Special Advance Screening of NEW AMSTERDAM

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NEW AMSTERDAM is coming to NBC Tuesdays this fall, but you can have a sneak peek at a special advance screening this week, complete with complimentary refreshments!

Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin, the institution’s newest medical director, who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. How can he help? Well, the doctors and staff have heard this before.

Not taking “no” for an answer, Dr. Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital – the only one in the world capable of treating Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers and the president of the United States under one roof – and return it to the glory that put it on the map.



You’re invited to a special advance screening of New Amsterdam on Wednesday, September 12, at 7pm at Showplace ICON at The West End, St. Louis Park. RSVP HERE by Tuesday, September, 11.

The event will also feature an exclusive Season 3 sneak peek of THIS IS US. I will be so jealous of all of you able to attend on Wednesday because I LOVE that show!

NOTE: Passes are non-transferable. Please arrive early. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to theater capacity. Theater is overbooked to ensure a full house.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival Discount Tickets

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You can tell we are nearing the end of summer because the Minnesota Renaissance Festival is here! If you think ahead and buy your tickets NOW, you can save a bunch!

UPDATE: The deal below is now sold out but you can still get Minnesota Renaissance Festival Tickets for up to 20% off via this Groupon link.

For a limited time, you can get Minnesota Renaissance Festival discount tickets at the price of only 2 for $24.95. There is a limit of 4 offers per person. The tickets are valid the entire 2018 season and expire 9/30/18.

Minnesota State Fair NEW Foods for 2018 – Nothing on a Stick!

Minnesota State Fair Corn Hat

How excited are you that the 2018 Minnesota State Fair is almost here? I’m super excited! We have our advanced tickets all purchased so we can attend at least 3 days and our Blue Ribbon Bargain Book is purchased as well! And while we always look forward to eating the foods that are our favorites year in and year out (like Pronto Pups, Sweet Martha’s Cookies, roasted corn and cheese curds), it’s always fun to check out the NEW foods as well.

This year there is one very unusual thing about the new Minnesota State Fair foods for 2018 – There is nothing on a stick!! I know that in some recent years it seemed like everything was being put on a stick, whether or not it belonged there. But, this year none of the new items will be served on a stick, but they will be served on plates, in bowls, in cups and all sorts of other ways.

New Foods 2018 Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair NEW Foods for 2018

In total there are 27 new foods for 2018 and I was lucky enough to sample a few of them last week. Here are some of my favorites:

Bananas Foster French Toast – Hamline Church Dining Hall

This AMAZING dish features cinnamon swirl French toast topped with slices of fresh bananas in an orange-rum-flavored caramel sauce and finished with a dollop of whipped cream. This dish is so good that I think I have thought about it every single day since I ate it last week. That being said, there is no way I will be leaving the State Fair this year without eating it again. But be warned! It’s only available during breakfast hours.

Bananas Foster French Toast Hamline Dining Hall MN State Fair

UpNorth Puff Pasty – Sausage Sister & Me

New in the Food Building this year is this tasty take on the pasty. The puffy crust sprinkled with pepper and sea salt is filled with Porketta sausage, cheese curds, coarse grain mustard and chopped dill pickle and baked to a crunchy perfection. I love that this comes already split in two pieces making it perfect for sharing. (But you can eat the whole thing if you want to – no judgement!)

UpNorth Puffed Pasty Minnesota State Fair

Sweetie Cakes – Sweetie Cakes

The sweet stuff really has it going on in this year’s new foods. Sweetie Cakes are delicious! They’re baked in a cup packed with Sassy Pecan toffee bits and served warm, topped with real whipping cream and more toffee bits. You have a choice of three flavors: black forest cake, birthday cake or chocolate peanut butter cake. I tried the birthday cake, which was super good, but I vow to get my hands on the chocolate peanut butter cake at the Fair!

