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Club Carlson Cyber Week – Wednesday

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We have enjoyed the Chicago and Mall of America Blu hotels. The locations are perfect and the hotels exceed our expectations each time!

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Cupcake at Mall of America

We seek out cupcake stores whenever possible.  I love the little cakes and their variety of flavors.  And the cost is usually $3-$4 so a cheap indulgence.

The cupcake is located on the third floor of Mall of America on the west side.  It was pretty late on Saturday night but they still had several flavors left for us to choose from. I went with the Key Lime Pie and Daughter had the Betty Crocker.

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Her cupcake was $2.50 and mine was $2.95. Not too bad for the mall prices.  We took them to go back to our room for a later snack.

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These were not my favorite cupcakes.  The cake part tasted great and like key lime.  The frosting on mine was not a good match for the key lime.  Tasted too much like plain cream cheese.  Daughters cupcake was really good.

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Address: Mall of America, West Market, Minneapolis, MN 55435
Phone:(612) 378-4818
Monday 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
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Tucci Benucch at Mall of America

We wanted to have a nice dinner while at the mall.  Our day had not gone quite as we had planned or hoped but we did learn from the failure.  We could not decide what we were in the mood to eat so we chose the closest sit down food location.  Tucci Benucch was the winner.

We were given a pager and had not quite half an hour wait.  Being in the mall we had many places to look while waiting.  We had an interior table in the dining room, it was a little dark.

Our service was fast and we were given hot crusty bread with rosemary olive oil while we waited.  Daughter ordered Fettuccine Alfredo with crispy chicken and I ordered the baked spaghetti with mozzarella on top.

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Daughters dish was very good. The chicken was parmesan coated with bread crumbs.  My baked spaghetti was too dense.  Packed layers of noodles and cheese with marinara over the top.  It really needed some meat to break it up or even sauce between the layers.  I like our local baked spaghetti but this one was too bland and dense.

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The service was good but the food did not meet the price.  Both of our dishes were $18 each and sodas were $3.  For almost $50 it just was not worth it.

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Radisson Blu Mall of America

We used some of our Club Carlson points for a weekend at the Mall of America.  We had to be in the area for a meeting anyway so why not combine fun into the weekend?

We arrive at almost 9:30pm from our Chicago flight. The hotel shuttle arrive promptly after our call and it was a quick 15 minute drive to the hotel.  A very pleasant front desk clerk told us we were upgraded to a junior suite for the weekend. Staying on points any upgrade is really appreciate!

We found our way to our seventh floor room and I like how a room key is needed to use the elevator at the Blu hotels.  I know people can still try to step on with others but I appreciate the security effort.

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We loved these lobby seats.  The standard long fireplace made it very cozy. Daughter wants one of these pods in her room!

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Our junior suite had a couch and chair on the right side of the room. The king bed, desk and large tv are on the left.

We had the usual mansion bathroom with black sparkle.  The differences with the suite were a beautiful soaking tub and our shower had a seat in it.


We had a great stay.  Pretty much the hotel was the highlight of our trip.  We did some looking at the Mall of America and it was nice to have the direct access.

The third floor pool area had several chairs around the pool. And surprisingly there are two screens on the end of the pool showing kids movies.  Finding Nemo was on when we popped in.  Great for the kids!

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Our welcome gift was blue M&Ms with Radisson on the other side, Daughter made them her bedtime snack.  And a couple of bottles of water.

Rates at the Radisson Blu Mall of America start at $169 for a king or $239 for the junior suites.  We used 44,000 points for our two nights with the second nights redemption free.

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Free wristband to Nickeldoen Universe at the Mall of America

Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America Savings

We took a girls trip to the Mall of America over spring break.  I knew between shopping, eating and more shopping my daughter was going to want to ride at the Nick Universe in the middle of the mall.

I did not really want to spend $31 for a day of unlimited rides or $5 a ride if we bought single tickets.  This was looking like an expensive day and this was supposed to be a budget trip.  I was reading reviews on Trip Advisor and someone mentioned getting a free wrist band.  I was determined to dig out how they got in for free; I would love to get my child in for FREE!!!!!

And then on the Nickelodeon Universe website I stumbled on how to get a free wristband.

Reward  Members Receive:

·         350 Rewards credits just for signing up (redeemable for a FREE unlimited ride wristband)*

·         Rewards credits for each dollar spent on rides and merchandise at Nickelodeon Universe

·         Exclusive offers and discounts

·         Online Account Management

*Applies to new Nickelodeon Universe Rewards accounts opened after July 2, 2012. Must provide a valid mailing address and email to receive credits. 350 credits will be added to your Rewards account 3 business days after registration. Only one Nickelodeon Universe Rewards account per household.

Bingo!!!!! I didn’t know if it would work but I had nothing to lose but a little time.   So I signed up for the rewards program and heard nothing. In fact I had signed up 2 months before our trip and figured it was a lost cause. I was going to have to pay for her rides for a day.  It didn’t make sense to buy it per ride; she was going to want to go over and over.  Then a week before we left I got Nickelodeon mail, it was our rewards card!!!!!  I checked our balance online and I had the 350 points.

You redeem this card by going to guest services and also showing your driver’s license to match the address on the card.  But even if you are going with multiple children it’s nice to get 1 of them a free wristband!  It worked like a charm and my daughter went crazy riding the coasters.  She even snuck in a few quick rides on the Pepsi Orange Streak before the mall closed.  Saving $32 was well worth the time it took me to sign up for the free rewards program!!!!

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