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Miracle Art Fair Weather!

We had an exciting week in Ann Arbor!  The U’s new President officially started his job, and we had miracle Art Fair weather.  No rain, no hail, no heat, no humidity.  I can’t remember an Art Fair, which always occurs the third week in July, that didn’t have at least one storm.  I always feel so […]

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We have a new mall on Washtenaw Ave that opened a few months ago—Arbor Hills.  I haven’t had time to explore the shopping much, but I met a friend for an early brunch at Zola Bistro last Saturday before it got too crowded.  I didn’t do a side-by-side comparison, but the menu seemed about the […]

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Ann Arbor has embraced the mixology trend.  According to, “mixology” is generally accepted as a “slang term for a refined and in depth study of the art and craft of mixing.”  In 1948, Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defined “mixology” as “the art or skill of preparing mixed drinks.”  Some use the term “craft cocktails.”  There’s a […]

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Excited about food!

I’ve already mentioned I’m from a foodie family.  My family gets excited about food!  The food that excited me the most at the farmer’s market this week was something that usually excites me, just not this time of year—asparagus.  But thanks to Rena at Locavorious, I got fresh-frozen, vitamin-filled, ready-to-cook-and-eat asparagus.  I immediately came home […]

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Showing Off Treetown

I got to do one of my favorite tours the other night in the first really cool, damp fall evening we’ve had this year.  I was touring with a couple who was thinking of moving here from Chicago.  It was a tour where I simply had to walk around town and talk about how great […]

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Why I love Ann Arbor.

There were a lot of reasons I fell in love with Ann Arbor Thanksgiving break, 1974, when I came to visit my brother in grad school here. First was the food, of course—so many choices!  My hometown had less than 10 places to eat out–total.  Ann Arbor had (and still does) a plethora of choices […]

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Pilar's Tamales

Foodie Family

The women in my family—actually, most of the women in Brownsville, PA (my hometown)—are/were incredible cooks. It’s a small town with a wonderfully diverse, integrated population from Hungary, Poland, Syria and Italy who were attracted to jobs in the coal mines and steel mills. My Grandma Pearl was Hungarian and a cooking fool! And she […]

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All Kinds of Kugel

Zingerman’s isn’t always the first stop on my Kerrytown and Farmer’s Market Tour, but that’s the way I arranged it last Wednesday for 13 great women from the Detroit suburbs. The tour started at 11, a good time to avoid lines and crowds at the deli and to share  two of my favorites — lukschen […]

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The most beautiful lettuce I’ve ever seen

The most beautiful lettuce I’ve ever seen Ok, I know it’s just lettuce, but I get really excited about it. And really picky. I’ll admit it, I’m a lettuce snob. I refuse to eat iceberg unless it’s with lettuce wraps, and then I still complain (at least to myself) the whole time. I think they’d […]

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Gluten-free Foodie

I never thought I’d be writing about this topic—ever. I was a very allergic child.  I was told I was allergic to chocolate the week my family was going to Hershey Park.  You can smell chocolate for miles before getting here.  I had  kind parents who figured I could scratch a few more days, and […]

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