Oct 062011

It came to my attention a few days ago that the RSS feed for this blog was being used on another blog for someone’s monetary gain.  Every post that I have published for the past two months was being displayed on a random restaurant blog in Vancouver without linking back to the TCRB  or giving me credit in any way.  This site had ads placed all over the site which can only lead me to believe that this person was stealing my content without permission to make some money.

I can’t tell you how angry this made me!!! Someone else making money off my hard work!

After doing some research and taking action, that blog was removed within a few hours.

I do not have a problem with people or restaurants using my photos as long as I get credit for it (a link back to Twin Cities Restaurant Blog is great too) and have given permission.  Many different people and various restaurants and organizations use my photos all the time but they always ask first.  That is the proper way to go about it.

That’s it…..  Ask first! Give credit where credit is due.

Rant over ;)

May 252011

‘Tis the season for fresh wild-caught Copper River Salmon; a real treat for fish lovers!

Where can you get it?

  • Festival Foods
  • The PorterHouse in Little Canada will be serving Wild Caught Alaskan Copper River Sockeye Salmon Tuesday, May 24th and Wednesday, May 25th.  In addition, they will be serving Alaskan Halibut on the same two nights.  Both the Salmon and the Halibut are priced at a very reasonable $29.95.  Limited quantity of these two very popular entrees.
May 202011

I often have readers from the TCRB ask me what restaurants think when they see me taking photos of food and their restaurant, etc and what it is like to go out to eat with me when I am doing a review.

I thought it might be fun to put a piece together on the Twin Cities Restaurant Blog from the perspective of various people I have gone out to eat with, so I asked them to respond to a few questions.  Here is a sampling of the responses I got (mind you that the three people I go out to eat with most often did not respond)….

What is it like to go out to eat with Kristi? Pros? Cons?

“It is fun to go out to eat with Kristi because we don’t see each other often so when we do it is great.  Going out to eat with Kristi usually means we both will be trying  a new restaurant (for me, because I don’t get out much, and for her because
she hasn’t reviewed them yet!)  It’s like being undercover…”

“I noticed Kristi takes a while to choose a dish, she wants to be sure she is getting something good!  She definitely asks questions about the menu.”

“It is Great eating out with Kristi because you are able to try different things that you normally wouldn’t order.  Cons are that you can not touch your food until all pictures are taken =)”

What behaviors have you come to expect?

“Some talk will be about the restaurant pros and cons and what we think, otherwise it is dinner as usual.  The camera is always near by!”

“I’ve come to expect that whatever is to go in my mouth must first be photographed, whether it’s a bite of lettuce or a big piece of cake!”

“Some people will stare and wonder why you are taking pictures of your food or the restaurant atmosphere.  It is also expected not to touch your food until all pictures are taken.”

“Kristi has the unique ability to detect subtle amounts of seasonings, aromas, flavorings, etc. when critiquing food.”

What do you think of having your food photographed before you can eat it?

“I thinks its great, especially for the blog because then readers can see pics of the entrees.  The hardest part is not nabbing a fry off the plate until after the photo has been taken.”

“I don’t care if you photograph my food, just do it fast and don’t take a picture of me stuffing my face!  I wanna eat!”

“I do not mind at all, take a picture and preserve it’s “all about the presentation” or lack there of at some restaurants!”

“Having been in the food business, we had all day food photo shoots with the ad agency. Having food photographed at a restaurant creates a nice and lasting visual affect.”

“No big deal, it’s photo worthy”

What do you think of the Twin Cities Restaurant Blog? Do you use it for your own purposes?

“I LOVE it.  My husband and I use it to find fun new restaurants in areas of the twin cities we aren’t familiar with.  We are not chain restaurant eaters so the blog offers great variety.”

“I have referred to TCRB on many occasions to find a specified cuisine in a certain city for when my husband and I go out.  It’s nice to know what Kristi thinks, even if her palate is more well-rounded than mine.”

