Dispatch From Minneapolis

I’ll take a four day immersive experience in an urban setting over most any other leisure pursuit. Mix in a daytime trip across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin’s cheese belt for even more fun and frivolity. Continue Reading →

Every Morning – J. Mascis

As usual, the feedback fade-out is the frosting on the cake for the latest from J. Mascis. A full album is coming out later this summer and I see an October Ann Arbor Blind Pig date listed for the upcoming tour. Today is a good day. Continue Reading →

Local Spotlight: Dripworks Coffee

The newest arrival to Petoskey’s Gaslight District is coming to 207 Howard Street later this month. Mike Davies and Danielle Charles, the husband and wife team behind Dripworks Coffee, have set out to create a unique, inspiring space that will feature quality coffee, loose leaf teas, artisanal baked goods and a welcoming atmosphere.

In the following interview, Danielle recounts some of the experiences and inspirations that helped her and Mike conceptualize their new cafe. We also take a deep dive into croissants, Petoskey’s permitting and planning process and how to design a cafe using Pinterest. Continue Reading →

Good Things Come in Threes

Longer days and stronger sunlight are slowing bringing northern Michigan into some semblance of Spring. Yet, the simple pleasure of pulling on a pair of khaki shorts and a T-Shirt remain a daydream at this point in late April. Daydreams are easily kicked aside when exciting news becomes available concerning new restaurant arrivals to the Petoskey-Harbor Springs area. Continue Reading →

On Letterman’s Stage

David Letterman is retiring next year but performances like this serve as a reminder of his show’s ability to attract the best and brightest to his stage. Joseph Arthur delivers a moving rendition of Lou Reed’s Walk On The Wild Side with help from Peter Buck and Mike Mills. It’s another performance in a long line of remarkable performances over the past 35 years associated with Letterman.

From the legendary 1984 Bob Dylan appearance with members of the Plugz to Warren Zevon’s farewell in 2002, Letterman’s show was always the smart choice for hip performers and fans alike.

May Stephen Colbert continue the rich tradition.

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Mustang Wendy’s | Harbor Springs, Michigan

Love ->Building on Fire, was the first piece of music released commercially by the Talking Heads back in 1977. It remains one of my favorite Heads tunes – hopeful, bouncy and oddly idealistic for David Byrne. It’s the song that came into my mind during a recent visit to Mustang Wendy’s, a new-ish breakfast and lunch spot in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Continue Reading →

Plath’s Meats | Michigan

It’s been awhile! Here’s a post from the old blog originally published 5 years ago that seems apt for another winter day.

Little known outside of Michigan, Plath’s is a multi generation family owned artisan meat smoking operation based in Rogers City.   Plath’s smokes whitefish, various cuts of pork and cures their own bacon and hams.  Their products blow away anything produced by Dearborn, Nueske’s and other more well known smoked meat purveyors.  This year they’re celebrating their 101st anniversary. Continue Reading →

Rainbow Trout Quandry

—Warning—
This post details a deep dive into obsessive gourmand territory.

Up here in northern Michigan we’ve hit what is commonly known as the shoulder season. The vibrant colored leaves of Fall are quickly piling up outside and the winds are beginning to bite. We’re about a month away from welcoming tourists and skiers back up north for the festive holiday period. These days, if I don’t hop in my car and make the 20 minute drive to Petoskey, I risk not seeing another human being all-day-long.

Time is life’s ultimate luxury item. Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with some of it lately and what better way to enjoy some of that time than immersing yourself in a two day Rainbow Trout pickling project? Continue Reading →

Siren Hall | Elk Rapids, MI

I must have something for Auto Repair garages that have been converted into restaurants. After a fantastic 3 day sojurn near Beulah, Michigan, my trip north to Petoskey included a requisite stop at Burritt’s market in Traverse City before jumping on US 31 north along Grand Traverse Bay. Lunch seemed to be a good idea as I approached the hamlet of Elk Rapids.
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A Logan Square Quest

There was an amusing article [Link] recently in the Chicago Reader outlining the history of hipster neighborhoods in Chicago. Somewhat controversial in nature and open for debate, the online article garnered an inordinate amount of derision as well as positive acknowledgment from many readers.

The latest hip neighborhood on the cusp is Logan Square, home to newly opened artisanal cocktail bars, gastro pubs and wine bars. Some may argue that Logan Square is now too popular and too gentrified to truly be deemed a hipster haven.  Continue Reading →