GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN

October 12, 2013

David had some time off to use and we toyed with the idea of doing a big trip somewhere for the week. Once we started crunching the numbers, it added up so fast (as everything always does). Then we asked ourselves: would we rather go on this trip or buy a new iMac? And the iMac was winning out big time. (I’m more of a gifts over experiences type of spender.)

David was still going to take the week work-free, so we supplemented with some mini-vacations around the Mitten.

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First, we visited my BF Elysia and her husband, Daniel on the east side. We did best friend stuff like go to Trader Joe’s, watch stupid YouTube videos, and talk. Lots and lots of talking about everything.

Our other big trip was to Grand Rapids, which is a really neat urban area that doesn’t get the prestige it deserves. (I’d have Milwaukee, WI on that list too after our visit last month. Such a hoppin’ little city!) This was both of our first times visiting and we were really impressed with how clean and eventful it is. A big annual art festival called ArtPrize was going on so there were big sculptures all around the city. To give you an idea, one year there was a Lochness Monster made in the river. (AWESOME.)

Obviously my personal highlight of the trip was the FOOD. For lunch we went to The Green Well – a gastro bistro and great stop for eaters like us. Since if you’re reading this blog, you’re likely a foodie too, I will indulge you in the details of noms.

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Charred Onion Goat Cheese Skillet – goat cheese, marinated tomato salad, toasted Nantucket Bakery breads. This may be one of my fave appetizers I’ve ever had.

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Smoked Beef Brisket – smoked beef, pimento cheese, pickled jalapeno, red onion, steak sauce aioli on a Nantucket pretzel bun. This is such a typical David order and that sandwich had his name all over it.

Braised Pork Green Well “Pad Thai” – (I’m not sure why they put that in quotes) seasonal veggies, coconut curry sauce, rice noodles, peanuts. The pad thai was good, but I almost got their chicken & waffles and I think I would’ve liked it better. My arteries, however, are glad I didn’t.

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Mid-day I stopped at Rita Girls Boutique Bakery and had a straight up awesome gluten free pink champagne cupcake. I love sweet baked goods where the flavorings are really fresh and less artificially, and this was a great example of just that.

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For dinner I wasn’t super hungry, even with all of our walking around the city. I don’t normally like tapas venues, but since we were looking for something light, we visited a euro-mexican(ish) place called San Chez. This is what we ordered:

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Fritos De Queso Azul – blue cheese fritters, red pepper alioli

Tostones Fritos – fried plantains, avocado relish, jalapeño honey

Gossos Gambeta – corndog shrimp, poblano honey mustard

Salmon Con Hierbas – salmon fillet, housemade pesto, roasted red peppers, spinach, potatoes, sherry reduction (I feel bad showing such a bad, flash-tastic photo of food, but it’s all I got).

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Gambas Asadas Al Fuego – spicy fire roasted shrimp, banana mustard cream, white rice

Flan De Especial – pequillo pepper flan, toasted carrot cake, cream cheese frosting topped with piquillo tuile

We’re refreshed and full and happy to be back. Of course we rounded the week off by baking a loaf of my granny’s pumpkin bread and watching Lord of the Rings. If that’s not a great use of vacation time, THEN I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS. And soon we might have an iMac! Hooray.

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Comments

  • Mary Laird Garrison

    Okay..I do not usually comment on posts but I stopped in my tracks when I saw that you had been to The Green Well AND you love Jesus AND you have a food blog… Have you read Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist?? Seriously. Go get it right now. :)

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks for your comment, Mary. I have heard about Shauna Niequist from many people. She’s gained a lot of success! Her and I have little in common in our beliefs, however. Thanks for your recommendation; I just wanted to make that known.

  • Lauren

    Have you guys been up to the Petoskey area before? (My hometown!) It’s beautiful this time of year when the leaves start to change, and it’s right on Lake Michigan. The downtown area is really cute with great shopping and beautiful sights. You should check it out sometime… It’s about 3.5 hours north of Lansing. Totally worth the drive.

    • Rachel Schultz

      Great to know! Thanks so much. We love michigan.

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