Meat of the North Pork Passport

What’s your favorite meat?  I have to admit, I will drive out of the way for a good BBQ place or a place that smokes their meat.  We love to explore small local non-chain places when we are wandering, so I was excited to learn about the Meat of the North Pork Passport program.  It’s a passport program that highlights 11 different premier pork restaurants throughout MN.

Here’s how the passport works:

Visit at least SEVEN of Minnesota’s premier pork restaurants within 24 MONTHS:
2. Enjoy a tasty pork meal
3. Stamp your Pork Passport each time
4. Send completed form and passport to Minnesota Pork Board and receive a FREE Meat of the North T-Shirt.

Meat of the North Pork Passport

Explore the great state of Minnesota with your map to delicious pork!

Minnesota’s pig farmers are committed to raising healthy pigs and providing delicious pork for you, your family, and all Minnesotans. The tasty pork you will find at each of these eleven locations is provided by the amazing chefs who embrace the Meat of the North: Pork.

Rita’s First Day of Spring – Free Italian Ice

The first day of spring is Wednesday, March 20th and Rita’s is celebrating by giving away FREE Italian Ice! There are four Rita’s locations in MN (Apple Valley, Eagan, and Stillwater). Normal operating hours are 12 – 9 pm.

Start Spring Off Right—with FREE Italian Ice!

Every year we celebrate the first day of spring by giving away free Italian Ice. That’s right, for over 20 years we’ve treated each and every guest to a free Italian Ice. It’s a Rita’s tradition. Just our way of kicking off the season—and spreading a little happiness.

Last year, our guests showed their spring spirit—and their love of Rita’s Italian Ice in a big way. We gave away almost 1 million cups of Italian Ice in just a nine-hour period! Pretty cool, huh?

Seasonal Ice Cream Shoppes Opening

Seasonal Ice Cream Shoppes Opening

Do you eat ice cream all year around or is it more of a seasonal food? One of our daughters seems to think that ice cream just might be one of the food groups.

Unfortunately, some of our favorite ice cream shoppes aren’t open year round. It’s a bit of a bummer, but it does make us excited when they do finally open for the season.

I’m going to mention just three seasonal ice cream places. I’m sure there are many more hidden gems around the state, if you share them we can add them to the list.

Seasonal Ice Cream Shoppes Opening

Photo from Scoops FB page

Scoops Ice Cream & More

This first one is located in Bloomington. When we discovered it several years ago, it was a bit difficult to locate any information about it.  Could not even find a phone number, thankfully they now have a FB page. They even count down the days until they open for the season on their page.  It’s called Scoops Ice Cream & More, pretty self explanatory and a great place.  Located on the west side of Bloomington.  They open for the season on March 15th.

Seasonal Ice Cream Shoppes Opening

Photo from COW interrupted! Ice Cream Studio FB page

Chill Ice Cream Studio

The next spot is also located in the south metro.  It’s going to be under new ownership this summer but thankful it will be open again.  It was called Cow interrupted and will now be Chill ice Cream studio. Located in downtown Farmington.  My Dad, a retired dairy farmer, really got a kick out of this place, not just the name, but some of the pictures as well. Even if the cow theme isn’t there, I’m keeping it on the list, I know we’ll be checking it out for sure.  I don’t see an opening date yet but their FB page mentions 4 weeks away, which puts it into April, check their FB page. for more specifics

Seasonal Ice Cream Shoppes Opening

Photo from Nelson’s Website.

Nelson’s Ice Cream

The third spot, many of you may have discovered as it is a little more well known.  Yes… Nelson’s Ice Cream in Stillwater, and a second location in St. Paul.  Probably the largest ice cream portion sizes ever! Maybe bigger than your head or very close to it. The portion sizes make for an interesting treat on a hot summer day. Nelson’s usually opens the first part of April.  Check out their FB page for an exact date.

If you love ice cream, frequently wander and enjoy having adventures, put these on your list for a treat.  I wish they were open all year round but that just means we have something to look forward to.

Urban Eatery (Minneapolis): As Low As $46 for a Four Course Dinner for Two

Enjoy a delicious dinner at Urban Eatery in Minneapolis and get a BIG discount with this Groupon deal! Right now you can save up to 54% on a four-course dinner for two or four people. Dinner for each couple includes one appetizer or side dish to share, two starter salads, two entrees, and one dessert to share. They also have complimentary valet service after 5:30 pm daily.

Plus, use the coupon code SAVE to take an extra 20% off through 2/26!

