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Seriously I couldn’t wait to get on the road for Florida. We had done this drive just two years earlier in 2016 so we semi knew what to expect except this time it was January instead of March. The initial goal was to get as far south as possible as fast as we could as there was a blizzard in the forecast so we were basically racing it. It was of course still freezing most of the time but once we got out of North Dakota it was nice to be above -30 degrees(yes, -30 degrees fahrenheit). We always make lots of stops so Elsa doesn’t have any accidents in the car and she sometimes likes to be dramatic and make her peoples carry her all the time especially when it is even slightly cold out. Really she was born to live somewhere warmer I think. We did great racing…

As I was scrolling away on Facebook one day(which I do way too often to be honest) I came across a food truck festival in the town about an hour south of where I live. Let’s be real this kind of thing doesn’t happen much in North Dakota so I was beyond excited. I mean the entire purpose of a food truck festival is to EAT so win-win for me. While North Dakota doesn’t offer a large food truck festival there were still a good dozen trucks there to try out. The Texas BBQ truck offered a fun twist on tacos with their Hollywood Street tacos. Smoked pulled pork with a fresh made mango salsa topped with a cilantro cream sauce. These were amazing! Definitely the best tacos we had between the two trucks with tacos we tried. The CzechWagon had a huge variety of different options, one of which…

Back in August we were finally able to spend a weekend at my parent’s cabin in the Bemidji, MN area. It was the weekended of the Dragon Boat Festival which I have always wanted to check out and I of course found a couple great food places to stop at as well. We got into town Friday evening and after some time checking out the water with our furbaby Elsa I figured some good Mexican food was definitely in order. We head to this local place called Mi Rancho which was amazing. I instantly saw on the menu that they had HUGE margaritas so I got a raspberry one bigger than my face, it was amazing. My husband got his typical order from any Mexican restaurant, some sort of XL beef burrito. He opted to not get it smothered in sauce and cheese due to the fact that he was…

It’s time for the fourth and final segment from our Minneapolis trip. I guess when you’re there for 10 nights you have a lot of places to talk about although I will warn you there is a duplicate restaurant in this post again but it’s so damn good I couldn’t stop going! Sober Fish Sober Fish was this cute little sushi place I happened to find near the gym my husband was going to. The menu looked good so we tried it out. Lots of raw sushi options which isn’t usually our thing but we gave it a try and tried some new things. Definitely good but if you don’t LOVE raw fish this probably isn’t the place you want to go. Cantina This place is in the Mall of America and honestly my favorite place to get my Mexican food fix when I’m in Minneapolis(until I find something more…

I feel like my trips are always planned around the places I want to check out to eat. My husband doesn’t quite understand the foodie life but that’s ok, it means I don’t have to cook all the time and he still gets fed. ­čÖé For part 3 of the Minneapolis series we stopped at a local cupcake place called Sweet Retreat Cupcake Boutique. We tried to go here on July 3rd but they were closed so we(I) made it a mission to come back when they were open to check it out. Why so determined? Well when they have awesome cakes like these in the windows you know you need to try it Yeah, that’s a 5 tier Harry Potter cake and a 5 tier Beauty and the Beast cake. The lighting was crap but you get the idea of the epic awesome-ness that sits in their shop window.…

This took me so long to get written. I think I just didn’t want to admit that this trip was over so I put it off for awhile. Monday July 3rd We were on a mission to check out a local doggie store with fun treats for our furbaby Elsa. Unfortunately the one we went to first was closed for the holiday the next day so we stumbled upon Bentley’s pet store instead. Elsa loved it and the staff was super helpful. We left with way more things than we needed for her. Great prices at the Edina store off France Ave for those in the area. We scored 60% off most of the bones pictured. One thing I LOVE about Minneapolis is how super dog friendly the town is. Not only are patios dog friendly but most of them even have a stash of dog bowls to fill with…

The hubby and I are out of town for a god chunk of July, living it up in Minneapolis from June 30-July 10. We come to Minneapolis a few times a year just to get out of town and explore. We wanted to focus on trying some new places and doing new things instead of the same old Mall of America and ValleyFair the entire time. Saturday July 1st We started the first full day in Minneapolis with a trip to Glam Doll Donuts. We had heard good things and had to check the place out as I love me a good donut! I ordered a basic raised donut with chocolate glaze and sprinkles, named the Chocolate Starlet, just as you would expect it to taste. Light, fluffy, with the perfect amount of icing. Tony had one called Night Moves, which was a cake donut with blackberry hennessey icing &…

At this point I’m pretty comfortable calling myself an expert on this topic. We did 3 big road trips with our dog over the last year: North Dakota to Florida and back North Dakota to Vegas and back North Dakota to Ohio and back Add in┬ánumerous trips from North Dakota to Minneapolis, MN and we did well over 100 hours of driving with our fur baby. We also aren’t the type of people who stop for the night on our road trips which adds its own special challenges when traveling with a dog. So how do we make sure we don’t have a wild pup jumping around or even having accidents in the car? Make Lots of Stops The longer the trip, the more stops to plan to make, especially as you get to the end of the drive since your pup will be more restless. Tire them out BEFORE…