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The Radisson Blu Mall Of America Helped Us Escape Cabin Fever!

My kids and I  were guests of Radisson Blu Mall of America. Lodging, food and attractions were complimentary. 

Once the Winter season arrives, it is harder for the kids and I to be active outside. We try to get out there but the cold can be too much sometimes. It can get pretty cold here in Wisconsin, even if you are all bundled up. Cold fingers and faces is no fun no matter what your age.

A few weeks ago, Kayla and I were invited to Escape Cabin Fever by The Radisson Blu Hotel at The Mall of America. The kids and I have never been to the Mall of America before so we were excited for the opportunity to check it out.

Radisson Blu Mall Of America

From the moment we stepped out of our car, we were admiring how beautiful the Radisson Blu is.

Courtesy of Radisson Blu Mall of America

Courtesy of Radisson Blu Mall of America

I love how you can see the deep blue from the outside of the hotel.

Courtesy of Radisson Blu Mall of America

Courtesy of Radisson Blu Mall of America

Kayla was a little laid back but TJ let it be known how cool he thought the hotel was. The design of the Radisson Blu is eye catching and very modern. It definitely has a first class feel to it. One of my favorite things about the hotel is all the cool art.

radisson blu mall of america

#escapecabinfever

We found the hotel to be very inviting. The chairs are just asking you to take a seat and relax. It was hard to keep TJ out of this one!

radisson blu red chair

There is a pair of white hanging chairs in the lobby  near the fireplace that are perfect for relaxing as well!

radisson blu hanging chair

The Radisson Blu Mall of America is only 3 years old and is conveniently connected by skyway to the Mall of America. You don’t have to worry about bundling up to go shopping or eat. You will find everything you need in the hotel including a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor saline pool and Business Class lounge. The lounge offers complimentary breakfast, evening cocktails, iPads to use, coffee and more.

You can also find a complimentary Kids Club for children ages 3-12 which encourages them to explore the hotel. Marty the Moose, the official mascot of Radisson Blu Mall of America, takes younger guests on an adventure through fun stories. Children are given Blu Explorer passports that allow them to find what’s “Blu” at Mall of America during their stay. After getting four stamps in their passports, kids receive a special prize!

Our first night in Minneapolis, we had dinner at the FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar. They serve regional food that is farm to table fresh. We were able to try a a few different appetizers:

Handcut Potato Chips with Designer Dips

Handcut Potato Chips with Designer Dip

These chips were nice and crispy, especially with the dip. I don’t think I can go back to eat regular chips!

Beer Battered Eichtens Cheese Curds (Green Goddess and Spicy Buttermilk Sauces)

Beer Battered Eichtens Cheese Curds

I love cheese curds and these were delicious! The batter was nice and crunchy. I usually eat them plain but the spicy buttermilk dip takes them to a whole new level! The dip has just enough heat and it doesn’t take away from the taste of the cheese curds.

We also tried the FireBrick Beer Battered Rock Shrimp and Ciabatta Bruschetta which had three spreads.

The kids had a FireCracker Mocktail cherry lemonade and PopRocks that they could not get enough of!

FireCracker Mocktails

For dinner TJ and I had the Bacon Wrapped Eichten’s Buffalo Ribeye. It was served with a special Firelake steak sauce and fingerling potatoes. TJ does not usually eat potatoes but he decided to try them and ended up eating them all!  The ribeye was juicy and melted in my mouth.  My son could not stop talking about it!

Bacon Wrapped Eichten’s Buffalo Ribeye

Kayla went with the vegetarian option, Mushroom Gnudi. It was made with Woodland mushrooms, oven dried tomatoes, grilled broccolini, hazelnuts, white balsamic vinegar, and mushroom stock. She was very happy with her choice.

Mushroom Gnudi

We had just enough room for the wonderful dessert trio we were served. The cheesecake is amazing! That was my favorite of the three with the moist cupcake being a close second.

radisson blu escape cabin fever

The kids and I were also able to have breakfast at the FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar there is a lot of different options on the breakfast menu.  Fresh fruit, organic eggs, Minnesota bacon, a variety of hash dishes and fish are a few items on the menu.

It was difficult to decide on what to eat because everything sounded so good. TJ and I finally decided on the Lemon Ricotta Cornmeal Waffle Platter.

firelake restaurant mall of america review

I am not a big waffle eater but I wanted to try something new. I was not disappointed! The lemon and the raspberry caramel sauce went together so well I wanted more. We thought they tasted like a dessert and that is not a bad thing.

Kayla loves french toast so she went with the Bananas Foster Stuffed French Toast.

firelake restaurant review

This was a great dish for Kayla. The portion was a nice size and it was cooked to perfection. She is a big fan of caramelized bananas so she was very happy!

