7 Minute Miles

Happy birthday, CK 🎂 🎉

Posted Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 03:36 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 3:36 PM

One more until the big one…

Two of my favorite things

Posted Friday, June 22nd, 2018 09:24 pm GMT -5 in Food at 9:24 PM

Nicely done, Dinette

Cisco Live! Orlando 2018

Posted Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 03:08 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Food,Technology,Travel,Work at 3:08 PM

Last week I attended my second Cisco Live! conference in Orlando (last year was my first in Vegas; next year will be San Diego). It blows my mind how much it must cost to host 25,000 people in a facility like the Orange County Convention Center – setup, food twice a day, video production for keynotes and sessions, utilities, staffing, etc. And then there was the customer appreciation event Wednesday night at Universal Studios, which not only included exclusive access to the original park for four hours, but also had free food and drinks everywhere and big name concerts from Leon Bridges, Cake and Sam Hunt. No wonder my annual maintenance bill never goes down…

Speaking of bills, I needed to do this trip on the cheap, so I stayed with my brother and his wife and leaned on them for ground transportation (along with some 25% off Lyft rides). He took me to Animal Kingdom on Sunday night after I arrived so I could check out the new(ish) Avatar stuff. Na’vi River Journey has the cool Audio-Animatronics Shaman of Songs, while Flight of Passage lived up to the nearly two hour wait. We had dinner at the excellent Satu’li Canteen, which really elevates the whole theme park food quality experience, in my opinion.

My conference pass this time was a new intermediate “Imagine” badge, so I didn’t get access to all of the sessions (or a T-shirt or backpack). It did get me into all of the keynotes and Innovation Showcase presentations, though, along with the “World of Solutions” trade show, the party at Universal and free food for breakfast and lunch each day. I found most of the sessions to be useful and not just a week-long sales pitch to buy new stuff (like you get at some conferences). I learned about a lot of new technology trends, including improved security techniques, software-defined networking and container-based development, along with the evolution of the Cisco platforms and products we’ve deployed at the stadium (which thankfully I don’t need to replace right away).

After the conference wrapped up, I had a little extra time to kill before flying home (I wish the standby rules for Delta were more customer friendly). I spent some more time checking out all the changes at Disney Springs, where I had had dinner earlier in the week with my brother at Art Smith’s wonderful Homecomin’ restaurant. World of Disney was half-closed for remodeling, but I still managed to find some things for people. It was interesting to see retail additions like UNIQLO and the dining scene continues to impress with the likes of Morimoto Asia, Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar and The Boathouse (in addition to all of the old favorites). Also caught Deadpool 2 at the AMC and made a quick trip to Tampa to check out the very impressive Seminole Hard Rock Tampa complex.

See you in San Diego?

I’d volunteer to research this

Posted Monday, June 18th, 2018 10:54 am GMT -5 in Disney,Food,Links at 10:54 AM

The Best Mac & Cheese at Walt Disney World

Disney Springs night

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Food,Travel at 6:25 PM

Iron Chef, no more! Hitting up Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Smack Shack luck x2

Posted Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 10:46 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Charities,Food,Friends at 10:46 AM

They aren’t going to let Toyya and I play there any more

Wasn’t expecting this

Posted Monday, May 28th, 2018 08:35 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Shopping at 8:35 PM

Kinda like finding a “Bort”

London, Paris, NYC and St. Paul

Posted Thursday, May 24th, 2018 01:22 pm GMT -5 in Food,Links at 1:22 PM


Barbie tables

Posted Saturday, May 19th, 2018 01:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:24 PM

MK schooling me @ Big River Pizza

The Mac Rib

Posted Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 12:19 am GMT -5 in Food at 12:19 AM

With a mini grilled cheese to boot

Food truck season is back

Posted Monday, May 14th, 2018 12:22 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:22 PM

Tried a new one 👍

Happy Mother’s Day, CK

Posted Sunday, May 13th, 2018 09:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 9:24 PM

Hope Santa made it to the U on time

Bike month continues

Posted Friday, May 11th, 2018 03:14 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Food,Friends at 3:14 PM

A little hard to ride after half a Carbone’s large

Up on the roof

Posted Monday, May 7th, 2018 08:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:08 PM

Took long enough this year

BRP first timer

Posted Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 10:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 10:08 PM

Finally got Grumps down to see MK

Needed this day

Posted Saturday, April 21st, 2018 08:48 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Friends at 8:48 PM

Should be drop-dead tired, but I’m not

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


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  • 2018 Bike Mileage: 611

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Upcoming Sporting Events

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  • Saints vs. Winnipeg - 9/2
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  • Vikings vs. Lions - 11/4
  • Vikings vs. Packers - 11/25
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Upcoming Concerts

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  • Chris Koza - 6/28, Music in Mears
  • Trampled by Turtles - 7/7, Bayfront
  • Dusty Heart - 7/12, Music in Mears
  • Dan Israel - 7/26, Music in Mears
  • HazelFest 2018 - 8/4, Hazelden
  • Jack White - 8/6, Armory
  • Beyonce & Jay Z - 8/8, USBS
  • Aby Wolf - 8/9, Music in Mears
  • Kind Country - 8/16, Music in Mears
  • Pearl Jam - 8/18, Wrigley Field
  • Pearl Jam - 8/20, Wrigley Field
  • Twilight Hours - 8/23, Music in Mears
  • Erik Koskinen - 8/30, Music in Mears
  • Taylor Swift - 8/31 & 9/1, USBS
  • Liz Phair - 9/15, First Ave
  • Hamilton - 9/18, State
  • Leon Bridges - 9/20, Palace
  • Avett Brothers - 10/11, Mystic Lake
  • Ed Sheeran - 10/20, USBS
  • Hippo Campus - 11/23, Palace
  • Elton John - 2/21/19, Target Center
  • P!nk - 5/5/19, Xcel