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Everything’s better in person

Posted Friday, April 16th, 2021 10:01 pm GMT -5 in Food at 10:01 PM

First one back in the dining room @SaintDinette

Originally published by DK on April 16, 2021 at 10:01 pm

Quick Banza lunch

Posted Thursday, April 15th, 2021 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food at 10:22 PM

…with CK @ Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on April 15, 2021 at 10:22 pm

Back to basics

Posted Monday, April 12th, 2021 03:28 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:28 PM

…plus pizza (of course)

Originally published by DK on April 12, 2021 at 3:28 pm

A Return to Baseball

Posted Sunday, April 11th, 2021 01:45 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Food,Technology,Work at 1:45 PM

Looking back through the archives, I don’t think I’ve ever actually written about our baseball ticket group. State Farm Insurance Agent Kirk Detlefsen (and his family) have been running a Twins season ticket group for quite some time. I was introduced to them through my Northwest Airlines mentor six years ago and have been hooked ever since.

Each season, Kirk buys up a bunch of season tickets in different sections, then divides them into shares at various price points. A ticket “draft” is held every year and each shareholder picks the games they want to attend. Usually this is held in February in the Delta Club with snow on the field, guest speakers from the Twins and an assortment of ballpark food available for purchase. We didn’t have one at all in 2020 and the 2021 version was held via Zoom (of course). Kudos to all the Detlefsens for pulling that off (and managing 100% digital tickets for the first time ever).

The smallest share in the group is two tickets to two games in the Champions Club. Since these seats are super expensive (and generally not available to the general public via single game sales), this was a nice way to splurge once a year (I split the share with my uncle). After a few years of that, we switched to a share with two seats for ten games in the Delta Club. That’s what we currently have, although it appears that our actual seats may be all over this season because of capacity restrictions.

So what was the return of fans like?

To be honest, the thing I was looking forward to most were the new Andrew Zimmern KFC wings that Stephanie March wrote about for Mpls/StPaul magazine. They are available in Bat & Barrel (which will now be called Truly On Deck, but none of the signage has changed yet), so we headed there first. They still apparently take advanced reservations, as most tables had reserved signs on them and you couldn’t order food from the counter (just drinks at the bar). I asked the person standing at the podium if I had to order through the app, but she wasn’t sure. The tables had QR codes on them, so I scanned that, which took me to a menu page, but no link to order online. Hmm…

So let’s talk about apps for a minute. MLB offers several, but these are the two primary ones I’ve used (and had on my phone): MLB and MLB Ballpark. I could’ve sworn the first one used to be called At Bat, but maybe I’m making that up. The MLB app lets you follow games around the league, while the Ballpark app is supposed to handle all the stuff you need at an actual game – tickets, mobile ordering, Twingo. I opened the wrong app so many times – maybe I need to move them to different screens. I also added the ParkWhiz app to my phone today to park in Ramp A, but more on that later.

There were multiple reports across the league of issues with mobile ordering on opening day, so I was interested to see how the process worked. I was also under the impression that all food needed to be ordered from the app, but that was not the case at all. With limited stands open, lines were long all around the main concourse, but you could place an order at a stand and pay with a credit card (no cash accepted – Apple Pay did work fine, which has been an issue for me there in the past). Here’s what the Ballpark app screens looked like to order my KFC wings:

The first disclaimer screen comes up every single time you try to order. The app doesn’t automatically try to figure out where you are located, so you have to select from the drop-down menu, which has what seems like a million options to scroll through. When I selected Bat & Barrel, there was a limited selection of items – I could order the wings, but no drinks or sides. The app was not integrated with Apple Pay, so I had to manually enter my credit card information. My card got billed right away and the screen said I would receive a text message when my order was ready. The app didn’t ask for my number, though, so I never received a text. Also, once you closed the confirmation window, it was not obvious how to pull up your order info (with the important order number) and I did not receive any email receipts of the transaction. Later I found that you can access a “My Orders” section, but that is only available by starting a new transaction:

There was signage at the front serving area for mobile order pickup, but there was no one working there. After a few minutes of standing around, someone came and asked me if I was waiting for an order, then went back to the kitchen to get it. By this time, there were a few other people waiting too. When they brought out my food, it was in a stapled shut brown grocery bag that just contained the food in a container – there were no utensils or napkins. This was only the second game back after a year of no fans, so hopefully these issues will get worked out as operations get back into the grove. The quality of the wings was really good, but a cheese brat I bought later from the Kramarczuk’s stand was small and overcooked.

