Iowa Taproom, Des Moines, Iowa

After our … memorable drink at Ernie’s Boondocks, Nancy and I went to dinner. One of my goals for our stay in Iowa was to have a fried tenderloin sandwich. It’s something of a specialty in Iowa. It’s not the official state sandwich, that’s the Tavern or Loose Meat Sandwich. I thought about getting one, and had a tip on a good-looking place in an … Continue reading Iowa Taproom, Des Moines, Iowa

The Chuckwagon Bar and Grill, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, and Zesto in Pierre

This was not the best food, but it was easily my favorite meal of the trip thus far. Nancy and I had enjoyed our 10k walk around Pierre. Pierre is a small city, about 13,000 residents, but it’s a memorable walk. One thing that I loved was there is a statue in Pierre of every governor of the state. That’s no big deal, but the … Continue reading The Chuckwagon Bar and Grill, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, and Zesto in Pierre

Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse, Pierre, South Dakota

Nancy and I got up at 0 Dark 30 for our 10K walk in Bismarck, even before the morning coffee was hot at our hotel. We finished up, hopped in the car, took the back road down the Missouri River through the Sioux Reservation, across the bridge at Mowbridge, and on to Pierre. You need to take that drive. Not the fast drive, the one … Continue reading Cattleman’s Club Steakhouse, Pierre, South Dakota

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

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

Spoke & Steele at Le Méridien, Indianapolis, Indiana

After our 10k state capital walk in Lansing that was broken by a good lunch at Meat BBQ and completed by a drenching rain, Nancy and I dried off and refreshed. The next morning we drove down to Indianapolis for our 32nd state capital walk. My expectations for Indianapolis had been lowered by a college classmate who lives there, Susan Barrett (née Swingle). Susan made … Continue reading Spoke & Steele at Le Méridien, Indianapolis, Indiana