of Aqua Net hairspray and as a parking ramp before being converted to lofts in 2014. We downsized from three bedrooms to two, but added 13 foot ceilings, huge windows and a layout that seems much larger than before (ours is the Monroe, with 1,459 square feet). I love the exposed brick, industrial columns and lack of carpeting throughout (finally got to toss our crappy vacuum cleaner).

In addition to the suburb-to-city change, transportation has also been turned on its head. We still have two cars, but one is parked here and the other is in storage. Colleen gets a discounted transit pass from her employer and now rides the bus to work (express plus a short transfer). I bought a monthly Go-To card from Metro Transit and ride the Green Line trains to and from the stadium. The Union Depot station is a block over and takes just under 40 minutes to drop me off right across Chicago Avenue from the Legacy Gate (and/or the skyway entrance). I can’t express how much of a quality of life improvement it is to not drive in metro rush hour traffic any longer. Now I plug in my headphones, check social media, read stories, play games and just relax. Hoping to eventually sell one car and just stick with one (which kid two uses to drive herself to school).

We lived in downtown St. Paul the first year out of college at Galtier Plaza, but this area is now completely different. I read somewhere that Lowertown now has 3500 residents and I’m pretty sure about half of them have dogs, which makes me very happy (even though allergies still prevent us from adding to the total). Mears Park is a block west and has a mini restaurant row, with Bulldog, Barrio, Public Kitchen + Bar and Handsome Hog. Big River Pizza is across the street, with the eclectic Golden’s Deli a few doors south of that. There are a ton of additional restaurants nearby and we are super excited for Saints games to start. Our Twins ticket group also has Saints tickets, so we are buying one share this season to see how it goes. The stadium is literally on the other side of the building you see above.

In addition to having the option of that cheeseburger downstairs six days a week, the building has a bunch of other great amenities. The workout room is just perfect – it’s exactly what I would design if I had the opportunity: all Life Fitness gear, two treadmills, a room full of spin cycles, free weights, an elliptical, squat rack, benches and more. There are two large TVs with DirectTV and a speaker system that you can supposedly plug stuff into (can’t seem to get that part working so far). It’s conveniently located one floor below our unit and now I don’t have to go outside in the winter any more to exercise. The downtown YMCA teaches a free spin class one night a week and may bring back a yoga class later in the year too. Once it gets warmer, I will have some great new running and biking routes along the Mississippi that I can’t wait to try.

Directly across from the exercise room is the “Sinatra Lounge,” which is a shared community space that has a fireplace, bar, multiple TVs and a pool table. We’ve already spent a lot of time shooting pool – I really like having access to that again (and free is even better). Up on the roof, there is a community patio that includes a gas fire pit, grill, all-season TV and speaker system. The views of the river and surrounding areas are stellar, day or night. The office manager and maintenance guy are great, the mail and package delivery systems seem to work well and I love having chutes for trash and recycling. My only (small) issues so far are the overly complicated thermostat and the noise from one of the garage door openers.

We are mostly unpacked now, with just a few areas that need to be cleaned up (and a few more things to hang on the walls). Once that’s done, we’d love to have visitors – drop me a line at dk@7minutemiles.com and we will see you soon in Lowertown!

Grandparent Approved

Posted Sunday, March 19th, 2017 11:52 pm GMT -5 in Family at 11:52 PM

First visit by my parents at the new place

Pool in the Sinatra Room

Posted Sunday, March 19th, 2017 04:34 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Friends at 4:34 PM

SK and Kodos visit Lowertown

Saturday morning in Lowertown 

Posted Saturday, March 18th, 2017 08:56 am GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:56 AM

It’s a rare SK sighting at Golden’s Deli

Wednesday night in St. Paul

Posted Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 08:32 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:32 PM

This building has it all

The Spring ’17 Choir

Posted Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 06:56 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 6:56 AM

MK didn’t think so, but they sounded great

Drkulas Throwdown

Posted Saturday, March 11th, 2017 02:41 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 2:41 PM

