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Toys in Uptown

Posted Thursday, October 26th, 2017 01:40 pm GMT -6 in Shopping,Technology at 1:40 PM

Christmas in October

“Who bought the shitty Mac?”

Posted Friday, August 4th, 2017 05:42 pm GMT -6 in Family,Food,Shopping at 5:42 PM

Kids these days

What the hell is this?

Posted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 01:27 pm GMT -6 in Art,Music,Shopping at 1:27 PM

Not sure if I like Jeremy or the little dude in front

Dab Cat > Grumpy Cat

Posted Monday, June 12th, 2017 07:29 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Pop Culture,Shopping at 7:29 PM

Spotted at Target in NE

Wonder vacuum has arrived

Posted Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 12:43 am GMT -6 in Housekeeping,Shopping at 12:43 AM

Thanks again, Mystic Lake

My little desert shopping trip

Posted Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 07:29 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Shopping,Travel at 7:29 PM

Finally

The merch is on point

Posted Friday, March 31st, 2017 10:24 pm GMT -6 in Shopping,Sports,Travel,Work at 10:24 PM

One of my Final Four souvenirs (also got a hat)

Dayton’s, no more

Posted Friday, March 24th, 2017 09:01 pm GMT -6 in Business,History,Shopping at 9:01 PM

End of an era 🙁

The Euro Store?

Posted Friday, March 24th, 2017 11:32 am GMT -6 in Family,Shopping,Travel at 11:32 AM

Free time to shop and explore

The neighborhood grocer

Posted Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 10:15 pm GMT -6 in Food,Shopping at 10:15 PM

That’s a damn fine store (even if it’s a bit $$$)

Ah, Dayton’s

Posted Friday, March 10th, 2017 08:18 pm GMT -6 in History,Shopping at 8:18 PM

The good old days (although I usually went to the one in Southdale)

Step 1 – new shoes

Posted Thursday, February 9th, 2017 10:36 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Running,Shopping at 10:36 PM

Mizuno Wave Rider 20s from Run N Fun St. Paul

$10 for the material, $240 for the logos

Posted Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 01:41 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Football,Shopping at 1:41 PM

Don’t want Atlanta to win *that* much

Frontier will pay – right?

Posted Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 09:25 pm GMT -6 in Shopping,Travel at 9:25 PM

And from Forever 21, even (except for the hat)

Crayola at the work house

Posted Friday, January 6th, 2017 08:06 pm GMT -6 in Art,Football,Shopping at 8:06 PM

New stuff at the Mall of America

So long, dragon

Posted Monday, January 2nd, 2017 04:00 pm GMT -6 in Art,Shopping at 4:00 PM

Purchased many, many seasons ago at RenFest

The sports graveyard

Posted Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 11:19 am GMT -6 in Golf,Shopping,Skiing,Sports at 11:19 AM

Flashbacks @ Goodwill

The (semi) new Sub Pop store

Posted Friday, December 16th, 2016 06:42 pm GMT -6 in Music,Shopping,Travel at 6:42 PM

Opened three years ago at SEA-TAC

Hello deer

Posted Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 08:24 pm GMT -6 in Shopping,Work at 8:24 PM

WTF

Caviar Dreams

Posted Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 09:20 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Golf,Shopping at 9:20 PM

Why does the one item I liked the most cost $265?

Frankie at the Fetus

Posted Friday, July 8th, 2016 07:14 pm GMT -6 in Concerts,Music,Shopping at 7:14 PM

In-stores are the greatest

Felt weird to be back

Posted Friday, June 17th, 2016 11:07 pm GMT -6 in Food,Shopping,Travel at 11:07 PM

Quick stop at the Y Store

Border towns

Posted Sunday, May 29th, 2016 03:13 pm GMT -6 in Football,Shopping,Travel at 3:13 PM

Winona Shopko is bipolar

Custom laces

Posted Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 04:20 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Shopping at 4:20 PM

Purple (of course)

Outlet mall winning

Posted Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 02:56 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Food,Shopping at 2:56 PM

Found everything I was looking for

FOR THE HAIR

Posted Saturday, May 14th, 2016 11:30 am GMT -6 in Shopping at 11:30 AM

Swagger

Guest or employee?

Posted Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 12:23 pm GMT -6 in Shopping at 12:23 PM

That endcap looks like ass

Valentine sale at the Fetus

Posted Saturday, February 13th, 2016 07:08 pm GMT -6 in Family,Friends,Shopping at 7:08 PM

Kid two and friend found some good stuff

Kim Loves Choo Choos

Posted Thursday, January 21st, 2016 04:48 pm GMT -6 in Food,Shopping at 4:48 PM

Marshall Avenue Rocks

Kids and their phones

Posted Saturday, January 16th, 2016 03:25 pm GMT -6 in Family,Shopping,Technology at 3:25 PM

Kid one is just a bit happy @ Apple Store Southdale

Wish they were open

Posted Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 09:19 am GMT -6 in Music,Shopping,Travel at 9:19 AM

Record store in the French Quarter

The B.A.M.F!

