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Boca Chica Bright

Posted Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 09:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 9:08 PM

Birthday dinner outside for CK

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2020 at 9:08 pm

Happy birthday, CK!

Posted Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 01:42 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 1:42 PM

Brunson’s Pub patio, Saint Paul

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2020 at 1:42 pm

SNOL!!!

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2020 05:35 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Holidays,Pets at 5:35 PM

Best Father’s Day card ever

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 5:35 pm

Happy Father’s Day 2020

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2020 11:06 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 11:06 AM

MK coming up big with breakfast

Originally published by DK on June 21, 2020 at 11:06 am

Winter in the city

Posted Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 12:08 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Weather at 12:08 PM

SK window in Minneapolis

Originally published by DK on December 31, 2019 at 12:08 pm

Merry Christmas 2019

Posted Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 01:05 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Movies at 1:05 PM

Star Wars Card Trader is rocking it

Originally published by DK on December 25, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Christmastime is here

Posted Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 03:05 pm GMT -5 in Holidays at 3:05 PM

Took a few days, but we have ornaments

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2019 at 3:05 pm

She’s Nive Man Famous

Posted Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 02:56 pm GMT -5 in Business,Family,Food,Holidays at 2:56 PM

Gift card sale ends today

Originally published by DK on December 22, 2019 at 2:56 pm

Day late anniversary dinner

Posted Sunday, December 15th, 2019 07:45 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 7:45 PM

Last 14 Asian Eatery

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Support your local tree farm

Posted Sunday, December 15th, 2019 04:04 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 4:04 PM

Sustainable Christmas traditions

Originally published by DK on December 15, 2019 at 4:04 pm

Choo-choo squirrels

Posted Thursday, December 12th, 2019 09:04 am GMT -5 in Holidays at 9:04 AM

Had the holiday train several times

Originally published by DK on December 12, 2019 at 9:04 am

‘‘Tis the season

Posted Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 10:28 am GMT -5 in Holidays,Nature at 10:28 AM

Hello again, Union Depot Christmas tree

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2019 at 10:28 am

Thanksgiving 2019

Posted Thursday, November 28th, 2019 06:56 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 6:56 PM

Thanks, Auntie Lynn

Originally published by DK on November 28, 2019 at 6:56 pm

Winter Festival 2019

Posted Monday, November 11th, 2019 10:09 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Games,Holidays at 10:09 PM

Still hard, still cute

Originally published by DK on November 11, 2019 at 10:09 pm

A Two Dots Halloween

Posted Thursday, October 31st, 2019 02:27 am GMT -5 in Games,Holidays at 2:27 AM

That will be about all the Halloween I need this year

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2019 at 2:27 am

Two fisted

Posted Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 10:24 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Holidays,Travel,Work at 10:24 PM

Oktoberfest in Milwaukee

Originally published by DK on October 16, 2019 at 10:24 pm

Spooky Soirée ‘19

Posted Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 01:30 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Games,Holidays,Personal at 1:30 PM

This artwork is so great

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Happy Shamrock Shake Day!

Posted Sunday, March 17th, 2019 03:25 pm GMT -5 in Baseball,Fashion,Holidays,Sports at 3:25 PM

I finally own a green hat to wear once a year

Originally published by DK on March 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm

Dinner at P.S. Steak

Posted Sunday, January 20th, 2019 11:59 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 11:59 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).

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Holiday party in the burbs

Posted Monday, January 14th, 2019 07:07 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Work at 7:07 PM

Bowlero Brooklyn Park (or is it Center?)

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2019 at 7:07 pm

Happy Birthday, Cathy!

Posted Sunday, January 13th, 2019 05:27 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Holidays at 5:27 PM

Very, very nice to see everyone

Originally published by DK on January 13, 2019 at 5:27 pm

da mf sharezone

Posted Saturday, January 5th, 2019 03:51 pm GMT -5 in Family,Fashion,Holidays at 3:51 PM

Thank you, MK, for the present

Originally published by DK on January 5, 2019 at 3:51 pm

Bye, bye, little tree

Posted Saturday, January 5th, 2019 03:30 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Holidays at 3:30 PM

You were short, but wonderful

Originally published by DK on January 5, 2019 at 3:30 pm

Happy New Year everyone

Posted Monday, December 31st, 2018 09:01 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Personal at 9:01 PM

Let’s do this thing, 2019

Originally published by DK on December 31, 2018 at 9:01 pm

Another game to lose

Posted Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 08:57 am GMT -5 in Family,Games,Holidays at 8:57 AM

