http://www.startribune.com/big-ten-hockey-is-a-buzzkill-for-fans-in-minnesota/370397541/Originally published by DK on February 29, 2016 at 7:56 am
Diagrams @ Hippie ModerismOriginally published by DK on February 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm
MK in the projector deal @ Hippie ModernismOriginally published by DK on February 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm
One of my favorite items @ Hippie ModernismOriginally published by DK on February 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm
Hippie Modernism @ Walker Art CenterOriginally published by DK on February 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm
I knew there would be more – yesterday was a flukeOriginally published by DK on February 28, 2016 at 2:39 pm
SK @ Pho 79, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on February 28, 2016 at 2:37 pm
I spy SK @ Walker Art CenterOriginally published by DK on February 28, 2016 at 2:36 pm
…in less than 24 hours.Originally published by DK on February 28, 2016 at 10:55 am
…but I’ll take it any day.Originally published by DK on February 28, 2016 at 1:14 am
Still one of my favorite spots @ Mystic LakeOriginally published by DK on February 27, 2016 at 8:48 pm
Almost hit 60F on 2/27/2016 – crazyOriginally published by DK on February 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm
NO L-O-I-T-E-R-I-N-G ALLOWEDOriginally published by DK on February 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm
MK @ C Finals in Eden PrairieOriginally published by DK on February 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm
It’s easier to keep moving when there is Mel-O-Glaze and Coke at the finish lineOriginally published by DK on February 27, 2016 at 4:11 pm
Thanks for the tip, Matt – St. Genevieve, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on February 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm
Good food and good company (plus running)Originally published by DK on February 25, 2016 at 9:36 pm
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/28/magazine/meet-is-murder.html?_r=0Originally published by DK on February 25, 2016 at 9:27 am
United Hospital, St. PaulOriginally published by DK on February 24, 2016 at 8:27 am
This is the third least important secret that I’m currently keeping…Originally published by DK on February 24, 2016 at 12:10 am
The grounds department from Hazeltine National visit our projectOriginally published by DK on February 23, 2016 at 11:58 pm
Didn’t do that one very well – live and learnOriginally published by DK on February 23, 2016 at 11:09 am
Stop #1: I Nonni in Mendota HeightsOriginally published by DK on February 22, 2016 at 8:55 pm
Weird layout and fake snow, but great funOriginally published by DK on February 21, 2016 at 8:53 pm
State of Hockey really packs them inOriginally published by DK on February 21, 2016 at 8:51 pm
MK picking up the donuts from Mucci’s, St. PaulOriginally published by DK on February 21, 2016 at 9:43 am
So. Much. Fun.Originally published by DK on February 21, 2016 at 1:13 am
North Stars and Blackhawks alumni game handshakesOriginally published by DK on February 20, 2016 at 9:17 pm
The 2012 version of the wienermobileOriginally published by DK on February 20, 2016 at 9:15 pm
MK and I visit Crumb Deli up the hillOriginally published by DK on February 20, 2016 at 9:15 pm
Fan Zone @ Stadium SeriesOriginally published by DK on February 20, 2016 at 9:14 pm
MK in ParadiseOriginally published by DK on February 20, 2016 at 9:12 pm
Paradise Car Wash, EaganOriginally published by DK on February 20, 2016 at 9:11 pm
I’m a long distance runner, sucker, I’m in it for length…Originally published by DK on February 20, 2016 at 11:02 am
Warm, but still lots of ice in EaganOriginally published by DK on February 20, 2016 at 10:53 am
Finally crossed this one off the listOriginally published by DK on February 18, 2016 at 8:28 pm
Fun times with Black OrchidOriginally published by DK on February 18, 2016 at 7:37 am
I hit the highway, making money the fly way, but there’s got to be a better way…Originally published by DK on February 18, 2016 at 7:30 am
A petite filet and au gratin @ Mystic SteakhouseOriginally published by DK on February 18, 2016 at 7:23 am
SK celebrating her new-found ability to play casino games in MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on February 18, 2016 at 7:22 am
I can’t believe she’s that old alreadyOriginally published by DK on February 17, 2016 at 10:10 am
The Rabbit Hole (and that devil sauce)Originally published by DK on February 16, 2016 at 6:37 pm
Getting sick and tired of feeling sick and tired again…Originally published by DK on February 15, 2016 at 7:42 pm
Studio Ghibli presents When Marnie Was ThereOriginally published by DK on February 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm
Keepin’ It Hot 4 EvaOriginally published by DK on February 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm
http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/14752649/the-real-story-nfl-owners-battle-bring-football-back-los-angelesOriginally published by DK on February 14, 2016 at 10:46 am
Kid two and friend found some good stuffOriginally published by DK on February 13, 2016 at 7:08 pm
Need to order these againOriginally published by DK on February 13, 2016 at 7:07 pm
