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No longer a teen 😢

Posted Saturday, February 17th, 2018 05:22 pm GMT -6 in Family,Holidays at 5:22 PM

Happy birthday, SK ❤️🎉🎂

Had to do this one

Posted Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 10:00 pm GMT -6 in Family,Personal,Sports at 10:00 PM

Miss you, Mom ❤️

Kinda strange, but good

Posted Thursday, February 8th, 2018 02:48 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 2:48 PM

Fish and chips @ Dark Horse

The hats were a hit

Posted Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 10:50 pm GMT -6 in Family,Fashion,Football at 10:50 PM

Hey kids, line up here in front of the Johnnie Walker

So. Much. Fun.

Posted Saturday, January 20th, 2018 08:58 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Friends,Holidays at 8:58 PM

The Lowertown Speakeasy was a hit

What a Wonderful World

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 08:19 am GMT -6 in Family,Music,Quotes at 8:19 AM

I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do? They’re really saying I love you…

Edge of Seventeen

Posted Thursday, January 11th, 2018 06:04 pm GMT -6 in Family,Holidays at 6:04 PM

It’s technically birthday week, so she gets presents

RIP Karen Kingsbury, 1944-2017

Posted Monday, January 8th, 2018 11:40 pm GMT -6 in Family,Personal at 11:40 PM

It’s taken me a while to start writing this post, as I’ve been left rather speechless since my mother passed away on December 22. She had multiple health issues over the years, but this all happened too quickly and it seems I’m still stuck in the denial stage of grief. We were just talking a few weeks ago – I told her about the great Christmas tree we got from the farmers market and how I was sorry the Garrison Keillor show I was going to take her to at the Cedar had been cancelled. I read her the list of songs on the 2017 edition of the Kingsbury Christmas Sampler and was proud to show her the artwork that SK created for the cover (even though I don’t think she fully supported our move to Lowertown – “Are you sure you’re safe down there?”).

My mom loved to spoil us kids, much to the peril of her own financial stability. I remember her driving my brother and I out to LaBelle’s in Roseville when she knew they would get new shipments of Star Wars figures so both of us could fill our Darth Vader cases full of characters. Christmas was always way overdone, with huge piles of presents for each of us. We were an airline family and basically used those flight benefits to alternate between the two centers of the Disney universe – Florida and California – sometimes multiple times a year. And every summer included at least one week on the North Shore, usually in a cabin on Croftville Road.

When Colleen and I had kids, SK and MK were instantly showered with love and attention by the newly minted grandma. My mom played a huge part in the lives of my daughters and helped shape the wonderful people they have become. She happily served as babysitter and chauffeur for many years and attended countless band and choir concerts, swim meets and other school events. As they grew older and could drive themselves, both still liked getting together and having lunch with my mom on a regular basis at a number of their favorite spots around town.

It’s always tough to lose a family member, but it’s especially rough around the holidays. My mom’s dad also passed away in December four years ago, so this was really a double whammy. I’m glad that my mom didn’t have to suffer, though, and that most of our family was able to be with her at the end. I’d like to thank the ICU staff at Fairview Southdale hospital for their expert care and to Dr. Gary Knudsen, who was her primary care physician for as long as I can remember. Thanks also to everyone who has expressed their condolences and reached out to our family in this time of grief. But most of all, I want to thank my mom, one of the kindest, most caring people I’ve ever known.

Love you, mom. ❤️

Obituary from Mueller-Bies and photo gallery after the jump.

September 1, 1944 – December 22, 2017
Age 73 of St. Paul, died peacefully after heart failure December 22, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.

Her soul was generous, overflowing with love and putting all others before herself. Beloved grandma, mom, wife, sister and aunt, Karen loved the North Shore of Lake Superior, reading, quilting, Disney, Hallmark cards and above all spending time with her family. She retained her sharp humor and wit, a progressive thinker.

Preceded in death by parents, Helen and Donald Smith.

Survived by husband, Michael; sons, David (Colleen) and Brian (Patti); daughter Lynn; brothers, Greg, and Jeff (Joyce); sisters, Stacey (Dick) Kohner, and Linda (David) Arcand; granddaughters, Sasha and Marisa; niece, Laura (Aaron) Moser (sons Wyatt and Ethan); and nephews, Thomas (Jean) Smith (children Arianna and Galen) and Peter Smith.

Karen attended St. Paul Central High School, Macalester College and Winona State University, studying geology. She retired from Northwest Airlines after a long career in reservations. Her family thanks Dr. Knudsen for many years of excellent care.

A visitation will held from 4 – 8 PM Thursday, December 28 at MUELLER-BIES FUNERAL HOME – ROSEVILLE, 2130 N. Dale St. @ County Rd B.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to American Heart Association.

End of an era

Posted Saturday, January 6th, 2018 03:23 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,History at 3:23 PM

Please don’t mess up the legacy

New year, new calendar

Posted Thursday, January 4th, 2018 09:08 am GMT -6 in Disney,Family at 9:08 AM

Thanks again, Uncle Brian

Let’s take a peek…

Posted Saturday, December 16th, 2017 03:17 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Museums at 3:17 PM

Pedicord Apts.

My first visit to the Fred

Posted Saturday, December 16th, 2017 03:09 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family,Museums,Music at 3:09 PM

Prince from Minneapolis, University of Minnesota

Merry Christmas to SK

Posted Friday, December 15th, 2017 08:25 pm GMT -6 in Art,Family at 8:25 PM

More ink on the schedule

Best hoodie ever?

Posted Monday, December 11th, 2017 11:42 pm GMT -6 in Family,Fashion,Shopping at 11:42 PM

I think I’ve been scammed (but MK wears it well)

Family Portrait 2017

Posted Saturday, December 9th, 2017 09:50 pm GMT -6 in Family,Pets at 9:50 PM

City Doge included

People > Food

Posted Saturday, December 9th, 2017 02:50 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Family,Food,Personal at 2:50 PM

The 2017 best nine

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


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 :-/


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.


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.


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!


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


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


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 


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