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Is this stuff good?

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

Swanky

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

http://www.startribune.com/golden-s-a-lowertown-deli-classic-closes-its-doors/444497363/

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

Salty

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

And the onion rings were good too

Sweet!

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)

SQUIRREL!

Posted Monday, July 24th, 2017 10:34 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Personal at 10:34 PM

Big River Pizza is cool (#1)

Sunday with the Saints

Posted Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 04:57 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Food,Sports at 4:57 PM

Mac and meat is my new favorite 

Never been to this one

Posted Thursday, July 20th, 2017 02:00 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 2:00 PM

Thanks for lunch, Mark

Had at least five of these

Posted Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 02:56 pm GMT -5 in Food,Games,History,Technology at 2:56 PM

The throw-back games wall @ Hot Plate

The Oceanaire Sampler

Posted Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 10:43 am GMT -5 in Food at 10:43 AM

Restaurant Week is good for stuff like this

Maxwell lunch with SK

Posted Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 12:57 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:57 PM

Tried something other than fish and chips

Keepin’ it sexy

Posted Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 09:37 am GMT -5 in Food at 9:37 AM

S’more donut from Bradley @ SSSDude-Nutz

Fries and a phosphate

Posted Friday, July 7th, 2017 10:09 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 10:09 PM

Thanks JV for reminding me about Annie’s

We had a golden ticket

Posted Thursday, July 6th, 2017 01:33 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:33 PM

Free preview week @ the new Portillo’s in Woodbury

He’s still at it

Posted Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 01:51 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 1:51 PM

Mandatory stop at Gordy’s, Cloquet

Takes me back to SoCal

Posted Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 09:56 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 9:56 PM

…every time

Finally tried clam chowder

Posted Monday, June 26th, 2017 02:33 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 2:33 PM

Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood @ Mandalay Bay

Dinner at Esker Grove

Posted Sunday, June 25th, 2017 07:57 pm GMT -5 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.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Crack pie from the Milk Bar

Posted Sunday, June 25th, 2017 03:02 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 3:02 PM

Not bad…

Hot as Hell’s Kitchen 

Posted Saturday, June 24th, 2017 04:20 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel,Weather at 4:20 PM

This 110F business is just ridiculous 

Still my favorite 

Posted Saturday, June 24th, 2017 11:59 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 11:59 AM

First stop, Cafe Bellagio

Happy Tiki Birthday

Posted Friday, June 23rd, 2017 01:32 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 1:32 PM

Birthday lunch for the old lady @ Pyscho Suzi’s

Free music everywhere

Posted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 06:51 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Music at 6:51 PM

JazzFest time in Lowertown 

I spy a pizza girl

Posted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 01:43 am GMT -5 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 -5 in Family,Food at 1:29 PM

Found something that didn’t make her sick

Dara and the Strip Club

Posted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 12:46 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Links at 12:46 PM

http://mspmag.com/eat-and-drink/foodie/so-long-strip-club/

More carbs

Posted Saturday, June 17th, 2017 04:32 am GMT -5 in Food at 4:32 AM

Geno’s in NE was a nice surprise

Shh! It’s really a work trip

Posted Monday, June 12th, 2017 07:27 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel,Work at 7:27 PM

Vegas in two…

What if you don’t have a Bro?

Posted Sunday, June 11th, 2017 04:09 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:09 PM

First time I’ve seen one of these

Tot Boss in the ‘hood

Posted Thursday, June 8th, 2017 07:45 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:45 PM

Music in Mears + food trucks

I love this building

Posted Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 07:02 pm GMT -5 in Food,Housekeeping at 7:02 PM

Revival chicken and Easy/Easy & Oskey gimlets @ Rayette Lofts

Happy Birthday Jen!

Posted Monday, June 5th, 2017 07:49 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 7:49 PM

Three martini Mondays are a great way to celebrate @ Freehouse

Hurray for Donut Day

Posted Friday, June 2nd, 2017 09:50 am GMT -5 in Food at 9:50 AM

Katie rocks (and lives near Mojo Monkey)

Checking out another Punch

Posted Thursday, June 1st, 2017 06:41 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 6:41 PM

This must be the hipster NE version

Ireland in Minneapolis 

Posted Thursday, June 1st, 2017 06:38 pm GMT -5 in Food at 6:38 PM

Fish and chips @ The Local

Course closed; grill open

Posted Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 10:39 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Golf at 10:39 AM

The pork ribs at the Meadows Grill

Not the hot turkey sandwich 

Posted Monday, May 29th, 2017 11:57 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 11:57 PM

