http://dmkburgerbar.com/Originally published by DK on September 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm
Late night in the office
Second hole, The Wilderness at Fortune Bay
Gordy’s Hi-Hat, Cloquet, Minnesota
Variety is the key to stimulation…
Resting after surgery @ Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
https://www.mnlottery-ilottery.com/Originally published by DK on September 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm
Mystic Lake Hog Wild Promo
Goodrich Avenue near St. Thomas
St. Paul Cathedral
Yes, after the lovin’, I’m still in love with you…
Wedding reception, IMS, Minneapolis
U of MN AppleHouse
New caramel apples (WTF?) – Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen
Corvette Convoy on I-35E in St. Paul
The Buttered Tin, St. Paul
Colleen and kid two, The Buttered Tin
The Buttered Tin, St. Paul, Minnesota
Dinner with the old lady – hot pastrami on egg white, with Swiss
Kid two, Friday evening practice, Riptide Swimming
Kid one outside Farmington (the old Appleside Orchard)
http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/5695015/beastie-boys-pauls-boutique-sampling-lawsuit-the-fineOriginally published by DK on September 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm
Erik the Bike Man warehouse sale, Bloomington, Minnesota
Your Outdoor Experts, St. Paul, Minnesota
Poutine tots from the Tot Boss, Mears Park, St. Paul, Minnesota
Training run, Eagan
Just wrap your legs ’round these velvet rims and strap your hands ‘cross my engines…Originally published by DK on September 13, 2013 at 9:46 am
I didn’t even know this existed until today…Originally published by DK on September 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1578228330/fore-gone-minnesotas-lost-golf-courses-1897-1999Originally published by DK on September 12, 2013 at 11:01 am
Yup, Terry and I are going, Kayne West @ Target Center, November 5, 2013Originally published by DK on September 12, 2013 at 10:44 am
Dinner with Mary and Alex (and company), Lake Vermilion
Iowa custom plate
Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson, Iron Man slot machine from WMS, Fortune Bay Resort Casino
Office whiteboard in Tower
If one is reclusive about one’s net worth, I think you probably don’t become the owner of an NFL franchise.Originally published by DK on September 10, 2013 at 4:14 pm
http://www.macaudailytimes.com.mo/macau/46899-sands-to-mgm-scout-casino-sites-in-japan-as-tokyo-gets-olympics.htmlOriginally published by DK on September 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm
My latest unlocked High 5 Casino gameOriginally published by DK on September 10, 2013 at 9:05 am
After spending the summer eating like a king at Sandcastle (especially fun after training runs), we finally made it over to Doug Flicker’s other place, Piccolo (4300 Bryant Avenue South, 612-827-8111, OpenTable).
The hype has been almost overwhelming:
- Star Tribune Restaurant of the Year – 2010
- Anthony Bourdain’s favorite place between the coasts
- Eater.com Top 25 Most Underrated Restaurants in the U.S.
- Fool Magazine Most Underrated Chefs in the World
- Listed in the Wall Street Journal’s Ultimate Weekend in Minneapolis
Add in the glowing online reviews and I feel ashamed we’ve never made it over there between February 2010 and now. When Sandcastle was getting ready to open, we stopped in for some preview lemonade, met Doug and his wife Amy, talked about our mutual friends Thomas and Kat at Left Handed Cook and promised Doug we would eventually head over to 43rd and Bryant.
Sunday was the day.
I had to laugh when I saw the menu and tweeted:
Dinner @piccolo_mpls tonight – as a (former) picky eater, feel a little like I’m in a Survivor challenge. Trust the chef, trust the chef…
To which Chef Doug replied almost immediately:
As Rick Nelson wrote, “…diners take the risk of stepping out of their comfort zone, and the chef rewards them…” and as the Piccolo web site says, “pairing risk with reward.” Dining here reminds me of the scene in Ratatouille when Remy has all of the images floating around his head – “Each flavor was totally unique. But, combine one flavor with another, and something new was created!”
The building (and neighborhood) is very unassuming, with the Hair Hotel across the street and the Golf Club Hospital a few doors down. The front dining room only has 26 spots (there are another 10 in the back) and it seemed even smaller than my favorite St. Paul spot, Ristorante Luci. We had an early seating, so there were only a few others there in the beginning (but was full by the time we left).
The menu changes often and has basically two choices: Ã la carte and a five-course tasting option for $52 per person. We elected to do the latter, with both of us picking from the three options in each course. Unlike the wife, I’m not a big wine person. The two carafes of Riesling were right up my alley, though, and a good complement to the meal. The total bill was in line with other top restaurants in town and critics of the portion sizes are missing the point. We both found the entire experience a good value and think that most people who understand what they are getting here will agree.
