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Wabasha Farmers Market Opening Day

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Four great vendors came out today, despite the threat of rain and held shop underneath

  • the Bridge in Wabasha. I, for one, was so glad to see them after 7 months of No Farmers
    Market! Oh, dear, how did I make it. I tell you how I made it, I had some things I had
    bought last autumn from the WFM that brought me thru the winter. Relish and salsa,
    cookies and fudge. Flowers and their seeds and so much many good memories of
    live accoustic music and chats and freshly grown local fruits and veggies.

    Today we heard live music from two charming ladies who played American and Irish
    folk music for us. We are always happy to leave them some dollar bills because they
    don’t charge for their tunes and it’s worth a million bucks.
    We also had a nice chat with a couple who sell herb plants and wooden eating spoons,
    hand carved, beautiful and a bit too expensive for us today, as we had a limited budget,
    but I think I am going to try and save my nickels and dimes for at least one. We did get
    some healthy and lovely basil and rosemary plants.

    We also met Sara from Pepin who runs the Wabasha Farmers Market, see
    Sara (715) 442-2488 for her excellent picante or for
    details about the Wabasha Farmers Market. They are looking for vendors, too.
    Sara has a lot of good ideas to expland the Farmers Market and we can all
    help by supporting and participating. When it all comes down to it, the
    farmer is are our best of all friends.

    Bluff View Restaurant and Bar at Coffee Mill Golf Course

    Saturday, February 16th, 2013

    Well, it was a very happy Valentine’s Day for me and my sweetheart last Thursday. I have not been out of my house for several weeks now, due to various factors and reasons. So, it was SO good for me to get some take out from the Bluff View Grill. The restaurant has taken on a new chef who seems to know what he is doing. DIdn’t catch his name, but his cooking is El Besto Evero! We didn’t have anything too fancy, but it was done to perfection. I had the almond encrusted walleye with baked potato and relish cream sauce, grilled carrots, peppers, and zuchini with a side salad of baby greens and feta cheese with red onion. And my sweetie had a 14 oz ribeye steak, garlic mashed potatoes, veggies and salad like mine and then we both had the bread pudding with whiskey caramel sauce. All under $50, packed up very nicely. I will go there again, and very soon. Hope to see you there.
    See for all the details and special hours of operation. Handicap Accessible.

    O O Looks Like Pan Pan Has Closed Closed

    Monday, January 16th, 2012

    Sorry to hear that Pan Pan on Division Street in Northfield has closed. Good luck!

    What Goes Up Stays Up – The New Restaurant Price Hike

    Saturday, June 18th, 2011

    We were back in Northfield today getting our teeth cleaned and we also drove through downtown and watched the set up for the big weekend of Taste of and Listen to Northfield 2011. The real name is Taste Of Northfield 2011, the sixth annual such event…and well worth the effort to check it out…but I often feel like the world of sound is taken for granted yet if there were only silence at these festivals and outdoor events, people might have on a slightly different experience. Ahh, but I digress.

    We went to George’s, our old standby, for lunch. We got off to a late start so we were not able to order a pizza like we planned, but remembered the delicious hot Pesto Sandwich they have with chicken and bacon on a big lightly flaky bun. It’s one of the best hot or cold sandwiches I have ever had.
    We ordered one to split with some fries. The sandwich is huge, as are all their sandwiches. Now, to the point…the price went up about $1.50.

    Most places we have gone to have hiked up prices from $1 or $2, or even $3 on dinner so don’t be surprised if you haven’t been out for a couple of months.

    Just like so many other restaurants, grocery stores and other retail marts, prices have gone up, I guess it’s the gas prices at the root, and it has certainly changed my way of buying food. I don’t like not being able to get lunch under $25. I don’t like that I now cook all my beans from scratch instead of buying cans of organic garbanzo beans at $1.89 a can…but now I buy a whole big bag for that same amount and actually soak the beans myself..they are better that way, as you can control the salt and the flavor is more pronounced.

    Now George’s Vineyard never raised their prices for years and years. And the sandwich w/ fries is big enough for two. We actually got out of there for $15.00 and that included a $4 tip for Meagan and an iced tea.

    A lot of working men go into George’s at lunch, but so do women and children, seniors and bikers alike. It’s a nice clean place well run for anyone who is hungry. George (Phil) doesn’t pay me for this promo, and I doubt he even knows about it, but it’s just a great little establishment that keeps on ticking for me and mine…so I share it with you and hope you get a nice meal there and think, gee, Bright sure knows her great little establishments.

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    It’s Official, Pam Pam Opens Sept 9th! and CLOSED 1/16/12

    Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

    Got the word this morning, heard the food is good, so check it out, people and if it’s good, go back, cuz we need to keep our good restaurants going for a long time, says I!

