Category Archives: St. Paul

Driving Nice: That’s not a lane, Minnesota

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Growing up, I heard my parents talk about how awful the drivers in New Jersey were. We lived there briefly when I was child, but it was long enough to put an indelible mark on my family’s collective psyche…and my accent sometimes. Regardless, when we moved back to California, any time someone would drive poorly, they always made a Jersey… Read more »

Review: Culinary Circle Pizzas

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One of the things I like to keep in the freezer is a pizza.  It’s great for those moments when you realize you need to go to the grocery store…at mealtime…and you just don’t have the energy to do it. So, when I was offered the chance to try Culinary Circle frozen pizzas, I was excited to add a new… Read more »

Kick hunger this holiday season

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I’m a fortunate person. I know that just a simple twist of fate could make life difficult.  So, when I was asked to help out with a fundraising effort for Taste of the NFL and their Kick Hunger Challenge, I jumped at the opportunity. What is this? Taste of the NFL helps to raise funds for food banks all across… Read more »

Bring on the oompa bands…

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It’s Oktoberfest time and apparently that’s kind of a big deal in the Twin Cities.  I’m inferring that from the amount of Oktoberfest celebrations I’ve heard about on the web.  I think the last time I went to an Oktoberfest, I was about 5 years old. I remember there being quite a bit of peanuts and beer. It was then… Read more »

Minnesota State Fair: Stimulation overload

Nothing can really prepare you for the Minnesota State Fair if you’ve never been to it. It’s not like just any state fair. There is crazy shit everywhere and I’m not even talking about the random people. There was so much to look at that I barely noticed the people. It might be the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” but I was… Read more »

The streets of confusion: Midwest style

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The Girl with Moxie just reminded me about something in the Midwest that confuses me…your street names. More specifically here in the Twin Cities, the 35 freeways. For those of you unfamiliar, there are two 35 freeways: I-35 E and I-35W. Now, my brain says that these are east and west, respectively. Not much of a problem until you realize… Read more »

Minnesota State Fair: Preview

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The Minnesota State Fair runs from August 22nd to Labor Day (September 2nd) and since this will be my first real state fair, I’m trying to prepare for my visit. Come on, California, you know our state fair is kind of sad. Regardless, I’m looking forward to the “Great Minnesota Get-together.” Apparently, about 34% of the state goes to this… Read more »