Dunn Brothers Coffee: FREE Prepared Beverage with $30+ Gift Card Purchase

Love Dunn Brothers, or know someone who does? Now through 12/31 now you can purchase $30 or more in gift cards and receive a FREE prepared beverage! Offer available at participating locations.

And if you don’t already have the Dunn Brothers Coffee Rewards App, sign up here to get a FREE $2 credit plus a $3 credit when you first download the app.

Dunn Brothers Coffee – 50% Off Pumpkin Pie Beverage

Celebrate National Pumpkin Day today (10/26) at Dunn Brothers with 50% off any size Pumpkin Pie Latte, Nirvana or Frappe! Just present this coupon to the barista. Find a Dunn Brothers Coffee near you.

And if you don’t already have the Dunn Brothers Coffee Rewards App, sign up here to get a FREE $2 credit plus a $3 credit when you first download the app.

Taco Tour on Lake Street 2017

This Sunday, August 6th is the 4th annual Taco Tour.  It takes place on Lake Street in Minneapolis from 11-5:30.  There are a few different options to enjoy the event.  You can register and take the shuttle, you can bike or walk.  This year not only will 10 restaurants be participating, there’ll also be entertainment and art along the way.  This is a family friendly event for all ages.


Welcome to the fourth annual Taco Tour on Lake Street! Discover the spicy flavors of the Latino food district on Lake Street by touring 10 authentic restaurants offering their own versions of the iconic Mexican specialty: TACOS! Last year more than 3,500 people participated in the wildly successful Taco Tour 2016.

In addition to thousands of tacos with many diverse flavors, this year’s event will include several artists expressing their art through music, dance and other ways, adding to the many surprises you will encounter as you tour.


Rita’s First Day of Spring – FREE Italian Ice

It almost feels like Spring has already been here.  With our fickle weather, it’s been difficult to keep track of what season it actually is.  The first day of Spring on the Calendar is tomorrow and Rita’s is celebrating by giving away FREE Italian Ice.  There are four locations in MN.

A COOL tradition for 25 years and counting!

Rita’s, the world’s largest Italian Ice concept with over 600 locations, will hold our 25th Annual First Day of Spring FREE Italian Ice Giveaway on Monday, March 20!

From Connecticut to California, Guests across the country who visit Rita’s Italian Ice between noon and 9pm will receive a FREE Italian Ice in the available flavor of their choice.




Dairy Queen Free Cone Day March 20th

It’s time to celebrate Spring.  In Minnesota, we never know if it will be 60 or snowing in March, but when the calendar says spring, we celebrate.  On Monday Dairy Queen is helping us celebrate by giving out free cones.  One per person and at participating non-mall locations.

Indeed Brewing Company Brewery Tour

Did you know that Indeed Brewing offers tours?  I love to do factory tours.  It’s fascinating to get a glimpse of how things are made and discover what happens behind the scenes.  Although the tours at Indeed are free, you do need to register in advance.  The tours are for 21+ and last about an hour.  You will tour the production hall, the packaging hall, warehouse and the taproom and yes there will be sampling.  Tours are offered on Saturday mornings from 11:30-12:30.  You can register here on the event page.

Few Seats But Great Eats – Best Tiny Restaurants in the Twin Cities

Sometimes going out to eat is just hoping there’ll be a seat when you arrive.  Sure, some of the fancy places take reservations, but if you want down home cooking then that’s probably not an option.  We love to try off the beaten path places and have discovered a selection of few seats but great eats in Minneapolis and St. Paul. We think these are a few of the best tiny restaurants in the Twin Cities for down-home cooking!

Our most recent adventures took us to Our Kitchen, located in South Minneapolis.  This small place only has about 19 seats – yes you read that correctly 19. Some are at the counter and the rest line up to face the seat.  We lucked out and only had a short 5 minute wait before three seats opened up.  We each ordered breakfast and all agreed it was delicious and would be back.  I’m thinking our secret to lucking out and getting seats was the fact that we arrived a half hour before they closed up.  Everyone was friendly and many were greeted by name.

