Holidays Up North

Like everyone else, 2016 is in full gear for us. It’s back to the grind with work, being active (after all that holiday eating!) and bearing the cold temperatures of winter. In the past few week, we’ve enjoyed reading other fellow food blogger’s recaps of their 2015 including Katie Schlientz sharing her top dining experiences on IntoxiKate and Adeline Jessica revealing her favorite selections in Fairfield County. We weren’t able to recap our 2015 experiences as a road trip to Michigan (yes, we drove from NY to MI!) to celebrate the holidays with family and friends kept us busy. However, it didn’t stop us from eating on our trip, of course.

Our many stops while visiting Sutton Bay and meeting up with friends in Traverse City included dinner and drinks at The Franklin, tastings at both Suttons Bay Ciders and Right Brain Brewery and a late lunch at Rare Bird BrewPub. Don’t worry, we didn’t squeeze this all into one day. 😉

At The Franklin, the clam chowder was delicious and a perfect compliment to a salty pretzel. Of course, the salty pretzel was the perfect compliment to a few choice beverages!

Suttons Bay Ciders provided a cozy environment with a fireplace and dartboard, which we enjoyed while tasting various ciders. It also offers a great view of the bay.

With a name like Right Brain Brewery, how could you turn down a flight of drinks with names such as Thai Peanut, Fat Lad and Naughty Girl Stout? While we admit that we prefer Thai food on the plate instead of in the glass, it was fun to try so many unique combinations.

After drinks at Right Brain, a late lunch at Rare Bird was fitting. Appetizers such as truffle fries and hummus was enjoyed by all at the table. On a relatively cold day, Allen enjoyed the hot chicken soup and curry marinated chicken that had a bit of spice to it.

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When in Suttons Bay, pizza from  Roman Wheel and brunch at the VI Grill, Leelanau County’s oldest tavern, are both musts.

Before we headed back to NY, we made sure to make a stop in Auburn Hills to check out a Pistons game and enjoy stadium food. We even saw the Pistons get a W!

What were your holiday highlights? Share some of your best experiences (travel, food, etc.) with us by emailing or reaching out on Twitter (@foodiepleasure). Wishing everyone a healthy and delicious 2016!

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