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Phatphood Reviews Can Can Wonderland

Can Can Wonderland

Went on a little fun adventure today to enjoy some crafty cocktails, eat tasty bites and compete in 18-holes of miniature golf all in the newly opened Can Can Wonderland in St. Paul.

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It’s in the basement of a warehouse and has underground parking with a one-way creepy steep ramp.  A lot of hand-made signs guide you throughout the establishment almost like it’s a pop up rave of some sort.  Unorganized is the best word to describe how it functions.  You really don’t know if you’re in line to play or to get on a list. There are four bars, with three different menus.  You can’t order the same items at each bar, so make sure you grab the correct menu.

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It was about an hour and a half wait to play golf today (Saturday) at 2pm.  No fret–ample time to explore the grounds and sort out the confusion. Played a few old school pinball machines that seemed to have techs working on a different one on every turn around.  The staff is very hipster friendly and well knowledgeable with the cocktails they pour.  Great conversations can be had to make the wait time go by very quickly.

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The food and drinks are fun and creative and I wouldn’t mind trying every item…on all three menus.  On this visit I tried the Mac and cheese dog, a brisket and bacon grilled cheese with a side of tomato soup, a Bloody Mary, and a blue cheese infused gin drink served in a bloody shark jaws.  Also had the “Cruise Ship” – mini donuts with caramel and chocolate sauce, bacon and sprinkles, and comes with a cone of cotton candy, yum!

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I’d wait a month or so to go.  Let them get up to speed and work out the few kinks they have. It’s new, but it’s fun.  They are only open Thursday – Sunday and after 8:30pm anyone under 21 has to motivate. Not every hole is finished, and some aren’t working properly at the moment. I’d also avoid weekend days. The art work (holes) are awesome to play and work your way around, but you are a bit rushed with players eagerly waiting behind you, I get it though.

-Phatphood (follow me on Instagram)

Sundial Resort and Spa Sanibel Island

Sundial Beach Resort and Spa Review

Missy Germain and Shirley Erdman

Sundial Beach Resort and Spa Review: It’s amazing how a little rest and relaxation on the beach can rejuvenate your mind and body. We just got back from an amazing week spent with our families at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa on Sanibel Island Florida.

Sundial Resort

Sundial has everything you could possibly need right there on the grounds. You could enjoy your whole vacation without ever leaving the resort. They have recently been making some new upgrades and additions to the resort to ensure  a truly amazing experience.

Sundial Resort and Spa

One of their new addition’s is Bailey’s Marketplace. This market has a great selection of just about anything you could need or want during your vacation. Bailey’s Marketplace offers homemade baked good, freshly brewed beverages, a fantastic selection of deli items, groceries, beach apparel, toys, gifts and just about anything else you may have forgot to pack. We enjoyed being able to stop into Bailey’s to pick up fresh pastries and special treats throughout our stay.

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Sundial has also added a state-of-the-art fitness center for guests to get in their exercise. While none of us used the center it looked fantastic through the glass. How great would it be to get your workout in while overlooking the beautiful pool area.

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If you are looking for a little pampering while on vacation or having a destination wedding you will love the new addition of a complete spa to the grounds. The spa offers everything you would expect at a spa. You can choose one service or spend an entire day getting a full pampering from head to toe.

Tennis anyone? Sundial has recently upgraded their tennis courts to new Hydro Grid clay courts as well as offering tennis racket restringing. Whether you are a seasoned player or a first timer everyone can benefit from lessons from Sundial’s tennis pro.

Shirley family

One of the best parts of vacation is all of the new foods to try. At Sundial their restaurant choices will not disappoint. You can choose from a casual meal by the pool at the Turtle’s Pool & Beach Bar or Slice of Paradice Pizza and Ice Cream Shop or head upstairs and enjoy views of the Gulf of Mexico while dinning at the Sea Breeze Cafe’.

Missy family

Getting an ice cream treat at Slice of Paradice made getting my daughter out of the pool a little less dramatic! Our lunch at Sea Breeze Cafe’ was amazing. Our entire group enjoyed different items from the menu and we were all sure ours was the best. Our server was great, he was able to arrange our table so we were all sitting in the shade but still had a front row view of the gulf. We kept him busy finding out the ingredients in our meals that were so delicious we just had to find out how they were made.

Room with a view

The accommodations at Sundial are top notch, they have options for everyone. You can choose from a studio, one bedroom, two bedroom and three bedroom condo. All condos are equipped with full kitchens with everything you need to prepare full meals or just some quick snacks. There are different options for what view you would like. We had a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico from our fourth floor two bedroom condo.