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Al’s Breakfast but I recall delicious pancakes. It’s located in the Dinky Town area of Minneapolis, not too far from the University of Minneapolis campus.  I’m hoping to bring our girls this summer. This little gem with only 14 seats means that you need to be prepared to wait a bit.

The third of the few seats but great eats is probably the most of famous of all.  Mickey’s Dining Car is located in St. Paul and is on the National Register of Historic Places.  This is the only one of the three where you can eat at night -the other two are morning and early afternoon only.  When we ate here it was in the evening and we enjoyed some great malts and burgers.  The best part was sitting at the counter watching the cook.  Our girls were in awe of all the tiny drawers and spaces where the food was kept.   Mickey’s does have a few more seats than the previous places I mentioned, but don’t get too excited as it’s still pretty limited seating.

I would love to know if there are other few seats but great eats around the metro or even outstate Minnesota.  Please let us know, we would love to give them a try.

Have You Seen this DAVANNI’S Remodel? + Reader Gift Card Giveaway

DAVANNI’S has been part of the Twin Cities for over 40 years. While I’m happy that many of the things I loved about DAVANNI’S in my youth are still the same, it is great to see them continuing to make changes and improvements every year. Some of the recent changes have been to remodel several locations. Last week we took a visit to the recently remodeled Minnetonka store to take a look and, of course, eat some of our DAVANNI’S favorites AND something new.

To give you an idea of the OLD look of the Minnetonka location, this is a glimpse of what it looked like before the remodeling job was started. (I have to say I’m not a fan of that crazy print on the fabric covering the booth seats.)

The DAVANNI’S Minnetonka “facelift” created a brighter and airier interior. A bar serving wine, and tap and bottled beer, including several kinds of locally brewed craft beers, was added, complete with bar seating. The store’s party room was also remodeled.

Several other DAVANNI’S locations have also been remodeled including Edina and Eagan, with bars/beer taps added to the Chanhassen, Cleaveland and Grand and Uptown locations. The Eden Prairie location will also be adding a bar and updating soon. Additional bar tap installs will be found in Arden Hills, Bloomington, Woodbury an Plymouth.

Once we took a look at the remodeling results, it was time to eat! For lunch we mixed things up and had a few things that we tend to order on almost every visit, but also tried a couple of new things. For the kid, pizza was a must!

My all-time DAVANNI’S favorite is the Garlic Cheese Bread. I seriously don’t know anyone else who can make a garlic cheese bread as good as DAVANNI’S!

For something new we tried the Chicken Cobb Salad. It’s made with Sliced Chicken, Hard Boiled Egg, Crumbled Bacon, Crumbled Gorgonzola Cheese, Red Onion, Tomato and Dressing of Choice. It’s very good and very filling!

A must when I visit DAVANNI’S with my sister is sharing an Assorted Hot Hoagie on grain bread. That has been our go-to sandwich for close to two decades. It’s made with an assortment of three meats (thus the name Assorted) — Ham, Smoked Ham, and Salami and topped with garlic butter and mozzarella cheese, then broiled. It’s dressed with tomatoes, lettuce, mayo (which we get on the side), onions, and DAVANNI’S own secret dressing. It’s so delicious that I am going to have to head to DAVANNI’S to get one for lunch when I finish writing this.

We topped off our meal with cookies – Chocolate Chip for the kid and the NEW Sea Salt Caramel Cookies for the grown-ups. These new cookies are DELICIOUS and were developed by Davanni’s own in house Oven Hearth bakers and are made and baked fresh at their totally company-owned bakery in Saint Paul. The Sea Salt Caramel Cookies are only in “test” right now. So, the more you buy, the more likely they will be added to the permanent menu. So everybody PLEASE buy these cookies because I want them to stay on the menu!!

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Minnesota reader will receive a $25 DAVANNI’S gift card. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 2/16/17. Good luck!

