Thumbs up on the HoweOriginally published by DK on April 18, 2019 at 1:31 pm
…with that gourmet shitOriginally published by DK on April 17, 2019 at 8:19 pm
…ends here.Originally published by DK on April 8, 2019 at 3:11 pm
IT Command will be the place to be the next three daysOriginally published by DK on April 4, 2019 at 9:30 pm
Calm amongst the chaosOriginally published by DK on April 2, 2019 at 2:12 pm
Really needed that burger todayOriginally published by DK on March 31, 2019 at 12:31 pm
Favorite medical center everOriginally published by DK on March 29, 2019 at 7:52 pm
Squeezing in a few more…Originally published by DK on March 28, 2019 at 6:23 pm
Two of my all-time favorites (Minnehaha Grill @ Mystic Lake)Originally published by DK on March 24, 2019 at 12:26 pm
…and my damn Shirley TemplesOriginally published by DK on March 16, 2019 at 11:41 am
Fortune cookies always make me think of the SimpsonsOriginally published by DK on March 14, 2019 at 7:53 pm
Parking really is freeOriginally published by DK on March 14, 2019 at 10:07 am
There’s nobody that’s trying to kick the crap out of Philly cream cheese…Originally published by DK on March 14, 2019 at 8:13 am
When I cook for myselfOriginally published by DK on March 4, 2019 at 7:38 pm
Zantigo Woodbury (with MK)Originally published by DK on March 2, 2019 at 5:14 pm
- My wife and daughters, who are so kind and whip-smart
- Everyone who has supported my recovery
- Driving on my own
- The Saint Dinette cheeseburger
- Our Lowertown loft
- The choo-choo
- Progressive jackpots
- Kingdom Hearts 3
- Code (that works)
- Live music
- A well-struck golf shot
- Sunshine (on my shoulders)
The flip side of that other mini-post…Originally published by DK on February 17, 2019 at 3:27 pm
Another stop at the HCMC cafeteriaOriginally published by DK on February 12, 2019 at 8:45 am
Fudds ForeverOriginally published by DK on February 2, 2019 at 1:18 pm
I’ve never seen such a small clown servingOriginally published by DK on February 1, 2019 at 9:59 am
Thanks, Jim and Darla!Originally published by DK on January 27, 2019 at 2:36 pm
Last year, we had a big blowout birthday party in the Sinatra Lounge (the invite we did still makes me smile). This year, I was planning to go on a ski trip in Banff to celebrate landmark birthdays for MK and I. Then I had my little medical incident and we postponed the big stuff and scaled back 2019 birthday plans. I still wanted to do something a little out of the norm, so we booked a dinner reservation at the new Minneapolis hot spot, P.S. Steak.
I will forever call Chef Mike DeCamp “YoungChef2,” as that is his Twitter handle. Young Chef is a busy guy for Jester Concepts, listed as Executive Chef at Monello and Constantine and Borough and Parlour. He is also behind the weekly Sunday old-school Italian pop-up at Monello, Mama DeCampo’s (which is great, BTW). Somehow Mercado slipped by him, but P.S. Steak is the latest DeCamp project for the group.
We never made it to La Belle Vie before it closed in the 510 Groveland location, but there is so much history there (Dara called it “heavier with history than any restaurant in the state” in her first bite review). Not only was Chef DeCamp in that kitchen, but so was Tim McKee, Matt Anderson and a host of Twin Cities cocktail pioneers (make sure and read this Strib article to find out the backstory on the “Obi Pip Kenobi”). Man, I miss seeing and talking with Pip at Marvel Bar…
Joy Summers has some great pictures of the remodeled 510 spaces in her Eater story, including one of our exact table in the steakhouse dining room side (to the left as you enter – the lounge is to the right). There is complimentary valet parking and I don’t think I really knew how easy it is to get there from Lowertown via I-94 and Dell Place (and back again). In Dara’s story, she described the newly renovated dining room as “Ravenclaw-meets-Eyes-Wide-Shut-for-a-drink” and personally, I couldn’t stop humming the Haunted Mansion music (which actually made the whole night extra fun for me).
So how was it? You never know what service will be like at a place that just opened, but everything went swimmingly. Our server was wonderful, all of our questions were answered, the flow of food out of the kitchen was consistent and everything tasted great. The room is not overly loud and really looks spectacular (was that Norm Green at the table next to us?). Dara asks, “Is P.S. Steak suddenly among the most expensive restaurants in town?” Yup, for sure. It’s also an instant classic that will be busy with special event and corporate expense account business that will give Manny’s a run for their money.
