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Post-race brunch

Posted Sunday, October 7th, 2018 12:01 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 12:01 PM

Parlour St. Paul has super-boozy malts

Originally published by DK on October 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm

$6.75 is a steal

Posted Saturday, October 6th, 2018 01:12 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:12 PM

Best chain burger ever

Originally published by DK on October 6, 2018 at 1:12 pm

Need to try this next game

Posted Friday, September 28th, 2018 12:50 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football at 12:50 PM

Is the purple grape?

Originally published by DK on September 28, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Idéal pour partager!

Posted Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 12:06 am GMT -5 in Food,Shopping,Travel at 12:06 AM

Thank you Grand Marais Ben Franklin

Originally published by DK on September 26, 2018 at 12:06 am

Since 1969

Posted Saturday, September 15th, 2018 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:25 PM

…just like me

Originally published by DK on September 15, 2018 at 6:25 pm

Canadian bacon, eh?

Posted Saturday, September 15th, 2018 06:23 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 6:23 PM

Thanks, Sven and Ole

Originally published by DK on September 15, 2018 at 6:23 pm

The Birch’s burger is top 5

Posted Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 10:02 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 10:02 PM

Nicely done, Chef Shane

Originally published by DK on September 12, 2018 at 10:02 pm

Favorite part of game day

Posted Sunday, September 9th, 2018 01:56 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football at 1:56 PM

They haven’t taken these away yet

Originally published by DK on September 9, 2018 at 1:56 pm

D. Brian breakfast for lunch

Posted Friday, September 7th, 2018 01:43 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:43 PM

That was a lot of food

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2018 at 1:43 pm

Still a great discovery

Posted Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 11:37 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:37 AM

Downtown Arby’s rocks

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2018 at 11:37 am

Record-breaking! 2,046,533

Posted Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 02:01 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,History,Links at 2:01 PM

https://www.mnstatefair.org/about-the-fair/attendance/

Originally published by DK on September 4, 2018 at 2:01 pm

NotATweet: bad fair food

Posted Monday, September 3rd, 2018 03:57 pm GMT -5 in Food,Tweets at 3:57 PM

Thumbs way down on my one new item this year – the pepperoni chips (and I love pepperoni)

Originally published by DK on September 3, 2018 at 3:57 pm

NotATweet: Pronto Pup changes

Posted Monday, September 3rd, 2018 01:53 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:53 PM

The Pronto Pup sticks are longer and sharper this year and I’m not eating as many

Originally published by DK on September 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm

My 2018 Champion

Posted Monday, September 3rd, 2018 12:06 pm GMT -5 in Art,Food,Pop Culture,Television at 12:06 PM

Have you turned it off and back on again?

Originally published by DK on September 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm

50 Years at the Fair

Posted Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 03:31 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:31 PM

Kicking it off @ LuLu’s Public House

Originally published by DK on August 28, 2018 at 3:31 pm

NotATweet: Birch’s Lowertown

Posted Sunday, August 26th, 2018 01:28 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Food,Tweets at 1:28 PM

Too bad Birch’s Lowertown is going to miss most of Saints season

Originally published by DK on August 26, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Happy brunch times 🐙

Posted Sunday, August 26th, 2018 12:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:25 PM

So proud of kid one

Originally published by DK on August 26, 2018 at 12:25 pm

First time at Hyacinth

Posted Saturday, August 25th, 2018 07:40 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:40 PM

Some hits, some misses

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2018 at 7:40 pm

Needed a Punch fix

Posted Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 12:59 pm GMT -5 in Art,Food at 12:59 PM

Thanks for the reminder, CK & SK

Originally published by DK on August 23, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Even wore my Zantigo hat

Posted Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 07:22 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:22 PM

Love this place so much

Originally published by DK on August 22, 2018 at 7:22 pm

For the ride home

Posted Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 02:37 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 2:37 PM

Chicago Mix (of course)