We’re watching you, MK

Another solid EVHS concert

Posted Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 04:00 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 4:00 PM

Go, baritones, go

Anniversary Week in Victoria

Posted Monday, March 6th, 2017 01:00 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays,Travel at 1:00 AM

Last December was our 25th wedding anniversary. We hadn’t taken a real vacation since 2013, but thanks to the little windfall from Mystic Lake, that was going to change. We reviewed a lot of options from the bucket list, but weather and my work schedule limited our real choices. We could squeeze five days in between Monster Jam and the Vikings and wanted to go somewhere new (even though Florida, SoCal and Vegas were all very tempting). And the winner was…Victoria, British Columbia.

It actually was part of my bucket list (#32 – Watch the lights turn on over Victoria Harbour) and the average temps for that region in December are usually moderated by the Pacific. Unfortunately, as one local informed us, this was the first snow Victoria had seen in 20 years. It was very weird seeing green bowling lawns, flowering plants, outdoor running fountains…and small piles of snow. It stayed in the 30s (F) the whole time we were there, with a fair amount of wind to make it seem even colder. We packed appropriately, though, so it wasn’t nearly as bad as Vienna during Christmas market season.

We flew Sun Country into Seattle and rented from National’s Emerald Aisle (love both of those companies and had great experiences again this trip). TripAdvisor had great things to say about Abigail’s Hotel in Victoria (including most romantic hotel and #1 hotel in Victoria), so I booked four nights there. It was amazing – daily breakfast cooked to order, beautiful rooms and lobby, friendly staff and a central location that was an easy walk to the harbour area. They even upgraded us to a nicer room for our anniversary at no charge and left us a personalized card and gift upon arrival.

Before we got to Canada, we made a quick stop in downtown Seattle. Colleen had never been there before, while I used to go all the time when I had servers at the former Digital Forest (RIP). Pike Place Market was great, but really cold. We visited the original Starbucks and I had Beecher’s mac and cheese for the first time. After some very fresh fish and chips from Jack’s Fish Spot, we headed north on I-5 to the border. The Canadian customs agent literally asked us just two questions: 1) purpose of the trip and 2) do you have any weapons? He told us to have a great anniversary and sent us on our way.

Canada kicks ass.

We had a fairly strict schedule to follow, as we were booked on the last ferry to Swartz Bay. The entire experience on BC Ferries was super cool and we got to ride the Spirit of British Columbia going over and the Spirit of Vancouver Island coming back. They were almost identical, holding a maximum of 410 cars and 34 semis. The trip over in the dark was not nearly as scenic as the morning return on Friday (which was beautiful). A bit expensive overall, but I’m still glad we did that instead of flying straight to YYJ. It was also cool to have one of the very few cars on Vancouver Island to have foreign license plates (seriously, that was weird how almost *everyone* had BC plates in that town).

On Tuesday, we started the day by walking to the harbour area and visiting the wonderful Royal BC Museum. This place was one of the better museums we’ve seen, with a wide variety of well-done natural and human history exhibits (including some amazing First Nation artifacts) and a high-quality gift shop. We walked around the inner harbour area, checking out the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and the Fairmont Empress Victoria. The Fairmont has had quite the history and one of the guides at the BC Museum had told us not to miss the pictures in the basement (which was a very good tip).

For lunch, we walked over to Victoria’s very little Chinatown on Fisgard Street and ate at Shanghai City. After that, we walked back to the hotel to get the car for a little excursion along the southern coast, which included a stop at the University of Victoria bookstore to pick up some things for MK (whose middle name is Victoria). We finished up the day with a minor league hockey game at the Save On Foods Memorial Centre, where we watched the Victoria Royals beat the Portland Winterhawks 5-1. It was super fun entertainment, with on-the-glass front row tickets all of $25 each. For all the money we saved on tickets, I ended up leaving with a new Royals jersey too.

