I might be a bit un-American

LOCATION: Rochester, Minnesota

WEATHER: Cold again. High about 5. More light snow

After a leisurely morning of coffee and “CBS Sunday Morning”, we checked out a new Rochester restaurant called Porch and Cellar. It is a renovated train station. Super cute

But first, we had to brush the snow off the car….

Then, we bought our purchases to take to a Super Bowl party – smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers.

We watched our friend’s renter smoke ribs on the backyard BBQ. Only in Minnesota – in 0 temps!

Super Bowl day has almost become another American holiday. We did the American thing and went to a party. It was actually pretty fun. I feel a bit un-American as the only thing I’m really interested in is the commercials and half-time show. I’ve never liked or really understand the game of football. The house where we went for the party has a downstairs bar – a perfect set-up for a party

It was bitter cold outside. The host had to go outside and bring in the coolers of beer so they wouldn’t freeze. But, in typical Minnesota manner, one guy came dressed in shorts.

A tradition is to gamble on different scores for the game. We played, but didn’t win anything…

Monday morning – we just heard on the radio that 69,000 people are in line waiting to go through Minneapolis airport’s TSA! Glad we don’t fly out until later this week.

Meeting up with friends in Rochester

LOCATION: Rochester, MN

WEATHER: C-O=L=D! Lows below zero. Highs around 15F

As I write this, huge snowflakes are lazily dropping from the sky. So pretty!

We visited our daughter here in town and did computer work. (She is our IT support!).

Then, in the evening, we had another happy hour “drop-in”, this time at our old hangout Whistle Binkies, located just a few blocks from the house where we lived.

We had a nice turn-out, including a couple whom we had never met, but who faithfully read the blog. Thanks for coming, all!

Afterwards, we checked out Rochester’s newest restaurant, Hot Chip Burger Bar. It is an upscale burger joint.

All the burgers come with ‘Tator tots” – a Minnesota favorite. It is fun to try new places.

Keeping busy in Rochester

LOCATION: Rochester, Minnesota

WEATHER: Cold! Right now it is -4 degrees F

Our days are quite busy here. We have had several appointments at Mayo Clinic, our former employer. Just check-ups, needed shots, lab work.

This is the Gonda building, where most of my appointments were.

View from inside Gonda….

We were at the downtown Marriott hotel but have now moved to a friend’s house.

We took our daughter grocery shopping. She stocked up, compliments of Mom and Dad! It is cold here, but the worse thing is the ice. I am so afraid that I will slip on it.

We had lunch in a cute little vegan restaurant.

I had written an open invitation in this blog for folks to drop in at a downtown pub. Lots of folks stopped by – so nice!