Posted Sunday, December 13th, 2015 12:52 pm GMT -6 in Food,Shopping at 12:52 PM

That does not mean what you think it means

Isn’t that cheating?

Posted Sunday, December 13th, 2015 12:33 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Marathons,Running,Shopping at 12:33 PM

$50 for a 2015 Boston Marathon jacket @ Marshalls Mall of America

Bullseye is ready

Posted Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 07:48 pm GMT -6 in Shopping at 7:48 PM

The calm before the storm @ Target Eagan

OK, shopping is kinda fun

Posted Sunday, November 8th, 2015 05:00 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Shopping at 5:00 PM

Wave Rider 19s, Johnston & Murphy, Ecco

Let the Wookie carry your books

Posted Monday, September 7th, 2015 11:01 pm GMT -6 in Movies,Shopping at 11:01 PM

Star Wars backpack @ Target

This is the Droid

Posted Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 10:53 am GMT -6 in Links,Movies,Pop Culture,Shopping,Technology at 10:53 AM

http://www.sphero.com/starwars

Extra Mature

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 2015 12:24 pm GMT -6 in Food,Shopping at 12:24 PM

Product marketing geniuses

Stuart

Posted Monday, June 8th, 2015 11:24 am GMT -6 in Movies,Pop Culture,Shopping at 11:24 AM

Best Amazon box ever

Wut?

Posted Friday, May 1st, 2015 11:43 am GMT -6 in Food,Shopping at 11:43 AM

Is there alcohol is there or not? “Dewshine”

Just like Pip

Posted Friday, March 6th, 2015 10:33 pm GMT -6 in Shopping,Travel at 10:33 PM

My new London bad from TJ Maxx

Two Minneapolis Classics

Posted Saturday, February 21st, 2015 05:39 pm GMT -6 in Movies,Music,Shopping at 5:39 PM

The Fetus and the Riverview

Mine, or I will help you not!

Posted Sunday, February 8th, 2015 12:40 pm GMT -6 in Food,Movies,Shopping at 12:40 PM

Yoda Mac and Cheese

Parents Are Parents

Posted Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 03:21 pm GMT -6 in Fashion,Music,Shopping at 3:21 PM

…Springsteen is Boss @ Electric Fetus Duluth

The replacement has arrived

Posted Friday, January 16th, 2015 08:36 am GMT -6 in Shopping,Technology,Television at 8:36 AM

First new TV in seven years

My new IKEA friend George

Posted Sunday, January 4th, 2015 03:50 pm GMT -6 in Shopping at 3:50 PM

Piggies are cool

It’s been too long

Posted Sunday, January 4th, 2015 03:17 pm GMT -6 in Food,Shopping at 3:17 PM

Swedish meatballs @ IKEA Bloomington

Nothing says Christmas like smokes

Posted Monday, December 8th, 2014 09:57 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Holidays,Shopping at 9:57 PM

Gift shop tree at the casino

Target Dog Rules

Posted Sunday, December 7th, 2014 09:52 pm GMT -6 in Shopping at 9:52 PM

Fake chairlift @ Eagan Target

NWA Flashback

Posted Saturday, December 6th, 2014 05:50 pm GMT -6 in History,Shopping,Travel at 5:50 PM

Northwest Orient Florida swag

No trees at Pete’s

Posted Saturday, December 6th, 2014 05:12 pm GMT -6 in Shopping at 5:12 PM

On the hunt for an aluminum tree

My new desk accessories

Posted Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 02:52 pm GMT -6 in Golf,Shopping at 2:52 PM

Old Wilderness tee markers for sale, $10 each

Frozen!

Posted Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 08:24 pm GMT -6 in Family,Movies,Shopping at 8:24 PM

MK @ Target

Jailbreak Ready

Posted Sunday, November 16th, 2014 11:08 pm GMT -6 in Links,Shopping,Technology,Television at 11:08 PM

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-TV-2nd-Generation-/291298563098?

