Food

Sweet! A skier's delight

Sweet! A skier's delight

Imagine skiing near the Mountain Express chairlift at Boyne Mountain. It’s your first time there, carving into fresh corduroy beneath your skis. You’re flying down blue squares and thinking about attempting a black diamond when the sweet smell of waf...

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Simply festive

Simply festive

This simple salad will complement the colors of the season on your holiday dinner table. Cole slaw is a refreshing change from leafy salads and this one has a decidedly festive flair, along with a dressing that’s both peppery and sweet. Ramen Cole Sl...

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Eat Like a Local: Bon appétit Charlevoix

Eat Like a Local: Bon appétit Charlevoix

Fall is the perfect time to take advantage of Charlevoix’s culinary scene. These are just a few of the many restaurants that have a table waiting for you. Pigs Eatin’ RibsCharlevoix residents craving barbecue need look no further than Pigs Eatin’ Rib...

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Sweetly spicy salad

Sweetly spicy salad

As seasons change, so do our food choices. Leaves turn color and fall to the ground, and our palates turn to hearty fall fruits and vegetables.A delicious segue from summer berries to the taste of autumn can be found in this sweet and spicy salad fil...

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By the Glass: O'Lillo

By the Glass: O'Lillo

In full disclosure, I have a bias toward Italian wine. As one local chef noted, “It’s like wine was meant to be,” and this simple statement is perfect for this 2015 Toscana from Baracchi, O’Lillo.This Italian blend of 25 percent merlot, 25 percent ca...

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Colin's Cafe serves up homemade goodness

Colin's Cafe serves up homemade goodness

Colin Stevens, the owner of Colin’s Corner Cafe in Harbor Springs, has always wanted to run his own restaurant. His father was a chef, so they cooked together when Stevens was growing up. All of the family’s meals were homemade, Stevens said.“It’s al...

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Eat Like a Local: Best of the Northwest

Eat Like a Local: Best of the Northwest

It’s no secret that Northern Michigan has some exceptional eating establishments. Check out these “Best of the Northwest” award-winning restaurants with extraordinary offerings for all. Brutus Camp DeliFor a scrumptious home-cooked breakfast, take a ...

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By the Glass

By the Glass

Have you ever wanted a nice supple cabernet that didn’t leave your mouth dry? Ever wished for an old vine zinfandel that was less heavy? How about a Syrah less chewy? Or maybe a Petite Syrah with structure?Believe it or not, all of those wishes arriv...

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Mediterranean pizza

Mediterranean pizza

Everyone loves pizza, right? Well, not all of us are lovers of the traditional tomato sauce, meat and cheese Italian pie. Personally, I prefer a vegetarian “pizza” with a decidedly Mediterranean flair.The sophisticated flavors of olive oil, balsamic ...

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Lovely lavender more than just a pretty plant

Lovely lavender more than just a pretty plant

Gather a bit of lavender and experience the fragrance — it’s pungent and refreshing, yet sweet and calming — but is it tasty?“A little is nice, too much and you think you are eating a flower bed,” said Bill Mansfield, who owns Lavender Hill Farm on H...

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Eat Like a Local: Bon appétit Harbor Springs

Eat Like a Local: Bon appétit Harbor Springs

The quaint, picturesque community of Harbor Springs, situated on a beautiful, natural harbor, is known for its vast amount of activities and dining opportunities. This is a sampling of local restaurants to explore the next time you’re in the Harbor S...

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Best dressed salad

Best dressed salad

The season of lighter foods is here, and that means plenty of salads with fresh local greens.Dressing your salad is easy and doesn’t have to come from a grocery store shelf. Bring greens to life with a sprinkling of a hearty balsamic vinegar, or take...

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By the Glass: Atticus pinot noir

By the Glass: Atticus pinot noir

The noble grape, pinot noir, has become the romantic notion of wine for many. In the now famous movie, “Sideways,” pinot noir made such a splash that sales skyrocketed while the hated grape in the movie, merlot, perished.Because of the popularity of ...

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Fresh fish secret to success at The Pier

Fresh fish secret to success at The Pier

The PierFresh fish secret to success By Kristin BatesPhoto by Ryan Gearhart Stafford’s The Pier Restaurant has withstood the test of time. What’s the secret to the success of this iconic Harbor Springs restaurant? Seafood. Fresh seafood from the Geor...

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Bon appétit

Bon appétit

When you’re sitting around on a Friday night in Boyne City wondering what to do, venture to one of these restaurants and let the adventure begin.  Boyne City Taproom The Boyne City Taproom offers two atmospheres under one roof. Downstairs experience ...

