November 21st,2014
Food, Free Stuff, Indoor, Things To Do

Bobby Flay hosts all-star special Thanksgiving at Bobby’s this holiday season, complete with favorite recipes, delicious tips and expert culinary advice to help viewers prepare for their own upcoming feast. Along with co-host Katie Lee, Bobby welcomes his friends Sunny Anderson, Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Symon to the party to share their favorite Turkey Day dishes, traditions and personal family memories. Thanksgiving at Bobby’s premieres on Saturday, November 22nd at 12pm ET/PT.

“Thanksgiving is Bobby’s favorite day of the year and it shows – he’s opened up his table to our audience for a personal look at how his family and friends celebrate,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. “The dishes, tips and tricks that Bobby and his friends share will inspire everyone planning their own holiday meal.”

Bobby always makes the turkey for Thanksgiving and this year he’s preparing Roasted Turkey with Mustard Maple Glaze. Katie uses a little inspiration from the South to make her grandmother’s Cornbread Stuffing with Herb Butter, while Sunny’s Sage and Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole is an ode to her mother’s sweet potatoes with melted marshmallows. Alex offers the unexpected and delicious vegetable dish Broiled Cauliflower Steaks with Parsley and Lemon and Michael finishes off the meal with a Chocolate Pumpkin Pie. Other dishes on the menu include Holiday Sangria, Mashed Potatoes with Buttermilk, Black Pepper and Green Onion, along with Katie’s take on a classic Deviled Eggs appetizer.

At, viewers can find all-new Thanksgiving recipes, behind-the-scenes photos and more. During the show, get your Thanksgiving questions answered live on Food Network’s Facebook page and on Twitter, with hashtag #ThanksgivingFeast.

Thanksgiving at Bobby’s is produced by Rock Shrimp Productions.


Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction
Michael Symon
Thanksgiving at Bobby’s

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon

Pie Crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, very cold, cut into small pieces
2 to 3 tablespoons ice cold water

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, very finely chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
One 14-ounce can pumpkin puree
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch salt
Shaved chocolate, for garnish

For the pie crust: Combine the flour, sugar, salt and butter in a food processor and pulse until coarse, with small marbles of butter remaining. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the ice water, then pulse until crumbly and the dough holds together when squeezed. (If too dry, add another sprinkle of water, but do not over mix.) Transfer the dough to a plastic bag, press into a disk and refrigerate for one hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Roll out the dough on floured surface, then press it into a deep 9-inch pie plate. Trim the edges to leave 1 inch of overhang, fold it under and flute the edges. Cut a piece of parchment or nonstick foil to the size of the pie plate and use it to line the pie crust. Fill with pie weights and bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Remove the pie weights and return the pie dough to the oven to dry out, about 8 minutes.

Lower the oven to 325 degrees F.

For the filling: In a double boiler, melt the semisweet chocolate, bittersweet chocolate and butter, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from the heat.

In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, light brown sugar, eggs, cornstarch, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Fold in the melted chocolate mixture. Set the pie plate on a baking sheet and pour the filling into the crust. Bake until the center of the pie has just about set but still has a slight jiggle, about 1 hour. Let cool completely before serving. Top with chocolate shavings.

Yield: 8 servings
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 hours

The Winter Survival Extravaganza – November 19, 2014

November 18th,2014
2014, Event for Charity, Food, Local Business, Things To Do

Tiki Extravaganza

Winter is back and whether you love it or loathe it, we invite you to attend the Winter Survival Extravaganza and embrace Old Man Winter with a warm hug.

It is happening on Wednesday, November 19 from 5-8pm at the Tiki Bar at Eat Street Social.

While you sip on Sangria and nosh on delicious appetizers, you also will arm yourself with fantastic deals and special prizes from amazing local vendors like Vertical Endeavors, Buck Hill, the Depot Rink, Bottle & Bottega, RetraceHealth, and Grinkie Photography.

You also have the chance to win great prizes generously donated by other wonderful businesses like Glam Doll Donuts, Kitchen in the Market, Dunn Bros., Izzy’s Ice Cream, AirMaxx Trampoline Park & Fun Center, Warpaint International and Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop.

After the Extravaganza, you’ll be ready to tell Old Man Winter to ‘bring it!’

What’s more, 10% of ticket sales will go to Hats & Mittens, a local nonprofit that buys and distributes hats and mittens to homeless youth in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota.

Tickets are just $18 at the door and include one beverage (Sangria, beer or soft drink), appetizers, frolic and fun.