Our actual anniversary on the fourteenth started with a driving trip along the west coast of the island. The same guide at the BC Museum told us to drive through Sooke to Port Renfrew, then turn east and go through the mountains to Lake Cowichan before returning south to Victoria. We stopped at French Beach Provincial Park, which was (of course) cold, but a beautiful mix of ferns, large trees and rocky seashore. It felt a lot like the North Shore of Lake Superior, but with salt water (and the possibility of seeing whales, which we unfortunately did not experience). The farther out we got, the more remote it seemed, but the Port Renfrew Pub in Snuggery Cove was an oasis. Great food, friendly service and some seriously frozen ferns.

The road from Port Renfrew to Lake Cowichan was challenging, but nothing like the shitshow that Siri and Apple Maps pulled on me when we returned to Victoria. We had anniversary dinner reservations for The Dining Room at Butchart Gardens and we were running late. I asked Siri for the fastest route and the directions given were practically suicidal – single lane (but bidirectional traffic), switchbacks with huge vertical, ice covered surfaces, blind intersections and poor lighting all contributed to something that should have never been advised by any sane person. We eventually arrived safely in one piece, but it was stressful and basically ruined the rest of the evening.

The restaurant was nice and the gardens were decorated in Christmas lights and animated figures representing the twelve days of Christmas. They had an indoor carousel that we rode and the snow interacted with the lights in a very pretty way (even though it was bitterly cold out). We took the “normal” way back to Victoria from Butchart and were very happy to get back to the room.

On our last full day in Victoria, we started off with a visit to the Mayfair Shopping Center before looking for a fish and chip restaurant we wanted to try (Red Fish – Blue Fish, which turned out was closed for the season). Our backup was the Irish Times Pub, which was wonderful. We stopped back at the local Roots store for more goalie socks, then waited by the harbour for the lights to turn on (bucket list – check). Dinner that night was at the highly rated Pizzeria Prima Strada on Cook Street, which was good (but still no match for Punch in Minnesota, in our opinion).

Friday was a planes, trains and automobiles kind of day (with ferries instead of trains), with a very early start to catch the first ferry out of Swartz Bay. As I mentioned earlier, seeing the other smaller islands on the way back to Tsawwassen was incredibly cool. The waves were much larger that day, but the huge ferry just plowed right through them, causing surprisingly large plumes of water to deflect backwards.

We passed through U.S. Customs after about five questions and had time to stop at Tulalip Resort Casino before heading to Sea-Tac. Tulalip was a huge diappointment – it’s a beautiful property, but their gaming floor was terrible (limited game selection, with the same games over and over). The airport, however, was great – the new Sub-Pop store was a wonderful addition to my usual stop at Ivar’s for fish and chips.

Fun trip to a beautiful city, with currently favorable exchange rates…

Spot the sibling at Spring training

Posted Sunday, March 5th, 2017 05:16 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Family at 5:16 PM

BK in the house – Fort Myers, Florida

Introduced SK to The Burger

Posted Friday, March 3rd, 2017 11:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 11:08 PM

I’m going to weigh 300 pounds after a year in this building, aren’t I?

It’s Official

Posted Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 08:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 8:19 PM

Can’t believe we live here now

My best ever?

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 11:32 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 11:32 PM

Might have had a 212 once, but I can’t remember for sure…

Where are the meatballs?

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 11:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 11:31 PM

A quick visit to TBF before The Seeker

What I looked like at 19

Posted Friday, February 17th, 2017 08:47 pm GMT -5 in Family,History at 8:47 PM

She asked, so here’s an example

Happy 19th SK

Posted Friday, February 17th, 2017 12:14 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Music at 12:14 PM

It’s a very purple birthday for kid one

First apartment for kid one

Posted Thursday, February 16th, 2017 05:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Personal at 5:26 PM

Sad tear, happy tear

Second Kingsbury?

