February 23, 2019


Pickled Martini

By Eric Cox | Feb. 16, 2019

A tiny sprig of emerald dill floats on the Pickled Martini’s pristine blanket of silky, white foam … and the daggone thing looks like some artist’s version of a winter still life. The irony of this drink, created by Sara LaDuke at Pierson’s Grille & Spirits in Harbor Springs, is that while it has a rather arctic appearance, this bracing martini actually tastes like a summer refreshment. The pale yellow potion hangs ... Read More >>

Kalkaska Pick-Kwik's Pulled Pork Tacos

By Todd VanSickle | 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. Their pulled pork tacos are the star of the week’s show, and for good reason. Their smoky but sweet pork melts in your mouth, leaving no desire for either ... Read More >>

Grocer’s Daughter Chocolates

By Lynda Wheatley | Feb. 9, 2019

Doesn’t matter if your love is a pint-sized peanut, a vegan, or an ultra-picky chocoholic — Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate in Empire has the last-minute Valentine’s Day treats you need to show you’re sweet on her or him. Run in and pick up a couple petite heart-shaped chocolate lollies ($2) for your little, or a 4-, 6-, or 16-piece box of vegan or non-vegan truffles ($10.50+) for your big … crush. We have our ... Read More >>

Wild at Heart

This Valentine's Day, bring your A-game with a homemade wild-game meal
By Janice Binkert | Feb. 9, 2019

Want to kick things up a notch this Valentine’s Day? Forget the predictable chocolates, flowers, wine, or jewelry — even the fancy restaurant dinner. A beautifully presented home-cooked dinner, made with love, is so much more personal. And why not think even more outside the box by choosing anything-but-predictable ingredients for your culinary feast? Go a little wild … with wild game. OK, it’s mostly farm-raised in northern Michigan, but the quality ... Read More >>

Cheboygan Brewing Co.'s Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Feb. 9, 2019

Forrest Gump says life is like a box of chocolates, but if you ask us, it should be a lot more like Cheboygan Brewing Co.’s Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout (ABV 6.8%.) Rich, hearty as hell, sweet and bittersweet in meaningful proportions, complex enough to be interesting, mildly bubbly yet wholly robust — this smooth operator is everything you could want in a milk stout and perhaps more than you deserve. Our beer ... Read More >>

Grand Traverse Sauce Co.’s DD214

By Lynda Wheatley | Feb. 2, 2019

Mark Baker was a Michigan State University public health graduate with a dream: He imagined he’d be fighting Ebola outbreaks in Africa. Instead, he ended up watching out for salmonella in northern Michigan. No matter; he found his way to fulfil his need for heat — and helping legions of people — by way of the company he founded with his spice-lovin’ wife, Ashley: Grand Traverse Sauce Co. Together the two have ... Read More >>

Daelmans Stroopwafles

By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 26, 2019

Had enough of that whole “eat healthy” resolution yet, Slim? Your timing couldn’t be better. We just got turned on to the Netherlands’ way of doing coffee, and it has completely reframed our impression of what constitutes a breakfast of champions. All you need to go Dutch: a piping hot cup of coffee and a Daelmans stroopwafle — essentially, two wafer thin, crispy-sweet waffle cookies glued together by a sticky, gooey, and ... Read More >>

Sauce at Incredible Mo's

Real meals and real fun — for everyone.
By Janice Binkert | Jan. 26, 2019

OK, so Incredible Mo’s isn’t just like home (unless, of course, home is a 35,000-square foot structure with a 16-lane bowling alley, huge arcade, laser tag and escape rooms, a little kids’ zone, and a full-service restaurant), but on some days and occasions, it might be just the right place for your family to be … even if (or maybe especiallyif) you’re a large group with different wants, needs, and appetites. ONE FOR ... Read More >>

Real Food Bars

By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 19, 2019

Several years and one broken food processor later, Kingsley-born and raised Anna Sullivan and her husband, Sean, have found nutrition-bar nirvana: They’ve created and launched their own line of plant-based nutrition bars, all of which are packed with superfoods like kale, quinoa, almonds, dates, and pea protein, and are gluten, dairy, and soy free. They’re low in sugar, nil in sugar alcohols, and made to meet an active bod’s macronutrient needs: Each ... Read More >>

Trophy Room’s Snowflake Martini

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Jan. 19, 2019

Of all the winning cocktails and warm-ups on the Trophy Room menu, nothing says “snow bunny vacay” like its Snowflake Martini. Captain Morgan’s Loco Nut rum puts a little crazy in your day, while Rumhaven — a combo of premium Caribbean rum, pure cane sugar, and coconut water — adds an uplifting dose of real refreshment. The pairing is made perfect with a swirl of vanilla syrup and generous (and delish) rimming ... Read More >>

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