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Volunteering at Open Arms of Minnesota

Photo from Open Arms of Minnesota's website.

Photo from Open Arms of Minnesota’s website.

Volunteer work has become a part of my life in one form or another since I moved to Minnesota, a very important one for that matter. I’ve recently become more active with Open Arms of Minnesota in Minneapolis, “the only non-profit organization in Minnesota that cooks and delivers free meals specifically tailored to meet the nutrition needs of individuals living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, MS, and ALS.” Helping to nourish others while they are sick (and their families) is a cause I care about and am glad to be able to support. Continue reading

Happy Hour Nibble – Moto-I

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I think it is a fair assessment to say that Moto-I has become our favorite happy hour spot, at least on Fridays. Over the last six months we’ve dubbed Friday #ramenfriday because a bowl of ramen is just essential after a long week. But that didn’t happen last night so I’ll save that joy for a future post.

We showed up a little after 5 and the bar was full, luckily two gentlemen were just leaving so that worked in our favor. I was a little surprised at the lack of seats so early, but Dara did just write about the best ramen in the TC and Moto-I topped the list. I was glad to see that they got such high honors, but then again she blew the lid on my secret spot where I can always get a seat. If you haven’t been, it is a large building with very minimal signage so I am sure it is hard to find. Once inside you’ll find a good size bar with Minnesota craft beers on tap and house-made sake. The happy hour is one of the best.

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A Celebratory Snowstorm

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The title may seem like an oxymoron, but in this household, we love snowstorms – when we can actually get out to enjoy them. This winter has been rough, we’ve been trapped in the neverending polar vortex throwing -40 degree wind chills and every snowfall seems to happen overnight so we haven’t gone out, until today. Jaunts generally entail bundling up in our winter walking gear and heading to a pub, restaurant, or both. Enter Blackbird, our favorite neighborhood spot.

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