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One of my favorite things about being from the Midwest is the history of our Prairie’s past and the traditions that follow it. The Red River Valley is chock-full of Norwegians young and old. The Sons of Norway – Kringen Lodge #25 boost a hearty membership. It is also one of the best spots in town to get authentic Norwegian dishes like Lutefisk, Klubb or Lapskaus. Every Thursday is Pie Day and I promise you it will be some of the best pie you will ever have.

Like most, the holiday season is when many family traditions come to life and in typical Midwestern fashion; they almost always seem to be related to food. The ones that first come to mine are Lefse, Rommegrot, Rosettes, Krumkake and Lutefisk. It’s exciting to see young adults take on the traditions of making these dishes just as their grandmothers and mothers did in the past, even Lutefisk. It’s not uncommon to find a Krumkake iron or Lefse griddle for sale at hardware stores or department stores. An item I hope to soon purchase so I too can master the skill of Lefse making.

Lutefisk - Photo credit: www.wbez.org
         Lutefisk – Photo credit: www.wbez.org
 

The history of lutefisk dates back to the Vikings. On one occasion, according to one legend, plundering Vikings burned down a fishing village, including the wooden racks with drying cod. the returning villagers poured water on the racks to put out the fire. Ashes covered the dried fish, and then it rained. the fish buried in the ashes in the ashes thus became soaked in a lye slush. Later the villagers were surprised to see that the dried fish had changed to what looked like fresh fish. They rinsed the fish in water to remove the lye and make it edible, and then boiled it. The story is that one particularly brave villager tasted the fish and declared it “not bad.”

One holiday event that keeps these traditions alive in Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo is Christmas on the Prairie at Bonanzaville. This all day event offers carolers, sleigh rides, a silent auction full of locally made goods, desserts (where I’m sure you can find a delicious bar or two), pictures with Santa, hand-made crafts and lefse demonstrations. There will also be home-made Rommegrot by yours truly. It’s a great event for all ages. The kids will love it for the crafts, Santa and the popular cookie decorating station. The adults will enjoy the nostalgic feelings brought on by traditional dishes, carolers and the pioneer village that is now home to many old buildings from surrounding small town communities.

Carolers - Photo credit: MSUM Advocate
Chrismas on the Prairie Carolers – Photo credit: MSUM Advocate

 

If you are from the Midwest or grew up here, what are some of you favorite holiday traditions?  We would love to hear them!

North Dakota Tourism has 6 unique ways to take in the Holidays throughout the state. Click here

Happy Holidays!

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Sushi… Seriously. Who doesn’t LOVE sushi?

Mmmm... Sushi... Courtesy of Wasabi via Facebook

Well, I guess there are a lot of people who are freaked out by the whole uncooked fish thing… but I LOVE SUSHI! And I don’t care who knows it! BTW, when I refer to sushi I mean the rolls… I know, rolls are not technically authentic sushi… but only true sushi aficionados are really picky about using proper language. So for this blog, cut me a break.

Now I know what you’re thinking… Sushi in Fargo? Really? Fargo is smack dab in the middle of the United States, so far from an ocean that even the “fresh” seafood in the grocery store has been flash frozen, stuffed in a box, shipped halfway across the country and thawed for visual effect. But trust me… Wasabi Sushi & Asian Grill knows how to make some tasty rolls!

Crazy Cajun Roll - Courtesy of Wasabi via Facebook

Wasabi is discretely located at 623 NP Avenue in Fargo behind the Drunken Noodle (that’s another blog). As you walk through the front doors you really have to walk through “The Noodle” to get to the sushi and Asian goods. It’s a little strange, but again, trust me. Make your way back to the huge sign stating “SUSHI” that hangs over the doors as you enter. Once in, you have the choice of sitting at the sushi bar or at a traditional table. I’m a table kind of girl because I think bars of any kind create difficult conversation. The choice is yours.

The menu offers excellent options for appetizers, Asian entrees, basic rolls, sushi and specialty rolls. I always go for some Yaki Gyoza (Japanese style dumplings – steamed, please!) and the specialty rolls. The menu offers some “Wasabi Originals” that always offer a tasty mix of fish, veggies and sauces. I’ve never been disappointed in the special rolls. The basic rolls are very standard. If you do a combo of one basic and one specialty roll, eat the basic first. The specialty rolls are so full of flavor that the basics are bland in comparison.