Originally published by DK on August 21, 2018 at 2:37 pm

The Garrison Squealer 👍👍

Posted Sunday, August 12th, 2018 07:11 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Food at 7:11 PM

Bacon, wild rice and cheese from Von Hanson’s Meat

Originally published by DK on August 12, 2018 at 7:11 pm

Gaming the Clown

Posted Monday, August 6th, 2018 06:10 pm GMT -5 in Food,Games,Links at 6:10 PM

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-an-ex-cop-rigged-mcdonalds-monopoly-game-and-stole-millions?source=twitter&via=mobile

Originally published by DK on August 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm

Finally tried these

Posted Saturday, August 4th, 2018 08:21 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:21 PM

Hard to compete with Cane’s (and DQ, for that matter)

Originally published by DK on August 4, 2018 at 8:21 pm

Lindstrom loves cookies

Posted Saturday, August 4th, 2018 02:29 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 2:29 PM

More cookies than I’ve ever seen in one place

Originally published by DK on August 4, 2018 at 2:29 pm

Good capex or best capex?

Posted Friday, July 20th, 2018 10:28 am GMT -5 in Food,Work at 10:28 AM

Coming soon to the office – ice cream if the future

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2018 at 10:28 am

It was a good day

Posted Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 07:08 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:08 PM

Twofer between lunch and dinner

Originally published by DK on July 17, 2018 at 7:08 pm

Little Chef in her element

Posted Friday, July 13th, 2018 07:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 7:56 PM

She’s making my dinner

Originally published by DK on July 13, 2018 at 7:56 pm

Decisions, Decisions

Posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 11:31 pm GMT -5 in Food,Personal at 11:31 PM

I love to eat. Growing up, this was never a problem. I was a scrawny little kid, I ran in high school and stayed active through most of my adult life. Sure, I gained a little weight as I got older and my metabolism changed, but I felt like I could always eat pretty much whatever I wanted, as long as I stayed active. In my mid-forties, my running performance actually peaked, as I got faster and stronger (and amazingly got back to my high school weight). Life was good.

Then something changed.

The last two jobs have been stressful. Work priorities overshadowed personal priorities when it came to staying active. Stress eating is a thing. Ready access to all-you-can-eat buffets and fast food doesn’t help. Race results backed way off from the string of PRs and I had my first DNF (although it was a 50 mile trail run with 25,000 feet of elevation change). Then my doctor told me a number I didn’t want to believe…

Between 2012 and now I had gained 36 pounds. My arms and legs are pretty much the same, but the dreaded “donut around the middle” that so many men gain as they age had crash-landed in my little universe. Most of my lab results and other vital signs are perfectly normal – it’s that BMI that’s slowly creeping toward the obese level. I can still run and bike and golf and ski, but now I need to look at additional options if I want to get back to a normal weight (and head off other health issues).

As I wrote in my first mini post, I decided to go in and talk to my doctor about all these things. He looked at my knee and determined it was fine to start back slowly, with some stretching, added warm-up and cool-down periods during runs and an initial goal of keeping the pace slow. He also said I can bike and golf as much as I want. For now, I’m hoping to run 30 minutes three times a week, bike home from work 3-4 days a week and golf once or twice a week (closing those three pesky Apple Watch activity bands daily).

Two nerd colleagues of mine that I mainly know through social media started talking about something I hadn’t heard before: the ketogenic diet. Both lost impressive amounts of weight in a relatively short period of time and also talked about eliminating fatigue, increased focus and several other benefits. I asked my doctor about the health risks and he was not concerned, recommending that I research it further (along with diets like Whole30) and decide if I want to try one.

To be honest, once I figured out what a carb was, it became clear that they were pretty much my whole life. Almost everything in my snack drawer at work was loaded with carbs, my work fridge is full of “regular-strength” Coke and Mt. Dew cans and most of my favorite meals when I go out to eat include some form of grain and/or potato (not to mention pizza and pastas). My first question to Bynkii was how the hell can you stop eating those things? His response: I just did.