Robb “Tallest Server” Sandberg was our waiter for the evening and he did a great job dealing with Colleen’s egg and corn allergies. The hostess also helped out from time and time and I was impressed with the protocol that you always seem to find at the great restaurants (re-folding napkins when you leave the table, bringing out new silverware and placing it just so, keeping the water glasses topped off without being asked, describing each dish as it is presented to the table).
We both started off the first course with the same item, which is missing from the online menu. He’s what Colleen can remember: mozzarella di bufala, nectarines (or peaches?), peppers, lemon, basil seed, lettuce and a small
For the second course, Colleen had Alaska king crab with shaved asparagus, house made cocktail sauce and smoke, while I had what’s been called “God’s Breakfast” (and has been a staple on the menu since they opened) – scrambled brown eggs with pickled pig’s feet, truffle butter and Parmigiano. Andrew Zimmern says he always orders two servings and Rick Nelson says he can’t imagine visiting the restaurant and not ordering it. Sublime.
Our other pre-dessert items included speck wrapped capon with Burrata, artichokes and melon; Lake Superior herring with chanterelles, black garlic, razor clams and hearts of palm; moulard duck with haricot vert, cherries, smoked onions and pimenton; and rabbit with crispy sweetbreads, yuba, king trumpet mushrooms and preserved eggplant. Every one was food art. Every one superb.
For the final course, Colleen had charcoal grilled apricots with candied olives, caramelized almonds and lemon ice cream, while I ordered the chocolate buckwheat cake with pickled cherries and sesame seeds. A very nice end to a great night out.
Piccolo isn’t a restaurant that I’d eat at every week, but I don’t think that’s the intent (I’ve got Sandcastle for that – at least in the summer). Similar to Meritage in St. Paul, Piccolo is a place to go when you want something special, created and delivered by very talented people.
Chef Doug has clearly progressed throughout his culinary career in the Twin Cities (D’Amico Cucina, Loring CafÃ©, Mission American Kitchen, Porter & Frye, Auriga) to the very top of the foodie universe. It makes me happy to know, though, that he’s still down to Earth enough to tweet with guests and don the “Dog Flicker” costume every now and then…
That, I can trust.
Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes…Originally published by DK on September 9, 2013 at 3:01 pm
http://www.npr.org/2013/09/08/219316721/first-listen-elvis-costello-the-roots-wise-up-ghostOriginally published by DK on September 9, 2013 at 9:47 am
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/783013016/the-rabbit-hole-a-korean-gastropub-in-mpls-yes-pleOriginally published by DK on September 8, 2013 at 1:38 pm
The garden next to “my house” on Summit, St. Paul, Minnesota
Finish line, Twin Cities Marathon
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall…
The 18th hole, Summit Golf Club, Cannon Falls
Pond by the 8th green, Summit Golf Club, Cannon Falls
Kid one performing during halftime at the Eagan-Burnsville football game
We were just fighting when winter began. The coldness of our words competing with the wind from the north…Originally published by DK on September 6, 2013 at 7:37 pm
Kid one and Cheese Dog, Eagan/Burnsville football game, EHS
15th hole, Southview Country Club
It must be tough being a music critic these days – free passes, good seats, access regular fans don’t get…and nobody liking what you write. Seems like Chris Riemenschneider got a little “feedback” for his Mumford review today in the Strib. The Ross Raihala review in the PiPress was a little kinder, while Sarina Long over at KSTP.com probably wrote the most news-like story I’ve seen.
As for me, I had a great time. I didn’t get to see them at Red Rocks, the 400 Bar, the Varsity, or First Avenue, so I’ve waited a long time. Would the X be my first choice? Hell, no. At this point in their career, though, you get what you get. For an arena show, it was about as good as you can do: sound was fine (as usual at the X), the sight lines from my seat were decent and the lighting and video was inspired (the string lights were a nice touch).
