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So. Many. Calories.

Posted Saturday, February 25th, 2017 07:56 pm GMT -6 in Food at 7:56 PM

Delicious, delicious calories 🍔

Heresy – wings over Lucy

Posted Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 09:34 pm GMT -6 in Food at 9:34 PM

Late dinner at the 5-8

Fun to be back with WeRunMpls

Posted Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 08:09 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends,Running at 8:09 PM

Sorry I brought down the pace average

Where are the meatballs?

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 11:31 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 11:31 PM

A quick visit to TBF before The Seeker

Chicken by Timmy Ho?

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 01:00 pm GMT -6 in Food at 1:00 PM

That hot biscuit, though

Top 7 Food Favorites

Posted Sunday, February 19th, 2017 03:32 pm GMT -6 in Food,Personal at 3:32 PM
  • Potatoes (any style)
  • Cheeseburgers
  • Steak
  • Fried Chicken
  • Pizza
  • Egg McMuffins
  • Carbonara

One last time

Posted Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 07:34 pm GMT -6 in Food at 7:34 PM

Only the original from here on out

Meet your 2017 semifinalists

Posted Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 10:11 am GMT -6 in Food,Links at 10:11 AM

Kid one wanted poutine

Posted Monday, February 13th, 2017 02:57 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends at 2:57 PM

And I just happened to have a gift card to Grumpy’s (thanks, JK)

Sometimes it’s the little things

Posted Thursday, February 9th, 2017 07:07 pm GMT -6 in Food at 7:07 PM

Zantigo Forever 

Turn that frown…

Posted Saturday, February 4th, 2017 12:13 pm GMT -6 in Food at 12:13 PM

All you can eat pancakes @ IHOP

Cookie says it’s time to eat

Posted Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 02:50 pm GMT -6 in Art,Food,Travel at 2:50 PM

Come and get it

Top Five Filet

Posted Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 01:37 pm GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 1:37 PM

This was amazing – Vic and Anthony’s, Houston

Birthday Buffet

Posted Sunday, January 29th, 2017 07:34 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Food at 7:34 PM

Two free passes to Tradewinds, Welch

Belated birthday @ Tullibee

Posted Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 07:36 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Holidays at 7:36 PM

Beautiful room, great service from Camille and a top notch steak, side and dessert 

Welcome to MoA Timmy Ho

Posted Friday, January 20th, 2017 07:06 pm GMT -6 in Food at 7:06 PM

With an expanded menu even

The Sea Change 🐟 sandwich 

Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 03:09 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Friends at 3:09 PM

It had been waaaaay too long

Never really our thing

Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 12:32 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,History at 12:32 PM

…but it will still be missed. Last few days of the Oak Grill @ Dayton’s 12th floor

No waiting

Posted Monday, January 16th, 2017 11:16 am GMT -6 in Family,Food at 11:16 AM

WTF? Walked right in to the original

Lunch break with SK

Posted Thursday, January 12th, 2017 01:21 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 1:21 PM

Sashimi @ Zen Box Izakaya

Sweet 16 Bowling Party

Posted Sunday, January 8th, 2017 02:54 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Friends,Holidays,Sports at 2:54 PM

Thanks, Cedarvale

Bob Mould at First Avenue

Posted Saturday, January 7th, 2017 06:46 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Food,Friends,Music at 6:46 PM

The day Prince died, Bob Mould played a micro show at the Turf Club in St. Paul. This was a preview for back-to-back nights in the mainroom at First Avenue, the first of which DGS and I planned to attend. Still in shock from the purple news, the club was a very calming and welcoming place for us to be. They had the screen down over the stage before the show (as usual), but that night it was a non-stop loop of Prince pictures (see the gallery after the jump).

After an early dinner at the Depot Tavern, we got inside right at doors in order to catch both opening acts – Fury Things and The Suicide Commandos. Both openers were good – Fury Things opened up for Bob in the mainroom in 2015 (and that Entry show in 2014 that I still regret not attending). The Commandos are older than both of us, but still bring it in a big way.

While I was never a big Hüsker Dü fan back in the day, I loved Sugar and have all of Mould’s solo albums (and have since gone back for the early stuff too). The latest Patch the Sky album received great reviews and even got a fair amount of airplay on The Current. In an interview with Chris Riemenschneider before the Minnesota shows, the 55-year-old Mould talks about three solo albums in four years, working through personal issues in San Francisco and how he takes care of himself by eating right and getting to the gym every day.

I didn’t get a set list to this show, but Chad Werner at City Pages had a nice write-up. It was a blistering rock and roll show and the cover of “When You Were Mine” was a nice touch (even with the tour manger singing lead). The only disappointment was the sound engineer from a video crew that thought it would be cool to set up a dual-mic rig in front of the soundboard, perfectly blocking our view of center stage. Boo!

From the Bob Mould Facebook page:

I never spoke with Prince. He always struck me as a private guy. Maybe he was shy around strangers. We never had much actual interaction – a couple nods in passing, but no real words were exchanged.