SK and I are the steak people in the family, so one of us tried the 8oz beef tenderloin and the other had the Denver steak. Both were wonderful – I added Stilton blue cheese to mine, while SK had a side of curry béarnaise. We all shared some Aligot (mashed potatoes with cheese), roasted baby carrots and Parker House rolls. Colleen went with one of our Chef Ramsey faves, sautéed sea scallops, while MK had the sautéed chicken breast with smoked chicken thigh, mushrooms and kale. I also shared the P.S. chopped salad with Colleen, while SK had a bowl of the caramelized onion soup (which came with tasty rye gnocchi and cave aged Gruyere).
We saw Young Chef do the cool baked Alaska thing at the table next to us, but we passed on that one. They did bring out a birthday candle in my really good hot fudge and salted peanut sundae, though. The girls shared the Andoa chocolate brownie and added a scoop of the excellent vanilla ice cream (which we think is from Izzy’s). It was a great way to end my birthday and I would definitely go back again. Sorry for the highly filtered photos – it’s not an easy room to take pictures in at night. Oh, and a shout-out to my colleague Keri, who started a new food blog called Keri Tyler Moore that made me realize I need to write about food more often (and not just post pictures to Instagram).
We may live without friends, we may live without books. But civilized man cannot live without cooks…Originally published by DK on January 15, 2019 at 2:19 pm
Quick stop before errands and partiesOriginally published by DK on January 13, 2019 at 1:45 pm
The fries still rock (walleye too)Originally published by DK on January 5, 2019 at 6:04 pm
Last building standingOriginally published by DK on January 3, 2019 at 1:13 pm
The holidays are still toughOriginally published by DK on December 23, 2018 at 7:20 pm
Quick update from the medical professionals this week on my recovery. I had two appointments this week, one with my occupational therapist and a rare one-on-one visit with my neurovascular surgeon, Dr. Tummala. He has been named a “Top Doctor” with Mpls.St.Paul Magazine three years in a row and only visits HCMC one half day a month, so this was a special treat to get to talk with him in person.
Good news to report on all fronts: the therapist has reduced my appointments from once a week to once every other week, Dr. Tummala was pleased with my progress and approved me to start running on the treadmill, OK’d air travel and said my eyes look like they will be strong enough in another three months to not need glasses at all. We went over the results of the recent MRI and looked at a lot of scans that showed the aneurysm and the stents. I learned more about “prominent infundibulums” and why they are important to what happened to me. I should also get to stop taking the new medications they added when I left the hospital by March. So good news all around.
The only sad thing this week was the letter I received from my primary care doctor, Dr. Amal Chaniara, which said he is leaving Allina Health at the end of the year. Dr. Chaniara has been wonderful and I wish him the best of luck with his future career opportunities. He is a great doctor who really took the time to discuss things with me and I will miss seeing him.
Lastly, big shout out to the HCMC cafeteria (see above). Hospital food gets a bad rap in general, but the food and service at the cafeteria has been great. Reasonable prices, friendly staff and a wide selection of options mean I usually stop in after appointments in the new building to grab a quick bite. Not sure they always follow the latest health guidelines when it comes to what they offer, but that’s fine by me…Originally published by DK on December 22, 2018 at 10:44 am
Elton & Sandra Davis – your fries made my childhood betterOriginally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 10:04 pm
Thanks, Aramark!Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm
Screw that Harvard guy – French fries are life. I had some especially good ones this week that made me think I should list my favorites in a mini post. It’s too hard to rank them in order, so here are my current top seven in alphabetical order:
- Fresh French Fries (State Fair)
- Mac’s Fish and Chips
- Octo Fishbar
- Raising Cane’s
- Saint Dinette
Honorable mention (and RIP) – The Station House in Sagle, Idaho (which burned to the ground at some point – thanks to the Bonner County History Museum for helping me research). Platters of fries the size of your head (made from fresh-cut Idaho potatoes, of course).
Nice job decorating, MKOriginally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 10:21 am
Pure sugar = pure awesomeOriginally published by DK on December 1, 2018 at 1:49 pm
A little tardy on the latest update, but all is well. I survived a four hour therapy appointment and apparently did well enough that my speech therapist thinks I don’t need to continue with that track any longer. I had my long-awaited appointment with the ophthalmologist and received a pair of “magic glasses” that have greatly reduced the need for future eye patch use. They have optical film from 3M (see above) that utilizes prism technology to correct my double vision. My left eye is slightly crossed, but this stuff really helps correct that (and it’s so nice to have both eyes open all the time). The extra good news is that there is nothing wrong with either eye – the double vision is caused by the nerves that control the muscles that direct each eye and the doctor is optimistic that this will eventually correct itself. I will also be starting therapy next week to work specifically on eye exercises to help this process along.