Sweetie Cakes Minnesota State Fair

BBQ Split – Midtown Global Market’s Mama D’s

Skip the sweet and go right for the savory in this BBQ Split. It’s made up of scoops of BBQ pulled pork, mac & cheese and coleslaw all served side-by-side with a pickle spear. This dish is served by Mama D’s in the Taste of Midtown Global Market booth at the International Bazaar. This special booth gives new vendors a chance to present their product to the fair’s huge audience. It will be available Aug. 29-Sept. 3 only.

Mama Ds BBQ Split Minnesota State Fair

The Anchor Coffee House

You’ll need a beverage to wash down all these new foods and you can get a refreshing cold brew coffee The Anchor Coffee House. The Anchor Coffee House strives to source only the best fairly-traded and organic beans and owner John Renaker has created his own personal roasting style to make every cup a great cup.

For a full list of ALL the new foods at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair, visit their web site here.

Minnesota State Fair New Foods 2018

20% Off Produce at Hy-Vee – TODAY ONLY!

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Today only, Monday August 20th, Hy-Vee is having a Produce Sack Sale! That means you can get 20% off your sack of produce, Short Cuts and salad bar items.

This sounds like a great way to get your fridge loaded with fruits and veggies to make some big salads this week or maybe start your days with a delicious smoothie. Don’t forget, if you’re single or a small family you can always toss some of the items into the freezer to use at a later date while still taking advantage of the savings TODAY!

This offer is available in-store only. Get 20% off your sack of produce, Short Cuts and salad bar items with LU #18000 August 20, 2018 only. Some restrictions apply, see store for details.

Ridgedale Center Back to School Event on Saturday, August 18th + $50 Gift Card Giveaway

It’s nearly time to go back to school…are you ready? Join Ridgedale Center on Saturday, August 18th from 11 am – 3 pm for a free family fun event that’ll bring good vibes to the new school season!

Here’s what the event will have:

  • A Creative Workshop led by illustrator Cat Coquillette in which she will teach guests of all ages fun ways to replicate creative lettering
  • Back-to-school shopping, styles and trends from stores such as Gap, H&M, American Eagle and more
  • Grand Opening of the new Old Navy store
  • Hair and makeup demonstrations by Riley Rose, New Reflections, Sephora and All Pro Sports Barbershop
  • Photo ops, giveaways, entertainment and more!

Ridgedale Center is your destination for back-to-school shopping whether you have young kids, tweens, or teens AND you can get a fun bonus just for shopping there!

Spend $50 or more at Ridgedale Center in August 2018 and you’ll receive a good vibes tote bag. Spend even more and receive a bag filled with items such as mini notebooks, a pop socket, and more! Visit the event mentioned above or the Mall Management office (M-F during office hours) through September 7th and present receipts from Ridgedale Center dated in August 2018 to receive your gift while supplies last. Limit 1 gift per person, must be 18 or older or have parent or guardian present.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will receive a $50 Gift Card redeemable at any Ridgedale Center retailer or restaurant AND a back-to-school gift-with-purchase promotion that includes (but not limited to): a good vibes tote bag, mini-notebooks, pop socket, pencil case with fabric markers and more! To enter, just complete the form below by 11:59 pm ET on 8/27/18. Good luck!

Ridgedale Center Gift Card Giveaway

Historic Northeast Minneapolis Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour

This Historic Northeast Minneapolis Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour sounds like a lot of fun! You can explore some of Minneapolis’ best eateries while learning about one of the city’s most culturally rich neighborhoods. There are lots of interesting tidbits and great tastes on this stroll off the beaten path.

The tour includes the opportunity to try local favorites from six locations, including sausages also served at Target Field (home of the Twins), authentic Neapolitan Pizza, traditional Greek desserts and gourmet cheeses. Your Twin Cities Food Tours guide will also take you through the historical, architectural and cultural sites of the neighborhood, filling you in on the historic role of the Mississippi, Chute Square, the city’s oldest continuously running church, and much more in this diverse neighborhood.

Tour tickets are regularly $45, but right now you can snag discounted tickets at $27 plus fees from Goldstar.

Save 50% on Lindt Chocolate at Mall of America, Albertville or Eagan Outlets!