Posted Monday, February 6th, 2017 01:38 pm GMT -5 in Family,History,Running,Travel at 1:38 PM

First from Eagan, first of those born on 1/19 – my results sheet and bib from the 1996 Bloomsday 12K in Spokane

Belated birthday @ Tullibee

Posted Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 07:36 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 7:36 PM

Beautiful room, great service from Camille and a top notch steak, side and dessert 

162-160-156-146-126

Posted Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 02:38 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 2:38 PM

Need to get better

Friday at the Mall

Posted Saturday, January 21st, 2017 03:35 pm GMT -5 in Family at 3:35 PM

It will always be Camp Snoopy to me

The Sea Change 🐟 sandwich 

Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 03:09 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 3:09 PM

It had been waaaaay too long

Never really our thing

Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 12:32 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,History at 12:32 PM

…but it will still be missed. Last few days of the Oak Grill @ Dayton’s 12th floor

No waiting

Posted Monday, January 16th, 2017 11:16 am GMT -5 in Family,Food at 11:16 AM

WTF? Walked right in to the original

She’s back in action

Posted Saturday, January 14th, 2017 03:16 pm GMT -5 in Family,Sports at 3:16 PM

MK bowling for Bloomington now

Lunch break with SK

Posted Thursday, January 12th, 2017 01:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:21 PM

Sashimi @ Zen Box Izakaya

The Beatles

Posted Thursday, January 12th, 2017 11:17 am GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Music,Quotes at 11:17 AM

They say it’s your birthday. It’s my birthday too, yeah…

Sweet 16

Posted Thursday, January 12th, 2017 09:05 am GMT -5 in Cars,Family,Holidays at 9:05 AM

Extra special present on a special birthday 

Sweet 16 Bowling Party

Posted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 02:54 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Holidays,Sports at 2:54 PM

Thanks, Cedarvale

Paul McCartney at Target Center

Posted Saturday, January 7th, 2017 08:51 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 8:51 PM

When Paul McCartney played Target Field in August 2014, I just couldn’t pull the trigger on expensive seats in an unknown venue (at least from an acoustics standpoint). Then the reviews came out and I was in serious regret mode. And as the last few years have shown, if you want to see someone in concert, do it when you have the chance.

Sir Paul may be getting up there (he turns 75 in June), but his concerts are still marathons (just like Bruce and Neil). When the One on One tour was announced, I cringed a bit when I saw Target Center listed. That venue has gotten much better over the years, but I still prefer Xcel (especially when the tickets are pricey). I pulled some strings to get the best tickets I could for the price category we wanted and ended up about ten rows up on the side (and not in the $250 section).

This show was everything I had hoped for – nearly three hours of non-stop classics from a true rock and roll superstar. Based on Ross Raihala’s review, it was very similar to what I missed at Target Field. Our May 4th concert was almost two weeks after Prince’s death, so the one noticeable change was the addition of Let’s Go Crazy to the encore (which was heartfelt, but didn’t follow the actual lyrics). Sounded like the May 5th show was a carbon copy of the night before, so I’m glad we didn’t try for both shows.

The production quality of this show was top-notch. The rising platform, background video boards, lighting and pyro were all incredible – I can still feel the heat from Live and Let Die in my mind. The only flaw in the production were the two boom cameras on each side of the stage that continuously blocked sightlines all night. Telephoto lenses, anyone? As a child of the 70s, I’d also take more Wings, but it’s hard to complain about 40 songs – especially when they include Let It Be, Hey Jude and Eleanor Rigby.

Bravo!

  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Save Us
  • Can’t Buy Me Love
  • Letting Go
  • Temporary Secretary
  • Let Me Roll It
  • Foxy Lady (Hendrix)
  • I’ve Got a Feeling
  • My Valentine
  • Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
  • Here, There and Everywhere
  • Maybe I’m Amazed
  • We Can Work It Out
  • In Spite of All the Danger (Quarrymen)
  • You Won’t See Me
  • Love Me Do
  • And I Love Her
  • Blackbird
  • Here Today
  • Queenie Eye
  • New
  • The Fool on the Hill
  • Lady Madonna
  • FourFiveSeconds
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
  • Something
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  • Band on the Run
  • Back in the USSR
  • Let It Be
  • Live and Let Die
  • Hey Jude
  • ENCORE:
  • Yesterday
  • Hi Hi Hi
  • Let’s Go Crazy (Prince)
  • Birthday
  • Golden Slumbers
  • Carry That Weight
  • The End

Väsen at the Cedar

Posted Thursday, January 5th, 2017 09:19 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music at 9:19 PM

The night before we went to see fake Foreigner at Mystic Lake, we were at the Cedar Cultural Center to see a Swedish original, Väsen. Founded in 1990, we first discovered this unique group when they were a guest on A Prairie Home Companion at the Fitzgerald in St. Paul.

