Many regions in the United States are known for a particular type of food. The Eastern Seaboard is known for their seafood, as is the Pacific Northwest. The South is known for Southern Style Cooking, of which I am guilty of upon occasion. New York is known for any and every type of cuisine you could crave. Texas is known for it's bar-b-que and of course, California is known for it's fruits and nuts cuisine.
What food or cuisine, dear and gentle readers, is Michigan reknowned for? Did you miss that page in your AAA Trip Tik?
Vernor's Gingle Ale and Faygo Pop
Although neither are particularly outstanding, they are Michigan products and if you lived in Michigan and had a tummy ache, your Mom gave you warm Vernor's to settle it with some soda crackers. Never mind that Vernor's is excessively carbonated and much too gingery, it was from Michigan, goddamn it and Uncle Earl's brother drove a Vernor's truck so drink it. Faygo Red Pop, however, was a treat. Carbonated Kool-Aid, with additional flavors like Rock N Rye and Creme Soda and the strange Diet Faygo flavors, like pineapple orange.
Pasties are actually an Upper Pennisula thing. They are Cornish pies, made popular by the miners who first settled in the U.P. The orignial Yoopers. A pastie is a pot pie, cooked sideways with the added bonus of rutabega. If there is seasoning involved, it is salt and pepper. Did they never hear of garlic up there or what? An oversized Marie Callender pot pie that is laying on it's side because it's given up since it's so bland.
The Leelanau Penninsula, the wine, blah blah blah. Michigan wine sucks. I've only had one halfway palatable kind, Acturos from Black Star Farms. That was okay. Not superlative, not really good. Just okay. The best of the lot.
We don't have diners in Michigan, we have coneys. Each one has it's own claim to Coney fame. A Coney in Michigan is a chili dog in other states. Personally, I would rather drink my own blood than eat a hot dog disguised under chili or anything else so I can't be a judge of Coneys.
Cherries! We Grow Cherries!
Michigan grows a lot of cherries. In fact, I have eaten a cherry tofu burger thing that wasn't half bad although the cheese made it a little bit disconcerting. In Michigan, cherries are made into everything from filler for juice to candles and body lotion and the trees are used for salad bowls. Michigan cherries with some chocolate wrapped around them and dried cherries and cherry tea are really something. You'll get hooked. Just check out www.cherryrepublic.com.
What's your favorite Michigan food?