Much quieter on SaturdaysOriginally published by DK on February 13, 2016 at 7:06 pm
What a country we live inOriginally published by DK on February 13, 2016 at 7:02 pm
WeRunMpls @ LolaOriginally published by DK on February 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm
Shake Shake @ MoAOriginally published by DK on February 10, 2016 at 8:19 pm
Egg drop soup @ Leeann Chin, St. Paul (and only a $1.49!)Originally published by DK on February 10, 2016 at 2:01 pm
The Grandma’s jacket has arrivedOriginally published by DK on February 10, 2016 at 1:58 pm
Thanks mom and dad – I love itOriginally published by DK on February 10, 2016 at 1:56 pm
Wild-Blackhawks Stadium Series tixOriginally published by DK on February 10, 2016 at 1:54 pm
A rare home game highlightOriginally published by DK on February 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm
http://www.thechickening.net/Originally published by DK on February 9, 2016 at 8:09 am
Puppymonkeybaby for Midnight Grape KickstartOriginally published by DK on February 8, 2016 at 8:03 am
Originally published by DK on February 7, 2016 at 10:52 pm
Made these all by myself #proudOriginally published by DK on February 7, 2016 at 4:58 pm
For Christmas this year, kid one read my restaurant list and made us reservations at 4 Bells in Minneapolis. I had heard good things about the former Joe’s Garage space that is now being run by the Butcher and the Boar people and really wanted to try the fried chicken. Chef Brendan McDonald was mentored by Jack Riebel and is a St. Paul native, so he’s got two things in his favor right off the bat.
We went at 6pm on the Saturday after Christmas and I had a bit of trouble finding parking. I don’t like having to use valet, but that is really your only option in that part of town when the limited street parking is full. The space inside looks totally different from before and has multiple seating options (I’d like to go back and try the year-round rooftop sometime). We were seated on the first floor in the lounge area, which was nice and lively.
The drink menu had lots of good options: Colleen had a glass of La Fleur Bordeaux, while I tried the butterscotch spiced hot cider – perfect for a Minnesota winter evening. The scarlett butter and gem salad ($11) looked beautiful and tasted great (can’t remember what Colleen started with – perhaps a soup?).
For the main course, Colleen had the pan roasted grouper ($27) and I, of course, ordered chicken (whole order – $27, with several pieces to take home). We added sides of fries ($5) and biscuits ($5), which were both excellent values. The honey-lavender frosting that came with the biscuits was amazing. Service was good and the overall bill with tax and tip was right around $120.
Rick Nelson from the Star Tribune gave 4 Bells 2.5 out of 4 stars and you can read his review here. A few more pics after the jump.
We’ve been big fans of Charlie Parr for quite a long time, seeing him in several intimate settings (Bayport BBQ, the Cedar, mia, MN Zoo). We’ve also been very happy with the Turf Club takeover and remodel by the First Avenue people, so when Charlie was announced as the January 2016 Sunday Residency at the Turf, it was a slam dunk that we would go to at least one of the performances. Each Sunday had a different opener:
- 1/3 – Matt Sowell
- 1/10 – Amanda Standalone
- 1/17 – Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders
- 1/24 – Superior Siren
- 1/31 – Wild Hands
We didn’t know any of these, so we listened to online samples from each and picked Wild Hands from Minot, North Dakota. That was a good choice – they were fun to watch and had a nice Americana sound (with added banjo!).
So what went wrong on the 31st in St. Paul? In a word, people. Regular tickets were $10, but for $15 you could reserve dinner seats at one of the tables. We’d heard good things about the new kitchen that was added during the remodel, so I reserved two seats at table 23, which is the closest one to the stage (the person at the door even said we had “the best seats in the house”). There were two other people assigned to this table and while they seemed to be fans of Wild Hands and Charlie, they talked all the time. They also got there first and took the two seats facing the stage, so we had to turn ours around.
Once Charlie took the stage, the sold-out crowd pushed in, with everyone standing in front of us. So not only couldn’t we see from our seats, everyone near the tables seemed to be talking (or shouting, as the case may be). Wonderful songs like Cheap Wine just can’t be amplified enough to drown out all the talkers. I will never understand why people pay money to attend concerts, then talk through the whole thing. One guy in front of us didn’t even face the stage the entire time – lips flapping away.
While it was nice to have table service (we had several drinks and an order of cheese curds), I would never do this again for a concert. Actually, having a server wasn’t even that great, as it was too crowded for her to move around easily. This slowed down delivery times and we went long periods of time without seeing her at all. About halfway through the set, we cashed out our tab, moved to the back of the room for one more song, then took off.
