Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Pastry chef Magdalena Bagi and chef/owner Matthew Walheim next to the display case showcasing Xylo’s pastries. Photos by Ross Boissoneau.

offers gourmet & deli surprises

Outdoor patrons enjoy an al fresco lunch at Xylo.

It’s not often that death immediately confronts you when you enter a restaurant.

But there it is, in the dessert case just inside the door at Xylo Bistro/Cafe: Brownies to Die For.

Not that they’re really lethal or anything.

But the huge, rich, flourless brownie (“It’s more like fudge!” excitedly says waitress Jackie Kohl) is ample evidence of Xylo’s commitment to creating interesting foodstuffs that are a little off the beaten path.

That only makes sense for a restaurant tucked into the backside of a building in the warehouse district. “We’re kind of hard to find,” admitted owner/chef Matthew Walheim.

But if Xylo isn’t necessarily easy to find, it’s worth the effort. Walheim has created an eclectic menu, with such items as Tilapia Tosca, Green Curry Chicken, whitefish pate, and grilled focaccia pizza in a variety of flavors.


If some of the items on the menu seem familiar, then you must have ventured to Suttons Bay to the Silvertree Deli. Walheim was the chef at the Silvertree until it closed in December 2010. Now many of the favorite items from that menu have been reborn, such as the Covered Wagon, a chocolate pastry in the shape of, well, a covered wagon. Other pastries include flan and carrot cake, there’s a host of cookies, and don’t forget those brownies.

“Maggie (pastry chef Magdelena Bagi) does a great job,” said Walheim In addition to the pastries, Xylo offers a variety of salads, lunch plates, starters & sides, sandwiches and subs. Most of them are available for carryout, a tradition which developed from Silvertree and was furthered by Xylo’s relationship with Right Brain Brewery next door, which doesn’t serve food but allows patrons to bring their own foodstuffs.

Walheim says there are a number of unique items on the menu. “We do calamari a little differently than most people,” he said proudly, noting the squid is cut into strips and served with a Citrus Buerre Blanc.

Another popular item is the Chicken Paprikash. In fact, Walheim says it’s his personal favorite. “It’s one dish I just never get tired of,” he said of the chicken simmered with peppers and onions, and served over homemade dumplings in a sour cream sauce.


The interior of the restaurant is just as interesting and eclectic as the menu. Bright sage and orange walls complement the dark brown tables and metal chairs. Open rafters, hanging lights, and a small stage complete the warm, friendly, and engaging interior.

And this is just the start. Walheim is hoping to get a liquor license to enable him to serve beer and wine at least. “People like to have a glass of wine with dinner,” Walheim said.

And the new dinner menu is currently in development. Walheim hopes to introduce it within a week or so.

In the meantime, patrons can enjoy the subs, burgers, and ethnic fare, along with the complete coffee bar.

Xylo is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

weekdays and until 10 Friday and Saturday. Sundays it is open from 11 to 4. Located at 221 Garland St. Suite D in TC’s Warehouse District, next to Right Brain Brewery. Its Facebook page is xylo-bistro-cafe. Call 421-9200.

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