The Twin Cities of the 1980s was a very special time for all of us local musicians. There were the North Minneapolis R&B artists, the South Minneapolis guitar rock bands, and in the center of it all was First Avenue/7th Street Entry.

I’ve seen Prince perform sold out shows with The Revolution at First Ave, he and a rhythm section jamming as a guitar/bass/drums three piece in the Entry for 30 people, and was selfishly frustrated when he took over “the main room” for 25 days of filming Purple Rain.

I had the pleasure of spending seven days recording the basic tracks for my first solo album at Paisley Park in December 1988. It was the most professional studio I had ever seen at that point in my life. On the seventh day, I moved from the B room to Studio A, which was Prince’s primary room. I remember seeing Sheila E’s percussion in one of the isolation booths. The large control room was decorated with several of Prince’s scarves. It certainly felt like Prince’s home.

Prince was an artist through and through – always pushing himself to new levels, often creating controversy through his actions and words, and ultimately creating a lifetime of wonderful memories for the world with his incredible volumes of published (and unheard) works.

I heard the news while driving from Tomah WI to Minneapolis. I immediately flipped on The Current 89.3 FM to make sure what I was hearing was true. Sure enough, there was a live report from outside Paisley Park confirming the sad news of Prince’s passing.

I’m two blocks from First Avenue as I write these words. Friday and Saturday nights, I will walk that same stage we all know from the movie. The exterior walls of First Avenue are covered with stars to honor the musicians who made an impact on music fans in Minnesota.

Make no mistake: Prince was the brightest star in these Northern skies. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fellow musicians. Prince’s music will give consolation and comfort to the collective grief. Godspeed.

It was non-alcoholic, promise

Posted Thursday, December 29th, 2016 12:44 am GMT -6 in Casinos,Family,Food at 12:44 AM

My dinner companion @ Minnehaha Cafe

Pineapple Fanta!

Posted Friday, December 23rd, 2016 05:41 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 5:41 PM

SK ordered this (“Piña Fanta”) @ the new St. Paul Revival

Number 3 @ Kim’s

Posted Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 09:02 am GMT -6 in Food at 9:02 AM

Kim No More – always good

Fish and chips forever

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 08:47 pm GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 8:47 PM

Or Poutine – take your pick (Irish Times Pub, Victoria BC)

End of the road

Posted Thursday, December 15th, 2016 10:44 am GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 10:44 AM

So glad this place was open in Port Renfrew

I ❤️ 🇨🇦

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 12:25 am GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 12:25 AM

Poutine Forever

Greatest country in the world?

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 12:18 am GMT -6 in Food,Travel at 12:18 AM

Canada has so much going for it, eh?

Networking in Seattle

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 12:14 am GMT -6 in Food,Technology,Travel at 12:14 AM

Jack’s Fish @ Pike’s Place

Spot the monkfish

Posted Monday, December 12th, 2016 04:58 pm GMT -6 in Business,Food,Travel at 4:58 PM

Home of the lame training session

Quick stop at the market

Posted Monday, December 12th, 2016 04:52 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Travel at 4:52 PM

Pike’s Place is very, very cold today

As You Like It

Posted Friday, December 9th, 2016 11:51 am GMT -6 in Food,Friends at 11:51 AM

Pizza with DGS in St. Paul

Thanks for lunch, DS

Posted Thursday, December 8th, 2016 02:07 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends at 2:07 PM

Murray’s lunch steak with au gratins = 👊

A break room surprise 

Posted Thursday, December 1st, 2016 11:37 pm GMT -6 in Food,Work at 11:37 PM

Timbits have arrived in the Twin Cities

Dinner at 112 Eatery

Posted Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 10:32 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 10:32 PM

Not sure why it took us so long to visit Isaac Becker’s 112 Eatery – it’s been on my list for ages, we’ve been to his newer Bar La Grassa and Burch multiple times and he’s a freakin’ James Beard award-winner, for crying out loud. And tonight it actually happened by accident: we had planned to grab a bar or lounge seat at Saffron across the street (before they close for good on Saturday), but couldn’t get in.

We actually couldn’t get a table at 112 either, but lucked out on two bar seats after a very short wait. John the bartender took good care of us and we had a very nice recovery night out. For drinks, Colleen had a cider from Cold Spring, Minnesota called Milk & Honey, while I had an amazing twist on straight up bourbon called brown butter bourbon. It smelled like caramel corn and felt like it was going to burn through the roof of my mouth – tremendous.

We only had time for two courses, so I started with the Boston Bibb salad with fine herb vinaigrette and parm ($10), which I’m going to call the “Cousin It” salad. Bachelor Farmer still has my all-time favorite salad, but this one was very close. Colleen ordered the salted cucumbers with avocado & orange ($8), which she said was one of the best dishes she’s had all year.

