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Try-It Tuesday: Pedal Pusher’s “Beste Byen Breakfast Blend” Coffee

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
Lanesboro coffee... in a Lanesboro mug, naturally!  A big thank you to Deneen Pottery for the awesome mug!

Lanesboro coffee… in a Lanesboro mug, naturally!
A big thank you to Deneen Pottery for the awesome mug!

Benjamin Franklin loved coffee:

“Among the numerous luxuries of the table…coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable.”

Amen, brother. Is there anything better than a cup of coffee to get you going? Morning, noon, or night, you can count on coffee to give you that one-of-a-kind kick, along with some surprising health benefits. Your standard cup of joe contains antioxidants called polyphenols that studies are showing can combat cancer and take out those pesky free radicals in your body. According to AARP:

“Recent research has shown that coffee, in particular, may help prevent diseases like stroke and certain cancers, lower our risk of Parkinson’s and dementia, and boost our concentration and memory.

All of this leads to one thing: have a cup of coffee, won’t you?

Luckily for us here in Lanesboro, we’ve got a one-two coffee combination that’s sure to be good for what ails you. Did you know you can get freshly-roasted coffee right here in our own downtown? Our local-food-loving café, Pedal Pushers, actually roasts its coffee in the restaurant, ensuring you get the freshest cup possible. What’s more, you can head across the street from our corner café to our corner grocery, Beste Byen, and grab the roasted whole beans to take home with you.

Pedal Pushers makes several different blends, but what you see up there is a cooperative effort between the corner café and the corner grocery: the Beste Byen Breakfast Blend. It’s a smooth, comforting roast that’s just what you need to warm you up on a quiet, misty morning. It was served at the Lanesboro Chamber Board meeting this morning and it was a big hit!

So take a little bit of Lanesboro back home with you, and enjoy all those fond memories every time you grind those beans up fresh. Smell is the closest sense tied to memory, after all, and for my money there’s no better smell than freshly-ground coffee.


Try-It Tuesday: Gil B’s Veggie Wrap

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

For this week’s “Try-It Tuesday,” we finally answer that pesky question of eating good on the go. In a world of french fries, milkshakes and what my father always affectionately referred to as “gruntburgers,” it’s always nice to find a fresh, portable alternative. Something that you can eat on the go that will also leave you feeling light and ready to take on any challenge, even in the heat of a Minnesota July. Maybe you want a salad, or something heavy on the veggies to keep your body balanced… but you can’t just go walking down the street munching on a head of cabbage or a bouquet of broccoli without drawing a few sideways glances. Luckily, Lanesboro has you covered!

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Gil B’s Veggie Wrap or, as I like to call it, The Walking Salad:

Coupled with a delicious and local Spring Grove soda, naturally!

Coupled with a delicious and local Spring Grove soda, naturally!

It’s everything you love about a salad in a bread bowl (my personal favorite above is the sun-dried tomato and herb) wrapped up and good to go. While I love all of Gil B’s offerings, from the cheesy goodness of their pizza to the crispy, succulent, broasted chicken, this is what Try-It Tuesday is all about:  something on the menu in a Lanesboro restaurant you might not have taken the time to try. What’s more, at $4.75 for the wrap (and the entire meal coming in around $8 with chips and a local soda) it’s a steal for a quick, fresh lunch as you cruise downtown.

Get it how you like it: I usually say no to onions and peppers, but even then you can wind up with seven or eight healthy options clamoring for room inside the tasty, flavorful wrap. Choose from both shredded and sliced cheeses (I went with pepper jack) and a bevy of dressings and sauces ranging from a classic oil-and-vinegar dressing to the classic ranch. All in all, it’s a cool, fresh, healthy way to eat through the dog days of summer, and a good reminder that you don’t need half a pound of meat to have a good lunch.

…not that you couldn’t stop somewhere in Lanesboro for a steak dinner later that evening, but that’s  story for another Try-It Tuesday. Until then, happy eating!

New feature: Try-It Tuesday!

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Hello, everyone!

