Thursday, December 30, 2010

How Do I Love it Here? Let Me Count The Ways

In the summertime, this is a grade school play ground, but in the winter, it becomes an ice skaters haven.  I love the outdoor rinks here, how they start popping up in the fall anxiously awaiting the cold temps.
 This particular outdoor ice rink has 2 separate hockey rinks and a lap lane going around them both for recreational skaters.  If only there were outdoor lighting, the party would never stop.
St. Clair and Cleveland.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

When the sun won't come to you..... must go to the sun.  Planet Beach at Grand and Oxford.  12 minute mini vacations!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Longfellow Grill

They are still feeling the holiday spirit there.

And they celebrate with LOTS of whipped cream!
Where Marshall becomes Lake on the Minneapolis side of the river.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snow Emergency

It's always a good thing when a snow emergency is called because it means the plows are coming through to do their business and make the streets a bit more useable.  But I have to say, it's completely eerie to see the street free of vehicles.  And while everyone loves having the streets plowed, nobody loves the giant snow berms we are left to deal with.  No snow shovel can manage those berms adequately.  Only a spade will take care of that icy business.  Man, I love Minnesota.  Even now.  Especially now.  Winter is what we do best.  :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

An evening at W.A. Frost

I typically only go here during the spring and summer because their patio is the loveliest one in all of Saint Paul. 

Currently, it looks like this....

 But I found the indoors to be charming as well and I enjoyed so much, my time with 3 fine girlfriends and a few glasses of wine.

Corner of Western and Selby.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Snow Falls in Saint Paul

More snow today.  If it's going to be cold, I say let the white stuff fall!!!  Summit and Syndicate.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Hot Spots

LOVE these prints of famous spots around the Twin Cities.  For sale as wall art or post cards at the Mill City Museum.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Saint Paul lost one of it's finest felines yesterday.  We'll miss you with all our might, buddy.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Being thankful and grateful can happen whenever people who care for each other are gathered together....and sometimes even when they're not.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Saint Paul Gives

Saint Paul waited HOURS in line this morning to be given the honor of driving meals to people who otherwise couldn't afford it.  Who cares if the temps outside were unseasonably cold and the wait was long and the gym was HOT and people's backs hurt and the warm gym started to stink!  What mattered was that Saint Paul made a difference to a whole lotta folks!  Happy Thanksgiving Best Place I've Ever Lived.....Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Fully enjoyed the ceilings while there.  I get distracted by shiney things.  So what.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Alexander Ramsey House

On Exchange Street.  I still need to go tour this amazing house!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mickey's Dining Car

Syrup warming bath.  Mmmmmmmmm.  Warm syrup.........
West 7th Street.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Guthrie

Technically in Minneapolis, this picture was too good not to post.  Yellow tinted windows give everything a magical glow. 

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Little Oven

At the corner of White Bear Avenue and Minnehaha.  Buy one pie, get one free?  Yes please!

Friday, November 05, 2010

Winner winner chicken dinner!

While I don't advise shooting from a moving vehicle (yes, I was driving and shooting...naughty!!!) sometimes you capture pure magic, like this shot of the Xcel Energy Center where the Minnesota Wild play all their home games.  West 7th and Kellogg.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Lancer Service Auto Care

Just kitty corner behind The Gopher Bar is Lancer Auto.  Best freakin' auto shop EVER!  Smart guys, treat the whole car, remember my name every time, OUTSTANDING customer service.  Not the cheapest out there, but their guys aren't just slumming it until something better comes along.  Their employees are passionate about auto repair and customer service, and that wins my business every time.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Midway Target

Nothing perks up the hellacious Midway Target parking lot like a beautiful autumn sunset.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Life is just a bowl full of......doughboys!

General Mills (including Pillsbury), Target and 3M are all companies that are headquartered here in the Twin Cities Metro area.

It's because we rock so hard here.  And best of all?  The cold keeps the riff raff out so only the heartiest of the hearty survive up here.  Brilliant!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Saturday, October 30, 2010


The Capella Tower in Downtown Minneapolis shrouded in fog.  Seemed like a fitting picture for the day before Halloween.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Saint Paul Hotel

I keep saying I'm going to stick around a place for a few days and then I find myself flitting off to someplace new.  I'm like a gnat.  A gnat who likes to take photos.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

James J. Hill House

Summit Avenue, adjacent from The Cathedral of Saint Paul.  He brought the railroad across the country in the north and built the largest home in all of Saint Paul.  The tour is pretty incredible.  We might be here for a while.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Warming plates.  I get really visually stimulated by things in a row, group, bundle, stack.  Love it.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cafe Latte

Grand and Victoria.  While usually too crowded for my taste, I do love this place for it's crazy ass variety.  Up front are soups, salads and sandwiches.  In the back is pizza and wine.  Rounding it all out is their amazing desserts and coffees.  What more could you want?

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Dude, seriously?  The Evil Road Spirits?  What does that even mean?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Giant Gorilla Loose in Saint Paul!!!

Some days it's hard to find photos I want to post on this blog.  Today is not one of those days.  Check out what I found in a neighbors yard yesterday.  Have you ever seen such straw awesomeness!?!

For scale, check out the car, just slightly larger than the gorilla!

SO MUCH BETTER than some decorative gourds, wouldn't you say?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Neighborhood House

The Neighborhood House is a community building location in West Saint Paul.  They hold meetings, trainings, classes and all kinds of programs there.  It is a GORGEOUS space!  We'll be spending a few days there.  This mirror is totally stunning!  AND I met a guy who said his kid helped work on it.  Beautiful AND made by kids.  I love it!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

El Burrito Mercado

On Cesar Chavez in West Saint Paul.  Check out the guy hanging off the roof doing a little touch up painting.  Careful there.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Another Old School Saint Paul Institution

I am sure that I have posted about Mancini's before but it's always worth a re-visit.  West 7th.  Best grilled bread on the planet!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Thinking ahead.....

Ace Hardware on Grand Avenue is getting folks ready for what's to come.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Old School Saint Paul

Martini's at The Lexington.  Really not something any upstanding Saint Paulian should miss!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I had dinner at a friends house the other night who had THIS box in their kitchen.  I found it TOO funny not to ask about.  While they didn't buy the HE'BREW brand of beer, they chose that box to carry home some of their other goods from 1st Grand Avenue Liquor.  Awesome!  Clever folks, those marking people.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Muddy Pig

Sunny days like these just beg for a visit to an outdoor patio.  The Muddy Pig has one.  It's a tight squeeze between two buildings, but it will do!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Just a stones throw across the river in Mendota Heights is this fabulous sign off Highway 13!  Whenever I hear the name Chet, I always think of Weird Science.  Anyone else?

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Fall has arrived!

And watching my neighbors kids play in the leaves with their mom put a HUGE smile on my face!