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Muddy Paws needs our help

Posted Monday, April 16th, 2018 11:55 pm GMT -5 in Food,Links at 11:55 PM


Eagan finally gets a Punch

Posted Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 11:48 pm GMT -5 in Food at 11:48 PM

Not quite the same, though

Congrats, Chef Malone

Posted Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 09:54 am GMT -5 in Food,Links at 9:54 AM


Doges love Dole Whip

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:46 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Pets,Travel at 11:46 AM

Isn’t that right, Luna?

So good we did it again

Posted Monday, April 2nd, 2018 11:42 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Travel at 11:42 AM

Plaza Inn FTW

Grand Central = Midtown Global

Posted Sunday, April 1st, 2018 12:13 am GMT -5 in Art,Family,Food,Travel at 12:13 AM

Just warmer (and with pigeons)

LA Slut

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2018 11:55 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 11:55 PM

Just like Vegas

The corn dog was on point

Posted Saturday, March 31st, 2018 11:00 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Travel at 11:00 AM

Red Wagon on Main Street

Someday (I hope)

Posted Friday, March 30th, 2018 04:09 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Travel at 4:09 PM

Club 33 @ New Orleans Square

Gordo owns Vegas now

Posted Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 12:07 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 12:07 PM

Seriously, he’s everywhere now

These scallops are raw!

Posted Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 03:22 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 3:22 PM

SK @ Gordo’s Vegas

Wild vs. Preds, Audi Edition

Posted Saturday, March 24th, 2018 11:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Hockey at 11:42 PM

Tonight’s 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators was a great game for the home team, who are in a tight playoff race. It was also a great game for Colleen and I, as we were invited by my uncle to sit with him in the Audi Quattro seats. These seats are not available for every game (it’s the spot where Pierre McGuire stands between the benches when NBC does the broadcast), but they were up for auction to season ticket holders and my uncle bid and won. This was a good thing, because the face value of $1550 per seat is just a little out of my price range.

We had to register our car ahead of time so we could park where the players park. Our little Honda Civic fit right in with the Mercedes, Audis and the Maserati. Our friendly host for the night, Jared, met us at the loading dock and took us to the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club for dinner. Matt Anderson made an appearance and we had a very nice buffet dinner before down to ice level. The team photographer took shots of us outside the locker room and on the Wild bench before warmups. We also got to watch the team exit the locker room before we hit up the Audi Quattro Club.

Sitting between the two benches was really something else. We couldn’t hear as much banter as I would’ve liked, as the plastic “glass” around us was tall and fairly sound-proof. There were a few f-bombs dropped towards Koivu and Prosser, which was very entertaining. I wish I had a better camera with me than just my phone, but you can see the best shots after the jump.

After the first period, Jared escorted us up to the press box for a tour, which was fun. I’ve been up there before, but never during a game. Got to say hi to Russo in the hallway and took a peek inside their video control room before heading back to the seats (and missing the first Wild goal while riding the elevator back down to main concourse). We skipped going back to the Quattro Club and headed to our car immediately after the game (which had surprise gift bags in the back seat). Nice game experience touches, to be sure…

Winter market almost over

Posted Saturday, March 24th, 2018 01:11 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:11 PM

SK @ Octo

Watch out, clown

Posted Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 06:20 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:20 AM

Chick-fil-A breakfast is A+

21st Century Clown

Posted Monday, March 19th, 2018 06:16 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:16 AM

This was quick and easy, MSP

The 21 Best Bakeries in America

Posted Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 03:10 pm GMT -5 in Food,Links at 3:10 PM


New run mantra

Posted Monday, March 5th, 2018 05:08 pm GMT -5 in Food,Personal,Running at 5:08 PM

Outside Zantigo, of all places

Still a classic

Posted Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 09:59 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 9:59 PM

VC 🍕

The Rick Nelson Octo Review

Posted Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 07:51 pm GMT -5 in Food,Links,News at 7:51 PM


Not chicken strips

Posted Sunday, February 25th, 2018 11:45 pm GMT -5 in Food,Hockey at 11:45 PM

…or fries

Peter and the bar

Posted Friday, February 16th, 2018 10:57 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 10:57 PM

Celebrating with Johnny Cash’s bar in NE

Thanks, Steve

Posted Thursday, February 15th, 2018 01:07 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:07 PM

Now in the rotation @ Big River Pizza

Kinda strange, but good

Posted Thursday, February 8th, 2018 02:48 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 2:48 PM

Fish and chips @ Dark Horse

Thank you, Arizona

Posted Thursday, February 1st, 2018 01:48 pm GMT -5 in Food,Work at 1:48 PM

University of Phoenix Stadium sent us donuts

Very popular demand

Posted Sunday, January 28th, 2018 03:02 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 3:02 PM

Wonder how that was approved to begin with

We really love Kyatchi

Posted Saturday, January 27th, 2018 04:22 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:22 PM

Hot dog, karaage, cheesecake

The dog had a new trick

Posted Thursday, January 25th, 2018 11:47 pm GMT -5 in Food,Pets at 11:47 PM

Can I have your tots?

So. Much. Fun.

