The U.S. Bank Stadium by HKS Architects.


The goal of the U.S. Bank Stadium is to create a resource that welcomes all the people of the Twin Cities and the state of Minnesota. All of its patrons, its users and its neighbors can see themselves reflected in the design and materials – their climate, their character, their history, their experience. It provides an iconic venue for sporting and cultural events, while also offering plazas, parks and an observation platform that embraces the surrounding urban environment and can be used year-round. Within the stadium, the fan experience is heightened by a design that balances protection from the elements with a connection to the outdoors: operable doors providing views of the Minneapolis skyline and surrounding plazas.

Read more about the new stadium, here.


This year, for the first time ever, I’m getting my Minnesota State Fair posts up before the Fair is over! Here are some stats on our Fair day:

  • Time spent @ the Fair: 8 hours, 2 minutes
  • Weather: 84° and oppressively humid
  • Miles walked: 6.62
  • Dollars spent: All
  • Foods consumed: 20

I’m grouping all of the food we ate into a few posts. These are all of our Old Faves* - foods that we’ve kept coming back to, Fair after Fair:

  1. Maple Glazed Bacon from Big Fat Bacon - This one is self explanatory. It’s always great. We got kind of a weird looking piece this year, but there was nothing wrong with it. Great with chocolate and/or chili sauce.
  2. Frozen Cider Pops from Minnesota Apples - A little squeeze pop of frozen cider made from Minnesota grown apples. Super refreshing.
  3. Lift Bridge Mini Donut Beer from Ball Park Cafe - Probably not a beer you’d drink on the regular, but super fun for the Fair. It comes with a cinnamon sugar rim!
  4. Fire Dog from Pickle Dog - This is my favorite Fair food of all time. It’s a spicy pickle that’s slathered with cream cheese and wrapped in pastrami. It’s probably the ugliest food at the Fair, but also, I think, the tastiest.
  5. Corn from Corn Roast - Roasted corn dipped in butter. Can’t go wrong. Bring floss.
  6. Deep Fried Pickles from Preferred Pickle - I usually opt for the cream cheese filled ones, but there are plain and cajun varieties as well. You can get a sampler or just stick with one flavor. You really can’t go wrong with fried pickles.

New Faves are coming up next!

Missing from this list are Honey Sticks from the Minnesota Honey Producers stand in the Agriculture Horticulture Building as well as the Craft Beer Flights from the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild, also in the Ag-Hort Building. We forgot to take pictures of them, but we love both dearly. 


Como Zoo’s new baby giraffe already stands at 5-foot-8 

The Como Zoo this week has a new addition: a baby giraffe born Monday.

And if Mama Clover permits, she will make her public debut Thursday. Giraffes at the Como Zoo have the option of going out into the yard or staying inside, and Clover seems more inclined to stay behind the scenes, according to a release issued by the zoo. 

The yet-to-be-named female is the sixth calf born to Clover, and the 19th giraffe born at the zoo since the early 1990s, Como officials said. She already stands 5 feet 8 inches, and weighs 135 pounds. 

The baby joins the Como’s herd of giraffes, which includes her father Skeeter, Daisy and Sky in addition to Clover.