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.

I love Michigan.

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.

6 responses

  1. Growing up my mom and aunts were always down on my Grandpa for loving it here so much. Florida was better according to them. Well I proudly announce here that, while they are right about most things, they are wrong about this! Michigan has so very much to offer and I can’t wait to explore Michigan through this blog!!!

  2. I’m with you! I used to think it might be nice to move to Tennessee or Vermont. Two beautiful states that I really like. But now I have no desire to live outside of Michigan. I live 15 minutes from the 2nd largest city in the state, and I’m totally in the country surrounded by cornfields. How perfect is that? I’m 5 minutes from a main highway (I96), 45 minutes from the state Capital, just over 2 hours from Detroit, about 40 minutes from Lake Michigan. And only a few hours from The Bridge, which is the gateway to the one place I’d love to move to. Still in Michigan, of course, I’d love to live in the Upper Peninsula. I don’t believe there’s another state that would so perfectly fit my preferred lifestyle. Country, with shopping and restaurants just minutes away. God’s Country 🙂
    Very well spoken, Beki!

  3. Love it! Though, I’m pretty sure that following your blog will make me even more homesick. 🙂 Can’t wait to read along…

  4. Can’t wait to be back in Michigan. No matter where I’ve lived, I’ve always been a proud Michigander.

  5. Wow, I share your same compassion TOTALLY!!! Isn’t it funny how our lives can be so intertwined by just one blog. Yes isn’t it fascinating how pinot grigio and fish go together so well? (I often talk about this subject – lol) Currently, my daughter is traveling back from Colorado. She loved the beauty of mountains as her and her boyfriend ‘were’ considering moving there. Not any more. Although her experience was ‘truly amazing’ in Colorado, she admitted that she misses Michigan and all the lakes. That’s my Michigander girl! FRUITS are incredible from Michigan, too! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples… the list goes on and on… I often wonder if living in a place where the weather was pretty much ‘perfect’ all year around (i.e. San Diego), would that get boring after awhile? Somehow, I don’t think I’ll ever know… Thanks for allowing me this opportunity to share my passion as well…

  6. I’m excited to read more about your foodie adventures in our home state, Beki!! Kalamazoo is chock-full of awesome eateries–Zazio’s, Casa Balero, Rustica, Bell’s, London Grill, Sushiya…you could probably write your whole blog on just Kazoo spots! 🙂

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