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    My Review of The Burger King Loo

    loo – (n). a bathroom or toilet.

    How many times have you walked into a restaurant and you really need to use the facilities (fancy word for toilet or bathroom)? For me, it is usually NOT a result of the food I’m about to eat, but as a result of the amount of water and other liquids I drink throughout the day. Often…

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    Mania

    Icy,
    frozen trees
    and frozen dreams.
    “Just another manic
    Monday.”…

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    Want to look fine? Check out Vineyard Vines.

    About two years ago, I was traveling in Washington, D.C. for a work related function. As I was sitting in a meeting with a rather monotone sounding lawyer, I became fixated with the tie that he was wearing. The tie was colorful, but what I noticed more than the colors, were the tiny whales on the tie.

    The lawyers voice sounded like the teacher from…

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    Take a sneak peak, check out Tongue In Cheek.

    Usually every month my dinner club gets together for a night of great food, wine and conversation. Our usual format is to go out one month to a new restaurant and the next month to dine in with a fabulous meal. Last night we were out-and-about and ventured to a new’ish restaurant on the east side of Saint Paul, called Tongue In Cheek.

    I…

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    Need an escape for an dinner? Try the Sanctuary Restaurant.

    According to dictionary.com, one of the definitions for sanctuary is “immunity afforded to by refuge in such a place.” Such a place where Minneapolis diners are immune to fickle attempts to challenge their tastebuds is Sanctuary Restaurant, located in downtown Minneapolis at 900 Washington Avenue.

    I first came about Sanctuary Restaurant through interactions on Twitter (hint – if you don’t think you can drive a…

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    Do you love coffee? Check out Stonehouse Coffee and Roastery.

    Over Thanksgiving weekend, I will be heading back up to my brother-in-law’s lake home in Nisswa, Minnesota.

    Nisswa is approximately two and a half hours north of the Twin Cities and is home to one of the best coffee shops and roasters I have ever come across, Stonehouse Coffee and Roastery.

    This family run business is operated by Julie French, head baker, Mike French…

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    The Snapshot

    Take a new picture

    that you’ll remember today.

    Frozen memories….

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    Today’s Escape

    Time to get away.

    Escape from reality.

    Literarily….

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    Savings Of The Day: Dirt Devil Factory Sale

    I was perusing through one of my Twitter lists, PP’s Precious Peeps, and I noticed that Dirt Devil is having an awesome factory sale today, November 19th, until 11:59pm ET.

    If you click here and enter in the password FRIENDS2014, you will then be taken into the Factory Sale. Today’s deal is a 50% off the Dirt Devil Quick & Light™ Carpet Washer. Seems like…

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    My Watch Evolution

    The first watch I can remember ever getting was a Swatch Watch. Maybe I just liked it for it’s rhyming name, but back in the 80’s, well before the word “totally” became “totes,” I totally like adored the funky Swatch Watches, with their crazy, colorful designs. I couldn’t wear my Swatch Watch without a plastic protector, as I was constantly scratching its plastic…

loo – (n). a bathroom or toilet.

How many times have you walked into a restaurant and you really need to use the facilities (fancy word for toilet or bathroom)? For me, it is usually NOT a result of the food I’m about to eat, but as a result of the amount of water and other liquids I drink throughout the day. Often times I joke that I have the world’s smallest bladder because of the amount of time I spend going to the bathroom (sad story, but true).IMG_1461

Yet when ever I read a restaurant review on-line from sites such as Open Table, Yelp or even Foursquare, rarely does anyone ever comment on the quality and cleanliness of the bathroom. I mean for me, that can be a make or break decision on whether or not I want to come back to a restaurant. The reason being is that I believe the cleanliness of the bathroom often times is a reflection of perhaps how the overall restaurant is run. Perhaps a dirty bathroom means a dirty kitchen. Read More

Icy,
frozen trees
and frozen dreams.
“Just another manic
Monday.”

About two years ago, I was traveling in Washington, D.C. for a work related function. As I was sitting in a meeting with a rather monotone sounding lawyer, I became fixated with the tie that he was wearing. The tie was colorful, but what I noticed more than the colors, were the tiny whales on the tie.

The lawyers voice sounded like the teacher from Charlie Brown (wah-wah-wah) and I really wasn’t paying attention to what he was saying, but when he asked me any questions, I blurted out, “Who makes your tie?”

Taken aback, he muttered, “Vineyard Vines.”

Clearly his tie was more important to me than the matters we were discussing, so on the top of my relatively note-less piece of paper, I scribbled down the name, Vineyard Vines. Later that evening, I went to their website www.vineyardvines.com and discovered a very stylish, colorful range of clothing for men, women and children.

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Usually every month my dinner club gets together for a night of great food, wine and conversation. Our usual format is to go out one month to a new restaurant and the next month to dine in with a fabulous meal. Last night we were out-and-about and ventured to a new’ish restaurant on the east side of Saint Paul, called Tongue In Cheek.

I was a little reluctant to traipse over to this part of Saint Paul having personally grown up in the east side of Saint Paul. I always remembered Payne Avenue as being the sort of rough and tumble area that was frequented by bars and strip clubs, however don’t mistake this area as being anything other than an up and coming area with exceptional dining.

Located in the heart of the the Payne Avenue-Phalen Boulevard resurgence, Tongue In Cheek is where you will find Chef Leonard Anderson and his wife Ashley Newman along with co-owner Ryan Huesby, serving up a wide variety of humane treated and sustainable, meat-centric and fish-friendly dishes.

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According to dictionary.com, one of the definitions for sanctuary is “immunity afforded to by refuge in such a place.” Such a place where Minneapolis diners are immune to fickle attempts to challenge their tastebuds is Sanctuary Restaurant, located in downtown Minneapolis at 900 Washington Avenue.

I first came about Sanctuary Restaurant through interactions on Twitter (hint – if you don’t think you can drive a return on your social media investment, here is a perfect example) and when it came time for my anniversary dinner this year, I sought out a dinner reservation at Sanctuary Restaurant. Sure, I had heard great things about the restaurant, but I hadn’t known anyone of my friends who had yet to try the restaurant.

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From the moment we walked into the restaurant, it is was as though we had been transformed into well, a sanctuary, or a safe haven seeking refuge from a bland dining experience. The restaurant, a refurbished horse barn from the 1860’s, is narrow by design and dimly lit to provide a comfortable, warm and peaceful dining experience, without feeling displeased or perturbed by the close proximity of your dining neighbors. Although there was a lot of activity in the restaurant, we didn’t feel as though we had to raise our voices to hear one another speak.

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