Sad Day for Skyline Restaurant, Lake City, MN

August 28th, 2014

I learned today that Skyline Restaurant, where the of Skyline Hotel Condos are on Hwy 61 in Lake City, MN has gone down and out.
It was one of my favorite places, located at the end of Lake Pepin, right there next to the water, where the Pearl boat harbors. The food, though sometimes missed a beat, was more often good and plentiful with very fair pricing.
A little word of advice on the side; never order a steak unless you are in a place that calls themselves a Steak House. It’s a special sort of situation that a restaurant that offers some of everything usually cannot cope with.
Anyway, I am so sad about them going down. A couple of new restaurants came to town and that may have pushed the sack over the bridge. I have been to one, called The Rail House, and it’s good, it has some original recipies, like pizza, and such, but it’s not that much different in its offerings, i think that its just that people like something new. We may get “5 senses blind” to a restaurant, it’s food, it’s ambiance and even it’s staff after a few dozen trips. So we go where everyone else is going to hit the latest trend in dining out.
Good luck to the new owners, if there will be new owners and if so, I hope to write about you, too.

Decision Time

October 22nd, 2013

How To Make an Important Decision

First, realize that there is Always more than one important thing to consider. There are at least two sides to Every story and each side is as important as the other. A third side could be the one.

It is very good at this point to make a list of pros and cons for the issue. Many times we find there are an equal number on both sides. This is the nature of living. Good things and bad things can come of our decisions and actions. At some point we realize that all is life and life is complicated. Try to keep it simple and you’ll be less inclined to err.

Secondly, make sure you have heard the other viewpoints to the issue. Ask an elder, a professor, and a good friend who has gained your respect and who knows about the issue from experience.

Thirdly, don’t make any decisions in haste or out of pure emotions. Heart, head, and spirit must all go together. If one is missing, something is wrong.

Fourthly, ask yourself, is this the right way to choose before making your final decision.

Fifthly, know that you can always withdraw and change your mind when new information becomes available. Don’t stick to your guns just because you made a decision and refuse to change.

Sixthly, if you have made the right decision, and feel good about it, then by all means stay with that until you have been proven wrong.

And, finally, sometimes if we wait long enough, an issue will resolve itself. No action need be taken by us. The resolution might take place almost immediately, or it might take years. It is up to you, armed with information and several viewpoints to decide when to take action and when to let it ride on the wings of fate. Good luck to you in all your endeavors.

October 17th, 2013

Been gone gathering for awhile, but today I am back with a hot tip for cash strapped college students and for people who like a deal while they get to check out some new music at the same time. Doesn’t hurt that there is a Rolling Stone site attached. Have fun!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/daily-download

Open Streets-Try It Out

September 14th, 2013

Many towns like Northfield struggle over weather or not to have motorized vehicles in their down town shopping areas. Well, Chicago, of all places to come up with a solution or compromise, is closing streets for a day, Sunday, each week. If it doesn’t work, no law in stone, YET, that says we can’t open it back up to cars and trucks, and all!

http://chicagoist.com/2013/07/30/open_streets_returns_to_wicker_park.php

What’s New in Wabasha

August 17th, 2013

It’s been such a busy week here, like everyone is realizing hey, it might be the last of summer over the next few weeks. Here in Wabasha, we have had it all. The best of the summer festivities, music, and food!

Our farmer’s market grows each week as more food becomes available from mother earth and I have to say, the last batch of radishes and zuchinni we got was superb. Sweet and delicious.
We got duck eggs and they were great. I made a fast omelet with tomatoes, zuchinni, oregano and vinegar, a dash to lighten up the eggs for me. It was great. I’ll have another tomorrow! The farmer’s market also has three ways to pay. Credit card, ESB card, and another one you have to ask Sara about. Liam played guitar and sang for us and we were happy to give him a gift of money for his efforts.
We have had a few good meals at the Bluff View. Last night, a half a dozen scallops with pineapple salsa on a bed of baby greens was superb at 11 bucks, and the scallop were decent size. My husband had a steak which I thought looked delicious and he said it was indeed. We have also had a very nice Sunday buffet there a couple of times and relished in the fact that everything was so much better than the usual fare. Also about 11 dollars.

