Spice makes everything nice (at Pal’s Indian Cuisine).


Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mari and I was invited by Wendy to begin writing some vegetarian posts for Eat Local, West Michigan. A truly exciting prospect! This year I was thrilled to celebrate my 20th vegetarian anniversary in a little party with some close friends (we ate Thai food). I’m excited [...]

Crooked Goose: My Menu Picks


Last week I had the chance to preview the menu at a special VIP party. Here’s the scoop!

Coming to Eastown: Trillium Haven Farm-owned Neighborhood Eatery


Someone pinch me, I think my dreams are coming true! For the past few years I’ve been a member of Trillium Haven Farm’s CSA program. At all of the cooking classes and events, I’ve always come away wishing for a restaurant that would offer that kind of food: pure, fresh, and delicious. And it’s coming!

25 Kitchen + Bar {Review]


25 Kitchen + Bar has been on my list of restaurants to visit for awhile now. They are quite active on Twitter and I wanted to k now what the fuss was about. Bonus, I was able to try them out using Restaurant.com coupons!

On Marketing a New Restaurant

Please note: This was originally published on West Michigan Business Blog. Reprinted with the author’s permission. I like restaurants, I like frequenting the local ones, the nots….not-national, not-franchised, etc. It is great when new restaurants opens up, and I get quite excited to try out the place. Unfortunately, many of these restaurants end up closing [...]

Little Africa


by BB My kids very well may have been born on the wrong continent entirely.  A.P. especially is currently fascinated with all things Africa. It’s a big continent, so it may take us a while to satisfy his curiosity. My husband and I have even gotten into it, and had a discussion about taking a safari [...]

A Great Day at Bombay


by BB I have issues.  Now would be a good time to illuminate one of them.  A big issue for me is a comment I hear frequently, “There is no diversity in Grand Rapids”.  I refuse to buy into this, and one way I can fight this misconception is by raising two children who really [...]

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