Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Summer 2014 Michigan Eats

"Shedding late-summer tears for the end of cherry season. Patiently and hopefully waiting for pumpkin pie season."
(Terri Guillemets)

Summer in Michigan has passed so quickly. I didn't do much cooking, but we ate at home a lot, and also went out to a good number of local and regional restaurants, which we probably won't get many chances to do later this fall and winter. Please see below for photos and links.

Summer Home Cooking

Chicken yakisoba (used soba noodles) and honey-ginger baked salmon
Cherry walnut chicken salad via
Cherry lime galette prep
Cherry lime galette via
Chopped Italian salad prep
Chopped Italian salad (minus salami and pasta)
No-prep veggie lasagna with grilled eggplant, zucchini, artichoke hearts, and spinach
Veggie lasagna (I'm like Garfield... I love lasagna!)
Southern peach and cinnamon cobbler prep
Peach and cinnamon cobbler
Blueberry coffee cake prep
Blueberry coffee cake
Buffalo chicken pizza with shaved celery salad prep
Buffalo chicken pizza with shaved celery salad
Frozen pink lemonade pie prep
Pink lemonade pie
"Better than Augusta egg salad" prep
Egg salad
Tuna salad and cheese roll-ups prep
Tuna salad and cheese roll-ups
"The Best Zucchini Bread" recipe with orange zest and cinnamon
Zucchini bread

Summer Meals by Local and Regional Restaurants, Chains, and Food Trucks

American: Ashley's (Ann Arbor), Bubba's Restaurant & Bar (Traverse City), Coach Insignia, Comerica Park, Friends with Food (Traverse City), Griffin Claw Brewing Company, Kruse & Muer on Wilshire, Oakland Hills Country Club, Social Kitchen & Bar, Toast
Fried lobster corn dogs at Coach Insignia
Comerica Park treats, including maple bacon-on-a-stick, elephant ear, and Tiger Traxx ice cream cone
Faygo Rock & Rye at Griffin Claw Brewing Company
Yummy meal at Social Kitchen & Bar, ending with banana pudding
Asian Fusion: BD's Mongolian Grill, Tomokun Noodle Bar (Ann Arbor)
Cold hiyashi soba and pho ramen at Tomukun Noodle Bar
Bagels: Detroit Institute of Bagels
Bagels and more at Detroit Institute of Bagels
Bakeries: Grand Traverse Pie Company (Traverse City)
Barbeque: Pigs Eatin' Ribs (Traverse City)
Burgers: Bagger Dave's Burger Tavern
Coffee & Tea: Bubble Island (Ann Arbor), Teahaus (Ann Arbor)
Scone plate and refreshing iced teas at Teahaus
Cookies: Insomnia Cookies (Ann Arbor)
Cupcakes: Cupcake Station (Ann Arbor)
Delis: CityScape Deli, Maize and Blue Deli (Ann Arbor), Steve's Deli, Zingerman's Delicatessen (Ann Arbor)
Delicious sandwiches and sides at Zingerman's Delicatessen
Diners: Kerby's Koney Island, Leo's Coney Island
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt: Stroh's Ice Cream Parlour, Sweet Earth
Superman ice cream cone at Stroh's Ice Cream Parlour
Various frozen yogurt flavors and toppings at Sweet Earth
Japanese/Sushi: Ajishin, Saica (Ann Arbor)
Long lines but worth the wait at Ajishin
Korean: New Seoul Garden
Mediterranean: Elie's Mediterranean Grill & Bar
Mexican: Huerto Restaurant & Tequila Bar, Mex, Rojo Mexican Bistro
Mexican meal at Mex, ending with avocado icebox pie
Sandwiches: Olga's Kitchen
Wraps, fries, and three cheese bites at Olga's Kitchen
Thai: New Bangkok Thai Bistro, Sy Thai Cafe
Tasty Thai at New Bangkok Thai Bistro

Though not limited to Michigan, I've also been to Arby's, Jimmy John's, and Little Caesars here (pizza pizza!). You don't really see those in the NY area, at least where I used to be.
Pizza and crazy bread from Little Caesars

