Meet Lyndsay Israel, feature writer here at The Awesome Mitten.
While I am a self-proclaimed whiskey girl, my favorite Michigan beer has to be Founder’s Red’s Rye. I’ve also been known to sip on a glass of Chateau Grand Traverse Late Harvest Riesling and, seasonally, Leelanau Cellar’s Witch’s Brew.
Hmmmm…I do love MI eating. I’ll narrow it down to three places so that all of our meals get covered. For breakfast, I’m rather fond of the small mom and pop Trout Town of Kalkaska. For lunch, I enjoy the Traverse City Mediterranean delight, Opa! And for dinner, I’m pretty much obsessed with The Twisted Rooster and it’s smaller sister pub, the Crooked Goose, of GR and Standale, respectively.
It’s possible that I love MI drinking even more than MI eating. For high school reunions, nowhere is better than the Town Club in Elk Rapids. They always have good beer on tap and the drinks are silly cheap. But since most of my legal age living has been done in GR, some of my favorites include Farah’s on Michigan Ave., O’Toole’s on Bridge St.(try the steak quesadilla), and Mojo’s on Monroe Center. *I do not mean to discriminate against all my other favorites but this article does not need to be ridiculously lengthy. Plus, it makes me seem like I have a drinking problem.*
I have stayed in MI because when the fresh water runs out, I’m determined to outlive the less awesome states. I’m just joking. But for real? We’ve got it all: the seasons, landscapes, activities, community, pride. I love traveling…but there’s no place like home.
I most recently saw the Kari Lynch Band perform at Peppino’s during Rock the Rapids in GR- and she was awesome. But as any self-respecting middle/high schooler from my generation would agree, it’s all about Slim Shady in MI. Happy belated 40th, Marshall.
I haven’t been writing for the Awesome Mitten for a super long time but I must say that my favorite story was my first. Conundrum Café in Elberta, MI. My mom and I took a daytrip to Elberta Beach (which is stunning) and interviewed on the way home. Michele Cannaert was hands down the nicest person ever; I was honored to feature her unique business that she founded with her husband- a bike/kayak/café/curio shop crossover.
I camp a lot so I’ve seen some pretty remote and gorgeous spots in MI. But I need to get to the thumb. I feel like a cheater having never been.
I live with two Arizonian transplants and my constant (perhaps nagging) advice is to do some interstate travel! MI can’t be defined by one city, just like the USA can’t be defined by one state.
I’m a good dancer, particularly of the Celtic variety
I love Harry Potter unconditionally
I attend Crossroads Bible Church
I’m a nanny and a bartender…cool mixture
Kids love me
I’m a voracious reader
I’m voting on Tuesday! Are you?
Thanks for taking the time to get to know me, high five!