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We asked some favorite Twin Cities personalities their favorite places to shop, eat, and play at Mall of America. Keep an eye out for them!


Jason DeRusha, WCCO-TV Morning/Noon News Anchor  

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Best Mall Secret: Holiday Station Store. “The soda and water are the same prices as at their gas stations!”

Favorite Restaurant: Masu Sushi & Robata. “Gorgeous, clever fresh sushi and the best pork belly ramen in the state.”

Favorite New Store: Hammer Made. “Funky socks, awesome ties at amazing value for the quality.”

Favorite Freebie: Cheese samples at Rybicki Cheese. “Ignore all the Packers stuff.”

Favorite Ride: Pepsi Orange Streak. “My kids always ask to ride the Pepsi!”

Favorite Parking: West Ramp near Macy’s. “Take 77 south to Killebrew Drive.” Editor’s note: Interesting. Always figured DeRusha for Nordstrom entrance parking!

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Falen Bonsett, The Dave Ryan Show on KDWB 

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Favorite Stores: 
Top Shop at Nordstrom. “LOVE! Now I don’t have to go to Chicago.”
Urban Outfitters. “I find a lot of cute/quirky gifts here and comfortable graphic shirts.”
J.Crew. “They have my favorite necklaces.”
Forever 21. “Huge and cheap.”

Favorite Restaurants:
Tucci Benucch. “Quick, tasty Italian.”
Crave. “I’m obsessed with the crunchy roll.”

Favorite Treat: Nestle Toll House Cafe.  “I’m an original chocolate chip girl.”

Favorite Ride: Log Chute. “It’s kinda dated, but SO fun. When I bring friends, we always go on it!”

Best Tip: “Never take an elevator if you can avoid it!”

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 Patrick Reusse, sports radio host on 1500ESPN and Star Tribune columnist

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Favorite Attraction: American Girl. “I take my granddaughter. She loves it. ”

Favorite Restaurant: Twin City Grill. 

Favorite Store: Nordstrom. “Shoes are about the only thing I buy at the mall.”

Best Tip: “Check out the Radisson Blu—it’s really nice. My wife and I had a good meal at the restaurant there (FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar).”

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Jason Matheson, host of Jason & Alexis in the Morning on myTalk107.1 and WCCO-TV reporter

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Favorite Store: Kiehl’s. “I swear by their eye depuffer! I’ve used it for years and it really helps bags and puffiness under the eyes!”

Favorite Restaurant: Freeziac. “It’s not a restaurant per se, but it’s my favorite frozen yogurt place in the Twin Cities. It’s the definition of happiness for me!”

Favorite Attraction: Nordstrom women’s shoe department. “I know it’s not officially an attraction, but have you seen it on a Saturday? It looks like the running of the bulls in Pamplona.”

Best Tip: “Never trust the parking ramp lights that tell you a particular ramp level is closed. Go for it, and chances are you’ll luck out with a spot!”

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 Rena Sarigianopoulos, KARE-11 Anchor/Co-Host of K-Twin Radio’s Cane and Company morning show

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Favorite Store: DSW. “Shoes as far as the eye can see, and really great sales.”

Favorite Restaurant: Magic Pan Crepe Stand. “Um…crepes. Does this need further explanation?”

Favorite Attraction: Theatres at MOA. “Wait. Someone is going to bring me nachos and drinks, at my seat? Yes, please!”

Best Tip: “You can find really fun, unique presents for out-of-state friends and family at stores like Love from Minnesota and Minnesot-ah!

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 Christopher Straub, Fashion Designer/Project Runway Alum

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Favorite Store: Nordstrom Rack. “You never know what designer deals are in store!”

Favorite Restaurant: Crave. “The caprese flatbread is always a good choice. And save room for dessert!”

Favorite Attraction: Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium. “You’ll find me hanging out with the sea turtles and jellyfish. It’s so calming.”

Best Tip: “Take a photo on your phone of which level you’re parked on so you can find your way back to your car.”

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 Ken Barlow, KSTP-TV Meteorologist

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Favorite Man Store: Bose. “When my wife is off shopping for her stuff, I like to go there and fanticize.”

Favorite Fuel: Caribou Coffee. “That’s where I go to caffeinate. There are plenty of them, thank goodness.” Editor’s note: Four MOA locations, to be exact!

Favorite Indulgence: Godiva. “Have to feed my addiction!”

Favorite Denim: Lucky Brand Jeans. “They have the best jeans ever!”

Post MOA Mood: “Well dressed, but wired!”

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