If the Wild ever make it to the finals, it will probably look about like thisOriginally published by on May 31, 2017 at 9:30 pm
MK with the Abba to close out her high school choir career (and she lettered!)Originally published by DK on May 31, 2017 at 7:02 pm
Tried $2 per spin – nearly had a heart attackOriginally published by DK on May 31, 2017 at 10:40 am
The pork ribs at the Meadows GrillOriginally published by DK on May 31, 2017 at 10:39 am
SBJ: Regular season 2016-17 attendance for the Wild was 781,879 (Timberwolves had 607,203)Originally published by on May 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm
…homeboy got fifty pair! Got blue and black, cause I like to chill. And yellow and green, when it’s time to get ill…Originally published by DK on May 30, 2017 at 11:27 am
Everything except butterflies and the one that I really wantOriginally published by DK on May 30, 2017 at 12:00 am
Something different at the Minnehaha CafeOriginally published by DK on May 29, 2017 at 11:57 pm
Memorial Day @ Canterbury ParkOriginally published by DK on May 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Music at the Zoo is such a great series (and venue). Sue McLean and Associates does a great job booking every year, (usually) keeping prices reasonable for a wide variety of acts to choose from each summer. Last year, the Jayhawks made their Zoo debut on July 1 with a great show that I would’ve missed if not for my friend DGS and his extra ticket.
I don’t remember too many specifics now, so I’ll send you over to Jon Bream’s review at the Star Tribune. I do remember the quirky openers Folk Uke, who sang some great R-rated songs: Shit Makes The Flowers Grow, BJ to a DJ and Motherfucker Got Fucked Up. A few more pics after the jump. You can view the 2017 lineup here (we are going to Robert Cray on July 12).
https://18f.gsa.gov/2017/05/25/from-launch-to-landing-how-nasa-took-control-of-its-https-mission/Originally published by DK on May 29, 2017 at 10:04 am
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on May 28, 2017 at 7:22 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on May 28, 2017 at 12:29 pm
If anyone is looking for a certified lifeguard in St. Paul (or suburbs) this summer, hit me upOriginally published by on May 28, 2017 at 11:50 am
MK and the recently maligned sculptureOriginally published by DK on May 27, 2017 at 11:44 pm
What are those dogs plotting?Originally published by DK on May 27, 2017 at 11:42 pm
The smell of lilacs is one of my all-time favorites (along with vanilla and Hawaiian leis)Originally published by DK on May 27, 2017 at 11:39 pm
After the success of Spoon and Stable in the North Loop, everyone was watching to see what Chef Gavin Kaysen would do next (and I don’t mean the stand at the stadium). When word got out the next project would appear in Wayzata, the countdown for reservations was on (and become like a concert on-sale date). Bellecour was the name, Lake Street was the place and modern French influenced by mentors Daniel Boulud and Paul Bocuse was the format. With some good social media timing, I snagged a reservation for one of the first Sundays (March 26th).
The building has housed several restaurants over the years (including a Muffuletta I knew nothing about) and was completely redesigned for Bellecour by Minneapolis-based Shea (whose growing rÃ©sumÃ© is becoming seriously impressive: Spoon and Stable, McKinney Roe, Mercury Dining Room and Rail, Milkjam Creamery, Italian Eatery, 4 Bells, Eastside, CÅV). It’s a pretty space that’s not super big, but has several distinct areas, including a tiny bakery up front for pastry superstar Diane Yang. Cocktail legend Robb Jones (Spoon and Stable, Saffron, Bradstreet Crafthouse) leads the bar program, which we sampled while we waited for our table.
We were seated between two groups that were rather remarkable. On the one side, we had a family of four that appeared very high up the socio-economic ladder. I was surprised someone would bring such young children to a restaurant like this, but the kids turned out to be some of the best behaved people in the whole place. On the other side, we had what I found out later was a table full of restaurant critics (several of which I follow on social media). They were having an extremely fun time, at least that’s what I would surmise based on the amount of noise coming from that table (I still love you all, but wow).
We asked our server Ross how he liked working there and he said he actually just started and was hired after the initial wave of people were trained. He told us he was a chef prior to this job and he was very knowledgable about how all the menu items we asked about were prepared and served. There were a few timing issues with our service, but overall they were doing fine for a brand-new operation.