While it was great to be back at a game, we had a few other negative experiences. The digital tickets in the app say you must enter at the gate indicated, so we headed to gate 34 when we arrived. Since we were early, there was no one in line at all, but a guest service staffer immediately confronted us. She said this was an ADA entrance and wanted to see our “Sweet Spot” card on the app before letting us proceed (?). That part of the app was not working and she eventually just let us proceed to the empty security screening line. Guessing this process will also get better as the season progresses.

The announced attendance for the game was 9,817 and the concourses never felt overcrowded. People in general followed the mask and distancing rules while moving around, but the concession lines were tight and the group of “bros” behind us decided that since they were drinking all game long, they didn’t need to wear their masks. At all. Seat spacing was similar to the Saints last season, alternating rows with four-seat blocks on both ends in one row with two-seats blocks in the middle of the next. Blocked seats were zip tied shut, but one group asked an usher if they were supposed to cut them to sit (they were in the wrong section). We didn’t see any ushers trying to enforce mask rules, the scoreboard and PA announcements were minimal and it would be nice if the fancam operators would only show people following the rules.

With state regulations capping attendance at 10,000 right now, I don’t envy the task of the ticket office managers. We really like our experience in Delta Club and hope that we can have seats back in there later in the season. It was rather frustrating to see entire empty sections up there the whole game, but I’m guessing that’s because most people wanted to stay inside the warm part of the club (which we would have traded our 12th row seats for in a heartbeat – it never got above 47F). Target Field’s current published capacity is only 38,544, so jumping up to 50% shouldn’t be a huge change. It will also be nice to see the menus expand back to normal – Red Cow, for example, was not offering turkey burgers yet.

The final issue we had (aside from the dumb start-a-runner-on-second rule and Twins loss) was leaving the parking ramp. I drove up to the exit kiosk and opened the ParkWhiz app, only to find my barcode gone and a prompt to login. When I bought the parking pass earlier in the day, they sent me an email with a link to the barcode, but never asked me to set up a login ID and password. With people waiting behind me (and no staff at the exit), I had to pull my car over to the side, find the email, then get back in line. I will now know to have this ready before I start driving, but I wasn’t the only car that had to do this. If there was a regular-sized crowd exiting at the same time, this would be a disaster.

A return to hockey is up next for me tomorrow night (with another Twins game on 4/23). Stay tuned for more reports…

Originally published by DK on April 11, 2021 at 1:45 pm

Best Zantigo in town

Posted Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 11:11 pm GMT -5 in Food at 11:11 PM

…and close to our future house too!

Originally published by DK on April 7, 2021 at 11:11 pm

This cherry donut though…

Posted Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 05:49 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:49 PM

Best one I’ve had in a while – thanks, Mel-O-Glaze, Minneapolis!

Originally published by DK on April 6, 2021 at 5:49 pm

Not just chippies

Posted Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 09:55 am GMT -5 in Food,Pets at 9:55 AM

Luna ❤️ Cheez-Its too

Originally published by DK on April 6, 2021 at 9:55 am

Best when hot

Posted Monday, April 5th, 2021 01:35 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:35 PM

Grease burns are worth it (Car one’s on Randolph)

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2021 at 1:35 pm

Giant cheezy & Jell-O eggies

Posted Sunday, April 4th, 2021 01:33 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 1:33 PM

Easter Sunday in Lowertown 🐣

Originally published by DK on April 4, 2021 at 1:33 pm

Straight Outta Cannon Falls

Posted Thursday, April 1st, 2021 10:31 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 10:31 PM