Kids these days don’t let their elders win nothing

Originally published by DK on December 26, 2018 at 8:57 am

Clarence Odbody, AS2

Posted Monday, December 24th, 2018 10:10 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Movies,Quotes at 10:10 PM

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

Tucker the Pug ❤️

Posted Monday, December 24th, 2018 10:04 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Pets at 10:04 PM

That dog is so damn cute

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Star Wars Christmas

Posted Sunday, December 23rd, 2018 10:39 am GMT -5 in Art,Design,Holidays,Movies at 10:39 AM

This app has it’s moments

Originally published by DK on December 23, 2018 at 10:39 am

Another XR in the family

Posted Thursday, December 20th, 2018 06:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Shopping,Technology at 6:25 PM

Going from a 6 to a X will be a shock for her

Originally published by DK on December 20, 2018 at 6:25 pm

Merry Two Dots

Posted Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 10:18 pm GMT -5 in Design,Games,Holidays,Technology at 10:18 PM

Best iOS game ever, no?

Originally published by DK on December 19, 2018 at 10:18 pm

A festive office break room

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 12:38 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays,Work at 12:38 PM

Thanks, Aramark!

Originally published by DK on December 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Hee-haw & Merry Christmas

Posted Friday, December 14th, 2018 01:07 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Theater at 1:07 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

My Christmas elves

Posted Sunday, December 9th, 2018 05:09 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Shopping at 5:09 PM

Another farmer’s market tree

Originally published by DK on December 9, 2018 at 5:09 pm

A Big River Christmas

Posted Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 10:21 am GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 10:21 AM

Nice job decorating, MK

Originally published by DK on December 5, 2018 at 10:21 am

The European Christmas Market

Posted Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 08:50 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Shopping at 8:50 PM

Still cool (literally and figuratively), but needs more variety

Originally published by DK on December 2, 2018 at 8:50 pm

Spice drops rule

Posted Saturday, December 1st, 2018 01:49 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 1:49 PM

Pure sugar = pure awesome

Originally published by DK on December 1, 2018 at 1:49 pm

They lit the tree

Posted Saturday, December 1st, 2018 01:38 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Sports at 1:38 PM

Before basketball – not lit, after basketball – lit

Originally published by DK on December 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm

Week Four Update

Posted Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 07:26 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Food,Football,Friends,Hockey,Holidays,Music,Personal at 7:26 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!

Cheers, DK

Week 3 Update
Week 2 Update
Week 1 Update
Brains!

Originally published by DK on November 28, 2018 at 7:26 pm

Holidays in Mears

Posted Monday, November 26th, 2018 02:44 pm GMT -5 in Holidays at 2:44 PM

The park is all dressed up for December

Originally published by DK on November 26, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Les Nessman

Posted Friday, November 23rd, 2018 07:05 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Pop Culture,Television at 7:05 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

Trick or treaters: 0, DK: 1

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 08:01 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 8:01 PM

Secure building = I get all the candy

Originally published by DK on October 31, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Betelgeuse

Posted Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 04:39 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Movies,Quotes at 4:39 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

Happy Halloween, indeed

Posted Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 11:41 am GMT -5 in Holidays,Personal at 11:41 AM

We won’t have any kids, but so happy to be here

Originally published by DK on October 30, 2018 at 11:41 am

They’re dying to meet you

Posted Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 10:04 am GMT -5 in Disney,Holidays at 10:04 AM

Welcome to October 2018

Originally published by DK on October 2, 2018 at 10:04 am

Happy birthday, my friend

Posted Monday, September 24th, 2018 11:44 am GMT -5 in Friends,Golf,Holidays,Travel at 11:44 AM

Quick, fun trip to Vermilion to celebrate Mr. Schuster’s 50th

Originally published by DK on September 24, 2018 at 11:44 am

Pretty rare for $0.95

Posted Sunday, August 12th, 2018 10:44 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Music,Shopping at 10:44 PM

Can’t find it on Google: totallyadult No. 10, the album network, December 5, 1995

Originally published by DK on August 12, 2018 at 10:44 pm

Better than fireworks

Posted Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 10:54 am GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 10:54 AM

My favorite thing about the Fourth

Originally published by DK on July 4, 2018 at 10:54 am

Happy birthday, CK

Posted Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 03:36 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 3:36 PM

One more until the big one…

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm

Happy Father’s Day

Posted Sunday, June 17th, 2018 10:47 am GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 10:47 AM

Wish I could be in Grand Marais with you today

Originally published by DK on June 17, 2018 at 10:47 am

Happy birthday Jen!

