February 25, 2021

Lynda Wheatley | Author


Tiny Pink Bubbles

Feb. 20, 2021

Hey, ladies, do we have the pink drink for you: Aerie’s Tiny Pink Bubbles. With a taste and body as delicious as its name and presentation is darling, this fanciful concoction masterminded by manager Alex Truck is utterly worth our obsession.

A foundation of botanical be... Read More >>

Rolling Oak’s GoodAle Chocolate

Feb. 13, 2021

Blink and you’ll miss one of Rolling Oak Brewery’s seemingly endless array of libation creations concocted with donuts from legendary Grayling bakery and neighbor, Goodale’s bakery. The brewery recently blew our minds (and resolved our inner beer v. dessert battle) with ... Read More >>

On the Line

Feb. 13, 2021

At the outset of the pandemic, it’s likely none of us knew just how surreal it would feel to go weeks, months, and — for some of us — nearly a year without gathering inside a restaurant.

The simple act of bellying up to a bar, cozying up in a booth, or tucking in... Read More >>

Small Batch’s Mon Chou Chou

Feb. 13, 2021

Bet you thought this hot stack of delicious was a dessert. Think again, you lucky breakfast champion. This is Small Batch at the Cupola’s homemade cinnamon roll French toast. It’s served with a creamy cheese glaze, fresh sweetened strawberries, a snowball’s dollop of whi... Read More >>

Tabone Vineyards' 2017 Estate Red

Feb. 6, 2021

Though the family owned Tabone Vineyards has been quietly tending to its grapes for nearly two decades, their tasting room didn’t open until spring of 2019. Less than a year later, the world around all of us changed, but it seems this young winery’s patience proved a formidabl... Read More >>

Third Coast Bakery’s Bounty of Valentine Treats

Feb. 6, 2021

We think it’s safe to say that Third Coast Bakery in Traverse City loves — like really, really loves — Valentine’s Day. And we’re loving that, because they’re not stopping at these heart-shaped pans of cinnamon rolls (shown above; pre-order two days in ... Read More >>

Join the Marley Party, Mon!

Jan. 30, 2021

Marley music, Jamaican jerk chicken tacos, hot dogs, cocktails, hot cocoa, sledding, snowshoeing XC skiing, bonfires, igloos, and more — and the whole family is invited? Believe it. From noon to 6pm Saturday, Feb. 6, Jacob’s Farm in Traverse City is hosting Love Live, a free o... Read More >>

Blue Tractor’s Pork Mac & Cheese

Jan. 30, 2021

Though the pandemic prevented us from bellying up to the Blue Tractor bar every Sunday to watch the Lions play, when restaurants open again Feb. 1, we can look forward to recapturing at least one part of that our longstanding tradition: Sitting in one of Traverse City’s coziest foot... Read More >>

Firefly’s Wildflower Martini

Jan. 30, 2021

January’s mild temps notwithstanding, who Up North couldn’t use just a nip of springtime now and again? On a recent gray day, we slipped into one of Firefly’s toasty little greenhouses — literally toasty; a small space heater in the back enabled us to slip off all ... Read More >>

7 Monks’ Sprouts

Jan. 23, 2021

You know what goes unbelievably well with beer? Brussels sprouts. Specifically, the Sprouts starter available for carryout from 7 Monks Tavern in Traverse City. Hear us out. In the vein of glazed or saucy chicken wings, salty fries dipped in vinegar or ketchup, or even the almighty burger... Read More >>

Sufjan is Back

Jan. 16, 2021

Petoskey-born and raised musician Sufjan Stevens released his eighth studio album, The Ascension, last September, but for those of you who (like us) can’t get enough of his poetic lyrics and ethereal sound, you can enjoy a bit of both on a new tune, “Song of Trouble,” wh... Read More >>

MI Coffee’s Snickerdoodle Lattes (& Bonus Adventure)

Jan. 16, 2021

Consider it kismet: Just steps from BATA’s Route 12 bus stop at Blue Vase Book Exchange in Interlochen — home to thousands of used books and, just recently, a fab new section featuring vinyl from Traverse City’s RPM Records — a new drive-thru coffee hut has opened.... Read More >>

Hilbert’s Honey Co.’s Maple Syrup

Jan. 16, 2021

March might be maple syrup-making season, but if you ask us, winter is maple syrup-gorging season. We pour it on our weekend waffles and pancakes, we mix it in our Friday night cocktails (try a spoonful in a glass of bourbon on ice with a splash of ginger ale and two fresh sprigs of ... Read More >>

Food Arabia’s Shawarma

Jan. 2, 2021

Tanjina Noushin, Roksana Yesmin, and Sabina Yesmin immigrated to America to flee life-threatening political persecution in Bangladesh. So opening a restaurant in the middle of the pandemic … ? For these brave business partners, that’s small potatoes. Their Food Arabia, opened... Read More >>

New Year, New You

Jan. 2, 2021

It won’t be hard to top 2020, a year that we’ll remember for all that it wasn’t and couldn’t safely be. So while you probably could do nothing but sit on the couch and wait for the calendar to plod toward an almost-certainly better tomorrow, why not invest the sing... Read More >>

Are You Up for the Mocktail Challenge?

Jan. 2, 2021

Michigan sure is making “Dry January” easier this year, eh? The annual tradition in which the tough and puffy among us swear off alcohol after so much holiday-induced imbibing, this year’s detox time poses less temptation than usual. With our beloved bars, restaurants, a... Read More >>

Brys Estate’s Spiked Hot Cider (& Hot New Trail!)

Jan. 2, 2021

Per the governor’s order, tasting rooms are closed to indoor wine and food service through Jan. 15, but that doesn’t mean Brys Estate’s gorgeous Old Mission Peninsula property — or its inspired libations — are off-limits. Just one day after Christmas, the inv... Read More >>

Lu Bian’ General Tso’s Chicken

Dec. 19, 2020

Amid the ever-changing restaurant environment of 2020, the Wineguys Restaurant Group (owners of City Park Grill, Palette Bistro, and Roast & Toast in Petoskey, Michigan) last week launched a new delivery-only venture focused on Chinese-centric cuisine. (“Lu Bian” is a Mand... Read More >>

Leelanau’s Double Bubble (& Double Gold!) Winners

Dec. 19, 2020

If you and your New Year’s Eve kiss recipient plan to toast 2021 with a bit of the bubbly, might we suggest selecting from two big-winning bottles from our own Leelanau Peninsula? Bel Lago Winery’s Auxerrois Brut 2019 and Black Star Farms’ 2018 Sparkling Riesling both wo... Read More >>

Tillie’s Tafel’s Cinnamon Roll

Dec. 12, 2020

At Petoskey’s newest downtown bakery, Tillie’s Tafel, 437 E. Mitchell St., they like to keep things simple. They have a simple storefront. Inside are basic chairs and tables. The menu is simpler yet, containing just two items. Wait … what? Yep. At Ti... Read More >>