By the way, as a serious blogger, I thought you might be interested to join this year’s International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle on August 27 til 29. They have an amazing lineup of speakers and it’ll definitely be a great experience. If you wanna know more about it, you might want to visit this page.
Hope to see you there, and keep on posting!]]>
I agree with you about Carlson’s, but next trip, try the smoked whitefish paté, as well. Just down the block from Fishtown, the Bluebird has fresh fish skillfully prepared.
If you’re the fan of encased meats that I believe you are, you’ll want to head for Pleva’s in Cedar, on the Leelanau Peninsula — beautiful sausages in natural casings, almost all of them made with cherries and pecans as subtle but delightful ingredients.
I sampled (and bought) a number of the wines you mentioned, but a “new kid” on the Leelanau is Tandem Cider, a tiny shop on a winding country road where wonderful British and French-style ciders are on offer.
And for fun, there’s the Cherry Republic, where everything in the place is made with cherries, from chocolate-covered Montmorency cherries to cherry salsa.
Over on the Mission Peninsula, The Boat House is a wonderful restaurant that mixes elements both rustic and elegant to create a warm, comfy, but still high-end ambiance. Right on the water’s edge, one can’t argue with the view, either. Last week’s seasonal menu offered (among other delights) a sensational morel bisque. Yum.
And just a bit out of Traverse City, Moomer’s Ice Cream is worth a visit. The store is right on the dairy farm, and they create a lot of rich, glorious ice cream. They specialty is Cherries Moobilee, which incorporates locally grown cherries and chunks of chocolate.
Of course, for those who seek more than just food, the area has charming lighthouses, towering sand dunes, pristine beaches, verdant forests with winding hiking trails, and numerous museums. But if you’re one of those for whom food is a serious consideration when planning a trip, this destination has that covered.]]>