Options include:

  • $46.40 $58 for a Four Course Dinner for Two, valid Monday-Thursday ($23.20/person)
  • $54.40 $68 for a Four Course Dinner for Two, valid any day ($27.20/person)
  • $92 $115 for a Four Course Dinner for Four, valid Monday-Thursday ($23/person)
  • $108 $135 for a Four Course Dinner for Four, valid any day ($27/person)

asian salad

Your Groupon will be good for 60 days after purchase, and you’ll have to make a reservation once you purchase your deal. There is a limit of 2 per person and 1 per visit, valid for dine-in only.

Urban Eatery focuses on serving fresh and locally sourced dishes. In order to achieve this, they established many partnerships with local farms. That strategy has already gained appreciation as the restaurant received the Diners’ choice award winning Uptown Minneapolis restaurant. Urban Eatery’s chefs inundate their menus with diverse culinary styles, creating signature dishes such as Shrimp Tacos, Lamb Burger, House Smoked Pork Chop, Fresh Guacamole, or Creamy Hummus. Servers pair these dishes with a wide selection of craft beers, wines, and specialty drinks such as Bloody Mary with house-made mix and pepper infused TITOS Vodka. Whether it’s a casual dinner, brunch, lunch, or a special event, visitors can enjoy the playful professional approach to dining of Urban Eatery.

Get your Groupon HERE!

Restaurant Week in the Twin Cities – 2/17 to 2/22

It’s time for Restaurant Week in the Twin Cities! From February 17th to 22nd, you can enjoy specially priced meals at participating restaurants. This is a great time to try some of the best restaurants in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding area without having to spend a fortune.

Lunch prices start at $10 and dinner prices start at $15. See the full list of participating restaurants and menus for Minneapolis/St. Paul Restaurant Week.

Dunn Brothers Coffee – BOGO Beverages for Valentine’s Day

Treat your sweetie to a beverage at Dunn Brothers with a buy one, get one free deal today on prepared beverages! Just present this coupon (offer code 10022) 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.

Hy-Vee Market Grille: 20% Off To-Go Order

Grab an easy dinner this weekend or gear up for the big game at Hy-Vee Market Grille. Now through Sunday, February 3rd you can save 20% off your to-go order!

Order online or via the app and save 20% on your order with coupon code FOOTBALL at checkout. I’d love to hear…what are your favorite Market Grille finds?

Offer valid February 1 – 3, 2019 only. Restrictions apply. See store for details.

Dunn Brothers Coffee – 50% Off Lavender Beverages

Treat yourself to a new lavender beverage at Dunn Brothers and you’ll save 50%! Choose from any size Lavender Vanilla Latte or Lavender London Fog. Just present this coupon (offer code 10208) to the barista now through Thursday (1/15 – 1/17/19). 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 $2 credit when you first download the app.

Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon – Save Over 50%!

In the mood for dinner out? Grab this Groupon deal to help you save at Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon! You’ll pay $15 for $25 worth of food and drink (valid any day), or $12 for $25 worth of food and drink (valid Sunday – Thursday).

Plus, use the coupon code SAVE through 1/12 to drop the price to $12 or $9.60!

Choose from six different Wild Bill’s locations across the state (and North Dakota, too): Apple Valley, Blaine, Fargo, Grand Forks, Rochester, and Woodbury.

Note that your Groupon expires 90 days after purchase and is not valid on their weekday lunch burger special. Limit 1 per person and 1 per table. Valid for dine-in only. Not valid with other offers or promotions, including happy hour specials.

Step into any of the six Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon locations and you’re likely to find a similar scene: a Vikings or Wild game on the wall-to-wall TVs, servers toting ice-cold beers, and a slew of happy customers feasting on the saloon’s pub food.

The menu here features burgers stuffed with cheese, wings coated in nearly 30 different sauces and rubs, and indulgent dishes dubbed Cowboy Favorites, which have a Tex-Mex vibe. Slow-roasted ribs rubbed with select spices and slow-roasted to fall-off-the-bone perfection basted with your choice of Wild Bill’s homemade BBQ sauces. Throughout the week, Wild Bill’s keeps its atmosphere festive with live music, food and drink specials, and even games of bingo.

Get your Groupon HERE.

Dunn Brothers Coffee – 50% Off Holiday Drinks

Treat yourself to a holiday drink at Dunn Brothers and you’ll save 50%! Choose from a medium or large Candy Cane Mocha, Cinnamon Roll Nirvana, or Spiced Eggnog Nirvana. Just present this coupon (offer code 10163) to the barista today (Wednesday, 12/12/18). 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 $2 credit when you first download the app.