    Bright’s Flashes

    Saturday, June 5th, 2010

    We’ve been doing so much lately,  we don’t have time for a full blown one subject blog, so we’re keeping with what we started recently and that is just a few thoughts, brilliant flashes or ill thought out  dribble, whatever comes up and is relevant, important, or just plain cool or stupid.  You be the judge.

    First, I’d like to give a shout out to the owner of Aquatic Pets at 414 S. Division Street in Northfield.  Why?  She said she would take a slightly broken aquarium that was left here when we bought our home…this is saving me a $20 fee at the landfill, as it is the last of stuff I am clearing out, recycling and giving away.  Aquatic Pets will sell the slightly broken aquarium to someone who will use it as a terrarium, fix it, or some great art experiment and then turn the money over to the animal shelter!  How cool is that?

    Then, I ‘d like to say that Kurry Kabob is a very good place to eat, the food is fresh, and like homemade the owners tell me they use no prepackaged herbs or anything.  It is always good food and oh, if you are a little afraid of herbs or spices in your tum tum, they will cook you some plain dishes so you can go with the people who love the spice, like me.  It’s so good for you, and the tumeric spice which is in every curry sauce is said to stave off Alzeimer’s by cleaning out the arteries…you see, there is no such disease in India.  You have to eat it a lot, not just one trip to Kurry Kabobs.   At least that is what I have heard lately…andnot meant to be medical advice.  I am not a doctor, nurse or anything like that, but I go to one or two!

    We got some super herbs and flowers over at the Northfield’s farmers market a couple of weeks ago, and they are doing very well.  Now I found out that Dundas has a Farmer’s Market, too.  Mon and Wed from 3 to 8pm and on Saturday, hours unknown.  It’s nice because a lot of people cannot make the Northfield hours during the week.  I haven’t been to Dundas yet,  but I will go soon and tell you all about it.

    Went to Applebee’s and had the sampler plate,  well, I had one third there, dh had one third and I took a third home.  Gained 3 pounds.  No lie.  That stuff tastes great, but whew, talk about calories.  D had the bbq ribs, which were pretty decent for a chain restaurant.  The waitstaff has improved considerably, imho, and the prices are low enough.  Don’t park in the pick up spots though. I didn’t know servers came out to get the orders!  We just pulled in for a minute to see if they had a spot for us, and out comes the woman ready to take my order!  Fast.

    Recently I decided to eat out less, and I have been taking home half my restaurant meals for some time now, but still struggling with the five or six pounds I would love to loose.  Not working. I have decided to stop eating at home as much.  I lost two pounds with this plan, real weight.  Seems like I think my home cooked food is less fattening, so I eat more of it.   Hope this plan sticks and the food I eat doesn’t.

    Monte’s in Faribault  is still good, if not better with nicely priced lunches.  Depot in the same city, not to be confused with Home Depot, is under new ownership.  The food was pretty good when we visited last week and the three trains roaring by made it super fun for us sitting next to the window! Monte’s is closed again.

    Gotto try the Cheese Cave in Faribault,  a new store on the 300 block of Central Avenue, west side of the street.  Mmmmm.  The cheese is aged right back of Depot restaurant in a cave.  Wow.  Right here in Minnesota.  Whodah thunk it?

    Bon Voyage for now and Ciao, ciao, good bye!

    Tour D’ Pig

    Thursday, May 27th, 2010

    These are my notes from Northfield Golf Club Chef’s Tour of  the Pig and Wine Tasting.    I didn’t want to do the whole blog thing with it because it’s not fair…I am not a gourmand,  or a foodie, or anything, I just like to talk about eating.  So, some of what Chef Rahael offered was not to my uneducated pallet, but I do like to experiment and take a chance from time to time.  Overall, I was not happy with the suckling pig parts and I wasn’t crazy about the wines, save one.  So, read on to get a snapshot of an idea and know that the Chef is holding tastings on Saturdays until further notice, I heard through the grapevine.
    Consumme’ from the Rear End – just okay for me,dog,  to borrow a phrase from Randy of American Idol.

    Ham from the Middle,partly okay, partly rubbery and unpalatable.

    Head Cheese from the Other End, Keep your head on and don’t serve it to me again. Ick.

    Bacon Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Bacon!  Now you’re talking my ay anguage lay, piglutin!

    Topper was Cherry stored in Pork for 15 years…dh says I didn’t hear that right, but who gives a…..!
    Oh My God, that was cherry flavor elevated to platinum gold!  Give me 15 more of those, please!

