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Bad Weather Brewing Company

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Forecast: Good Beer Ahead


Minnesota is known for its variable weather. The summers are hotter, the winters are colder; spring erupts in a fury of green, while fall flames out in a spectacular display. The west wind from the plains whips across the state and tangles with cold air direct from Canada.… Continue Reading →

Mini-Golf in the Sculpture Garden

Mini Golf at the Sculpture Garden

“Walker on the Green” combines putt-putt with art

Spoonbridge and Cherry, the monumental sculpture designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen is so iconic that it is hard to believe it hasn’t always been a part of Minneapolis. In fact, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, in which Spoonbridge is the centerpiece, is just turning 25 this year.… Continue Reading →

Above the Falls Sports

Minneapolis Kayaking

Kayak the Mighty Mississippi in Downtown Minneapolis

I love kayaking. Absolutely love it. Sea kayaking in the Apostle Islands is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my entire life, so when I saw that you can rent kayaks on the Mississippi river, I knew we had to try it.… Continue Reading →

Minnesota Nice

Mini Golf Spoonbridge Explore Minneapolis with us!

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Spoonbridge and Cherry, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

A forward-thinking city, Minneapolis has invested in its tourism infrastructure, making this enjoyable city easy to visit. It’s the perfect weekend getaway if you live in Madison or Milwaukee. We’ve collected our very favorite things to do, sights to see and places to eat right here on this page, so stop back often for more ideas.… Continue Reading →

St. Paul’s Chapel and Cemetery

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Rebuilding and Remembrance


My freshman English class barely remembers 9/11. As well they shouldn’t; they were two or three years old, after all. It’s like being thirty and trying to remember the Challenger explosion or being fifty and remembering the JFK assassination. You know it’s important, but like 99% of history, you weren’t there to experience it and it’s lost in the ether of “important events” like Pearl Harbor or the Revolutionary War.… Continue Reading →

Photo Friday: Alaska

bay Take a vicarious vacation with these lovely photos from Alaska, courtesy Cathy Goehler from Sunfire Yoga.

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyner Weisse

25 years of inventive brewing goodness in the heart of Brooklyn

Did you know that Pre-Prohibition New York once accounted for 10% of the beer production in the country? From its earliest days, New York’s Dutch and German immigrants brewed beer in the city and it took the passage of the 18th amendment to disrupt this long standing tradition. … Continue Reading →

Shake Shack

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Your new favorite burger

Shake Shack feels like a miracle. In Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ongoing war on fat and sugar, the restaurant chain keeps growing and growing with its simple and greasy menu of burgers, fries and shakes. In a city known for its gourmand tastes and where you’re just as likely to find a hamburger joint which “deconstructs” burgers and reconfigures them into freeze-dried dollops on a sushi roll, the idea of a simple burger originating from a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park taking the east coast by storm seems unlikely.… Continue Reading →

Alice’s Tea Cup (Chapter II)

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A Little Bit of Wonderland in New York City

New York is built on hyperbole. It’s the “City that Never Sleeps”, the “Capital of the World”, the “Empire City”, etc. Visiting such a city feels daunting because it can easily be overwhelming the minute you enter its atmosphere.

If you’re looking for a quiet breakfast hideaway from ceaseless noise of the city, look no further than Alice’s Tea Cup, a set of beautiful and quaint teashops in three Manhattan locations.… Continue Reading →