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Burger Burger

There are a lot of restaurants to eat at in the Mall of America. You pretty much just need to decide what you are in the mood for and go from there. The kids and I had lunch at Burger Burger. The main thing they serve gourmet burgers. Burger Burger grinds their beef in house daily. They also use local products including freshly baked buns and farm fresh veggies.

For lunch we had the John Wayne, Blazin’ Bison and Black Bean Machine burgers, fries and chocolate brownie shakes.

burger burger double blazing bison

burger burger black bean machine

The burgers were very tasty and seasoned to perfection. Kayla has not be too happy with veggie burgers that she has in the past but she said this one was very good. All the burgers were juicy and very filling. We ate around 12:45 and were still full around 7pm.  The hand cut fries are served with secret seasoning and dipping sauce of your choice. The shakes had nice chunks of brownies at the bottom that you had to finish with a spoon. The staff is very friendly. They went around checking on customers and even help clear off your table. I will be coming back to Burger Burger the next time I visit the Mall of America. They offer adult shakes that I would love to try!

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Zio Cucina and Bar

For dinner during our second night we went to Zio Cucina and Bar. It is a modern Italian restaurant that serves classic dishes made from scratch. We tried a variety of dishes from their menu including fried olives, squash croquettes, mozzarella fritta and three cheese artichoke dip.

These risotto and mozzarella balls were my favorite. They were crispy on the outside and full of fennel sausage.

risotto-and-mozzarella-balls

TJ loved the calamari which was well prepared. The portion size is big enough to share.

zio italian restaurant mall of america

The kids had pizza for their main dishes while I had the Grilled Steak Spiedini. The steak was just how I liked it, well done and very tender.

grilled steak spiedini zio Italian restaurant

We ended the night with desserts we never tried before. I had the Lemon Sorbet with Moscato di Asti. I love sorbet like this!

lemon sorbet with moscato di asti

Kayla had Tiramisu.

tiramisu

TJ tried the Molten Cake.

molten cake

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Mall of America Attractions

One of the best things about Mall of America is there is more to do than just shopping. There is a lot to do as far as entertainment. Nickelodeon Universe is perfect for a day of family fun. Since it is inside of the mall it is climate controlled. That definitely makes it very appealing, especially during the middle of Winter. There are roller coasters, a ferris wheel, bumper cars, a carousel and more for all ages to enjoy. The Avatar Airbender is nice is you are a fan of heights. You go at least 70 feet in the air! The Log Chute is very popular, just remember to have a change of clothes or at least a towel because you will get wet! We saw a lot of Nickelodeon characters walking around that no problem posing for pictures with excited kids. Nickelodeon stores are located in the park to make shopping easy.

My kids loved checking out Dutchman’s Deck Adventure Course. TJ showed no fear as he climbed the rope course and tried out the zip line. It was an experience he will never forget! Kayla did not do the zip line but she had fun on the rope course.

dutchman deck

My family always have fun playing miniature golf. In Nickelodeon Universe you will find Moose Mountain Adventure Golf. It provides 18 holes of fun with a life sized Moose, a logging truck, horses and more.

Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium

Sea Life Minnesota AquariumWe were very excited to visit the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium. But first we went on a behind the scene tour. Kayla liked when we were able to see actual shark teeth up close. I had no idea that shark had rows and rows of teeth in their mouths! In the kitchen our group saw what type of food the sea life eat. It was interesting to learn that they are fed things like broccoli and women multivitamins. Our favorite part of the behind the scenes tour was the overhead view of the tanks. It so cool to see the turtles and sharks swimming around so close to us. We were able to a large green turtle up close. Seemore is over 100 pounds and can’t live in the wild because he can’t dive for food. His shell was damaged by boat propellers and the the aquarium does a great job taking care of him.

After our tour the kids and I did some exploring of the aquarium. We had fun touching the stingrays. It was a little scary at first and the water is cold. The stingrays swim right underneath your hands. You can even buy shrimp to feed them.

The most amazing part of the aquarium is the 300 ft long tunnel that surrounds you. It is an unforgettable experience having all the various sea creatures swimming around you. We saw lots of sharks, fish, turtles and even an alligator. It was so beautiful and TJ was in his element. He was identifying stuff left and right. It was fun to see his face light up while he told his sister and I little facts about all the creatures.

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The kids and I had a wonderful time visiting the Mall of America. It was great to eat delicious food and have fun without having to step a foot outside. The Radisson Blu Mall Of America is a great destination to Escape Cabin Fever this winter. Check out the Family Fun with Marty the Moose package starting at $259. It includes:

  • Your choice of either four tickets to SeaLife Aquarium or two unlimited-ride wristbands to Nickelodeon Universe
  • $10 per person SkyDeck Game card (maximum of four per room)
  • Kids Tent to keep

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32 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer H

    What a cool vibe that hotel has….and oh my that food! That looks like a lovely getaway.

