Enbar Serves Up Craft Cocktails

It was a cold and snowy day, probably best for staying inside by a warm cozy fire. Whoa, change of plan! I was off to a new craft cocktail lounge in downtown Great Falls! Enbar opened December 1st in a beautifully renovated historic building and has seen a steady crowd of folks stopping by to sample their craft cocktails. So, what separates Enbar from your typical lounge? They use Montana liquors in their cocktails and … Read more

Cupcakes, Bread and Bacon at Cory Block Bakery

A few weeks ago I had a behind-the-scenes tour of Cory Block Bakery in downtown Great Falls. I had eaten lunch there a few times and I suppose I should admit that I had found my way there for a breakfast pastry a time or two. Manager Alyssa Storrusten learned her culinary skills in Canada and her favorite thing to make is cupcakes. Beautiful cupcakes! She uses locally grown and milled organic grains and local … Read more

Shonkin’s Country Christmas Worth The Drive

I’m not sure if I should even refer to Shonkin, Montana as a town. It’s primarily a community center building and an elevator but believe me, it was a hopping place this weekend. Located in Chouteau County, Shonkin was one of the towns that participated in the county-wide Christmas celebration. It requires a bit of gravel road driving to get to Shonkin but the drive provides some varied and beautiful scenery. Well worth it. I … Read more

It’s Called Fire

The other day I joined friends for lunch at a restaurant named Fire, located in downtown Great Falls. We assumed that Fire was named for the wood-fired method of cooking pizza and then it started a discussion among us. One of my lunch buddies owns a restaurant and tavern, and another is a kitchen designer. The restaurant owner said she had often thought a wood fired oven would be a fun addition to her restaurant. … Read more

My Visit to JJJ Wilderness Ranch

An email popped up in my inbox a few weeks ago from Kim at JJJ Wilderness Ranch near Augusta, Montana. The question – could I join them and some friends at the ranch for dinner? Well yes, double yes, I’d love to! There are parts of my job that are so fun I hesitate to call them work. This would definitely be in the “fun” category. For starters, the drive from Great Falls to Augusta … Read more

Going Round & Round in Shelby – A New Carousel Opens

For several months I have heard snippets of information about Shelby, Montana getting a carousel. I happen to think riding a carousel is something for all ages and I was excited. It started out as one man’s dream to find a carousel, buy it, restore it, and build a building to house it. It sounded like quite a long-shot to accomplish all of that in a town the size of Shelby, pop. 3,326. Things like … Read more

Tall Boys Tavern Hosts Farm to Fabulous

I’ve eaten at Tall Boys Tavern in Hobson several times (my fave…fish tacos if you are there on Friday) but the invitation to attend an “art unveiling” was intriguing. Titled “Farm to Fabulous” the event was touted as a chance to see employees of the tavern and restaurant in a different light. Since I know a couple of the folks who work there I was eager to point my wheels east and do a road … Read more

Swimming at Gigantic Warm Springs

I wish I could tally up the number of times I have driven by the Gigantic Warm Springs sign when I was on MT Hwy 81, wanting to stop but thinking I would do that some other time. Well, the “some other time” finally happened and what a delightful surprise I found. When you turn off the highway you are on the Vanek Ranch, owners of this unique warm spring. The drive into the ranch … Read more

Roadhouse Diner Joins Pie a la Road

Here’s the beginning of the story – I simply HAD to eat one more piece of pie to keep my record of “verifying” every pie location on Central Montana’s pie trail, Pie a la Road. There was no long road trip for this one. In fact, I could have (should have) walked to Roadhouse Diner in Great Falls. Roadhouse Diner is known for several things – their amazing and unique burgers, delicious fries, large portions, … Read more

Oh Yeah, I’m A Cowgirl

I have decided that deep inside me there is a cowgirl just waiting to get out! First of all, I have boots. Yes, I do. Not fancy boots, just good functional cowgirl boots. The fact that I probably only wear them a couple times a year does not matter. And the hat. Yes, I have that too. It’s a straw hat which is perfect since the 2 times a year I wear my boots would … Read more