Väsen has released 16 albums, but we only have two in our iTunes library (so far). It’s a bit hard to describe their sound, but let’s just say the nyckelharpa is an amazing instrument. Olov Johansson is a World Champion nyckelharpa player and the other two members of the trio, Mikael Marin (viola) and Roger Tallroth (guitar), combine to create a Scandinavian folk sound that is reminiscent of the theme song to the TV show Lilyhammer.

They joked that they play too many polskas, but what a fun night of music.

Foreigner at Mystic Lake

Posted Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 09:48 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Family,Music at 9:48 PM

This Saturday night casino show back on 4/9/2016 was the one that finally made me realize I need to research old groups *before* I buy tickets. Foreigner songs were a big part of my formative years and I had never seen them live. While I knew Lou Gramm was out of the picture, I figured Mick Jones was still worth the money, right?

Well, turns out Mick was sick that night and we ended up paying waaaaay too much money to hear what was essentially a Foreigner cover band. It was really weird, though, that I was one of the few people in the sold-out, 2100-seat venue that seemed to care. I mean, just check out this glowing review from Dave Rubene at Twin Cities Media.

What the hell, people.

I will say, the musicians themselves were talented and it was cool to have them bring out the local high school choir during the encore. I also really have a soft spot for many of these songs – particularly Juke Box Hero, Waiting for a Girl Like You and Urgent. This wasn’t enough, however, for me to get over how the new lead singer sounded nothing like the original.

Set list and pictures after the jump.

  • Double Vision
  • Head Games
  • Cold as Ice
  • Waiting for a Girl Like You
  • Dirty White Boy
  • Say You Will
  • Feels Like the First Time
  • Urgent
  • Juke Box Hero
  • Encore:
  • Long, Long Way From Home
  • I Want to Know What Love Is (with Prior Lake High School Choir)
  • Hot Blooded

Emma Boo and Roo

Posted Saturday, December 31st, 2016 04:05 pm GMT -5 in Family,Football,Friends at 4:05 PM

…in the house.

It was non-alcoholic, promise

Posted Thursday, December 29th, 2016 12:44 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food at 12:44 AM

My dinner companion @ Minnehaha Cafe

Option #1 – Uptown

Posted Monday, December 26th, 2016 04:29 pm GMT -5 in Family,Housekeeping,Personal at 4:29 PM

Searching for a new place in 2017

Christmas Day 2016

Posted Sunday, December 25th, 2016 03:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 3:25 PM

Last Christmas in Eagan?

Christmas Eve 2016

Posted Saturday, December 24th, 2016 09:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 9:56 PM

Bowling Lady and Towel Woman

Bell ringers in Burnsville 

Posted Friday, December 23rd, 2016 05:44 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Family,Holidays at 5:44 PM

MK and friend @ Burnsville Byerlys

Pineapple Fanta!

Posted Friday, December 23rd, 2016 05:41 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 5:41 PM

SK ordered this (“Piña Fanta”) @ the new St. Paul Revival

The 2016 Winter Concert

Posted Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 09:01 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Holidays,Music,Schools at 9:01 AM

MK @ EVHS Choir

Now look who’s here

Posted Sunday, December 18th, 2016 12:35 pm GMT -5 in Family,Football,Work at 12:35 PM

Dad and Lynn @ Colts-Vikes game

Orca at our hotel

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 12:35 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Travel at 12:35 PM

CK outside Abigail’s 

 

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  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Marathon - 3:43:32
  • 2017 Mileage: 157.7

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