I never actually saw the Kramarczuk’s Hungarian sausages at the ballpark. Hopefully they will have them more often this year
Food Network - Twins fans can enjoy two Food Network takes on the highly-popular Kramarczuk’s sausage in addition to the bratwurst, Polish and Hungarian sausages already served at Target Field by Sportservice The new Food Network specialties are a smoked bratwurst with horseradish cream and a wild rice bratwurst with pickled red cabbage and beer mustard.
The sausages will be made fresh daily just one mile away from Target Field at Kramarczuk’s and will be served at a Food Network cart at section 114.
But still the same crappy soft serve ice cream. Boooo!
A long, prosperous winter is coming to pass. The spring thaw is upon us in Minnesota. And, it feels so necessary. But, it’s not without some remorse, especially when taking in the shocking beauty of Minnehaha Falls captured in such exquisite light. The creek is now assuming its dutiful labor, the water wresting and freeing itself from its dormant state.
A big thanks to Al Gage for capturing this bit of nature!
Last night @dels and @cleverkate hosted a twitter chat on cutting the cord, based on the Geek Girls Guide Podcast Kyle was on last week outlining his media center system he uses at home. Cutting the cord is the idea of canceling cable TV and going Netflix and streaming only. It was a great chat, and nice to see a large number of people finding different ways to get what they want, without the need for a large monthly cable bill. We canceled cable when Baby Dean was born, marking the first time I’ve been without cable TV since I was 5 (back in 1982)
Most of the participants rely heavily on Netflix for their media, whether it was on a computer, gaming system, or a device like a Roku or Apple TV. Hulu is also a common source, but most found Hulu+ to be not worth the price. Few do the season pass route on iTunes and only a couple admitted to downloading torrents.
The need for sports, especially in HD, is still the primary reason for people keeping cable or satellite, which makes sense, and what I miss most about not having cable. It was really painful to not have Gopher hockey this winter, and I might cry over the thought of not watching the Twins this summer. When it comes to sports news, I don’t miss ESPN at all, sports blogs and podcasts have more than made up for that. All I really need is Fox Sports North, and I’d pay $20/mo to just have that one channel!
People really want Netflix to expand their streaming selection, but at the same time, cable companies keep pulling content (Showtime just pulled Dexter and Californication). Hopefully something can be worked out, but I wonder if premium cable networks like Shotime and HBO won’t just offer their own streaming deal at some point. Online streaming sold by the networks could be the ala carte option that so many people want, but the providers refuse to offer.
Personally, I’m a Boxee users on my Mac Mini, mainly for access to media on my local drives, but also for watching random videos I come across during the day using the very slick Boxee Bookmarket. Hulu has blocked access from Boxee which really sucks, as it used to be a great way to watch current shows, hopefully that gets resolved sometime soon.
Basically I think it comes down to this: if you want to watch sports and current TV shows without the hassle of Hulu or torrents, just stick with the cord. If you only watch a few things (iTunes Season pass or Hulu) or don’t mind if the content is older (Netflix streaming or dvds), then get an Apple TV or Roku box or something like that. And if you want to rip a large collection of DVD movies, download torrents, or want a full computer interface on your TV/Media system, then get a Mac Mini or laptop.
What do you think? Have you changed your media consumption now that we have more streaming options?
My plan all along has been to get a new iPhone (5 or whatever it’s called) and switch to Verizon or AT&T this summer when my Sprint contract ends, but in comparing prices with what we now pay for Sprint, I’m having a very hard time justifying the cost. It seems like it would cost an extra $25 or more a month (from $123 to $150 for a family plan after corporate discount). Forget that.
For the most part I’ve been very happy with Sprint. Have never dropped a call and decent internet speeds, but coverage at our cabin sucks as well as at the in-laws house in KC (Sprint’s HQ!). Coverage issues could be party due to the phone, but I’m not sure.
I currently carry two devices nearly wherever I go, my Palm Pre and my iPod Touch. I’m a heavy iTunes user and need to be able to sync my music and podcasts, and the apps on the Pre are horrible. I’d love to be down to just one device, but the iTunes syncing on Android is a little questionable. Also, I have a ton of paid apps on my iPod so I’d have to buy Android versions of a lot of those which adds to the upfront cost. Oh, and we also use our Flip HD quite often, which could basically be replaced with the iPhone.
