Archive for the ‘Day Trips’ Category

Sunday Buffet at Bluff View Bar and Grille at Coffee Mill Golf Club, Wabasha, MN

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

We finally got a chance to try the new buffet as we were encouraged by neighbors who raved about it.
We decided to go and see for ourselves. Isn’t that interesting? Haha. Okay, really, it was good and it
did have everything you would expect for a breakfast buffet including eggs and omelets made to order.
We especially enjoyed the bacon. It and the light patty sausage were very good. Light on the salt.
They put salt on the table, if you want it, go ahead, but don’t make the rest of us suffer. Nice thick bacon, cooked well, not burnt, not stiff like dead wood board, flexible, tasty, but doesn’t taste like maple syrup, apples or grand momma’s raspberry pie. If you want your bacon tasting like other ingredients, let me leave it
up to you to put both together and I’ll just take the bacon.

There were several types of potatoes, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit of all sorts American, mixed vegetables with rice, chocolate chip cookies, a plate of small cinnamon and other sweet rolls. The only thing I did not see was a plate of cheese, and no fish at all. However, I did not miss theses last two items. After all, it is really just a late breakfast.

I did not speak of the ham, pork, and Eggs Benedict because my stomach is just not that big. Maybe you can try them for yourself. To all the rest, I give an A. Thanks to Craig and June, Chef Jeremy and the Staff for a great gathering of food and service.
The Bluffs @ Coffee Mill is available for private events.
Please contact June Alper for details.
She can be reached at 1 (651) 565-4332 or
by email at

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.

    Stumble Inn2, Plainview, MN

    Sunday, May 26th, 2013

    We were directed to this Bar and Grill near the Plainview golf course by the Cake, inc people.
    I cannot tell you where it is right now, but if you are in Plainview, anyone will help you out.
    Lots of nice people there.
    Anyway, we had some Stumble Inn Chicken and some Stumble Inn Hamburger both with
    Cheddar cheese, bacon, speical sauce and I had the best cole slaw I ever had, and we
    shared the super perfect French fries. Mmmmgoood. Really good food, and a buffet
    on Friday night with all kinds of fish and good salad stuff, I am told.
    We had iced tea, a little light for my hubby, but a little strong for me. The owner was gone
    that day, but his Mom was there and she is a peach.
    I also loved the atmosphere. We felt like we were sitting right under the big old trees outside
    and it was dark and cool on a summer like day. Check them out and say ‘hi’ for me.

    200 Years of Bicycles

    Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

    I thought you bike enthusiasts would like to know about this
    wonderful exhibit in an historic museum, large enough to
    loose yourself and family for a whole day! The Museum of Science and Inddustry
    was my childhood playground. I know every inch of it, butI haven’t seen this
    exhibit yet. I am sure there will be a book on bikes in the MSI shop, too.

    The exhibit runs for a few years … enjoy!

    Anderson House

    Sunday, August 26th, 2012

    Sunday Brunch was a nice step back in time when restaurants served food like mom served at home if you were
    Pennsylvania Dutch or anything remotely close. Great slices of real ham, lovely strips of bacon, maple flavored sausage, lightly cooked sliced potatoes, three bean salad, green bean with peas, quiche, scrambled eggs, baking soda biscuits, toaster French toast and waffles, mixed seasonal fruit, endless juice, tea, coffee, then desserts; pumpkin bread, lemon cake, double chocolate cake, and brownie bites. All for $11.50 each.

    The staff is very friendly, and although the front door has a couple of small steps, due to having to build up a little as it is one block off the Mississippi River, and therefore not handicap accessible, there might be a back way, call first.

    The restaurant is only open on Sunday from 10am to 2pm. And the hotel is opened Thursday thru Sunday. Call first.

    We very much enjoyed the atmosphere of lovely pieces of furniture and lighting, plus the good food and great staff. We’ll do that again.

    Historic Anderson House is opened with antique styled rooms and a lovely Dutch restaurant in Wabasha, MN.
    West Main Street

    Skyline on Pepin

    Sunday, July 8th, 2012

    Haven’t blogged this one for almost two years, though we do frequent this one for it diverse menu, great ambiance, nice waitstaff and easy in and out handicap access.

    It is on the river, Lake Pepin, the sailboats frequently are passing by, it has a large bar and three season seating, as well as indoor seating with booths, padded seats, tv, music and the best pizza besides it’s diverse American menu.

    Everything I have had, I have liked.  No surprises, but good food and it is attached to a motel and you can buy tickets to the Pearl of the Lake steamboat for a two mile cruise.

    Skyline on Pepin, Lakeside Dining and Coctails located at 1702 Lakeshore Drive, N.
    in Lake City, Minnesota 651-345-5353.

    Minnesota State Fair New Food, 2012

    Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

    Minnesota State Fair New Food, 2012.  There is some good looking choices this year and some bad ones.  Don’t come crying to me if you make the wrong ones too many times!  These are some major calorie eats. Have fun at the fair.  I am going to try and make some at home til then.  Wish me luck.

    Antique Shopper

    Monday, June 4th, 2012

    I am going to be focused more on shops and trips over the next few weeks because  after six years  I am tired of writing about food and I have found some darling shops to bring to your attention.

    Yesterday, we visited Antique Shopper which is a multi-dealer shop with two floors of antiques, collectibles and more.   We were headed for our new fav restaurant Fiesta Jalesco again, but we well, I, wanted to check out the shop.  I have not been antiquing for awhile, as many of the shops are musty or too hot for me, but this shop was just right.  Not only that, but the owner, a really nice lady named Cathy or Kathy, was there to talk to us and who has such a lovely personality, I was just so very impressed.

