thINK local: Bar Buffalo – Rochester, MN

An amazing thing happened recently. An international reader of ink. contacted me to let me know that she and her family were traveling to Rochester, MN, and they had looked up our Airbnb rentals that I have previously spilled some ink about. Unfortunately, all three of our apartments were booked over part of the time…

Fast, “fancy” appetizers, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Appetizers are one of my favorite things. That is, perhaps, misleading. Appetizers in a restaurant are often, I feel, named incorrectly. For example, if you’re going to plow through 2,000 calories in beer battered cheese curds before your meal (and I’m not judging if this is you!), then you probably shouldn’t call that an “appetizer.”…

Low country boil, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Recipe alert! A few weeks back, we made semi-spontaneous dinner plans with a couple of friends. After confirming a mutual time and that we would host at our house, I faced the age-old question, “what’s for dinner.” I proposed three options: pot of soup, roasted chicken, or a mystery pin that I had once saved…

The serving size experiment

Back in the semi-awkward period of self discovery that happened immediately after college graduation, I started running long distances. This culminated in eventually running marathons, and as part of my training, I got very focused on nutrition. When training for a marathon, you obviously need to take in more calories than you would normally, but…

Moon cheese, Friday kudos, and wine for your weekend

One of the best parts about shopping at Costco…beyond being able to set yourself up in a year’s worth of spaghetti sauce in one trip, and their excellent Kirkland brand potato chips, and the most delicious coconut rolled, chocolate dipped almonds…is that they have a myriad of free samples to snack on during the day….

The Chopped date

For as long as we’ve lived together, my husband and I have tried to keep Friday free as a date night. We’ll go out to dinner, or catch a movie, or cook together while sharing a nice bottle of wine. We’ve driven to wineries, turned our house into a mini golf course, and had Chinese…

Podcasts to make you laugh, make you smarter, and make your day.

Last spring, I started a love/hate relationship with a local radio station. I really love the music selection it plays, and I really…dislike…the DJ who plays it. Though this seems like a trivial matter, it’s actually quite personal. Last spring my high school theater program was awarded a national grant to use for production expenses….