Posted Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 10:47 am GMT -5 in Friends,Holidays at 10:47 AM

Best accountant ever

Originally published by DK on June 5, 2018 at 10:47 am

Happy Mother’s Day, CK

Posted Sunday, May 13th, 2018 09:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 9:24 PM

Hope Santa made it to the U on time

Originally published by DK on May 13, 2018 at 9:24 pm

No longer a teen 😢

Posted Saturday, February 17th, 2018 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 5:22 PM

Happy birthday, SK ❤️🎉🎂

Originally published by DK on February 17, 2018 at 5:22 pm

So. Much. Fun.

Posted Saturday, January 20th, 2018 08:58 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Friends,Holidays at 8:58 PM

The Lowertown Speakeasy was a hit

Originally published by DK on January 20, 2018 at 8:58 pm

Happy birthday, Herm

Posted Sunday, January 14th, 2018 12:08 am GMT -5 in Friends,Holidays at 12:08 AM

The perfect touch

Originally published by DK on January 14, 2018 at 12:08 am

Edge of Seventeen

Posted Thursday, January 11th, 2018 06:04 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays at 6:04 PM

It’s technically birthday week, so she gets presents

Originally published by DK on January 11, 2018 at 6:04 pm

Bill

Posted Sunday, December 24th, 2017 10:12 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Movies,Quotes at 10:12 PM

What’s that new thing you got over there at food and drug?

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2017 at 10:12 pm

@dasharez0ne understands

Posted Sunday, December 24th, 2017 11:54 am GMT -5 in Holidays,Personal,Pop Culture at 11:54 AM

Thanks, ADMIN, this year is particularly hard

Originally published by DK on December 24, 2017 at 11:54 am

2017 Artwork by SK

Posted Monday, December 11th, 2017 11:44 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Music at 11:44 PM

Coming to mailboxes everywhere

Originally published by DK on December 11, 2017 at 11:44 pm

The cookie army advances

Posted Sunday, December 10th, 2017 11:38 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays at 11:38 PM

I even helped on these (a tiny bit)

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2017 at 11:38 pm

Biggest tree ever

Posted Sunday, December 10th, 2017 10:49 pm GMT -5 in Holidays at 10:49 PM

Twelve footer for our 13-foot loft

Originally published by DK on December 10, 2017 at 10:49 pm

Greetings from Vienna

Posted Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 11:08 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays,Shopping at 11:08 PM

Or something like that

Originally published by DK on December 3, 2017 at 11:08 pm

Lowertown Holidays

Posted Friday, December 1st, 2017 09:40 pm GMT -5 in Holidays at 9:40 PM

Tree lighting (and fireworks), Union Depot

Originally published by DK on December 1, 2017 at 9:40 pm

Trees at the market

Posted Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 03:39 pm GMT -5 in Holidays,Shopping at 3:39 PM

Back where it started

Originally published by DK on November 22, 2017 at 3:39 pm

Lights on in Rice Park

Posted Monday, November 20th, 2017 10:33 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Weather at 10:33 PM

Cold, but pretty

Originally published by DK on November 20, 2017 at 10:33 pm

‘Tis the season

Posted Monday, November 20th, 2017 12:56 pm GMT -5 in Food,Holidays,Shopping at 12:56 PM

Explorin’

Originally published by DK on November 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Happy Tiki Birthday

Posted Friday, June 23rd, 2017 01:32 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 1:32 PM

Birthday lunch for the old lady @ Pyscho Suzi’s

Originally published by DK on June 23, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Every day is Father’s Day

Posted Monday, June 19th, 2017 12:14 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Family,Holidays at 12:14 PM

Luckiest Dad ever

Originally published by DK on June 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

Mother’s Day 2017 @ IHOP

Posted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 12:37 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Holidays at 12:37 PM

Tried the Maplewood edition

Originally published by DK on May 14, 2017 at 12:37 pm

New rooms I’m helping build

Posted Sunday, April 16th, 2017 03:27 pm GMT -5 in Casinos,Holidays at 3:27 PM

Easter @ Mystic Lake

Originally published by DK on April 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm

(Not) Doug the Pug

Posted Sunday, April 16th, 2017 01:05 pm GMT -5 in Family,Holidays,Pets at 1:05 PM

Easter with the in-laws

Originally published by DK on April 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm
 

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