My options seem to be:
1. Suck it up and get an iPhone and pay the man
2. Stick with Sprint, get a new Android phone and also… a. carry my iPod Touch for music and some apps b. iPad (1st gen wifi) - shared with the wife, used for reading, games and videos c. iPod Nano - just for music, which I wouldn’t need to have with me all the time
Please comment if you have any thoughts on Android, especially as it works with music, or if you’ve used both iPhone and Android.
And it’s true: Some Minnesotans really hate Garrison Keillor. But the same is true of almost any celebrity. Ask if they like Celebrity X, and it’s either yes or no, love or hate. What’s different about this debate is the passion. Minnesotans have strong opinions about Garrison Keillor. He is a man people argue over.
1.) Doomtree: If we were an AutoTune-, airhorn-happy hip-hop artist who saw Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree’s SXSW set at Mohawk, we’d unplug our 808 forever and start looking into nighttime accounting classes. Dessa, P.O.S, Cecil Otter, Mike Michtlan, SIMS and the rest of the Doomtree crew blew up like a Dumpster full of dynamite, showcasing enough collective energy, rhythm, hustle and flow to make us wonder why these guys (and girl!) aren’t playing the Superbowl halftime show. Listen: P.O.S., “Stand Up (Let’s Get Murdered)” and Mike Mictlan “Prizefight.”
heh. with Big Ten Hockey, ND leg really screwed UND over w/ mandating Sioux nickname. UMinn won’t play except for conference obligations. (@mnblrmkr)
I totally didn’t even think of this. Unless the Sioux change their name, we could be nearing the end of the Gopher/Sioux rivalry. The University of Minnesota made the decision to not play UND in football or basketball (UND is D1 now), but made an exception for hockey because of conference obligations. Well, with the new Big Ten Hockey Conference, that obligation is gone. I’m sure another exception will be made, because there is no way Minnesota would stop playing the Sioux in hockey. But it is an interesting twist to the whole BTHC issue.
Of course, if UND would just stop being a bunch of hostile and abusive jerks about the whole thing and change their name back to the UND Flickertails it would be a non issue.
“People get right on and buy tickets without even waiting in the virtual waiting room”
Kevin Smith, Twins executive director of public affairs, on ticket sales Sunday.
Sure, if you are looking for 2 tickets to a week night game against the Indians, but if you wanted 6 tickets together, or a pair for the Red Sox series, you were screwed. Heck, I was in the virtual waiting room as soon as tickets went on sale on Saturday and couldn’t get tickets for the games I wanted.
IMO, until MLB is no longer affiliated with Stub Hub and benefiting from ticket reselling, nothing will change.
Though really, this is only a problem for fans in NY, Boston, Chicago (Cubs) and Minnesota - teams that sell out every game. And in a few years Minnesota fans will probably have no problem getting tickets once the new stadium smell is gone.
Working to nourish their bodies through during the lengthy 46-day fast during Lent, the Paulaner monks of Neudeck ob der Au in Munich are credited with developing the doppelbock style of beer. Packed with carbohydrates, calories and vitamins, this unfiltered “liquid bread” sustained the monks from Ash Wednesday to Easter, and over 300 years later, the rich history and quality of this beer is well-known throughout the world.
With this in mind, I am embarking on a project to fast on doppelbock for the same 46-day stretch that the storied German monks once endured—and live to tell the tale. This will be no small undertaking. I will be working with both a doctor and a spiritual advisor as I attempt to tell the story of this facet of the monks’ livelihood. Eventually, there will be a book.
3. Minnesota Twins- The Twins have two unique hats that open two different chapters in franchise history. The first being the “TC” (Twin Cities) version from the days of Killebrew, Oliva and Carew. The second being the “M” version that conjures memories of Puckett, Hrbek and Jack Morris. The Twins hat is that of the anti-Yankee (small market).
This fits well with last week’s discussion…
Cool. My favorites (not in order): Yankees, Twins, Tigers, Royals, Giants, Mets, Pirates, Dodgers, old Brewers, Red Sox
I’ve never been to Texas, but it just seems like it’s a much bigger deal than MN Hockey. Regardless of which is better, the Minnesota High School Hockey Tournament is one of the greatest sports events in Minnesota, if not the entire country.
