Letters 10-17-2016

Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

Reasons For NoI have great respect for the Prop. 3 proponents and consider them friends but in this case they’re wrong. A “yes” vote on Prop. 3 is really a “no” vote on..

Republican Observations When the Republican party sends its presidential candidates, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with a lot of problems. They’re sending criminals, they’re sending deviate rapists. They’re sending drug addicts. They’re sending mentally ill. And some, I assume, are good people...

Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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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.”

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.

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.”

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.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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