7 Minute Miles

How many calories, Perkins?

Posted Thursday, October 21st, 2021 12:45 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 12:45 PM

At least they had diet cherry Coke in Worthington

Originally published by DK on October 21, 2021 at 12:45 pm

Glorious Penultimate Lunch

Posted Tuesday, October 19th, 2021 04:50 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:50 PM

That is some damn good pizza

Originally published by DK on October 19, 2021 at 4:50 pm

One last go at press box popcorn

Posted Monday, October 18th, 2021 07:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Work at 7:25 PM

Emotional day at the stadium ❤️

Originally published by DK on October 18, 2021 at 7:25 pm

Two classic wide-angles

Posted Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 08:09 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football at 8:09 PM

Skol Vikings + Chuckles = separated at birth?

Originally published by DK on October 12, 2021 at 8:09 pm

The increasingly rare chicken wing

Posted Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 08:02 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:02 PM

Great experience at the Eagan BWW

Originally published by DK on October 12, 2021 at 8:02 pm

Just like old times

Posted Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 08:01 pm GMT -5 in Food,Personal at 8:01 PM

Clean bill of health at Hennepin Healthcare (and breakfast in the cafeteria)

Originally published by DK on October 12, 2021 at 8:01 pm

Long live Cecil’s Deli

Posted Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 03:24 pm GMT -5 in Food at 3:24 PM

Tasty – thanks, Jeff and Joyce!

Originally published by DK on October 12, 2021 at 3:24 pm

End of a purple era 💜🏈

Posted Sunday, October 10th, 2021 07:47 pm GMT -5 in Food,Football,Friends,Work at 7:47 PM

Last Vikings game @ U.S. Bank Stadium: Vikings 19, Lions 17

Originally published by DK on October 10, 2021 at 7:47 pm

Made with ❤️ by 🐝

Posted Saturday, October 9th, 2021 02:06 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Nature,Schools at 2:06 PM

Thank you, UMD Land Lab – that was delicious

Originally published by DK on October 9, 2021 at 2:06 pm

Three Years of Bonus Time

Posted Friday, October 8th, 2021 11:13 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Longform,Personal,Travel at 11:13 AM

Today marks the three year anniversary of my train platform event in downtown Minneapolis. The first anniversary was amazing, I was ultra grateful for my second anniversary and now things are running on all cylinders for year three. Colleen made my favorite bars to celebrate and we will be having dinner tonight at Saint Dinette to toast another splendid year around the sun.

On the health front, everything is great. I’m on my second pair of permanent prism lenses and they work perfectly. Still don’t need them for reading screens, but I do prefer them now for watching TV and movies, riding my bike, golfing and driving (even bought a pair of prism sunglasses). The move streak on my watch is now up to 540 days, I’m at 530 miles on the bike log for 2021 and have even signed up to try another half marathon in 2022.

As the pandemic continues to roll on, some things have returned to (semi) normal. While we had an entire football season without fans, this year has seen a return to no restrictions and four games with thousands of people through the doors. We took our first airplane trips to and from Las Vegas over Labor Day and will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary this December on Kauai. We’ve also been building a new house that should be ready when we get back (after an extended construction period).

Lastly, I want to again thank the healthcare professionals who helped get me to year three, along with all of my family and friends who have provided love and support. There is one other big change coming soon, but I’ll leave that for another day…

Originally published by DK on October 8, 2021 at 11:13 am

Breakfast at Bellecour on Grand

Posted Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 09:35 am GMT -5 in Food at 9:35 AM

Thank you, chef!

Originally published by DK on October 5, 2021 at 9:35 am

Picture perfect pizza

Posted Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 07:20 pm GMT -5 in Food at 7:20 PM

Saturday lunch special on Randolph

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2021 at 7:20 pm

Get it while you can

Posted Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 10:21 am GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 10:21 AM

St. Paul Farmer’s Market 2021 season ends November 21

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2021 at 10:21 am

Apple season has returned

Posted Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 08:46 pm GMT -5 in Food at 8:46 PM

Caramel is healthy, right?

