April 23, 2024

Karl Klockars | Author


Where the Panini Reigns Supreme

April 13, 2024

Even when he was running the kitchen at Bubba’s in Traverse City, Justin Chouinard had his eye on the little restaurant space across the street.

For years, 439 East Front has housed restaurants like Patisserie Amie, Cook’s House, 9 Bean Rows, Sparks BBQ, and most recen... Read More >>

Nano Brewing, Macro Impact at Third Life Brewing Company

March 9, 2024

On a Friday evening, near the end of a dark road but still within sight of the glow of Manistee’s Vogue Theatre, bright light pours from the corner windows at the massive Manistee Iron Works building. Inside, patrons huddle around the bright bar, chat at tables, play board games, an... Read More >>

Small Town Charm, Big City Kitchen

Feb. 17, 2024

Many of us learned to love meal kits during the pandemic. They’re conveniently sent right to your front door, they’re pre-portioned, you often learn something new while using them, and at the end of the process, you have a fresh, home-cooked meal.

Simple as they seem t... Read More >>

The Holiday Spirits

Dec. 9, 2023

These days, cocktail menus are moving from vodka-laden lemonades and beach-friendly rum punches to sharper drinks, pairing gin and whiskey with citrus and syrup to create concoctions more appropriate to sweater weather and tree stand sipping. Winter is coming on quick, and while you&rsquo... Read More >>

The Vet Recommends

Oct. 21, 2023

Your humble author is in year nine of being a cat dad to our little tortie-tabby meatball, Aoife T. Bavarois Dunlop-Klockars, and I’ve played caretaker to a variety of other family cats, dogs, birds, fish, and even a rabbit. (Next? Hopefully sheep!)

But no matter how many ye... Read More >>

Prost! Cheers to the Oktoberfest

Sept. 16, 2023

September and October bring some of our favorite things to northern Michigan. Fall colors. Hunting season. Halloween candy. Sweater weather. But we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about one of the best parts of autumn: the return of Oktoberfest beers.

Despite the name, t... Read More >>

What Are You Reading?

Aug. 26, 2023

The closure of Gaylord’s longtime downtown bookstore, Saturn Booksellers, in spring of 2022 had a big impact on a whole community of book lovers, but perhaps none more so than Lindsay Klein. The Colorado native’s childhood dream was to open her own bookstore in Estes Park, but... Read More >>

TC Vietnamese’s House Combination Pho

Aug. 26, 2023

Even though Good Bowl has had a well-deserved monopoly on pho in TC for a while now, more options for bowls of the savory-sweet, beefy, and deeply herbaceous Vietnamese noodle soup can never be a bad thing. That’s why we’re always happy to order up another serving of the House... Read More >>

Meet The Winery Circuit Players

Aug. 5, 2023

If you’ve spent any time at a winery in northern Michigan, you know that what’s in the glass is just part of the appeal of a visit. There’s the great views of the vineyards, rolling hills, or one (or both!) of the bays. There’s also often live music. Most vineyards... Read More >>

On a Roll at The Dojo

June 10, 2023

“My mom always told me to stop playing with my food,” Brent Shafer jokes while explaining how he got behind the counter at The Dojo, his new space at the Long Lake Culinary Campus where he slices sashimi, shapes sushi, and rolls maki by hand.

Shafer opened the doors ea... Read More >>

Springtime at Spring and Porter

May 6, 2023

Opening a restaurant is a famously difficult proposition. Opening your first restaurant after building a reputation at Petoskey-area dining destinations like Tapawingo and Chandler’s? That sets the expectations bar pretty high. And then deciding to take the reins of a restaurant tha... Read More >>

The Right Side of the Tracks

April 8, 2023

In a different timeline, Macie Hefron would be studying to be a lawyer right now. Instead, due to the COVID-induced extension of a summer job in college, the Midwest is on the cusp of having its first rail bike operator right here in northern Michigan. Hefron, 22, is the driving force beh... Read More >>

High Stakes, High ABV

March 11, 2023

“I wanted to create something that was extraordinary.”

That’s how Joe Short, founder of Short’s Brewing, describes the beers he crafted for their famed Imperial Beer Series, the collection of 13 craft beers released in 2007 that put Short’s—and ... Read More >>

Dreaming Big

Jan. 28, 2023

After 15 years of operation, the Traverse City-based support group and resource center known as Single MOMM is hitting its full stride—and receiving a recent Impact100 grant is only helping to accelerate their efforts.

Single MOMM (the extra “M” stands for &ldquo... Read More >>

August in February

Nov. 19, 2022

When we’re feeling down during a long Michigan winter, some of us plan a trip to Florida. Some buy a sun lamp. Some take a yoga class, or maybe get a massage.

Jenna Zerbo’s response to snow and gloom was to open her own store. So if you’ve come to appreciate the ... Read More >>

Brewery Terra Firma’s Vanilla Ancho

Oct. 29, 2022

For nearly 10 years, Brewery Terra Firma has offered a hard-to-say but awesome-to-drink beer: the Ancho Chile Dutch Double Chocolate Porter. It was among the first to hit draft lines and recently returned to BTF’s offerings. Unlike other beers, the recipe has never been tweaked&hell... Read More >>

Hoping for Homes: Local humane societies share triumphs and challenges

Oct. 22, 2022

It’s been a couple of years since the phrase “pandemic puppy” entered our lives, and for those among us who helped empty the shelters and added a new pet to the family in 2020, it might be almost time for another Gotcha Day. But how are our humane societies and animal sh... Read More >>

West Coast Fare on the Third Coast

Sept. 17, 2022

If you catch Adrienne Brunette—restaurateur, CEO, and co-founder of Honest Hospitality, which runs Mama Lu’s, Flying Noodle, and now The Burrow—on her phone, she’s not going to be flipping through Facebook or Twitter.

“People ask what I do in my free ... Read More >>

Brew North

July 9, 2022

Throughout the rest of Michigan, anything above Clare is generally thought of as “Up North,” but up here we know that the true line of demarcation is the 45th parallel: Once you’ve crossed that line of latitude, every step gets you closer to the North Pole than you are t... Read More >>

Focus on the Foam

March 13, 2021

As Farm Club approaches its first full year in business, it’s appropriate to look at some of the things that the agriculturally focused brewery, restaurant, and market has brought to the Traverse City area. 

A destination for literal farm-to-table vegetable-focused cuis... Read More >>