February 28, 2021

Lynda Wheatley | Author

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 >>

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 >>

Paper Station Bistro’s Bees Knees

Dec. 12, 2020

Like the Sidecar, the Gin Rickey, and the French 75, the Bees Knees cocktail is a Prohibition Era compote that, in the proper hands, could be very dangerous.

At Harbor Springs’ Paper Station Bistro (145 E. Main St.) three simple ingredients make their Bees Knees ($1... Read More >>

Mama Lu’s Taco Tote

Dec. 5, 2020

At Traverse City’s ever-pivoting Mama Lu’s, there are Taco Kits, and there are Taco Totes. The $60 Taco Kit feeds five to seven folks. The Taco Tote theoretically feeds a couple or small family, but if you’ve ever eaten Mama’s tacos or drank her s... Read More >>

Stream It: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

Dec. 5, 2020

We don’t know about you, but one of our favorite things about pandemic life is the opportunity to peek inside the personal spaces of newscasters and celebrities taping their shows from homes. This month, you’ve got an opportunity to peek internationally, with Celtic hubs-wife ... Read More >>

Esperance’s Prosecco & Panettone

Dec. 5, 2020

Full disclosure: We once bought a panettone from a CVS. It was still delicious.

But if you want to up your game substantially, consider splurging on this perfect pairing from Charlevoix’s longtime purveyor of some of the most lovely local and international food and wine avai... Read More >>

Special Touches for an Unforgettable Meal

Dec. 5, 2020

Whether you’re sending dinner to someone you love, hosting an intimate with your immediate, or supping alone, you should celebrate the occasion with as much gusto as you’ve done in years past. Gone is the hustle and bustle, the many obligations to go to and fro. This season, w... Read More >>

Northern Latitudes’ Bernie’s Brandy

Nov. 28, 2020

The legendary spirit of Bernie Rink — aka The Godfather of Northern Michigan Wine — has been, you might say, bottled. Northern Latitudes Distillery in Lake Leelanau just last week released its latest spirit, Bernie's Brandy, which is distilled from a blend of the late win... Read More >>

Treat Yourself

Nov. 28, 2020

If ever there was a year to reward yourself in a big (make that HUGE) way, this is the one. Here’s five utterly extravagant splurges you shouldn’t just put on your wish list but actually make come true, just for you.
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Let the Local Cash Registers Ring

Nov. 25, 2020

If you love the look and feel of the North’s quaint downtowns, skip shopping at the Big Box stores and online behemoths this year. Instead, spend your hard-earned holiday money supporting our local shops, artists, and community gathering places. Here, a short list of virtual and in-... Read More >>

Walloon Lake Inn’s John Cross Whitefish

Nov. 21, 2020

Used to be when the wife suggested takeout, you hefted your keister up to the local pizza shop, Chinese eatery, or burger joint and got you and your lady a few Styrofoam containers of delicious chow to eat in saggy sweatpants on the couch. Thanks then to the single silver lining of COVID-... Read More >>

Fonseca 10-year Tawny Port

Nov. 21, 2020

Should you be blessed with a snowy night and fireside this season, be prepared with the ultimate in moment making: a bottle of Fonseca 10-Year-Old Tawny Port. Born of the famed port house founded in Portugal’s Douro Valley in the early 18th century, the 10-year-tawny requires no dec... Read More >>

Bubbie’s Super Nova

Nov. 14, 2020

If you can get past the initial brutal realization that you just spent $52 on a bagel breakfast for a family of four, you will be justly rewarded.

Fact is, Bubbie’s Bagels isn’t just any bagel shop. It’s a bagel shop that upends a Midwest-born-and-raised gal&... Read More >>

Beards Brewery’s Deez Nutz

Nov. 14, 2020

Don’t let the squirrely name fool you. Deez Nutz is a very serious brown ale. Brewed with oats, chocolate, and caramel malts, this annual autumn offering from Beards Brewery is one we crave the minute we pull on our mittens. It’s beautifully smooth and almost chewy, with decen... Read More >>

Fig’s Chicken Nacho

Nov. 7, 2020

We were bereft when we discovered the 2020 closure of Fig’s Breakfast and Lunch in Lake Leelanau. We had just profiled this amazing-meals-come-out-of-small-cafés gem, its husband/wife owners Jaimee and Bryon Figueroa, and their innovative menu (coconut French toast! Yak ... Read More >>

Forrest’s Parm-Pumpkin Risotto with Half-Chicken and Sprouts

Oct. 31, 2020

Forrest Moline — private chef and co-owner of Forrest, A Food Studio with his wife, Nicole, a nutritionist and dietician — has officially made the lazy/tired/hungry food-lover’s dreams come true. Last week he launched a new carryout dinner program, an amalgam of ready-to... Read More >>

Iron Fish’s Maple Moon

Oct. 31, 2020

Denny’s can have Moons Over My Hammy. Equally filling but far, far more fun, however, is Iron Fish Distillery’s ode to autumn, the Maple Moon. A hot and totally indulgent cocktail that tastes even better after a chilly afternoon hike, this whipped wonder mixes coffee with Iron... Read More >>

Cultured Kombucha’s Apple Pie Chai

Oct. 24, 2020

It’s baaaack! For every Starbucks-toting, tall-boot and puffy-vest-wearing gal who’s giddy that Pumpkin Spice Latte season has returned, there’s at least one person in an old wool sweater who isn’t moved by this manufactured-flavor mayhem. For them, there is someth... Read More >>

Raduno’s Muffalatta

Oct. 24, 2020

As we settle into the seasons that require no appearances in a swimsuit, there is much to embrace. Chief among them, we believe, is Raduno’s Muffaletta sandwich. A generous stacking of foodstuff that is not only fun to say but also delicious to eat — Mortadella! Sopressata! Pr... Read More >>

Reflect Bistro’s Filet Mignon & Eggs

Oct. 10, 2020

The combination of limited-capacity seating and chillier mornings has made going out for Sunday breakfast an odyssey Up North. Our solution: Seek out the secret spots, like Reflect Bistro, hidden inside Cambria Hotel and Suites, just east of downtown Traverse City.

With well-s...