Archive for March, 2012

Native Crafts at the National Eagle Center

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

I am particularly fond of Native American art and crafts. Maybe because I am part Mahican, or maybe because it’s just beautiful natural art with much respect given to the process and the sacred animals and plants that are often used.

Last week, as we visited the National Eagle Center, we came across one of the artist who make the rattles and talking sticks sold at the Center. Many weekends at the Eagle Center feature one or more artists that will demonstrate and show their wares.   March 24 and 25 are the next dates.

Dick Mindykowski – Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Chippewa craftsman creates woodland gifts created from wood and animal products harvested from the outdoors. Walking sticks, canes, turtle rattles, beaver shields, dream catchers, leather pouches. All hand tanned and carved.

Native Design is the name of the organization that came from Altoona, WI, just east of Eau Claire.

Their address is 1324 Glades Drive, Altoona, WI, 54720, cell; 715-579-3049

Ask for Dick Mindykawski or Lac Courte Orelles

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