A week or so ago there was a neighborhood round-up on places to drink in Cathedral Hill. The Muddy Pig, the Happy Gnome, and Sweeney’s were all included (and those are all fine places). I am not linking to this, though, because it was stupid - they completely neglected Moscow, which has awesome martinis, a drink with cherry vodka AND champagne, and free vodka shots on your birthday! I’m not really into horseradish but I’ve heard their horseradish vodka is good. If you haven’t yet, you should definitely check it out.
I miss the horseradish Aquavit at Aquavit. Heck, I miss that restaurant a lot.
Total tap tower takeover with 32 Stone beers on tap. Jason Armstrong and Arlan Arnsten will be there at 8:30pm; Greg Koch and Nate Sellergren will be there at 9pm.
On Tap: Arrogant Bastard Ale OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale Stone IPA Stone Pale Ale Stone Smoked Porter Stone Levitation Ale Stone Ruination IPA Stone Cali-Belgique IPA Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale Double Dry Hopped Stone IPA Double Dry Hopped Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale Stone Smoked Porter w/ Vanilla Beans Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chipotle Peppers Double Bastard Ale w/ Chipotle Peppers Stone Smoked Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels 2008 Stone Imperial Russian Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels Arrogant Bastard Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels 2007 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2009 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2010 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2011 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2011 Stone Old Guardian BELGO Barley Wine 2010 Stone Imperial Russian Stout Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA 2010 Double Bastard Ale Green Flash/ Pizza Port Carlsbad/ Stone Highway 78 Scotch Ale
Most serious hockey fans in the Twin Cities will tell you that there is no better night of hockey in the area than the double-header section finals of Sections 2AA and 6AA and after two kind of down years, this year’s installment at Mariucci Arena lived up to the hype.
I couldn’t agree more with this comment. This is my favorite night of the year when it comes to hockey in Minnesota. I love the State Tourney, but these Section Final games at Mariucci are just outstanding. Kids in attendance from all over the metro, hockey fans young and old there just to watch great hockey. It’s just so much fun to be at. I’ve been going to these games for almost ten years with my brother and Dad, and we’ve seen plenty of great games, dozens of future college players and a few future NHLers.
Part of the reason I love these games so much is because the schools involved are the schools I played hockey against growing up. Mostly inner ring southwestern suburbs.
Last night’s games featured Edina vs Burnsville and Wayzata vs Eden Prairie, and both games were exciting down to the end, with Edina winning 3-2 and Eden Prairie winning in double OT by a score of 4-3.
Player highlights: Minnesota hockey legend Lou Nanne’s grandson plays for Edina (also named Lou) and was one of the better players on the ice. I think Edina has 3 players that are going on to D1 college next year.
Wayzata’s top line of Tony Cameranesi and Mario Lucia (son of Gopher coach Don) were noticeable every time they were on the ice. Mario is only a Junior in HS, and he hasn’t made a college commitment, but I really hope he decides to play for his father at the U. He reminded me a lot of ex-Gophers Thomas Vanek and Blake Wheeler, a big smart skater with a quick shot.
But I think the best player on the ice was Gopher commit, and Eden Prairie star, Kyle Rau. He scored the game winner in double OT, and was never afraid to take the puck to the net, which usually resulted in a good scoring chance. He’s a small defenseman, but I think his skill will allow him to be successful as a Gopher (just like his brother has had a great career at Colorado College)
“I think the closing of Tillie’s is illustrative of a larger issue in my neighborhood, not just the coffee shop itself. One could argue that there just isn’t enough neighborhood support, but I’ve seen successful coffee shops in quieter neighborhoods, so I don’t buy it. A critical issue is Tillie’s had no other complementary retailers on the corner. A sandwich shop or other lunch place or other uses with better synergy would have complemented a coffee shop quite well. A print shop, furniture store and auto repair shop, less so. The combination of lunch place, bookstore and coffee shop attracts me.”
I guess, but Fireroast Mountain has nothing nearby and does well. Same with the new Peace Coffee Shop. Tillies should have benefited from being so close to the LRT and having a steady stream of traffic, but I’m thinking that lack of parking hurt them the most. I was never tempted to stop there, and I drive past it all the time, because I knew it wasn’t a quick in and out.