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Lights on in Rice Park

Posted Monday, November 20th, 2017 10:33 pm GMT -6 in Family,Holidays,Weather at 10:33 PM

Cold, but pretty

My favorite house guest

Posted Monday, November 13th, 2017 10:02 pm GMT -6 in Family,Television at 10:02 PM

Stranger Things 2 marathon for kid one

Big yawns

Posted Sunday, November 5th, 2017 11:17 am GMT -6 in Family,Pets at 11:17 AM

The city doge abides

They are the floor

Posted Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 07:10 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Friends,Music at 7:10 PM

MK and EW @ Macklemore, Palace

Tonight we met Ted

Posted Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 10:31 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Friends at 10:31 PM

So great catching up with Yuki @ Saint Dinette

More beautiful SK art

Posted Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 06:32 am GMT -6 in Art,Family at 6:32 AM

Lowertown, St. Paul, MN

My favorite mermaid

Posted Friday, October 27th, 2017 08:44 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 8:44 PM

Get to Octo, everybody, it’s awesome

A turkey to close 🦃 🎳

Posted Thursday, October 19th, 2017 08:42 am GMT -6 in Family,Sports,Travel at 8:42 AM

Not bad for being rusty

It’s lit

Posted Thursday, October 5th, 2017 10:42 pm GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 10:42 PM

School conferences in Apple Valley for kid two

I miss my grandfather 

Posted Thursday, September 21st, 2017 01:40 pm GMT -6 in Family,Personal,Work at 1:40 PM

Thank-you box from 3M arrived in my office today

Ready for Gorillaz 

Posted Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 08:01 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music at 8:01 PM

Awesome

MK @ Revival

Posted Friday, September 15th, 2017 08:10 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 8:10 PM

Saint Paul secretly kicks Minneapolis’ ass

SK @ Red Rabbit

Posted Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 05:54 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 5:54 PM

Cool space, OK food

Collegiate housing

Posted Saturday, September 9th, 2017 04:11 pm GMT -6 in Family,Housekeeping at 4:11 PM

SK has built an awesome spot

First day at SES

Posted Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 07:04 am GMT -6 in Family,Schools at 7:04 AM

Only one of these left :-/

Salty

Posted Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 01:53 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 1:53 PM

And the onion rings were good too

It’s Burger Time

Posted Friday, August 18th, 2017 12:26 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 12:26 PM

Celebrating the privilege of driving

Saw off her tweeter

Posted Friday, August 18th, 2017 12:24 pm GMT -6 in Family at 12:24 PM

MK goes to juvie court

A very high swing

Posted Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 10:33 pm GMT -6 in Family,Personal at 10:33 PM

Not walk the truss terrifying, but still uncomfortable 

Celebrate Life

Posted Saturday, August 5th, 2017 02:11 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music at 2:11 PM

Hazelfest 2017

“Who bought the shitty Mac?”

Posted Friday, August 4th, 2017 05:42 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Shopping at 5:42 PM

Kids these days

Back at it

Posted Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 09:48 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports at 9:48 PM

The Tuesday night $5 special with MK

The Science of Pixar

Posted Saturday, July 29th, 2017 07:51 pm GMT -6 in Disney,Family,Friends,Movies,Museums,Science at 7:51 PM

Not what I expected, but still cool stuff

In-seat ordering rocks

Posted Friday, July 28th, 2017 08:12 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Food,Music at 8:12 PM

Dilly Bars, FTW @ Billy Joel

Lunch with this one

Posted Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 01:38 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 1:38 PM

SK @ Mercury Dining Room and Rail

The Twilight Hours at the Cedar

Posted Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 10:45 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music at 10:45 PM

Here’s one from back in March (the 25th, to be exact), when we headed over to the Cedar Cultural Center to see The Twilight Hours. We’ve been big fans of Matt Wilson and John Munson in all of their various projects and try to catch them when we can. They will be playing down the block at Music in Mears this Thursday, which reminded me I never posted pictures from the Cedar show (pics after the jump).

The Counterfactuals and Fathom Lane opened the show, but we were really there to hear songs off The Twilight Hours new album, Black Beauty. I think they played all but two of the new songs, which was nice to experience for the first time. Not much else to say, other than to highly recommend you make your way down to Mears Park this week for a free sample of this great band.

SQUIRREL!

Posted Monday, July 24th, 2017 10:34 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Personal at 10:34 PM

Big River Pizza is cool (#1)

Stripes or solids?

