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Letters 09-15-2014

Stop The Games On Campus

Four head coaches – two at U of M and two at MSU – get a total of $13 million of your taxpayer dollars each year. Their staffs get another $11 million...

The Truth About Fatbikes

While we appreciate the fatbike trail coverage, the quote from the article below is exactly what we demonstrated not to be true in most cases last season...

Man Has Environmental Responsibility

I tend to agree with Thomas Kachadurian (“Playing God,” Sept. 8) that we should not interfere with the power of nature by deciding what is “native” and what is not. Man usually does what is better for man (or so we believe), hence the survival and population growth of our species...

The Bush & Obama Facts

Don Turner’s letter to the editor on 8/25/14 stated that there has never been a more corrupt, dishonest, etc. set of politicians in the White House. He states no facts, but here are a few...

Ban Pesticides

I grew up downstate in a neighborhood without pesticides. I was always very healthy. Living here, I have become ill. So I did my research and found out a lot about these poison agents called pesticides (herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, chemical fertilizers, etc) that are being spread throughout this community, accumulating in our air, water and soil...

Respect for Presidents?

Recently we read the Letter to the Editor that encouraged us to stop characterizing President Obama as anything other than an upstanding, moral, inspiring “first Black President”. The author would have us think that the rancor in the press, media and public is misguided. And, believe it or not, this rancor is a “glaring exception to … unwritten patriotic rule” of historically supporting all previous presidents...


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Monday, March 22, 2010

Tastemakers: Hanna Bistro final cigar dinner

Dining Rick Coates Hanna Bistro - Final Cigar Dinner
On Tuesday, March 23, Hanna
Bistro in Traverse City will host its final cigar dinner. In that Hanna is
an extension of what once was Hattie’s of Suttons Bay, home of the first
official cigar dinner in Northern Michigan 23 years ago, it seems only
fitting to pay some sort of tribute, especially considering that these
dinners will no longer be legal in
Michigan after May 1.
 
Monday, March 15, 2010

Tastemakers:Backwoods Pretzels/Paddy Old Irish Whiskey

Dining Rick Coates Backwoods Pretzels
Parallel 45 Enterprises launched in 2006 when good friends Gene Van Koevering and Jerry Timmer decided to go into business together to package and sell a pretzel snack that Van Koevering and his wife would bring to parties. That popular party pretzel recipe would become Uncle Gene’s Backwoods Pretzels Garlic-Dill, available at stores throughout Northern Michigan.
The pretzels literally flew off retail shelves leading the partners to develop other flavors. They now have four, including Cherry Chipotle, Cinnamon Sugar and Buffalo Wing. The new brands also have found a fan base in the region. “We always have at least two flavors on hand at Right Brain Brewery,” said Russ Springsteen. “These pretzels pack a lot of flavor and our patrons love them.”
At first the partners were able to package the pretzels locally but demand forced them to have production and packaging moved down state. They are currently looking at moving the whole production and packaging operation to Northern Michigan soon. While production may be downstate, the distribution end of the operation takes place out of Traverse City and equally important the research and development of future products also takes place in Northern Michigan.
 
Monday, March 15, 2010

Call of the wild

Features Rick Coates Call of the Wild:World travelers plan a wildlifesanctuary for Northern Michigan
By Rick Coates
Traverse City native Jessica Pociask caught the travel bug early in
life. As a sophomore at Traverse City West High School, she traveled
through Europe playing the violin and after graduating early, she
spent three weeks in Iceland visiting a friend.
 
Monday, March 8, 2010

Uncle Cracker

Music Rick Coates Uncle Kracker Plans to Bring a Smile to Northern Michigan
By Rick Coates
Uncle Kracker returns to Northern Michigan with a “Smile” on his face. He is kicking off the second leg of his tour in support of his latest release Happy Hour this week in Michigan and will perform Saturday night at Ground Zero Nightclub in Traverse City.
Uncle Kracker has a fondness for Northern Michigan; he grew up in Mt. Clemens and has a place up here where he hangs when he is not touring. Best known for collaborations with artists such as Kid Rock and Kenny Chesney, as well as his own hits, such as “Follow Me,” and a cover of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away,” Uncle Kracker collaborated this time with another Michigan native singer songwriter JTX on several songs, including the smash hit, “Smile.”
He took time from rehearsing with his band to answer a few questions for the Express.
 
