November 20, 2019

Food


The Local

A delicious reason to rise and shine in Elk Rapids
By Craig Manning | Nov. 16, 2019

Not so long ago, Jamie Wentworth was 99 percent certain her restaurant had burned to the ground. Wentworth, who owns The Local in Elk Rapids, was heading home from the restaurant with her husband, Drew, when they got a call from a friend saying the building was on fire. As Wentworth tells the story, she immediately started bawling, fearing that she’d lost her dream and her business in a matter of minutes. ... Read More >>


Anderson’s Hand-pressed, Unpasteurized Cider

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 16, 2019

We first caught sight of this deep amber gem of a cider in the Northern Express office fridge, a try-it, you’ll-like-it autumn offering from the folks at Anderson’s Glen Arbor Market. What caught our eye wasn’t just that promising tawny hue; it was the thin bits of whatsis languidly floating inside that dusky-sunshine juice. Read: Good bits. The best bits. And exactly the kind of honest-to-the-apple-gods-proof you’ve got your mitts on truly ... Read More >>


Crow & Moss' Chocolate Bars

Tastemaker
By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 9, 2019

All good things begin with chocolate, but some of the very best chocolate bars, it turns out, are born from heirloom cacao beans sourced from single farms in some of the world’s hardest to reach places. Then, in Petoskey, in wee 100-pound batches, they’re hand-sorted, roasted, cracked, winnowed, refined, conched (think “polished”), then precisely warmed and cooled. Luckily for us, Mike Davies, of Petoskey’s newly launched Crow & Moss chocolate, takes the ... Read More >>


LFC's The Cunning Ham

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 9, 2019

Forgive us for our fourth cider profile within a few scant issues, but it tis the season, after all, and northern Michigan’s cider magicians rarely disappoint. We half-hoped The Cunning Ham would; its name and label’s iconic airborne pig initially suggested some salty and pungent eau de bacon might reside inside, but no; its moniker and the resultant pork plane came innocently, a clever ode to an old cellar hand named Graham, ... Read More >>


Suttons Bay Ciders' Barrel Rider

Bottoms Up
By Craig Manning | Nov. 2, 2019

There might not be a better view on Leelanau Peninsula than the one from the Suttons Bay Ciders tasting room. Especially amidst the full splendor of northern Michigan fall color, simply walking through the door of Suttons Bay Ciders or spending a few moments on the deck is enough to make a visit worthwhile. Luckily, the view is even better when paired with pint from one of the most interesting and unique ... Read More >>


Bayside Restaurant's Bicuits & Gravy

Tastemaker
By Eric Cox | Nov. 2, 2019

Petoskey’s Bayside Restaurant clearly has a knack for concocting delicious morsels that warm the innards and quell the cold weather demons. Understated on their menu, this near-perfect embodiment of comfort food — savory with a creamy-crunchy consistency that massages all those needy little spots in the pits of our chilly, autumn gullets — is simply labeled “Biscuits & Gravy.” But the fact is, this is no bland, ordinary plate of breakfast fare. Accompanied by two eggs, ... Read More >>


FYT's Ready-made Meals

Tastemaker
By Lynda Wheatley | Oct. 26, 2019

Imagine, if you will, a life that requires no grocery shopping. No sorting of groceries into cupboards, pantry, fridge, or freezer. No meal prep. No cooking. Just a series of healthy meals that magically appear up to three times a day, six days a week. It certainly seemed like a fantasy when a dinner (a fabulous Thai beef rice-noodle bowl) and two lunches (a rich and warming shrimp and chicken pozole verde, ... Read More >>


Taproot Cider House's Root Fashion

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Oct. 26, 2019

How a cocktail that’s submerged a near-tennis-ball-sized ball of cherry ice can be so deliciously warming is a mystery only the bartenders of Taproot Cider House can solve, but we suspect a clue lies somewhere in the thick ribbon of Makers Mark that floats at the surface and hits the tongue and then the brain in one swift, cheek-pinkening wave. Thanks then to the undercurrent that follows: a splash of water, a ... Read More >>


Sweet Shannon’s S’mores

Tastemaker
Oct. 19, 2019

S’mores are a staple around any campfire during summer. But as the seasons change, that doesn’t mean the sweet treat needs to be shelved.Thanks to Sweet Shannon’s in Kalkaska, s’mores are available year-round in some shape or form. Owner Shannon Sorensen decided to turn the chocolate-graham-marshmallow trifecta into truffles after her s’mores shakes brought all the boys and girls to her shop’s yard this summer. “I thought, now that it’s fall, let’s ... Read More >>


Rolling Oak’s Donut Beer

Bottoms Up
By Todd VanSickle | Oct. 19, 2019

Downtown Grayling’s Rolling Oak Brewery loves thy neighbor. So much so that its brewers, Radel Rosin and Jason Malone, created a beer to honor of one of ’em. The guys like to keep business as local as possible, said Rosin, so, in addition to sourcing ingredients like hops from nearby farms, they decided to source that less common addition in beer-making — donuts, from the bakery across the street. “We put about 10 ... Read More >>

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