http://www.messagemedia.co/millelacs/opinion/our_columnists/bob_statz/article_569f8e42-5aaf-11e2-b0c1-001a4bcf6878.htmlOriginally published by DK on April 30, 2013 at 6:07 pm
Whispering Winds Gift Shop, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota
If it’s too loud, you’re too old!Originally published by DK on April 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm
The petite sirloin, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota
Yesterday I spent some time with our new golf general manager, Gabe Cessna, sitting in the new patio chairs under a bright sun that was hard at work melting snow on The Wilderness at Fortune Bay.
A great deal of progress was made last weekend, but it’s still looking like a May 17 opener. All of the greens are still covered and there are portions of the course with a fair amount of snow to melt. The tees that I saw today, though, looked wonderful.
More pictures after the jump.
http://blogs.citypages.com/food/2013/04/signature_dish_left_handed_cook_thomas_kim.phpOriginally published by DK on April 29, 2013 at 8:38 pm
I don’t even remember where I read it, but one of the food sites I follow mentioned something about Joan’s in the Park being one of the best restaurants in St. Paul. Since I somehow missed hearing about this place, I made reservations for Sunday night and we checked it out.
Located in the former Grampa Tony’s building on Snelling at Bayard in Highland Park, Joan’s has been open about two years, according to our server. Run by chef/owner Susan Dunlop and maître d’/owner Joan Schmitt (Morton’s the Steakhouse, The Capital Grille and Tria) and their kids, the place is very small and focuses on locally sourced ingredients.
We ordered a couple of drinks (sparkling cosmo for me) and waited a fairly long time for bread. The email confirmation said dining here takes a long time, and we soon found out why – the onion bread was delivered straight from the oven! Very tasty.
Our selected starters and salad included:
- SEARED DAY BOAT SCALLOP IN SMOKY GAZPACHO – tomato, cucumber, ginger, serrano, toasted croutons, cilantro
- POTATO RÃ–STI WITH SOFT EGG frisee, Benton’s smoked hickory bacon, two hearted ale vinaigrette, truffle
- BUTTER LETTUCE FRESH HERB toasted walnuts, gorgonzola dolce vinaigrette, lavender honey
Loved all of that – the potato starter was like a really fancy breakfast all rolled into one and I’m still a sucker for a good butter lettuce salad (this was second only to TBF on my personal butter lettuce favorites list).
For the main course, Colleen ordered the market fish (the name escapes me) and I ordered this:
- NIMAN RANCH PORK TENDERLOIN 8oz maple brined seared pork tenderloin, Swiss chard, Benton’s hickory smoked bacon, currents, citrus butter, whipped potato
The pork and whipped potato matched perfectly – tender, buttery and a larger than expected serving size. Colleen ate the Swiss chard and said it was perfection.
For desert, Colleen was told their signature brown butter pudding had no egg, so she tried that and loved it, saying we needed to bring the kids back just for that. I ordered the hot chocolate cake, which didn’t quite match up to my Roy’s standard for molten chocolate cake (but was still very good).
Aside from that first long wait for bread, the rest of the courses came out at the speed you would expect. Our server was very good at making recommendations and I’m pretty sure both owners made appearances at our table at various times during the night.
I’d go back, but I have to ask Joan about their web site: why do you sometimes use lower-case “joan” in some places and upper-case “Joan” in others?
Fortune Bay Marina, Lake Vermilion, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on April 29, 2013 at 6:51 pm
Nitty Ditty Nitty Gritty Great BirdOriginally published by DK on April 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm
Plants vs. Zombies, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota
http://letthechipsfall.com/Originally published by DK on April 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm
The north side of Harriet felt about 30 degrees colder than the others…
Kid one testing the waters, Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Duck trying to swim in a partially frozen Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Spring at Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kid one at Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lunch with kid one, Eagan Smashburger
Like Sam the Butcher bringing Alice the meat…Originally published by DK on April 28, 2013 at 10:45 am
The Not Guilty Band at Mystic Lake, Prior Lake, Minnesota
Little Six Casino, Prior Lake, Minnesota
I think we all felt owed one after some hit and miss weather lately in Minnesota and today did not disappoint. This was my twelfth Get in Gear 10K in a row and it was a great one – sunny skies, temps near 50F at the start and a big turnout of smiling, happy runners.
After not using my Garmin all winter, I actually forgot how it worked and almost missed getting accurate info. My watch time was two seconds off the official time and reported rough splits of 6:30, 6:59, 7:13, 7:30, 7:25 and 7:24. I really couldn’t believe that first one and was afraid I blew any chance of a PR. After getting to the midway point around 20:00, I started dreaming of a sub-44 (or better).
Alas, that was not to be, but I did hang on for a seven second PR. Very happy to set the new mark, as I’m not getting any younger. Felt a bit of regret, though, as I really thought I could do better. Next time, perhaps…
Some other stats from the results page:
- Official time of 44:40 (7:12 pace)
- Overall: 255 out of 3141
- Men: 191 out of 1374 Males
- Age Group: 23 out of 184 Males in the M40-44 Age Group
Up next: TC 1 Mile on May 9
Miller boys at The Summit, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Just before the 18th tee, The Summit Golf Club, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Get in Gear, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tour, meeting and lunch with Charles Edge, 318, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kid two at the Walker, Minneapolis, Minnesota
http://www.eonline.com/news/411208/gwyneth-paltrow-named-the-world-s-most-beautiful-woman-by-people-magazineOriginally published by DK on April 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm
Mystery Progressive Bank, Fortune Bay, Tower, Minnesota
Downtown Tower, Minnesota
Pull tabs at Good Ol’ Days, Tower, Minnesota
Employee menu at the Bay Street Grill, Tower, Minnesota
Onemanii Steakhouse, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota
http://www.high5games.com/Originally published by DK on April 24, 2013 at 12:22 am
Nine out of ten tax-filers pay for help to complete their returns.