Menus

July 22nd, 2013

For some years now, I have both collected and shared some mouth watering reading fare. Yes, menus.
Read a menu when you are sad, read a menu when you are mad, betcha sweet dollar you will not holler
because your brain will be so glad. lol!

Medici’s on 57th is a place I went to with various friends and my husband so many times I cannot count.
The food is so good, the service just right. Today, just go to the site, download the three menus and then
sleep well tonight. Alright? Alright.

http://www.medici57.com/

Bluff View Bar and Grille

July 13th, 2013

In Wabasha, we are so lucky to have new owners, Greg and June, who have made a super place to dine and enjoy one of the prettiest views in the area. We especially enjoyed our lunch today as Greg took a moment out of his busy time to let us know where my salmon was from, South America, and how he loved to prepare food for friends and anyone who appreciates the time and effort, I’d say the artistry, in serving a great dish of food. For me, this was one for the books, because, although it was a simple salad with salmon on top, the ingredients were very fresh, very colorful,
and full of flavor. A lovely balsamic vinegar dressing was my good choice and one that I enjoyed so much, I ate the entire cupful, which is something I rarely do.

Greg was proud of his cooking and of Chef Jeremy’s sparkling clean kitchen. Greg said, I don’t have to tell him what to do, he just keeps it that way on his own to the point where the county inspector commented that their kitchen was one of the best he’s seen.

My husband loves the beef dishes and orders them all the time. He’s the fussy one between us two and if he doesn’t like something, we don’t go back. We’ve enjoyed the Bluff a few dozen times in the last year, and highly recommend it to everyone now that Jeremy is here.

In Wabasha, HWY 60, near Hwy 61, 1-651-565-4332

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bluffs-at-Coffee-Mill/202994283048914?fref=ts

What’s New in Wabasha

July 2nd, 2013

Had another great day at the Wabasha Farmer’s Market yesterday by the hospital. Abigail sold us the bread she promised, we took it home and had some this morning as toast and we put some avocado on it. Man, that was good. It’s a very dense but doesn’t go down like a heavy rock. It’s dense, but light and mighty tasty. Just really good ingredients. For four bucks a loaf, I think I can make several meals with it as a base. Good work, Abigail!

Recipe;
Later, we tried baking French toast with Abigail’s bread. It was awesome. We cut 5 pieces of 3/4 inch thick slices into quarters and soaked them in 5 eggs with vanilla, milk and cinnamon. Then placed all 20 pieces into two buttered glass pans, put them in the oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F. SO good with real maple syrup or honey.

Sara George got us some of the MOST wonderful tasting strawberries we ever had. We love strawberries and these were so worth the money. Get there early, they might be gone soon.

Another lady had radishes, but we didn’t get there early enough. Maybe next time!

Thanks so much to the wonderful farmers who weed and wait for us to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Thank you so much for your support. I know they really appreciate it.

Some Accessories Might Be In Order

July 2nd, 2013

Just ran across one of the nicest beaded jewelry artists I have seen. Please check them out on Facebook.
They are just getting underway so get there quick because I think they will sell out soon, that’s how nice
their pieces are to my eye.

J&M Jewelry
Quality handcrafted Native American Jewelry
Made in Milwaukee, WI USA

What’s New In Wabasha

June 25th, 2013

The Wabasha Farmer’s Market has some good news for you!! Now accepting Credit/Debit cards & SNAP/EBT!
The Wabasha Farmers Market is happy to announce that we will now be able to accept SNAP/EBT cards (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) and also Credit/Debit cards.

We are also participating in the Market Bucks Program from Blue Cross and MFMA (Minnesota Farmers Market Association.) “Market Bucks” coupons match the first $5 in SNAP/EBT card purchases with an additional $5 in Market Bucks each market day.

We are asking everyone’s help in getting the word out about this great program that helps people obtain good healthy food for their families.