Quick tip, if you are on an upper floor they do have elevators located in the center of the buildings. We located these after bringing our luggage and groceries up to the fourth floor. The two bedroom condo was spacious enough for our group of 6. With the 2 bedrooms as well as a den that converts into a sleeping area it is perfect for a group. If you just can’t disconnect from your job for your entire trip, don’t worry each room is equipped with high speed wireless internet to keep you in touch if needed.

Sundial offers many different activities for when you are done relaxing on the beach. As a resort guest you have use of their kayaks, paddle boards, bicycles and craft’s for the kids. Want to play a friendly game of beach volleyball? They have that too! Sundial Beach Resort is also the newest campus for the Sanibel Sea School. You can choose from half-day or full-day classes that provide interactive classes about the ecosystems and wildlife on Sanibel Island.

Shelling in Sanibel

Our entire group had such an amazing time at Sundial Resort & Spa relaxing and creating family memories that on our way to the airport to head home we didn’t even make it off the island before we started discussing when we could go back.

Thank you Sundial Resort & Spa for a great trip and we will be back soon!

Shirley Flowers


Wilderness Resort 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

Wilderness Resort 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

Wilderness Resort 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: The holidays are approaching and we bet you know someone who deserves a fun getaway at our favorite waterpark, the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells.

From December 13th through December 24th the resort will be giving away great prizes every day.

Think hard about someone you know who makes a big difference in the lives of others in your community and may not get the recognition they deserve. Tell the Wilderness in 350 words or less why this person deserves to win.

The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 7. Be sure to follow Wilderness Resort on Facebook  to see who the 12 winners are. Starting December 13th, each day they will announce a new winner.

A few of the amazing prizes being given away are:

  • A one hour lesson for four with our PGA golf pro followed by a foursome of golf at the 9 hole Woods Executive Course.
  • A two-night Valentine’s Day weekend getaway for two including a $100 gift card for Field’s at the Wilderness.
  • A two-night stay for four in a double queen guest room May 22 and May 23 so you and your family can be the first people to open our outdoor waterparks for summer 2015.
  • Enjoy a one-night stay with 15 of your closest friends in our 5 bedroom entertainment cabin.

Weve Tried It spent a few days of our 2014 summer vacation at Wilderness Resort and truly had the time of our lives. You can read about our trip here.

Ready to enter? Get the details on the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways HERE.

Good luck!

Shirley Marathon

My TCS NYC Marathon Experience

Shirley Erdman NYC Marathon

AMAZING is the first word that comes to mind when I am asked about my TCS NYC Marathon experience. From start to finish, it truly was an awesome experience.

Starting months ago, after completing the registration process, the New York Road Runners began sending information on training, traveling and suggestions for getting the most out of the entire process. I spent countless hours reading the tips and Q&A info.  The advance preparation materials were just what I needed to get ready for the race.

Not long after arriving in New York, it was on to the Expo experience. I was prepared to wait in line for hours to get my race day packet but the entire process took 5 minutes and then I moved on to pick up my shirt — the perfect souvenir.  There were so many amazing items to purchase that I could have spent hours just taking it all in.

Race day was awesome. The thousands of workers and volunteers went above and beyond to make sure that all participants got the red carpet treatment. It felt as if every person I came in contact with was there just for me. They looked me right in the eyes with every interaction and offered up some great encouragement: “good job,” “you look great,” “keep up the good work.”  Despite standing for hours in the extremely cold and windy conditions, these awesome volunteers seemed unaffected as they supported us and cheered us on.

The fans along the route truly made the TCS NY Marathon a premier event. For the entire 26.2 mile journey there were bands playing music, precious words of encouragement were offered.  There were lots of cheers, high fives and smiles to keep our spirits high.

Seeing the finish line was exhilarating. The announcer welcomed me with, “Smile for the camera, you just completed the TCS NY Marathon!” Hearing those words nearly brought me to tears.  I had really done it and I was proud. Then one of those amazing volunteers placed a finisher’s medal around my neck and looked me in the eyes while offering up a heartfelt ,”Congratulations, you did it!”

As I continued moving along, I was given a finisher’s wrap and told to keep walking toward the food and drinks.  A volunteer soon placed a warm poncho around my shoulders, pulling up the hood and making sure it were properly closed. Once again it was the feeling that I was the only person who mattered at that moment.

Shirley NYC

My race was complete!

Jordan and Missy were waiting anxiously for me at the security check point and both were surprised when I announced that I felt great. My first request was a McDonald’s cheeseburger because I was hungry!  Then I remember stating emphatically, “Wow that was fun!” Quite simply put, I had the time of my life.

I ran the TCS NY Marathon to raise funds for Joint Council On International Services, an adoption advocacy group. While I raised funds for their Change For Children Campaign, I got more from this experience than any amount of money donated. I am grateful and proud that I was a part of Team Joint Council 2014.