Originally published by DK on September 28, 2021 at 8:46 pm

Mild with extra cheese

Posted Monday, September 27th, 2021 06:29 pm GMT -5 in Food at 6:29 PM

Macro photography at the ‘Tigo

Originally published by DK on September 27, 2021 at 6:29 pm

Better late than never

Posted Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 06:30 pm GMT -5 in Food,Work at 6:30 PM

Should’ve put it on my calendar – missed all the chefs

Originally published by DK on September 23, 2021 at 6:30 pm

It’s been way too long

Posted Tuesday, September 21st, 2021 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Food at 6:25 PM

Pizza Tuesday on Randolph

Originally published by DK on September 21, 2021 at 6:25 pm

Tasty CHX ✅

Posted Monday, September 20th, 2021 01:37 pm GMT -5 in Food at 1:37 PM

A rare open lunch spot in Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on September 20, 2021 at 1:37 pm

Pre-Turtle Pit Stop

Posted Saturday, September 18th, 2021 05:03 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Music at 5:03 PM

The Slider @ King’s Place, Miesville

Originally published by DK on September 18, 2021 at 5:03 pm

Sunny Shore Lunch with Keri

Posted Thursday, September 16th, 2021 01:52 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends,Work at 1:52 PM

Farmers Kitchen + Bar

Originally published by DK on September 16, 2021 at 1:52 pm

Hello again, Uncle Franky

Posted Thursday, September 16th, 2021 09:29 am GMT -5 in Food at 9:29 AM

Post-cider dinner on the patio

Originally published by DK on September 16, 2021 at 9:29 am

Minneapolis Cider Co. ✅

Posted Thursday, September 16th, 2021 09:28 am GMT -5 in Food,Work at 9:28 AM

Thanks to Cisco for helping cross that one off the list

Originally published by DK on September 16, 2021 at 9:28 am

Baseball Night in Minneapolis

Posted Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 10:11 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Food,Work at 10:11 PM

Work outing to Target Field with a stop @ Kieran’s

Originally published by DK on September 14, 2021 at 10:11 pm

My dinner date

Posted Monday, September 13th, 2021 08:57 pm GMT -5 in Food,Pets at 8:57 PM

Just like Lady and the Tramp

Originally published by DK on September 13, 2021 at 8:57 pm

Lunch at BK’s Capital Grille

Posted Monday, September 13th, 2021 04:24 pm GMT -5 in Food,Friends at 4:24 PM

Great service and so nice to catch up with Shelly

Originally published by DK on September 13, 2021 at 4:24 pm

Market twilight season

Posted Sunday, September 12th, 2021 11:46 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:46 AM

Fall is the best, no?

Originally published by DK on September 12, 2021 at 11:46 am

$2 shirt with $50 purchase

Posted Saturday, September 11th, 2021 01:57 pm GMT -5 in Fashion,Food,Shopping at 1:57 PM

That was a no-brainer

Originally published by DK on September 11, 2021 at 1:57 pm

Cub is ready for next month

Posted Thursday, September 9th, 2021 08:00 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays,Shopping at 8:00 PM

But make sure you check the date on the milk

Originally published by DK on September 9, 2021 at 8:00 pm

An Intro to Cecil’s

Posted Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 02:41 pm GMT -5 in Food at 2:41 PM

I had great food all weekend, so it was only fitting to continue today in Saint Paul

Originally published by DK on September 8, 2021 at 2:41 pm

The Morrissey Cinnabon

Posted Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 06:19 pm GMT -5 in Food,Travel at 6:19 PM

He wasn’t there this time

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2021 at 6:19 pm

Snagged a Yardbird reservation

Posted Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 06:06 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Food,Travel at 6:06 PM

Solid, but overall I thought Revival is better

Originally published by DK on September 7, 2021 at 6:06 pm

Resorts World Vegas is…

Posted Sunday, September 5th, 2021 06:55 pm GMT -5 in Art,Casinos,Food,Travel at 6:55 PM

…not sure what to think yet

Originally published by DK on September 5, 2021 at 6:55 pm

Post site visit Zantigo stop

Posted Thursday, September 2nd, 2021 06:16 pm GMT -5 in Food at 6:16 PM

Not pictured: mild chilito with extra cheese 🧀

Originally published by DK on September 2, 2021 at 6:16 pm

Pre-Doobie corn roast

Posted Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 03:28 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Food,Music at 3:28 PM

