My Smoky Pilgrimage to Helen’s BBQ Fewer than 10,000 people live in dusty Brownsville, TN. It would be easy to blow right past downtown if you were, say, trying desperately to find anything at all worth listening to on the radio. But even if you did, you still wouldn’t miss the town’s biggest attraction, Helen’s…
Traverse City, MI – It didn’t matter that I failed to bring a chair to “test night” at last week’s Traverse City Film Fest. Even for an introvert like me, it was near impossible not to get up and dance through a big-screen showing of “Stop Making Sense,” a joy-factory of a rock movie released…
ANN ARBOR — I came to Ann Arbor to volunteer for the spring breeding bird count, which, for you non-birders, is a delightful way to spend a morning — or a full day, in the case of the more hardcore birdwatching addicts. Take for example, whoever they talked into pulling an all-nighter on owl patrol….
Itinerant food and travel bloggers are grateful for the socialism of public libraries, which provide tax-payer supported: WiFi, desks situated next to outlets and in air-conditioning, restroom facilities, and last but not least: librarians. Smart, often funny and usually women, they are welcoming, knowledgeable and efficient. A salve for all the yahoos we cannot always avoid.
Have you ever eaten a meal that was too good to leave but too big to finish. My agony at Shirleys Cafe in Mancelona, MI.
Pan-seared walleye, ramps, morels and radishes combine for a spring plate pulsing with color and flavor.
From wild foods in the forest, to 7 miles of magnificent trails spanning rare habitats, the Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire, MI is well worth a stop.
On my Southern Food Road Tour, I asked everyone who would talk to me to name five foods and beverages that are most expressive of “southern food,” and the answers varied a lot more than I thought they would. Louisiana in particular was out there on its own, and some of the answers I had…
Charlotte the veg chef makes spicy shakshuka eggs.
I was going a grandma 40 in a 65, trying not to stare too directly into the Warp Drive stripes of light just beyond my windshield that burrowed into my retinas like too many tiny shooting comets.
Grilled stacks of eggplant, sweet onions and tomatoes are perfect topped with balsamic vinaigrette and fresh herbs.
Ethanology in Grand Rapids, Michigan, makes one of the only hand-foraged gins on the market, deploying a state-certified forager to the woods for ingredients like Michigan juniper, staghorn sumac and burdock root.