Grand Traverse Distillery

Michigan is like home to me. It’s where I spent my boyhood summers. My grandparents introduced me to its beautiful people and welcoming countryside. The longest freshwater coastline and the second largest agricultural industry in the United States call Michigan home. Famous for its cherries, Michigan blankets the “Mitten” with white blossoms in spring, and … Continue reading Grand Traverse Distillery

Frankenmuth

“All this way for chicken?” That’s what I said years ago as a kid when my grandmother drove me, my father and family for some celebrated chicken dinner. Except it was for hours in the dark, and nobody really knew how long the drive, and we were getting hangry. My grandmother took it well, sitting … Continue reading Frankenmuth

Volo Bog

Six thousand years ago,a) My grandmother painstakingly composed a snapshot of me facing pure sunlight, nearly blinding meb) A candy bar was made, one that I found last night under my bed that I inhaled without hesitationc) I spearheaded a pilot study to domesticate cats, while bitching about the nickname “Tiger King”d) Volo Bog as … Continue reading Volo Bog

Sushi Station

There are countless ways to dine. Besides the conventional, guests can have food cooked tableside or on their table, they can cook their own food, meals can be enjoyed under simulated thunderstorms, or food can be playfully tossed into open mouths, with everyone agape in amazement. I have but I don’t want any more. I … Continue reading Sushi Station

Trejo’s Tacos

When the pressure is on, some fold up like a cheap lawn chair. Others spring to life. Danny Trejo endured pressures, obstacles and challenges. And that’s putting it lightly. But he crushed them all, his gentle smile always warm and welcoming. His new cookbook, Trejo’s Tacos, details his inspiring life story and offers 75 authentic recipes … Continue reading Trejo’s Tacos

Cafe Du Monde

It’s almost time for Mardi Gras. I don’t want your tacky beads or tchotchke souvenir tall glasses. Show me your Coffee and Chicory; and, while you’re at it, let me see your Beignets. If my aim is true, then I must point the way to Cafe Du Monde. “Hey, Joe. You wanna give it a go?” … Continue reading Cafe Du Monde