http://www.mnzoo.org/musicinthezoo/Originally published by DK on March 31, 2013 at 8:17 pm
She got high for the first time down by the banks of the Mississippi River. Lord, to be 17 forever…
The whole family came over to the clubhouse tonight – yay!
Sadie and her Easter bone, St. Paul, Minnesota
Freezing in Eagan, Minnesota
The branch office – Grand Ole Creamery Minneapolis
…but a little pricey (and I miss sitting in the balcony with the whole family).
Buffalo Chips, The Lowry Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
The specials at The Lowry, Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Why do they get to decide what happens?Originally published by DK on March 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm
Kid one wearin’ moccasins that others have been walkin’ in
Lunch at The Lowry, Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Finally won the 50,000 chip bonusOriginally published by DK on March 30, 2013 at 11:04 am
Lunch with kid one, Woodbury, Minnesota
A chick that won’t quit…Originally published by DK on March 29, 2013 at 10:23 am
http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Gunflint-Trail-Entry-Sign-RepairOriginally published by DK on March 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm
Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted…Originally published by DK on March 28, 2013 at 2:26 pm
Kid two trying the elliptical for the first time, Clubhouse exercise room, Eagan, Minnesota
Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, Arizona
Sun City, Arizona
Sun City, Arizona
Alex and Steve the Mayor, Sun City, Arizona
Alice Cooperstown, Raving Party, Phoenix, Arizona
The Arrogant Butcher, Phoenix, Arizona
Thumbs up, Phoenix, Arizona
http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/104259/they-took-our-jobsOriginally published by DK on March 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm
Sculpture in the Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Video poker at IGT, Indian Gaming 2013, Phoenix, Arizona
Indian Gaming 2013, Phoenix, Arizona
Steve’s Green House Grill, Phoenix, Arizona
Stay Fit at Hyatt, Phoenix, Arizona
Suite 1213 @ Jobing.com Arena
Coyotes-Red Wings at Jobing.com Arena, Arizona
Piggy sand sculptures, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona
18th floor, Hyatt Regency, Phoenix, Arizona
Indian Gaming 2013, Phoenix, Arizona
I tried to stand up and fly straight, but it wasn’t easy with that sumbitch Reagan in the White House…
A candid golf shot from Anderson, third hole, Cattail Course, Whirlwind Golf Club, Chandler, Arizona
Ice sculpture at the NIGA welcome reception, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler, Arizona
Whirlwind Golf Club, Chandler, Arizona
Cattail Course at Whirlwind Golf Club, Chandler, Arizona
The par three fifteenth “Horn Toad,” Cattail Course, Whirlwind Golf Club, Chandler, Arizona
Vice Chairman’s Tournament, Whirlwind Golf Club Cattail Course, Chandler, Arizona
Chasing the Sun 7K, 29:30 (7:17 pace), Phoenix , Arizona
Overpriced watering the desert, Hyatt Regency, Phoeniz, Arizona
We figured there was too much happiness here for just the two of us, so we figured the next logical step was to have us a critter…
Delta flight 1717, MSP-PHX
The new Ike’s at MSP
Last night we decided to take the whole family to an early dinner at one of the new Minneapolis hot spots, Union. Located on the corner of the former Shinders at Hennepin and eighth, you have the option of either the first floor bar and dining room or the third floor rooftop – which was what we reserved for 5:15. That was really early, but we also got to enjoy an incredible amount of sunshine during our meal. The hostess said they hope to have the sliding glass roof open by the end of April.
Here are most of the items we selected off the menu:
- Donut holes savory with shallots, bacon, & vasterbotten cheese 6
- Assorted Seasonal Cheeses with Preserves & Walnut Bread 16
- Caesar Salad with Soft Boiled Egg & Garlic Brioche Crumble 9
- Crispy Chicken with Smoked Bacon, Poached Egg, FrisÃ©e Salad & Creamy Grits 19
- Skirt Steak Frites with Porcini BÃ©arnaise 22
- Grilled Rainbow Trout with Smoked Ham and Artichoke Chips 22
- Union Manhattan – cognac, carbonated cocchi barolo chinato, bitters
- PersianPussyCat – pomegranate gin, orange, vanilla, rose
- Sorbets and pineapple upside-down cake
I was a little concerned our youngest, pickiest eater wouldn’t try anything, but she did great with the cheese tray and the chicken. Drinks were really good, but I was disappointed with the donut holes (which every review I’ve read rave about). The rest of my meal was great, though: adding poached egg to a Caesar salad was brilliant and the crispy chicken was similar in presentation to the one at Borough (but different with the grits instead of buttery mashed potatoes).
Speaking of Borough, it seemed to me that these two restaurants have similar goals, but execute them a little differently (and perhaps towards different clientele). Colleen thought the music at Union was aimed towards a demographic a little older than us, but I’m pretty sure my old self is squarely in the group they try to please. Borough’s music was much hipper, with barely a hint of classic rock.
