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Showing posts with label Beer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beer. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Keg and Case

Y'all wanna hear about my visit to the new Keg and Case in St. Paul?
Well keep reading if you do :)



Last minute decision hubbie and I went to check out Keg and Case in St. Paul on a snowy winter Saturday.
Keg and Case is an indoor market.  I would say it's mostly food.
Start to finish, parking lot pretty small, but lots of parking in the area.
We decided to just to a quick walk through check out everything then go back and make our stops of we wanted to purchase something.
I was thinking it was going to be larger, but not disappointed.
There are many shops on the main level and an upstairs that you can chill out, have a drink or get your grub on.
Most shops are food related, plenty of places to eat.
We picked up a cup of meat (mild) from a German meat shop called K'nack, walked around munching on that.  Lots of people stopped and asked where we got it.



Everyone working there that we spoke to were very friendly & knowledgeable about their products.
If you know me I have a huge love for cheese, so of course we had to stop at a cheese shop.  Gatza, has a great variety of cheeses.



At the time I did not realize that kiddy corner from the cheese shop is a little cheese bistro, owned by the same company, there you can sit down and sample the cheese, with a drink if you'd like.  Then go purchase what you liked.
There is a second level, a brewery and tons of cute seating areas.  You don't have to be drinking beer to sit up there.



Some things that caught my eye was a beautiful restaurant called In Bloom, very stunning.  All foods are cooked over a wood fire. And I believe all wild game don't hold me to that though :)



Also there is a really neat shop where they grow mushrooms on the spot, Forest to Fork.



And of course, the infamous Revival.  I believe they have 3 locations now.
There is a fun little gourmet cotton candy store, the kiddies will love that one!


I think this would be a great place to bring your out of town guests, have a date or just to get out of the house when your feeling the winter blues.
Excited to go back and check out more shops!




Thursday, July 12, 2018

Grand Marais

Oh man, I am a super bad blogger!  Usually when I plan on writing up about my vacations, I'll keep notes in my phone.
100% forgot to do that, and one week later I'm trying to remember all the fun things we did.
Alright, bare with me as I try to recall all my adventures.
Hubbie and I have had this vacation planned with my cousin and her husband for a while now.  She grew up spending most of her summers in Grand Marais with her Grandparents, it was a nice little stroll down memory lane for her.
The first evening hubbie and I spent camping.


We parked loaded up the kayaks with what we needed for an evening and kayaked across the lake, set up camp and explored the area. Before we left home I made us a wonderful stuffed bread wrapped it foil and we roasted it over the campfire for dinner.


  Great time until dusk, when every bug in Minnesota came out and found us :)  And then the storm hit, hubbie slept right through it, wish I did!


I have written about our trip to GM before, we hit up a lot of the same places.
On our way there we travel through Duluth and we ALWAYS have to stop at Northern Water Smokehaus, split an amazing smoked salmon bagel with cream cheese, it comes with a pickle and a mint.  Amazing!



One place we had not explored yet was the stunning Naniboujou Lodge.  We enjoyed a lovely dinner, and the french onion soup, wow!



Naniboujou opened in 1920, the interior is the original paint.  My cousin has heard that the fire place is the largest in Minnesota.



We took a short walk to the waterfront after dinner, there a river runs into Lake Superior, there were tons of people agget hunting here.


The condo we rented was right off the main beach in downtown Grand Marais.  What a great view we had, very nice place, just a little confusing on check in.  


I found it on Air B&B.  
My morning view, pretty nice huh?!


Lets see, we had dinner and drinks at The Birch Terrace Supper Club, my cousin calls the bar "The Dirty Birch". It's pretty old school and right on the main strip.

We did a little window shopping popping in and out of cute shops.

One of our favorite places to kayak is 2 fish house beach, that is up the coast a bit further.  The sun was shining, but it was cool and breezy.  We ate lunch on the shore we picked up at the grocery store. 

Another stop would be the rooftop at Gunflint Tavern, what a great view! 



Voyagers Brewery is a great place to go, rooftop seating, most weekends there is a band.  Good small plates and beers!  


There is so much more to do and see, shops, national parks, hikes, lakes galore.  
Make the trip, you won't regret it!  









Sunday, March 18, 2018

Erik the Red

I heard of this place from my cousin Michelle who actually lives in Wisconsin.  She and her husband were looking for a place to celebrate this past Super Bowl, and she came across Eric The Red, right across from the US Bank Stadium.
What a great idea for a restaurant, Viking themed, Minnesota Vikings, Swedish, Irish, Norwegian etc.
And good thing for me, I found a Groupon for the place!
So husband and I went to check it out one evening.
Like I said it is straight across from the stadium (I keep wanting to say dome! you know what I mean if your from MN)


I did not get many photos of the interior, I didn't want to take photos of the customers.  But, the theme is nice large red & black plaid booths, antlers, deer heads.  The people working here are wearing plaid.  Plaid, Plaid, Plaid!!!  (inside joke).

We sat at the bar.


