Cousin Jenny’s, Downtown Traverse City

Ordering at Cousin Jenny's in Traverse City

One of downtown Traverse City’s oldest restaurants is still one of my favorites. It’s the first restaurant I can remember visiting in Traverse City. The food is always fresh and you’ll always get friendly service.

Cousin Jenny’s specializes in Cornish Pasties which are delicious flaky pockets of pastry filled with steak, rutabaga, potato, onion, salt, and pepper. This is the food that workers who imigrated from Cornwall, United Kingdom to Iron Mountain, Michigan packed for lunch while working in the Copper and Iron mines. Today, the tradition lives on. Continue reading

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The new Red Door in Lake Ann

Red Door Coffee House Lake Ann Michigan

Historically, a red door on the front of a building has meant many different things. From welcoming visitors to signifying status. A red door has even signified a safe house in the underground railroad in the time of the U.S. Civil War.

In my research, I found a site with a nice summary of the variety of meanings from over the years. According to American Red Door, in early American tradition, a red door became a symbol to weary horse and buggy travelers that a home was a safe place to rest.

Have you seen the new red door in downtown LA?

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In downtown Lake Ann.  In Michigan, that is.

And what this particular red door represents is a good cup of coffee and a cool place to hang out. (You’ll have to leave your horse and buggy outside though.) Right next to the Almira Township Hall, and across from the Lake Ann Post Office, you’ll find it.

You’ll begin to relax as soon as you pass through that red door.  The welcoming eclectic decor is highlighted by the corrugated steel ceiling original to the building (when it was the village fire house). The walls are covered with work by local artists that are available to purchase.  There are cozy sitting areas as well as dining tables. It would be a great place to bring your laptop and get some work done. All in all, The Red Door Coffee House is a good representation of the best of northern Michigan.

Red Door Coffee House Lake Ann Michigan

The business was opened in 2014 by long time Lake Ann residents and entrepreneurs, Gary and Lori Florip and their daughter and son-in-law, Greta and Travis Kemp. They also have an office on-site for their real estate business, Lakeview Realty.  So if you’re in the market for a new house, or looking for someone to manage your property, they can help you with that too. Continue reading

As good as it looks! Pizza from Pegtown

Large pepperoni pizza please.

A few minutes later, this was on the table. I mean, just look at that crust!

Pizza at Pegtown Station Maple City

The texture was crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside.  Just how I want my pizza!

Best crust pizza Leelenau CountyI know this may seem weird, but I had to show you the bottom of the slice. It was perfectly coated in corn meal (which is one true measure of a good crust if you ask my husband).

So the place is Maple City, formerly known as Pegtown.  Right on the corner across from the Post Office and Gabe’s Country Market you’ll find Pegtown Station. Continue reading

Bud’s – Memories of Summer Camp at Interlochen, Michigan

I grew up camping in Interlochen. One of the places that we use to stop at every year was Bud’s Resort Service. It was the place to go for souvenirs, fishing tackle, the daily newspaper and donuts. Bud’s is a different place today. You can still get the souvenirs and the donuts. And they still have newspapers, but most people enjoy the WIFI and connect to the outside world with their own device these days. You cannot get tackle or live bait at Bud’s today, but go there one time, and you’ll be hooked.

Buds Interlochen

Reminiscent of the past

If you’re fishing for a healthy snack or something for your sweet tooth, you’ll find something to satisfy at Bud’s.

Chocolate chip and cherry chunk cookies at Buds in Interlochen

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Fresh squeezed orange juice and yogurt parfaits at Buds Interlochen

Fresh squeezed orange juice and yogurt parfaits

Eat in, or you can take it back to camp with you. They ask that you please call ahead for special orders or more than two dozen donuts if you’re feeding a crowd.

Special order baked goods at Bud's Interlochen

Special order baked goods

Looking for a specialty coffee drink? The Mocha Chiller is my husband’s favorite. I mean his absolute favorite. To be clear, his favorite frozen mocha drink EVER comes from Buds. Continue reading

A Taste of Detroit on M22

market22 on Little Traverse Lake Leelanau County from the road

Right across from Little Traverse Lake on M-22 north of Maple City in Leelanau County, I found a little piece​ of t​​​he big D.  From the antique truck at the edge of the driveway to one of the best square pizza’s I’ve had in a long time, this little market is a nostalgic reflection of the best that Michigan has to offer.

Market 22 sits across from Little Traverse Lake in Leelanau County

Market 22 sits across from Little Traverse Lake

Market 22 was carefully crafted out of an antique barn on the side of a road near Glen Lake, Michigan.  The interior is warm and inviting with an eclectic mix of re-purposed woods and chalkboard menu signs.

market22 on Little Traverse Lake Leelanau County cool decor

The first (chalkboard) sign I noticed after stepping inside the warm inviting space, said “Featuring Detroit Style Pizza in the true automotive blue steel pans”.  When I asked what was a Detroit style pizza, the answer was, “like Buddy’s“.  Ah, yes,  I know Buddy’s Pizza.  Continue reading

Simple Sandwich Satisfies

We were busy running around town and wanted a quick and easy lunch. I just wanted to feed the kids but wasn’t up for the whole event of a sit down restaurant and didn’t want to feed them fast food either. Leone’s would be perfect.​

Leones Ice Cream in Traverse City

Located on 14th street just behind the football stadium, Leone’s​ has been a Traverse City landmark for many years.  It’s a simple soft serve ice cream shop.  Plus they have simple deli style sandwiches and hot dogs. When I say simple deli style, they are more like lunch box style.  Deli’s aren’t usually that simple anymore with artisan this and artisan that.  You know what I mean. Continue reading