This month I did not track... and I indulged! (it shows - I put on 10 pounds...)
As my previous blog, I am about to describe the best (and the bad) side of my travel discoveries with food pictures! And because I like it all, there is not much restriction there...
At the beginning of August, Jeff and I went for a short road trip (no kids!) to Michigan. It was a Great Trip! Our first stop was in Traverse City where we camped for a few days. That is only at destination that we discovered that this is Cherry Capital! Tourist board should capitalized and advertised it more... After setting up...
(Rustic but I slept so good that night...)
... we started our food expedition. Note: Contrary to last year camping hiking expedition, we decided that we were going to treat ourselves a bit and eat out (restaurant) once a day; we did daily stops at the food store for breakfast and snacks (fruit, veggies, yogurt...)
Our first stop was at North Peak. Did I mentioned that breweries and wineries were also part of the plan!
I tried the tasting flight of beers. My favorites were the Light and the Indiana pale, not typical because I usually prefer the darker beer... The Appetizer - the Mediterranean Plate: Home-made hummus, cucumber tabouli, tangy feta spread, olives, and warm naan bread - was nice. (my hubby thought that my tabouli is better
but I would like to find the secret behind the tangy feta spread... So good...) We shared 2 pizzas: Fresh Mozzarella & Bison (San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, seasoned ground buffalo, wild mushrooms, and fresh basil pesto) and BBQ Boar Pizza (Ground wild boar and cajun sausage with Cherry-Porter bbq sauce, fresh pineapple, roasted red peppers, caramelized onion, mozzarella and fontina cheeses). The goar pizza was one of the best pizza I ever had. I think the Cherry-Porter BBQ Sauce is the key. Wow!
After that we needed some fresh air and went for a walk downtown to help our digestion... That is when we discovered a little local pub with a great list of Cider... and local live music. We sat and sipped the night away.
The next day, we went to the dunes at Glen Arbor. I will keep this for another blog just because I want to keep talking about food. I need to get it all out! So after some exercise, we had planned to make a stop at the village to visit Cherry Republic. This place is such a cool stop ... the next time we visit this area, we will bring our bikes and this will be included in our tour. The store offers many sampling to taste...
I like the dried cherries, the covered chocolate cherries (of course!) and the peanut butter (all not included in our shopping cart...)
Because it is so good (and unique), we took the free stuff home (the catalogue) and a couple of postcards (to continue my tradition with my daughters) and bought a few of our favorites (ketchup, mustard, horseradish, Cherry Rootbeer...)
And what is best after running like a kid at the dunes (downhill was easy but the climb was sweaty!)...
... than ice cream! And a big bowl of freshly picked cherries (we got one per day!)
For our last dinner in Traverse, we tried "Little Bohemia". The décor and the music (live) were cool... the service was poor (in fact, it was almost interesting to watch the staff!) and the food was pricy for what we got - and it was not good... (I had the meatloaf with sauerkraut and green beans) In fact Jeff said his was the worse he had in a restaurant. Sorry... I won't go back.
Next stop with stopover was in Frankenmuth.
1st - The sweet temptations!
I said no to the cookies and jelly - but it was too cute not to take a picture! We observe the fudge maker do their magic and because they skip one step between 8. Cutting and 10. Eating (they offer free still warm sample)... we backtrack to 9. Selling and bought some... to take back home and share with friends and family.
2nd - The German Flavors
Typical meal that brought back some of our travel to Germany memories back... The "cranberry salad" was my favorite dish!
3rd - Just enjoying a sitting on a patio... at Tiffanys...
My salad was good.... After eating all that food for a few days, I was happy to eat a lighter meal.
Before returning home, we stopped at the post office in Frankenmuth to send the postcard from Cherry Republic to my daughters... one more to their collection, one more fun trip!