I'm guessing it was shift changing time, service was a little slow.  But not terrible.
We shared a white fish sampler, served with lefse and rye toast.  Very good! 


Hubbie had a trio of wild game brats with french fries.  He very much enjoyed this.


I had the Thor burger with a side of brussel sprouts, the bacon on the burger was fantastic so thick and the brussels YUMMY!!  My burger was a little dry, I only ate half brought the rest home for the hubster.  


I would totally go back to Erik the Red




Saturday, November 4, 2017

Door County Fall 2017

I don't even know, ummm I think this is our 5th fall trip to Door County?
We so look forward to it.  It is the only vacation my husband and I take alone, a little bonding time.
My kids would be like eeewww gross!!!!

We hit up a couple new stops on this trip & then there are the "have to" stops that I'm going to share with you.  Pretty much all 2 thumbs up from us.

This year we went a little later in the season.  The cottage we stay in, is in Sturgeon Bay.  That is located at the bottom of Door County.  The colors were just about wrapping it up and getting ready for the snow fall.

But once we drove up the peninsula the colors were poppin'!

I know that writing this is going to make me hungry & I already can't wait to go back next year! So let's jump into it!

Kitty O'Reilly's, this Irish girl likey's!  We have never had any bad food or drink there.
This visit we shared the Pile-O-Gold-Nachos, I didn't add any meat to it. Not sure why :)  They were so messy good!
(I told you we made a mess of those nachos!)

Seaquist Orchards
Great spot, another have to visit on our list.  Tons of samples, wonderful fresh baked goods.  Plenty of treats to buy and bring home as gifts or for yourself!



Much more than just food here, clothing, decorations, candles.  And a great big winter wonderland area!
A few play areas for children indoors and out. A super fun rope maze in the forest!



This year we picked up a nut covered caramel apple, super yummy!


Across the highway is a new cheese shop,  Door Artisan Cheese Company. Very nice building, I believe they also have a restaurant.  Friendly people working here.  Not much for samples.  No activity in the cheese making area.



They seem to have more of other company cheeses rather than their own but, I'm guessing that is because they are fairly new.  I hear they have a cheese cave!  



Bea's Ho-Made Products, yup you read that right.  The sign will catch your eye and draw you in :)
When you walk in you're hit by a great smell of homemade pickles.  Like many of the other shops in the area, lots of local treats and gifts.


You can see them canning away behind the cashier's desk.  Busy Bee's!

One of our new favorites is Edgewood Orchard Gallery.



We stumbled across this place last year.
The artwork here is fantastic.  But, our favorite part is walking through the forest and admiring all of the sculptures.



Even if you're not a big art lover, I'm sure you will appreciate this place.


A new place for us is Renards Cheese.  But, we like to say it like you would say "Menards"!  I know we are dorks.

(not my photo)

You guessed it cheese, cheese and more cheese!  Free tastings.  There is seating outside and a little kitchen where you can order cheesey foods, yum!



I think my and probably the hubby's favorite thing to eat when we visit Door County, you will find at the tip of the peninsula in Gills Rock. Shoreline Restaurant.
We die over the white fish dip!  If they ever take that off the menu, I will cry!
No actually if you want to try it first go there but if you can't I have a pretty close copy cat recipe you can try :)  Angie's Whitefish Dip.


(not my photo)

Ok back to cheese!  Our favorite cheese shop in Door County is Wisconsin Cheese Masters.  Everyday they have 3 special cheese samples that they let you try while giving you information about each.  Once you're done with that you can request any samples in the cheese case.
We ALWAYS buy cheese here!
Right next door in a wine shop, Harbor Ridge Winery. Fancy that!  Free tasting, but please tip them.  We usually pick up wine for gifts to bring back.

Let's stick to talking about the booze shall we.

A new stop for us would be Red Oak Winery.  Everytime we come into town we drive but this place never stopping by.  This year we decided to give it a go.
I myself am not a wine drinker, husband used to be.  But what the heck let's have a little fun.
The inside is much nicer than I was thinking it was going to be.  The outside sorta looks like a cold warehouse to me.

But, it was very inviting, lovely wood bars.  A back room with plenty of seating and barrels surrounding the entertainment station, yup they have music!


I bet you could have a real good time here!
We did a little sampling, I believe it was 5 for $5 and very generous pours.
*ps after this wine tasting I thought I was having a hot flash, had to roll my window down in the truck! hahaha wine went straight to my head.

Next on our self guided booze tour would be, Door County Distillery, again not a big booze lover maybe just once in a blue moon.


 But this is straight up my hubby's alley!  I agree to play along.
You can order a flight of samples.  Or maybe you would like a cocktail.  Also, they serve a few food items.


This is a big building with other things happening.  Food samples, wine tasting & gifts.
You find that a lot in Door County.
I have to say over the years this is the busiest of places, I've never been able to get close enough to trying any wine.  And the vultures hover over those free food samples like they have never eaten before!
Seriously I was telling my husband, if you want to be cheap. You can just drive the peninsula and stop in for free samples all day & not have to pay for a meal!

