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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Silver Swan Takes Wing as a Family Tradition

Sandra Serra Bradshaw - February 24th, 2005
It’s one of those special places that draw customers in again and again - so much so that they become eager regulars welcomed on a first name basis. Often they even call in early in the morning for a favorite dish that becomes one of the daily specials for other patrons to savor.
The first Silver Swan, owned by Skender “Ziggy” and Emma Pepellashi closed its doors in Suttons Bay in 1997. Though missed much by many local patrons, Silver Swan reopened at the foot of Leelanau County in Traverse City and contues the family tradition.
Following in their parent’s footsteps, the three Pepallashi daughters, Yola, Erika and Petra, opened the new Silver Swan in 1997. They never regretted that decision. Besides being a restaurant, there are gifts from all over the world decoratively set around the interior. “At Christmas, we were sold almost out,” Yola said proudly.
“Cooking is in our blood, “ Yola added. “For countless generations our family has cooked - it is just a way of our family showing love - and in turn we now cook for our customers who are truly like family to us. We cook everything from scratch.”

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Another aim at the Silver Swan is to be affordable. “We want to give high quality to the everyday working people,” said Yola.
Sure enough, as my companion Joerg and I sat there for lunch, in came people of all sorts, including construction workers. “At first they kind of thought this place was too upscale,” Yola explained. “But now the guys have become regulars, road workers, painters, you name it. But then we also have a lot of professionals in from offices and Munson too.”
Ziggy and Emma often help out at the restaurant despite their “retirement,” a second home in Albania, and vacationing in Florida. Ziggy will often cook from the restaurant’s old menu for his daughters, much to the delight of his former patrons. Favorites such as veal Piccata or Ziggy’s raved-about roasted leg of lamb served with his delicious homemade rice pilaf and Adja, a concoction of garlic paste, olive oil, roasted red pepper and boiled potatoes. Beef Rouladen is another old favorite he delights in making for the restaurant’s patrons.
The Middle-Eastern influence is apparent, and yet on top of that comfort foods and fresh idea sandwiches are standard as well.
“Yola is the savory (cook) and Petra and I do the sweets,” said Erika. “Our sister Petra says we just need to call her our personal slave,” she added with a laugh.
“I really enjoy working here,” Petra responded with a flash in her smile. Petra came back north leaving a graphic design position in Southfield which often flew her between California and New York. “I rather be with my family,” she said.

DAILY SPECIALS
Be prepared for a huge selection of Silver Swan. On the board they offer daily specials. On Monday, meatloaf with homemade mashed potatoes and a vegetable; Tuesday, goulash over noodles and a vegetable; Wednesday, hot turkey sandwich, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy; Thursday, pork loin; Friday, beef Stroganoff over noodles; and everyday, rouladeti with mashed potatoes and red cabbage and Wiener schnitzel. Daily they offer other ethnic varieties to choose from as well.
Salads selections are many and taste as fresh as just picked out of the garden. They are fussy where they get their food, much coming from the Eastern Market in Detroit. Some salads they serve are Juliette salad with turkey, Swiss, dried cherries and pecans, Greek Salad, as well including the popular Emerson Salad made with turkey, Swiss, dried cherries and pecans.
Their sandwiches? Ahh! Try a Reubeti, delicate corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing served on grilled rye. Petra’s favorite is roast beef or salami with herb cream cheese, tomatoes and onion. A vegetarian choice is the Norwegian - Havarti cheese, cucumber, shredded carrots and lettuce with Bistro sauce, or the Veggie Wrap, Cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots and cucumber with a zesty ranch dressing. Or how about a Middle Eastern Wrap, made with hummus Babaganoush, vegetarian grape leaves, lettuce and tomato. Those choices are only the beginning, as there are eleven other wraps and sandwiches, some light, some very hearty. Or choose to make your own “Custom Creation.”

BEST EVER
To complement your sandwich, add homemade soups made fresh daily. These include a popular chicken vegetable orzo, bean with ham, beef barley, creamed soups such as potato, leek and spinach and much loved by customers, Yola’s chili.
“We always have at least one vegetarian and one meat soup daily,” said Yola. Side dishes include “Killer Potato Salad,” garden salad, pickled beets, hummus, Baba Gagnouj or vegetarian grape leaves (which is what I ordered and the best I have ever had).
Don’t forget to try their fabulous homemade desserts. Showcased behind a large glass case, these include cream puffs, a selection of cookies, Baklava with pistachios, Ziggy’s Apple Strudel, Tiramisu and cannelloni.

The Silver Swan staff is available for catering. Call for selections and pricing. The restaurant/gift shop is located at 13692 S. West-Bay Shore Dr Traverse City, MI 49684 Phone 932-0203 Hours are Monday thru Friday 11am - 8 pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

 
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