A lot of us enjoy a good cup of coffee. I was delighted this summer while visiting in Traverse City, Michigan, when I was served this coffee with its beautiful design. That just made it extra special. I must admit I got a kick out of the atmosphere at Frenchy’s, too. My friends and I sat outside and observed the mismatched tables and chairs, old bins, and antique containers. I hope you can see the interesting screen door. We were all charmed by the homey décor.
One of the highlights of the Writers’ Police Academy was the banquet where the guest speaker was Karin Slaughter. I’ve read many of Karin’s books which are gritty crime fiction. Her speech was hilarious as she based it on her family and growing up in the South. If I didn’t enjoy her books so much, I’d suggest she had a future as a comedian. I’d go to see her again in a heartbeat. I’ve included pictures of her speaking, signing books right after I had mine signed, and the books I purchased. I couldn’t put Cop Town down when I returned home and finished it in short order.
Another wonderful trip to Traverse City, Michigan is on the books. My friend, Kathy, and I motored over the Mackinac Bridge and beyond to visit our good friend, Barb. The three of us had worked together in education for more years than I’ll mention here. Our friendship remains strong even though we don’t see each other as much as in the old days. Barb having moved back to her hometown has given us a reason to visit her beautiful city once a year.
We spent a couple of days enjoying her pool (and margaritas.) One morning we caught a gorgeous rainbow from the other side of her house while eating breakfast. She has the perfect spot to look out over the city and the water. Serenity.
My friend and I took a drive to Green Bay to check out Nakashima of Japan for Restaurant Week. We both chose to go with their hibachi dinner rather than the sushi dinner option. The price was the same for each at thirty dollars. We sat at a table with four other patrons with one side available for the chef to work his magic.
We began with Japanese clear soup. I didn’t have a very high expectation for it. I usually am not fond of broth. However, this soup had wonderful flavor. I was pleasantly surprised. Next appeared a small lettuce salad with just lettuce, but the dressing had a bite to it that I enjoyed. The chef then delivered the flaming shrimp appetizer. Yum! We also were given our choice of three sushi rolls and I chose the Boston roll, which had tuna and avocado. You can see we were not going to leave this place hungry,
For the entrée, I ordered a combo of filet mignon and shrimp, which came with hibachi vegetables and rice. Everything was rich and full of deep flavor. The chef made jokes as he threw items up in the air. He was a delight to watch. We also had some oolong tea.
My dining companion and I ordered everything the same and agreed that it is definitely a place we plan to return. Green Bay Restaurant Week is a good idea for people to get out and try places they may not have before. We both left with a doggie bag, too.
Up until a year ago I didn’t enjoy a Bloody Mary. That has all changed and now I can’t seem to stop ordering them. Here are a couple pictures of one from The Dockside in Oconto. Two varieties are offered and on this day I ordered the “Loaded Bloody Mary.” Indeed, it was loaded with flavor and had enough food to be considered a true nosh!
Formerly a church, Rustique now houses a wonderful eating establishment. A friend had enjoyed a number of meals there and mentioned that they were scrumptious. The two of us soon motored to historic Suamico, a small village just north of Green Bay.
When we entered, Denise and I appreciated the original vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors of the chapel. It was beautiful. The place was hopping which is always a good sign of customer satisfaction. We found seats and ordered Bloody Marys as we took a look at the menu.
An array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and baskets were offered. They serve the traditional cod and perch fry every day which is music to the ears of many Wisconsinites.. The brick oven pizza looked outstanding and was their specialty, but their signature sandwich was a Cuban called “El Duque.” It boasted slow-roasted pulled pork, thick-sliced ham, pickle, red onion, Swiss cheese, mustard, and mayo. We lingered over our tasty drinks and finally made our decisions. Denise and I couldn’t resist the “El Duque.” We were not disappointed. We both upped the standard French fries with orders of Pesto fries. If you like pesto, these potatoes should be on your list. I’ll order them again. The sandwich was very hearty and filling, yet seemed to melt in my mouth. True Nosh!
I enjoyed my lunch so much the first time I went to Nicky’s Lionhead Tavern, I had to go back. On my first visit to this old pub in De Pere, Wisconsin, I ordered a Rueben, with thick pastrami, tangy kraut, and Swiss cheese.. Delicious! It was good enough to order again the second time, but I wanted to try something different. I went with the Cuban sandwich, featuring slow roasted pork, smoked ham. and Swiss cheese. The mustard and pickle gave it added zip Each sandwich came with fries, a pickle, and a full feeling that lasted for hours. Of course, this lunch started with a Bloody Mary, too. A true nosh!
My friend, Denise, and I had a wonderful lunch at Nicky’s Lionhead Tavern and Grille in DePere, Wisconsin. It started with these fantastic Bloody Marys and beer chasers. Yum. I then had a delicious Reuben and Denise ordered a Cuban sandwich. Each came with fries. We weren’t disappointed. Nicky, watch out. We’ll be coming back for a repeat performance! True Nosh.
My friend suggested eating lunch at the Ogden Club in Menominee, Michigan when we were shopping in the area recently. I had driven past there many times, but never really considered stopping. I think I thought it was a private club. The atmosphere was pleasant. A nice bar and many tables. Their Tuesday special was half price onion tangles. We were unsure if they would be good, but half price, how could we lose? We decided to split an order. Were we ever glad we didn’t each order one! It was huge. We didn’t even finish the one we shared. They were light and delicious. I won’t wait for these tangles to be half price to order them again. We also had burgers and were very satisfied. We plan to return to The Ogden Club. A true nosh!