restaurant review

a scenes post

jeffpourvino

Two weeks ago we spent a lazy weekend at home. It consisted of lots of naps in front of the fireplace, reading THIS (which was one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever had the privilege of reading), watching reruns of Parks and Recreation and The Office. It was so darn cold all weekend!…

a scenes post ~ holiday time

gracejeffstroll

The day after Thanksgiving is always the lovely Holiday Stroll here in Red Wing Minnesota. They have it all: live reindeer and penguins, strolling carolers, fun and refreshments in all the downtown shops, a live nativity, a showing of A Christmas Story at the Sheldon Theatre, a fire dancer (our dear friend, Cassandra), food trucks…

a scenes post

chapatifood

A couple days ago I realized that it’s suddenly cold outside. I could smell snowflakes and I remember briefly thinking to myself that it wouldn’t be too long now. We were spoiled with a long, warm, beautiful autumn here in Minnesota this year, so I was still a little surprised by the light dusting of…

the original lowell inn cucumber tea sandwiches

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I’ve been a long time fan of the historic Lowell Inn located in downtown Stillwater Minnesota. Although I haven’t visited in years, and the place has changed hands since I last enjoyed tea there, I have many fond memories. I understand that these delicious tea sandwiches are not still a part of their afternoon tea…

serendipity’s country meatloaf + gravy

serendipitymeatloaf

You can never have too many awesome meatloaf recipes. There are so many different varieties, flavors, meats and gravies to choose from. The possibilities are endless! Here’s one that hails from a famous New York institution called Serendipity 3. Serendipity 3 is located on the Upper East Side close to Bloomingdale’s. Their ice cream parlor…

bergdorf goodman’s gotham salad

bergdorfsalad

This recipe is inspired by the original Bergdorf Goodman’s Gotham Salad that’s served at BG’s restaurant, a fantastic lunch spot in New York with views of Central Park. This salad is a long time favorite of all who’ve enjoyed it. I love making it in my own home for dinner guests. I mix mine all…

scenes from the past few weeks

jeanacresbarn

A farewell party for my dear friend, Josh at the gorgeous Jean Acres Farm in Ellsworth Wisconsin. It was such a pretty venue, and the night was perfect for a party in the country. The farewell was bittersweet. Miss him already. We celebrated my birthday at The Smack Shack Restaurant where I had the giant…

scenes from the last few weeks

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A hike on the Cannon Valley Trail with my girls… hopscotch and grapevine forts in the back yard… a fish fry at the Harbor… a rainy Saturday at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts complete with an awesome tour of the Contemporary Arts wing and a stellar lunch at Agra Culture… wine lunch with my dear…

scenes from mother’s day

thedanger1

We did a tour of some awesome places for my Mother’s Day celebration this year. We started at Betty Danger’s Country Club for drinks and a twirl on “The Danger” ferris wheel…aka “vertically revolving patio” aka “mechanical tree.” So much fun, and such a great way to kick off the day. From the ferris wheel…