Brookside Bar and Grill and ‘Nita Mae’s Scoop, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

It was a full day. We did our 10k state capital Volksmarch in St. Paul, had lunch at the Handsome Hog, and stopped at Milkweed. After a quick shower, Nancy and I hot-footed up to Marine on St. Croix to see DC expatriate Carol Ingersoll. We got the tour of Carol’s home and yard. It sits right on the St. Croix River, one of the … Continue reading Brookside Bar and Grill and ‘Nita Mae’s Scoop, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

Milkweed, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Milkweed is a bit of a departure from places I normally review. It styles itself as “Milkweed, a community driven cafe that incorporates plant medicine into the traditional coffee shop menu to create nourishing, gut-healing elixirs and gluten-free treats.” The variety of beverages Milkweed offers was bewildering to me. From an Instagram post celebrating Milkweed’s first anniversary: Our signature drink is a nettle and matcha … Continue reading Milkweed, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Washington Square Bar and Grill, White Bear Lake, Minnesota

After our Volksmarch in Madison, Nancy and I headed west to St. Paul, and went to our hotel, the Fairfield Inn Northeast, in the far northeastern reaches of the Metro area. I had three reasons for selecting the hotel: (1) Marriott affiliation (brand loyalty pays), (2) price, and (3) proximity to Marine on St. Croix. Once we arrived and checked, we found that there was … Continue reading Washington Square Bar and Grill, White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Handsome Hog, St. Paul, Minnesota

Fearing high afternoon temperatures, Nancy and I rose early for our capital city Volksmarch in St. Paul. The walk started downtown, where I was sad to see some good looking places had closed. So sad. We walked uphill to the Capitol and the city’s glorious domed cathedral. The walk continued atop the Cathedral Hill, its summit lined with grand old stone and brick mansions, many … Continue reading Handsome Hog, St. Paul, Minnesota

Parthenon Gyro, Madison, Wisconsin

After our walk around Milwaukee and our bratwurst adventures at the Milwaukee Brat House and Craftsman Table and Tap, Nancy and I drove into Madison for the first of five state capital Volksmarches of this trip. Madison occupies a narrow strip of land between two lakes. There are lots of great views, particularly from the roof of the convention center. It’s just a few blocks … Continue reading Parthenon Gyro, Madison, Wisconsin

Craftsman Table and Tap, Middleton, Wisconsin

After our lunch at the Milwaukee Brat House, Nancy and I headed for our hotel way out on Middleton, west of town. We settled in and started thinking about dinner. There are lots of choices there, including the Craftsman Table andTap, which, from the map, looked like it was on or close to one of the lakes that dot Wisconsin. And it looked like it … Continue reading Craftsman Table and Tap, Middleton, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Brat House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

You should take a trip to Milwaukee. It’s a joy. Nancy and I flew out there to chip away at our goal of completing 10K walks — Volksmarches — in all 50 state capitals. Let me give you some highlights. The plane wasn’t full, and we enjoyed our first empty middle seat in years. Our bags entered the baggage claim carousel just as we walked … Continue reading Milwaukee Brat House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

La Vela, Solomons, Calvert County, Maryland

For those who sail, the Safe Harbor Marina run by Zahnisers is one of the treasures of the Bay. They have a pool, broad lawns, and all sorts of marine support facilities. And they have a great restaurant, La Vela, on site. La Vela is on the second floor of the main Zahnisers building overlooking the marina. You enter the bar and the first dining … Continue reading La Vela, Solomons, Calvert County, Maryland

Where to Eat between Washington, DC, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

I don’t usually do individual curated lists, but I’m making an exception here. I’ve already made a list of Best Places to Eat near I-95 between Washington and Key West that includes over 50 locally owned restaurants within 15 minutes of the Interstate. I’ve been thinking of doing an I-40 list, and our neighbor, Julie Rokala, who’s from Oklahoma, recently drove her mother, Laura Eddy, … Continue reading Where to Eat between Washington, DC, and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza, Tenleytown, Washington, DC

My trip to Comet Ping Pong has piqued my interest in what I’ll call Specialty Pizza places, also known as More Expensive than Mama Lucia’s, which I like. I was thinking of 2 Amys and Pizzeria Paradiso — I eagerly welcome your suggestions on places to try — but Nancy was using our car and I was on foot. What’s nearby? Our monthly Old Guys … Continue reading Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza, Tenleytown, Washington, DC