Besides the great selection of rolls and Asian dishes, Wasabi offers a great atmosphere and a full drink menu, including saké in hot and cold versions. Saké, pronounced sah-kay, is an alcohol that is fermented from rice and is often considered a type of wine. This Japanese drink is served in a small ceramic decanter with a small cup like the one seen below. It’s a really interesting flavor that is not at all like grape wines. I suggest giving some saké a try with your roll… as long as you are experimenting.

Image courtesy of Fianna Village Liquor via Google Images

I should also mention, for those of you who are not sushi fans, Wasabi offers some great cooked items as well! Entrees range from Chicken or Tofu Teriyaki to Beef Bulgogi (a marinated beef dish) and even include some salad options. For you newbies to sushi, give the California roll a try. California rolls contain cooked crab meat, cucumber and avocado and are a great intro into the flavors of sushi. As you peruse the menu, you will see some things you may not have tried before – seaweed and miso – and others that you have never heard of – tobiko and siracha – so be sure to ask your friendly waiter for some clarification as needed!

 

 

All in all, Wasabi is a great experience with awesome flavors to share with you! Check them out next time you are having a craving for some Asian food!

Wasabi Sushi & Asian Grill
623 NP Avenue
Fargo, ND 58102

Prices:
Entrees $10-$15
Basic Rolls $5-$7
Specialty Rolls $11-$15

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 11am-9pm
Friday & Saturday 11am – 10pm
Sunday 12pm – 8pm

701-232-3380
Reservations accepted. I encourage them for Weekend evenings.

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Pedicabs are now in Fargo-Moorhead

On October 9, 2013, in events, Outdoors, travel, by FM CVB
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I love how much our downtown community has been thriving these past few years. We have seen so many great businesses develop, proving how great it is to start a business in Fargo-Moorhead. I am really excited to see one particular company recently start-up in downtown Fargo. Totes People Pedicabs started in the spring of 2013 and has quickly made a great presence along the downtown streets. Their job is to do exactly what their name says, to tote people in pedicabs but they really are so much more than that. They fulfill a simple need, to transport people from one destination to another. This is the service they provide but it is the experience they deliver that really makes them worth checking out.

Zach and Ellie Johnson own the business and currently operate with 2 pedicabs and a handful of drivers. There is no fare for your ride. Everything is tip based so you tip whatever you think the ride is worth. The cabs run around downtown and NDSU campus from 11pm to 2am on weekends and other various times depending on events that are taking place in the downtown area.

Danella and I had a chance to meet with Zach and learn a little more about their business. After some delicious coffee at the Red Raven we took a nice ride around SOMA (South of Main Ave). The pedicabs seat 2 people and must obey the same traffic laws as cars. We had a great ride and covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time.

I know winter is just around the corner (shhh!) but let’s hope there are still a few weeks to enjoy this beautiful fall weather. Hitch a ride to the next NDSU Bison game or take a nice stroll through downtown with a friend. I bet it will be “totes” fun!

Owner – Zach Johnson with 1 of 2 pedicabs

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Fun at the Pumpkin Patch

Fall is in the air! Literally. The thermostat can prove it. If you’re anything like me, you’ve hit the coffee shops for the season’s first P.S.L. (aka the Pumpkin Spice Latte) or dug in the closet for your favorite fall sweater. I may be jumping the gun with my excitement for fall, but there’s something to be said about autumn. Maybe it’s the apple cider or the leaves changing color, but I might be one of the few people in Fargo who impatiently looks forward to this time of year. To be honest, I even went back-to-school shopping… and I’m not even a student. In light of my joy of the changing of seasons, here are some festivities to be at this year to celebrate jacket-weather (I said jacket, not coat, so don’t freak out). Enjoy carving pumpkins or a hayride at one of these places around the Fargo-Moorhead area!

