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Hot Dog Stands and Shops With Clever Names


To celebrate National Hot Dog Day on Wednesday, July 18th, I thought I’d list the best names for hot dog stands and shops from across the country. Coney Islands are also included in this list. Please feel free to submit … Continue reading

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Suburban food truck rodeo round-ups


While visiting San Antonio this past spring, several food trucks were lined up around portions of the main government square in the city’s central business district waiting for hungry diners to come bounding out of their office chutes at noon. … Continue reading

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Ten planning lessons from the home of the Big House


Below is my list of ten planning lessons from many years of visiting Ann Arbor and having lived just outside this great city for five years back in the mid-1990s. Enjoy! Town and gown can successfully co-exist. College towns/cities are … Continue reading

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USA’s most exciting mid-sized cities


Below is a list created by the Movoto Real Estate Blog of its top ten most exciting mid- sized cities (120,000 to 210,000 people) in the United States: Providence, RI Charleston, SC Fort Collins, CO Eugene, OR Syracuse, NY New … Continue reading

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Are brewpubs becoming too standardized?


In a word, yes. I have visited several dozen brewpubs in seven states and am beginning to tire of the same old, same old format of restored historic building, wood floors, big screen TVs, brick walls, lots of noise, standard … Continue reading

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It’s the only way to fly!


Kudos to Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who announced this past Thursday that Bell’s Brewery will be opening a new brewpub in the Great Hall pre-security shopping/dining portion of the airport terminal. With fantastic beers like Oberon, … Continue reading

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“Bad” can be good


I recently made a short trip south to a newer craft brewer located in the Ingham County seat of Mason, Michigan. The Bad Brewing Company opened in mid-2012 in a handsome historic building just off Courthouse Square. I’ll be honest … Continue reading

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A transcendental trip to Oberon


The aura of Oberon has attained near-mythical proportions in its home state of Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes Region. To many (present company included), this seasonal craft beer brewed by Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo comes as close to a … Continue reading

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A trek to Eagle Monk Brewpub


Last Friday afternoon, my middle son and I decided to partake the food and  craft beers at a newish brewpub in Greater Lansing called Eagle Monk. It is located on the west side of town along Mt. Hope Highway and just … Continue reading

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Something’s brewing out there


Below, are the five states with the most new brewery openings in 2012 as determined by the Brewers Association. I would have guessed we added more than this in Michigan last year, but still nice for us to be in the … Continue reading

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