But if you purchase your tickets in advance and enter ‘EarlyBird’ in the promotional code on the Eventbrite, you can get your ticket for just $15.

We hope you will join us.


Give To The Max Day – November 13, 2014

November 13th,2014
2014, Event for Charity, Things To Do

Happy Give To The Max Day Twin Cities!

Today is the day that we focus on giving. We reach into our pockets, our savings, our “disposable cash” and sacrifice something that is ours and GIVE to someone else. To a charity. To an organization. To something that is dear to our hearts!

Today we challenge all of our blog readers, all of our friends and family, all of our 86,000 plus on Facebook, all of our 3,600 followers on Twitter to give.

We do not care if it is $5.00 or $5,000.00! Every penny helps!

So here is what I would like to propose. Give what you can. Here are some of our favorite charities!

1. Vest The Best MN —

Vest The Best is a Minnesota non-profit organization lead by founder Kevin Kelly and a diverse Board of Directors who work tirelessly to protect Minnesota’s Police Dogs by providing ballistic vests to K9 law enforcement units.

2. Dose Of Music —

Dose of Music, founded in October 2009 by Jason Hopp, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization dedicated to provide happiness, comfort and assistance through music for children, teens, adults, families, friends, military troops and veterans, communities and anyone in need and/or faced with less fortunate circumstances.

3. Ruff Start Rescue —

Last year we had a contest on our facebook page and we donated $250 to Ruff Start Rescue. They are a volunteer-run nonprofit that completely relies on donations.

4. The Miracles of Mitch Foundation —

The Miracles of Mitch Foundation was the charity that was second in our contest and we donated $100 bucks to them as well. They exist because of a Pinky Swear that Mitch and his dad made to continue helping kids with cancer. They continue to do so…

So we have a wide range of charities that 365 Twin Cities, Inc. are involved with. We even dumped ice water on our heads for ALS this summer! On a very personal note, I am Type 1 Diabetic. My mother has Multiple Sclerosis and I have friends who also suffer from MS as well. I have lots of places I give to and support. All I ask is that you consider what charities you have a connection with or are passionate about and give. If you do give, please comment below. I would love to hear YOUR story and why you decided to GIVE what you did. Every story and every dollar means something! Please share if you feel inclined!

Please find something that you want to support. If the above sites are not ones you can back…then find something on There are hundreds of charities. All need your help! Also, from their website…

It’s Minnesota’s day of giving! Support your favorite cause today. Your donation could earn your favorite nonprofit or school an extra $2,000 – or even $20,000! And organizations that place in the top 10 of the GiveMN Leaderboards receive prize grants as well. Let’s show our statewide spirit and give to the max!

Please give today. What every you can afford. Whatever you can…it all helps! GIVE TO THE MAX! We are…

HINGE, like Tinder but with Standards, launches in the Twin Cities today

October 14th,2014
2014, Free Stuff, Things To Do

Hinge App 1

Meeting people today is hard. With the advent of smart phones and apps for everything, it was a given that there would be an app for that.

With apps like Tinder, they give you a large quantity of people to look through, but you have to narrow it down and hope you don’t meet some rando. But if you are like me, you want quality over quantity any day. Wouldn’t you like to meet people you’ll click with and already know you are going to have something in common with?

Enter Hinge, the anti-Tinder! Hinge helps you meet new people through friends – every single day.

Instead of shallowly swiping endless faces of strangers around you, Hinge is focused on helping you find people you’ll actually connect with – in a trusted authentic environment. Here’s how:

1. No randos: Every day you’ll receive up to 20 potential connections curated from your extended social circles (like friends of friends on Facebook) – instead of the strangers you’d meet on Tinder. Why? Hinge knows one of the best way to meet people is through friends – you’re likely to have a lot in common, and trust and accountability are already established.

2. No frauds: Review validated profiles – pulled in from Facebook – that show details like workplace, education, full names, friends in common and other facts that matter when determining if you might want to meet up. Plus, surfacing jobs and full names keep people honest and accountable. No fakes or cat-fishing here.

3. No getting stuck behind the screen: If there’s a mutual interest in meeting, Hinge introduces you. Hinge is about getting you offline – not staying on the app, endlessly swiping in your PJs.

Hinge is already live in 13 cities (DC, NYC, Boston, Philly, Chicago, SF, Atlanta, Dallas, LA, Austin, Houston, Seattle and Denver) and has made over 8M matches and has celebrated several Hinge-gagements! With the average user having 36 friends on Hinge, there is going to be someone interesting on there that you haven’t met yet. 99% of Hinge users are college educated working in banking, consulting, media and fashion. 85% of downloads of the app are coming from word of mouth – so get out there and tell your friends!

