For the LOVE of Popcorn

Carrie’s Popcorn – Saint Paul, MN

Who doesn’t love popcorn? When I think of popcorn… I think of hot, fresh, buttery, light, crunchy, cheddar, caramel, white, salty, and tasty. Carrie’s Popcorn is all of the above!

Carrie’s Popcorn is in a prime location in the Alliance Bank Center skyway downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is truly the cutest popcorn stand with the best popcorn in Saint Paul.

Carrie and Joe Auge are the owners of Carrie’s Popcorn. Carrie has owned the business for over 25 years and been working there for 30 years. She is very passionate about owning this business. She says she likes being her own boss and setting her own hours. But most of all she absolutely loves her customers! Some of her loyal customers have been coming over 25 years. Some of her customers have moved but they still come by for popcorn and great conversation. Carrie enjoys the interactions with her guests and this is more than a job to her.

Carrie personally loves popcorn and eats it everyday. If she is on vacation and away from work, she than craves popcorn! Her whole family loves popcorn.

What makes her popcorn special? She says the seasoned kettle gives it great flavor. She uses a soy bean oil, which is low in fat and has no cholesterol.

Carrie’s Popcorn has classic, white cheddar, triple mix, and caramel popcorn. Soda and candy are also available.

Visit Carrie and enjoy her fantastic popcorn!

Carrie’s Popcorn is open Monday thru Friday 10am – 4pm.

Alliance Bank Center Skyway

56 East Sixth Street

Saint Paul, MN 55101


Julie Bird’s Fiesta Rice Dinner

Cook time: 40 minutes

Servings: 3-4


  • 1/2 Yellow Pepper
  • 1/2 Red Pepper
  • 1/2 Orange Pepper
  • 1/2 Green Pepper
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion
  • 3 tablespoons of Cajun Seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons of Fresh Minced Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of Black Pepper
  • 3oz Hot Habanero Cheese
  • 3oz Gouda Cheese
  • 2 Medium Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Box Zatarains Cilantro Lime Rice Mix

Cook chicken breast and seasoned with Cajun seasoning, set aside.

Fry up all peppers and onions with garlic and pepper, put on low heat. While the veggies are frying…

Cook the box rice mix. With the last 5 minutes of rice cook time, add cheese and stir every minute. With a total of 5 minutes… until it makes the form of a risotto.

Add all ingredients to make a Julie Bird Fajita Rice Dinner. Enjoy with a margarita and Cheers!

Mears Park

Mears Park is located in the heart of Lowertown which is in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Lowertown is known as the art district of Saint Paul. Lowertown is also very dog friendly and Mears Park is no exception. I love watching all the dogs enjoying the park. Mears Park a majestic park with a stream, stage, and beautiful landscape. Mears Park is home to many festivals, concerts, and community gatherings. Jazz Fest, Blues Fest, and Music at Mears to name a few…

Mears Park was formally known as Smith Park, Baptist Hill, and Park Square. In 1992 Mears Park had major construction. It was designed by artist Brad Goldenberg and landscape architect Don Ganje. It is in the center of Lowertown and there for the community to enjoy.

I find myself in Mears Park reading, drawing, meeting friends, and enjoying the live music. Food trucks are generally lining the parameter of the park in the summer during lunch hours. Mears Park is truly a breathtaking park with a balance between water, landscape, nature, and man-made elements. Come visit the park on your way to a Saint Paul Saints game, Farmers Market, dining in Lowertown or coming for the activities. Get ready for summer and plan your next visit to Mears Park with friends and family.

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Julie Bird’s Bloody Mary Roast

It’s a chilly and windy day in Saint Paul. The best Sunday requires comfort foods, family/friends, and relaxation. Get your comfy clothes on, grab a book or watch a movie and get the crockpot cooking!

Julie Bird’s Bloody Mary Beef Roast

5 hour cook time


  • 2-3lb Beef Round Sirloin Tip Roast
  • 6 Medium Klondike Goldust Potatoes – Cut into Large Chunks
  • 3 Medium Yellow Onions – Sliced
  • 6 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2lb Baby Carrots
  • 1 can Garlic Basil Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Smoked BBQ Sauce
  • 5 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup Mr & Mrs T Fiery Pepper Bloody Mary Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Oregano Seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons Basil Seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of Salt

Mix all the dry seasonings in a small bowl and set aside. In the crockpot mix all chopped potatoes, 2 sliced onions, 4 pressed garlic cloves, carrots, can of diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, Bloody Mary mix, water, 1/2 of the seasoning mixture.

Rub the roast with the BBQ sauce and the remainder of pressed garlic. Sprinkle the other half of the seasoning mixture on the roast. Place the roast on top of the veggies in the crockpot. Add the last sliced onion on top of the roast.

Cook for 5 hours and enjoy!