Posted Saturday, January 20th, 2018 08:58 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Holidays at 8:58 PM

The Lowertown Speakeasy was a hit

Paul Bocuse

Posted Saturday, January 20th, 2018 12:07 pm GMT -5 in Food,Quotes at 12:07 PM

God is already famous, but that doesn’t stop the preacher from ringing the church bells every morning…

Where Vikings Roam

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 09:22 am GMT -5 in Food,Football at 9:22 AM


We didn’t get that one

Posted Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 12:45 am GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 12:45 AM

Silly suburban liquor stores

End of an era

Posted Saturday, January 6th, 2018 03:23 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,History at 3:23 PM

Please don’t mess up the legacy

Getting the crew to St. Paul

Posted Monday, December 11th, 2017 07:22 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 7:22 PM

Thanks for visiting Lowertown Jen & Toyya

The cookie army advances

Posted Sunday, December 10th, 2017 11:38 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 11:38 PM

I even helped on these (a tiny bit)

Childhood chilito flashbacks

Posted Saturday, December 9th, 2017 09:47 pm GMT -5 in Food at 9:47 PM

So happy my first Zantigo is open again

People > Food

Posted Saturday, December 9th, 2017 02:50 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Food,Personal at 2:50 PM

The 2017 best nine

Greetings from Vienna

Posted Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 11:08 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays,Shopping at 11:08 PM

Or something like that

Better and better

Posted Thursday, November 30th, 2017 11:29 pm GMT -5 in Food at 11:29 PM

Not really a beer fan, but this is still great

‘Tis the season

Posted Monday, November 20th, 2017 12:56 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays,Shopping at 12:56 PM


Skol Shuey!

Posted Sunday, November 19th, 2017 01:16 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 1:16 PM

It’s a Schuster sighting in Medtronic Club

Jack at the Dakota

Posted Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 07:37 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Music at 7:37 PM

Good food and good music

What is this madness?

Posted Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 05:21 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Work at 5:21 PM

Doritos taco carts at the stadium

Baby Band Box

Posted Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 01:51 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:51 PM

…wasn’t really so baby.

Monday are better at Keys

Posted Monday, November 6th, 2017 08:40 am GMT -5 in Food at 8:40 AM

Back at the original

Tonight we met Ted

Posted Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 10:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends at 10:31 PM

So great catching up with Yuki @ Saint Dinette

They have a real sign

Posted Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 06:34 am GMT -5 in Food at 6:34 AM

Octo Fishbar, Lowertown

My favorite mermaid

Posted Friday, October 27th, 2017 08:44 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:44 PM

Get to Octo, everybody, it’s awesome

Five Guys fry break

Posted Monday, October 23rd, 2017 01:59 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:59 PM

Only two train stops away

58F and they are still here

Posted Thursday, October 12th, 2017 02:19 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:19 PM

Fall food trucks in the Commons

Number one in my ❤️

Posted Friday, September 29th, 2017 07:42 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:42 PM

The one true Carbone’s

Is this stuff good?

Posted Sunday, September 24th, 2017 06:48 pm GMT -5 in Food at 6:48 PM


MK @ Revival

Posted Friday, September 15th, 2017 08:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:10 PM

Saint Paul secretly kicks Minneapolis’ ass

RIP Golden’s Deli

Posted Friday, September 15th, 2017 10:58 am GMT -5 in Business,Food,Links at 10:58 AM


SK @ Red Rabbit

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

Cool space, OK food

MN wild rice walleye bowl

Posted Monday, September 4th, 2017 03:19 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:19 PM

Red River Kitchen, Saint Paul


Posted Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 01:53 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:53 PM

And the onion rings were good too


Posted Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 01:47 pm GMT -5 in Food,Personal at 1:47 PM

Works for me

49 in a row

Posted Friday, August 25th, 2017 04:48 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:48 PM

First of many in 2017

Donut Royalty 2017

Posted Saturday, August 19th, 2017 11:09 am GMT -5 in Food,Running at 11:09 AM

My stomach hates this event, but the stickers (and people) are cool

It’s Burger Time

Posted Friday, August 18th, 2017 12:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:26 PM

Celebrating the privilege of driving

Made in Minnesota

Posted Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 08:28 am GMT -5 in Food at 8:28 AM

Party Time with Earl

Fryer Tuck’s $14 Fries

Posted Monday, August 7th, 2017 04:48 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:48 PM

Good, but not $14 good

“Who bought the shitty Mac?”

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

Kids these days

Now that’s bacon

Posted Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 02:33 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:33 PM

Erik the Red and their giant bacon

Needed a break

Posted Monday, July 31st, 2017 11:12 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:12 AM

Choo-choo Cane’s

The defending champs

Posted Sunday, July 30th, 2017 11:12 pm GMT -5 in Food at 11:12 PM

This has become a summer highlight

A very Mucci breakfast

Posted Saturday, July 29th, 2017 11:01 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:01 AM

Thanks for the donuts, chef

In-seat ordering rocks

Posted Friday, July 28th, 2017 08:12 pm GMT -5 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 -5 in Family,Food at 1:38 PM

SK @ Mercury Dining Room and Rail

Looking forward to this

Posted Monday, July 24th, 2017 10:36 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Music at 10:36 PM

Big River Pizza is cool (#2)


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  • Vikings vs. 49ers - 9/9
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Upcoming Concerts

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  • Trampled by Turtles - 5/4, Palace
  • Kenny Chesney - 5/5, USBS
  • Marian Hill - 5/16, Palace
  • Caroline Smith - 5/17, Cedar
  • I Love the 90s - 5/18, Mystic Lake
  • David Byrne - 5/17, Orpheum
  • David Byrne - 5/18, Orpheum
  • Har Mar Superstar - 6/23, Fitzgerald
  • Trampled by Turtles - 7/7, Bayfront
  • Jack White - 8/6, Armory
  • Beyonce & Jay Z - 8/8, USBS
  • Pearl Jam - 8/18, Wrigley Field
  • Pearl Jam - 8/20, Wrigley Field
  • Taylor Swift - 8/31 & 9/1, USBS
  • Leon Bridges - 9/20, Palace
  • Ed Sheeran - 10/20, USBS