As good as ever 🌽

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2021 at 3:28 pm

* off switch not included

Posted Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 08:28 am GMT -5 in Food at 8:28 AM

Serving size “around 7” is laughable

Originally published by DK on August 31, 2021 at 8:28 am

State Fair Milk Run 2021

Posted Sunday, August 29th, 2021 06:56 pm GMT -5 in Food,Longform,Running at 6:56 PM

It’s a little crazy to look back at the post I wrote from the last time I ran the Milk Run 5K at the Minnesota State Fair. Back in 2015, I was on a streak to get closer to actually winning an age group ribbon (awarded to the top three in each category) and was disappointed to run an eight minute mile. This year, my C goal was to finish, my B goal was to run the whole thing without stopping to walk and my A goal was to finish faster than my previous slowest time (39:09). Considering I haven’t really run at all since the Get in Gear, it was a minor miracle I hit all three goals (finishing in 32:55).

That 10:36 pace was good enough for 20th in my age group (out of 30) and 399th out of 911 total finishers. My age group leaderboard is still full of fast old guys, with the winner running a 20:11 (6:30 pace). My Milk Run PR of 21:42 would’ve put me just two seconds out of the third place ribbon, though, so there’s still hope. I’m not sure that I will ever get back to distance races, but I could see myself trying to get better at 5K and 10K runs. It was really fun to be back out on a real course again (with a few spectators even). Probably could’ve shaved a few more seconds off if I didn’t wait to start in the back of the pack – there was quite a slow logjam for the first half mile or so. The watch says my mile splits were 10:32, 10:11 and 9:43, so that’s a positive. Hopefully there will be no football game again in 2022 (which is the reason I’ve missed the last four pre-pandemic years).

The course was the same as the last time I ran, starting on Machinery Hill and running through Saint Anthony Park and the University of Minnesota Saint Paul campus. I waved at the old Vince Fan house on Dudley and was amused by the milk protesters halfway through the race. The start and finish were at the intersection of Randall and Underwood, a block over from Giggles’ Campfire Grill, which was kind enough to give all runners a free breakfast sandwich, a slice of watermelon, some blueberries and a bottle of water after the race. I also used my free malt coupon at the Dairy Building (which thankfully wasn’t closed, contrary to a rumor we had heard). Picked up my shirt after the race and went back to the car to change, which was really refreshing. Getting in to park at Snelling and Hoyt was also much less stressful than last time, but leaving that way at 1:30pm was a hot mess.

Colleen went to get Sweet Martha’s cookies while I went to change, and the new(ish) location on Machinery Hill gave her a huge pile of extra cookies. We shared some with the people at the Kemp’s booth, who surprisingly enough asked me about the milk protesters on the 5K course. We found the Wyatt & Ethan bench near the tiny farm and both of us had our first Pronto Pups of 2021. Thankfully, they tasted back to normal (after having mixed experiences during the drive-through events of 2020).

We headed down to the Agriculture Horticulture Building next so that I could finally cross The Peg off my list. Billed as the fair’s only full-service restaurant, it’s been open for 37 years now and I’d never stopped to eat there (until today). Ordered a large lemonade, the breakfast sandwich and a side of hash browns – all of which were solid, offering good value, seats in the shade and great service from a friendly server. We stopped inside the building (masks on) to see the crop art and the bees before heading across the street to the Dairy Building for my free malt (and a stop at Fresh French Fries). Lots of interesting crop art – including my office amongst the nearby scarecrow section.

Along this path, we discovered that the old Senior Center is now called the Ramberg Center and hosts a Music Cafe lineup that included Steve Roehm from the New Standards playing a solo set. We talked to him afterwards and mentioned it was so nice to see him play recently at Mears Park (and up at Lutsen last March – our first post-pandemic concert). He said he was originally booked to play with his other trio – The Neighborhood Trio – but that the other two bandmates had conflicts and the fair booking agent said he could just play by himself. What a nice surprise!

We struck out on two things we were looking forward to: the Minnesota Lottery booth wasn’t selling any scratchers this year (they just had a contest you could enter) and the Poultry Barn was closed for cleaning. We did stop and listen to a band from Ecuador on the DNR Stage while I got some Spring Grove black cherry soda. There was also a giant Adam Turman chair that we look ridiculous in, but of course had to get a photo. Colleen then visited the Turkey-To-Go stand for one of Rich Wang’s favorites. The DNR fire tower was closed and it was sad to see the sign that basically said all staff are gone fighting fires.

