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Twins City Connect ⚾️

Pic posted June 11, 2024

Took me 24 hours to decide, but I think I want this one


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My job ain’t a job, it’s a damn good time. City to city, I’m running my rhymes. On location, touring around the nation. Beastie Boys always on vacation…

— No Sleep till Brooklyn

Quote posted June 11, 2024


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When your friends know you ⚾️

Pic posted June 10, 2024

When your friends know you ️

Twins 5, Colorado 0

via Instagram (@7minutemiles)


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Daisies out in Inver Grove Heights

Pic posted June 10, 2024

Near #13 tee @ Inver Wood (which I birdied today – yay)


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New species detected 🐰

Pic posted June 9, 2024

Lots of good stuff below the feeder


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Link: The Transformation of Every Hole at Interlachen

Linked June 9, 2024


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We’re pulling for you, Woodbury Alamo 🍿

Pic posted June 9, 2024

Hoping the corporate office can save the day


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Arlo Essential Outdoor Camera (2nd Gen)

Pic posted June 9, 2024

Mixed bag with these so far (also hate watching myself on video)


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Fixed my Mystic door prize

Pic posted June 8, 2024

Turns out you need to flip the switch from off to on


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A worthy ‘Tigo fries successor

Pic posted June 8, 2024

Thanks for saving the day, Taco John’s


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Congrats to the graduate 🎓

Pic posted June 8, 2024

Only one party this season for us – last visit to Forest Lake?


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The Saturday group @ Brookview

Pic posted June 8, 2024

A little slow today, but the weather was great


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Dinner @ Chilango ✅

Posted June 7, 2024

Earlier this week, Colleen and I battled the construction of Uptown to visit Chef Jorge Guzman’s new spot, Chilango. Located in the former Calhoun Beach Club spot that was previously Urban Eatery, the space has been updated with beautiful art and had a nice Mex-Tex vibe. That said, the menu seemed to be heavy on the Mex and light on the Tex. We also agreed that having daily specials make up half the menu meant your options seemed to be more limited than they needed to be.

We had high expectations, based on Stephanie March’s glowing preview story in MSP Magazine and our past experience at both Brewer’s Table (RIP May 2015 – August 2018) and the excellent Petite Leon. Chilango opened on April 18, 2024 and chef was there on our Tuesday night visit (not sure how he splits his time between the two spots).

I drove from work to meet Colleen and was glad I made it in time. I had no idea that Hennepin Avenue is half torn up for much of my journey from downtown (and completely shut down once you hit Uptown). I was detoured west to Lake of the Isles, which of course goes one way the opposite way I needed to go to get to Chilango. And since everyone was diverted to side streets, things got very backed up the further I went. Thankfully, there was a small MINI-sized parking spot on the marathon route a block over from the restaurant.

Here is the list of things we ordered (along with the menu descriptions):

  • Chile con Queso: melty cheese, roasted chiles & charred onions served with tortilla chips $9
  • Enchiladas Verdes: heritage breed chicken, cheese, chilessalsa de tomatillo verde, cilantro, crema y queso fresco $26
  • Baja Fish Taco: (2 tacos per) battered white fish, red cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, chipotle crema $14
  • Gem Salad: gem lettuce, jalapeño – mango vinaigrette, hooks aged cheddar, peanut yaji, cucumbers & radish $15
  • Banana Pudding: bananas, vanilla wafers, toasted coconut, salted peanuts, whipped cream $11
  • I live across the street: Mexican Gustoso, rum, watermelon, olive oil drizzle, lime, salt $13
  • Mexican Coke $4
  • Riesling, Raimund Prun “Solitar”, Germany $14

We thought prices were a little on the high side for what was served, but overall I liked everything I had. Colleen didn’t think it matched the quality of his past work, but it is a different type of operation (as the March story mentions). With a lot of other strong Mexican options in town (and the current traffic issues), it might be a tough ask. I do think it’s worth a visit, though.

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🫡 “Worst Concert Venue”

Posted June 7, 2024

Star Tribune headline in 2017:
“It’s time to unplug the worst concert venue in the Twin Cities”

Star Tribune headline in 2024:
“One of country music’s best singers will play the Twin Cities’ worst concert venue in September”

In the immortal words of The Dude:
“Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man…”


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That’s one awesome crew 💯

Pic posted June 7, 2024

LVTC backstage @ Mystic Lake


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Link: 2024 Worlds Best Restaurants 💫

Linked June 7, 2024


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More cute bird buddies

Pic posted June 7, 2024

From no visitors for months to re-filling seed daily


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Beautiful day at The Dwan ⛳️

Pic posted June 7, 2024

Great to catch up with Cody


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Still miss the ‘Tigo fries 🪦

Pic posted June 7, 2024


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The babies are liars 👎

Pic posted June 6, 2024

Their definition of good fortune and my definition of good fortune are two very different things…


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LVTC @ Mystic Lake

Pic posted June 6, 2024

Big thanks to Mark and Jeff for hosting today


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Link: We need George Benson to play the Dakota

Linked June 5, 2024


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🫡 Discovering new music

Posted June 5, 2024

As I work my way through listening to all of the Apple Music 100 Best Albums list, it’s been fun to listen to things I would’ve never otherwise picked. Currently a quarter of the way through the list…

Another fun source of new songs have been the monthly “David Byrne Radio Presents” playlists that I hear about via email alerts (and are presented on Apple Music and Spotify).

I’m not sure how actively Mr. Byrne participates in the selection and creation of these playlists, but I like to think that he really sits down each month to “produce” these like I do with the holiday samplers…


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Happy Global Running Day 2024 🏃‍♂️‍➡️

Pic posted June 5, 2024

Couldn’t quite beat the rain, but the 🌈 was nice


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Buon Appetito! 🍕

Pic posted June 5, 2024

Lunch @ Cossetta with Mr. Trejo and the St. Paul crew


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