Well if you didn't know last week, I was visiting the beautiful Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul last week for The Conclave, an annual gathering of radio and podcast professionals where we network and talk shop about radio. Its always great to connect and reconnect with your peers in your career field but of course I gotta find a way to squeeze in some fun.

For starters, Minneapolis as you know is the hometown of one of music's biggest ICONS:

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Now I didn't make it our to Paisley Park but if you're ever in Minneapolis and you're a big fan of Prince, the late icon's estate just opened up a store inside Terminal 1 of the Minneapolis Airport where you can load up on Prince gear and gifts.

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I really do wish the Prince Estate thought about this scene from "Under The Cherry Moon" and named the "Prince Stow":

Also, Townsquare Media just launched a site for all you PRINCE super fans called ultimateprince.com so check it out when you get a chance!

Moving on, I got a chance to hang out and meet the 2018 American Idol Winner Maddie Poppe! Nice young lady with a big future ahead of her!

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Let's talk about the food real quick. Minneapolis has lots of dining and international options when it comes to food but I always try to check for the best local spots. Lots of folks have told me that when I'm in the area to try a "Juicy Lucy" which is essentially a burger with cheese stuffed into the middle of the patty.

I googled "Juicy Lucy Near Me" and found the closest spot to me was "The Blue Door Pub" near the campus of The University of Minnesota.

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Since this was my first try of said "Juicy Lucy" I played it safe and went with one stuffed with cheese and bacon and I enjoyed it! What was cool about this pub was that they let me know that they weren't the "originators" of the "Juicy Lucy" but a place called "Matt's Bar" and next time I'm in town I should swing by.

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Real quick, gotta drop a shoutout to my my OG and Minneapolis legend Spider Hamilton who was one of the original club DJ's during the late 70's and early 80's when Prince, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis were becoming rising stars and still rocks out with his own show dedicated to New Jack Swing on a local station in the Twin Cities.

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I didn't even mention the weather, while Minnesota may be known for its brutal winters, summers there are incredible and I really enjoy spending time out there. But, I'm back home now and it feels so good to be back but I'm always thankful for the love and hospitality of the good folks in the Twin Cities!