So now I’m in the process of researching this very interesting nutritional science and deciding what the priorities are for the rest of my life. My initial reaction was no way – this would be too hard. But as I read more, I think I can at least start to consider these types of changes (and things like cyclical or targeted ketogenic plans might be optimal compromises). Plus all the bacon, steak and cheese you want?

Mmm…bacon, steak and cheese…

Originally published by DK on July 11, 2018 at 11:31 pm

King of the North

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 08:36 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 8:36 PM

Long live Gordy

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 8:36 pm

All the best places

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 07:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 7:56 PM

Nice to see Lynn at the candy store

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 7:56 pm

Swedish

Posted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 11:31 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 11:31 AM

Don’t ever change, Gordy

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2018 at 11:31 am

Better than fireworks

Posted Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 10:54 am GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 10:54 AM

My favorite thing about the Fourth

Originally published by DK on July 4, 2018 at 10:54 am

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…

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm

Two of my favorite things

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

Nicely done, Dinette

Originally published by DK on June 22, 2018 at 9:24 pm

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?

Originally published by DK on June 20, 2018 at 3:08 pm

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

Originally published by DK on June 18, 2018 at 10:54 am

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’

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2018 at 6:25 pm

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

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2018 at 10:46 am

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”

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2018 at 8:35 pm

London, Paris, NYC and St. Paul

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

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/features/far-and-away/america-s-coolest-drinking-city/

Originally published by DK on May 24, 2018 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

Originally published by DK on May 19, 2018 at 1:24 pm

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

Originally published by DK on May 16, 2018 at 12:19 am

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 👍

Originally published by DK on May 14, 2018 at 12:22 pm

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

Originally published by DK on May 13, 2018 at 9:24 pm

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

Originally published by DK on May 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm

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

Originally published by DK on May 7, 2018 at 8:08 pm

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

Originally published by DK on April 22, 2018 at 10:08 pm

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

Originally published by DK on April 21, 2018 at 8:48 pm

Muddy Paws needs our help

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

https://www.gofundme.com/help-rebuild-muddy-paws-cheesecake

Originally published by DK on April 16, 2018 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

Originally published by DK on April 11, 2018 at 11:48 pm

Congrats, Chef Malone

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

http://www.startribune.com/grand-cafe-in-minneapolis-named-one-of-the-country-s-best-restaurants-by-food-wine/479192163/

Originally published by DK on April 10, 2018 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?

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:46 am

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

Originally published by DK on April 2, 2018 at 11:42 am

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)

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2018 at 12:13 am

LA Slut

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

Just like Vegas

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2018 at 11:55 pm

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

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2018 at 11:00 am

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

Originally published by DK on March 30, 2018 at 4:09 pm

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

Originally published by DK on March 28, 2018 at 12:07 pm

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

Originally published by DK on March 27, 2018 at 3:22 pm

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…

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2018 at 11:42 pm

Winter market almost over

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

SK @ Octo

Originally published by DK on March 24, 2018 at 1:11 pm

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+

Originally published by DK on March 21, 2018 at 6:20 am

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

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2018 at 6:16 am

The 21 Best Bakeries in America

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

https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/best-bakeries-in-america-proof-flour-bakery-cafe-tartine-dominique-ansel-momofuku-milk-bar?ref=facebook-869

Originally published by DK on March 6, 2018 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

Originally published by DK on March 5, 2018 at 5:08 pm

Still a classic

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

VC 🍕

Originally published by DK on March 3, 2018 at 9:59 pm

The Rick Nelson Octo Review

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

http://www.startribune.com/st-paul-s-octo-fishbar-is-the-perfect-seafood-restaurant-for-our-times/475426023/#1

Originally published by DK on February 28, 2018 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

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2018 at 11:45 pm

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

Originally published by DK on February 16, 2018 at 10:57 pm
 

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