5 for foodies bakeries
Few things in life are more satisfying that freshly baked desserts.
Holiday baking season is around the corner, but if you want to avoid heating up your kitchen during the dog days of summer, Michiana has dozens of different, excellent bakeries to explore. Whether you are someone who is looking to have a wedding catered, or you want a quick snack before work, these five bakeries are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Sean Wojtkowski, owner of Indulgence, has been baking ...
In the Kitchen: Conway’s a popular breakfast, lunch destination in Three Oaks
Situated on a quiet street in Three Oaks’ downtown, visitors to the Harbor Country community can often find the inside of the small, white farmhouse-looking building packed to the gills on weekends, with lines sometimes extending out the doors.
The coffee shop known as Conway’s has established itself as a spot for locals and visitors to Three Oaks alike to gather for breakfast and lunch — and not just for the restaurant’s freshly roasted coffee or its selection of dishes from across ...
5 for Foodies: Michiana seafood restaurants to get hooked on this summer
We may live in the Midwest, but with Lake Michigan so close folks in Michiana are able to ditch the corn fields in favor of the open water. The oppressive summer heat and humidity that sweeps into the area begs for lighter meals, and there are few light meals as satisfying as seafood. Here are a couple of places where us Midwesterners can get a taste of the coast at home.
1: Lakehouse Restaurant and Bar
Located a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan, this restaurant easily boasts the best ...
New Buffalo’s first brewery finds a home in a former church
Less than a mile from the glittering waters and sandy beaches of Lake Michigan is a white church with a steeple and a unique congregation.
It might seem a bit sacrilegious, but at the new Beer Church brewery in New Buffalo it is easy to taste how beer can be a religious experience.
Since March, Beer Church, the first brewery in New Buffalo, has opened its doors and welcomed those with a thirst for craft beer.
The church’s resurrection began when co-owners John Lustina and Jane Simon ...
South Bend’s Purple Porch Co-op thrives on farm-to-table business
The sun was shining in fat golden beams through the large glass windows of South Bend’s Purple Porch Co-op on a crisp winter day.
Customers browsed between aisles eyeing varieties of fresh produce, taking great care to inspect each label.
Myles Robertson, the local foods purchaser for the co-op, emerged from the back room clad in an apron and wearing a smile.
Myles, who has been with the co-op since 2010, has worn a lot of different aprons in his time, which has included customer service ...
Dainty Maid in South Bend revitalized as ‘Cops and Doughnuts: The Dainty Maid Precinct’
When Dainty Maid shop owner David Hab died Feb. 5, 2016, the bakery closed shop at 231 S. Michigan St. in South Bend. For six months the downtown area was devastatingly devoid of the usual smells of freshly baking doughnuts, until the long arm of the law swooped in to rescue the shop and its following of hungry customers.
In late August, Clare, Michigan-based Cops and Doughnuts bought the bakery, restoring the shop and reviving some of the same recipes that first drew customers to the ...
Mason Jar Cafe a hot spot in Benton Harbor Arts District
Be it a plate of bright, runny eggs or a tall, juicy hamburger, at the heart of every single dish that comes from the tiny, open kitchen in Benton Harbor’s Mason Jar Café lies a common strand of DNA: simple, healthy, locally sourced ingredients.
“We always know where our products are coming from,” said restaurant co-owner and head chef Abel Martinez.
It was this philosophy that led Abel and his wife, Jayme Cousins, to finally exchange their titles of “employees” for “restaurate...
Silver Beach Pizza expansion a hit with customers
A kaleidoscope of glass, metal and leather, the latest addition to one of Michiana’s most popular pizza destinations more closely resembles a modern microbrewery than the classic atmosphere of the former train depot down below.
A closer look at the schooner-shaped insignias carved out of the back of the chairs surrounding the bar and the unique light fixtures — also shaped like the trademark beer glass — surrounding the upper balcony dining room reveals that, despite the updated looks, ...
Local ice cream shops serve cool treats, each with their own unique flair
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! This age-old adage certainly takes on new meaning during the summer months in Michiana. As temperatures begin to rise, children young and old find themselves longing for a taste of the sweet treat. But ice cream is no longer as simple as chocolate and vanilla. Three local ice cream shops are out to prove it, each with their own unique claim to frozen fame.
Oink's Dutch Treat
A nickname given to him by a longtime friend was the inspiration ...
Homegrown: Olfactory Hue Bistro owner brings culinary expertise back to her roots
From cooking for hundreds of concertgoers in tailgate parties all over the country to working as the head chef of one of the country’s premier gastropubs, Daysha Amster’s path to success in the culinary world has taken her all over the country.
Despite all her travels, Daysha’s eventual destination turned out to be right where she started — the City of Four Flags.
In May, the chef will be celebrating the four-year anniversary of opening her very first restaurant, Olfactory Hue Bistro. ...