Thank you BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m – Wild beat the Kings 2-1, Fortune Bay server room, Tower, Minnesota
Wolfgang Puck on myVegasOriginally published by DK on April 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm
Cave King slot topper
Lando’s not a system, he’s a black guy…Originally published by DK on April 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm
Lake Vermilion, Minnesota
Chicken wild rice soup, Tamarack, Fortune Bay Resort Casino, Tower, Minnesota
Quicker turnaround, road trip options…Originally published by DK on April 22, 2013 at 11:28 am
iPad config for the tribal council meeting
Last night Colleen and I tried out the new Isaac Becker place in Minneapolis, Burch. Located just south of the Walker on Hennepin, we had 7:30 dinner reservations at the upstairs steakhouse (we did not check out the basement pizza bar).
The room is comfortable and hard to picture as the pharmacy it used to be in a former life. We had a table near the open kitchen, which was just fascinating to watch. It’s a loud room – I didn’t even notice they were playing music until the room started to empty. Colleen liked the lighting and the exposed brick walls added a historic touch.
For drinks, we orderded a lemon martini and a Burch penicillin (I wanted a little Laphroaig), which was followed by a nice assorted bread plate. Colleen started with the soup of the day and I had the Belgian endive salad with buttermilk, blue cheese and the most amazing little chunks of bacon.
Since Colleen isn’t a big steak person, she ordered the market fish, which was rainbow trout wrapped in bacon. I had difficulty deciding among the three steak sections: 100% grass fed, natural and prime. I ended up with an 8 ounce grass-fed filet, which was one of the tenderest steaks I’ve ever had. It came with their house-made steak sauce, some Béarnaise and a bowl full of mushrooms. The triple cooked chips with mayo were a unique take on the fry – crisp, hot, salty and absolutely wonderful.
Colleen ordered some coconut cake to go, while I sat and ate my flourless chocolate torte there. It was also very good – in fact, I can’t decide what I liked best at Burch. I’ll have to book a return visit soon with kid one, the steak lover…
If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re not really hungry…
Kid two and friend, Burnsville Center, Burnsville, Minnesota
Orange and sesame chicken with rice, Asian Too, Burnsville Center, Burnsville, Minnesota
Running with Megan and Chili Dog, Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Brunswick Zone, Lakeville, Minnesota
View from the kitchen, Eagan, Minnesota
http://artpolikarpov.github.io/garmoshka/Originally published by DK on April 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm
The sagging pine trees after the late April snowstorm, Eagan, Minnesota
Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?
The new Cossetta Market, St. Paul, Minnesota
Mozzarella @ Cossetta, St. Paul, Minnesota
First time at the expanded Cossetta, St. Paul, Minnesota
United Hospital, St. Paul, Minnesota
Black Bear Casino Resort, Carlton, Minnesota
It is nearly May, right?Originally published by DK on April 17, 2013 at 9:43 am
http://www.zumbro100.com/2013/04/16/2013-zumbro-recap/Originally published by DK on April 17, 2013 at 8:57 am
http://www.citypages.com/bestof/Originally published by DK on April 16, 2013 at 7:07 pm
We must refuse to be terrorized.Originally published by DK on April 16, 2013 at 5:01 pm
Potato crack from the clown, Virginia, Minnesota
169 southbound on the way to Virginia, Minnesota
I’ve wanted to be there, but I’m not fast enough. I live vicariously on Patriots’ Day each year through people I’ve never met in real life (such as @susanruns and @mattlegal). Their wonderful blog entries are full of excitement and commitment to excellence. The world-class athletes that are featured on the live stream I watch every year make it look so effortless. Pure inspiration to get faster so I too can travel to Hopkinton some day.
I had turned off the live stream after Jeptoo and Desisa finished, just keeping a tab open to see if Nurse on the Run could maintain her 3:10 pace for the second half of her race. Then a few tweets starting trickling in my feed about an explosion. Then another. Links to unimaginable photos and video. I was in shock.
Runners are a close-knit group. Every time I see a runner out somewhere, I tell my family “there goes one of my people.” Today hit straight at my heart. Not just for the runners, but also the spectators, the first responders that line the entire course, the volunteers. It could have been my kids waiting there for me to finish. Such a senseless tragedy.
So very thankful everyone I know is OK. Google has set up a page if you are looking for someone here. The official BAA site also allows you to search for people here. The American Red Cross has a page here for people to donate blood in Massachusetts (although you can always donate blood wherever you are). The official BAA Facebook page is posting frequent updates here.
Peace and healing to everyone in Boston tonight…Originally published by DK on April 15, 2013 at 7:39 pm
Lunch at the Tower Cafe, Tower, Minnesota
http://watchlive.baa.org/Originally published by DK on April 15, 2013 at 10:33 am
Ad for Erin Hills, site of the 2017 U.S. Open, Erin, WisconsinOriginally published by DK on April 15, 2013 at 10:14 am
Re-hung the haunted mansion tapestries in the new place
Sunday at the Masters, Augusta National Golf Club, GeorgiaOriginally published by DK on April 14, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Phil was not a factor…Originally published by DK on April 14, 2013 at 1:30 pm