SCENIC ROUTES: A COLLABORATION WITH CHEVROLET

White cup of coffee and deck of cards on a marble table
You're on the road in the morning, and how do you survive that without a good cup of coffee? If you're taking the scenic route up north from the Twin Cities, you can find enough coffee shops on your first stretch to keep you alert all day. You don't have to settle for Starbucks or Caribou, either. Here are four...

ROLLER DERBY

Til Valhöl! Now a Dagger Doll, Val Kyrie Plans a Thunderous Minnesota RollerGirls Debut

It's hard to believe only three years ago, Val Kyrie and I were drinking beer together out of the Golden Skate during a Minnesota...
Roller derby skater Scootaloo

The Number FU Stunner: Good Words with Scootaloo

At 21 years old, Scootaloo skated with the Minnesota Rollergirls for the first time. At 22, she was running the league's Public Relations branch....
Roller derby skater Brickyard collides with skater Jacked Pipes

Keepin’ it 400: Good Words with Brickyard

Depending on which team you're on, All-Galaxy jammer Brickyard has been either a godsend or the bane of your very existence since moving to...

Willie Nelson, Wheels and Dolls: Good Words with Shotgun Millie

This weekend, the Dagger Dolls face the Atomic Bombshells for the Minnesota Rollergirls Season 13 home championship. It'll also be the final bout for...

THE ST. CROIX RIVER VALLEY: A SERIES

A sculpture made of old boomboxes at Franconia Sculpture Park

A Visual Tour of Franconia Sculpture Park

One of the first things you'll probably see when you pull up to the Franconia Sculpture Park is a wall made of boomboxes. What...
Coffee Talk, a coffee shop in Taylors Falls, with a forest in the background

Call it a Pre-Adventure: Hot Drinks and Comfortable Seats at Coffee Talk

Dear O., I hope this letter finds you well. As I write this, it's a Saturday in July. The sun is brilliant in Taylors Falls...
A man drinks a can of beer and looks out from a boat at rocks

What You’ll Get Exploring the St. Croix River by Paddleboat

“Left or right, your choice,” Ryan Ramaley announces over a loudspeaker as his boat advances on some poor schmuck who's canoeing right in the...

FOOD

Pepper soup, a traditional Liberian food, in a metal boiling pot
They call Tashie George “The Connector.” Her food delivery business, Ifrimarket, allows people living in the United States to schedule and pay for food deliveries in her native country of Liberia. Tashie was also a driving force behind this year’s Taste of Liberia, which saw an estimated 400 people pass through in the event’s second installment. She connects continents and...

All Square, the Minneapolis Restaurant Where a Movement is Gaining Momentum

The most important new restaurant to open this year in the Twin Cities might just be All Square, the grilled cheese sandwich house in...

Tacos, Dogs, and a Lake Breeze: Doug Flicker’s Sandcastle on Lake Nokomis

For seven years, my wife has been dealing with this idiot constantly waffling over which restaurant to visit for dinner. Seven years of rattling...

Effortless Fish Recipes (Feat. Coastal Seafoods)

You're on this website, so I'm going to assume you've at least heard of Twin Cities fishmonger Coastal Seafoods. If you caught the write-up...

If You Seek Underwater Treasure, All You Have to Do is Find Sea Salt...

It was 102 degrees outside when I finally found Sea Salt Eatery. It was back in May. There were four of us at a...

Tori 44 Will Make You Rethink Ramen Noodles and Boneless Chicken Wings

“My theory holds true,” said my buddy Mel as he wiped his face and picked his fork back up. “The closer you get to...

Dipping Your Toes into OCTO Fish Bar is Fine, But I Suggest Taking a...

So you wind up back at OCTO Fish Bar, contemplating pacu ribs and Skuna Bay salmon. Maybe you were just here; I trust the...

THE RIVERSIDE BOOKSHOPS ROAD TRIP: A SERIES

What if I told you I had drawn up a road trip that starts just a few feet from the St. Croix River with a coffee and a brand new book, then runs nearly 200 miles south along the St. Croix River and through the stunning topography of the Driftless Region? For hours, you'll see thick forests, rocky hills,...

Chapter 5: Driftless Books and Music in Viroqua, Wisconsin

If you walk into Driftless Books and Music too quickly, you’ll miss the headstone leaning out against the front stairway. It commemorates La Crosse’s...

Chapter 4: Pearl Street Books and Buzzard Billy’s in La Crosse

Last time I was out on St. Patrick's Day weekend, my man Hornish and I hit 7th Street in St. Paul after a Minnesota...

Chapter 3: A Visual Tour of Minnesota’s Most Famous Toy Store

The appearance of LARK Toys on Highway 61 hit us the way Harmon Killebrew hit baseballs back in the day. It's a long building...

Chapter 2: Fair Trade Books in Red Wing

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx Before we get started,...

Chapter 1: Valley Bookseller and Daily Grind Espresso Café in Stillwater

My wife and I spent St. Patrick's Day making up for postponed Valentine's Day plans. This year's romantic adventure? A 171-mile drive to a...

You asked for it!

Young woman in restaurant booth reaching for birthday cake

The Twin Cities’ Best Birthday Deals, Ranked

It's 2018, and you're still paying for stuff on your birthday? Cut it out! There are so many companies willing to groove you a birthday...

Tonight’s (and Every Night’s) Best Burger Specials in the Twin Cities

I've had a few people tell me this, and it has crossed my own mind a few times: Everyone has a list of cheeseburger...

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I know, I know, MINNESOTA Skinny ... but don't think for a second we go hungry when we cross over into Wisconsin. The world's best cheeseburger is in Superior! We named our dog after a beer made in Hudson! And you should SEE the size of the cheeseburger at Frankie's in Sheboygan. It's all right here! ... over there.