Craft Breweries – Marquette, Michigan

This past summer we decided to take the drive up to Marquette, Michigan to tour the craft breweries. Marquette is really a hidden gem on the edge of Lake Superior with a population of 20,000 and home to Northern Michigan University which adds about another 10,000 students to the city. With a hilly terrain and [...]


In Praise of Cherries – Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Pan Sauce

The summer picking season has begun in the Great Lakes region for tart Montmorency cherries. Both Bing and Montmorency are grown extensively in Wisconsin and Michigan, thus the National Cherry Festival hosted in Traverse City, Michigan each year. On the festival website, they share this bit of history: French colonists from Normandy brought pits that [...]

New Restaurants Added – Grand Rapids, MI

Let me tell you this – the Backwoods Bastard is definitely one of the finest brews I have ever had. Complex, lingering, hauntingly good. It just may be the best brew in Grand Rapids, MI, and given that Grand Rapids has been named Beer City USA in a poll run by the guru of home [...]