Off Again

May 5, 2016

ebb + flow :: travel

After a busy few days in Minnesota, I’m jetting off again! On a 5 a.m. flight no less… This time, it’s for an occasion close to my heart, my best gal pal of well over ten years is getting hitched!! Bring on the nail appointments, hair-do’s, high heels, fun jewels, tears of joy and dancing late into the night. I’ve already warned my mom that I might be in rough shape for Mother’s Day on Sunday (love you, Ellie B!). I’ll try and check in on Sunday with my usual wrap up after the dust has settled. It’s going to be a wild ride! See you on the other side!

Source :: The Terrier and Lobster


May 2, 2016

ebb + flow :: NOLA eats

Last week, between a conference, long walks and some serious rain there were a TON of good eats to be had. Seriously, A TON. It was so gluttonous, so good and now I need to go work out. But, before I do, let’s relive some of the tastes of New Orleans.

Top left :: Mother’s Restaurant
This place runs like a well-oiled machine. A go-to spot for their famous baked ham, but I opted for the Ferdi Special.

Top center and right, middle right, bottom left :: Coquette
We stopped in on Tuesday and were surprised by ‘no menu Tuesday’ so our dinner became a five-course tasting menu feast, complete with wine pairing! The butternut squash gnocchi was my favorite but so much goodness course after course.

Middle left :: Peche Seafood Grill
Get the Louisiana Shrimp Roll and the Brussels Sprouts. Now!

Middle center :: The Royal House
Go with the ‘Taste of New Orleans’ for lunch. A sampling of jambalaya, gumbo and crawfish etouffee. The crawfish was easily my favorite! 

Bottom center :: Oceana Grill
A hearty meal was needed after a hearty Hurricane cocktail from Pat O’Brien’s and this place did the trick.

Bottom right :: Cafe Du Monde
Beignets. All day. Every day.

Source :: my own

Weekend Wrap Up 5.1

May 1, 2016

ebb + flow :: weekend wrap up

The summer clothes have been brought out of storage, the sun is shining, my dog is driving me crazy and the birds are chirping… it’s May! Actually, my dog drives me bonkers every month so that’s nothing new but, still, I’m pumped for May. This month brings the wedding of a dear friend, the birthday of my favorite Red Head and so many other celebrations. The next 31 days are going to fly by! I’m starting the celebrations with a pizza party tonight so enjoy these links while I go dibs the best slice!


April 29, 2016

ebb + flow :: snooze

Four days in New Orleans (recap to come!), a 3 a.m. wake-up call and a crazy afternoon at work have left me in a zombie state. Bring on the eye mask because this lady is going to be early tonight. Catch you on the flip side after, hopefully, a solid double-digit hour sleep. Zzzzzzz…

Source :: Melissa Mercier

Weekend Wrap Up 4.24

April 24, 2016

ebb + flow :: weekend wrap up

It’s been an interesting week to live in the suburbs of Minneapolis. Never before has Chanhassen, Minnesota seen so much traffic! With the passing of Prince, Paisley Park has been overflowing with visitors and First Ave has shut down the streets Thursday night. Even as I traveled to Des Moines this weekend, the Prince tributes were still going strong south of the MN border. The purple one really was a creative mastermind with a reach like no other. I didn’t include any Prince in the links below but I still hope you enjoy them and the last few hours of your Sunday!


April 22, 2016

ebb + flow :: goodbye

Today held a tough goodbye for myself and the fine folks at MOA but, thankfully, it’s more of a ‘see ya later’ and I’ve got three hours on the road tonight to ponder how lucky I’ve been to work alongside that gingersnap for the last four years! Life can be tricky sometimes, no? Good news is that at the end of my three-hour adventure I’ll be reunited with some great pals that I haven’t seen for far too long. Weekends like this are just good for the soul. Catch you on Sunday!

Source :: just you wait


April 20, 2016

ebb + flow :: skyward

I mentioned it awhile back but my trip to New Orleans is quickly approaching! I’ve been stocking up on travel essentials, making a packing list, triple-checking my flight times and doing all the general fretting that comes before a trip. I’ve also got some good books, some trusty travel companions and a ticket to JazzFest so I know I’ll be OK. Now if only time would slow down so I can catch up on my to-do list before I jet! Send any food and drink recommendations my way in the meantime!

Source :: mrsclarkkent