Farmers Market – Montague, MI

Cajun French: la pomme (la pom) – apple


Farmers market – the name resonates with us. They are so much a part of our travels and at times determines which direction we head. Some markets are so so and other are exceptional, large and small, great selection or mainly the same items. For us, none of that matters. What matters is local, fresh and seasonal. And the creme de la creme is making two markets while parked in one location. Continue reading “Farmers Market – Montague, MI”


BBQ Shrimp Louisiana Style

Cajun French: la chevrette (la shuv-ret) – shrimp


New Orleans BBQ Shrimp does not have BBQ sauce or anything related to BBQ. In fact, no one is sure how the name came about. What is sure, the original BBQ Shrimp was developed at Pascal’s Manale Restaurant in New Orleans in the 1950s. The recipe was based on a dish had by Vincent Sutro, a regular at Pascal’s, while visiting Chicago. Unfortunately Sutro could not remember the exact ingredients; something about shrimp, butter and pepper. So chef Jake Radosta went into the kitchen, came out with a dish and served Sutro. Sutro said it was not the dish he had in Chicago, but it was better than the dish he had. BBQ Shrimp was born and has been on the menu ever since. Today many restaurants and home cooks prepare BBQ Shrimp, each having their own twist.

Being Cajun, we add our own twist to the recipe. To be honest, it is the way it was prepared in Laurie’s family. The Cajun Trinity is smothered down in olive oil before adding anything else. We like it this way because the trinity gives the gravy some substance, especially when dipping bread.

We admit there is an enormous amount of butter. But then that is what makes the gravy so good. Don’t shortchange on the butter. It is not an everyday dish, so make it and savor every bite.

Mais C’est Bon!

Enjoy!! Continue reading “BBQ Shrimp Louisiana Style”


Stiggs Brewery and Kitchen – Boyne City, MI

Cajun French: la cuisine (la kū-zeen) – kitchen


Railroads built our country and we observe that heritage wherever we travel. Not only in towns and cities, but also in buildings. These railroad buildings are now home to a variety of businesses and some are even homes. The White Timber Logging Company operated in Boyne City, MI, in the late 1800s. One of their buildings built in 1899 is now home to Stiggs Brewery and Kitchen. Continue reading “Stiggs Brewery and Kitchen – Boyne City, MI”


Rapid River, MI Farmers Market

Cajun French: le boulanger (lu boo-lon-jā) – baker

Michigan is amazingly very rural. Because of this there are great number of farmers, or people who live on lots of land and raise large gardens. The makes for great Farmers Markets and our last market to shop in Delta County was Rapid River Farmers Market. The market is on Wednesday afternoon in downtown Rapid River. For a small community, the market offered a good variety of items along with entertainment. Continue reading “Rapid River, MI Farmers Market”


Gladstone MI Farmers Market

Cajun French: le poisson (lu poo-a-son) – fish

Fresh Whitefish from Lake Michigan

We were camped on the Eastern shore of Little Bay de Noc, way up at the North-Western end of Lake Michigan. Across the bay is the small town of Gladstone which hosts a farmers market on Mondays. The market has afternoon hours so we toured the town during the morning (that is another blog), enjoying the waterfront and lighthouse. We were told the market has a fisherman selling his fresh catch, always changing. Our radars were honed in on fresh fish. Continue reading “Gladstone MI Farmers Market”


Escanaba MI Farmers Market

Cajun French: l’ail (l’a-ee) – garlic


Arriving in Delta County MI we thought we had arrived in farmer market utopia. For a small in population (approx 37,000) county, there are three markets. We had an option of Saturday or Wednesday markets and we shopped them all. Each offered a variety of items with some vendors selling at all markets. We were in the area only a week yet we got to know a few of the farmers and enjoyed talking with them. Continue reading “Escanaba MI Farmers Market”


Rapid River Pub – Rapid River, MI

Cajun French: la sacalait (la sak-a-lā) – perch (white)

Friday Night Fish Fry is a big event in Michigan’s UP and we wanted to enjoy the festivities. These are not your regular restaurant menu items. You find a fish fry at local churches, VFW Halls, bars and various organizational benefits. It was not until we reached Rapid River that we were able to enjoy this UP tradition. Continue reading “Rapid River Pub – Rapid River, MI”