April Microbrews: Walldorff

Written by Ben Darcie | Monday, 24 March 2014 13:36 |

Mike Barnaart is a classically trained chef who spent many years pleasing palates, most recently as the executive chef at Michigan State, but he never forgot his first job out of high school washing dishes at the then-brand-new Arcadia Brewing Company in 1994. This was where he was first introduced to the craft beer scene, and it stuck with him.

The Dude Abides by this Beer Tour

Written by Kyle Hauch | Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:56 |

The people over at West Michigan Beer Tours love The Big Lebowski. They love it so much that they have created a beer tour around the Kalamazoo area that is directly inspired by The Dude himself. But you’re probably asking yourself, why beer? Why not a White Russian tour? Well, while on The Big Lebowski Beer Tour, you’ll get the best of both worlds including a specially made White Russian-inspired beer just for the tour.

Gluten Free Girl: Green Restaurant

Written by Kelli Belanger | Friday, 21 February 2014 16:09 |

If you're following a gluten free diet, one thing you might not get enough of is quality bread. At Green Restaurant, located on the East Beltline between Biggby Coffee and Noodles & Company, the homemade bread is so tasty that owner Mike Meyer sells it by the loaf. At $7.99, it's gluten, dairy and egg free, making it ideal for vegans, too.

Taste This: Brunch and Beyond at Gojo

Written by Alexandra Kadlec | Friday, 21 February 2014 15:25 |

Brunch isn't typically the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of traditional Ethiopian fare—but that's exactly what's being served up these days at Gojo, Eastown's hidden gem of a restaurant. You might have stopped into Gojo for a lunch or dinner, or you may not have even been aware of this culinary spot at all.

March Microbrews: Oddside Ales

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 21 February 2014 14:59 |

Everyone has their point of breaking, and for Oddside Ales Founder Chris Michner, it came a few years after graduating college from Michigan State University, where he spent some time homebrewing with a friend. Beer was put on the back burner in favor of education and pursuing a career, and, soon enough, he found himself worn by accounting.

Bring on the ‘dubs’; Menna’s Joint adds downtown Grand Rapids chain

Written by Colleen Schonfield | Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:23 |

Ionia Avenue’s reputation as the night-life hotspot of Grand Rapids will see an upbeat change with the welcoming of Menna’s Joint as the newest member to its strip.

Taco Town: 10 awesome spots to find tacos in West Michigan

Written by Alexandra Kadlec | Friday, 24 January 2014 16:23 |

The taco has gained increasing popularity as of late; no longer mere street food option, it's now a ubiquitous nosh in no-frills and trendy dining locales alike. When it comes to tacos, where does the value lie? Overall, authenticity trumps ambiance. And, West Michigan is serving up plenty of authentic tacos.

February Microbrews: Cascade Winery & Jaden James Brewery

Written by Ben Darcie | Friday, 24 January 2014 11:48 |

Many breweries struggle with catering to the entire demographic of their customers. It's just a fact of life that some people don't like beer (WHAT!?), and it can become a very daunting task trying to make all of your customers happy.

Where to get a Hot Toddy

Written by Alexandra Kadlec | Friday, 20 December 2013 10:54 |

January is a cold, bleak month sprinkled with sniffles. Warm up and fight off free radicals with a hot toddy, a drink commonly made with whiskey or bourbon, lemon and ginger ale.

Comfort Food: Desserts

Written by Alexandra Kadlec | Friday, 27 December 2013 12:20 |

Dessert: No meal is complete without it. But, you don't have to endure a whole meal in order to indulge in a taste bud-tickling dessert, though. Here are some tasty treats you can find around West Michigan.

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