FALL FESTIVAL

  • Dates and Times:
    • Saturday, September 28th 10am-5pm
    • Sunday, September 29th 12-5pm
  • Location: Rheault Farm- 2902 25th Street South
  • Admission Fee: FREE admission to the park. Games/rides wristbands $5.50.
  • Fun Activities:
    • Purchase a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch (over 1,000 pumpkins to choose from)
    • Arts & Crafts in the Peter Peter Pumpkin Factory
    • Face Painting
    • Clay County 4-H animals
    • Strolling Clown with Balloon Animals
    • Carnival Games
    • Decorate a Pumpkin Cookie
    • Concessions
    • Straw Bale Maze
    • Barrel Train Rides
    • Horse Drawn Rides

PICK YOUR OWN HEIRLOOM PUMPKIN & SQUASH PATCH

  • Dates: Saturdays & Sundays, September 28th thru October 20th
  • Times: 11am-4pm
  • Location: Probstfield Farm- 4626 Oakport St N, Moorhead, MN
  • Admission Fee: FREE
  • What you’ll find: An heirloom plant is a cultivar that has been nurtured, selected and handed down from one family member to another for many generations. Come learn about heirloom squash and see their beautiful colors, shapes and sizes.

DAKOTA CARRIAGE PUMPKIN PATCH

  • Dates: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays September 27th thru October 27th
  • Times: Fridays 3pm-6pm, Saturdays 11am-6pm & Sundays 1-6pm
  • Location: Dakota Carriage Company- 7414 40th Ave N, Fargo, ND
  • Admission Fee: $5 per person on Friday. $6 per person on Saturday & Sunday. Children ages one and under are free.
  • What’s included in the cost:
    • Horse Drawn Ride
    • Bale Maze
    • Corn Maze
    • Barrel Train Rides
    • Giant Backyard Games
    • Miniature Golf
    • Corn Dig
    • Campfire
    • Ghost Walk through the woods
    • Vintage Play Area
    • Pumpkin Basketball
    • Log Walk
    • Visit website for daily deals and activities

BUFFALO RIVER PUMPKIN PATCH

  • Dates: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays September 27th thru October 27th
  • Times: Fridays 3pm-6pm, Saturdays & Sundays 10am-6pm
  • Location: Buffalo River- 14447 Hwy. 10, Glyndon MN 56547
  • Admission Fee: $4 per person. Children ages one and under are free. Visit site for a $1 off coupon.
  • Attractions: (additional cost)
    • Horse Drawn Rides thru the Not So Scary Forest
    • Petting Zoo
    • Cowboy Camp
    • Pumpkin Alley
    • Trike Track
    • Little Monster’s Game Area
    • Old McDonald’s Barrel Cars
    • Pumpkin Nook Education Building
    • Papa Bob’s Village
    • Chalk House
    • Straw Maze
    • Picture Areas

HARVEST FESTIVAL

  • Date and Time: Sunday, October 13th 1-5pm
  • Location: Probstfield Farm- 4626 Oakport St N, Moorhead, MN
  • Admission Fee: Good Will Offering
  • Things to enjoy:
    • Hayrides
    • Pioneer Games & Activities
    • Old Time Music at 4pm
    • Apple Cider and produce from our land at the Old Trail Market
    • AND don’t forget to pick out your pumpkin & squash!

Wherever the wind blows you (or quite possiblly this odd gale force wind we get on the prairie), enjoy this fall season at one of these fun, festive events. It won’t be long and we’ll start to see that unspeakable white stuff again. But until then, take advantage of the short not-so-hot, not-so-cold months ahead and load up the family minivan for some fun around Fargo-Moorhead!

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ESPN loves NDSU

On September 23, 2013, in events, Sports, by FM CVB
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There were a lot of things going on this weekend in the Fargo-Moorhead area. We had Fargo Beer Festival, the Food Truck Festival, and West Fest but the greatest event of all… ESPN was in town for their show College Game Day. Now, I’m not a big football fan and didn’t exactly know what College Game Day was until last week. I had no idea the magnitude of enthusiasm that was going to fill the streets of downtown Fargo for this 3 hour show. Rumor has it people started lining up at 11pm the night before. At 8am I walked towards downtown, I could hear the roar of the crowd once I turned the corner of 7th Ave and Broadway, almost 4 blocks away from the masses of green and gold. As I walked by the storefronts of the businesses that lined Broadway, I was thrilled to see the NDSU Game Day signs, beautiful displays of bison gear and all things green and gold. This city really embraced the presence of ESPN. Although I am very proud to have spent my college years at NDSU you don’t have to be NDSU alum to be a Bison Football fan. Someone made a comment on our Visit Fargo-Moorhead Facebook page “NDSU Pride = Fargo Pride”. The way our community rallied together in the streets said just that.

