Northern Express - Best of NM 2012 http://www.northernexpress.com/michigan/articles.sec-156-1-best-of-nm-2012.html <![CDATA[Best/Worst Michigan Athlete - ]]> Megatron earned a blizzard of national attention by posting the best statistical season of his NFL career in 2011. He posted a career high 1,681 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. In week four against the Dallas Cowboys, Johnson helped rally the Lions from a 24-point deficit to a 34-30 victory by snagging two 4th quarter touchdown passes.]]> <![CDATA[Best of Boyne/Charlevoix - ]]> Boating, skiing, hiking, golf...the list goes on for things to do in the Boyne/Charlevoix area. Then there are the non-recreational activities: shopping and dining. Here’s what our readers said to check out when NOT enjoying all that recreational fun..]]> <![CDATA[Best TV Show - ]]> <![CDATA[Most Eclectic Gift Shop - Get gifty at Nifty!]]> It’s the moment when your palms begin to sweat, your eyes become crossed and every clock is screaming at you. You glance at the greeting card isle at the grocery store and think/hope, a card will suffice. Then, a cheap, stuffed animal at the gas station catches your eye.]]> <![CDATA[Best Athletic Gear Shop & Store Staff - Good sports turn to Jay’s]]> And they carry a wide variety of familiar brand names, not knockoffs or private label items. Look along their shelves and racks and you’ll see familiar outdoor names like Carhartt, Woolrich, Bear Archery, Browning, Buck Knives, Coleman, Leatherman Tool, Minnkota, Remington, Shimano Under Armour and Winchester.]]> <![CDATA[Best Barista - Master Barista at Roast & Toast]]> “I grew up in Alanson, but always hung out in Petoskey, and one day I walked into Roast & Toast and felt at home,” said Thompson. “The staff was really friendly, all the other people in the place seemed cool and the coffee drinks were delicious, so it became my hangout.]]> <![CDATA[Story you’d like us to do? - ]]> <![CDATA[Best of Cadillac/Manistee - ]]> and that smalltown feel greet visitors heading north on highways US-31 and US-131. Cadillac and Manistee serve as the gateways to Northern Michigan, welcoming “flatlanders” to all we have to offer. Express readers voted for the businesses that help make these anchor counties home to both locals and visitors alike.]]> <![CDATA[Gaylord - ]]> in Michigan where you’ll see elk wandering the woods or a town decorated like the Alpine villages of Switzerland...except in Gaylord. Here are a few places to stock up on sporting goods, kick back for a brew and take in the ambiance of what makes Gaylord, well, Gaylord.]]> <![CDATA[Best of Benzie/Interlochen - ]]> The top picks for Benzie County span the map, from the northeast shoulder of Interlochen to the southwest elbow of Elberta and everything in between. While the drive may be far, our readers believe these hot spots are worth the visit. So save a day and check out what makes Benzie County a diversified destination.]]> <![CDATA[Best Desserts - Water Street Cafe]]> Sometimes, she laughs, it’s difficult to get people to try new things, because the first thing they try becomes their favorite, and they don’t want to branch out after that. She and Larry even have menu items they look forward to a little more than others.]]> <![CDATA[Best of Mackinac & Cheboygan - ]]> serve as the corridor to the north. Surrounded by water, woods and chocked full of history, it’s the last stop before folks say ‘Ya’ to da U.P. But this region is more than a pit stop for visitors, it’s home to eclectic shops, cool hangouts, good food and plenty of spirits.]]> <![CDATA[Best of Antrim/Kalkaska - ]]> This region may appear sleepy to the unknowing passerby, but Antrim/ Kalkaska is full of local fun; and with powerhouse businesses like Shorts making waves across the food and beverage industry, this region is anything but hidden. Want to explore more? Check out these top picks:.]]> <![CDATA[You know you’re a Northern Michigander when... ? - ]]> • “A good day” means you shoveled your car out of the snow in less than 15 minutes • 20 degrees is a heat wave • 50 degrees is shorts and tshirt weather • 8 inches of snow doesn’t stop you from driving • A few inches of snow is just a ‘dusting’ a...]]> <![CDATA[Best Idea for Bringing Jobs to Northern Michigan? - ]]> <![CDATA[Best Heroes! - ]]> “Ive had a lot of things keeping me busy so I havnt been able to post much on here. I WILL be back to patroling and doing what I can to help in Aprill. It seems that I will not be alone iether....” Petoskey Batman wrote on Feb. 10..]]> <![CDATA[Best New Band - North Shore]]> “Erik jammed through high school with the other guys in the band and after school we all headed off to school. I moved to Colorado and eventually Florida,” said Perry. “Well I started talking to Erik about playing music and moved back to the area.]]> <![CDATA[Best Band - Medicinal Groove]]> “That Progressive Funk/ Dance/Jam on our Facebook page is really just the start of how to describe this band,” said vocalist and guitarist Matt McCalpin. “We try not to be tied down to any specific sound. Everything starts with funk and groove base and build from the ground up.]]> <![CDATA[Best Michigan Product - ]]> When Short’s Brewing Company produced those first 178 barrels of beer in 2004, they must have known they were on to something special. Since then, production at their Bellaire brewpub and now the Elk Rapids brewery has grown exponentially, along with the popularity of the brand.]]> <![CDATA[Best of Grand Traverse County - ]]> Foodies, hop-heads and social butterflies agree: Grand Traverse County is the place to be -- and nothing is more evident than the growing number of restaurants, breweries and festivals popping up across its 600+ square aces. Here is the Best of the Best of where to go and what to do in Grand Traverse.]]>