This is Jessica's grandpa's old pick-your-own patch. He passed away this
winter, but her sister and brother are going to run the patch this summer.
It is the last remaining piece of the original Leier farmstead. The patch
is open weekday mornings. However, it will be closed for the few days
preceding the wedding. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'll be
in the area and would like directions.
215 Wabasha St S, St Paul, MN 55107
Phone: (651) 224-1191
This is a dance club built in a cave. There is swing dancing there on
Thursday nights. The cover is $7.00, and there are free (well, $7.00)
lessons starting at 6:15 PM.
This is a great place for those of you with younger children. It's free
and child-centered. There is a recording studio with working microphones
(and soundproof glass, thank heavens), a grain elevator that's a jungle-gym/maze,
and other fun, interactive things. This place was a favorite field trip
for both the kids and the adults, when Jessica was a camp counselor for
the University of Minnesota.
Chino Latino is an Asian-Latin fusion restaurant. The atmosphere is loud
and swanky. There is often a long line for the host station, but it is
a fairly large place with lots of tables (i.e. fast turn-over), and Jesse
and I think it is worth the wait. It is located in Uptown - which has
many other attractions, such as the Minneapolis Art Institute and Comedy
has a lot of character. It's a real 1950's diner that looks
like a dining car. It is a St. Paul historical landmark and a Steve Leier
favorite (the cooking staff knows him by name). The food is of the "greasy
spoon" variety, and you will find yourself mixing with nostalgic,
upper-middle class St. Paulites as well as shady people wandering over
from the local detox. center.
Here is a link to a poem about the diner: http://cal.csusb.edu/PacificReview/PR1999/mickeysdiner.htm
And here's a beautiful black and white photo of the diner: http://www.como.stpaul.k12.mn.us/MAC/CLASSES/ART/P-Mickey's_Diner.html
Car Show on
Saturday evenings, people bring their classic cars down to Kellogg. From
the Landmark Center's front door, you walk two blocks straight ahead and
you'll see them. If you're early to the ceremony or want some fresh air
during the cocktail hour, wander on down!
Mall of America
You are most likely familiar with this mall. If you have never been there,
don't go there expecting it to be "better" than any mall you've
ever been to, mostly it's just bigger. Having said that, Jessica does
love this mall, and bigger sometimes is better. It will have all of your
favorite stores (everything from Old Navy to Banana Republic to Crabtree
& Evelyn) and those stores will be bigger than the ones you have been
in (which does mean that they often carry a larger variety of merchandise).
There is also a Jillian's (it's like an arcade for adults) and a movie
theatre. Many of the "attractions" are a waste of money if you're
older than 13 but the Mystery Miner Ride is pretty fun.
This particular Cheesecake Factory is not one that the two of us frequented,
but we did go to the one in Boston several times (Jesse would have eaten
there every night if he could have). It has a huge menu, several pages
long, with burgers, pasta, steak
a little bit of everything. Plus,
they have great cheesecake, of course. Of the twenty-some cheesecake varieties,
Jessica suggests trying the key lime cheesecake. If you do decide to go
there for dinner, go early (like 5:00) or expect at least an hour wait
- you can always go shopping at the mall it's attached to.