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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Eat dessert first (then enjoy creole)

Vacuum's Edward Vielmetti tells us:
Reliable berry-picking informant Kate reports that Makielski Berry Farm is now open for the 2006 season with blackberries and raspberries available.

The thorns on the blackberries were ferocious--my legs look like I've been playing with a whole litter of needle clawed kittens (the raspberries were much more kid-friendly picking). But I can handle a little pain for berries!

She includes a blackberry buckle recipe from the farm ("buckley goodness").
Don't delay if you want blackberries, as the season is nearing it's end.

Meanwhile, Kitchen Chick (and Joe) headed for Detroit's Historic Eastern Market in search of some Louisiana Creole. Here's what they found:
When we told the woman we wanted to find Louisiana Creole, she gave us a knowing nod of approval. It's a bit of a walk from the market, but manageable. You can also drive it. There is free street parking - as long as you don't park too close to the fire hydrants.

This bare-bones restaurant primarily offers everything as carryout, with two fast-food style tables for those out-of-towners like us who have no place to carry it out to. One wall holds the numerous restaurant reviews and awards Louisiana Creole has gathered during their 30+ years. I told the woman ahead of us that it was our first time here. "Oh, you're in for a treat," she said. When I asked her what was her favorite dish, she paused for a moment then said the red beans and rice, warning me that they came a bit sweet. And the cornbread. Make sure to get some cornbread.
Journey with them to experience, albeit second hand, Louisiana Creole. It's the next best thing to being there.

Read Makielski Berry Farm is open for 2006 by Vacuum
Pick your way through the results of keyword search 'berries' on Absolute Michigan (type any word into that top right box: food, hiking, boat, etc.)
Also read Louisiana Creole - Detroit including food photos!
And finally, visit the Creole Gallery in Lansing

# posted by Tami @ 10:49 AM
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