“I think that it was a Great idea and is wonderful when you cant decide where to eat for a food reference guide in the Twin Cities, Metropolitan area!  I really trust Kristi’s views and will decide sometimes based on her review!”
“I click on the TCRB web site prior to going to a restaurant to see if it has been reviewed. Disappointed when I don’t see it on the list.”
“I think it’s awesome and love seeing reviews/food/restaurants!”

It was fun to read the responses I got, I hope you enjoyed this little insight as well.

If you have gone out to eat with me but didn’t get a chance to respond to my questions, please feel free to respond in the comments section.  If you’d like to come out to eat with me sometime for the full experience, let me know!

– Kristi Sauer

Mar 112011

Looking for a restaurant that offers Friday night fish & seafood specials this Lenten season? Here is a compilation I have put together to help you out.  If you know of any other restaurants that offer a Friday Fish Fry, please leave a comment and I will add it to the list!

Anchor Fish & Chips

  • Fried Cod with Chips

American Motorsports Bar & Grill ~ Cottage Grove

  • All-You-Can-Eat Fish & Chips  $11.95

Baja Sol

  • Shrimp taco, shrimp burrito, shrimp salad, shrimp arroz, shrimp fajita, fish tacs, fish burrito, crusted tilapia


  • Walleye, Tilapia, Cod, Sea Bass, Lobster Tail, Salmon, Scallops

Bennett’s Chop & Railhouse

  • $26.95 All you can eat Snow Crab Legs

Brasa Rotisserie

  • Fried Catfish

Cafe Twenty Eight

  • $14 Beer battered walleye, fries, tarter & cole slaw.

Groveland Tap

  • All You Can Eat Fish Fry

JJ’s Bierstube

  • $11.99 All You Can Eat Cod (with coleslaw, fries & toast)

La Casita

  • Seafood Enchiladas

Lake Elmo Inn

  • Seafood Extravaganza Buffet 5-9pm  $50 per person Includes:
  • 3-4 oz Lobster tail brought to your table
  • Crab legs, crab dish, 4-5 other seafood salads, 4-5 salads 4 fruits, crab claws, shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, sushi, seared ahi tuna, and prime rib station
  • Reservations highly recommended!

Mac’s Fish & Chips

  • Baskets (Fried Haddock, shrimp or clams) served with Fries & Coleslaw

McMahon’s Irish Pub

  • Irish Style Beer Battered Fish  All -You-Can-Eat  $8.95

Oak City

  • $11.95 All You Can Eat Walleye Fingers

Obb’s Sports Bar & Grill

  • $10.75  All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry


  • All-You-Can-Eat Beer-Battered Walleye

Red Stag Supper Club

  • Fried Fish Baskets:  Blue Gill ($13/19), Northern ($12/17) or Cod ($11/15)
  • Cornmeal Breaded Calamari, fried smelt, fried oysters, king crab linguini, seared scallops, and fried trout

Shamrock’s Irish Pub

  • Fish Fry or Fried Shrimp with fries and coleslaw $9.95

St Clair Broiler

  • $11.95 Fish fry Served with your choice of soup, salad or cole slaw and a choice of baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes or fries.

Tavern on Grand

  • $13.95 Teriyaki Glazed Walleye Dinner
  • $8.95 Walleye Cakes
  • $10.95 Walleye Bites Basket
  • $15.95/21.95  Walleye Fillets (blackened, fried or grilled)
  • $17.95  Stuffed Walleye

Tavern on the Avenue

  • $9.95  All-You-Can-Eat Cod, choice of potato and cole slaw

Tiffany’s Sports Lounge

  • $10.95. Alaskan Pollack battered in Summit Pale Ale.   Served with hand cut French fries

Wild Onion

  • Walleye Tacos
  • Lenten Fish Specials

Yarusso Bros-

  • $9.75 Italian Baked Catfish with spaghetti and salad