I made the most of my access pass and weaseled my way into some pretty sweet spots for some pictures. Go Bison!

Coach Bohl being interviewed by Samantha Ponder
Coach Bohl being interviewed by Samantha Ponder
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The Woodchipper had a front row seat
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non-stop cheering from Bison fans
I really need to find a pair of these overalls
I really need to find a pair of these overalls
Some of the best seats in the house
These condos offered some of the best seats in the house
The Fargo Theatre really was the perfect back drop
The Fargo Theatre was the perfect back drop
The Woodchipper stunt double was availbe for awkward photo ops
The Woodchipper stunt double was available for awkward photo ops
Corso the baby Bison anxiously awaiting his big debut
Corso the baby Bison anxiously awaiting his big debut
Lee Corso selects the Bison for today's win.
Lee Corso selects the Bison for today’s win.

 

Check out the Highlights of ESPN’s College Game Day in Fargo…

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ESPN College GameDay in Fargo, ND

On September 20, 2013, in events, information, by FM CVB
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GameDay

Fargo-Moorhead, especially Downtown Fargo, will be abuzz this weekend with all the ESPN College GameDay activity. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the downtown businesses that will have special hours and/or deals on Saturday as well as some information regarding transportation and street closures.

  • The Woodchipper
    • The REAL woodchipper will be near the College GameDay set in the secure area
    • Stunt double woodchipper will also be downtown near the US Bank Plaza
      • Bomber hats, NDSU tartan accessories on hand  to use for the photo op with the woodchipper
  • Atomic Coffee
    • Open at 6am
  • Babb’s Coffee House
    • Open at 6am on Saturday
  • Bertrosa’s
    • Open at 8:30 am on Saturday
    • Coffee & donuts
    • Start serving special (BRATWURST) at 10:30am
  • Boerth’s Gallery
    • Giving away coupons on Saturday
    • Great Bison-themed storefront as well as some beautiful art
  • Bronsons Hot Dogs
    • Open at 8am
    • Serving hot dogs, brats, corn dogs & gyros
    • Corner of Broadway & 4th Ave N (by Goodyear Tire)
  • Chub’s Pub
    • GameDay specials
    • Verid’s Italian Market food truck will be there
    • Oh, and if you’re Lee Corso, you get FREE drinks
  • Cold Fusion
    • Open at 7am
  • Dempsey’s
    • Open at 8am
    • Serving breakfast items (breakfast burritos)
    • Guinness on tap
  • Empire Tavern
    • Open at 8am
    • Well-stocked liquor supply
  • Erbert & Gerbert’s
    • Open at 9am
  • Frackin’ Hungry Mobile Food Truck
  • HoDo
    • Open at 8am
    • Eggs Benedict, French toast, Bloody Marys
    • ESPN telecast projected on a wall
  • JL Beers
    • Oktoberfest Kickoff party on Saturday
    • Open at 8am
    • Great variety of BEER
  • Monte’s Downtown
    • Open at 4:30am
    • VIP party
      • $30 for 4 drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres, coffee & hot chocolate, access to building & restrooms
      • Tickets sold out at this time, but if they release more, they will announce it on their Facebook page
  • Nichole’s Fine Pastry
    • Open at 8am
  • O’Day Cache
    • Neat Bison metalwork available
  • Old Broadway
    • Open at 8am
  • Pickled Parrot
    • Open at 8am
    • Kegs of GREEN BEER & satellite bar on their outdoor patio
  • Proper & Prim
    • Offering 20% discount on any items that are NDSU colors
  • Radisson Hotel
    • Lobby Bar open at 8am – drink specials start at 8am
    • Food available at 10:30am – sloppy Joes, buffalo wings, hot dogs, baked beans, potato chips ($10/person)
    • Bison football game will be broadcast in 2 bars on 2 levels (on 6 TVs)
    • Green & gold BEER on tap, 2 for 1 green & gold shots, the Bison cocktail, and Bloody Marys
  • Rhombus Guys
    • Open at 8am
    • Serving select menu including Ranchero Breakfast pizza and Eggs Benedict pizza, full menu available at 11am
    • Rhombus Guys food truck will also be downtown
  • Rooters Bar
    • Open at 8am
  • Sammy’s Pizza
    • Open at 6am
    • Serving coffee, donuts, sausage & egg calzones
  • Smiling Moose Deli
    • Open at 8am
  • Spicy Pie
    • Open at 8am
    • Lots of BEER, pizza and hot dogs
  • Subway
    • Open at 5:30am
  • The Studio
    • Open Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm
    • Locally made NDSU jewelry for sale
  • Unglued
    • Open at about 8am
    • NDSU, North Dakota, Midwest, Bison, etc. items available + special NDSU-themed cupcakes from Bakeology
    • Free apple cider