Another new place for us to try (and I think they are new) is Crate.  A fantastic sushi place.
We ordered 3 rolls to share.  They were so delicious and fresh.



Great beer and drink menu.  Service was excellent.  As so was the price.



Sonny's, I've always wanted to stop in here and this year we did.  It's right on the water. I was thinking it was a hot spot but, it was very quiet when we were there.
I'm guessing they are pretty busy in the warmer months.
It's a pizza place.  Gotta say, I'm not a fan.  Also not a great beer selection and my beer was flat.  Bummer. 

We do, do other things while there.  We walk the shore the lake is right at our front door. 

There is also a back road we like to walk and look at all the cool houses and beautiful fall colors, then make our way to the lighthouse for our annual photo.


There is a wood burning fireplace, that is always being stoked.  I love to cook us a few good meals.  We read, read and read!  Then usually wrap up the evening with drinks by the fire while watching a movie.
Oh and if I'm lucky I can sweet talk him into playing Scrabble with me.

Always a good time. 
Until next year! 




Saturday, October 21, 2017

Stillwater 21st Birthday Extravaganza

Let's talk about a little adventure I had this weekend for my sweet, kind, unbelievable adorable first niece Mallory a.k.a Mal.
It was going to be a quaint little party of four Mallory, her Mom Amy my sister, my daughter Samantha a.k.a Sam, and myself.
Well that Sam ended up sick, so down to three.
Amy (my sister) rented a limo from a Groupon, she kept referring it to Craigslist ( I wouldn't get on that limo!).
Ok we are on our way to pick up the limo, my wonderful husband drives us to a mall where we are to meet the limo, no specific address, so we drive and drive to find it, we drive by a bus, pretty scary looking, black tinted out windows, skinny little tires, some strange emblem on the side of the bus, we all say  "Lord I hope that's not what they call a limo"!!
Somehow after questioning if that was it, we see people loading up into the contraption, my brave sister walks over there peeks her head in.
The young woman said to her with fear in her eyes, yes this is the "limo".  My sister describes is as basicly cheap, tinsel, a mannequin head and blacked out.
A. this is not a limo B. not private C. Scary AF!
Someone was in the bus checking people in, no sign to indicate that this is it.

This woman never to be seen again.  kidding

We had a group huddle about it, decided we would NIX this idea and head to Stillwater - a sure good time!
If you follow my blog, you know that I know Stillwater pretty well.
So I am the tour guide of the day (kinda sorta)!
We get there get dropped of at the edge of town after driving over the new bridge for the heck of it. Twice!  I have a fear of heights but managed to keep my eyes open the second time over & it was a beautiful fall filled sight.



First we did a quick walk through of the Fall Festival that coincidentally was going on. Tents set up with things for sale, drinks, food and music.
There was a pumpkin race but we could not get a view of it, to crowded.

Not my photo - but isn't this the craziest thing ?!  HAHAHA!

Made our way over to a cool looking building Tin Bin's  for a cup of java - the girls had spiked coffees, I tried a sip of each, very good.

(not my photo)

Really a cute place, they were pretty busy but, we did manage to find a spot to sit.
They also have food if you're hungry :)
Here's my pretty niece (hope she doesn't kill me for sharing her pic)!


Not in any special order but, here are some great spots we hit up!

Maple Island Brewing - we stopped here twice hahaha!  Great venue, outdoor seating great view of the lake.
Good Beer, we shared a couple flights so we could try each beer, they also have root beer and sell growlers.
There was a band and the rental room above was hosting a wedding reception, we witnessed the first dance - that's when you all say AAAHHHHHH.......


Right next door is a Northern Vineyard Winery. The ladies did a tasting, I'm pretty sure there was rooftop seating here. The women who were working there were very friendly and informative.  


Stopped in at Wedge and Wheel, one of my favorite stops in Stillwater - wine & cheese!  


Fantastic cheeses, paired with meat, nuts, warm bread and those yummy little French pickles Cornichons. This was a chef's choice pairing. 

The Tilted Tiki - such a cute place!  They too have a patio and a special little seating area, it looked to be inside and outside, reminded me of the Golden Girls veranda LOL  
The Tilted Tiki has a very large specialty drink menu they were SO pretty!  


We shared a plate of fried rice, it was one of the appetizers offered - kinda strange to be an appetizer if you ask me, but it was good.


A few spots we wanted to get to but did not have enough time would be Nacho Mamas, they have the best street corn actually everything we have had there is very good & affordable!
My sister says she makes the best street corn.  But, I have yet to try it HINT HINT Amy!  

Lion's Tavern, they have a great patio.  

I always wanted to go to Luna Rossa wine cave tour, while there we thought it was just under construction.  Seems to be permanently closed according to the web.

It wasn't all drinking we did do a little shopping antique shops and cooking stores.

Overall a pretty great day - Happy 21st Birthday Mal - Love ya!