November 18, 2018


The Buck is Back

Gaylord’s Big Buck Brewery reopens, refreshed and ready to impress, under new ownership
By Janice Binkert | Nov. 17, 2018

Outdoor sports are a huge draw for both locals and visitors in the area around Gaylord, including golfing, fishing, boating, swimming and skiing, as well as snowmobiling and hunting. The ubiquitousness of the latter pursuit no doubt influenced the naming and logo of the Big Buck Brewery and Steakhouse when it launched in Gaylord over 20 years ago. And it wasn’t only sports enthusiasts who mourned the end of an era when ... Read More >>

Middle Eastern Magic

Nov. 10, 2018

The secret to the mouth-watering recipes at Nada’s Gourmet Deli are in owner NadaSaco’s mind and quite literally in her touch. Her traditional Mediterranean recipes are made from memory and mixed with her hands – the way she learned from her mother and grandmother southwest of Mozul, Iraq. It doesn’t get more authentic than that, folks! Her chicken shawarma wrap is served on a warmed pita, the chicken expertly seasoned with a ... Read More >>

We've Got Spirit!

Bottoms Up
Nov. 10, 2018

Yes, we do! We’ve got spirit, how ‘bout you? Well, Cherry Apple Spirit Cider that is – and we’re thatexcited about it. Call your squad, bust out the pom-poms, and head to Bower’s Harbor Vineyards where you’ll find yourself doing backflips over this unique and refreshing cherry-infused hard cider. Spirit Ciders are all made using a high-end filtration system that results in a signature triple filtered, ultra-clean, seven apple blend. This pristine ... Read More >>

Oma’s Cherry-Infused Vodka

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By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 3, 2018

Distiller Kyle Miller’s “Oma” — that’s German for grandmother — has been infusing her vodka with Traverse City cherries since she emigrated to the Mitten State from Germany in 1952. Borrowing a little bit of Oma’s pluck and a lot of her recipe, Miller has bottled Oma’s cherry vodka and skyrocketed it to the shelves of 96 Meijer locations in Michigan and 81 stores in Texas, plus scored limited distribution in Wisconsin ... Read More >>

Jim's Joint B.B.Q.'s The Smokestack

By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 3, 2018

Jim’s Joint B.B.Q. in Honor abstains from both rules and region. And man, does that work well for those of us who worship at the shrine of smoke. Without the commandments of either Carolina or Texas barbacue cramping their style, Pitmaster Jim and Pit Boss Susan Johnson concoct a spicy (read: flavorful, not hot), saucy, smoky heaven all their own. Among the most distinctive options on their menu: The Smokestack — pulled pork ... Read More >>

Divine Restaurant Duo: Sorellina & Slate

It takes two
By Janice Binkert | Nov. 3, 2018

As Traverse City’s restaurant scene continues to grow, two of its newer additions fill a gap — literally and figuratively — that brings both physical change and what its owners deem “market-niche diversity” to downtown’s Front Street. The intriguing twist: They’re both under the same roof. For decades, the open space between Cali’s Cottons and Chase Bank on Front Street in Traverse City provided a shortcut to the alley and parking lot ... Read More >>

Master Beet Pale Ale

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By Lynda Wheatley | Oct. 6, 2018

A ruby gem among other ales that literally pale in comparison, Tunnel Vision’s Master Beet Pale Ale brings a vibrant and well-landed punch to the unexpected ingredients category — and your palate. A full pint proves smooth and crisp, thanks to a clean melding of hops and shredded Michigan-grown Detroit Red beets, which are added at the end of the boil. While we were expecting a stronger sweet-beet flavor from its rosy ... Read More >>

Harwood Gold’s Farm Style Catsup

By Kristi Kates | Oct. 6, 2018

Back in the day, catsup — the OG recipes anyway — leaned on such diverse ingredients as egg whites, walnuts, oysters, and mushrooms, but most of those on the shelf today stick to far less imaginative basics: tomatoes, sugar, and corn syrup.            Harwood Gold in Charlevoix has managed to get back to basics but with far more panache. Their Farm Style Catsup has neither preservatives, thickeners, or time for modern day’s phonetic ... Read More >>

6 Must See Activities During Frankfort-Elberta Beer Week

By Blair Yaroch | Sept. 29, 2018

Let it be said that little Frankfort, Michigan is a community that loves their lager. Visit October 8-13 and you’ll find yourself joining in their passion for the frothy brew during the 5th annual Frankfort-Elberta Beer Week. Throughout the week and you will find art, community, foodie-worthy grub, and most importantly, some really good beer.Check out Frankfort’s Pub SceneGo to Stormcloud Monday, October 8 and be one of the first to taste ... Read More >>

Four Roses Bourbon

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By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 22, 2018

When a certain author, who shall remain nameless, called the organizers of Harbor Springs Festival of the Books to make certain he could find his preferred bourbon while visiting town next weekend, the organizers called the adjacent Bar Harbor. And no wonder. The longstanding burger-n-beer icon is nothing but accommodating. The author’s preferred bourbon wasn’t available, so Bar Harbor was quick to offer up a longtime favorite of its local customers, Four ... Read More >>

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