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Family, fun and food


Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in All Real Bites

The Creamery has daily specials including this enchilada alongside a salad covered in a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Photo by Jason Sethre

One of the most beautiful views in all of Historic Bluff Country can be seen as you enter from the west side of Rushford. During my travels to Rushford, I always feel like I am entering a village in the foothills of Switzerland. Truly picturesque!

Well, on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Peggi Redalen for lunch at The Creamery in Rushford, Minn.

Peggi coordinates all of the advertising sales and marketing efforts for Rushford, Rushford Village, Peterson, Houston, and Winona for the Fillmore County Journal, Visit Bluff Country Magazine and Daytripper.

Since Peggi is involved in the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Rushford Branding Committee, and the very popular ExpoCulinaria, I always appreciate gaining her perspective on how our newspaper can better serve the region. While we conversed, I ordered the daily special, which was an enchilada partnered with a salad covered in a raspberry vinaigrette dressing. And, since I haven’t had a raspberry iced tea in a long time, I asked if they had that available and they did. While The Creamery is well known for their pizzas, I am always interested in trying the daily special at most any restaurant.

My meal arrived along with a welcoming smile from the waitress. As I enjoyed my enchilada in the backroom of the dining area, I was reminded of the first time I dined at The Creamery.

Back in 2009, that backroom of The Creamery had a full house with locals coming to see the Minnesota Twins Caravan. Since I grew up going to Twins games with my father, becoming a very proud Twins fan back in 1987 and 1991, it was a memorable experience to meet with rookies and retirees from the Twins organization at The Creamery -- something I’ll never forget.

And, I’ve been there many times since, primarily because owner Deb Kitchens runs a wonderful restaurant. They have great food, outstanding customer service, and an authentic experience. In this historic building dating back to 1915, The Creamery and the adjoining Nordic Lanes can best be described as a centerpiece for Rushford. They provide something for everyone with both a restaurant and a bowling alley, which offers a spectacular family fun experience as well as a great place for a couples night out on the town.

On this cold day in January, I enjoyed a great conversation coupled with great food. Rushford has a lot going in their favor. The .....
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I’ve been Branded

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in All Real Bites

For my last year in my thirties -- yes my 39th birthday -- I decided to celebrate with my family at The Branding Iron in Preston, Minn. I’ve bragged about The Branding Iron to friends and family before, and I’ve even written about my fantastic ..... 
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A place for family and friends

Wed, Jan 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Real Bites

I have written about the Old Barn Resort before, but it is definitely worth revisiting for many reasons. This is one of those places that melds well with its natural surroundings. Whether golfing within the valley along the Root River and the Ro ..... 
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A Slice of Americana

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
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As I walked into the Village Square of Fountain, I could feel the vibe of happiness. Happy people eating some good – no GREAT food! There was a full crowd with nearly every table consumed by food and conversation. I was lucky enough to nab a table ..... 
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Shawnee's serves up a slice of BBQ heaven

By Sheena Tollefson

Sun, Jul 8th, 2012
Posted in All Real Bites

Do you remember as a kid the long list of foods you didn't like or were unwilling to try? What about the things you didn't like but couldn't live without now as an adult? The biggest two on my list: mustard and barbecue. They're two of my favorite f ..... 
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Friends in good places at Highway 44

Sun, Jun 24th, 2012
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Life is crazy. Time flies by and before you know it, it's been 2 months since you talked to one of your best friends who, when you were in college, you didn't go one single day without talking to. I find this happening way to often in my life. At on ..... 
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Off the beaten path with the Highland Store

Sun, Jun 17th, 2012
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When I decided to take on the Highland Store as my next Real Bites column, there was one problem I discovered. Where in bluff's country is it? Having not acquainted myself very well yet with the curving, nestled in small towns of the area I had no i ..... 
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Real Bites - Rhu-berry delight!

Sun, Jun 10th, 2012
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Before heading to Rhino's Pizza and Sub Shoppe in Lanesboro last Friday night for supper, someone was telling me about a special kind of Spring Grove pop available now to go along with the Rhubarb festivities going on in Lanesboro for the weekend. A ..... 
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Real Bites - Sweet Stop and Sandwich Shoppe

Wed, May 23rd, 2012
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It's like a Friday lunchtime ritual at the Fillmore County Journal after the newspaper goes to press. All of our employees trickle up to The Sweet Stop & Sandwich Shoppe and relax with a sandwich, soup and some dessert.

Having Joanne Szuch's ..... 
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