For the main course, Colleen ordered the duck breast with red miso & shiitakes ($27), while I had the pan-roasted short rib with sweet rice cacio e pepe ($25). Both were very good, but did take a while to arrive. Service from John was great, however, and we really liked the overall atmosphere of the room. Too bad we didn’t have time for dessert – they all sounded wonderful. Next time…


No more ribs, but amazing fries

Posted Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 12:24 pm GMT -6 in Food at 12:24 PM

Stewart’s in St. Paul (formerly the 128 Cafe)

Have it your way

Posted Friday, November 25th, 2016 08:16 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Friends at 8:16 PM

The Appa Goober @ 🐰 Hole – chef will be so upset with me

Thanksgiving traditions 

Posted Friday, November 25th, 2016 10:57 am GMT -6 in Family,Food,Holidays at 10:57 AM

It’s the only set of silverware I’ve ever used during the holidays

New gig, same great clothes 

Posted Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 07:01 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends,Hockey at 7:01 PM

Great to see Mr. Anderson again at the X

Need to add this to the list

Posted Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 06:19 pm GMT -6 in Food,Hockey at 6:19 PM

Herbie’s on the Park

OUIBar + KTCHN now open

Posted Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 01:19 pm GMT -6 in Food at 1:19 PM

Complete with Adam Turman mural 

Served all day

Posted Monday, November 21st, 2016 08:48 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends at 8:48 PM

Breakfast for lunch @ Key’s with Mark

Hello Arizona

Posted Sunday, November 20th, 2016 12:25 pm GMT -6 in Food,Football,Work at 12:25 PM

Welcome to our house

Back again

Posted Friday, November 18th, 2016 12:25 pm GMT -6 in Food at 12:25 PM

Twice in one week

The new kid in town

Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 07:36 pm GMT -6 in Food at 7:36 PM

The chicken club @ McKinney Roe

The girl and her pho

Posted Saturday, November 12th, 2016 03:42 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 3:42 PM

SK at Midtown Global Market

Great adds by the Wild

Posted Friday, November 11th, 2016 07:51 am GMT -6 in Food,Hockey,Links at 7:51 AM

My own Audrey with a Jane

Posted Thursday, November 10th, 2016 10:39 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 10:39 PM

Mucci’s always hits the spot

George & the Dragon

Posted Thursday, November 10th, 2016 12:07 pm GMT -6 in Food at 12:07 PM

South Minneapolis fish and chips

New buns at the Fudd

Posted Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 08:25 pm GMT -6 in Food at 8:25 PM

Smaller, but not enough to offset the river of cheese

It’s that time of the year

Posted Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 06:24 am GMT -6 in Food,Politics at 6:24 AM

Make cereal great again

The Rabbit Hole gets me

Posted Saturday, November 5th, 2016 10:46 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Friends at 10:46 PM

Thanks, Kat – everything was wonderful (as usual)

Platter full of calories

Posted Friday, November 4th, 2016 09:24 pm GMT -6 in Food at 9:24 PM


New menus at Kim’s

Posted Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 06:37 am GMT -6 in Design,Food at 6:37 AM

So fancy!

Victory 44 checked off

Posted Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 12:57 pm GMT -6 in Food at 12:57 PM

Finally – the “Perfect Burger” has been on the list for a long, long time

Happy (Hoser) Halloween

Posted Monday, October 31st, 2016 10:33 am GMT -6 in Food,Holidays at 10:33 AM

Too bad I left them all at home

Celebrating fatherhood

Posted Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 10:39 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends at 10:39 PM

Good luck Matt

Victory Pizza

Posted Friday, October 21st, 2016 06:30 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 6:30 PM

For me, at least 🎳

Muse was quite nice

Posted Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 12:00 am GMT -6 in Food,Technology at 12:00 AM

Loved the food from Crave too @ Code 42 JAMF party

Friday fish fry in Coates

Posted Friday, October 14th, 2016 08:30 pm GMT -6 in Food at 8:30 PM

House of Coates – check

This is not helping

Posted Thursday, October 13th, 2016 09:12 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 9:12 PM

Carbone’s on Randolph with mom and dad

A mini Central reunion

Posted Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 08:36 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends at 8:36 PM

Great to see the Shusters in Minneapolis 

The skirt steak @ Eastside

Posted Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 08:34 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends at 8:34 PM

Great presentation and flavor

Our new neighbor Erik

Posted Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 07:32 pm GMT -6 in Food,Work at 7:32 PM

Erik the Red burger with mac and cheese

Die Hard 2016

Posted Monday, October 10th, 2016 05:22 pm GMT -6 in Food,Friends,Golf at 5:22 PM

Wish I played better, but what an amazing October day in Minnesota 

Get your groove on

Posted Sunday, October 9th, 2016 08:03 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 8:03 PM

The latest (losing) pulltabs at Buffalo Tap

Welcome Texans

Posted Sunday, October 9th, 2016 08:02 pm GMT -6 in Food,Football,Work at 8:02 PM

Thanks for getting us to 5-0

Are you crazy?

Posted Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 11:14 pm GMT -6 in Food,Links,Personal,Work at 11:14 PM

Since 1974

Posted Friday, September 30th, 2016 01:11 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food at 1:11 PM

Blue sky patio lunch to start the weekend


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