We’ll be starting up something new on the ‘Boro blog. Tuesdays will spotlight local restaurants, shops and other destinations you may have heard about or gone past, but never stopped in to try. So, on Tuesdays, we’ll be profiling local Lanesboro businesses with a weekly “Try-It Tuesday” post.

The post will be cross-linked to our Facebook. Our first pilot post, on Lanesboro’s new Cracked Egg diner, was published yesterday. Check out this sample menu and tell me you don’t want to get some eggs cracking!

I’m going to have to head over for a Log Cabin. But, then again, word around the Visitor Center is that they make a mean Denver omelette. Hmmm…
The response seemed good enough that we’re going to keep it up, so be sure to check out the blog next Tuesday for another business to try!

Also… did you know Lanesboro has a Pinterest page, now? We just started it up, but we try to add new content daily. Head on over and get to pinning!

Deep Breaths…

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Whew! It’s been quite a month!

It’s gone by so quickly it almost feels like someone forgot to say “go,” but now it seems June is almost over. As we head into another month of summer fun, let’s take a moment to reflect on the June that was in 2015.

June 6 – Rhubarb Festival.


Bee-Bop-A-Ree-Bop: The Rhubarb Sisters sing in perfect harmony about the tart and tangy taste of rhubarb.

Did you know that Lanesboro is the Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota? Well, you do now, and let me tell you: I’ve never seen so much done with a humble vegetable as what went on in Sylvan Park back on June 6. The Festival (which is now so famous it even gets mentioned on TMZ) has rhubarb you can throw, wear, decorate, do art with, and in the case of one brave soul, light on fire and juggle.


Oh, and I think you could eat it, too.

Lanesboro’s love of the stalk is legendary, so be sure to clear some time in your schedule next year on the first Saturday of the month to see what all the rhubarb is about!

June 9 – Small Business Celebration

As I covered here before, Lanesboro welcomed 10 new businesses into its community on June 9th in a mass ribbon cutting. The craziest thing is, after all of the fun and the television cameras and the business owners getting down to, uh, business… we heard reports of even MORE businesses opening this summer. There must be something in the water here in Lanesboro!

June 11 – Pie and Politics
The world-famous Aroma Pie Shop in Whalan, only five miles up the road from Lanesboro, officially re-opened for the season on June 11, and there was much rejoicing. The Pie Shop has gotten its fair share of publicity in the past, so making sure it’s open is definitely a priority for the area. Besides, after biking from Lanesboro to Whalan, you deserve a sweet treat!
Additionally Lanesboro has been visited by the Minnesota Secretary of State and has been contacted by two of the local senators. It seems like this summer, everybody wants to make sure they enjoy a slice of Lanesboro, and life is sweet.

June 21 – Art in the Park
For 35 years running, Lanesboro’s Sylvan Park has played host to artists of all stripes, from sculpture and paint to food and drink. Over 90 artists were featured in this year’s Art in the Park, along with musical guests, delectable food, craft beer, and even a petting zoo for the young at heart. There’s no better way to kick off summer, honor Dads across the board, and soak in Lanesboro’s signature art & culture than to hit up Art in the Park on Father’s Day.

Art in the Park: 35 years and counting in Lanesboro’s Sylvan Park! Photo: KXLT Fox 47

but wait, there’s more!

June 26-27 – 60 Mile Garage Sale
The Root River Trail Towns, an organization made up of the nine towns that dot the Root River State Bike Trail, are capitalizing on that which binds them all together by holding a garage sale this Thursday and Friday all up and down the length of the trail. From Fountain to Houston, Rushford to Preston, Peterson to Harmony, and everywhere else in between, businesses and individuals will have their doors open to bargain hunters up and down the 60 miles of bike trail. Maybe it’s a good idea to do the shopping on your bike, that way you’ll keep from buying too much to carry back home!

This is, of course, to say nothing of the art shows, theatrical productions, variety shows, musical guests, and countless other events that happened all within the 30 days of June here in Lanesboro, Minnesota. When that sun gets hot and the legs start itching to hike and bike, make sure you head down between the bluffs and check out all of the amazing things going on right here in Lanesboro!