Something different at the Minnehaha Cafe

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 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!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Friday Fish Fry

Posted Saturday, May 27th, 2017 09:52 am GMT -5 in Food at 9:52 AM

Trophy House in New Trier was something else

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

Tried a new one today

Posted Thursday, May 25th, 2017 01:52 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:52 PM

Chicken teriyaki with vegetable fried rice

On the walls @ Barbette

Posted Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 02:52 pm GMT -5 in Art,Food,Music,Quotes at 2:52 PM

Miss you, MCA

Upgrades at Tobies

Posted Saturday, May 20th, 2017 10:10 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 10:10 PM

So many changes in Hinckley

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 

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

Porky’s Rig

Posted Saturday, May 6th, 2017 10:18 pm GMT -5 in Charities,Food at 10:18 PM

Looks like Boss Hog to me – King’s Place, Miesville

Back at the Turf Club 

Posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017 08:43 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Music at 8:43 PM

Frankie and Friends (plus dinner) – first time here on the green line

It’s been too long, Cap

Posted Friday, April 28th, 2017 12:48 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:48 PM

The lunch special at Cap’s Grille, Minneapolis

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

Wish I liked beer more

Posted Monday, April 24th, 2017 05:55 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:55 PM

Actually no I don’t, but this place was nice

Great – I did shitty in real estate

Posted Thursday, April 20th, 2017 03:42 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:42 PM

Stupid cookie – what does it know?

Choo-choo bonus

Posted Monday, April 17th, 2017 02:01 pm GMT -5 in Food,Schools at 2:01 PM

Took the train for lunch @ Cane’s U of M location

Peter Gabriel and Sting at Summerfest

Posted Saturday, April 15th, 2017 09:55 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Concerts,Food,Music,Travel at 9:55 PM

Summerfest in Milwaukee just announced their 2017 lineup, which continues their amazing run of awesome bookings. I still don’t fully understand how they can get such great acts year after year, while charging so little to get in. There must be some serious beer vendor underwriting going on – plus now they are stepping up the other corporate sponsorships to improve the grounds.

While the closing night this year features the outstanding Outlaw Music Festival (with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, Nathaniel Rateliff and Margo Price), I don’t think we are going to go this year. Reviewing the daily lineups reminded me I never wrote about last year’s finale: Peter Gabriel and Sting on the Rock Paper Scissors tour.

The problem with me forgetting about these posts in the draft folder is that I have a really hard time remembering exactly what happened. Thankfully this Sunday night show from July 10, 2016 was covered by the local newspaper. They also included the setlist I included below (followed by some really bad shots from our waaaaay in the back seats).

After re-reading the review, I do remember that I was really concerned heading in to the show about Sting covering Peter Gabriel songs and vice versa. We’ve seen Sting a number of times, but had never seen Gabriel and didn’t want to get a “fake” cover show. In reality, the show was the best of both worlds and was one of my favorites all year. I don’t recall how much the tickets were, but I know they were expensive and that I intentionally bought seats farther back to limit cost.

The only other things I remember about this trip is that we stayed in the really nice new rooms at the Potawatomi Hotel and we took our first two Uber rides (which also turned out to be our last Uber rides). Didn’t play much at the casino – Milwaukee pricing is a little too rich for my taste. Oh yeah, also made a quick pit stop at the Gritty in Madison…

  • The Rhythm of the Heat (PG)
  • If I Ever Lose My Faith in You (Sting)
  • Digging in the Dirt (PG and Sting)
  • Invisible Sun (PG and Sting)
  • Games Without Frontiers (PG and Sting)
  • Shock the Monkey (PG and Sting)
  • Secret World (PG)
  • Driven to Tears (Sting)
  • Fragile (PG and Sting)
  • Red Rain (PG)
  • Dancing with the Moonlit Knight (Sting)
  • Message in a Bottle (PG and Sting)
  • San Jacinto (PG)
  • Walking in your Footsteps (Sting)
  • Kiss That Frog (PG and Sting)
  • Don’t Give Up (PG)
  • The Hounds of Winter (Sting)
  • Big Time (PG and Sting)
  • Englishman in New York (PG and Sting)
  • Solsbury Hill (PG and Sting)
  • Every Little Thing She Does is Magic (Sting)
  • If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (Gabriel)
  • Roxanne (Sting)
  • Love Can Heal (Gabriel)
  • Desert Rose (Sting)
  • In Your Eyes (PG and Sting)
  • Encore
  • Every Breath You Take (PG and Sting)
  • Sledgehammer (PG and Sting)
 

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