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Craig Manning | Author


Back to Reality

Feb. 8, 2020

Laith Al-Saadi is still standing.
 
It hasn’t been an easy road for the 42-year-old The Voice contestant, who made it to the May 2016 finale of the popular NBC show.
 
For one thing, the Michigan native has brushed up against reality TV’s... Read More >>

A Touch of Sunshine

Feb. 1, 2020

 “Michigan winters are unrivaled for their utter lack of sunshine,” wrote Thrillist when it ranked Michigan as the state with the second most miserable winter in the country. (Minnesota topped the list.) Needless to say, in the bitter doldrums of a nort... Read More >>

Cadillac’s Clam Lake Beer Co.

Jan. 25, 2020

It’s 3:00 on a Thursday afternoon, but Clam Lake Beer Co. is already bustling with regulars. The taphouse and brewery, which is located right on the main drag of S. Mitchell Street in downtown Cadillac, is a popular local hangout spot no matter the time or day. In the winter, it&rsq... Read More >>

Drop the Needle: Wax is Back

Jan. 25, 2020

Not so long ago, vinyl records were considered a dead format. When the compact disc made its debut in the early 1980s, many viewed it as the vinyl killer. Here was a new format of music distribution that improved upon its predecessor in virtually every way, from convenience and portabilit... Read More >>

Cheboygan Brewing Co.'s Imperial Cinnamon Hefeweizen

Jan. 18, 2020

Winter is prime time for imperial stouts and barrel-aged beers, but what if you’re not a fan of those big, heavy, dark brews? The Imperial Cinnamon Hefeweizen is a perfect winter beer for folks who prefer the hue of their ales to stay on the lighter side of the spectrum. On the one ... Read More >>

Say Cheese

Nov. 30, 2019

“Holiday fact: Everybody loves a cheese platter.”
 
That’s the wisdom of Sue Kurta, owner and cheesemaker at the Kingsley-based Boss Mouse Cheese. We happen to agree with her: Not many things are more essential to a festive holiday gathering than a careful... Read More >>

Why Your Favorite European Wine/Cheese/Whisky/Coffee Is About to Get Pricier

Nov. 30, 2019

If you’re planning to put imported wine on your holiday table this season, it could cost you.
 
Thanks to a series of tariffs imposed on select products from the European Union (EU), U.S. consumers are likely to pay more for Scotch whisky, Italian cheeses, German coff... Read More >>

The Local

Nov. 16, 2019

Not so long ago, Jamie Wentworth was 99 percent certain her restaurant had burned to the ground. Wentworth, who owns The Local in Elk Rapids, was heading home from the restaurant with her husband, Drew, when they got a call from a friend saying the building was on fire. As Wentworth tells... Read More >>

The local musicians you must hear now

Nov. 2, 2019

Doesn’t matter if you’re into blues, funk, folk, rock, or country, or whether you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing cover band or a singer/songwriter known for deep, personal confessionals. Northern Express has you covered. Below, we’ve rounded up 10 terrific musicia... Read More >>

Suttons Bay Ciders' Barrel Rider

Nov. 2, 2019

There might not be a better view on Leelanau Peninsula than the one from the Suttons Bay Ciders tasting room. Especially amidst the full splendor of northern Michigan fall color, simply walking through the door of Suttons Bay Ciders or spending a few moments on the deck is enough to make ... Read More >>

13 Ways to Get Your Halloween On

Oct. 19, 2019

Which do you prefer: trick or treat? Whether you’re seeking scream-worthy scares or hoping more for candy, laughs, and family friendly fun, northern Michigan has the Halloween event for you. Consider Northern Express your guide to the best Halloween parties, haunted houses, ghost hi... Read More >>

Old Mission’s Peninsula Grill

Oct. 5, 2019

Located almost smack-dab in the middle of Traverse City’s 19-mile-long Old Mission Peninsula, the Peninsula Grill can fairly be described as “off the beaten path” for the majority of Traverse City residents — let alone for those around northern Michigan. From the b... Read More >>

The Right Wine, Right Now

Oct. 5, 2019

What’s the best wine to drink in the fall? How can you get the most bang for your buck at the local wine shop? What trends or challenges are currently shaping the world of wine? Northern Expresstapped three wine experts to find out what’s tasty, trending (and a steal!) locally... Read More >>

Tandem Ciders' Coloma Blue

Sept. 28, 2019

If you’re a hard cider fanatic, and you haven’t visited Tandem Ciders yet this year, now’s the time. The rustic tasting room — located in an off-the-beaten-path barn near Suttons Bay (2055 N Setterbo Rd, 231-271-0050) — has been packed most of the summer. Wit... Read More >>

Homegrown Football Heroes Hitting the NFL & College Turf

Aug. 31, 2019

The end of summer is here, which really only means one thing: football. The NFL regular season commences on Thursday, Sept. 5 with a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. The first NCAA college football games of the year, meanwhile, were played last Thursday, Aug. 29. ... Read More >>

The North's New Sex Ed

Aug. 24, 2019

What should a modern sexual education curriculum look like? How much should teachers tell kids about sex in a school environment? And what topics are parents truly comfortable with their kids learning?
 
These questions have been batted around for years, often with no clear... Read More >>

Traverse City's Silver Spruce Brewing

Aug. 24, 2019

Michigan might just be the craft beer capital of the world, if only evidenced by the types of buildings that have been turned into craft breweries over the past decade. Brewery Vivant, based in Grand Rapids, sits in a space that used to be a church, while Traverse City’s own Filling... Read More >>

The Tribune Ice Cream & Eatery

Aug. 17, 2019

Tucked near the end of Leelanau Peninsula, in the quaint, unhurried downtown of Northport, diners will find a restaurant that is among northern Michigan’s best-kept secrets. The Tribune Ice Cream & Eatery is a small breakfast and lunch spot located just a stone’s throw awa... Read More >>

Vernors Cherry Pie

July 27, 2019

A cherry crumb pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company is the ideal summer dessert. But if you’re looking for something a little more unusual, try this summertime exclusive: Grand Traverse Pie Company’s Vernors Cherry Pie. Exactly what it sounds like — a classic Montmorency ... Read More >>

So. Many. Gigs.

July 20, 2019

A duo of singer-songwriters, who just so happen to be married, embark on a worldwide tour with one goal: Play a show every day for 365 days straight. Along the way, they experience the ups and downs of touring life, the power of music to transcend boundaries, and whether their commitment ... Read More >>