Posted Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 09:13 pm GMT -6 in Family,Friends,Sports at 9:13 PM

Nice to finally play again

Maxwell lunch with SK

Posted Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 12:57 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 12:57 PM

Tried something other than fish and chips

Not the Fourth

Posted Saturday, July 8th, 2017 05:02 pm GMT -6 in Family,Travel at 5:02 PM

…but still lots of fun, though

We had a golden ticket

Posted Thursday, July 6th, 2017 01:33 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 1:33 PM

Free preview week @ the new Portillo’s in Woodbury

The Cadillac of Mines

Posted Tuesday, July 4th, 2017 08:59 pm GMT -6 in Family,History,Travel at 8:59 PM

A return to the Soudan Underground Mine

Canoeing on Vermilion

Posted Monday, July 3rd, 2017 02:54 pm GMT -6 in Family,Sports,Travel at 2:54 PM

So much work, but well worth it

Marina walk with the girls

Posted Monday, July 3rd, 2017 02:51 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Travel at 2:51 PM

Always liked that carving

He’s still at it

Posted Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 01:51 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Travel at 1:51 PM

Mandatory stop at Gordy’s, Cloquet

Dinner at Esker Grove

Posted Sunday, June 25th, 2017 07:57 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 7:57 PM

I’ll interrupt this stream of Vegas posts to briefly talk about Esker Grove at the Walker. One of Doug Flicker’s projects, it’s been open for a bit now and we went way back in December (as an anniversary gift from kid one – thanks, SK!). Rick Nelson gave it 3.5 stars (out of four) in his Strib review and Dara’s review at Mpls.St.Paul magazine talks about the tea that Colleen liked so much:

The green tea toddy was a treasure. It came as a pure white cup with an orange-flower rose in its heart. When the server poured in a blend of green tea, lemon, and honey and orange flower water, the orange peel unfurled into a ribbon before my eyes like a conjurer’s trick. The scent of orange exploded from the cup and then vanished to be replaced by great familiar comfort. That’s some tea.

Two former La Belle Vie alums are also part of the deal: chef de cuisine T.J. Rawitzer (who has a fun Instagram account to follow) and bar manager Jon Olson (who I think was also part of Bradstreet Crafthouse, no?). The space is part of the newly redesigned Walker north entrance, directly across from the remodeled sculpture garden. It’s very nice and fits the museum well, in my opinion. Not sure if they will rotate the artwork along the back wall, but the beautiful collage by Duluth artist Frank Big Bear was present when we visited.

Looks like the menu changes often, as what’s posted online now only contains one thing I remember ordering (Endive & Farro Salad, 11 – blue cheese, smoked honey, vinaigrette). You can take a look at my pictures after the jump, which also includes scallops, steak, swordfish and dessert. Doug and Amy are working on their new Bull’s Horn project in South Minneapolis now (along with the big Heggies Pizza news), but I recommend you stop in to the “old” joint on your next visit to that part of town.

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Happy Tiki Birthday

Posted Friday, June 23rd, 2017 01:32 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Holidays at 1:32 PM

Birthday lunch for the old lady @ Pyscho Suzi’s

I spy a pizza girl

Posted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 01:43 am GMT -6 in Family,Food,Work at 1:43 AM

Kid two started her new summer job across the street

MoA lunch with kid one

Posted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 01:29 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 1:29 PM

Found something that didn’t make her sick

Every day is Father’s Day

Posted Monday, June 19th, 2017 12:14 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Family,Holidays at 12:14 PM

Luckiest Dad ever

Checking out another Punch

Posted Thursday, June 1st, 2017 06:41 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 6:41 PM

This must be the hipster NE version

Somebody else loves the choo-choo

Posted Thursday, June 1st, 2017 06:39 pm GMT -6 in Family at 6:39 PM

Concert night with the MK

Last choir concert eva

Posted Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 07:02 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 7:02 PM

MK with the Abba to close out her high school choir career (and she lettered!)

That bird doesn’t seem so bad

Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 11:44 pm GMT -6 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 -6 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 Рhers the verte (bibb lettuce, shaved radish, fines herbes vinaigrette, $9), while I went for the fris̩e (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!

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The little Mozart seems happy

Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 03:26 pm GMT -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 in Family,Food,Holidays at 12:37 PM

Tried the Maplewood edition

My lunch visitor

Posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017 10:13 pm GMT -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 in Family,Nature at 7:45 PM

Breaktime between Saturday shifts

Dangerously Delicious

Posted Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 12:12 pm GMT -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 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 -6 in Family,Travel at 8:18 AM

MK in Ireland

She’s on the menu

Posted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 02:19 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 2:19 PM

Bird sauce forever @ Cecil’s

Ireland-bound

Posted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 07:01 am GMT -6 in Family,Music,Schools,Travel at 7:01 AM

Spring break band trip to the old country for MK

 

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