TRANSPORTATION

  • Shuttles
    • 5:30am-2:45pm
    • 18 buses
    • Shuttles will run every 5 minutes
    • East side of the Bison Sports Arena near the intersection of University Drive and 17th Avenue North
      • For fans with tickets to Saturday’s football game
    • East side of T parking lot between 11th and 12th Avenue North
      • General public not attending the football game
    • Drop-off location is at 10th St and 2nd Ave N in downtown Fargo
  • MATBUS
    • Begin at 5:30am
    • FREE rides on all fixed route buses in the F-M area on Saturday
      • NDSU Campus
        • East side of Bison Sports Arena at University Dr & 17th Ave N
        • South side of T-Lot parking lot along 11th Ave N
        • Memorial Union transit hub

PARKING

  • NDSU
    • FREE parking in the T-Lot (close to where shuttle will depart from)
  • Downtown
    • FREE parking in city-owned lots including the Civic Center and the Island Park Ramp

STREET CLOSURES

  • Friday
    • 2nd Ave N will be closed from the west side of Broadway to 5th St N
    • No parking signs will be posted, which will prohibit parking on Friday evening on 4th Ave N, between Roberts St N and 5th St N, and on Broadway, from 4th Ave N to the rail road tracks (5th Ave N).
  • Saturday
    • 4th Ave N will be closed from Roberts St N to 5th St N, and Broadway will be closed in the 400 Block (4th Ave N to the railroad tracks). These roads will remain closed until the conclusion of the Saturday event

This is a BIG weekend for Fargo-Moorhead. Be proud, be loud, and try not to drink the town dry! ;)

For a printable version of this information, click here.
Check out the information on the Downtown Fargo website too.

Information compiled using various resources including this Fargo Forum article, the NDSU Athletics website, and the downtown businesses’ Facebook pages. This information is subject to change without notice. While we made every effort to provide a comprehensive list, there may be other businesses not listed here that have special hours or offers.

 

Food Truck Festival in Fargo-Moorhead

On September 19, 2013, in events, food, information, by FM CVB
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Have you heard about the food truck festivals that happen in bigger cities and gotten a bit envious?  I have. So when I stumbled upon some buzz on Twitter about a food truck festival happening here in Fargo-Moorhead, I got pretty excited. It’s like Fargo-Moorhead is joining the ranks of the larger cities that have massive food truck festivals! Although this one may be on the small side compared to some of the bigger cities’ food truck festivals, the food will be just as scrumptious.

Here’s the scoop on what’s happening at the Fargo Food Truck Festival this Friday (September 20).

  • 8 Upper Midwest food trucks
    • Chef Mobile
      • Walleye wrap, pulled pork, nachos and more
    • Verdi’s Italian Market
      • Italian Beefs, club, deep fried ravioli and more
    • D & B Fresh Cut Fries
      • Foot long hot dogs, cheese curds, fresh fries and more
    • NW Food Factory
      • Gourmet desserts
    • Frackin’ Hungry
      • Pork Cubano quesadilla wrap, BBQ ribs
    • Sweeto Burrito
      • The most kickin’ burritos this side of the border
    • S&S Specialty Foods
      • Gourmet bratwurst and other sausage delights
    • Brothers Smoked BBQ
      • Hickory smoked brisket and pulled pork
  • Local artists & craft vendors
  • Inflatable games & kids activities
  • Beverages
  • Live music
    • Jenny & The Benettones are providing music 7pm-11pm

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We are giving away two speed passes that allow you to skip the lines at each of the food trucks once. For a chance to win, go to our Facebook page and share this post by 11am on Thursday, September 19.