Monday, March 8, 2010

Tastemakers: Irish or American? Corned Beef Cabbage

Dining Rick Coates Irish Or American?
Corned Beef Cabbage
While Americans of Irish descent will be whooping it up over the High Holy Days of St. Patrick’s Day, those who reside on the Emerald Isle will be more subdued in their celebration. Here in the States the day has become one of pints, pubs and plates of corned beef and cabbage. But is the latter really Irish?
Some say not. Sure, there will be plenty of corned beef and cabbage being served in Ireland this St. Patrick’s Day -- but not to appease those who live there --but rather to please the tourists.
Okay, so exactly where did this tradition of corned beef and cabbage come from? From an historical perspective indirectly Ireland, where in the 1600s beef was a scarcity and corned beef was considered a delicacy and served on Easter. It is believed that the tradition of corned beef and cabbage being served on St. Patrick’s Day evolved from Irish immigrants to America who in the 1800s were at the bottom of the ethnic cultural totem pole (“Irish Need Not Apply”) and were among the poorest Americans, so a meal of corned beef and cabbage was considered a real treat. Here is a poem by Irish poet Frances Shilliday from the website St. Patrick’s Day Myth’s:
 
Monday, March 8, 2010

Get your Irish on

Features Rick Coates Get Your Irish On
St. Patrick’s Day Happenings for the Irish in Ye...
By Rick Coates
When the Bun Brady Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians formed
30 years ago St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the area were simply
raising a few pints of green beer at local pubs and family dinners and
parties in the homes of the Irish descendants in the region. That has
all changed.
 
Monday, March 8, 2010

Celtic John

Features Rick Coates Celtic John: So What’s Up His Kilt Now?
By Rick Coates
It seems like a simple proposition on the surface. Simply spend $45
(if you are in Traverse City and live in Interlochen) if you have been
enjoying a night on the town with some adult beverages, or risk
getting behind the wheel of your vehicle and driving while
intoxicated.
 
Monday, March 1, 2010

Chef Hermann

Dining Rick Coates Chef Hermann Suhs:Cadillac’s Gift to Gourmet Dining
By Rick Coates
Chef Hermann Suhs of Hermann’s European Café has literally been the
“face” of the Northern Michigan culinary scene for the past 20 years.
His weekly Cooking With Chef Hermann show appeared on TV 9 &10 for 19
years.  For the past 24 years he has developed a reputation for
culinary excellence in the Cadillac and surrounding area with his
restaurant and by adding a deli, Opa’s Butcher & Wine Shop along with
Hermann’s Hotel upstairs.
 
Monday, March 1, 2010

Tastemakers: 2010 James Beard Foundation/ Mt. Pleasant Brewing Company Coal Stokers Blackberry Ale

Dining Rick Coates 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards
It has been called the “Oscars of the food world,” The James Beard Foundation Awards annually honors the best chefs, restaurants, food writers and authors. The old adage “It’s merely an honor to be nominated” does truly hold true in this case. Three chefs from Northern Michigan have received such an honor, Chef Myles Anton (in photo), from Trattoria Stella in Traverse City, Chef Randy Chamberlain from Blu in Glen Arbor and Guillaume Hazaël-Massieux from La Bécasse in Maple City.
In the category of Best Chef, 21,000 chefs are narrowed down to 200 semi-finalists (20 from each of the 10 regions of the category). The three Northern Michigan chefs are in the Great Lakes region that includes Chicago and other metropolitan markets. Only five chefs from Michigan made the semifinalist list, the three from Northern Michigan and Brian Polcyn from Forest Grill in Birmingham and Alex Young of Zingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor.
 
