Flavors that will floor you

To feel like a kid again, indulge in a popsicle. The first time an ice cream truck rolls down my block each spring, grown men rush out with money in their hands. You go, guys!

Tour de Food Trucks and then some

What’s better than enjoying a fine spring evening at Lookout Park, with its spectacular west-facing view over the city?

A heavenly recipe

In just a few short weeks strawberry season will be upon us. The seasonal delicacy is generally available from area growers beginning in mid June.

Indian or Italian?

Let’s get this out of the way up front: I’ve never met an Indian dish that I didn’t like. But Indian-themed pizza made with naan bread crust? What?

Four beer gardens to visit this weekend

After the schizophrenic spring we've endured (warm one day, cold the next), I thought I'd remind our readers which beer gardens offer good springtime options for enjoying Grand Rapids' favorite beverage outside. 

A family recipe

A tortilla is a type of flatbread that can be traced back thousands of years to people of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico.

The best pickle pizza in GR?

Step inside Bob’s Bar on the corner of Michigan St. in Grand Rapids and you’ll be immediately welcomed in by its down-to-earth atmosphere and homey presence.

Get a head start on Mother’s Day with these ideas

Mother's Day is just a little more than two weeks away and there are a myriad of events, lunch and brunch options from which to choose.

Drinks with Pat

Today is a fun day to grab a drink with Pat, so pull up a stool! 

What’s great about Wagyu?

You may have heard “Wagyu” beef making its way into the local foodie lexicon as it is one of the most coveted meats the world over. 

Recipe: Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

The team at Lake Effect Kitchen invites you to enjoy this recipe for Chocolate Orange Cheesecake. 

Recipe: Salmon Wellington

Searching for a way to jazz up some fish? Try this Salmon Wellington recipe, courtesy of Fustini’s, purveyors of quality oils and vinegars.

Guardian of the Blue Star Highway

I stared at the beer choices on the blackboard. I was stymied. So, Guardian co-owner/brewmaster Kim Collins asked about my taste preferences.

The rise of the mocktail

If you’ve ever woken up after a night of drinking and thought, “I’m never doing that again,” you’re not alone. Cutting out alcohol is becoming more normalized than ever before. 

Foodies and pizza loyalists can be happy here

As we settled in at our table and opened the menus, the first thing our server said after “hello” went like this:

Pampered like royalty

It’s no question the world of dining is quickly evolving to more casual atmospheres within the restaurants.

Oberon Day kicks off in West Michigan

Revelers came from far and near to hail the beginning of Spring and enjoy their first sip of the celebrated seasonal ale "Oberon" at Bell’s Eccentric Café,  355 E Kalamazoo Ave. in Kalamazoo, on Monday March 20, 2023. 

Where’s the (Italian) Beef?

Thin-sliced beef, slow-cooked in savory, spicy gravy (don't call it au jus!) piled onto a thick bread roll, dunked into that same savory gravy, then topped with a spicy giardiniera blend of pickled veggies, and voila!

Drinks with Pat

Recently, on a trip to Spain, my wife and I made a new travel commitment: stop in an Irish bar in every city we visit. 

Aperitivo to go?

It’s hard to pinpoint a favorite at Aperitivo, as the menu is always changing.




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