Tater Tots, Kings Wine Bar, Letterpress, Deer John,

Let’s talk about my first apartment kitchen: a room the size of an airplane galley* with the bonus feature of a countertop hinged to the wall. If that countertop was not in the lift and stow position (just like an airplane tray-table) it wasn’t possible to open the refrigerator or the oven.This was great incentive (for my roommate) to do the dishes.

I preferred moving the dirty dishes to the living room.

*I’ve peeked in an airplane galley – it’s usually hidden behind a curtain (that matches the drapes) – the flight attendant works mechanically, loading up that cumbersome cart to roll down the aisle.

The delicacies that came out of that first apartment kitchen included (and were limited to) chicken pot-pies and tater tots. The crisper drawer in my refrigerator contained a large amount of an herb – but that was none of my business. Oh, but the tater tots! Straight from the freezer and onto my cast-iron skillet: washed down with an Old Milwaukee and a Camel Lights cigarette.

Whew! Did I mention I had 18 by the balls?

ALSO, if I had a hankering for ribs OR pizza I only had to walk down the stairs. That’s right, the one and only Ribizza fulfilled that strange combination requirement for Uptown, Minneapolis.


Exactly five minutes West of my house is Kings Wine Bar – a newish (rhymes with Jewish) little neighborhood restaurant. They serve tater tots but with sauces far fancier than ketchup.  I was there last night and there didn’t seem to be any Old Milwaukee or Camel cigarettes on the menu but somehow, after we ate our tater tots, our table was magically covered with candy.

This doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the card I wrote/designed last night. Or does it?


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7 Responses to “Tater Tots, Kings Wine Bar, Letterpress, Deer John,”

  1. Fred Says:

    You are such a wild woman.

  2. Sarah Says:

    That is just appalling. When Schlitz was so readily available.

  3. Jennyweiler Says:

    When I woke this morning, I missed my candy.

  4. zeichenpress Says:

    Did Schlitz come in cases that you could also use as furniture?

  5. zeichenpress Says:

    Your candy was delicious.

  6. Card Chick Groupie Says:


    I am so envious. My first apartment (NY-wise) that actually had a kitchen was smaller. The kitchen was smaller than any closet I’ve had in my long misspent life. It came equipped with one of those mini refrigerators (no crisper drawer), a hot plate, and a toaster oven. When 2 of those 3 appliances were plugged in at the same time, we’d blow a fuse and nothing would work. We became very recognizable to the guy at the fuse store, who would laugh at us every time he saw us coming.

    You know, it’s not always easy to remember to unplug the refrigerator before you heat up some soup.

    What happened when we put a roach bomb in there and closed the door… well that’s another story.

  7. Alright, back to work « Is that funny? Says:

    […] block walk from my apartment above Ribizza – this job required speed and superhuman strength. Bagging groceries during a “rush” […]

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