February 6, 2023


Old World Romance

Fall in love (with the food) at PepeNero
By Al Parker | Feb. 4, 2023

Giorgio Lo Greco leans back in his chair smiling slightly, stirs his espresso, and shares a love story. “My wife Monica and I met on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, 18 years ago when we were both crew members on a cruise ship,” recalls the chef/owner of PepeNero, one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in northern Michigan. “We’ve been married 15 years.” If you’re looking for a spot to share a romantic ... Read More >>

Bay Bread’s Thank You Boxes

By Anna Faller | Feb. 4, 2023

We all know actions speak louder than words. And, what better way to say, well, anything than with a box of homemade treats? Next time you find yourself at a loss for words, consider letting one of Bay Bread Co.’s Thank You Boxes do the talking. Curated via client request, this box is brimming with #AllTheCarbs, including daily mini-muffins and scones—six of each, in a variety of flavors—four decadent mini-cinnamon rolls, and ... Read More >>

Happy Camper Coffee Co.’s Cinnamon Roll Latte

Bottoms Up
By Anna Faller | Feb. 4, 2023

Though we know money can’t buy happiness, it can buy a great cup of coffee. And we can’t think of a happier combo than the coffee-meets-breakfast-pastry perfection of Happy Camper Coffee Co.’s newly-added Cinnamon Roll Latte. This one-two-punch of a morning cuppa starts with a double shot of espresso sourced from Mundos in Traverse City. Baristas finish the drink with your choice of steamed milk (including plenty of non-dairy options) and a ... Read More >>

Historic Charm in a Community That Cares

The Ramsdell Inn and TJ’s Pub in downtown Manistee
By Ashlee Cowles | Jan. 28, 2023

“Who’s going to show?” That’s the question Lindsey Swidorski, owner of the Ramsdell Inn and TJ’s Pub in Manistee, asked her team on that first “Thirsty Thursday” in March 2020, right after her restaurant closed for in-person dining due to COVID-19 while still remaining open for take-out orders. “We didn’t know what to expect,” says Swidorski. It turned out there was no reason to worry; the community of Manistee showed up—in a ... Read More >>

Crooked Tree Breadworks’ Pub Nuts

By Anna Faller | Jan. 28, 2023

Snacking gets the grown-up treatment at Crooked Tree Breadworks in Petoskey, where scratch-made bread and pastry selections (the rye-flecked sourdough is a must-try) are traditionally baked with simple ingredients. Our recent obsession, though, is the Pub Nuts. The newest in the shop’s line of shelf-stable munchies—which also includes the Addictive Granola, as well as three other seasoned nut flavors—this delightfully crunchy snack comprises only roasted peanuts dusted in a proprietary seasoning blend. ... Read More >>

Northern Latitudes’ Mackinac Island Fudge Chocolate Liqueur

Bottoms Up
Jan. 28, 2023

When making grown-up hot cocoa sounds like too much work, all you need to do is pull out a bottle of Northern Latitude Distillery’s Mackinac Island Fudge Chocolate Liqueur. This bad boy is smooooth, perfectly balancing the sweet and bitter of the recipe’s organic cocoa powder. We’ve tried it over ice, with a splash of coconut milk (our favorite), and with a drop of peppermint extract (seriously—one, max two drops) to mimic ... Read More >>

The Beacon Beckons

This Petoskey bistro blends high-end dishes with a laid-back atmosphere
By Geri Dietze | Jan. 21, 2023

Searching for elevated comfort food? A menu that changes often enough to keep you coming back again and again? Petoskey’s Beacon Bistro fits the bill, thanks to the vision of owners Mark and Tawna Naturkas. The Naturkas—she, a Mackinaw Island native, and he, a Detroiter through and through with family summers spent in Harbor Springs—are the dynamic pair behind Paper Station Bistro in downtown Harbor Springs and State Road Provisions Roadhouse near ... Read More >>

9 Bean Rows’ Almond Croissant

Jan. 21, 2023

Say so long to your New Year’s resolutions of skipping the sweets. (Don’t worry—this is worth it.) The almond croissant from 9 Bean Rows in Suttons Bay is like breakfast and dessert rolled into one, freshly baked and packed with almondy, buttery goodness that would give the French a run for their money. These croissants are perfectly flaky, though the almond filling helps hold things together a bit more to make less ... Read More >>

The Socialite’s The Gossip

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By Anna Faller | Jan. 21, 2023

We’ve heard that no one likes a gossip, but we could be convinced if it comes over ice with a citrus garnish. The rumors are true, dear readers: Traverse City’s newest temperance bar, The Socialite (established last year), is serving up curated cocktails minus the booze. Their newest menu addition, The Gossip, is spilling the “tea” in more ways than one. Built around Seedlip Drinks’ Garden 108 zero-proof spirit, this purple sip ... Read More >>

The Good Bowl’s “Vu-Tang” Chili Crisp

By Anna Faller | Jan. 14, 2023

On the hunt for that magic ingredient to take your cooking up a notch? The Good Bowl has your next go-to, and it puts the rest of our spice rack to shame. Enter: “Vu-Tang” Chili Crisp. Named for executive chef Tony Vu (and the ’90’s hip-hop Clan), this versatile chili oil contains upwards of 21 complex spices—headlined by Sichuan pepper—and finishes with the savory crunch of fried garlic and shallot pieces. It ... Read More >>

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