November 18, 2018

Janice Binkert | Author


Moomers' Ice Cream Flights

April 28, 2018

Moomers, situated on a knoll overlooking the Plummer family dairy farm just west of Traverse City, makes over 160 flavors of premium ice cream. Granted, the shop’s display case can only accommodate about 20 of those daily, but still…it’s so hard to choose! The happy sol... Read More >>

White on Rice

April 21, 2018

For the past three years, husband and wife team Eric and Amy Kolden have been on a mission to make high-quality sushi and other Japanese specialties easily accessible to a wider audience in northern Michigan.


Deftly wielding the appropriate gleamingly sharp-edged Ja... Read More >>

Bella Arancina

April 21, 2018

PepeNero Italian restaurant and Ballaró wine lounge chef-owner Giorgio Lo Greco has a wicked sense of humor, but he takes his arancina seriously, emphasizing that this is the correct word for the famous Sicilian snack in the north, in his native Palermo, but noting with disdain tha... Read More >>

Traverse City's Omelette Shoppe

April 7, 2018

One of 2017’s most notable food trends was “put an egg on it.” It was the year that eggs topped everything from arugula to ziti. Well, here’s a news flash: The Omelette Shoppe has been putting an egg on it — and around it, and under it, and beside it, and... Read More >>

Maxbauer’s Jerky

March 24, 2018

Love jerky? Well, you’re not alone. Recent statistics show it’s more popular than ever. People today want an on-the-go snack that is portable (no refrigeration required), tasty, protein-rich, and nutritious, and jerky fits the bill. Maxbauer Specialty Meat Market, a fixture in... Read More >>

Taproot’s Madagascar

March 24, 2018

Officially, its name is Madagascar Vanilla Bean Bourbon Barrel Aged Cider. Quite a mouthful. That’s why, explains bartender Chris Lemanski of Taproot Cider House, “We just call it the Taproot.” However, fans of this high-octane (12 percent!) “liquid gold” sti... Read More >>

The Many Faces of Larb

March 10, 2018

Is it larb, laab, laap or larp? That depends on where in the world you are. In the U.S., it’s often just called lettuce wraps. This particular version — from Samsara, the new Southeast Asian restaurant in Traverse City — has its origins in Laos, where it is the unofficia... Read More >>

2016 LFC BLAUFRÄNKISCH

March 10, 2018

Respect. Aretha Franklin wasn’t getting enough of it, and these days, neither are medium-bodied, elegant red wines like Blaufränkisch. Which is puzzling, because this traditional Austrian cool-climate red is infinitely approachable, delicious, and food friendly — compleme... Read More >>

American Spoon Foods' Whole Seed Mustard

March 3, 2018

It’s not too early to start thinking about Easter menus, and when it comes to versatility in the kitchen, American Spoon Foods’ Whole Seed Mustard is the Swiss army knife of condiments. Dubbed “the caviar of mustards” by its creators, its yellow and black seeds are... Read More >>

Traverse City's Centre Street Cafe

March 3, 2018

If you haven’t yet discovered this somewhat-off-the-beaten-path-but-totally-worth-the-short-detour lunch spot in Traverse City, it’s time to get your Google and GPS in gear and put some excitement back on your midday plate.

While it’s not easy to pin down the bes... Read More >>

Snow Blossoms Martini

March 3, 2018

Pining for snow, but somehow weary of the winter cold? Red Ginger bartender Jeremy Trick has a remedy for both with his Snow Blossoms Martini. This delicious, rosy cheek-hued chiller is as refreshing as a brisk day on the slopes, but you’ll be sipping it in the warm atmosphere of th... Read More >>

Super Duck

Feb. 17, 2018

 

Valentine’s Day may be over, but S2S/Sugar2Salt in Traverse City is still stealing hearts, as it has been since opening in June 2017, with an inspired, locally sourced menu of sweet and savory indulgences that will have you falling in love with bre... Read More >>

The King Bourbon

Feb. 17, 2018

One true harbinger of spring for those of us lucky enough to call Northern Michigan home is the tapping of maple trees for sap. Grand Traverse Distillery believes that’s something to celebrate – with a maple syrup-infused craft cocktail at its downtown tasting room. Dubbed the... Read More >>

Traverse City's Milkweed

Dec. 30, 2017

MILKWEED

 

How two eminent Traverse City chefs teamed up with the owners of an innovative bar to take street food inside — and out of — the box.

 

Jennifer Blakeslee and Eric Patterson are well known to a wide audience in northern Mich... Read More >>

Restaurant: Traverse City's Wren the Butcher

Dec. 16, 2017

The logo for Wren the Butcher, the artisan sausage and rustic comfort food restaurant that chef-owner Adam McMarlin opened inside the new State Street Marketplace in Traverse City last July, features a tiny bird perched on a huge meat cleaver. Some may find that an odd choice, but then, W... Read More >>

Traverse City's Wren the Butcher

Dec. 16, 2017

The logo for Wren the Butcher, the artisan sausage and rustic comfort food restaurant that chef-owner Adam McMarlin opened inside the new State Street Marketplace in Traverse City last July, features a tiny bird perched on a huge meat cleaver. Some may find that an odd choice, but then, W... Read More >>

Traverse City's Common Good Bakery

Dec. 2, 2017

It’s mid-afternoon on a Thursday in early November, and business is brisk at the Common Good Bakery in Traverse City. Customers arrive singly, in pairs, or with children in tow; by car, by bike, and on foot. Many are from the surrounding neighborhoods, delighted to have this new bus... Read More >>

The Boathouse on Traverse City's Old Mission Peninsula

Nov. 4, 2017

Bowers Harbor Marina on Old Mission Peninsula is empty now. The summer tableau of boats, sailors, and fishermen outside its windows has moved out to make way for a new show: water that some days is as smooth as glass, and other days, when dramatic storms move in, whipping up whitecaps as ... Read More >>

Elk Rapids' Cellar 152

Oct. 14, 2017

At some point in the midst of the launch of Cellar 152, owners Mark and Kerrie Wayne might have felt that the name they had chosen for it was perhaps more appropriate – albeit in another context – than they had originally intended. It was August 2, 2015, the same day that stra... Read More >>

Glen Arbor's Blu

Sept. 2, 2017

 

Randy Chamberlain was already in the kitchen by age 10. Decades later, he’s still there. But instead of reigning over the dish tank at Chamberlain’s, his parents’ now-shuttered casual eatery on Garfield Road in Traverse City, he is now executive chef and c... Read More >>