Special Easter surprise for the girls

Originally published by DK on April 1, 2021 at 10:31 pm

Not the same grilled

Posted Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 05:19 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:19 PM

But I still love you, Cecil’s Deli

Originally published by DK on March 31, 2021 at 5:19 pm

My guilty indulgence

Posted Monday, March 29th, 2021 02:24 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 2:24 PM

The filet (with blue cheese) @ Mystic Steakhouse

Originally published by DK on March 29, 2021 at 2:24 pm

Not bad for an amateur

Posted Thursday, March 25th, 2021 10:59 am GMT -5 in Food at 10:59 AM

Double cheeseburger at home, chef: me

Originally published by DK on March 25, 2021 at 10:59 am

The Easter Classic

Posted Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 12:21 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 12:21 PM

Chocolate eggs from Regina’s

Originally published by DK on March 23, 2021 at 12:21 pm

Added sausage this week

Posted Monday, March 22nd, 2021 05:24 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:24 PM

Carbone’s on Randolph

Originally published by DK on March 22, 2021 at 5:24 pm

Last of the take-out?

Posted Friday, March 19th, 2021 05:42 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:42 PM

Can’t wait to eat this at a table

Originally published by DK on March 19, 2021 at 5:42 pm

Pizza with Jeff, Joyce & Peter

Posted Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 06:20 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 6:20 PM

The OG Carbone’s on Randolph

Originally published by DK on March 16, 2021 at 6:20 pm

Only 10 days to go

Posted Sunday, March 14th, 2021 09:05 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 9:05 PM

The Gordy’s Hi-Hat 2021 Season starts March 24th

Originally published by DK on March 14, 2021 at 9:05 pm

Northland Greatest Hits

Posted Saturday, March 13th, 2021 10:22 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 10:22 PM

Walleye, Bay Muffin, VC Blue Cheese & Wings

Originally published by DK on March 13, 2021 at 10:22 pm

Friday at the Bay

Posted Friday, March 12th, 2021 01:14 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Games at 1:14 PM

Bay muffin, Wild Chuco, Casino Club

Originally published by DK on March 12, 2021 at 1:14 pm

Sunset Steakhouse

Posted Thursday, March 11th, 2021 08:19 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 8:19 PM

That was not the original name…

Originally published by DK on March 11, 2021 at 8:19 pm

Solid walleye sandwich

Posted Wednesday, March 10th, 2021 08:38 am GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 8:38 AM

Bluefin Grille, Toft, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on March 10, 2021 at 8:38 am

🥶 🦃 @ Northern Waters Smokehaus

Posted Monday, March 8th, 2021 06:28 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:28 PM

One off the Duluth list

Originally published by DK on March 8, 2021 at 6:28 pm

Dinner in the new ‘hood

Posted Thursday, March 4th, 2021 09:29 pm GMT -5 in Food at 9:29 PM

Stockyards Tavern and Chophouse (by the St. Paul Grill peeps)

Originally published by DK on March 4, 2021 at 9:29 pm

Classic Zantigo

Posted Sunday, February 28th, 2021 02:52 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:52 PM

Been here a lot lately

Originally published by DK on February 28, 2021 at 2:52 pm

Change in Saint Paul?!?

Posted Thursday, February 25th, 2021 07:03 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food at 7:03 PM

Cossetta makes some additional changes upstairs

Originally published by DK on February 25, 2021 at 7:03 pm

Squares Rule

Posted Monday, February 22nd, 2021 06:34 pm GMT -5 in Food at 6:34 PM

Monday dinner @ Carbone’s on Randolph (the OG)

Originally published by DK on February 22, 2021 at 6:34 pm

‘Tigo Fries and Chilitos

Posted Thursday, February 18th, 2021 08:40 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:40 PM

Driving around the new neighborhood…

Originally published by DK on February 18, 2021 at 8:40 pm

Peak Duluth

Posted Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 07:52 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Music,Travel at 7:52 PM

Breakfast with my Bulldog at Duluth Grill with “Winners” on the speakers

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2021 at 7:52 pm

Late lunch or early dinner?

Posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 04:36 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:36 PM

Either way, awesome pasta from Cossetta

Originally published by DK on February 10, 2021 at 4:36 pm

Celebration pizza 🍕

Posted Thursday, February 4th, 2021 02:26 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:26 PM

Thanks for the gift certificate, Dewey

Originally published by DK on February 4, 2021 at 2:26 pm

Paulie Gatorade!

Posted Sunday, January 31st, 2021 08:28 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Skiing at 8:28 PM

If you know, you know

Originally published by DK on January 31, 2021 at 8:28 pm

Nice.

Posted Thursday, January 28th, 2021 03:20 pm GMT -5 in Food,Pop Culture at 3:20 PM

Well-times chilito run @ Zantigo Woodbury

Originally published by DK on January 28, 2021 at 3:20 pm

Salty donkeys are the best donkeys

Posted Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 12:47 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 12:47 PM

Hope these taste half as good as the branding

Originally published by DK on January 27, 2021 at 12:47 pm

Look who’s open again

Posted Monday, January 25th, 2021 01:11 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:11 PM

At least for indoor seating…

Originally published by DK on January 25, 2021 at 1:11 pm

Football Sunday Food

Posted Sunday, January 24th, 2021 03:20 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football at 3:20 PM

These things are expensive, but so good

Originally published by DK on January 24, 2021 at 3:20 pm

Couldn’t match the hype

Posted Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 05:46 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 5:46 PM

Solid, but almost too spicy for my baby

Originally published by DK on January 23, 2021 at 5:46 pm

Tiny fry, large fry

Posted Friday, January 22nd, 2021 12:41 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:41 PM

Looks who’s back, back again

Originally published by DK on January 22, 2021 at 12:41 pm

How awesome is that?

Posted Tuesday, January 19th, 2021 10:58 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Food at 10:58 PM

Thanks CK!

Originally published by DK on January 19, 2021 at 10:58 pm

Nive Man Sunday Dinner

Posted Sunday, January 17th, 2021 07:06 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 7:06 PM

No way Christy didn’t help with this

Originally published by DK on January 17, 2021 at 7:06 pm

Want a lick? Sike!

Posted Friday, January 15th, 2021 08:41 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:41 PM

That was one good sammie

Originally published by DK on January 15, 2021 at 8:41 pm

Thanks for the recipe

Posted Thursday, January 14th, 2021 12:09 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 12:09 AM

Shouldn’t this be a state secret?

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2021 at 12:09 am

Prime rib, Grand-style

Posted Sunday, January 10th, 2021 09:48 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 9:48 PM

Not usually a fan of prime rib, but this was delicious

Originally published by DK on January 10, 2021 at 9:48 pm

Minnesotan Chinese

Posted Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 05:32 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:32 PM

Leeann Chin is still v tasty

Originally published by DK on January 5, 2021 at 5:32 pm

Bee Gees Doc + popcorn

Posted Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 05:20 pm GMT -5 in Food,Music,Television at 5:20 PM

HBO + Candyland

Originally published by DK on January 2, 2021 at 5:20 pm

NYE Mucci’s Feast

Posted Thursday, December 31st, 2020 04:43 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 4:43 PM

Thanks Chef! Thanks Nive Man!

Originally published by DK on December 31, 2020 at 4:43 pm

Cane’s to rule them all

Posted Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 12:55 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:55 PM

The 3 Finger

Originally published by DK on December 29, 2020 at 12:55 pm

State Fair Holiday Glow

Posted Sunday, December 27th, 2020 08:21 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 8:21 PM

Third visit to the fairgrounds in 2020

Originally published by DK on December 27, 2020 at 8:21 pm

Not my thing, but so pretty

Posted Friday, December 25th, 2020 06:17 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 6:17 PM

Cossetta Alimentari, FTW

Originally published by DK on December 25, 2020 at 6:17 pm

Pig’s Eye, to go

Posted Thursday, December 24th, 2020 11:25 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:25 AM