Colleen and I both started with salads – hers the verte (bibb lettuce, shaved radish, fines herbes vinaigrette, $9), while I went for the frisÃ©e (sourdough crouton, crispy bacon, poached egg, sherry vinaigrette, $12). How can you go wrong with sourdough, bacon and egg in a salad? It was very good, but The Bachelor Farmer still holds my number one spot.
For our main course selections, my notes say that Colleen had cod ($25), but it must have been a special (don’t see it on the current menu). I chose the steak frites (NY strip steak, watercress, arugula, beurre de Paris, $28) and found it to be a solid second to the same dish at Barbette. Colleen added a side of champignons (roasted mushrooms, madeira butter, $8), which were one of the highlights of the evening for her.
We both ordered sorbet for dessert (don’t recall the flavors, three scoops for $7), which were served in an edible bowl. Great presentation and strong flavor. Overall, the total bill with tip was right around $150. Stopped in the kitchen to say hi to chef and congratulate him on the new venture and found him to be as gracious and humble as the other times I’ve met him. It’s great to see good people achieve success – bravo, chef!
The masters of sports marketingOriginally published by DK on May 27, 2017 at 7:11 pm
Looks like I’m switching to TaylorMadeOriginally published by DK on May 27, 2017 at 7:09 pm
Great to see @dskoglund_MN in Lowertown before the Saints game – hope you liked the 75-cent tour and box of CDsOriginally published by on May 27, 2017 at 7:01 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on May 27, 2017 at 6:18 pm
Thanks Studio Phil (and Guitar Center)Originally published by DK on May 27, 2017 at 3:26 pm
Northeast hipster artOriginally published by DK on May 27, 2017 at 1:25 pm
With my big black boots and an old suitcase, I do believe I’ll find myself a new place…Originally published by DK on May 27, 2017 at 9:54 am
Trophy House in New Trier was something elseOriginally published by DK on May 27, 2017 at 9:52 am
Everclear has officially hit the casino circuitOriginally published by DK on May 26, 2017 at 10:10 pm
MK playing baritone over on the rightOriginally published by DK on May 26, 2017 at 11:18 am
Getting a jump on 2018 – early bird registration for Get in Gear 10K submittedOriginally published by on May 26, 2017 at 9:53 am
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on May 25, 2017 at 8:03 pm
Ox Cart Ale House Rooftop – follow the tracksOriginally published by DK on May 25, 2017 at 6:23 pm
Chicken teriyaki with vegetable fried riceOriginally published by DK on May 25, 2017 at 1:52 pm
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind. Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?Originally published by DK on May 24, 2017 at 11:13 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on May 24, 2017 at 9:38 pm
MK wins another academic letter award from EVHSOriginally published by DK on May 24, 2017 at 8:28 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on May 24, 2017 at 4:28 pm
Miss you, MCAOriginally published by DK on May 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm
A week ago Thursday was my fifth TC 1 Mile (and second as a captain in the Corporate Team Challenge). We had a small team this year, but I found it funny that the U.S. Bank Stadium team was larger than the U.S. Bank team (we also had more people than Best Buy, Cargill, Medica, Buffalo Wild Wings and HealthEast). This qualified us for the fastest team competition, which required a minimum of five participants (with at least one woman and one person 40 or older). Our combined time of 1:02:46 was good for second to last place, but I’m extremely happy with our group. The winning team from 3M was amazing: a blazing 25:30, which included a 4:38 by a 46-year-old (!).
Our two fastest runners from last year did not return to defend, so I was just trying to stay in the sixes (while not getting injured before Grandma’s). My PR was set in 2013 (6:10) and I’ve been all over the map (6:20, 6:28 and 6:47) before trotting to a 6:58.4 this year. This was good for 726th out of 1,962 overall and 52nd out of 103 in my age group. I still really like the new route by the Guthrie, but could’ve swore we turned left at Izzy’s and not one block further down. That was a tough one mentally, but the bigger problems were my lack of training and the extra weight my doctor wants me to shed.
