Amy Piper

Amy Piper is a freelance food and travel writer. She writes about food and multi-generational travel on her blog Follow the Piper. You can follow her on Twitter @amythepiper.

Pot Roast at Carson's American Bistro

Carson’s American Bistro in Ann Arbor, Michigan

It was a crisp late summer evening, and we were looking for a relaxing place to unwind after a fast-paced day. Carson’s American Bistro fit the bill. Their west-facing patio seating made it the perfect spot to enjoy Michigan’s brilliant sunsets and one of their signature cocktails, Carson’s mule. The fire pits kept off the …

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Bavarian Inn dinner

Family-Style Dinners at Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth, Michigan

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s German roots are evident the minute you see the building. Its traditional alpine-style with half-timbered architecture has a Glockenspiel clock tower, which rings four times daily. The nearby fountains remind me of those found in traditional European town squares. You’re immediately in traditional [amazon_textlink asin=’1465440194′ text=’Bavaria’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’theyums-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a4c6a16e-aab6-11e7-98af-759165b1f247′]. Location: The …

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Meat

Meat Southern BBQ and Carnivore Cuisine in Lansing, Michigan

The barbecue aroma hits hard. Dry-rubbed, slow-smoked up to 18 hours with a combination of oak and mesquite, Meat Restaurant is indeed all about the meat — beef brisket (lean or fatty), pork ribs, turkey, wings, pulled pork, and Texas hot links.  Location: Meat Restaurant located at 1224 Turner Street, in Lansing, Michigan’s  Old Town …

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American Comfort Food at Zingerman’s Roadhouse

Zingerman’s Roadhouse takes farm-to-table dining up a notch. Not only do they use produce from local farmers they also grow it on their own four-acre farm eight miles from the restaurant. Their farm has a hoop house, which allows year-round farming. While they grow over 50 different crops including heirloom tomatoes, peppers, squash, head lettuces, …

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Fresh Fish at Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach, California

“Hold it down at your side, so it’s not noticeable,” I whispered to my husband as we entered the apparently upscale Bluewater Grill. Nonchalantly he held the clear-plastic bag of pristinely filleted sculpin low and somewhat behind his back, as a child bringing a bouquet of dandelions to his mother. It had been a twelve-hour …

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Wood-Fired Artisan & Neapolitan Pizza at Fat Olives in Flagstaff Arizona

Fat Olives is a wood-fired pizzeria and Italian kitchen in Flagstaff, Arizona, that serves authentic Italian dishes like those found in Naples. While it’s called a pizzeria, the menu has a complete Italian food offering. The open kitchen pays homage to the wood-fired oven handcrafted in Italy by the Valoriani family. The 700-degree oven bakes …

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Brunch at Grove Restaurant in Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Grove Restaurant offers earth-to-table dining through the support of local farmers and artisans. Michigan is second only to [easyazon_link identifier=”B00TNDP0G4″ locale=”US” tag=”theyum-20″]California[/easyazon_link] in the United States crop production and Michigan’s west coast produces 80% of them. Farm-fresh produce is the foundation for Grove’s seasonal meals. There are no fresh tomatoes on the menu in …

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