You may have heard that ESPN College GameDay is coming to Fargo to cover the North Dakota State University Bison football team. You may also know that there’s quite a bit of  hoopla surrounding that. Even if you’re hoping to get downtown on Friday and check out the GameDay set, you should still make Fargo Food Truck Festival a part of your weekend plans whether it’s over lunch, for an afternoon snack, or for a bite to eat on Friday evening!

WHEN: Friday, September 20 11am-11pm
WHERE: North Dakota Horse Park – 5180 19th Ave N, Fargo
FREE ADMISSION & FREE PARKING!

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Looking for a Fun Run in Fargo-Moorhead?

On September 13, 2013, in events, Outdoors, Sports, by FM CVB
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The fun run phenomenon has invaded Fargo-Moorhead. Whoop Whoop! I’m sure you’ve probably seen pictures of your friends racing in ridiculous costumes, running covered in mud, or dodging zombies. Now is the time to shake up your normal running routine and try something new, wild, possibly muddy, and extremely fun. If you are a beginner, that’s perfectly fine! Theme runs and obstacle challenges add an extra level of fun to the more traditional races, while also opening up the market to a much broader audience. The races are designed to be social (maybe silly) events more people are willing to give a try. A very large number of people in fact!

Picture courtesy of Illuminight 5K

Picture courtesy of Illuminight 5K

Last weekend, nearly 900 walkers, joggers, and competitive runners participated in the Illuminight 5K. People were dressed in crazy costumes, glow wear, and flashy lights ready to illuminate the city. The city shut down the street, the Old Broadway brought the party outside, and cranked up the music for the young and old to enjoy. Runners stretched out and cooled down with some dancing and singing throughout this glowful event.

Now is the time to spice up your life and take advantage of the local fun runs!

On September 14th, make your way to Buffalo River Race Park and get down and dirty at the extreme Mudman 5K obstacle course! Make your way through the water-soaked motocross and oval race tracks, ponds, mud filled river edges. Runners will be pushed to their breaking point… and maybe beyond, both physically and mentally. Who doesn’t like having a little fun in the mud?

Not able to make it to the Mudman? Don’t worry, you have one more chance this year to get dirty in the mud! The Filthy 5K on September 28th claims to be the F-M area’s original mud run. Beyond Running hosts the 5K fun run through the trails of MB Johnson Park in Moorhead, MN. Mud baths, mudslinging, and mud fights are 100% acceptable.

If mud isn’t your thing, boy do I have a fun run for you! Brighten your life and run in the Color Me Rad 5K September 28 at MSUM Nemzek Hall. You start the run with a clean white t-shirt that gets coated throughout the run with color bombs of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until you come out tie-dyed. Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean shirt. Get ready to leave this race looking like a rainbow.

For you serious runners looking for more distance, I have a challenge for you. Start your training for the 2013 Fargo Mini Marathon. This is one of the flattest and fastest courses in the area and is quickly becoming one of the premier road race events in the upper Midwest. On October 19th, make your way to the Scheels Arena and enjoy the fall run through some of the nicest neighborhoods, parks, and tree-lined streets. At the finish line, you get to feel like a rock star and make a grand entrance into the Scheels Arena to cheering fans and music! How can you top that?

There is still time to sign up for these fantastically fun and adventurous events! Take the plunge and do it now!!!

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Courtesy of Alley Fair

The second Alley Fair is taking place in downtown Fargo this Saturday, September 14th. The people behind this event spend days transforming the alley ways of downtown Fargo with lights, vegetation, art, music and food.  These forgotten spaces are more than just a route for delivery drivers, a place to toss your cigarette butt or the backdrop for senior pictures. Alley Fair hopes to evoke a connection between people and the underutilized public gathering space of our downtown alley ways.

