Category Archives: Travel

Raclette at Home – Interactive Cheese!

Have you had raclette yet? Do you know what it is?

In my experience, not many people have had it or are familiar with it so I’m here to help! Raclette is a semi-firm cow’s milk cheese from Switzerland which melts easily and is also a dish that originated in the Alps. The traditional cheese meal is served with boiled potatoes, cornichons, pickled pearl onions (cocktail onions) and white pepper. It’s a simple and delicious meal that is best enjoyed in the company of others with lots of wine.

Raclette meal

I first had raclette in a restaurant in Switzerland, then at a friend’s house shortly after our return. Both experiences were fun and delicious, though the serving style was very different. I loved the home version because it was participatory and an event. We bought a raclette grill a couple of years later and love hosting dinner at our house during the winter months. If you enjoy fondue or anything  that encourages playing with food, this is for you.

Even though I love to cook, I will tell you this is my favorite dinner to host because: 1. It’s fun to introduce people to new foods 2. It’s EASY to pull off (opening jars and pre-sliced meats and cheeses for the win!) 3. Lots of wine (it helps with digestion!) 4. It’s INTERACTIVE CHEESE!

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Volunteering for the Superior Hiking Trail Association

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View of Lake Agnes from Hunters Rock.

I know the blog says it’s about Minneapolis and this post isn’t, but this story is about a place near and dear to my heart, the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT). The trail is approximately 310 miles of beautiful terrain that overlooks Lake Superior from Duluth to the Canadian border. It is a gem of a resource that I hope you all get to visit sometime.  Continue reading

Beer Tourism – Northern California and Oregon

I’ve been sitting on this post for way too long so I’m just going to give you the short version of our road trip from Malibu to Portland. There were beautiful sights and beer – lots of both.

Rich and I attended a wedding in Malibu last fall so thought it would be fun to make it a big trip. We had never been north of San Francisco and had always wanted to drive the coast so it was a no-brainer to take some time and road trip. And let’s not forget about the beer. Did you know there’s good beer up in them parts? I had a lot of fun taking these photos and like to look at my Instagram feed just to relive the moments. I thought you might like to check them out too. Have any questions on the places we visited? Ask away and I’ll figure out where we were.

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What Happens in Vegas, Comes Back from Vegas

Last time I wrote I was on a huge fitness kick. I assure you I am still on that kick but had a bit of a detour. The week of Thanksgiving is aways tough for staying on track, this year was even more insane because I was sick, then Thanksgiving, then Las Vegas. I didn’t get all my workouts in which made me feel guilty, but I knew my body was calling for rest.

IMG_5765Why would you book a trip to Vegas if you knew you had bootcamp? Well, my family is there and for once in a very long time, all my siblings were there so it was a must-do! We had a blast!

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Dreaming of Puerto Rico

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One of my favorite things in life is traveling to new places. Learning about a culture first-hand through their history, traditions, and food is just fascinating and pure joy for me. I was glad to tag along on Rich’s business trip to Puerto Rico for a little relaxation after a crazy couple of months and a bad case of cabin fever.

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