We then dropped in at Steichen’s, the “complete food market” that opened in 1933. Colleen said she had been in there before, but I’m pretty sure that was my first time. After that, we headed to the West End to visit I Like You and Lulu’s Public House, where I bought my usual bull bites, mac and cheese on a stick and Mt. Dew. It was getting hot and crowded, so we checked out the latest Blue Barn menu on the way back to the car, then headed home. Back again on Tuesday for the Doobie Brothers at the Grandstand, so more to come…

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2021 at 6:56 pm

A classic combination

Posted Sunday, August 29th, 2021 12:24 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:24 PM

Dairy Building vanilla malt + Fresh French Fries @ 2021 Minnesota State Fair

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2021 at 12:24 pm

Is this heaven?

Posted Sunday, August 29th, 2021 11:16 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:16 AM

Back to the originals – the 2021 Pronto Pup

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2021 at 11:16 am

Cheesehead crop art

Posted Sunday, August 29th, 2021 10:31 am GMT -5 in Food,Football at 10:31 AM

Blue ribbon from me

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2021 at 10:31 am

NEVER CORN DOGS

Posted Sunday, August 29th, 2021 10:22 am GMT -5 in Food,Pop Culture at 10:22 AM

Corn Dog Heaven != Pronto Pup Heaven

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2021 at 10:22 am

Finally hit The Peg

Posted Sunday, August 29th, 2021 10:06 am GMT -5 in Food at 10:06 AM

Missed it the first 36 years at the Fair

Originally published by DK on August 29, 2021 at 10:06 am

Screw you, Arby’s

Posted Saturday, August 28th, 2021 10:49 am GMT -5 in Food at 10:49 AM

Saint Dinette has picked up the ball ya’ll dropped

Originally published by DK on August 28, 2021 at 10:49 am

Still good sports

Posted Thursday, August 26th, 2021 10:35 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Food at 10:35 PM

Kids and their restaurant hats, amirite?

Originally published by DK on August 26, 2021 at 10:35 pm

Bold & Cheesy

Posted Wednesday, August 25th, 2021 10:03 pm GMT -5 in Food,Shopping at 10:03 PM

Anxious to try this one out soon

Originally published by DK on August 25, 2021 at 10:03 pm

Happy Pizza Monday

Posted Monday, August 23rd, 2021 11:46 am GMT -5 in Food at 11:46 AM

…to those who celebrate 🎉

Originally published by DK on August 23, 2021 at 11:46 am

RIP the Barbette aioli

Posted Friday, August 20th, 2021 12:38 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:38 PM

Fries may be different now too (but still were good)

Originally published by DK on August 20, 2021 at 12:38 pm

Ballpark food double header

Posted Wednesday, August 18th, 2021 07:48 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Food at 7:48 PM

Red Cow ultimate burger @ Target Field; chicken strips + fries @ CHS Field

Originally published by DK on August 18, 2021 at 7:48 pm

Minnesota-Style

Posted Monday, August 16th, 2021 05:06 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:06 PM

Still love Leeann Chin

Originally published by DK on August 16, 2021 at 5:06 pm

That first bite though

Posted Thursday, August 12th, 2021 12:10 pm GMT -5 in Food at 12:10 PM

Marketing Hype

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

Almost 29 miles today

Posted Sunday, August 8th, 2021 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Biking,Food,History at 5:22 PM

Old neighborhood, Fort Snelling, Minnehaha Park

Originally published by DK on August 8, 2021 at 5:22 pm

A surprise gift from Chef

Posted Saturday, August 7th, 2021 04:52 pm GMT -5 in Food at 4:52 PM

Thanks, Adam!

Originally published by DK on August 7, 2021 at 4:52 pm

Freaky Fast Summer Special

Posted Thursday, August 5th, 2021 05:57 pm GMT -5 in Food at 5:57 PM

Jimmy John’s chicken Caesar wrap

Originally published by DK on August 5, 2021 at 5:57 pm

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