Lesson learned: skip the reserved tables, get there early and stand up close by the wall…
There are a lot of better places out there…Originally published by DK on February 6, 2016 at 10:53 pm
http://www.sfbaysuperbowl.com/Originally published by DK on February 6, 2016 at 9:40 pm
A co-worker asked me what concerts I was going to this weekend and I realized we have no tickets purchased for anything in February (how did that happen?). So here’s one from way back in October that I never got around to posting…
Colleen had heard about Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear from a performance at SXSW. The mother and son duo from the Kansas City area were called “the most in-demand new band on the planet” by NME and are signed to Glassnote Records (home of Mumford and Sons, Jeremy Messersmith and CHVRCHES). Their album Skeleton Crew was recorded with British producer Jim Abbiss, who has worked with Arctic Monkeys and Adele.
This Sunday show at the Cedar Cultural Center took place on October 25, 2015. Madisen and Ruth were joined on tour with bassist Brent Kastler and drummer Tom Hudson and they played a nice selection of original and cover songs. I don’t have the full set list, but here are a few favorites that I remember:
- Down In Mississippi
- Undertaker And Juniper
- Yellow Taxi
- Live By The Water
- Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)
- Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
The Cedar brought back Hurray for the Riff Raff openers Laulu to open this show as well. More pics after the jump.
Town Hall Brewery, Seven Corners, MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on February 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm
It’s kinda like the big brother to the one at St. Dinette (Il Foro, Minneapolis)Originally published by DK on February 4, 2016 at 12:45 pm
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.Originally published by DK on February 4, 2016 at 9:44 am
Last week I had two different people ask me if I missed the casino world. After some inner reflection, I realized I do a little bit – it’s an exciting industry filled with a lot of great people. I still enjoy visiting places like Mystic Lake and figuring out which machines are new, how they change floor layouts, what types of promotions they run to attract more business and other aspects of the operation (which I still feel is one of the best around).
This also made me realize that I never wrote up a trip summary from last fall’s Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas, held way back on September 28 â€“ October 1 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. I hadn’t planned to attend this event originally, so my hotel choices were a bit limited and I ended up at the newly branded LINQ (formerly the Imperial Palace). While the location is great, I don’t think I’ll be going back there again. Nothing majorly horrible – I just prefer other resorts.
G2E is a huge show and I was lucky enough to attend five times during my casino career. The same companies and people are usually present every year and you have the added benefit of the Vegas Strip as a backdrop. This usually leads to a number of great (free) parties and the 2015 edition was no different. This time I held back a little on the drinking side of things, but was excited to finally see the inside of Tao, Lavo and Omnia. It was also great fun to spend time with Vanessa, Jason, Ryan, Peter, Shannon, Mike, Jenn and EJ. Hope to see all of them again at some point.
On the business side of things, I love evaluating new slot machines. As you can see in the photo gallery after the jump, licensed theme games continue to be extremely popular. My favorite new titles were The Simpsons, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey and Cirque du Soleil Kooza (a natural for Vegas slot floors if there ever was one). Games I felt were duds include Caddyshack (dislike 3×3 reel games), Frogger (complete waste of a license, poor gameplay, major let down from normally strong Konami) and Space Invaders (skill-based arcade games will only work when you have controls as good as the originals, IMO).
A few other items I remember from the show floor include seeing Pitbull promote his new Playboy slot machine (along with multiple Bunnies), a James Bond-themed welcome party and the Ultimate Chef Showdown judged by Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and Gavin Kaysen’s mentor, Daniel Boulud. I also had an interesting discussion at the MICROS booth (now owned by Oracle). Turns out I’m not the only one who feels the merger has basically destroyed what was once a solid, reliable business partner.
Speaking of food, I had quite a long list of Vegas restaurants I wanted to visit. I was hoping to hit db Brasserie at the Venetian right away, but they were “out of food” by the end of lunch that day. Spots that were open: Hash House A Go Go at the LINQ, Giada at the Cromwell, Bouchon at the Venetian and Yusho at the Monte Carlo. All were wonderful.
Ended up taking a red-eye home, so I had a lot of time to walk around various properties on the last day of the trip. I hiked over to New York, New York to get a glimpse of the new arena being built by MGM and AEG (now called T-Mobile Arena). The new hole in CityCenter where The Harmon used to stand was a bit dramatic. I also stopped in at the Bellagio Gallery of Art and took in the Picasso â€“ Creatures and Creativity exhibition (for free, thanks to MyVegas).
Perhaps this post was best left unwritten, as now I just want to go back again…