7 Minute Miles

It’s been a minute, BWW

Posted Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 07:22 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:22 PM

Probably a bajillion calories, but oh so tasty

Originally published by DK on August 3, 2021 at 7:22 pm

Zantigo was closed

Posted Monday, August 2nd, 2021 09:00 pm GMT -5 in Food at 9:00 PM

Portillo’s Woodbury always suffers by how close it is to Zantigo

Originally published by DK on August 2, 2021 at 9:00 pm

Lots of sweet corn at the market

Posted Sunday, August 1st, 2021 08:06 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:06 PM

First ones of the year for dinner tonight

Originally published by DK on August 1, 2021 at 8:06 pm

Cat’s out of the bag now

Posted Saturday, July 31st, 2021 03:06 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Football,Work at 3:06 PM

Original Hockey Mom Brownies are coming to my office this fall

Originally published by DK on July 31, 2021 at 3:06 pm

Pizza Saturday on Randolph

Posted Saturday, July 31st, 2021 02:55 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:55 PM

The 7″ daily special is good on weekends, yo

Originally published by DK on July 31, 2021 at 2:55 pm

Red Cow + WiFi6

Posted Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 01:59 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Food,Technology at 1:59 PM

Townball Tavern @ Target Field

Originally published by DK on July 28, 2021 at 1:59 pm

Post-pandemic hospitality

Posted Thursday, July 22nd, 2021 03:33 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Golf at 3:33 PM

Some interesting stuff today @ TPC Twin Cities in Blaine

Originally published by DK on July 22, 2021 at 3:33 pm

Bulldoge Alternate Habitat

Posted Wednesday, July 21st, 2021 10:17 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 10:17 PM

The Portland Malt Shoppe, Duluth, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on July 21, 2021 at 10:17 pm

Bulldoge Family Visit

Posted Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 08:57 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Travel at 8:57 PM

Fun afternoon and evening with the MK and SK

Originally published by DK on July 20, 2021 at 8:57 pm

First bird in the new air fryer

Posted Monday, July 19th, 2021 08:07 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:07 PM

All the flavor, half the cooking time

Originally published by DK on July 19, 2021 at 8:07 pm

Been a while, butter burger

Posted Thursday, July 15th, 2021 08:02 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:02 PM

Eagan Culver’s for dinner

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2021 at 8:02 pm

One of the classics

Posted Thursday, July 15th, 2021 12:49 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Food at 12:49 AM

Open-faced club sand wedge, Minnehaha Cafe

Originally published by DK on July 15, 2021 at 12:49 am

So happy that Maxwell’s is back

Posted Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 01:54 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:54 PM

First meal back was A+

Originally published by DK on July 14, 2021 at 1:54 pm

Best of the market

Posted Saturday, July 10th, 2021 09:46 am GMT -5 in Food at 9:46 AM

Thank you, Golden’s Deli

Originally published by DK on July 10, 2021 at 9:46 am

Dan Lundquist

Posted Thursday, July 8th, 2021 02:35 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food at 2:35 PM

He was a good, honest man with a good heart. You’re just selling hamburgers on the side of the road, but he touched a lot of lives…

Originally published by DK on July 8, 2021 at 2:35 pm

RIP, Gordy 1928 – 2021 ❤️❤️❤️

Posted Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 02:44 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Travel at 2:44 PM

A legend of the Northland

Originally published by DK on July 7, 2021 at 2:44 pm

Rainy Grand Ole Creamery

Posted Tuesday, July 6th, 2021 08:18 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 8:18 PM

Sneak attack, post Turf Club

Originally published by DK on July 6, 2021 at 8:18 pm

Pizza on the Patio

Posted Friday, July 2nd, 2021 01:32 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:32 PM

Pizza Friday @ Carbone’s on Randolph

Originally published by DK on July 2, 2021 at 1:32 pm

The TV Genious

Posted Sunday, June 27th, 2021 12:48 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Links,Schools,Video at 12:48 PM

UMD Students Encourage Gardening in Morgan Park

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2021 at 12:48 pm

Happy times have returned

Posted Sunday, June 27th, 2021 11:09 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:09 AM

Golden’s Deli is back at the Lowertown market!

Originally published by DK on June 27, 2021 at 11:09 am

The mighty Crunch Cone

Posted Saturday, June 26th, 2021 08:59 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:59 PM

A little Saturday DQ in Northeast

Originally published by DK on June 26, 2021 at 8:59 pm

That Rudytini, though🍸

Posted Saturday, June 26th, 2021 03:49 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 3:49 PM

Just beat the rain on the rooftop in White Bear Lake

Originally published by DK on June 26, 2021 at 3:49 pm

I think this is more than 4 eggs

Posted Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 01:31 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:31 PM

Original Pancake House, Roseville, MN

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2021 at 1:31 pm

Happy (Casino) Father’s Day

Posted Sunday, June 20th, 2021 05:45 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Holidays at 5:45 PM

Minnehaha Cafe @ Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on June 20, 2021 at 5:45 pm

Brunch with the Floridians

Posted Saturday, June 19th, 2021 12:10 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 12:10 PM

