Happy Mother’s Day 2021Originally published by DK on May 9, 2021 at 9:58 am
Easter Sunday in Lowertown 🐣Originally published by DK on April 4, 2021 at 1:33 pm
Special Easter surprise for the girlsOriginally published by DK on April 1, 2021 at 10:31 pm
Chocolate eggs from Regina’sOriginally published by DK on March 23, 2021 at 12:21 pm
WutOriginally published by DK on January 12, 2021 at 1:05 am
They are finally here!Originally published by DK on January 4, 2021 at 3:24 pm
Thanks Chef! Thanks Nive Man!Originally published by DK on December 31, 2020 at 4:43 pm
Third visit to the fairgrounds in 2020Originally published by DK on December 27, 2020 at 8:21 pm
Cossetta Alimentari, FTWOriginally published by DK on December 25, 2020 at 6:17 pm
Tiny tree for 2020 🌲Originally published by DK on December 25, 2020 at 9:38 am
Rent-a-Snol, Holiday EditionOriginally published by DK on December 24, 2020 at 8:08 pm
Two Dots is my pandemic lifelineOriginally published by DK on December 15, 2020 at 4:02 pm
I’m Mister White Christmas, I’m Mister Snow. I’m Mister Icicle, I’m Mister Ten Below…Originally published by DK on December 11, 2020 at 8:35 pm
With the whole fam tooOriginally published by DK on December 6, 2020 at 6:41 pm
Nice job on the tree wrappingOriginally published by DK on November 27, 2020 at 3:42 pm
Happy Thanksgiving!Originally published by DK on November 26, 2020 at 10:50 am
Almost time to go tree shoppingOriginally published by DK on November 25, 2020 at 8:54 pm
Birthday dinner outside for CKOriginally published by DK on June 23, 2020 at 9:08 pm
Brunson’s Pub patio, Saint PaulOriginally published by DK on June 23, 2020 at 1:42 pm
Best Father’s Day card everOriginally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 5:35 pm
MK coming up big with breakfastOriginally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 11:06 am
SK window in MinneapolisOriginally published by DK on December 31, 2019 at 12:08 pm
Star Wars Card Trader is rocking itOriginally published by DK on December 25, 2019 at 1:05 pm
Took a few days, but we have ornamentsOriginally published by DK on December 22, 2019 at 3:05 pm
Gift card sale ends todayOriginally published by DK on December 22, 2019 at 2:56 pm
Last 14 Asian EateryOriginally published by DK on December 15, 2019 at 7:45 pm
Sustainable Christmas traditionsOriginally published by DK on December 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm
Had the holiday train several timesOriginally published by DK on December 12, 2019 at 9:04 am
Hello again, Union Depot Christmas treeOriginally published by DK on December 10, 2019 at 10:28 am
Thanks, Auntie LynnOriginally published by DK on November 28, 2019 at 6:56 pm
Still hard, still cuteOriginally published by DK on November 11, 2019 at 10:09 pm
That will be about all the Halloween I need this yearOriginally published by DK on October 31, 2019 at 2:27 am
Oktoberfest in MilwaukeeOriginally published by DK on October 16, 2019 at 10:24 pm
This artwork is so greatOriginally published by DK on October 2, 2019 at 1:30 pm
I finally own a green hat to wear once a yearOriginally published by DK on March 17, 2019 at 3:25 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).
Bowlero Brooklyn Park (or is it Center?)Originally published by DK on January 14, 2019 at 7:07 pm
Very, very nice to see everyoneOriginally published by DK on January 13, 2019 at 5:27 pm
Thank you, MK, for the presentOriginally published by DK on January 5, 2019 at 3:51 pm
You were short, but wonderfulOriginally published by DK on January 5, 2019 at 3:30 pm
Let’s do this thing, 2019Originally published by DK on December 31, 2018 at 9:01 pm
Kids these days don’t let their elders win nothingOriginally published by DK on December 26, 2018 at 8:57 am
Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?Originally published by DK on December 24, 2018 at 10:10 pm
That dog is so damn cuteOriginally published by DK on December 24, 2018 at 10:04 pm
This app has it’s momentsOriginally published by DK on December 23, 2018 at 10:39 am
Going from a 6 to a X will be a shock for herOriginally published by DK on December 20, 2018 at 6:25 pm
Best iOS game ever, no?Originally published by DK on December 19, 2018 at 10:18 pm
Thanks, Aramark!Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm
I still want to hear Jim Cunningham say this at a Wild or Twins game…Originally published by DK on December 14, 2018 at 1:07 pm
Another farmer’s market treeOriginally published by DK on December 9, 2018 at 5:09 pm
Nice job decorating, MKOriginally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 10:21 am
Still cool (literally and figuratively), but needs more varietyOriginally published by DK on December 2, 2018 at 8:50 pm
Pure sugar = pure awesomeOriginally published by DK on December 1, 2018 at 1:49 pm
Before basketball – not lit, after basketball – litOriginally published by DK on December 1, 2018 at 1:38 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!
The park is all dressed up for DecemberOriginally published by DK on November 26, 2018 at 2:44 pm
I really don’t know how to describe it. It was like the turkeys mounted a counter-attack. It was almost as if they were…organized!Originally published by DK on November 23, 2018 at 7:05 pm
Secure building = I get all the candyOriginally published by DK on October 31, 2018 at 8:01 pm
I’ve seen the Exorcist about a hundred and sixty-seven times, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT…Originally published by DK on October 31, 2018 at 4:39 pm
We won’t have any kids, but so happy to be hereOriginally published by DK on October 30, 2018 at 11:41 am
Welcome to October 2018Originally published by DK on October 2, 2018 at 10:04 am
Quick, fun trip to Vermilion to celebrate Mr. Schuster’s 50thOriginally published by DK on September 24, 2018 at 11:44 am
Can’t find it on Google: totallyadult No. 10, the album network, December 5, 1995Originally published by DK on August 12, 2018 at 10:44 pm
My favorite thing about the FourthOriginally published by DK on July 4, 2018 at 10:54 am
One more until the big one…Originally published by DK on June 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm
Wish I could be in Grand Marais with you todayOriginally published by DK on June 17, 2018 at 10:47 am
Best accountant everOriginally published by DK on June 5, 2018 at 10:47 am
Hope Santa made it to the U on timeOriginally published by DK on May 13, 2018 at 9:24 pm
Happy birthday, SK ❤️🎉🎂Originally published by DK on February 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm
The Lowertown Speakeasy was a hitOriginally published by DK on January 20, 2018 at 8:58 pm