Thank you, Buttered Tin

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2020 at 11:25 am

Simple, but awesome

Posted Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 01:15 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:15 PM

And I haven’t even gotten to the cake yet…

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2020 at 1:15 pm

Hello Big River

Posted Thursday, December 17th, 2020 07:29 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:29 PM

…it’s been a minute

Originally published by DK on December 17, 2020 at 7:29 pm

White cheddar is a keeper

Posted Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 04:06 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Work at 4:06 PM

More perks from having a kid at Candyland

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2020 at 4:06 pm

The Cock Smoker

Posted Monday, December 14th, 2020 09:14 pm GMT -5 in Food,Movies at 9:14 PM

Didn’t taste like piss and flies to me

Originally published by DK on December 14, 2020 at 9:14 pm

Ready for my Friday call

Posted Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 02:59 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Work at 2:59 PM

There will be wine too

Originally published by DK on December 9, 2020 at 2:59 pm

Tree, Arrows, Dinette

Posted Sunday, December 6th, 2020 06:41 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays,Shopping,Television at 6:41 PM

With the whole fam too

Originally published by DK on December 6, 2020 at 6:41 pm

A Taste of Scandinavia

Posted Saturday, December 5th, 2020 04:41 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:41 PM

Swedish meatball stroganoff

Originally published by DK on December 5, 2020 at 4:41 pm

The adventure begins

Posted Saturday, December 5th, 2020 12:23 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Work at 12:23 PM

First day @ Candyland

Originally published by DK on December 5, 2020 at 12:23 pm

Frozen Mooch

Posted Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 08:53 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 8:53 PM

It will always be the Audrey, right Chef (and Nive Man)?

Originally published by DK on December 3, 2020 at 8:53 pm

Wasn’t kidding about the cookies

Posted Monday, November 30th, 2020 10:52 pm GMT -5 in Food at 10:52 PM

Christmas cookies are so good

Originally published by DK on November 30, 2020 at 10:52 pm

A Saint Paul Classic

Posted Monday, November 30th, 2020 03:48 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 3:48 PM

Chicago Mix, FTW

Originally published by DK on November 30, 2020 at 3:48 pm

Back alley turkey 🦃

Posted Thursday, November 26th, 2020 10:50 am GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 10:50 AM

Happy Thanksgiving!

Originally published by DK on November 26, 2020 at 10:50 am

Mmm…donut

Posted Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 01:27 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 1:27 PM

Thanks, Keri

Originally published by DK on November 25, 2020 at 1:27 pm

Greg’s Crack Chicken

Posted Wednesday, November 18th, 2020 04:11 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:11 PM

Spicier than we expected

Originally published by DK on November 18, 2020 at 4:11 pm

That hit the spot

Posted Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 09:40 pm GMT -5 in Food at 9:40 PM

Double-wrap drive-thru line around the building (but worth it)

Originally published by DK on November 17, 2020 at 9:40 pm

Bravo, Minnehaha Cafe

Posted Monday, November 16th, 2020 08:58 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 8:58 PM

Breakfast, lunch or dinner – always good

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 8:58 pm

SK at the Steakhouse

Posted Monday, November 16th, 2020 08:31 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Food at 8:31 PM

Such a solid joint

Originally published by DK on November 16, 2020 at 8:31 pm

Guys – I cooked a thing!

Posted Saturday, November 14th, 2020 03:01 pm GMT -5 in Food,Personal at 3:01 PM

All by myself (thanks, Greg’s Meats)

Originally published by DK on November 14, 2020 at 3:01 pm

Thank you, clown

Posted Thursday, November 12th, 2020 05:25 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:25 PM

Nice 🍟

Originally published by DK on November 12, 2020 at 5:25 pm

Somebody ❤️ chippies

Posted Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 11:41 am GMT -5 in Food,Pets at 11:41 AM

Luna going to town on green chippies

Originally published by DK on November 10, 2020 at 11:41 am
 

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