May 22, 2019

Todd VanSickle | Author


Yankee Boy’s Cheesecake

May 18, 2019

Saving room for dessert can be a tough task, especially when a restaurant serves good food. But save yourself from this dilemma and order the cheesecake first at the Yankee Boy in South Boardman — you won’t regret it. Unlike most cheesecakes, this homemade dessert is not dense... Read More >>

What Lurks Beneath Your Home

May 4, 2019

There's a potential killer in almost every home in Michigan. It’s silent, invisible, and scentless. And, although there is a way to identify it, most homeowners will not.
 
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General’s ... Read More >>

Don't Call it Puppy Love

April 20, 2019

A couple years ago a close friend of mine was splitting up with his wife. The situation had all the complications of a messy divorce: who gets the house, mutual friends taking sides and accusations of infidelity. Fortunately, they didn’t have kids. Or, at least, I thought they didn&... Read More >>

CBD Laws: Dazed and Confused

March 30, 2019

The sign outside of Family Video in Kalkaska lets drivers know the store has more than just movies.
 
The sign reads: “CBD PRODUCTS NOW AVAILABLE HERE! CHECK IT OUT.”
 
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a kind of chemical compound that occurs naturall... Read More >>

Northern Natural’s Organic Success

March 23, 2019

Travelers might expect to find a tractor sputtering along the country roads about 50 miles south of Traverse City, but they’ll also find the home of the award-winning Northern Natural Cider House & Winery, which is producing some of the state’s only organic-certified cider... Read More >>

Grille 44's Tater Kegs

March 16, 2019

The first item on the menu at Grille 44 is Tater Kegs. There’s no beer in this potato-packing appetizer, but its oversized tots won’t leave you wondering where the name originated from. The dish includes a half-dozen huge tater tots smothered in cheddar cheese, bacon, and fres... Read More >>

Tipping Point

Feb. 23, 2019

Thanks to credit cards and in-phone apps, customers today are carrying less cash than ever, yet it seems like the instances in which they’re expected — or being asked — to tip are increasing. Northern Express dips into the proliferation of countertop tip jars and scr... Read More >>

Bee Well’s The Ghost

Feb. 23, 2019

The Ghost at Bee Well Mead & Cider in Bellaire won’t scare you, but it will leave you feeling warm — er, make that hot— and fuzzy. Just don’t let this cider’s near translucent appearance fool you. This unique drink, which is infused with a slew of hot pep... Read More >>

Kalkaska Pick-Kwik's Pulled Pork Tacos

Feb. 16, 2019

In a town chock-full of fast food restaurants, tasty tacos can be hard to find. “People think Kalkaska doesn’t have tacos,” Glenn Hunter tells Northern Express. But come Taco Tuesday, the owner of the town’s Pick Kwik convenience store proves ’em all wrong. T... Read More >>

Locked & Loaded

Feb. 2, 2019

Despite larger and louder movements against guns and gun violence, gun ownership in Michigan is on the rise, and with it, lots of new ranges and gunshops. Northern Express sends an amiable (and non-gun-owning) reporter to see what all the fuss is about.
 
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The Vape Debate

Jan. 5, 2019

I have never smoked a cigarette.

Not even one puff.

I think it was the smell that turned me off. At an early age, the stench was burned into my memory.

I can’t think of one family member who didn’t smoke cigarettes.

On the weekends, ... Read More >>

This Winter: A Whiteout or a Wash?

Dec. 15, 2018

On a cold, snowy December morning at 6 a.m., National Weather Service meteorologist Sabrina Jauernic puts on her coat and gloves to walk about 200 yards to a building that resembles a small observatory. It houses several hydrogen tanks that are used to fill weather balloons twice a day th... Read More >>