    February 15, 2016 at 7:26 pm
  • Reply Lee

    This hotel has some serious style. Attitude I’d say. I want a designer dip by the way. I love blue chips (chips with blue cheese) maybe they’d have something like that?

    Lee

    February 15, 2016 at 8:57 pm
  • Reply Alicia Vanatta

    Wow! Such a nice place. I’ve always wanted to go to mall of america. The food looks awesome.

    February 15, 2016 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Maggie

    I so want to visit that hotel when we go to Mall of America! It looks amazing! I love the modern décor! And what’s there to say about the Mall of America, except, YES PLEASE!! It looks like you guys had an amazing time!

    February 15, 2016 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply laci

    Omg !!! Yes this is amazing and definitely the perfect vibe not to mention I definitely have cabin fever woosh !!!

    February 15, 2016 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Agnes Dela Cruz

    The cool art, the food and the relaxing amenities looks so awesome .

    February 15, 2016 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Michelle Liew

    It looks like a great place to visit!

    February 16, 2016 at 5:04 am
  • Reply Karla | karlaroundtheworld

    Comfy chairs and great food… what more can I ask for?

    February 16, 2016 at 6:15 am
  • Reply tara pittman

    The Mall Of America is a cool place. I love the way that hotel looks so modern.

    February 16, 2016 at 10:23 am
  • Reply claire

    The Radisson Blu Mall of America looks like a fab place to visit, the food looks yummy1

    February 16, 2016 at 10:50 am
  • Reply Michelle Gwynn Jones

    I love the Mall of America. I haven’t been there in about 5 years. It is a great way to get out of the cold.

    February 16, 2016 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Patrice

    This hotel is beautiful very stylish. Never been to the mall of Georgia would like to visit someday.

    February 16, 2016 at 1:17 pm
  • Reply Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    Love those chairs! And that food looks nothing short of amazing!

    February 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Shari Pilo

    I need a vacation!

    February 16, 2016 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply ReneeTheReseller

    That looks awesome!

    February 16, 2016 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Claudette Esterine

    That looks like so much fun and the food, oh the food! Thanks for sharing this – must add it to my list.

    February 16, 2016 at 5:25 pm
  • Reply Debbie Denny

    Wow. What a great design. That looks like a great place to stay and cure cabin fever.

    February 16, 2016 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply robin masshole momy

    I want that burger! Sounds like a great way to get out of the house and eat WELL!

    February 16, 2016 at 6:56 pm
  • Reply Mhaan Arambulo - Delos Santos

    Looks like you had fun staying at Raddisson Blu Mall. 🙂

    Mhaan | http://www.mommyrockininstyle.com

    February 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply Healing Tomato

    Wow! Radisson-Blu looks so breathtaking. It is a perfect gateway for those super cold days

    February 16, 2016 at 8:50 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth O.

    Looks like you had a great time with the kids. What a lovely way to spend time with the family. The food looks really awesome! Good to know that the kids had a fun time touring the aquarium as well.

    February 16, 2016 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply Ana De- Jesus

    The hotel is awesome and I like that it has street art!

    February 17, 2016 at 1:34 am
  • Reply Eugenia

    What a wonderful place! I love this modern design and pretty atmosphere! Thanks for sharing such interesting post!

    February 17, 2016 at 7:22 am
  • Reply Amy Jones

    Great hotel love the style! Everything looks top class and the food looks delicious!

    February 17, 2016 at 7:56 am
  • Reply Lexie

    What a cool place to visit. The food was really looks good and i would love to try their comfy chair.

    February 17, 2016 at 8:12 am
  • Reply Mardene Carr

    I am saving this for my trip….I love those chairs, they are really inviting

    February 17, 2016 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Ana

    Im also fan of caramelized bananas and this one looks particulary good.

    February 17, 2016 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply OurFamilyWorld

    This looks like an amazing hotel. The food looks amazing, too. I love the hanging white chairs.

    February 17, 2016 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply Marielle Altenor

    Definitively a great way to get rid of cabin fever! Love all the great food! Especially the calamari!!

    February 17, 2016 at 10:24 pm
  • Reply Bismah

    Wow this place looks amazing! I would love to try some of the delicious looking dishes you have shared!

    February 17, 2016 at 11:37 pm
  • Reply Travel Quest

    I love exploring hotels and cabin as part of our vacation and this hotel exceed on my expectations by looking at your photos.

    February 18, 2016 at 11:32 am
  • Reply Liz Mays

    I’m loving how modern and stylish this hotel is. Most hotels look so boring! The food at the restaurants you tried out looks exceptional as well!

    February 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm
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