As you can see from the prices, they were reasonable for the type of restaurant Union strives to be. The atmosphere on the rooftop was lovely and I’d really like to see it at night too (preferably with the roof open and temps in the 70s). Service was very good from all staff we had contact with and included an actual “de-crumbing” and refolding of napkins when people in our group left the table to wash hands.
We walked through the first floor area to get to the elevator and I thought the vibe was pretty cool – high ceiling, industrial warehouse feel and Rube Goldberg-like connected ceiling fans reminiscent of those at the Raffles Long Bar in Singapore. The elevator is very slow and doesn’t hold many people, so prepare for a potential bottleneck there when it’s busy.
Very nice evening at yet another strong dining choice in the Twin Cities…
Alley behind the old Dayton’s ramp, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lunch with Mark Basel at Tavern in France, Edina, Minnesota
Edith, you are a lady! Not Toad of Toad Hall…
Which Wich, Cliff Road, Eagan, Minnesota
America’s Roast Beef, Yes Sir!
Breaking the law, breaking the law…Originally published by DK on March 21, 2013 at 11:06 am
Phoenix ForecastOriginally published by DK on March 21, 2013 at 10:41 am
Tamarack, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota
Golfweek’s 2013 Best Courses You Can Play list is out and here are the Minnesota rankings:
- 1) Wilderness at Fortune Bay
- 2) Giants Ridge (Quarry)
- 3) Deacon’s Lodge
- 4) Dacotah Ridge
- 5) StoneRidge
- 6) Meadows at Mystic Lake
- 7) Jewel GC
- 8) The Classic at Madden’s
- 9) Rush Creek
- 10) The Preserve at Grand View Lodge
We’re number one! We’re number one!
Played all of them, with the exception of numbers three and seven. Add those two to the list of golf goals for this season…Originally published by DK on March 20, 2013 at 4:05 am
Out for repair…
http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/blogs/199043511.htmlOriginally published by DK on March 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm
Fortune Bay pool, Tower, Minnesota
My site has become heavily weighted towards photos, quotes and links lately – sorry to all of you who prefer actual words and stories. I’ve been inspired, though, by people like Charlie Parr and projects like Scintilla and Reverb, where people like Kat and Meredith (whom I’ve never met in real life) write fascinating stories that I love to read. I’m also inspired by other runner/writers like Susan, Jean and Courtenay (one of whom I have actually met), who write posts that help me set new running goals, find new places to eat and visit and provide perspective on life in general.
Words have this nasty habit of getting me in trouble, but I need to write to organize my thoughts, share with others and stay sane. While I have no trouble speaking face to face now (not always the case), writing is something that I can massage, edit and tweak until I feel it’s just right. So let’s see where this goes…
I almost feel a bit like Garrison Keillor talking about last week in Lake Wobegon – it’s been a long winter on Lake Vermilion and I get the impression that even the snowmobilers are ready for it to end. Yesterday’s low was -26F, however, and my commute today from the Twin Cities was foiled by 6-10 inches of new, (nearly) Spring snow. I would positively be insane by now if not for the business trip I have booked for next week in Phoenix (conference here, hotel here and golf here).
Work has been terribly stressful the past few weeks – lots of drama, political intrique and a big system upgrade scheduled for later this week that I’m hoping doesn’t go sideways. The trade show next week looks to have a number of good presentations scheduled and I’ll be playing in a golf tournament with our tribal chairman and CEO on Sunday at one of the best courses in Arizona. All that, plus free drinks – what could possibly go wrong?
I’ve not done a great job managing email or personal projects lately – the work inbox sits at 351 messages and my personal email is at 32. Add in the move to the new townhouse and a looming tax deadline and you have the recipe for stress overload. Unpacking, web projects for friends (TM, BSP, BK, DS – haven’t forgot about you all, promise!) and trying to keep up with a haphazard training schedule while not getting sick has been a challenge.
Speaking of training, I now have three official races lined up: Get in Gear 10K, TC 1 Mile and the Twin Cities Marathon. With New York likely out of the picture, I’d still like to add another long race, but I’ll have to see how the money goes. Deadwood and the Goofy Challenge are high on the list, but both come with large price tags.
On the advice of Jake, I registered for my first MinneBar today. It’s free and I was informed Mr. Edge will be there, so it must be good. I have an idea for a new project, so maybe if I listen to people way smarter than me, it will give me a little push in the right direction.
Until next time…
Update: looks like I will be golfing here instead of We-Ko-Pa.Originally published by DK on March 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm
Trying some new non-refrigerated stuff
http://lasvegasblog.harrahs.com/las-vegas-casinos/bills-gambling-hall-saloon/bills-to-re-open-as-gansevoort-las-vegas-after-185-million-renovation/Originally published by DK on March 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm
So lame – Cloquet, Minnesota
Nickel Joker Poker, Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/1552422/richard-thompson-discusses-songwriting-new-album-at-sxswOriginally published by DK on March 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm
Finally! Only took about 5,000 spins to win this on St. Patrick’s Day, myVegas on FacebookOriginally published by DK on March 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm