Meet Amy Page, feature writer here at The Awesome Mitten.
1.) Where have you lived in the Mitten? Where’s your favorite? Why?
I grew up in Holland, went to school in Allendale, and am currently living in Grand Rapids. My favorite place I have lived would be Grand Rapids because there is so much going on. There is such a variety of places to eat (places to drink), things to do (events to attend), and altogether an amazing diverse community.
2.) Favorite Michigan beer/wine:
I’ll never admit to being a beer snob, but most of what I choose to drink are creations of microbreweries and local wineries. What I choose to drink really depends on if I am eating something (what I am eating) while enjoying my beverage. If I am eating some thing savory or some thing full of flavor, I usually drink some thing a bit lighter (e.g. if I am enjoying a pesto chicken pizza at New Holland Brewery, I usually drink a Sun Dog or a Full Circle). If I am not eating something, I tend to drink stouts, brown ales, and porters.
My usual choice of wine (whether white or red) tends to be rather dry or semi dry. I’ve recently discovered a few new favorites that come from wineries on the Old Mission Peninsula (up near Traverse City). If I am just enjoying a glass of wine (without food), I tend to lean towards pinot grigio or a dry reisling. If I am eating a dish with tomatoes or red meat, I enjoy cabernets.
Current favorite brews: Red Jacket Amber (Keweenaw Brewing Company), Smuggler’s Hazelnut Stout (Hideout Brewing Company) on nitrogen, Dirty Bastard (Founders Brewing Company).
Favorite wine: Dry Reisling (Chateau Grand Traverse), semi-dry Nice (Chateau Chantal).
3.) Favorite place to eat in each city you’ve lived?
Holland: Definitely The Windmill for breakfast, Good Earth for lunch, and probably 8th Street Grille for dinner (try the soup bar!).
Allendale: Murphy’s makes a great breakfast.
Grand Rapids: Definitely The Westsider for breakfast (their homemade Polish sausage is fantastic), Xo Asian Cuisine for lunch (great food and they deliver), and SanChez for dinner (try their sangria, it’s to-die-for).
4.) Favorite place to drink in each city you’re lived?
Holland: New Holland Brewing Company or The Curragh (Irish pub). Both places have decent menus and plus, they’re across the street from each other.
Grand Rapids: This one is a hard question. I love enjoying some beers on The Meanwhile’s back patio in the summer, but you can often find me enjoying a few at The Monarch’s Club (my neighborhood pub) and also The Hideout Brewing Company.
5.) Why have you stayed in Michigan?
I love Michigan. Our state has such a rich history, an incredible amount of creative minds, great universities, beautiful parks (state, national, etc.), and of course my favorite part- our great lakes (quite a few of my family members also live in Michigan). I’ve travelled throughout most of the world, but I’ve never seen anything quite comparable to my Lake Michigan (growing up on the lakeshore, I’ve been quite spoiled).
6.) What Michigan bands are you listening to these days/or what’s the last great Michigan band you saw live?
I’m really into The Crane Wives (bluegrass meets pop meets soft rock), The Waxies (Irish punk style), and also my friends’ band Common Shiner (folk meets the blues meets pop meets soft rock) (originally from Grand Rapids, they’re now rocking out in Chicago).
7.) What’s your favorite story you’ve written for the Awesome Mitten (favorite place, event, whatever)
It’s been an amazing experience so far, writing for the Awesome Mitten site. It’s been exciting to get to know events, places, and individuals that I didn’t know about before. My favorite story so far is probably my article on the Crooked Goose (restaurant in Walker MI). It was my first assignment for the website and it was also fun trying out the new restaurant (opened in June 2012).
8.) Where is one place in Michigan that you’ve never been, but would like to go?
I’ve been wanting to spend time on Isle Royale lately. I know it’s very unlikely, but I’d like to meet a moose some day. I’ve spent time on the Keweenaw peninsula and it’s an amazing feeling to be away from the urban environment and just immerse yourself in nature.
9.) Advice to people who have recently moved to Michigan?
Learn how to play euchre, keep an open mind, and please don’t take our great lakes for granted.