Monday, February 22, 2010

Tastemakers: Japa Dog/ Jack Archiable

Dining Rick Coates Japa Dog
One of the biggest hits of the 2010 Winter Olympics has been the Japa Dog. No, this is not some new competition or the name of a hip snowboarder; rather it is the hot dog stand in Vancouver. Make that three stands. It has been one of the culinary highlights of this year’s Winter Olympics. While Vancouver has a diverse culinary scene, it has been Japa Dog that has been the talk of the town.
The concept was started five years ago when Japanese immigrant Noriki Tamura moved to Vancouver and traded his professional career for a hot dog cart. But what set his cart apart from others were two things: his smiling face (regulars say Tamura smiles all the time regardless of the weather) and the Japanese style condiments he uses. His most popular selling dog is the Spicy Cheese Terimayo that consists of a jalapeno cheese dog topped with teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayo and seaweed.
 
Monday, February 22, 2010

Easyt meets West: Chinese journalist Li Jin on her move to Northern Michigan

Features Rick Coates East Meets West: Chinese music journalist Li Jin
on her move to Northern Michigan
By Rick Coates
Li Jin, a music editor and senior journalist with Music Weekly, the Chinese publication that covers the music scene both within and outside the People’s Republic of China, has been in Northern Michigan for the past week working on an article about Interlochen Center For The Arts. Jin felt the story on Interlochen would be relevant to the 40 million students of music in China and that their parents would be interested in what Interlochen has to offer.
Last week Jin spoke to an audience at Interlochen about life and music and China during their Cultural Revolution, and in particular, life after the death of longtime leader Mao Zedong. Jin said it is an exciting time in China right now as they balance their cultural heritage with many western influences.
 
Monday, February 15, 2010

Puddle of Mudd

Music Rick Coates Troubled waters no problem for Puddle of Mudd
By Rick Coates
When Puddle of Mudd takes the stage Friday night at Ground Zero
Nightclub in Traverse City it will be a reunion of a couple of
survivors. POM performed to a sold-out crowd three years ago at Ground
Zero and both the band and the club have found a way to survive the
challenges they have faced.
 
Monday, February 15, 2010

The View from China: Li Jin

Music Rick Coates The View from China Journalist Li Jin reports on Interlochen and the music scene
For the next two weeks Chinese music journalist Li Jin will be visiting the region. Jin is the editor of “Music Weekly” in China and is on assignment to write a profile about Interlochen Center for The Arts. Express contributing editor Rick Coates interviewed Li Jin via phone from her home in Hangzhou, China (13 hours time difference). While Rick does not speak fluent Chinese Li Jin fortunately speaks fluent English.
 
Monday, February 15, 2010

Tastemakers: Bourbon 72 tableside flambe/Beer is back

Dining Rick Coates Bourbon 72 Tableside Flambé
I was having a conversation recently with an employee from Turtle Creek Casino in Williamsburg who asked if I had been out to the casino lately. I responded that I am not a casino person and that gambling is just not my thing. He chuckled and said: “No, you mean gaming is not your thing; but there is so much more to do than just gaming, you should come for dinner and one of the shows.”
So I went to dinner at Bourbon 72 at Turtle Creek Casino and was impressed with every aspect of my experience. It started with the attention to detail from our server Aaron. He guided my wife and me through our entrée selections and even recommended a great bottle of wine for us.
 
Monday, February 15, 2010

Roseanne Barr in the house

Features Rick Coates Roseanne Barr in the house. Comic superstar headlines TC Comedy Festival
By Rick Coates
The “Domestic Goddess” Roseanne (yes, she is part of that first name club) will headline the first TC Comedy Festival this weekend. She will appear Saturday night at the State Theatre (tickets are sold out but as is the case with TC Film Festival, there will be a standby line and there is always a possibility that a few tickets might become available).
Roseanne dominated sitcom TV in the ‘90s with her show of the same name. For nine seasons she portrayed Roseanne Conner, whose husband was played by John Goodman. The show was number one in the ratings for two seasons and was always in the top eight shows watched weekly during its run from 1988-1997.
The TV show evolved out of her stand-up routine that she crafted in the early ‘80s, portraying the unglamorized typical housewife in working class America. She became a favorite on the new Comedy Channel and made late night appearances with Johnny Carson.
 
 
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