Five New Restaurants Open Saugatuck/Douglas
"Earth is so kind, that just tickle her
with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest."
-- Douglas Jerrold
Good food just keeps getting better in our towns.
Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Opening August 25th, with Detroit’s
“Roast” chef Mathew Pietsch transplanted here and with a menu which
includes Grilled Hanger Steak, Norwegian Salmon, Crispy Pork Belly,
brick oven baked breads and pizzas and handmade pastas and pierogi, we
can’t wait!!!!! Reservations 269.561.SALT
Fifth Season, Douglas
Milan trained Chef Mario Deruda is already
receiving accolades for his Penne alla Vodka, Beefsteak Florentine, Veal
Piccata, and Ravoli di Ricotta alla Salvia and the Spicy Flourless
Chocolate Cake and Poached Pears in Wine to end a meal. We’re thrilled
to have great northern Italian food nearby. Reservations 269.455.5160
Costa Azul, Douglas
Authentic Mexican food is always a find and when
this new restaurant opened in Douglas, we all applauded! We devoured
Falling-off-the-bone Ribs with a Chipolte sauce, Baked Calamari, Garlic
Shrimp, Grilled Salmon, fresh, made-to-order Guacamole and real (no mix)
knock your sox off Margaritas along with homemade desserts that we
fought over. 269.857.1523
in downtown Saugatuck
The old Billie’s
Boathouse has been transformed serving Rib Eyes, Fried Perch, a
Half-Pound Burger, Mussels, Panko Shrimp, pasta, salads and Root Beer
Floats. Yum and Cabaret music too! 269.857.2888
in downtown Saugatuck
Open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner with
every kind of dog ... Chili, Chicago, Kraut, and Corn you might want
plus Gyros, and Souvlaiki, and even Smoothies and eggs for early morning
and garden dining too. 269.455.5112
"I cannot live without books."
-- Thomas Jefferson
A relaxing Spring stay at The Hunting Tower at Chatsworth introduced us
to the writing of The Cavendish Family’s great friend, Patrick Leigh
Fermor. “Paddy” as he is known, has been described by the London Sunday
Times as “ one of the greatest travel writers of all time.” We agree.
Known as both a scholar and a nomad, at 18 he set off in 1933 to walk
from England to Constantinople. His curiosity, charm, intellect and
fantastic memories of his journeys make absolutely mesmerizing reading.
We can’t encourage you more to try Paddy’s: “Words of Mercury",
“A Time of Gifts", "Between The Woods and The Water", or
on his time at several monasteries, “A Time to Keep Silence".
They transport you to adventures, you never imagined.
Oh, Go Climb a Tree!
Our villages sit
in the middle of The Fruit Belt, farms growing blueberries, apples,
peaches, cherries, raspberries and blackberries. They’re here due to the
warm breezes off Lake Michigan which make superb growing conditions.
It’s great fun in fall to spend a few hours picking your own apples at
Crane’s Orchard, no matter what your age. There’s also a Corn Maze,
Pumpkin Barn, Haunted House and best of the entire famous Crane Pie
Pantry ... for great soup, cider, and pie a la mode! www.craneorchards.com
The best news
ever! We can all rejoice with the news from the Journal of Internal
Medicine about chocolate. Their newest study shows that heart attack
survivors who eat small amounts of dark chocolate two or more times per
week cut their risk of dying from heart disease about threefold compared
to those who never touch it. Connoisseurs cherish chocolate with higher
cocoa content, 64% and higher, as the read deal. Earlier studies have
already shown that cocoa-based confections lower blood pressure and
improve blood flow. It is also: high in antioxidants, helps lower
cholesterol, reduces inflammation, helps with mood, delicious!
"If you eat more, you'll swell up so
tight your freckles will fall off."
-- Andy Griffith
Have to be a Farmer to Eat Real Food
Pollan or Barbara Kingsolver’s work or the recently published “Just
Food” and “Fast Food Nation”, or watching “The World According to
Monsanto” and Food Inc. and , or the advice of Dr. Mehmet Oz or Dr.
Andrew Weil has emphatically reinforced what we learned as children: Eat
real food, Eat less Eat local Eat seasonally!! It’s simple and getting
easier all of the time.
In Saugatuck, we
think of the farmers all around us as “rock stars” and their incredible
end-of-summer bounty is now upon us!!! There’s the Saugatuck Green
Market, The Summertime Market, Holland Farmer’s Market, and farm stands
galore. Then we’ve U-pick at Krupka’s, Cranes, Earl’s and the Pepper
Patch ... or stop by Dee’s Farm Stand, Chicken Scratch Farm, Lyons,
Sunrise Market, and dozens of other honor-pay stands. We’re very lucky!!
ODE TO JULIA
Julia's "Mastering the Art of
French Cooking", #1 on New York Times Best Seller list
8.30.09 - first time in 48 years in print.
September 23 - October 10
largest art prize ever, ArtPrize, has , in it’s first year, exploded
with a record breaking 1261 artist entries competing for a 1st place
prize of $250,000. The concept and prize were created by Rick DeVos to
celebrate the art heritage of southwestern Michigan and invite artists
worldwide to enter. The artists’ work will be displayed in venues all
over town ... commercial and private properties, indoors and out with
the winner being determined by a public vote. Voters must be registered
attendees in Grand Rapids to have their vote be valid. The Top 10
entries will each receive a prize.
• Opening Day - September 23
• Top 10 Announced - October 1
• Winner Announced - October 8
• Exhibition Closes - October 10. www.artprize.org
The world of
Johnny Blue is a splendid one to have in our neighborhood. It is
inventive, smart, whimsical and powerful. Johnny’s imaginative work from
various metals and stainless steel has achieved extraordinary
recognition in private and corporate collections around the world.
