May 16, 2021

Food


Five Shores Brewing’s Blackberry Seltzer

Bottoms Up
By Amy Martin | May 15, 2021

Diving into its second year, Five Shores Brewing is known for its eclectic menu of carefully crafted beer styles, with an offering for all palates (yes, even for non beer-drinkers.) These quality brews are their primary focus, but they’ve recently taken the plunge into a new venture: craft seltzer. The first of what plans to be a long line of bubbly bliss is Five Shores’ Blackberry Seltzer. Served in a stylish zombie ... Read More >>


Black Truffles at Pepe Nero

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By Janice Binkert | May 15, 2021

They aren’t pretty to look at, with their gnarly, inky exterior, perhaps most suggestive of small fossilized dinosaur eggs. But the beauty of the black summer truffle — tartufo nero — lies within, in its cream-colored core. The pride of Italy’s Umbria region, these truffles are often described as having a mushroomy, earthy taste, which makes sense, since they are a type of fungi and grow underground near the roots of old ... Read More >>


Goliath Brewing Co.’s Scorpius Morchella

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By Lynda Wheatley | May 8, 2021

  There’s not a lot we don’t like about Iowa’s Topping Goliath Brewing Co. Purposely founded in the wee northern town of Decorah, in 2009, the perfection-driven brewery has seen several of its beers ranked among some of the globe’s best: Mornin’ Delight, an imperial stout, and Kentucky Brunch, a barrel-aged imperial stout, were ranked the second and third best in the world in 2016 by beer culture and rating site Beer Advocate; ... Read More >>


Brasserie Amie’s French Cruellers

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By Lynda Wheatley | May 8, 2021

It is said that French girls (and guys) don’t get fat — or at least not as fat as Americans — despite the fact (or perhaps because) they typically take le goûter. The tilted-beret version of the Brits’ high tea, le goûter is the French’s afternoon tradition, a languorous and fortifying pause between lunch and the traditionally light, traditionally late French dinner, which usually happens around 8pm. Le goûter fare is always sweet — ... Read More >>


Where to Eat this Spring

Inspired eats around the region
By Northern Express Staff & Contributors | May 8, 2021

Please be seated for these abbreviated versions of the restaurant profiles we’ve featured since our last Restaurant Issue. Before you do, one warning: We’d like nothing better than for our readers to support local restaurants like these featured here, but before popping in anywhere, we recommend calling ahead to stay abreast of the latest regarding each eatery’s indoor and outdoor seating availability, reservation requirements, open hours, and menu changes. Hexenbelle Traverse CityOne ... Read More >>


Yucatan Guacamole

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By Lynda Wheatley | May 1, 2021

Whichever food scientists deemed the mighty monounsaturated-fat-filled avocado good for the human heart failed to take into account how cruelly it also toys with that organ. Sure, avocados reduce the risk of heart disease and curb inflammation. But if you’ve ever known the joy of finding a bag of these much-coveted emerald gems at what looks and feels to be the perfect just-before-peak ripeness — then got them home, blinked once, and ... Read More >>


Silver Spruce’s Bicicleta

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By Lynda Wheatley | May 1, 2021

May 1 kicks off National Bike Month, and Silver Spruce Brewing is honoring it right. The Traverse City brewery, located just a few turns of the crank from the TART trail and easily reachable via the Eighth Street bike lane, has just tapped its Bicicleta beer. Available this month only, this session IPA is ideal for thirsty cyclists. It’s a low, pedal-friendly ABV (4.6%) that smells like spring, with dominant aromas of ... Read More >>


Mary’s Kitchen Port: The Gobbler

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By Lynda Wheatley | April 24, 2021

Those who claim turkey as Thanksgiving’s bird have clearly never tried the Gobbler at Mary’s Kitchen Port. Much like Michigan’s own robin, Mary’s famed Gobbler is every bit as much a harbinger of spring, shaking off the dormant days of winter and welcoming us back to languid days where riverside picnics are once again possible. Much more like the brains of the bird the bears its name, however, the Gobbler is a ... Read More >>


Good Harbor Vineyards’ Trillium

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By Lynda Wheatley | April 24, 2021

While you await the annual arrival of the season’s striking vermillion and white wood lilies, you can sate your taste for them with Good Harbor’s ode to their natural brilliance, Trillium. A white wine of impeccable balance — medium sweet, medium dry, medium priced — the liquid Trillium is, like its forest-floor-born namesake, a Michigan spring standard that shines far too brightly to ever be called a wallflower. Initial sips of this ... Read More >>


Rad.Ish

Totally rad plant-based eats in TC
By Ross Boissoneau | April 24, 2021

A family heritage, a profound change in diet, and a family tragedy together paved the way for Rad.Ish Street Food. Though Lisa Moberly grew up learning Mexican cooking from her grandparents and other relatives who wanted to be restaurateurs, it was her husband, Ryan, who became a chef. Lisa found herself working as a preschool teacher while her daughter, Izabel, was growing up. When Izabel was killed in an auto accident, part ... Read More >>

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