Saturday, November 22, 2014

Eating Grand Rapids

I've been running around GR talking about this random, yet very important, list I saw online last year: "These 15 Grand Rapids Restaurants Will Blow Your Taste Buds Out Of Your Mouth".

When I first saw the list, there was only two on there I hadn't been to—Westsider and Taqueria San José—and knowing how good the rest of the selections were, I knew it was important I get to these. And both were winners.

My overall thoughts? Knowing each restaurant fits in a certain category, there is only one I disagree with completely*, and very few that I might offer better alternatives (parenthesis).
1. Electric CheetahBreakfast/Lunch American Trend
2. Marie Catrib'sBreakfast/Lunch-Organic/Health
3. San ChezTapas
4. Stella's –  Whiskey and Burger Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
5. WestsiderDiner
6. Winchester – American/Gastro
7. Bistro Bella VitaItalian – (Amore)
8. Harmony Brewing CompanyBrewery – (Founder's)
9. Taqueria San JoséAuthentic Mexican – (La Huasteca)
10. Real Food CaféBreakfast
11. HopcatBrewery/American – (Grand Rapids Brewery)
12. Nantucket Baking Co.Bakery
13. Wolfgang'sBreakfast
14. Green Well Gastro PubAmerican/Gastro
15. Bartertown Diner Vegan

A lot of these are obvious choices, but that doesn't mean they aren't legitimately good. I do think there's a lot of breakfast places on here, which is a meal we eat out the least, so that might be one change I'd make.  

I often get asked what my favorite restaurant is, and I think without a category that's a very difficult question. But I've given it a considerable amount of thought and I've come up with three personal favorites (dinner):**
1. Graydon's Crossing
2. Green Well Gastro Pub
3. SpeakEZ

I could talk about food forever. So if you find yourself hungry and lost in this city, I'd be so happy to help! It's time to look beyond Applebee's people!


*In case you're wondering – Bistro Bella Vita. I find this restaurant to be highly overrated.
**Though, in the past week I had two really great meals, Derby Station and Palace of India (best Indian in town!) so these lists are in constant evolution!

Friday, November 21, 2014

When Samplers Get Rowdy

Been stitching like crazy and there's new embroidery pieces available on fivefeettall.etsy.com

Mimicking some of my favorite images from pop culture, and a few key phrases, there's a little something for everyone. It's a combination of stitched edges and painted interiors. Not your traditional sampler, but I think Grandma would still be proud. 
I love making these— they're silly and fun, and I love watching the images gain energy as the color and lines are added.
I have a few more in the works so check back on Etsy in the next few weeks! OR, feel free to request your own custom piece!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Collecting Friends: On Display

What were your hobbies 25? Did they include collecting valuable pieces of contemporary art?

For Ryan Kortman they did. And now, the 35-year-old's art collection is on exhibit at the UICA. Buying Friends: The Kortman Collection includes the wry, satirical, humorous and sometimes morbid pieces from over 36 artists. 
For a personal art collection, it's an impressive compilation; for someone in my same age bracket, it's damn extraordinary! I marvel at how one must get started in something like this, and how it must spiral into an addiction.

The exhibit, which has a little something for everyone, goes until February 15, 2015. Come on out and share in someone else's hobby!

Burger of the Week #187

Posted by kraftwerkgrl on Instagram, a vintage Wendy's ad illustration. Looks like the beef to bun ratio may have changed over time....

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Shoe Stackin' Sheenanigans


Another Cushe Conference season has wrapped up. It was a mellow week. I won a little Tetris, assembled a cardboard safari, jammed to a guitar playing doe. Oh, and there was some shoes around too. 
Now that that's over, I'm very pleased (I daresay thrilled even) to be going back to my part time Cushe schedule. I foresee a lot of couch dates and lunch "meetings" in my future. If you want to catch up, just shoot me a note, I'd love to hear from you.

And to keep with with the daily sheenanigans, be sure to follow me on Instagram (fivefeettalldesign)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Burger of the Week #186

To match our Flying Burger People Eater Sweater, we OBVIOUSLY need some creepy Burger platform heels. Thanks Modcloth, for having our back. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fall 'n Nuts: A Totally Easy and Delicious Snack


I am so totally pleased with myself today. In general, but mainly for the unplanned snack I was able to make on this windy Fall day with items I had unhand. It's almost unreal how easy this was. 

I found this recipe for Maple Cinnamon Candied Almonds on Lark & Linen, and on a whim got up to make it.

Maple Cinnamon Candied Almonds
Ingredients
• 4 cups raw almonds
• 1 egg white
• 1/3 cup maple syrup
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 2 tsp. cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions 
1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F.
2. Beat your egg white until foamy and frothy.
3. Mix in the maple syrup.
4. In a separate bowl, add sugar, cinnamon and salt until combined.
5. Add your almonds to your egg mixture and toss to coat.
6. Pour your cinnamon mixtures into your almond mixture and toss to coat.
7. Pour almonds in a single layer onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
8. Bake for 1 hour, stirring almonds every 15 minutes.
9. Once you remove them from the oven, let them cool completely, stirring every so often to break them up.
10. Store in an airtight container for up to a month.

It really was that simple.This is a recipe I will go back to time and time again. It may even show up in a few weeks in the form of holiday gifts....