Jensen’s Food & Cocktails, Eagan, MN


A friend and I had lunch at Jensen’s on Thursday, October 9th. We were seated right away, and the restaurant was not busy. Our server was prompt and told us about the drink specials being offered.

We both enjoyed our food very much (I had the chicken bacon chop sandwich with shallot yukon potatoes for $14), and our server, Trisha, gave us some of the best service I have had in a very long time — can’t say enough good things about her!

Jensen’s is located right next to the Twin Cities Premium Outlet Center, has had a recent makeover, and is a great place for lunch.

Massage Haven, Eagan, MN


I just returned from a massage with Megan at Massage Haven. This is maybe my fifth massage here in the past couple of years, and I have never been disappointed. These therapists are definitely nothing like the run-of-the-mill franchised professionals; they use a variety of manipulations to produce the best results and are very concerned with the client’s comfort level. I highly recommend Massage Haven. Rates listed below are copied from their website. (Watch Groupon for specials throughout the year.)

Regular Rates

$38 for 30 minutes 
$70 for 60 minutes 
$99 for 90 minutes 
$125 for 120 minutes 

Purchase a “5-Pack” (60 minutes each) for only $295 
(That’s $59 for each 60 minute massage. A $55 savings!) 

Purchase a “10-Pack” (60 minutes each) for only $525
(That’s $52.50 for each 60 minute massage. A $175 savings!) 

Aromatherapy Massage: Choose from a variety of scents to enhance you​​r 
​massage experience. 
$75 for 60 minutes​

McDonald’s Restaurant, Eagan, MN


The McDonald’s on Silver Bell Road (near the new Premium Outlets) has always been a bit of a crap shoot when it comes to order-filling accuracy, but tonight’s incompetency would have been laughable if I didn’t have to make a return trip and then finally come home to cold McDonald’s (ugh, the worst).

Items ordered and received (confirmed on the order board):

2 cheeseburger meal, only ketchup (correct item received)

10-piece McNuggets, SS sauce, BBQ sauce, Buffalo sauce (no sauce in bag whatsoever)

20-piece McNuggets, same sauces as above (again, zero sauces in bag)

Filet-O-Fish, no tartar sauce (received fish with little to no cheese and no tartar)

Filet-O-Fish, regular (correct item received)

1 cheeseburger, ketchup only (received a cheeseburger with everything on it)

Side salad with Southwest dressing (no salad, no dressing in bag)

Medium Sprite (got that one right)

Of course, we discovered all of the mistakes when we got home. (My son thought he’d checked the bags pretty thoroughly in the parking lot, but obviously not.) I usually let their mistakes slide, but five inaccuracies put me over the top, so I drove back. After waiting in line inside, they brought over a salad in a bag, like they were expecting me to come back for it. (I had even asked in the drive-thru if they’d given me everything that first time around — yep, all there!

While waiting for the fish filet, the young man pulled out three containers of sauce for the chicken nuggets. I said, “We have 30 McNuggets,” and he said, “These are the three sauces you ordered.” I said, “Yes, but we have 30 McNuggets, so we need at least 2 of each sauce,” which is exactly what he gave me. I took a quick peek in the salad bag, and, sure enough, there was a packet of French dressing, not Southwest. I didn’t even mention (forgot to bring it back with me) the cheeseburger that had everything on it.

I will drive out of my way from now on to avoid this particular McDonald’s. Not only was the service bordering on absurd tonight, but there was absolutely no effort made to placate a very inconvenienced customer.



Traffic at KSTP

I love our local stations, always have. But…the addition of Josie Smith as the KSTP traffic person is leaving me confused. She talks about  the horrible traffic and back-ups with a pretty creepy smile on her face…what?? I think Josie has a beautifully calming voice, but when reporting ugly traffic, she could perhaps show a little distress and/or discomfort for the listeners who are soon to be stuck in it. There should  be just a little tweaking in the presentation — identify with your audience, Josie. (BTW, you could totally be a commercial voice-over person, soooo soothing.)

Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth, Orthodontist


My son is currently going through his second phase of braces with Dr. Eisenhuth’s practice. First of all, kudos to the doctor’s marketing team — geniuses! She has many “perks” to help the process of braces seem much less traumatizing than in the olden days. There are customer appreciation events, various contests, and a wonderful waiting area with free wifi, fresh-baked cookies, bottled water, coffee, and smoothies. The kids are given a token for wearing their Dr. Jennifer t-shirts to appointments, a token for being on time, and tokens for a variety of other reasons. Tokens can then be traded in for gift cards, etc.

I’m pretty sure there are many orthodontists who offer more affordable braces (we paid around $6,000 for this latest round), but the overall experience at this office is always positive, including the friendly staff. FYI, they do offer a payment plan.

I highly recommend Dr. Eisenhuth’s services.

Twin Cities Premium Outlets

Twin Cities Premium Outlets

I took my son school shopping at this beautiful new center the week after it opened (August 2014) in Eagan. It is mostly open-air with some covered walkways. I found the prices to be comparable to the regular retail stores; although, we only went into a few shops. At Famous Footwear, I had a coupon for BOGO 50% off with an added 20% off. They would not honor the BOGO (due to their “outlet” status), but they did take 20% off the final cost.

The restrooms are plentiful, and the food court area is indoors. We ate at the Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen and enjoyed the pasta and salad (cost was average for “fast food,” but quality was much better).

Tips: Go online before you shop and join the VIP Club. Then stop at the Information Center (in the food court building), and they will give you a coupon book with many specials. For parking, the surface lots were completely full (on a Friday afternoon!), but there was plenty of parking in the ramp.

The Hundred-Foot Journey


I have a feeling Manish Dayal (Hassan Kadam) and Charlotte LeBon (Marguerite) are going to be big stars as a result of this movie. Our book club saw this after reading the book of the same name. This movie is worth seeing just for the beautiful landscape alone, but it also holds up in the acting and writing departments. It deviates somewhat from the book, but that is to be expected. I like a movie that puts me in a good mood, and this one certainly accomplished that.

Bonfire, Eagan, MN


Our book club at ate Bonfire on 8/14/2014 after seeing the movie The Hundred-Foot Journey (see my movie review). Bonfire has wonderful happy hour offerings: half-price appetizers, $2 off drinks, beer specials. Happy hour is daily from 3-6 p.m. and 9-12 p.m. We were all very pleased with our selections (my buffalo chicken flatbread was excellent). There were two very minor issues: A glass of wine was served with lipstick on the rim (quickly remedied by our server) and there was a spider on the move in the light fixture above our table (we didn’t mention it). The ambiance was nice and service was excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Inver Grove Toyota, Inver Grove Heights, MN

We bought a used car over the weekend (8/14) and had an excellent experience with our salesperson, Dameon. We were not impressed, however, with the woman who works in the finance department. She used the term “shaggin’ wagon” twice in front of our 12-year-old son (she was referring to our older son’s trade-in) — very unprofessional and borderline crude. Five stars for Dameon, one star for the finance person.

Discount Tire Store, Eagan, MN

discount tire 

My husband was out of town, and his car needed (what he thought were) three new tires. I made an appointment at Discount Tire. When I arrived, the tech took down the information, at which time I mentioned that the car probably needed three new tires. He went out and inspected the tires and came back saying that we only needed ONE new tire. What? Honesty and integrity at a car place? I bought the tire at a fair price, waited about an hour, and was on my way. I will definitely return to this store for future tire purchases. Way to go, Discount Tire!