January 24, 2022


Mawby’s Green Sparkling Wine

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By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 22, 2022

Last week, Leelanau County winemaker Mawby presented checks totaling over $19,000 to several nonprofits — LIFT Teen Center in Suttons Bay, The Watershed, and Justice for our Neighbors among them — each of which received a portion of sales from specially produced Mawby bubbly. They’re doing it again in 2022, with $1 for every bottle of Mawby’s Green going toward the likes of Leelanau Christian Neighbors, FLOW, and Women’s Resource Center. What ... Read More >>

Terrain’s Smoked Whitefish Pate

By Anna Faller | Jan. 22, 2022

Mama knows best when it comes to home-cooking — especially when that mother is Michigan. At Terrain restaurant in Bellaire, “mama food” is the main ingredient. “Our philosophy is all about local terroir, and celebration the [region’s] flavors,” says chef and co-owner, Randy Minish. And it doesn’t get much more local — or lavish — than their Great Lakes Smoked Whitefish Pate. With roots dating back more than 200 years, this classic ... Read More >>

Cafe Sante’s Vienna Pancakes

By Anna Faller | Jan. 15, 2022

Picture it: a breakfast eatery on a sun-washed morning along the Danube. You, with a cappuccino in hand and crepes on your plate. Now imagine that same taste of perfection — but without the pesky time-zone change. Enter Café Sante in Boyne City. Open since 2010, the eatery boasts a bistro-inspired menu that combines old-world recipes with regional ingredients. “It’s a lot of fun reinventing foods that you don’t see on menus ... Read More >>

Iron Goat’s Chai Tea Latte

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By Anna Faller | Jan. 15, 2022

In the market for a mid-winter pick-me-up? Iron Goat Coffee in East Jordan has been sating the region’s coffee cravings since it opened its doors in 2019. Featuring Lake Charlevoix Coffee Company beans, Iron Goat’s rotating beverage menu ranges from staff-inspired creations to drinkable versions of desserts. But the real G.O.A.T (pun extremely intended) is the infamous Chai Tea Latte — in fact, it’s their most popular drink. A menu staple for ... Read More >>

Vive la French Place

Those in the know line up early for croissants from That French Place in Charlevoix
By Geri Dietze | Jan. 8, 2022

When Northern Express first reached out to Brian and Emily Freund, owners of That French Place in Charlevoix, the couple was in Paris. There, they were hosting a small culinary travel group and taking baking classes at La Cuisine Paris, an English-speaking French cooking school overlooking the Seine River and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Now stateside, they graciously shared the story of their popular cafe.  Paris has been the home to thousands of cafés ... Read More >>

The Old Mission General Store's Pizza

By Jillian Manning | Jan. 8, 2022

The Old Mission General Store cooks up some of the tastiest pizza in town … 15 miles out of town, on Old Mission Peninsula. (Trust us — it is well worth the drive!) Their New York-style pies have a perfect blend of cheese, sauce, and thin, crispy crust that can be finished with any of your favorite toppings. Grab a large to go — which easily feeds four — for a day ... Read More >>

Two K’s 2020 Heirloom Ice Cider

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By Craig Manning | Jan. 8, 2022

You’ve heard of ice wine, but what about ice cider? With ice wine, winemakers harvest grapes that have frozen while still on the vine. When grapes freeze, their water content turns to ice; not the sugars or other dissolved solids in the grape. That means frozen grapes give way to a markedly more concentrated, sweeter wine than what most people are used to. Similarly, ice cider makes use of apples that have frozen ... Read More >>

City Park Grill’s Awesome Coffee

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By Lynda Wheatley | Dec. 18, 2021

Admit it. The holiday season is fun, but it is exhausting. Somewhere between the building of gingerbread houses, shopping for gifts, and decking of halls, you must take time for you. And while a nap is ideal and, quite frankly, delicious, attaining rest in the place you make your endless to-do lists is an exercise in futility. We suggest an equally invigorating, albeit upright, alternative: an hour perched on a stool before ... Read More >>

The Baklava Shop's Salted Cashew Caramel Baklava

By Anna Faller | Dec. 18, 2021

The Baklava Shop launched in Lewiston in 2011 for one reason: The community couldn’t get enough of the Prince family’s specialty sweet.  “When my kids brought treats to school, [ours] was always baklava,” says shop owner and family matriarch, Georgette. Built around goodies made from and inspired by her Lebanese grandmother’s original recipes, the bakery boasts a rotating array of both seasonal and standard bakes. But it’s their Salted Cashew Caramel baklava ... Read More >>

A Michigan Christmas Classic: Honey Baked Ham

The locally owned shop tucked on the east side of TC turns up the heat for its busiest season
By Al Parker | Dec. 18, 2021

With a flaming propane torch in his left hand and a scoop full of white sugar in his right, Mike Muzljakovich spends hours every week adding the delicious sweet glaze for which Honey Baked Ham is known to the hundreds of hams he sells weekly at his shop. After the sugar is caramelized, the ham is glazed once again in the company’s secret blend of enticing spices. It's hot work, but it's ... Read More >>

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