Download the app here: and get to meeting people Twin Cities!

Oktoberfest 2014 at Black Forest Inn

September 20th,2014
2014, Festivals, Food, Indoor, Local Business, Outdoor, Things To Do

Oktoberfest Collage 2014
Fall is here and it is time to celebrate Oktoberfest!

We have Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to thank for this wonderful tradition. If he had not gotten married in 1810 and decided the celebration should last for two weeks? No Oktoberfest (it was such a great time the two week celebration has lasted for over 200 years).

And of course the best place in the Twin Cities to celebrate this decidedly German tradition, why the Black Forest Inn. They know the right mixture of beer, sausages, roast chicken, pretzels and music to celebrate right.

Each night of this celebration with Black Forest Inn has a theme, so check out their calendar of events or the list below to make sure you know what is on tap for the evening. You can toast, eat dumplings, or even get married (yes, I said, get married)!

There is even a menu cover contest, so get your entry in, guidelines are here.

Oktoberfest starts next weekend, so we hope to see you there, who knows, you might even end up in one of their slideshows of people partying for Oktoberfest.


Day One: Prost! Night
Friday September 26, 2014
The best way to start Oktoberfest is with a toast! Celebrate fall, beer, and each other with a toast. We’ll have some for you to read, or make up your own. Standing up to toast is encouraged. Speaking from the heart is essential. Rhyming is optional. Prizes will be awarded for exceptional toasts.
6:00 – 7:30 pm Live music!Alphorns! The Matterhorn Trio will play outside in our beer garden
7:30 pm Ceremonial Keg Tapping & restaurant-wide toast
7:30 – 9:30 pm Toasting!
7:30 – 9:30 pm Live music!Jim ten Bensel on horns and Denny Malmberg on accordion

Day Two: Eurotrash Night
Saturday September 27, 2014
Bust out the leather pants because you don’t just think you’re cool, you know you’re cool. And you’ve got the repetitive dance moves to prove it!

Day Three: Dumpling Day
Sunday, September 28, 2014
We’re not taking any sides in any ongoing dumpling wars. There’re all delicious to us! We’ll have the best and the biggest, the fluffiest and the heartiest, a-meal-in-itself-ers, and the dessert type dumplings. The Dumpling Appreciation Society meets here today!
6:30 – 9:00 pm Live music!Dreamland Faces, an accordion and saw duo

Day Four: The Wurst Night of Oktoberfest
Monday September 29, 2014
We’ll celebrate sausages with sausage specials, mustards galore and fantastic sausage-enhancing condiments. Order the “brat bar” and choose your sausages and sides. Swim in sauerkraut. Pile your plate with pickles. Relish some relish. You deserve our best. We’ll give you our wurst.

Brat bar includes: Handmade bratwurst, Handmade chicken curry sausage, Weisswurst, Polish sausage, celery relish, fried peppers, fried onions, sauerkraut, homemade Bavarian Sweet mustard, Maple mustard, Horseradish sauerkraut sauce, Curry ketchup, rye bread, potato salad, red cabbage and pickles. All that sausage goodness for $15.00
5:00 pm – 10:00 pmThe Brat Bar Is open!
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Live Music!Mark Stillman on accordion

Day Five: Kino Abend (Movie Night)
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Silent movies. Live music. Beer.

Day Six: Faust Night
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Faust Night, where everything comes at a terrible price.
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Faustian Bargains offered to the brave (or foolish)
No one will actually be damned tonight.

Day Seven: Herman the German Night
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Get in the way back machine: Arminius! Germanicus! Folk heroes from a time when there weren’t that many folks. Fight the Romans! Fight each other! The Germans were the original pagans, the original barbarians and they were so not unified.

Schells Night!
7:00 – 9:00 pm Schells beer samples & prizes
9:00 pm Schells prize drawing – enter to win a free brewery tour, gas card and one night’s stay at the Holiday Inn New Ulm!

Day Eight: Angela Merkel Night / Reunification Day
Friday, October 3, 2014
Austerity is the new black! Join us in celebrating Germany’s answer to the Iron Lady. She may not be able to keep a coalition government together, but she has such a practical haircut. Wear your best tweed suit! Bonus! This is a real German holiday! It was 25 years ago that the wall came down and not long after that Germany became one country again.