Yes, a lot of Mumford songs sound the same. I caught myself a few times thinking – “didn’t they already play this?” The thing is, though, I really like that style of song from them. If their third album sounds basically the same, I’d be OK with that too. As for lyrics, you can call them “hopelessly trite, college-poet lyricism,” but they speak to me and that’s a big part of what I like about Mumford songs. Guess I’m a college poet and didn’t even know it…
The two encore songs at the opposite end of the arena were great, mainly because they were literally right in front of me. I was really hoping for a surprise appearance by Trampled By Turtles for a cover of Alone (since Turtles seem to pop up everywhere), but all we got was a bearded guy that nobody wrote about, so I have no idea who it was. I had to smile earlier when Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford decided to play the Rock Star card and trashed the drum set after Dust Bowl Dance. That wasn’t something you expect to see at a folk-rock show, but I guess the Hopeless Wanderer video provided some foreshadowing…
My only real issues with the evening were 1) the drunk “bros” standing on the main floor near me who thought it was a great idea to scream back and forth to each other about everything going on in their lives and 2) the awkward pauses between songs: lights up, no banter, applause gone – uncomfortable. I don’t know how many times I’ve written about talkers at shows and I don’t really know what can be done – some people just suck, I guess.
Oh, I should also mention the ticketing process. It’s a noble idea to prevent scalpers from buying up all the tickets, but the lottery process and the on-sale date experience was a mess. I went to buy tickets as soon as I got the email notification that I was selected, but I couldn’t get four seats together anywhere. Or three. Or two. We ended up with four single seats – not a huge deal, but this “sold out” show could have fit at least another 1,000 people on the main floor, in my opinion.
Here’s the set list:
- Lovers’ Eyes
- I Will Wait
- Whispers in the Dark
- Holland Road
- White Blank Page
- Broken Crown
- Little Lion Man
- Lover of the Man
- Thistle & Weeds
- Ghosts That We Knew
- Beneath My Feet
- Roll Away Your Stone
- Awake My Soul
- Dust Bowl Dance
- I’m on Fire (Springsteen)
- Come Together (Beatles, with the Vaccines)
- The Cave
Up next: Mike Doughty, October 25th at First AvenueOriginally published by DK on September 5, 2013 at 11:49 pm
http://www.globalgamingexpo.com/en/News-and-Press/Show-Press-Releases/iGaming-To-Be-A-Hot-Topic-At-G2E-2013/Originally published by DK on September 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm
At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet and a freight train running through the middle of my head…Originally published by DK on September 5, 2013 at 2:11 pm
Kid two, Riptide Swim Team, Apple Valley, Minnesota
My new Mumford T-shirt
Gordy’s Hi-Hat cheeseburger, Cloquet
Originally published by DK on September 4, 2013 at 9:36 am
I’m the C-A-S-A, the N-O-V-A, and the rest is F-L-Y…Originally published by DK on September 4, 2013 at 8:52 am
Might have to try this one: 30-seconds each…Originally published by DK on September 4, 2013 at 8:36 am
Don’t think I’ve ever been here before, Duluth Airport
It’s like bragging that you outran a dead guy in a marathon.Originally published by DK on September 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm
http://www.mnstatefair.org/general_info/attendance.htmlOriginally published by DK on September 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm
Kid one’s first day of school mugshot
Sad I’m not there today for kid two (and one) – good luck!
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/09/02/hayao-miyazaki-retires-was-he-better-than-walt-disney/Originally published by DK on September 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm
Well, I’ve never been to a Grandstand concert quite like that one. The radar didn’t lie – a big line of thunderstorms moved in during the opener and an announcer came on and said we needed to evacuate due to the lightning. I had asked a security guard before the concert where we should go in the event of severe weather and thankfully there was a corridor right next to us that lead to safety. This happened twice before Talib Kweli came out for a short set, followed by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis just after 10 p.m. (glad the concert curfew is now 11).
As you can see from the set list, M&RL didn’t mess around, jumping right into their biggest songs. I told kid two they should just play those songs again, which they kind of did by playing Can’t Hold Us again for the final encore. The between-song banter was fun and you could tell they truly like playing in Minnesota (or “Minne-A-Napolis,” as the opening DJ kept saying). Glad the rain didn’t dampen the fireworks, which are such a cool way to end these shows.
The show was short, but very entertaining. The sold-out crowd skewed young and both our kids adored it. According to kid two, it was “the greatest thing I have seen in my life so far, and BY FAR THE GREATEST CONCERT I have ever seen in my entire life.” Chris Riemenschneider had a mixed review, which I actually found to be uninformed (how do you not know about the And We Danced video intro?) and a little out of touch (which is unusual for him).
Here’s the set list:
- Ten Thousand Hours
- Thrift Shop
- Same Love
- Can’t Hold Us
- White Walls
- And We Danced
- Irish Celebration
- Can’t Hold Us
Up next: Mumford & Sons Wednesday night at Xcel.Originally published by DK on September 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm