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Eighty free spins

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Who said it was my birthday?

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Hozier tix for her birthday

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Mmm…steak

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Burned off part of dinner

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Rice Park at night

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Coin World Rocks

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Library Architecture

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St. Paul Glows

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Thinking of Herb

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CK and her boyfriend Eddie

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The Wild beating the Wild

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Love the Saint Paul Hotel

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View from a room

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The Big Daddy Flintstone

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…I’ll be rockin’ my rhymes all the way to Hell’s gate…

- Rhymin’ and Stealin’

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Curds, trout dip, steak n pierogies

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Nice view

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Beautiful art by the beautiful SK

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More new games at the Bay

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The Bitter Cold

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Sunday Dinner at Tongue in Cheek

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 01:33 am GMT -5

Here’s another post I meant to write in 2014, but time flies when you are recovering from the plague. Way back on Sunday, December 28th, Colleen and I trucked it over to St. Paul to visit the next hot spot on Payne Avenue, Tongue in Cheek East Side. Just down the block from Ward 6, Tongue in Cheek is headed up by former W.A. Frost alumni Leonard Anderson and Ryan Huesby, along with Anderson’s wife, Ashleigh Newman. Throw in Cook St. Paul and soon this part of town will be known for more than the just the old Payne Reliever, no?

Anderson mixed in a stint at The Hanger Room (RIP) between Frost and the new place, while Huseby was the general manager of The Happy Gnome. Newman was a manager at the former Nochee in Minneapolis, has long been involved with the Humane Farming Association and reportedly created much of the design and artwork for the space. Good pedigrees, no doubt.

The “heart of the concept” at Tongue in Cheek is stated as “sourcing animal products from farms that only use sustainable and humane farming practices.” The menu had several different options, including two 6-course tasting menus, one for omnivores ($59) and one for herbivores ($49) – add $20 to each for matching libations. I was looking forward to the $2 teasers, but we ended up only ordering one for Colleen: the charred feta with strawberry and black pepper jam (which was gone faster than I could take a picture).

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Shore lunch for dinner

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Let me put it this way. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons.

- Vizzini

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New Quads

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It’s midnight at a liquor store in Texas. Closing time another day is done…

- Out Among the Stars

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My new IKEA friend George

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It’s been too long

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Saturday Casino Night

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The Old Wisconsin

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A Frozen Spoonbridge

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MK and Gehry

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Hitler’s Boner?

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Today’s museum visit

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Jerk-ass Homer has become ass-jerk Homer…

- Christmas Homer

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Warm-up time at the X

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I miss the Bogeyman

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Communist Pigs

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A Russian Christmas

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Hunger Games – Finally

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Protein in Champlin

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Anniversary Dinner at Brasserie Zentral

Thursday, January 1st, 2015 02:28 pm GMT -5

My seemingly never-ending battle with bronchitis at the end of 2014 has delayed so many things – including this past due report from our anniversary dinner at Brasserie Zentral in downtown Minneapolis. We had Sunday night reservations on 12/14 for the place that’s been at the top of my restaurant list ever since it opened in April. We celebrated our anniversary four years ago at Russell and Desta Klein’s original Twin Cities restaurant Meritage in St. Paul and wanted to see what they created across the river. Four days after our visit, Rick Nelson at the Star Tribune crowned it the 2014 Restaurant of the Year.

The space on the ground floor of the Soo Line Building (505 Marquette Ave S) is beautiful. I had noted on OpenTable that we were celebrating our anniversary when I made the reservation and our server immediately brought over complimentary glasses of champagne and congratulated us. They also had small chocolates at the end of the meal that said Happy Anniversary on them – very nice attention to detail.

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Nice 1000x Win

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She lives with a broken man. A cracked polystyrene man. Who just crumbles and burns…

- Fake Plastic Trees

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