Alley Fair is unique, trendy and totally urban. If that is not enough for you to check out this event here are 5 more reason to make it to Alley Fair this weekend.

1)      You can’t call an event a fair without food. There is everything from taco trucks, to homemade ice cream treats. Enjoy good eats from Mezzaluna, Monte’s, Taco Bros, Truck Woodfired Pizza, Gigi’s Ice Lollies, and Bakeology. No deep-fried-on-a-stick stomachs ache with this stellar line up!

2)      There is a Harvest Market. Fall reminds me of carving pumpkins and baking all things apple. Use the freshest ingredients and stock up on fall produce from local growers New Festival Market and Prairie Roots Food Cooperative.

3)      There is going to be Dumpster Painting. No really, people will be painting dumpsters. How cool is that?

4)      The Maker’s Market is like Pinterest in real life. You know how you spent hours pinning really great DIY projects for crafty inspiration and you will never actually make any of it? Yea, me too. But that’s ok because someone did make that super crafty thing, just for you. But in all seriousness there is some really cool stuff like ties made from old shirts, home-made soaps, earrings made out of concrete.

5)      Lastly, go to Alley Fair, grab a cupcake, enjoy the art and then stop what you are doing.  Look around you and remember where you are. It doesn’t matter if you live downtown or can count on one hand the number of times you have made it there in the past year. There is something fantastically magical about the way this event has transformed the space you are in. It’s events like this that put a smile on my face and a skip in my step. And one more reason I’m proud to call this place my home.

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Alley Fair

When: Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Where: Enter the alley between Broadway and Roberts St from 4th Ave N

Time: 11am to 7pm

 

Alley Fair 18+ Evening Concert

Who: Heart & Soul

Time: 8pm

Cover: $8.00

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Looking for an awesome leisurely lunch spot in downtown? Check out Monte’s!

Monte's Downtown

Monte’s Downtown has been a fine dining staple in Fargo for over ten years. The food that used to be reserved for dinner hours only is now available for lunch during the week! I have had the great pleasure to enjoy lunch at Monte’s three times in the last two weeks… Lucky me! Seriously… I am spoiled.

Located at 220 Broadway in Fargo, Monte’s unassuming store front is nestled in with boutique shops and art studios.  From the front window passersby can see a narrow row of quaint tables and a fully stocked bar, but you must step inside to see the rest of the picture. Beneath a restored tin ceiling and crystal chandeliers, the tables are perfectly set and finished with a single stem, fresh flower. From entrance to exit, Monte’s has casual elegance covered.

The menu offers a little bit of everything without being overwhelming. Selections include refreshing salads, unique soups, and artful entrees that are as pretty on the plate as they sound on the menu. Plus, they are served with freshly baked rolls. They were still warm when they arrived to our table. Heaven.

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

The food is superb. I tried something different upon each visit and was delighted to find each choice as good as the next! The Crab Cakes were perfectly balanced with the corn and black bean salsa, the Pistachio Crusted Chicken was crunchy and rich, but my favorite was the daily special, Candied Pecan Crusted Chicken. The chicken was juicy and tender under the caramel-y pecans. It was topped with gorgonzola cheese and sautéed onions, peppers and capers and served with roasted fingerling potatoes and perfectly prepared green beans. It was probably the best chicken dish I have had all year… Yep. Definitely the best.

Finally, as any good foodie knows, there is always room for desert! While the carrot cake was good, I was surprised by the Chocolate Mousse Martini! I expected the dessert to be excessively sweet and heavy, but I was very pleased to find it fluffy with a rich dark chocolate flavor without being too dense. Plus, it was topped with a delightful mint gelato that was just like the stuff in Italy.

Chocolate Mousse Martini

All in all, Monte’s is an awesome experience with spectacular food. If you decide to check it out, be sure to allow for some extra time. The beautiful food can’t be rushed and there’s ONE very talented chef back in that kitchen making all the magic. Relax and enjoy the beautiful interior or step outside and enjoy their charming patio… just watch out for the birds! (I learned that lesson the hard way.)

Lunch Entrée: $12-$15
Dinner Entrée: $25-$35

Monte’s Downtown
220 Broadway, Fargo, ND 58102
701-526-0149
Reservations Accepted

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