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Pure indulgence

Pure indulgence

Forget counting fat and calories for just one meal and indulge in this rich shrimp and rice dish. Soft, buttery shrimp atop creamy vegetable risotto may have you eating salad the rest of the month, but one bite and you’ll agree it’s worth every singl...

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By the Glass

By the Glass

During the cooler days of spring, a nice bourbon or rye can offer some warmth, but to add some smoothness to what some may consider a little on the edgy side, there is the venerable Manhattan cocktail. While some cocktail manuals may have as many as ...

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Experience eclectic Pour pairings

Experience eclectic Pour pairings

Eclectic, thoughtful pairings that bring people together is a perfect slogan for Pour Public House, a progressive new dining venture featuring modern American cuisine sure to please all palates. Nestled next to Tap 30 in downtown Petoskey, Pour opene...

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Music and food to feed the soul

Music and food to feed the soul

Torch Lake Café, 4990 U.S. 31 in Central Lake, has lived many lives and almost all of them revolve around being a meeting place for the community in one form or another. From church to corner bar, it’s been restored to a destination for music, food a...

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The Cantina: The place for Latin food lovers

The Cantina: The place for Latin food lovers

From the moment you walk into The Cantina restaurant you almost forget you just left a cold snowy winter outside. The colorful décor, the up-beat Latin music and the savory aromas wafting from the open kitchen window, make you feel like you’ve just a...

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Soup's on!

Soup's on!

Winter calls for comfort food and there’s nothing more comforting than a steaming bowl of soup. If you froze some of your holiday turkey, now is the perfect time to turn it into a satisfying cold weather meal.Homemade turkey stock gives the richest f...

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Peachy Canyon Zinfandel

Peachy Canyon Zinfandel

It’s blustery outside as I sit and write about a summery sounding wine, Peachy Canyon.In the Symons Wine Cellar in Petoskey, people have been shopping for that perfect holiday wine everyone may enjoy. The nouveau Beaujolais have come and gone. The we...

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Taps 'n' Apps

Taps 'n' Apps

Can’t decide what you’d like to do on a date? Visit a local tasting room for a light-hearted, spontaneous date that’s comfortable and come-as-you-are with low commitment. You like wine — he likes beer ... no problem! Most tasting rooms have both, and...

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New Orleans flavors come to Charlevoix

New Orleans flavors come to Charlevoix

If the name Eric Hoshield, general manager and co-owner of the French Quarter New Orleans Bistro, sounds familiar, it’s because he has been working in Emmet and Charlevoix county restaurants since he was 14 years old. Moving up and around from kitche...

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By the Glass

By the Glass

As I write this, fall is upon us, and winter will be blooming at print, while in the Symons General Store Wine Cellar, wonderfully warm cabs will await.Recently, on a trip to Washington, D.C., Christine and I were lucky enough to enjoy a bottle of Re...

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A is for Appetizer, C is for Cheese

A is for Appetizer, C is for Cheese

Is it an appetizer, or is it a meal? These tasty before-dinner creations can be either one. Nibble a little, or take seconds, it’s up to you. Cheese is always a crowd pleaser and we all know food makes the party, so kick off your next gathering with ...

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Chandler's classic cuisine

Chandler's classic cuisine

Chef Tommy Kaszubowski of Chandler’s - A Restaurant in Petoskey features a classic dish that could easily be a new holiday favorite: Maple Leaf Farm’s Duck Breast confit served with fennel, a sausage stuffed cabbage roll, and topped with roasted appl...

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The new Beards

The new Beards

The new BeardsBy J L SumpterPhotos by G. Randall GossBeards Brewery, once located in a large room down a long hallway has now opened its doors in one of Petoskey’s premier locations.The new dining area with windows from floor to ceiling overlooks Lit...

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Mediterranean 'twist'

Mediterranean 'twist'

By Kristin BatesPhoto by Molly Hauxwell CurrierTake a taste of the many flavors of the Mediterranean with a trip to The Twisted Olive in Petoskey, owned and operated by Kirsten Okeefe, who opened this gem of a restaurant seven years ago.“We like to d...

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Porter Creek Fish House — more than just the name

Porter Creek Fish House — more than just the name

By M. Chris LeeseDon’t be fooled by the name — this isn’t just a fish house — there are entrées to suit any taste: fish, ribs, pasta and the crowd favorite, bistro steak. Porter Creek Fish House chef Scott Lyons’ own version of the bistro steak is a ...