    I went in really just to browse around, but because they had such a wonderful selection of items, and well priced, I ended up coming out with four items.  Now, I am not a person who has to shop or won’t reconsider my purchases to make sure they aren’t just impulse buys.  I will walk out without a thing and feel just as good about that if I have not seen anything worthy of our hard earned cash.  But I did find the four items and I’ll pull a quick Maggie Lee* on  you right now;

    I got a 5 inch deep and 11 inch in diameter gold leaf and etched clear glass bowl, a glass
    wings spread bird statue about 9 inches high and as wide, a white and red stained glass sailboat about seven inches high with a green fishy,  an awesome set of stone coasters from Disney’s Yacht Club along with a black metal stand,plus a small burnished metal paddle boat with movable paddle, about 2 inches lone and 1 and 1/2 inch high.

    When you are there, grab a yellow brochure that gives you all the area antique shops in the Zumbro River Valley…42 to be exact.  Well, there might be others, but that’s for you to discover, or not.

    Antique Shopper is handicap friendly for the upper floor, but send someone down with an iphone to send photos up from the basement floor. The shop is opened every day, except Thursday in the off season months.

    So, the shopping was good, the Mexican restaurant was good, and the people were all good.  Nice way to spend an afternoon in Lake City, MN.

    Antique Shopper

    113 S. Lakeshore Drive, Hwy 61

    Lake City, MN  55401


    Maggie Lee is the former editor, founder and now column writer for the Northfield News.

    Town And Country Cafe, Kellogg, MN

    Friday, March 16th, 2012

    There’s a very nice, super clean, but old restaurant in Kellogg you may have missed when visiting Lark’s Toys, one of the ten biggest and best toy shops in the country. That’s because you have to turn to the east off Hwy 61 rather than west to get to Lark’s.

    But, turn you should, if you are hungry, in need of some smiling faces, and don’t mind spending a little less than when you go to those fancy places that reside right on the highway. Hey, it’s only about 2-3 blocks off. Don’t be lazy.

    The food is good, there are plenty choices so that everyone will find something they like. When all else fails, my hubby says their burgers are the best in the whole southern half of Minnesota. Well, at least out of the 50 or so places where he has had burgers. That’s a dang good recommendation right there.

    I loved their fried cauliflower, fresh salads and homemade cauliflower soup. Plus when I asked them for iced de-caf coffee, they came right up with the perfect drink even though they had never served it before. IT was delicious for me, a very fussy iced de-caf coffee drinker.

    I also liked their drummie special with fried chicken drum sticks and green beans and mashed potatoes. It reminded me of childhood and home. It all tasted really good. Not too much salt at all, and Patty, the owner of 24 years, told me she only uses real butter. But I didn’t detect too much of that either. A great blessing for those of us over 40, 50 and beyond.

    The fries were delicious and I am about to get back their for their pies, which are homemade and look really good. (Inserted later, we have had several of their pies and give them a hearty thumbs up!  Even if you are on a diet, share some and try it!) So, when you are here, go there for lunch or dinner or breakfast. Check the hours. They are not open M-Thurs Evenings.
    Look for the pretty lace curtains on the windows and the nice padded chairs for comfortable seating.

    Oh, and they only take cash, but there are ATM machines within blocks.

    This is from their facebook site:
    homecooked meals …specializing in homemade soups and pies. Friday night all you can eat fish and shrimp fry. Also prime rib saturday night. along with all you can eat shrimp.Breakfast served all day. Noon luncheon specials…Monday and Tuesday vary weekly. Wednesday varies monthly. Thursdays feature BBQ pork ribs. Also serving daily Hot Beef mashed potatoes and gravy.

    Town & Country Cafe
    309 N Belvidere Ave
    Kellogg, MN 55945
    1 507.767.4593

    Mon – Thu: 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Fri: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
    Sat: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Sun: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

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    When You Are Ready

    Monday, March 12th, 2012

    They say when you are ready, the master will appear. I guess, no, I know I must have been ready when I finally walked into ‘Kimono’. a, you’ll never guess what, Kimono shop where fine Japanese Wedding Kimonos are sold.

    I had been directed to visit the shop over a year ago, but it was closed that day, and then they moved around the corner and I lost track of it. Yesterday, after visiting Alice the Great Horned Owl who was also visiting the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN, we were walking over to get one of our favorite so fresh pizzas at the Flour Mill, and we saw the door to Kimono wide opened. It was a 65 degree day and we decided to take a look around, even though the shop looked very dark inside. Well, the shop was dimly lit and the reason for that is to save the very special fabrics found inside.

    The kimonos are simply divine, collector’s items, historically significant and are many of last ones ever to be made in the hand sewn manner of hundreds of years of tradition. If you have never seen gold and silver thread and all manner of incredibly wondrous colors set to a nature scene with only birds who pair together for life adorning the gardens and streams pictured this is for you. I cannot say enough about this collection. I have seen many fine museum quality pieces in museums that hardly compare.

    So, for me, so interested in fabric arts lately, this discovery was a major gift and blessing for my mind and body and spirit. Many thanks to Richard Fuller.

    Please visit Kimono by appointment or
    10 to 4 Weekdays, 12 to 4 Weekends
    or call as directed on the door.

    The owners are nearby at all times, but don’t come too early as Richard keeps late nights talking to his Japanese clients.

    651 565 2002
    128 Main Street
    Wabasha, MN