To take a look at my past 2 years of food in Brooklyn, check back on previous posts:
Summer 2012 Brooklyn EatsFall 2012 Brooklyn Eat, Winter 2012/2013 Brooklyn Eats, Spring 2013 Brooklyn Eats, Summer 2013 Brooklyn Eats, Fall 2013 Brooklyn Eats, Winter 2013/2014 Brooklyn Eats, Spring 2014 Brooklyn Eats

Now that we've gotten all of the above out of the way, bring on everything pumpkin!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mackinac Island Mini Babymoon and More Midwest Summer Trips

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."
(John Steinbeck)

I know it's still summer, but autumn and then winter will come quickly, so before the baby arrives and the Michigan snow falls, we've been trying to take quick but fun nearby trips here and there. We visited family in the Chicago area over 4th of July weekend, went to Traverse Island, Michigan the weekend after that, and just came back from a quick trip to Toledo, Ohio where my husband took a 2-day exam and I explored local activities.

I'm due in November but we already had a mini babymoon too, our last little getaway before our family of 2 becomes of family of 3. September and October will be very busy and we couldn't find the time to do anything then, so almost 3 weeks ago -- at the start of my 3rd trimester -- we drove upstate to Mackinaw City and took the ferry over to Mackinac Island (pronounced MAK-in-aw).

I was originally going to break these up into 2 posts, but please see below for lots of photos from our regional trips and then from Mackinac Island. I shared a couple of bump photos from Chicago and Traverse City in my last post, "2nd Half of 2nd Trimester in My Build-A-Baby Workshop", and I'm also reposting some Instagram photos. Since it's so photo-heavy, I won't add any commentary other than basic captions.

Chicago over 4th of July Weekend

Sam with Micah and Christina
Pool party at my sister-in-law Grace's friend's house
Blackened tofu, BBQ chicken, and sesame-chili shrimp Korean tacos at Del Seoul

Traverse City, Michigan

Our hotel was right next to downtown Traverse City
Food truck dinner included my cherry BBQ pulled chicken sandwich
Traverse City is the cherry capital of the world
Enjoying the annual National Cherry Festival and cherry pie a la mode
Lots of cherry goodies, including cherry peanut butter
National Cherry Festival Parade
Picking sweet cherries at Rennie Orchards
We picked and bought 9 lbs. of cherries
Visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
After a sandy hike up the 110 ft.+ high Dune Climb

Toledo, Ohio

Toledo Museum of Art
The Art of Video Games, a current exhibition
Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure, a current exhibition
Some of TMA's collection highlights (Glass Pavilion was closed)
Museum Cafe was really good, and QQ Kitchen take-out was tasty
Toledo Botanical Garden's beautiful grounds
Lovely Globe Centaurea
Stunning dahlias
More vibrant dahlias
Pretty roses
Vegetable garden
Polar bears, seals, hippos, and African penguins at the Toledo Zoo
Giraffes and zebras
Zoo graffiti

Mackinac Island Mini Babymoon

Mackinac Island in Lake Huron
On the ferry from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island
Round Island Lighthouse
Approaching the island
Lots of horses and bicycles, and no motorized vehicles
Cute bicycle planter
#mackinacisland #michiganlife #puremichigan
Mission Point Resort, where we stayed
Lakefront mini golf, and a not-so-super supermoon
About to embark on a 2-hour-long bike ride along the shoreline of the island
Bumping on a bike (carefully, of course)
Rock cairns along the coast
Me and Sam
Arch Rock
Fudge and sweet treats at Sanders, Ryba's, May's, Murdick's, and Joann's
Joann's won my own taste test, so I bought dark chocolate nut fudge to take home
Food we ate at Mission Point Resort
S'mores, carrot cake cheesecake, "coffee and donuts," and a giant cookie and brownie
The 2nd day, when we left, was very rainy but I wanted to go out on the lawn
Historic churches/chapels on Mackinac Island
Horse-drawn carriage with Fort Mackinac in background
Visit to Fort Mackinac
View of Mackinac Island marina
My belly is getting huge!
Sam at Fort Mackinac
Ferry back to Mackinaw City

As excited as I am to get closer to meeting my baby girl, I am not feeling ready. In the meantime, I'm trying to soak in these last moments of summer, and hope that time will go by slowly. Have a great Labor Day weekend!