June 2011

Best of Lake Minnetonka | Ladies who Lead | Outdoor Activities

Finding your perfect summer spot is no easy task. Ideally, you want an outdoor setting that can please all the senses. Such a paradise isn’t far away.


While the Italians are certainly known for popularizing the noodle, many Asian cultures had already perfected the noodle while Caesar was still in diapers. This versatile ingredient takes on many forms and can complement a wide variety of ingredients and flavors.


Drink specials, exclusive shopping and thousands of tiaras can only mean one thing: It’s Girls Night Out season in Excelsior.


Lunch is at noon, supper is at 6, and kids must be off the streets at 9. The Excelsior siren says so. Every day, an old fire alarm perched atop City Hall in Excelsior has blurted out these hours since the 1940s.


Best Weekend Brunch: Sunsets
Runner-up: Pairings Food & Wine Market
Third place: Maynard’s


When it comes to entertaining during the summertime, there’s no better spot in Minnesota than outside near a lake.


In the land of 10,000 lakes, there are also hundreds of golf courses. This summer, explore these five courses right here in our own backyard. Whether you’re a novice or experienced golfer, there’s a lake area course for you to enjoy.


Mike Woodley’s career path includes stints as a broadcaster, voicing commercials, writing, editing, running LT Solutions Inc., “whatever it takes,” to support his family, he says. “You don’t just want to make a living, you want to challenge yourself.”


For many Minnesotans, a cone of ice cream is the quintessential summer dessert. But not so for many Excelsior residents.


Dick Owens is an avid hunter, craftsman and self-proclaimed Dumpster diver. All three of these titles, however, are closely related.


As Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (IOCP) transitions into its new digs at Highway 101 and County Road 6 in Plymouth, they need help with the Resale Shop’s grand opening.


With high heel and strappy shoe season upon us, we ladies often bite the foot-pain bullet for the sake of fashion. But not anymore! Here are a few of my favorite accessories to prevent your feet from giving up on you this summer.


It’s rare for a first-time novelist to get as much attention as Tea Obreht has for her novel, The Tiger’s Wife. Born in Belgrade, Obreht has lived in the United States since age 12.


Don’t let pangs of hunger spoil a sunny day on the lake. With Gianni’s Dockside-to-go service, simply call in your order, and messengers from the popular restaurant will deliver it directly to your boat.


Kiss your bad hair days goodbye! Thanks to a partnership with world-renowned hairstylist Oribe Canales, the Jon Charles Salon in Wayzata is one of two chains in the Twin Cities to carry the luxe Oribe Hair Care line.


Some books catch our eye more than others. With three new children’s books that revolve around a family of fictional characters living in Minnesota, this series makes us feel right at home.


The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Books in the Garden series is not your ordinary book club.


Lose the leash and let your dog run free at The Bark Park, Minnetonka’s newest indoor dog park. With more than 3,000 square feet of open play space, your furry friend will surely be fond of this escape from the blazing summer sun.


Celebrating its 31st year, Art on the Lake is bigger and better than ever.