Cheap and cold

Posted Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 09:52 am GMT -6 in Cars,Shopping at 9:52 AM

$2.79/gallon gas @ Y Store

Haven’t been here in forever

Posted Thursday, November 6th, 2014 07:34 pm GMT -6 in Shopping at 7:34 PM

Nike Outlet Store @ North Branch

A Tiny Bite of the Big Apple

Posted Thursday, November 6th, 2014 12:06 am GMT -6 in Fashion,Food,Friends,Shopping,Travel at 12:06 AM

In addition to the big race, I was quite fortunate to experience a few additional things on my trip to New York (while still trying not to spend money). This trip was also a bit of an adventure for me, as I had never really had to figure out the subway system before. Both of my Delta flights were perfect – on time, window seats and great experiences with TSA Pre✓ at MSP and LGA. My one cab ride from the airport to Queens was inexpensive and quick.

I figured out the apartment situation the first night on my own, as my host Dillon had to work until 11pm. His place was really nice: smallish one bedroom on the third floor, with an elevator and balcony. It was located about two blocks from the N/Q line’s Astoria Boulevard station, which was really convenient. That train was a straight shot into Times Square, which I took on Saturday morning to head over to the race expo at the Javits Center, where I met my friends Deb and Jeff.

The expo was the same as last time: packed with people from all over the world. As I found out this week, the 2014 edition of the race was also the largest ever in the history of marathons (50,564 finishers). We walked right up to the bib areas, though, and really only had to wait in line to buy stuff. They also hand out the finisher shirts at the expo (just like Disney), so I picked mine up before buying a few five finger borough gloves for MK and SK. There were lots of other great things to buy there, but I didn’t want to burn all my cash on the first day. Stopped by the Sweaty Bands booth to look for my friend Kris, but she skipped this expo (and race).

Javits was also hosting a photography show and the huge Nikon booth was teasing me from just inside the guarded barrier. The marathon expo had a second level nearby, though, so we headed up there and found lots of interesting new booths. They handed out borough “passports” that you could get stamped to receive a free race poster. The inspiring Kathrine Switzer was there signing her book and a number of government and charity groups were handing out info.

The weather Saturday was crappy all day, with a cold, constant drizzle and relatively high winds. It wasn’t super fun walking around midtown, but we headed from Javits back to Times Square to wait in line at the TKTS booth to see if we could get discounted tickets to see Dillon’s show (he’s the sound engineer) – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. When we got up there, the guy said they only had five single seats left (for 50% off). Sold!

Once we had the tickets for the matinee, we walked over to Eighth Avenue to hit up Shake Shack for lunch. I ordered a single ShackBurger with no tomato, cheese fries and a vanilla malt. In hindsight, I don’t know if that was a great pre-race selection, but it sure tasted good (especially the bun). That place is always packed, but we didn’t have to wait too long.

After lunch, we walked up Eighth to 48th and waited outside the Walter Kerr Theater for a bit before the doors opened. Now that I think about it, we also got a drink across the street at Hurley’s Saloon and picked up some souvenirs for the girls at a tourist trap on Broadway. Once inside, we found our seats in the mezzanine and waited for the show to start. The guy sitting next to me was in town from Arkansas to run the marathon and said he was also a 2012 returnee. This was going to be his second marathon (he ran a BQ in his first at Chicago) and will retire from racing after Boston next April. So jealous. Oh yeah, he was wave one, corral A too…

The show was really fun. Jefferson Mays was outstanding, Lisa O’Hare was beautiful (and funny) and I really liked Carole Shelley as Miss Shingle. Bryce Pinkham was also very talented, turning from good to evil at the drop of a hat. The set design and lighting effects were cool and the orchestra and sound were perfect (of course). The play had two acts with an intermission and Dillon arranged to have our names at the stage door for an after show tour. We ended up actually getting escorted backstage by the other sound engineer Dave, who took us out the back exit and down the alley fire escape. Dillon let us walk out on center stage and showed us the very cramped backstage area, which was really special (thanks again, DJC!). Go see this show if you haven’t – there’s a reason it won four Tony Awards (including Best Musical).

After the show, we walked towards our dinner destination, stopping briefly at 30 Rock to watch the brave ice skaters gliding by in the rain. My pasta carbo load crosshairs were set on Alfredo’s, my old Italy EPCOT Center pals (RIP). The original restaurant is in Rome, but I’ve only known it from the Florida branch that closed on my brother’s birthday in 2007 (the New York location opened in 1977). I ordered a Caesar salad to start and (of course) had the fettuccine Alfredo. Not sure if it was my headache or the food, but it just didn’t seem the same to me, unfortunately.

After dinner, we walked up Fifth Avenue, stopping at the huge UNIQLO store to browse. They had a number of cool MoMA special edition jackets that I really wanted – Keith Haring and Andy Warhol designs for only $90! I restrained myself, though, and walked up to Tiffany & Co. to get a photo for free (no Cracker Jacks on this trip). Headed back to Queens after that and tried to rest up.