All day! Reunification cards available
6:30 – 9:00 pm Live music!Jim ten Bensel on horns & Dee Langley on accordion

In honor of Reunification Day, we are helping foster other, smaller reunifications. We’ll have cards and envelopes for you to address to a long lost relative, an old friend, a seldom seen neighbor or anyone else. The card says “Let’s Reunify!”, and enclosed is a five dollar gift certificate to the Black Forest Inn, good for one year. Plenty of time to plan your own reunification! Handy tips for celebrating Angela Merkel Picture captioning!

We pushed the tables together. Get it? We re-unified them.

Day Nine: Tie the Knot Night
Saturday October 4, 2014
As you know, originally, Oktoberfest was a wedding celebration. So we’re going back to it’s roots, and honoring the original Oktoberfest tonight. Get married! Renew your vows! Celebrate your anniversary! We have all the fixin’s: ministers, flowers, bridesmaids, wedding cake, and an atmosphere of love.**
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Live music!
All day weddings & vow renewals

Summit Night!Enter the prize drawing for a Summit prize package (a sweatshirt, a hat, a case of beer and some glasses)!

**Seriously, you could have your wedding here. Call us. And don’t forget to get your marriage license seven days in advance.

Day Ten: Drain the Keg Night
Sunday October 5, 2014
We don’t want to lug any barrels home with us after the party, so we’re going to start dropping the price of beer at 2 pm and keep dropping it until the beer is gone. Seriously.
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm Price on ½ liters of beer drops $0.25 per hour
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Live music!Mark Stillman on accordion
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Price on ½ liters of beer drops $0.50 per hour

Minnesota State Fair 2014

August 20th,2014
2014, Kid Friendly, Music, Outdoor, Things To Do, Twin Cities Attractions

Minnesota State Fair
Hello Twin Cities! It has been an amazing Summer and it is that time of the year where it is starting to wind down, school is almost back in session (for some it is) and the last days of August through Labor Day are here!

Yes I am talking the Minnesota State Fair and it starts tomorrow, Thursday August 21!

Here are some highlights for all of our fans who are thinking about attending this year’s Minnesota State Fair.

Source: Minnesota State Fair Website

  • The Fair Runs from Thursday August 21, 2014 through Labor Day on Monday September 1, 2014.

  • They have 28 new foods this year. (the Caribbean-Style Lobster Roll and the Deep-Fried Lobster On-a-Stick look amazing!)
  • Some big names at the Grandstand including, Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Toby Keith, Journey, and so much more…
  • Tons of new vendors and new attractions.

We highly recommend downloading the State Fair app on your smart phone! It can be a saving grace when looking for specific things. Works great when you are onsite and looking for the closest cheese curd stand! :-)

We were happy to have given away 12 pairs of state fair tickets and we hope that everyone who ventures out has fun and a great time. We will be posting more info this week as the fair continues on!

Minnesota State Fair

PS: We want to see your State Fair pics! Be sure to post your pics on our facebook page at

2014 Fireworks Displays in the Twin Cities

June 29th,2014
2014, Festivals, Food, Kid Friendly, Music, Outdoor, Things To Do

2014 Twin Cities Fireworks Displays

Independence Day weekends is fast approaching, so if you haven’t figured out where you want to watch fireworks with your friends or family, this might help you make a decision. Almost every city and suburb in the Twin Cities offers some type of celebration for the Fourth of July weekend; this is not a complete list, but a list of some of the larger celebrations taking place. If you want to share one happening in your area, please feel free to share it in the comments section.


Minneapolis Riverfront: Red, White and Boom!

One of the biggest and best of the 4th of July celebrations in the area is Minneapolis Red, White and Boom! Taking place in Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, it has lots of family fun, including four stages of live music, great food, and free family activities for all. Thursday July 3rd, participate in the Hot Dam 5k at 6:30pm, and then check out live music from Bomba de Luz at the Nicollet Island Amphitheatre and a live showing of “Indian Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark”. Remember to bring chairs or blankets and arrive early! Friday July 4th starts with the Red, White & Boom ½ Marathon at 6:30am and ends with the Fireworks display at 10pm. Parking is available in the St. Anthony Falls Parking Ramp. Visit Red, White and Boom! for details.

Mississippi Riverfront
212 2nd Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414


Fourth of July Celebration – St. Louis Park

Stevie and the Table Rockers perform live alongside a variety of concessions and vendors, as you celebrate the Fourth of July in Aquila Park. The spectacular fireworks show gets underway around 10pm. Visit Fourth of July Celebration – St. Louis Park for details.