Lindt Chocolate Mall of America

Who else loves Lindt chocolate as much as I do? The dark chocolate truffles are my favorite. My mom put them in our Easter baskets this year (yes, my nice Mom still makes baskets for us “grown ups”) and we were joking about how we call them “Lindt Balls”, which sounds like something that comes out of your dryer – – not delicious chocolate.

Anyway, if you’re a fan or if you know someone who is a fan and want to get them a great gift, now is your chance to do it at half off. Score this Groupon deal to get $30 to Spend on Chocolate at Lindt Chocolate Shops for only $15! It can be used at the shop at Mall of America, Twin Cities Premium Outlets in Eagan, or Albertville Premium Outlets.

Plus, through 8/1 only you can use the coupon code SUN20 to drop the price to $12!

Lindt Chocolate Mall of America Deal

About Lindt Chocolate Shops:

Lindt Chocolate Shops offer a wide selection of every-day and seasonal chocolate products. Customers can mix and match their favorite flavors, from classics such as milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and caramel sea salt, to more unique flavors, such as cappuccino, hazelnut, and coconut, or seasonal favorites, like pumpkin spice. In addition to the iconic LINDOR truffles, Lindt Chocolate Shops sells a selection of exclusive gifts and premium chocolate bars. To find a local Lindt Chocolate Shop, visit the store locator.

Grab the Lindt Chocolate Groupon HERE!

Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets

Attention brides to be! Get ready and grab your Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets before it arrives at Saint Paul RiverCentre on Sunday, September 23rd! If you’re determined to make your dream wedding a reality, skip all the nightmarish running around and spend a fun afternoon enjoying the Twin Cities Bridal Show.

See your Pinterest boards come to life at this all-encompassing expo, which includes an award-winning fashion show, a free Wedding Trend Look Book, and the Inspiration Station, spotlighting the latest design trends. You can also enter for a chance to win $25,000 cash for your wedding! More than 150 companies are planning to be on hand with samples, previews and planning advice, from caterers and photographers to DJs, florists, lighting experts and beyond.

Buy your tickets now and you can snag Twin Cities Bridal Show Discount Tickets for only $9 (regular price is $15). Pay a few bucks more and you’ll get a seat at the fashion show starting at 3 pm!

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ALPHA Advance Screening this Weekend

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ALPHA, an incredible story of how mankind discovered man’s best friend, is coming to theaters August 17th, but you and a friend have a chance to see it EARY with a special advanced screening this weekend!



About the movie: An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, ALPHA tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before winter arrives.

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You and a guest are invited to an advance screening of ALPHA this Saturday, July 28 at 10:00am at AMC Rosedale. To download a pair of passes click HERE (while supplies last). Seating is based on first come, first served. It is recommended to arrive early.

Get a FREE Shake at Potbelly Sandwich Shop this Friday!

Potbelly Free Shake Friday

What’s better than a delicious shake? A FREE delicious shake! That’s what you can get at Potbelly Sandwich Shop this Friday, July 27! Potbelly has a variety of yummy milkshake and smoothie flavors including Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Coffee, Oreo, Banana and Mixed Berry.

Potbelly Smoothies Shakes

Do you have a favorite flavor? I’m partial to Vanilla myself, although I will sometimes change it up with chocolate. Whatever your favorite happens to be, make sure you get to Potbelly on Friday when they are offering a FREE shake or smoothie with the purchase of any item. Whether you order a sandwich, a salad, soup, chili or any item, you’ll get a free shake to go with it. 

All you have to do to get your free shake is tell the cashier that it is “Free Shake Friday”. This offer is available in-shop to all customers.

And there is extra good news if you’re a Potbelly Perks member! All members have access to Free Shake Friday a whole day early, which means you can get a Free Shake on THURSDAY already. – – But “Free Shake Thursday” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as “Free Shake Friday”. Since you get access one day early, that means if you go both Thursday and Friday you get a total of TWO free shakes! Double the deliciousness!