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  • My current Maslow hierarchy has been condensed to don’t be sick and stay warm 20 hours ago
  • Hoped to work past five, but my eyes are burning up and it’s seriously tough to keep them open 21 hours ago
  • Trying lunch somewhere new today @ Sulu’s Espresso Cafe instagram.com/p/wrX7krQ6Ar/ 1 day ago
  • Glad I came into work early today, though, as our server room was 92F 1 day ago
  • Thought I’d been sick since Thanksgiving, but October and early November weren’t exactly primo either – maybe Hawaii or Florida would help 1 day ago
  • Lots of stuff crossed off already for a Monday – item number one tomorrow is to wipe down and sanitize my entire office 2 days ago
  • Must be germs in my office – was getting better, but less than two hours here and I’m coughing again and my nose won’t stop running 2 days ago

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A Brulé Christmas

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Bee-bow Slots

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Sushimoto?

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Chef Life

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Someone has a new Precious

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Cash and Prizes

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The Dishwasher

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Nice spread

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My favorite clam dip

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Thanksgiving 2014

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Southern Fried Heart Attack

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And the sign said long-haired freaky people need not apply…

- Five Man Electrical Band

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Woot Woot

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That’s more like it

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Six o’clock – TV hour. Don’t get caught in foreign towers. Slash and burn, return, listen to yourself churn…

- R.E.M.

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Food costs? What food costs?

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Frozen!

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Gets dark early now

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Enemy Number One

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Minneapolis Mac

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The new running shirt

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Son, there was never a ‘C-L’…

- Mr. Lassen

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My new favorite pasta

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Swaggie in Minneapolis

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Thursday Night Lights

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Butt Burger Baby

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Cold and pretty

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Never bet $4

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Flashback ‘Tigo Buddies

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Cold VC pizza on a cold night

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Warming Up

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A Frozen Big Bay

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Fall in the Northland

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She’s the cheese and I’m the macaroni…

- Get It Together

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Moderately better than a treadmill

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Dinner at Spoon and Stable

Saturday, November 15th, 2014 10:40 pm GMT -5

Minnesotans always seem so proud when one of our own make it big. This usually happens somewhere else, so it’s an extra big deal when those people move back to their frozen homeland (see Garrison Keillor). The latest to join this list is another GK – the James Beard 2008 Rising Star Chef from Café Boulud, Gavin Kaysen. Originally from Bloomington (and an Academy of Holy Angels alum), Kaysen shocked the cooking world when he announced this spring he was leaving his post as executive chef after seven years and returning to Minnesota to open his own place in Minneapolis.

All the pieces fell into place over the summer, as Kaysen lured a team of all stars: Bill Summerville (wine) and Diane Yang (pastry) from La Belle Vie, Robb Jones (2013 Bartender of the Year at Saffron), Stephen Stritch as service manager (former banquet manager at the Waldorf Astoria) and Christopher Nye as chef de cuisine (Café Boulud). He found a spot in the North Loop directly across from our favorite restaurant, The Bachelor Farmer, and started working with local design firm Shea to build out his new baby. The working name was Merchant right up until the end of October, when this video announced a new name, Spoon and Stable.

The new restaurant was to begin accepting reservations on November 10th and you could sign up to be reminded via email, which I did. Online reservations would start at ten, but the golden email arrived around 9:00am and said email subscribers had a one hour head start and could call in for spots. Since the phone line was non-stop busy, I switched to concert ticket mode and started refreshing my browser. When the main website didn’t have anything listed at ten, I searched OpenTable and found the right page. Around 10:15, the select day page loaded and I picked Friday at 7:00pm, which showed availability. We were in! I forwarded the confirmation to Colleen and we were both really excited. About an hour later, however, my heart sank…

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Remembering Patrick

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Signed menus from opening night

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Suburban Hype

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The Triple Crown

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Never noticed this table

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Cheap and cold

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Just a light dusting

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