Sometimes delicate, other times massive and dynamic Johnny’s creativity
is crafted into wall art, benches, balconies and indoor and outdoor
small and massive sculptures. Available at Brackett & Company, Douglas
"Walking is the best
possible exercise." -- Thomas Jefferson
“Saugatuck is One of the Top Five
Every weekend this Fall the dozens of Art Galleries and Studios
with Gallery Openings, Artist’s Receptions, painting demonstrations and
classes! Saugatuck/Douglas and The Blue Coast has over forty galleries
exhibiting over 800 artists—all year long!!
The Italian Wine
In addition to
offering Angelo Gaja’s just released Brunellos and Barbarescos, the IWM has
created a trip that any gourmand and wine enthusiast will savor. Six
glorious days of October in Piedmont at superb restaurants such as Tra Arte
e Querce and Trattoria della Posta and with vintners Bartolo Mascarello and
Luciano Sandron in Barolo, Giacomo Conterno in Monforte d’Alba, Vigna Rionda
in Serralunga d’Alba, and Gaja in Barbaresco ... all during the white
truffle season of Alba. In addition, there will be a hands-on cooking class
of Piedmontese specialties. This is the experience of a lifetime.
212.473.2323 or email@example.com
The Round Barn, Fenn
Valley and Tabor Hill all have Tasting Rooms in Saugatuck with their
wineries nearby. During the “vendage” of September and October, it’s prime
time for tasting wine, vineyard tours, wine making and wine pairing classes
and Harvest Dinners. Join in the fun!
Pigs Are Flying!
Pork has been king
with chefs for several years and we must admit we’re a little crazy about it
too. We bring in our bacon from Benton’s Hams in the Smoky Mountains of
Tennessee, our Evening Cheeseboard salumi from Armandino Batali in Seattle
and our breakfast sausage from Paul Bertolli in Oakland. We love all things
www.bentonsham.com www.salumicuredmeats.com www.framani.com
Time for Lunch!
September 7, 2009
Slow Food USA has
organized a National Eat-In, a day of events on Labor Day in 250 locations
as an effort in promoting school children to have real food at school. Every
school day, we have an opportunity to build a strong foundation for our
children’s health by growing and serving real food at school. The goal is to
tell Congress that there’s no excuse for federal policy that forces schools
to serve the processed fast food and junk food that endangers children’s
health. This is an effort through serving good, natural local food to build
a strong foundation for our children’s futures. www.slowfoodusa.com
Thank you Johnny
The ancestor of
Malus domestica, the domestic apple, is a wild apple that grows in the
mountains of Kazaknstan. In some places it is the dominant species of the
forest growing 65 feet tall with fruits from the size of marbles to
softballs, colored from yellow and green to red and purple. Imagine the
forest in May and again in October! The silk routes transverse some of these
forests with seeds making their way to China where grafting was invented in
2000 BC. Pliny writes that the Romans cultivated 23 varieties of apples,
including the Lady Apple.
The settlers of
America carried the seeds westward with virtually every homestead having an
orchard, more for the cider than the apples. In rural areas, cider took the
place of not only wine and beer, but of coffee, tea, juice and even water.
Of course cider can also be made into applejack brandy. Cider proved almost
indispensable and as Emerson said” man would be more solitary, less friendly
without this social fruit". Everyone agreed!
"Live within your harvest."
-- Persian proverb
"Life is to be inventeed not merely lived."
-- Maira Kalman
More Maira Kalman
One of our favorite essayists and artists,
witty Kalman is now doing “The Pursuit of Happiness” blog on the New
York Times Opinion website. She has profiled Obama’s Inauguration,
Presidents Jefferson and Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin and Ruth Bader
Ginsburg. It appears the last Friday of each month. Don't miss it! kalman.blogs.nytimes.com
Local Art Stars
A few of our glorious local artists:
Dawn Stafford, Peachbelt Studio
James Brandess, Saugatuck Studio
Max Matteson, Button-Petter Gallery
Anne Corlett Wiley, Water Street Gallery
Johnny Blue, Brackett & Co., Douglas
Steven Rubinkam Studio, Douglas
Thimgan Hayden, Waterstreet Gallery
Halloween weekend brings out the best in all
of us. We’ll never forget Michael Holmes dressed as “Lucy in black and
white” ... literally he looked just like ”I Love Lucy” on a black and
white television. All over our towns houses look scary and have an eerie
glow. Costume contests are for everyone who wants to strut their stuff
... for children in the afternoon and The Adult Parade held after dark
in Douglas and not to be missed!
Dinner in the Sky
Well known, remarkable chefs are taking
their knives up 160 feet in the sky all over the world. What began in
Brussels and is now done in Las Vegas, New York, Monte Carlo, Istanbul,
and Egypt now comes to Paris. This Fall Alain Paissard and eleven
other chefs will cook dinner above the Tuileries for dinner parties of twenty
people as they dangle in the air, a pianist playing nearby. If you
dare, almost a bargain for a rare vantage point of the Eiffel Tower. www.dinnerinthesky.com
"Don't do the Turkey Trot when you're for
the Waltz." -- George Trescher
Heirloom varieties of Thanksgiving turkeys
will be in short supply this year due to the economy. Heritage Foods USA
is advising that you reserve your turkeys early, either from them or
your own local source. Select Standard American Bronze, Narragansett,
Bourbon Red or the Black Turkey. All are delicious!