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Fall for winter squash

Fall for winter squash

By Babette Stenuis Stolz Winter squash may be a bit of a misnomer for this favorite fall vegetable. Area farm markets and gardens are overflowing with various shapes, sizes and colors of what we call “winter” squash. No matter what variety you choose...

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By the Glass

By the Glass

By Tom Renkes In a lingering desire to continue our discussion of scotch, I offer up Glenmorangie. This Highland single-malt emanates from the quaint sandstone town of Tain. In fact, the label is proud to proselytize: “Perfected by the 16 men of Tain...

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Old World charm

Old World charm

A fairly new building in Cross Village takes you to another time and greets you with French-inspired cuisine and style.“Our owners are of Polish descent,” said Heidi Joe Mikula, manager at Old World Cafe. “They immigrated here back in the early 80’s ...

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Sweet!

Sweet!

These waning, lazy days of summer are made extra sweet with the season’s sweetest treat of all ... corn on the cob.The fresh flavor of just-picked sweet corn grilled to perfection complements another taste of the season — fresh tomatoes. Add some fre...

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By the Glass

By the Glass

If you wrestle with white wines, always remember there’s a Chablis somewhere that will put you to rest. With a twist on the Chardonnay grape, there’s a clean distinctive nose and palate appeal most will enjoy.  The Chablis appellation in France (regi...

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Before, during and after matters

Before, during and after matters

As we visit City Park Grill and congratulate all partners of The Wine Guys Group on their 20th anniversary of ownership, it’s a bit ironic we aren’t going to focus on an entreé for The Dish.The number-one seller at City Park Grill is the sesame-crust...

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T-Vine, 2014

T-Vine, 2014

With Etta James singing through the speakers overhead, a piece of Gruyere cheese and a quiet moment in Symons Wine Cellar, it was time to sip T-Vine, a 2014 proprietary red meritage from Hallowed Ground in Napa, Calif.The content from undisclosed vin...

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Get to Know Your Greens

Get to Know Your Greens

Greens, glorious greens! ‘Tis the season for fresh, delicious greens from the garden.Area farms and home gardens are bursting with leafy goodness, and eating the leaves of plants never tasted so good.These cool weather crops come in an array of flavo...

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Pierson's Familiar Familiar Food in a new place

Pierson's Familiar Familiar Food in a new place

 Take a step back to the early days of winter recreation with a visit to Pierson’s Grille & Spirits in downtown Harbor Springs. After a move from the Village at Boyne Mountain, Pierson’s reopened in February.“The reception has been fantastic,” said E...

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By the Glass

By the Glass

In this new feature for HomeLife, I introduce to you the common language of wine and spirits. Common language, you ask? Yes. So much has been written, and continues to be written, about our love of wine, scotches, bourbons and anything else alcohol, ...

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'California cuisine meets cowboy cookery'

'California cuisine meets cowboy cookery'

You may be familiar with the saying, “It’s a lot better the second time around.” For Wendy Wagner, owner of Mustang Wendy’s Cask and Cuisine in Harbor Springs, she couldn’t agree more.After originally opening in 2013 on State Street with husband, Sco...

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The root of wholesome goodness

The root of wholesome goodness

Let’s get to the root of a good meal with some of the most nutritious vegetables on earth ... or should we say, “in” the earth.Root vegetables pack a healthy punch as a delicious side dish or main entrée and, best of all, they’re available year aroun...

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Blue smoke rising

Blue smoke rising

Check the smoker. Is there a thin, blue smoke rising? Then it’s perfect!That goal is the namesake of a new restaurant on Main Street in East Jordan — Blue Smoke.Adam and Jill Kline, owners of Pigs Eatin’ Ribs of Charlevoix, sent their finger-licking ...

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The secret’s in the sauce

The secret’s in the sauce

Boil, steam, stir-fry, grill, or roast — but whatever you do, don’t overcook.Brussels sprouts may not be a vegetable at the top of everyone’s list, but cooking this cruciferous veggie until just done, not overdone, is the key to getting the most fini...

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Mmmmmm! Comfort food!

Mmmmmm! Comfort food!

Hot pancakes, sausage and syrup on a cold morning make a comforting dish. Now you can try a new twist on an old favorite at Smoke on the Water of Charlevoix.Restaurateur Julie Mann created a recipe adding lemon-curd to flapjacks that’s becoming a tal...

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3 in 1 dining

3 in 1 dining

Vernales Restaurant on M-119 between Harbor Springs and Petoskey offers three dining venues under one roof for year-round flavor to please all palates.“We offer the best in casual and upscale casual dining,” says Joe Guthrie, co-owner and director of...

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