December 18, 2018

Food


Petoskey Pretzel Co.'s Soft Pretzel

Tastemaker
By Blair Yaroch | Dec. 15, 2018

This time of year makes everyone want to be a kid again. And the kid inside each one of us wants to eat a large hot pretzel RIGHT NOW. Girl, you know it’s true. Head over to Petoskey Pretzel and treat yourself to a warm, freshly baked, straight-out-of-the-oven soft pretzel. Watch as the dough is twisted, tossed and flipped, then inhale the sweet doughy smell of busy ovens. Each pretzel is topped ... Read More >>


North Peak’s ORC

Bottoms Up
By Blair Yaroch | Dec. 15, 2018

For the next month or so, North Peak Brewing Company has a great way for you to stay toasty warm on a wintery day. Grab a pint of The ORC, North Peak’s seasonal brown ale, and for a few moments you might even forget that baby, it’s cold outside. The ORC is named for the oats, rye, and chocolate and crystal malts it’s made with, and is as likeable as a golden ... Read More >>


Cheboygan’s Libby’s Café in Overdrive

Reborn Café Thriving — Inside Auto Dealership
By Ross Boissoneau | Dec. 15, 2018

If the food and service are good, restaurants can thrive in most any location. But in an auto dealership? Well, yes. At Fernelius Toyota and Chrysler in Cheboygan, that’s exactly where you’ll find Libby’s Café. Owner Dave Fernelius came up with the novel idea, but that doesn’t mean it was easy to do. When he decided to update his dealership several years ago, he and his wife, Alice, traveled to across the state ... Read More >>


The Awesome Coffee

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Dec. 8, 2018

Some people require only a crackling fire to warm their holiday. But for those of us who want to burn this Christmas party down, only a spark-shooting caffeinated cocktail will do. And that’s why we are positively melting for City Park Grill’s aptly named Awesome Coffee. A blend of Kahlua, Bailey's Irish Cream, and Grand Marnier, this sweetie's rimmed and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, then caramelized by another hot combo: Everclear and a flame. ... Read More >>


Glen Haven Canning Co. Preserves

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By Lynda Wheatley | Dec. 8, 2018

Fresh from the “Dang, why didn’t we think of that?” file: The reborn Glen Haven Canning Co. is preserving the North’s natural bounty of fruits and veggies in cans almost too cute to open. Oh, but when you do — each reveals a harvest plucked and preserved at its ripest peak and absolutely perfect for wowing friends and family with embarrassingly easy-made pies and other fruit-forward concoctions. A relation only in name ... Read More >>


Mode's Bum Steer

Landmark and legacy
By Janice Binkert | Dec. 8, 2018

Although today’s downtown Traverse City boasts a large and bustling bar and restaurant scene, things were quite different when Anita and Bob Mode opened Mode’s Bum Steer on State Street over 40 years ago. Times and tastes have changed, the economy has had its ups and downs, and many food and beverage establishments have come and gone in the meantime, but Mode’s has prevailed through it all. “We started Mode’s back in ... Read More >>


Hop Lot's Chicken Tacos

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By Blair Yaroch | Dec. 1, 2018

On a cold winters day when you question whether the sun has abandoned the skies of Northern Michigan, never fear! There is a place in the woods where the party continues in any season. And like any good party, it has tacos. (As if you needed another reason to go.) Hoplot — home of the heated igloos, S'mores kids roast over an open fire, and tacos that make you forget about any ... Read More >>


North Arm Noir

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Dec. 1, 2018

Used to be that wine lovers and makers alike sneered at reds made of hybrid grapes; high quality red wines, it was thought, could come only from tried and true vinifera grapes — like cabernet francs and sauvignons. That’s been steadily changing in the north-central reaches of lower Michigan. There, the hybrid Marquette grape is making a stand against the region’s harsh climes, powdery mildew, and pests — and helping some reds ... Read More >>


Mammoth Distilling’s Old Fashioned

Bottom Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 24, 2018

Mammoth Distilling, based in Central Lake and with tasting rooms in Traverse City and Bellaire, is fairly new to the distilling scene Up North, but it’s proven itself to be a true master of the classics. Its ode to ‘30s-era screen star Olivia De Havilland — Mammoth gin with a hibiscus mixer, fresh mint, and simple syrup — isn't the Beez Knees (no, that is another Mammoth gin delight mixed with honey ... Read More >>


Six Lugs Cocktail Cherries

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By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 24, 2018

Gone are the days of plunking those suspiciously neon-red maraschino cherries into your Manhattans, friends. While we all have fond memories of topping our Shirley Temples with those bright red cherries, the time has come to elevate your craft cocktail with something a little more sophisticated. Presenting Six Lugs’ decadent Cocktail Cherries. Deep burgundy in color, with a deliciously complex, sweetand nutty flavor, these all-natural cocktail cherries are crafted in small batches using northern Michigan cherries and tall natural ingredients ... Read More >>

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