China Gate–A Fresh Look

China Gate–A Fresh Look

China Gate. Ahh, an Ann Arbor Chinese restaurant that evokes so many memories of my years as an undergrad at UMich. Located on S. University, pretty much right on the U-M Central Campus, this restaurant is a staple for hangry college students. The windows are decorated with signs showcasing Chef Jan’s culinary awards, and the … Continue reading

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Cherries

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Cherries

Recently I revealed that a I am a pork tenderloin convert. Continuing my study of this protein led me to try a new recipe found in the June issue of Cooking Light. One of the great things about this lean and affordable protein is that it is very versatile. Here, we’ve combined the meat with … Continue reading

Meet My Herb Garden

Meet My Herb Garden

This summer I am experimenting with some potted herbs, and I believe that I got my herb garden on lockdown last weekend, with the addition of a couple new ones. Currently my herbs are taking up residence on the steps of my front porch. Here’s to hoping that both critters and people leave them be. … Continue reading

Shakespeare in the Arb–As You Like It

Shakespeare in the Arb–As You Like It

I’ve visited the Nichols Arboretum each of the last two weekends. The weekend before last, I stopped by the arb to see the peonies. They weren’t quite “at peak” at that point, but still beautiful. While I was there, I did some wandering around, and went to sit down by the river for a bit. … Continue reading

Esporão Wine Tasting at Aventura

Esporão Wine Tasting at Aventura

Last month I purchased a pair of tickets to a wine tasting event at Aventura featuring wines from Esporão Wines. I thought I’d share my experience with you! The huz and I were the first to arrive to the event. Clearly we are eager beavers. While we waited, the folks from Esporão Wines gave us … Continue reading

Fractured Prune Doughnuts

Fractured Prune Doughnuts

This past weekend I was invited to visit a doughnut shop that just opened in Canton, Michigan called Fractured Prune. By now you probably have figured out that trying new eateries is one of my favorite things ever, so obviously this was a must! Fractured Prune Doughnuts originated in Ocean City, Maryland and serves “always … Continue reading

Memorial Day Weekend 2014 // Themes

Memorial Day Weekend 2014 // Themes

This weekend was so good for my soul. My Memorial Day Weekend can be summed up in four themes. 1. Drinks Cocktails at Happy Hour. Beer on the porch. Craft beer. Iced Coffee. Iced Tea. More Coffee. 2. Food Burgers on the grill. Wedge salad and steak at Blue Tractor. Homemade pasta salad. KFC, in … Continue reading

Dinner Meal Plan for May 25-31 // Recap of Last Week

Dinner Meal Plan for May 25-31 // Recap of Last Week

Recap of Last Week Dinner Meal Plan for May 18-24: Sunday: Well after a belated Mother’s Day brunch buffet at Weber’s with the fam… …I fixed a lighter dinner, consisting of Braised Sockeye Salmon & Veggies. Which left room for dessert: Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch, with homegrown rhubarb! – Monday: Easy Swedish Meatballs, Green Beans … Continue reading