At least they had diet cherry Coke in WorthingtonOriginally published by DK on October 21, 2021 at 12:45 pm
That is some damn good pizzaOriginally published by DK on October 19, 2021 at 4:50 pm
Emotional day at the stadium ❤️Originally published by DK on October 18, 2021 at 7:25 pm
Skol Vikings + Chuckles = separated at birth?Originally published by DK on October 12, 2021 at 8:09 pm
Great experience at the Eagan BWWOriginally published by DK on October 12, 2021 at 8:02 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
Tasty – thanks, Jeff and Joyce!Originally published by DK on October 12, 2021 at 3:24 pm
Last Vikings game @ U.S. Bank Stadium: Vikings 19, Lions 17Originally published by DK on October 10, 2021 at 7:47 pm
Thank you, UMD Land Lab – that was deliciousOriginally published by DK on October 9, 2021 at 2:06 pm
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
Thank you, chef!Originally published by DK on October 5, 2021 at 9:35 am
Saturday lunch special on RandolphOriginally published by DK on October 2, 2021 at 7:20 pm
St. Paul Farmer’s Market 2021 season ends November 21Originally published by DK on October 2, 2021 at 10:21 am
Caramel is healthy, right?Originally published by DK on September 28, 2021 at 8:46 pm
Macro photography at the ‘TigoOriginally published by DK on September 27, 2021 at 6:29 pm
Should’ve put it on my calendar – missed all the chefsOriginally published by DK on September 23, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Pizza Tuesday on RandolphOriginally published by DK on September 21, 2021 at 6:25 pm
A rare open lunch spot in MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on September 20, 2021 at 1:37 pm
The Slider @ King’s Place, MiesvilleOriginally published by DK on September 18, 2021 at 5:03 pm
Post-cider dinner on the patioOriginally published by DK on September 16, 2021 at 9:29 am
Thanks to Cisco for helping cross that one off the listOriginally published by DK on September 16, 2021 at 9:28 am
Work outing to Target Field with a stop @ Kieran’sOriginally published by DK on September 14, 2021 at 10:11 pm
Just like Lady and the TrampOriginally published by DK on September 13, 2021 at 8:57 pm
Great service and so nice to catch up with ShellyOriginally published by DK on September 13, 2021 at 4:24 pm
Fall is the best, no?Originally published by DK on September 12, 2021 at 11:46 am
That was a no-brainerOriginally published by DK on September 11, 2021 at 1:57 pm
But make sure you check the date on the milkOriginally published by DK on September 9, 2021 at 8:00 pm
I had great food all weekend, so it was only fitting to continue today in Saint PaulOriginally published by DK on September 8, 2021 at 2:41 pm
He wasn’t there this timeOriginally published by DK on September 7, 2021 at 6:19 pm
Solid, but overall I thought Revival is betterOriginally published by DK on September 7, 2021 at 6:06 pm
…not sure what to think yetOriginally published by DK on September 5, 2021 at 6:55 pm
Not pictured: mild chilito with extra cheese 🧀Originally published by DK on September 2, 2021 at 6:16 pm
As good as ever 🌽Originally published by DK on August 31, 2021 at 3:28 pm
Serving size “around 7” is laughableOriginally published by DK on August 31, 2021 at 8:28 am
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…
Dairy Building vanilla malt + Fresh French Fries @ 2021 Minnesota State FairOriginally published by DK on August 29, 2021 at 12:24 pm
Back to the originals – the 2021 Pronto PupOriginally published by DK on August 29, 2021 at 11:16 am
Blue ribbon from meOriginally published by DK on August 29, 2021 at 10:31 am
Corn Dog Heaven != Pronto Pup HeavenOriginally published by DK on August 29, 2021 at 10:22 am
Missed it the first 36 years at the FairOriginally published by DK on August 29, 2021 at 10:06 am
Saint Dinette has picked up the ball ya’ll droppedOriginally published by DK on August 28, 2021 at 10:49 am
Kids and their restaurant hats, amirite?Originally published by DK on August 26, 2021 at 10:35 pm
Anxious to try this one out soonOriginally published by DK on August 25, 2021 at 10:03 pm
…to those who celebrate 🎉Originally published by DK on August 23, 2021 at 11:46 am
Fries may be different now too (but still were good)Originally published by DK on August 20, 2021 at 12:38 pm
Red Cow ultimate burger @ Target Field; chicken strips + fries @ CHS FieldOriginally published by DK on August 18, 2021 at 7:48 pm
Still love Leeann ChinOriginally published by DK on August 16, 2021 at 5:06 pm
Marketing HypeOriginally published by DK on August 12, 2021 at 12:10 pm
Old neighborhood, Fort Snelling, Minnehaha ParkOriginally published by DK on August 8, 2021 at 5:22 pm
Thanks, Adam!Originally published by DK on August 7, 2021 at 4:52 pm
Jimmy John’s chicken Caesar wrapOriginally published by DK on August 5, 2021 at 5:57 pm
Probably a bajillion calories, but oh so tastyOriginally published by DK on August 3, 2021 at 7:22 pm
Portillo’s Woodbury always suffers by how close it is to ZantigoOriginally published by DK on August 2, 2021 at 9:00 pm
First ones of the year for dinner tonightOriginally published by DK on August 1, 2021 at 8:06 pm
Original Hockey Mom Brownies are coming to my office this fallOriginally published by DK on July 31, 2021 at 3:06 pm
The 7″ daily special is good on weekends, yoOriginally published by DK on July 31, 2021 at 2:55 pm
Townball Tavern @ Target FieldOriginally published by DK on July 28, 2021 at 1:59 pm
Some interesting stuff today @ TPC Twin Cities in BlaineOriginally published by DK on July 22, 2021 at 3:33 pm
The Portland Malt Shoppe, Duluth, MinnesotaOriginally published by DK on July 21, 2021 at 10:17 pm
Fun afternoon and evening with the MK and SKOriginally published by DK on July 20, 2021 at 8:57 pm
All the flavor, half the cooking timeOriginally published by DK on July 19, 2021 at 8:07 pm
Eagan Culver’s for dinnerOriginally published by DK on July 15, 2021 at 8:02 pm
Open-faced club sand wedge, Minnehaha CafeOriginally published by DK on July 15, 2021 at 12:49 am
First meal back was A+Originally published by DK on July 14, 2021 at 1:54 pm
Thank you, Golden’s DeliOriginally published by DK on July 10, 2021 at 9:46 am
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
A legend of the NorthlandOriginally published by DK on July 7, 2021 at 2:44 pm
Sneak attack, post Turf ClubOriginally published by DK on July 6, 2021 at 8:18 pm
Pizza Friday @ Carbone’s on RandolphOriginally published by DK on July 2, 2021 at 1:32 pm