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Showing posts with label Brewery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brewery. 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!  









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!  











Thursday, April 13, 2017

Southern Minnesota Trippin'

Well hello there!
Come along with me as I show you around some parts of southern Minnesota.
I'll give you the lowdown on some good spots to hit up.

Spam Museum Austin, MN : Recently remodeled.  And wait for it.......... FREE!
Lots of great photo ops here.
Fun for all ages.
Interactive.
Food samples.
A shop, with fun souvenirs @ great prices.



Maya Taqueria: Austin, MN autistic Mexican food.  Great prices, food is delish!
We ordered the lunch special 2 tacos, beef with sour cream, 2 sides beans and rice.
Also the Beef nachos, off the appetizer menu - HUGE!



Kinney Creek Brewery: From the outside, it looks like a dive, but on the inside a kick butt brewery!
Plenty of seating, really cool steel sculptures, a humongous wooden connect 4 game in the center of the brewery!
We shared a flight, that includes 5 samples of your choice, not a bad beer in the bunch.  And I even liked the IPA, I am not a fan usually.
Nice employees, tvs, free popcorn & games.



Hormels Historic Home: Austin MN, we did not plan or know about this museum, but I'm glad we came across it. It's a $5 self guided tour, you enter the beautiful home, get a bit of info from the hosts & a pamphlet with info on each room.



Signature Bar & Grill: This bar is hoppin'!!!  It's a little sketchy on the outside, but nicer on the inside.  There is a bar area, and then a more "dining" area in the back, with live music.
We split a reuben and tater tots, OMG that reuben is amazing!!!  Located in Faribault.



The Cheese Cave: I freaking love this cheese shop!  We came here twice in a weekend, I felt like we knew these employees forever!  So kind.  The cheese was amazing!  They serve beer & wine.
Pizzas, grilled cheese, homemade soups, and more!
In the center of downtown Faribault.



F-Town Brewery: Right on the outskirts of Faribault, MN.
Nice little brewery.  The Moon Boot beer, was fantastic!
They were holding an event at the time we were there, The Flannel Formal.
Fun event, free beer and glass with entrance into the event for $20.  I believe the beers are $5 each after that.

Faribault Woolen Mill: I'm sure you all have hear of Faribault Woolen Mill's?!  They supply 80 % of all wool blankets to the US!  Wonderful quality and you do need to pay for that quality.
I bought some remnants, at a steal!  Not sure what I'm doing with them yet.
The storefront is stunning, unfortunately we did not get to tour the mill that day.  But I do think you can schedule a tour from time to time.



Historic Hutchinson House: This is the B & B that we stayed at.  A very beautiful home.  It is very warm and inviting, with so many pieces of vintage furniture.  Your eyes will wander with delight!
Our room was so classy, the bed was super cozy!
Breakfast was scrumptious!





Now these are just a handful of places we stopped at, there is much more to do!



Monday, October 24, 2016

Door County Vaca

       (yup thats us- this is at the end of the beach where we stay, we take this photo every year)

Another successful trip to Door county, WI!
Ok if you're new here, Door County has become my annual fall trip, this is my fourth or fifth year?
Now our adult plan is to move to Ely, MN when our last child is grown, this house of our is just WAY to much space for us and we want out of the city.
They can come with us, I'm not ready to be an empty nester!
Door County is giving Ely some good competition in our eyes!
Could I live in WI??  UM heck ya I'd fit right in, I love beer & cheese - it runs thru my veins!
SO back to the trip, we have a few "have to stops" on this trip.
One being the cheese shop duh!  That is right next to a wine store, every store in Door County has wine tasting, these people are pros they start at 10am!  GOSH DARN people how do you cope the rest of the day!?  HAHA!!!

CHEESE!

Next have to stop would be - White Fish Dip!!!  Stuff is amazing!  You can find it in Gills Rock.


When we got to Door County the colors were not very vibrant, but the last couple of days they sure did pop!  
Just an FYI - I AM the master at spotting dear, you SO want me on your team!

The first night we were there we had a bonfire/weenie roast on the beach - it was AWESOME!

It was Fall Festival time, or like the locals call it "Fall Down" Festival!
Sister Bay is CRAZY busy - we got to see the goats having lunch on the roof again.


Lunch time @ Grasses Grill , OMG awesome grass fed burgers (did you think I was gonna order something new??) And Look they made a flower on my bun - cute!
Another lunch we had, we stumbled upon last year, just taking different routes all over the peninsula, basically that is what we do - drive and drive and drive, stumbling across hidden gems, and looking at all the scenery!  
We had a conversation with this elderly man smokin' outside this place, he had seen our license plates were from Minnesota he asked from where, he lived there up until 20 years ago he moved to Door County & Loves it!  I bet he does!
We shared the breaded mushrooms, humongous (not with the old man, just ourselves haha)!  And had a bowl of chili - YUM
Came across this Door County Candle shop, I do not suggest going in here if you are prone to migraines!  Pretty cool though you can watch them work away making candles.

Door County Brewery is where it's at kids!  Husband told me a funny story about one of the beers here, was named after a local man who would visit the local watering hole, bring his boombox with him and play polka music.  The Polka King Beer was born!  Isn't that a hoot?!


Found this really cool sculpture garden/gallery - wow people are so talented!  You walk a path thru the woods and look at some amazing work. (Edgewood Orchard Gallery)

I have more photos from there, I'm not sure where they went!  But there are huge metal sculptures, horses, wolves, Elephants just amazing!  

I think our favorite place to eat is in Sturgeon Bay, Kitty O'Reillys an Irish joint.  Good food and fun atmosphere.  Husband ordered this appetizer - Irish eggs, not my favorite but I've liked everything else I tried here.

If you didn't know Packers and Vikings are rivals, we are in Packer territory while in WI.  Hubbie wants to go to a sports bar (Greycastle) and watch a football game, hope they don't hurt us!  
Oh bummer they lost :(  Maybe we were bad luck!  
The bartender passed out Packer Backer Shots to everyone.  
Oh we also ordered poppers here, they were YUMMY!


I'm gonna throw in a few pic's here to wrap it up - if your still with me?!  
One of many shops on the main roads, where they sell wonderful canned goods (Kolspey).
So many gorgeous farms! 

Oh so many wineries, gift shops and eateries.  This is a wonderful distillery!
Found these sassy towels there.  
Another stop, a gallery, winery-vineyard, gift shop - you can also get on a trolly here to take a tour of the area.


There are so many things to do in Door County, and we have only just begun to discover them, I totally suggest you vacation here!  You can thank me later :)