    Paired with these 3  wines.
    1. Crane Lake Sparkling Wine Champagne made from real Crane feathers,
    I loved this one completely.
    2. Malvec? – too oily for me…use it to grease up
    the pig and then go try to catch it.
    3. Call me a Cabernet! I want to go
    home now.

    OMGoodness! NGC

    Friday, April 2nd, 2010

    If you miss dinner at the golf club this evening, 4-2-10, you missed something to write home about.

    Raphael outdid himself again.  My goodness.  Even dh said the pan roasted filet mignon which was served with a courvoisier and tarragon cream sauce, baby asparagas, and savory mashed potatoes was like he already had desert.  Yeah.  That’s something coming from him.

    I ordered the pan roasted walleye with tomato and caper butter sauce and I have to say the crust on the walleye was the most delicious thing under the tanning bed!  OMGoodness, I said, again and again.    The  walleye meat was very good indeed.  Just about as fresh and sweet as you can get in Northfield. I also had the asparagas and mashed potatoes.

    Both meals came with salad buffet and cream of clam soup.  Good enough on that note.

    We later had the new molten chocolate desert with raspberry sauce, carmel sauce, blueberries,raspberries, a dash of whipped cream and a hot chocolate cupcake brownie sort of thing.  Delish.  Everyone who sees it drools.  I just came home and did an extra long spin on my bike.

    We only had one iced tea, so the bill came out at just over $50.  A nice little splurge for us, but one we truly enjoyed.  Kudos to the staff at NGC as well.  They are always top notch with us and everyone and the same basic crew has been there for a few years at least.

    Don’t forget to see my greeting card site for your Mother’s Day cards;

    I have a nice selection now and a bunch of funny cards to boot.  Know a nurse?  Nurses Day is coming up pretty soon.  Yes, it is Nurses Day and not Nurse’s Day.  Very confusing, but then ‘they’  do like to keep us off balance. :)

    May 6-12th is the entire week dedicated to nurses in the USA.  May 6th is National Nurses Day and May 8th is National Student Nurse Day.

    Jumping On Hogan Brothers Bandwagon

    Sunday, March 14th, 2010

    It’s been a while since I have written about Hogan Brothers in downtown Northfield.  It’s about time now.  We strolled in on Saturday around 3PM.   My regular readers know that I get snack attacks at off hours which makes it good for avoiding the rush, and getting in on more thoughtfully served food, temperature wise,coordination of timing of different courses, and sometimes even visual presentation.    But at Hogan’s the biggest deal for me is avoiding the wait in line.  I love to walk, but never have liked standing in one place.   For some, there is a delight in socializing while in the que,  and I like that, too, but not so much while standing for more than a very few minutes.

    Anyway, I ordered a full tuna and Swiss cheese hoagie, warmed up, and dh ordered the ham and Swiss and iced tea.  I ordered a small fancy coffee with whipped cream, forget which one now, and a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie, the big kind.  Later I went back for a double scoop of French Silk ice cream to take home.  To be brief, cuz I gotto go, the food was delicious, the three meals,two drinks, and two delicious snacks we got, plus change thrown into the tip jar all came down to less than $17.00 and came out to the table as fast as any fast food place around.

    Thanks, Hogan’s, for doing such a good job!  AND FOR THE MUSIC AND ART, TOO!

    Fast Food Restaurant Row aka State Hwy 3, Northfield, MN

    Thursday, March 4th, 2010

    Fast Food Restaurant Row aka State Hwy 3, Northfield, MN

    We went ahead and tried the new KFC,  across from Cub’s Food Store,  We had the 6 piece all white meat family pack
    with a small side of cole slaw and a little thing of mashed potatoes and three soda biscuits.
    It came to around $17, and will last us for three meals.  Not bad there.

    The grilled chicken was new to me, but I am an old KFC fan from Chicago and I used to eat
    the fried chicken once a month for a few years, I guess.  Never more than one or two small
    pieces.  The sides, cole slaw, potatoes and biscuits are very much the same now as they were then.

    I love the slaw and will eat all of it, but I leave the liquid at the bottom of the container
    as it’s too sweet for me. The potatoes with gravy are as bad as ever and I don’t touch them except to taste them today so I could report on it.  The biscuits have lots of baking soda, which I like, but these biscuits seemed to get heavier as I chewed and I had to get rid of it.  Baaack.

    Over all the chicken was about as good as the other chicken providers on FFRR, save CUBs. I love
    Cubs minus the skin, then George’s broasted chicken and then Culver’s.  Quarterback is okay I think but I really don’t remember, as it’s been awhile.

    My dh saw man in the drive in eating chicken while he was waiting for a chicken order, so I guess
    either he was comparing or KFC has a ready made audience.