In other HCMC appointment news, I met with an awesome neurologist who showed me the “before” and “after” CT scans of my brain from the day of the incident and from when they discharged me from the ICU. It was really cool technology and the way she explained it made it crystal clear how serious the situation was on October 8th (and how much improvement there was after three weeks). Have I mentioned how big a fan I am of the staff at HCMC? I’ll return there again on Friday for another CT scan that will hopefully continue the trend. That will also be Colleen’s last full day with me, as she returns to work on Monday. After that, my next big appointment will be on December 4th, when I meet with the lead neurosurgeon to discuss continued recovery plans and possibly a return to work date.
We saw both Charlie Parr and Hippo Campus at the Palace Theater with no issues from the lights or sound levels (the infamous Palace talkers are another story). On the advice of my friend TG, I picked up a pair of Vibes earplugs, which seemed to work well at the Hippo Campus show (and dampened the discussions of the people sitting near me). Saw one Wild win (Ottawa) and one Wild loss (Arizona) at the X with my uncle, also with no sensory overload issues. Stopped by the stadium for the start of the very loud Packers game, but found it totally manageable. Left that game before halftime to beat the train rush, but had a great time seeing people and delivering thank you cards.
With the Thanksgiving holiday, it was a busy week for seeing family and friends. Had lunch one day with a friend at Dark Horse and went over to the Inver Grove Heights AMC to see Ralph Breaks the Internet (which we both liked). We took my mother-in-law out on Thanksgiving Day for lunch at the original Buca di Beppo in St. Paul, then had a more traditional dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house in the Mac-Groveland area.
This will be my last “weekly update.” Truly thankful for you all – thanks for reading!
NFL-approved yard of SnickersOriginally published by DK on November 26, 2018 at 9:02 pm
Can’t wait to work againOriginally published by DK on November 25, 2018 at 8:32 pm
So convenient, no?Originally published by DK on November 24, 2018 at 12:56 pm
…but super expensiveOriginally published by DK on November 18, 2018 at 8:21 pm
The third week out of the ICU started with lots of family time and a return to HCMC to meet with a neurosurgeon P.A. to have the sutures removed from the top of my head. Since we were so close, I also stopped in at the office for a short visit. It was so great to see everyone (and get more hugs than I can ever remember). After Colleen’s excellent suggestion, I also took the opportunity to clean out my office refrigerator and empty the trash and recycling cans. During my appointment, I was cleared to attend sporting events and concerts, so I hope to return soon for the basketball classic (as a fan) and get back to the Xcel Center with my uncle to catch a Wild game. My first concert should be a perfect one to ease back into live music – Charlie Parr tomorrow night at the Palace Theater up the street.
I was hoping the Monday appointment would be more definitive on determining clearance to return to a number of things, but that was not the case. It was great to get the sutures out (which didn’t even register on the pain scale compared to things in the ICU); a return to work estimate will have to wait until next month. We added some new future appointments and had to reschedule a few others, so now I have a pretty full schedule the next few weeks. It looks like spring will be a fine goal for a return to driving (seizure risk) and biking (warmer, head injury risk). My planned 50th birthday ski trip will have to wait a season, but truly just glad to have a 50th birthday. Haven’t talked much yet about a return to running…
My brother flew up from Orlando last weekend and my sister came down from Duluth, so we spent a lot of time together. We had Carbone’s for lunch at my aunt and uncle’s house on Saturday and my brother wanted to take us out to one of his restaurants in St. Louis Park Saturday night (Yard House). He’s now with Darden Concepts as a corporate trainer and really seems to like the company. Colleen, SK and I introduced him to the magic that is Raising Cane’s the day before he flew home. Also on the foodie radar this past week: lunch with another aunt and uncle at Handsome Hog, lunch with my friend and mentor Doug at Buttered Tin and SK’s first solo server shift at Saint Dinette. I’m really spoiled with so many great options within walking distance of our place (and to have so many kind offers to buy us lunch).
It’s been very strange defining my weekdays by Price Is Right in the mornings and Jeopardy in the afternoons, but I have been working on things other than sitting on the couch and watching TV. I designed some new personal business cards and the thank you cards with SK’s custom artwork arrived this week. Finding addresses and hand writing cards takes a long time, but is actually great therapy for me. I also rolled out the artwork on all the social media platforms, as there are so many people to thank (and I don’t have all those mailing addresses). I’m just amazed at all the communities who have supported us throughout this medical emergency:
- U.S. Bank Stadium colleagues
- Allina Health colleagues
- Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority staff
- Minnesota Vikings staff
- National Football League IT staff
- Hennepin Healthcare doctors, nurses, EMT and support staff
- Metro Transit Police
- Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments
- Fortune Bay and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
- High School for Recording Arts
- Northwest Airlines alumni
- St. Paul Central and Ramsey Junior High alumni
- WeRunMpls and the online running community
This whole time period has felt like soccer’s stoppage time – I feel like every day I get beyond Oct. 8, 2018, is a bonus. It seems crazy to me that this could be one month or another 50 years. Appointments next week include the long-awaited ophthalmology session on Friday with Dr. Chang to discuss my daily occupational therapy eye exercises (see above) and options for prism glasses to help resolve the double vision.
