Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Burger of the Week #178

This amazing art is hanging on the cubicle wall right inside the door at wwwinc. Which means this is the first thing I see when I get to work! Not a horrible way to start the day!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Burger of the Week #177

Back in my carnivore days, my favorite burger could be found at, coincidentally the same place that serves one of my favorite veggie burgers: The Cottage Bar on LaGrave Ave.

An Grand Rapids icon since 1927, I'm not the only one having a love affair with the Cottage Bar and their burgers. USA Today named it the Best Burger in Michigan.

According to Jaye Beeler, food writer with Arbutuspress.com....
"A meat cleaver door handle opens to the Cottage Bar and Restaurant, an 83-year-old Grand Rapids institution that crafts old-school hamburgers. Despite the lip-smacking virtues of the specialty burgers — Traverse City cherry, Alaskan salmon, Tijuana guacamole — the Cottage Burger, nestled in a rye bun and dripping with American and Swiss cheese, chopped olives, lettuce, tomato and hand-crafted smoky mayonnaise, is the showstopper."

These days i eat the black bean burger (with swiss) but it used to be the Cottage Burger with Pineapple, Onions and BBQ sauce added! Thinking about is enough to make a girl question all her beliefs!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Burger of the Week #176

I love a random survey question. I admire a creative info graphic. And I adore a good burger reference.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Burger of the Week #175

Isn't reality fun? I mean, isn't marketing awesome?

Ice Cream Winning

It wasn't that long ago that it was fairly difficult to find ice cream in downtown Grand Rapids (in desperate times, Local Mocha does serve Hudsonville Ice Cream by the scoop, FYI!)

Then last summer GR was inundated with weighable yogurt: Spoonlickers, Sweet-Yos, Scoops. But I've always preferred the creamy purity of ice cream to yogurt and toppings, which when proper restraint isn't shown, just taste like expensive cavities.
But my whines have been heard and my pleas have been fulfilled! This summer, real, handmade, creamy ice cream is available all over the city. Love's (downtown market), Pinkie's (Wealthy Street), and the heart stoppingly good Furniture City Creamery (Cherry Street).

My first visit to Furniture City Creamery this week,was beyond what this avid ice cream maker/eater could even set as expectations! The flavors were unreal, dead-on and totally vegan (how are they doing this???). I left with Raspberry-Basil (refreshing and bright) and Molasses Cookie (creamiest cookie ever!). Not sampling the entire case of ice cream and/or buying out their selection of baked goods was a show of significant self-control.

The place is adorable, the style is precise, the logo is clever and the people were cheerful and accommodating (both the staff and the other patrons). I honestly cannot wait to become a regular here! 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Burger of the Week #174

This leaning tower of burger reminded me of the leaning tower of corrugate (fondly dubbed Mount Corrugate) that's currently taken form in our office.....

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Burger of the Week #173

A little birthday treat (and a small piece of advice) that was hidden inside a card from a dear friend.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Invisible Reflections

An 18-year-old photographer in Cambridge, UK got a bit of attention last fall for her work with mirrors. Laura Williams' haunting image of a girl and a mirror, called Invisible, got over 114K comments on Tumblr. Part of a larger portrait set, Mirrors, I just can't stop looking at these images. They seem so simple and yet are conceptually quite deep.