Thanks to Shelly, Liz, Erin and Sarah for joining me this year – well done!Originally published by DK on May 24, 2017 at 12:04 am
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on May 23, 2017 at 6:07 pm
Finally got to see MK play lax (final game of the year), Shakopee SouthOriginally published by DK on May 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm
Way to go, PredsOriginally published by DK on May 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm
So happy to see the Cactus Blossoms in the new Twin PeaksOriginally published by on May 22, 2017 at 7:11 pm
SK on track 2Originally published by DK on May 22, 2017 at 5:57 pm
Accidental 20-miler in the cold, wind and rain – one month until Grandma’sOriginally published by DK on May 21, 2017 at 4:15 pm
So many changes in HinckleyOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2017 at 10:10 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2017 at 6:46 pm
My Grand Casino story isn’t nearly as exciting as last week’s Mystic Lake storyOriginally published by DK on May 20, 2017 at 5:45 pm
The new place is a great spot for Fireworks Fridays @ CHS FieldOriginally published by DK on May 19, 2017 at 10:38 pm
Rented Guardians of the Galaxy, then went to see part two at the Highland (never watched any of it until today)Originally published by on May 19, 2017 at 10:38 pm
I am GrootOriginally published by DK on May 19, 2017 at 10:15 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on May 19, 2017 at 3:12 pm
…things aren’t looking so good. I’m looking California and feeling Minnesota…Originally published by DK on May 18, 2017 at 9:06 am
Lunch with kid one, dinner with kid twoOriginally published by DK on May 17, 2017 at 8:13 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on May 17, 2017 at 1:19 pm
Can’t believe the steak lover had never been to Murray’s (still the best in town, IMO)Originally published by DK on May 17, 2017 at 1:19 pm
All sites successfully updated to WordPress 4.7.5Originally published by on May 17, 2017 at 8:45 am
Mr. Cunningham does such a great job for the Twins (and Wild)Originally published by DK on May 16, 2017 at 11:11 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on May 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm
Hard to make good choices when there is a self-serve nacho barOriginally published by DK on May 16, 2017 at 7:11 pm
From the @kingsbury account on InstagramOriginally published by DK on May 15, 2017 at 8:01 pm
Saints baseball is back! Can’t believe this is next door to our loftOriginally published by DK on May 15, 2017 at 7:09 pm
She wasn’t too bright, but I could tell when she kissed me, she knew how to get her kicks…Originally published by DK on May 15, 2017 at 2:01 pm
My job took me to Phoenix for the Final Four college basketball tournament this year (in anticipation of our stadium hosting in 2019), where I learned a lot about the preparation and logistics needed to put on this major event. With the first two semifinal games on Saturday and the finals on Monday night, I was able to sneak away on Sunday, April 1, to attend the Capital One JamFest.
The NCAA puts on a series of concerts over the weekend each year, but this was the only day I could go to the Arizona edition. This turned out great, as that day had the lineup I most wanted to see:
- Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
- Blink 182
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
I’ve seen the Night Sweats and Macklemore before, but Aerosmith was on my bucket list (I think Blink 182 skipped my generation – don’t think I knew any of their songs, to be honest). Leon Bridges played the night before and made a quick cameo with Nathaniel Rateliff during S.O.B., which was cool (I’ve seen Leon a few times, but was still sad his set was during the semifinal games).
The local paper has a summary of the day here, which was highlighted by massive crowd control issues at Margaret T. Hance Park. Thankfully my NCAA credential got me in, because there was no way the police were letting in more than 20,000 people. I got there just as Night Sweats took the stage, positioning myself in front of the sound board and large lighting tower. I ended up getting pushed up farther and farther with each act, which included my first close-up encounter with a real mosh pit during the Blink set (waaaaay too intense for my tastes).
The concerts went on for seven and a half hours, which meant I nearly passed out from dehydration by the end. In hindsight, I was glad that I didn’t give up my spot, as watching Steven Tyler from about 15 feet away singing Dream On was a lifetime concert highlight for me (pictures after the jump). The openers sounded great, Blink was almost as energetic as their fan base, Macklemore put on a high-quality set reminiscent of his Minnesota State Fair show, while the Bad Boys of Boston really lived up to my high expectations (hard to believe those guys are all nearly 70).
Charles Barkley and Jim Nantz also made an appearance in between sets, along with about ten million Capital One promotions…
Mother’s Day dinner with the famOriginally published by DK on May 14, 2017 at 8:45 pm
Spent some Sunday Funday time with Ms. RobirdoOriginally published by DK on May 14, 2017 at 6:47 pm
Tried the Maplewood editionOriginally published by DK on May 14, 2017 at 12:37 pm
Slow 15 miler along the Mississippi with lilacs blooming, 0.067 bpm, one wild turkey and less than 5 weeks until Grandma’sOriginally published by DK on May 14, 2017 at 10:51 am