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Showing posts with label Minnesota. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Minnesota. 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




Friday, February 2, 2018

Superbowl Party Food!

It's been awhile hasn't it!?!  Believe me I have tried to blog, I'd start a few new posts but just never finished them.  Silly me!
So I'm trying to do this Keto meal plan, well so far so good, lost a little weight & I don't mind the foods on this plan at all!
But I do have 1 cheat day a week lol, I mean I'm not going to torture myself!
Ok so one of the ideas, I was going to share with you was a tumeric cracker, awhhh lets just say a big NO to that.  First off I accidentally read the read a recipe wrong it was supposed to be 2 teaspoons, I read it as 2 Tablespoons!  YUCK!  And I found out I do not care for the flavor of almond flour whatsoever.
The other recipe I was working on was a baked goat cheese ball, again with that nasty almond flour.
So I spared you all the mistakes I made :)

Let's get ready to rumble!!!  Wait thats wrestling hahaha!  Did anyone else grow up in the 80's watching Sunday morning wrestling, maybe a little Grizzly Adams??  Yes, no?  Am I the only odd ball here??

Seriously, how about them Vikings?!!!  We were so dang close!  And to play the Super Bowl at home would have been to excellent!  Hey there's always next year guys!

Superbowl Patriots vs Eagles.  Is here in my state, in the city if Minneapolis.  And the teams are also staying less than a mile from my home, that's pretty exciting! 

So who's having a SB party??  What are you having??

These are the things my hubbie requested for our little shindig.

Spam Bites, my copycat version of one of our favorite restaurants Blu Door Pubs, classic appetizer. 

These next two are an all time favorite of my families, thanks to my uncle Bob!  We all love these dips here! 

Con Queso Dip, also a copy cat from back in the day when Uncle Bob worked at a restaurant named Chi Chi's - oh how I miss their taco salad!

Uncle Bob's garlic dip, pretty sure he just came up with this one on his own.  My husband and daughter devour this stuff, and it's so easy to make!  ERRRR put the brakes on!  I just went to link the recipe for you guys & I have never shared it!  What the heck! 
So here it is - you need a block of softened cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of milk, 3 cloves of garlic shaved thin, mix it all together, chill then serve with Frito Scoops!  Didn't I tell you it was easy!  SO good! 

I picked up a premade monster sized  "griller sandwich" at the grocery store.  We had one of those a couple summers ago & really liked it, took the easy way out and got it pre made :)

And that's it! 
So what are you all making?
Check out my website you will find so very many appetizer ideas for your SuperBowl party or any other party gathering!

Go team! 








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!  











Friday, October 13, 2017

Bar 209



Don't let the outside scare you away, I thought at night it looked pretty shady, we had our 14 year old with us, lots of smokers hanging outside the door.
But I'm so glad we went in!
You're greeted by a monstrous buffalo head on the wall, wouldn't want to run into him!


Seat your self, it was hoppin we sat at the bar.
Absolutely excellent service! Total team work vib.
You can see into the kitchen, watch them work their magic.
Food & prices were excellent! Beer selection awesome.
We shared this amazing dip - ugh wish I got a better photo for you :(

This is the Sante Fe Cheese Dip - Roasted chicken, pepper jack cheese, fontina, poblano peppers, sour cream, cream cheese, jalapenos, black beans & tortilla chips- they topped it with guacamole.
Really Really good!


We shared the B Squared - a burger encrusted with blue cheese, prosciutto, bacon & finished with roasted garlic balsamic aioli. On the side beer battered onion rings.
Just - WOW!  


Awesome menu, made it hard to choose!!!


The selection of beers were awesome!
Happy Hour 4-6PM & 10-11 PM - 2 for 1s | Half Priced APPETIZERS
Happy hour 4- 6 & 10 -11, 2 for 1  &  Half priced appetizers

So if you're ever in the area of Bemidji, MN - swing on in!  

*Forgive the terrible photos, it was dark, and the bar lights......  

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!