I’m ready to admit something. I love to eat.
There, I said it.
This occurred to me one night as my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday – was there something I had been wanting? A book, a piece of jewelry? And as I thought about it, I realized that all I wanted was to eat. For my birthday I wanted to eat really good food.
It is sort of uncouth to admit such a thing, especially for a woman. It seems indulgent to love eating, gluttonous even. But, it’s not that I love stuffing myself silly. Rather, I love to EAT – to experience beautiful, unique foods created by people passionate about making them…to savor the pairings of the right shade of wine or craft beer with foods designed to match…to discover local eateries serving Michigan’s finest fruits…which leads me to another confession.
Not the school, the state. I never really embraced my home state growing up. It seemed boring and cold. Places like New York sounded exciting. Places like Florida sounded sunny and happy. As an adult, I have come to appreciate Michigan for what it is. Michigan is awesome. Lakes, beaches, vineyards, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, mushrooms, thousands of acres of fall colors, lighthouses, trails, gardens…sun, snow, sleet, rain – sometimes all on the same day. I love Michigan because it is home to the Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings (OK, the Pistons too). I love Michigan because we don’t have giant bugs or poisonous snakes or alligators. I love Michigan because we have our own island and a whole other peninsula. I love Michigan because it is shaped like a mitten. C’mon, I can show you on my HAND where I live! How many people can say that?
If you’re from Wisconsin, please don’t say that.
Many speak ill of our lovely state – bad economy, high unemployment, that auto industry debacle. We can’t let bad circumstances define us, Michiganders! Be unashamed – love your state!
Mostly, I love Michigan because it is full of wonderful things to eat. And I think more people should eat here.
I am not ashamed to admit that I love eating and I love Michigan. Happily, the two go hand in hand. Read along if you love to eat, if you love Michigan, or if you’re on the fence regarding either. I’d love to convince you to eat in Michigan.