Archive for the ‘Lanesboro Local Food & Goods’ Category

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!

Never Fear, Spring is Near!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Even though we are still experiencing some of the coldest weather of the winter season, we are pleased to note that there are signs of spring popping up in Lanesboro already in the form of planning for a number of spring and summer events! Here are a few ideas for your spring travel plans and ideas.

Lanesboro Arts kicks off the season with the always humorous Over the Back Fence variety radio show on March 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm at the St. Mane Theatre. The first show will be an entertaining romp through the 1980’s. I hear “big hair” will be back in style for the night!

The Commonweal Theatre’s Ibsen Festival offers The Master Builder in a celebration of Scandinavian theatre, art, music and dance…people are still talking about last year’s offering of Brand! We encourage you to join us April 17-19 to experience theatre at its best!

The Bluff Country Studio Arts Tour provides an opportunity to visit some of the area’s finest artists in their studios from April 24-26, plus enjoy a beautiful drive through the scenic backroads of Bluff Country on a fine spring weekend!

The month of May brings a plethora of activities, including the Lanesboro Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to noon, the nationally known Whalan Stand-Still Parade (video above) on May 16th, and the annual Bluff Country Gathering May 14-17.

Plan ahead to join us, bring your bikes, kayaks, canoes, tubes and your desire to enjoy a fun and unique time in Lanesboro this spring!


-Dee Slinde