Lunch with Doug @ Buttered TinOriginally published by DK on November 15, 2018 at 1:49 pm
Dinner at Yard House in SLPOriginally published by DK on November 10, 2018 at 8:34 pm
The second week out of the ICU was (thankfully) low-key. I had no outpatient appointments at HCMC and my vision is to the point where I have one eye that’s really good at close-up screens and one that can watch TV clearly. I’ve done my occupational therapy eye exercises every day and ordered a cheap pair of standard glasses from Amazon that I’ll bring to my ophthalmologist appointment on Black Friday – they want to customize the plain lenses to help correct my double vision. On Monday, I’ll return to see the neurosurgeon for an incision check (and hopefully the removal of the two sutures on the top of my head).
I should be getting my AARP card in the mail any day now, since I now have not one, but two daily pill boxes full of medications (see above). It’s actually not too bad – four pills in the morning and two at night, but it’s still a big change from the rest of my life (always had a goal of no pills). Only had to take Tylenol one day this week, when I woke up with a fairly intense headache. Last night I decided to elevate my head more with a second pillow and that seemed to help. Today was the first day I felt tired at the end of the day, but I really didn’t do much physical therapy-type activities.
Yesterday and today friends visited me at home, which was really nice. I have a fairly full schedule next week, but please let me know if you’d like to swing by Lowertown (a person can only watch so much Netflix per week). I received two awesome gifts this week: One from HSRA (big thanks to TC, Saintanne and crew) and one from my good friends at MSFA. My custom artwork thank you cards should arrive tomorrow, so that will be another project to start working on while I’m home. My brother flew up from Florida tonight, and I’ll be visiting lots of family this weekend. Nice to see the Wild playing good hockey too…
Took a lot of coordination for delivery, but it’s beautifulOriginally published by DK on November 4, 2018 at 2:05 pm
They have the meatsOriginally published by DK on November 2, 2018 at 1:19 pm
Secure building = I get all the candyOriginally published by DK on October 31, 2018 at 8:01 pm
Pizza night in the neighborhoodOriginally published by DK on October 30, 2018 at 5:11 pm
Parlour St. Paul has super-boozy maltsOriginally published by DK on October 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm
Best chain burger everOriginally published by DK on October 6, 2018 at 1:12 pm
Is the purple grape?Originally published by DK on September 28, 2018 at 12:50 pm
Thank you Grand Marais Ben FranklinOriginally published by DK on September 26, 2018 at 12:06 am
…just like meOriginally published by DK on September 15, 2018 at 6:25 pm
Thanks, Sven and OleOriginally published by DK on September 15, 2018 at 6:23 pm
Nicely done, Chef ShaneOriginally published by DK on September 12, 2018 at 10:02 pm
They haven’t taken these away yetOriginally published by DK on September 9, 2018 at 1:56 pm
That was a lot of foodOriginally published by DK on September 7, 2018 at 1:43 pm
Downtown Arby’s rocksOriginally published by DK on September 5, 2018 at 11:37 am
https://www.mnstatefair.org/about-the-fair/attendance/Originally published by DK on September 4, 2018 at 2:01 pm
Thumbs way down on my one new item this year – the pepperoni chips (and I love pepperoni)Originally published by DK on September 3, 2018 at 3:57 pm
The Pronto Pup sticks are longer and sharper this year and I’m not eating as manyOriginally published by DK on September 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm
Have you turned it off and back on again?Originally published by DK on September 3, 2018 at 12:06 pm
Kicking it off @ LuLu’s Public HouseOriginally published by DK on August 28, 2018 at 3:31 pm
Too bad Birch’s Lowertown is going to miss most of Saints seasonOriginally published by DK on August 26, 2018 at 1:28 pm
So proud of kid oneOriginally published by DK on August 26, 2018 at 12:25 pm
Some hits, some missesOriginally published by DK on August 25, 2018 at 7:40 pm
Thanks for the reminder, CK & SKOriginally published by DK on August 23, 2018 at 12:59 pm
Love this place so muchOriginally published by DK on August 22, 2018 at 7:22 pm
Chicago Mix (of course)Originally published by DK on August 21, 2018 at 2:37 pm
Bacon, wild rice and cheese from Von Hanson’s MeatOriginally published by DK on August 12, 2018 at 7:11 pm
https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-an-ex-cop-rigged-mcdonalds-monopoly-game-and-stole-millions?source=twitter&via=mobileOriginally published by DK on August 6, 2018 at 6:10 pm
Hard to compete with Cane’s (and DQ, for that matter)Originally published by DK on August 4, 2018 at 8:21 pm
More cookies than I’ve ever seen in one placeOriginally published by DK on August 4, 2018 at 2:29 pm