December 3, 2020

Food


Sam’s Graces Vanilla-Blueberry Pancakes

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By Eric Cox | Nov. 28, 2020

According to National Geographic magazine, ancient Greeks and Romans regularly ate pancakes, sweetening them with honey. Much later, Elizabethans enjoyed them as well, flavoring them with spices, rosewater, sherry, and apples. At the newly opened Petoskey location of Sam’s Graces Cafe & Bakery, only a select few know the restaurant’s secret recipe for pancakes — a stack of mysterious delight so delicious we suspect would impress even Caligula, one of Rome’s most extravagant emperors. For $12, ... Read More >>


Northern Latitudes’ Bernie’s Brandy

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By Lynda Wheatley | 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 winemakers’ own Boskydel wines — specifically, those not yet bottled when Boskydel Vineyard closed in 2017. At that time, Bernie Rink’s son Andy Rink mentioned to Northern Latitudes ... Read More >>


My Grandmother's Table

A melting pot of love and ethnic culinary tradition in Charlevoix
By Eric Cox | Nov. 28, 2020

Gestures of love come in many forms. Gifting flowers, running errands for a sick loved one, wearing masks, or shoveling out a neighbor’s driveway on a frigid morning qualify. But one loving act stands out for its ability to remain close to our hearts, both figuratively and literally: cooking for others. Legendary American chef James Beard may have said it best: “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” ANCESTOR INSPIRATIONJozef “Joe” ... Read More >>


Fonseca 10-year Tawny Port

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By Lynda Wheatley | 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 decanting; simply pour its russet-ruby port into your glass the moment the craving arrives. You’ll be rewarded with a silky-smooth fruit-forward sip — it starts ... Read More >>


Walloon Lake Inn’s John Cross Whitefish

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By Lynda Wheatley | 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-19, which has so blurred the line between fine and casual dining that we can now order four-star white-tablecloth cuisine ... Read More >>


Beards Brewery’s Deez Nutz

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By Lynda Wheatley | 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 decent heft in the body and a load of nutty, rich caramel flavors at the fore. We generally tote a can of Deez Nuts (ABV ... Read More >>


Bubbie’s Super Nova

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By Lynda Wheatley | 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’s idea of what a bagel can be. (Hint: Not Lender’s.) Rather, it is a paper-thin shell of exterior crunch cradling a soft and spongy interior that, ... Read More >>


Fig’s Chicken Nacho

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By Lynda Wheatley | 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 burgers! Celery corn chowder!) menu in September 2019. Alas, we shook our fists at at the sky. We cursed the COVID-19. And then, last week, we went to drink away our sorrows at Traverse City’s ... Read More >>


Petoskey Fog

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By Eric Cox | Nov. 7, 2020

An offshoot of Lake Charlevoix Coffee Company in Boyne City, North Perk Coffee in downtown Petoskey has a great neighborhood vibe enhanced by reasonable music at a conversational volume. Hardwood floors opposite a vintage tin ceiling railed with track lighting make this friendly little java stop a warm and welcoming retreat as winter winds build. North Perk, whose beans are roasted in Boyne City, relies on the formidable strength of its rich ... Read More >>


Iron Fish’s Maple Moon

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By Lynda Wheatley | 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 Fish’s own maple bourbon and its own bourbon-barrel-aged maple syrup, then tops it all off — quite literally and liberally — with cinnamon-maple whipped cream. ... Read More >>

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