Aquila Park
3110 Xylon Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN


4th of July Celebration – Excelsior

If you’re in the west metro, one of the best celebrations you’ll find is the 4th of July Celebration in Excelsior, on beautiful Lake Minnetonka. Join in the Firecracker Runs – 1 mile, 5k & 10k, the kid’s parade on Water St., a sand sculpture contest, a fishing contest, or the popsicle social. The Wolverine Big Band will be entertaining everyone well into the night and Michael Wickus & the 4th of July Airshow will astound with the acts of aerial daring. For a list of activities, or if you want to contribute to the celebration fund, check the 4th of July Celebration – Excelsior website.

Excelsior Commons Park
21 Water St
Excelsior, MN 55331


Manitou Days

White Bear Lake celebrates with a three week festival called Manitou Days. With multiple days of fun it culminates with the big 4th of July Celebration, which includes a lighted boat parade. Enjoy free food and entertainment at a community picnic. Dance under the stars. Ride on a pickle bucket boat. Ride your bike, build a sand castle, enter a fishing contest, go for a pontoon ride or shop downtown White Bear Lake. It’s fun and friendly family entertainment for all. Check out the Manitou Days website for more information.

Manitou Days
White Bear Lake, MN 55110


Fourth of July Celebration – Coon Rapids

Enjoy the parade, carnival, car show and more. There will be a live DJ and fireworks in Sand Creek Park. Fun starts at 10pm. Visit Fourth of July Celebration – Coon Rapids for details.

Sand Creek Park
1008 Northdale Blvd N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN


Fourth of July Celebration – Stillwater

Enjoy fireworks choreographed to music in downtown Stillwater in Lowell Park over the beautiful St. Croix River. Show beings at dusk. Get there early. Visit Fourth of July Celebration – Stillwater fordetails.

Lowell Park
100 S. Main Street
Stillwater, MN


Fourth of July Celebration – Roseville

Party in the park for Roseville’s Rosefest 2014, June 26th – July 4th. There will be festivities start at 1pm, including a fireworks display at 10pm. Visit Fourth of July Celebration – Roseville fordetails.

Central Park
2540 Lexington Ave. N.
Roseville, MN


Fourth of July Celebration – Eagan

This year’s Eagan July 4th Funfest “Stars and Stripes” ends with a spectacular fireworks show over Central Park. Enjoy games and activities for the little ones at a carnival, a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament, bingo, a concert by The Dweebs (their 8th consecutive year), then fireworks at 10pm. Visit Fourth of July Celebration – Eagan fordetails.

Central Park
1501 Central Parkway
Eagan, MN


Have a safe and happy 4th of July, Twin Cities!

MN Food Truck Fair in Uptown on June 29th!

June 27th,2014
2014, Festivals, Food, Free Stuff, Kid Friendly, Music, Outdoor, Things To Do

Food, Music, Fair, Freebies and a Movie!

What do they all have in common?

The Minnesota Food Truck Fair

Check out the MN Food Truck Fair in Uptown on June 29th from 11am to 9pm, with over 35+ vendors, there is bound to be something for everyone. They even have gluten free options. The fair is located at Lake & Hennepin to 31st & Holmes.

MN Food Truck Fair 2014 - 1

2014’s theme is “$5 Pair Share”. Every participating truck has a specialty dish for $5 that you can share with a friend or family member. WIN! So this way you can try way more food trucks out during the fair.

MN Food Truck Fair 2014 - Collage

So I did mention freebies and a movie at the beginning didn’t I?

Well this is how that fits in:

GIMME SOME TOTS! The first 250 people to stop by the TOPPER JACK’S (Tot Boss) Food Truck at the Minnesota Food Truck Fair on Sunday, 6/29 starting at 11am will receive FREE tater tots (while supplies last) courtesy of the Warner Bros. comedy TAMMY, starring Melisa McCarthy!

They will also receive a TOPPER JACK’S T-shirt and the chance to attend an advance screening of the film.

Tammy Movie

American Idol Auditions Wednesday June 18th!

June 18th,2014
2014, Contests, Indoor, Kid Friendly, Things To Do

Minneapolis AMERICAN IDOL® XIV Audition Information

WHO: Men and women 15-28 years old as of June 1, 2014, who are eligible to work in the U.S. Some restrictions apply – please visit for specific information.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 18

WHERE: Mariucci Arena, University of Minnesota
1901 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

HOW: Wristbands will be distributed beginning at approximately 7:00 AM on Wednesday, June 18. Auditioners will not be permitted to camp out and may not line up before 6am. Soon after they receive their wristbands, they will be told to enter the arena.

Check out FAQs to find out what you can and cannot take into the arena.

American Idol Auditions