I already covered the race specifics in my other post, so I’ll jump to end of the race. I basically ended up walking all the way around the south half of Central Park and got back on the N train to Queens. Took a nice hot shower, changed and rested on the couch until Dillon got back from his Sunday afternoon performance. The local ABC affiliate re-ran the whole marathon broadcast, so I got to watch the two Kenyans battle down the stretch for their respective titles. It was a little reassuring to see the elites were also slowed down quite a bit by the conditions.

We walked a few blocks over to Chef Michael Psilakis’ Greek restaurant on Ditmars Boulevard, MP Taverna for dinner. Dillon had heard good things about it and when I saw the chef was a James Beard finalist, I was sold. My hanger steak & Greek sausage with smashed fries was delicious, as was our appetizer, yogurt dip with warm pita. Dillon ordered the spinach, feta & dill stuffed filet of sole, which he also enjoyed. We stopped in at the Sparrow Tavern on the way home for some Jameson and Laphroaig.

I attempted to sleep in a little on Monday, but was still up by nine. I packed up everything and decided to hop on the train one more time to head in to Times Square and a visit to the Cake Boss Cafe to pick up a couple gifts for Colleen. Before I left, I found an old Village Voice article that listed the top ten places to eat around Times Square. I decided the number one thing they picked sounded like a good plan and walked over to Sapporo on 49th:

Katsudon at Sapporo – This aging noodle shop has long been a haven for homesick Japanese travelers, and the ramen, gyoza, and curries are superb, but our greatest affection is for the luncheon delight katsudon, consisting of a perfectly fried pork cutlet mired in egg and onion, squirted with a vaguely sweet sauce and served over a big bowl of rice. A cup of miso soup comes alongside, making this one of the best under-$10 meals in town. 152 West 49th Street, 212-869-8972

Lunch was very good (I also added an order of Buffalo wings) and the location was perfect – the 49th Street N train station was basically right outside their door. I hopped back on the train, got my stuff and had Dillon drop me off at the airport on his way out of town. I hung out at the airport for a couple hours and arrived home that night around 8:30pm. Dillon’s suggestion to load A Dark Room on my phone was brilliant – no network connection required and it made the flight seem extra quick.

Growing up, I always preferred the West Coast (and especially LA) to New York. Living in the Midwest, I also hated how everything was so focused on the East Coast (all times Eastern, news broadcasts, New Years Eve countdowns, etc). Now that I’ve visited twice in the past two years, it’s starting to grow on me. I also realized this time just how much of New York I’ve never seen. I may not get back again for a while, but now I’d really like to (especially with the whole family). Until we meet again, Gotham…

Coach Purses up for grabs

Posted Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 07:17 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Fashion,Shopping at 7:17 PM

November casino promotion

The latest Wave Riders

Posted Friday, October 17th, 2014 05:17 pm GMT -6 in Running,Shopping at 5:17 PM

The 18 edition

Beastie Jackpot

Posted Friday, October 17th, 2014 04:38 pm GMT -6 in Music,Shopping at 4:38 PM

Great finds @ Cheapos Uptown

Umbrellas Over Calhoun

Posted Friday, October 17th, 2014 12:46 pm GMT -6 in Art,Shopping at 12:46 PM

Calhoun Square Art

$2.85 in Hibbing

Posted Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 10:32 am GMT -6 in Cars,Shopping at 10:32 AM

Love it

So tempting

Posted Sunday, October 12th, 2014 06:13 pm GMT -6 in Cars,Shopping at 6:13 PM

Used 2003 Cooper S for $6000

So happy to find a coat

Posted Friday, October 10th, 2014 11:05 pm GMT -6 in Family,Shopping,Skiing at 11:05 PM

MK @ Valley Bike and Ski

Seminoles in Minnesota

Posted Friday, October 10th, 2014 02:38 pm GMT -6 in Food,Music,Shopping at 2:38 PM

The new Hard Rock Cafe @ MOA

Don’t look at my Dad

Posted Friday, October 10th, 2014 02:37 pm GMT -6 in Family,Shopping at 2:37 PM

MK @ MOA

What a steal

Posted Monday, September 1st, 2014 01:28 pm GMT -6 in Casinos,Shopping at 1:28 PM

Good prices on used slot machines

One happy Needle Doctor patient

Posted Friday, August 22nd, 2014 03:49 pm GMT -6 in Family,Music,Shopping at 3:49 PM

SK’s record player is back in action

Opening Day at the Outlet

Posted Thursday, August 14th, 2014 05:45 pm GMT -6 in Shopping at 5:45 PM

Twin Cities Premium Outlets, Eagan

Thrift Shop Stylin’

Posted Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 04:25 pm GMT -6 in Family,Fashion,Shopping at 4:25 PM

MK @ Mall of St. Paul

 

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