$25 Davanni’s Gift Card Giveaway

Davannis Pizza and Hot Hoagies

Music in the Meadow

Music in the Meadow

August is the month we try to squeeze things into our schedule, the realization that fall and school are approaching. Perhaps you are still in denial and want to find relaxing events?  Music in the meadow would be a great thing to put on your August calendar. It takes place in Stillwater, each Sunday in August.  Located on the lawn of the Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter from 3-6.  It’s free and your welcome to bring a chair or blanket.

Music in the Meadow

Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter 8390 Lofton Avenue, Stillwater, MN55082

Admission Info:


General Day and Time Info:

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Musician line-up on website.

Individual Dates & Times: *
Aug 7, 2016: 3 pm – 6 pm (Sun)
Aug 14, 2016: 3 pm – 9 pm (Sun)
Aug 21, 2016: 3 pm – 9 pm (Sun)
Aug 28, 2016: 3 pm – 9 pm (Sun)
* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to      confirm start times and duration.

Hard Rock Cafe World Burger Tour + Reader Giveaway


My first memory of eating at a Hard Rock Cafe, I was probably in middle school and I was with my family in Orlando.  Years later while in college, I ate at several while wandering through different countries.  I still have the t-shirts from Berlin and Paris. Fast forward to just a couple of days ago, the four of us enjoyed a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe here in Minnesota.  If you haven’t been to our local Hard Rock Cafe, it’s tucked into Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America.


We decided to celebrate my husband’s birthday at the Hard Rock Cafe. He was excited after learning about their special World Burger Tour menu. There are lots of worldly options to choose from:

English Breakfast Burger (London, England) – a Certified Angus Beef® patty topped with sliced ham, a sausage patty, a fried egg, a portobello mushroom, arugula and garlic aioli and served with a side of baked beans

Java Lava Burger (Seattle, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty grilled and dressed in a house-made espresso rub and topped with lava sauce, crunchy java onions, bacon, melted Cheddar cheese and garnished with a fried jalapeño

Tandoori Chicken Burger (Mumbai, India) – a dark meat chicken patty seasoned with aromatic spices and fresh herbs, topped with mint mayonnaise and served with a side of cucumber

Jamaican Jerk Burger (Montego Bay, Jamaica) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with banana pepper rings, mango jalapeño cream cheese and jerk mayonnaise

ATOMIC! Burger (Las Vegas, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with Atomic beer-battered peppers, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, garlic chipotle ketchup and chipotle mayonnaise

Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with andouille sausage, Monterey Jack cheese, chips de batata, a fried egg, salsa criolla and garlic aioli

Greek Burger (Athens, Greece) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with arugula, feta cheese and a tomato slice

Aloha Burger (Honolulu, United States) – a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with SPAM, Monterey Jack cheese, a grilled pineapple ring with sweet soy glaze, guacamole and pico de gallo

*World Burger Tour menus may vary by location; guests should consult their local cafe for a full list of featured burgers.

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To experience the World Burger Tour my husband ordered the Jamaican Jerk Burger, and was pleasantly surprised to find he liked it.  He likes beef burgers, but wanted to branch out and try the chicken.  He really enjoyed the combination of flavors:


It was fun to see all the music memorabilia as well as the artwork on all the walls.   Our girls recognized some of the artists that had guitars, or clothing framed up on the walls.


One special area that caught all of our attention, the Prince window.  It had three of his outfits, as well as a photograph of him.


Burger Tour for the Roadie

Are you even a little more hungry?? Hard Rock is bringing its menu to life and offering a unique burger experience that will take your taste buds on an international journey! Hard Rock, in conjunction with global experience agency RPMC, is offering a World Burger Tour travel package that includes stops at iconic cities including London, England; Athens, Greece; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Seattle, United States. This four-stop, once-in-a-lifetime excursion celebrates the cities that inspired Hard Rock’s World Burger Tour

The World Burger Tour travel package is a private, 10-night trip that includes flights, first class hotel accommodations, ground transportation and exclusive dining and music experiences at Hard Rock Cafe locations in each city not typically available to the public.

Hard Rock Giveaway Prize Pack

Reader Giveaway: One lucky reader will win a Hard Rock Cafe gift pack including an apron, oven mitt and spatula. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 5/30/16. Good luck!

Hard Rock Cafe