Sasha with Brian and Patti @ Saint Dinette

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2021 at 12:10 pm

Busy day of networking

Posted Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 10:02 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Golf,Work at 10:02 PM

Rush Creek + Willingers

Originally published by DK on June 16, 2021 at 10:02 pm

Pizza Monday (on Tuesday)

Posted Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 02:03 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:03 PM

Even did a salad with the 🍕

Originally published by DK on June 15, 2021 at 2:03 pm

Party size mac and cheese 🧀

Posted Sunday, June 13th, 2021 12:46 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 12:46 PM

Never seen the 76 oz size before

Originally published by DK on June 13, 2021 at 12:46 pm

2021 Grad Party #1

Posted Saturday, June 12th, 2021 07:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Schools at 7:56 PM

Congrats, Carter (and thanks for everything, Trisha – it was soooooo good)

Originally published by DK on June 12, 2021 at 7:56 pm

Burgers, baseball and fireworks

Posted Friday, June 11th, 2021 11:28 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Food,Friends at 11:28 PM

Fun night with Keri and Scott in Lowertown

Originally published by DK on June 11, 2021 at 11:28 pm

The adventurous eater

Posted Thursday, June 10th, 2021 01:18 pm GMT -5 in Food,Pets at 1:18 PM

Luna trying something new

Originally published by DK on June 10, 2021 at 1:18 pm

Pizza line art

Posted Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 11:55 am GMT -5 in Art,Food at 11:55 AM

Pizza Monday can happen anytime

Originally published by DK on June 9, 2021 at 11:55 am

Summer in the city

Posted Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 05:03 pm GMT -5 in Food,Weather at 5:03 PM

95F @ Conny’s Creamy Cone, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2021 at 5:03 pm

The simple joy of being alive

Posted Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 03:25 pm GMT -5 in Business,Food,Links at 3:25 PM

PERMANENTLY CLOSED

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2021 at 3:25 pm

Plain ice water 👍

Posted Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 01:29 pm GMT -5 in Food,Weather,Work at 1:29 PM

Days like these make it taste real good

Originally published by DK on June 8, 2021 at 1:29 pm

Time to restock the candy drawer

Posted Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 11:45 am GMT -5 in Food,Work at 11:45 AM

Stadium delivery

Originally published by DK on June 3, 2021 at 11:45 am

It’s showtime!

Posted Saturday, May 29th, 2021 10:14 pm GMT -5 in Food,Movies at 10:14 PM

A Quiet Place, Part II @ the Riverview

Originally published by DK on May 29, 2021 at 10:14 pm

National Hamburger Day at the Nook

Posted Friday, May 28th, 2021 04:34 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:34 PM

The Triple B was 🔥

Originally published by DK on May 28, 2021 at 4:34 pm

Family pizza night

Posted Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 06:34 am GMT -5 in Family,Food at 6:34 AM

Don’t get the entire crew very often

Originally published by DK on May 26, 2021 at 6:34 am

Superior Spring 12.5K

Posted Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 11:45 am GMT -5 in Food,Nature,Running,Travel at 11:45 AM

Trail race = Gordy and donuts

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2021 at 11:45 am

Nachos on the Farm

Posted Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 11:33 am GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Golf at 11:33 AM

Another lovely day visiting Independence

Originally published by DK on May 23, 2021 at 11:33 am

Angry fish sandwich

Posted Thursday, May 20th, 2021 11:35 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 11:35 PM

Worth the wait 🐠

Originally published by DK on May 20, 2021 at 11:35 pm

Getting better at this 🍔

Posted Thursday, May 13th, 2021 04:39 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:39 PM

Cooking burgers at home

Originally published by DK on May 13, 2021 at 4:39 pm

Saint Paul Classics

Posted Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 04:53 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Nature,Wildlife at 4:53 PM

Punch, Grand Ole Creamery, Como Zoo and Conservatory

Originally published by DK on May 12, 2021 at 4:53 pm

The seasonal star returns

Posted Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 01:31 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food at 1:31 PM

DK Mix @ Candyland

Originally published by DK on May 11, 2021 at 1:31 pm

Saint Paul Parlour 🍔

Posted Thursday, May 6th, 2021 10:45 am GMT -5 in Food at 10:45 AM

Tasty

Originally published by DK on May 6, 2021 at 10:45 am

Now in AAA size

Posted Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 09:19 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Food at 9:19 PM

Looked pretty much the same to me

Originally published by DK on May 4, 2021 at 9:19 pm

Totally worth the drive

Posted Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 02:20 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 2:20 PM

Lunch at Smokey’s – thanks, Jesse!

Originally published by DK on April 28, 2021 at 2:20 pm

Needed that little escape

Posted Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 06:04 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Games at 6:04 PM

Thanks for a great time, SMSC

Originally published by DK on April 27, 2021 at 6:04 pm

Fleece, Noodle Bar, Standard Cat

Posted Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 07:53 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Games at 7:53 PM

Back again this weekend

Originally published by DK on April 22, 2021 at 7:53 pm

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,Longform,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
 

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