Did you know Kalamazoo County has a splash pad at River Oaks Park? It’s not the biggest splash pad by any means, but it’s a nice place to spend a couple of hours on a hot day.
We took L out there a couple of times last summer and she loved it. This past Friday, we were talking about going to the beach, but decided to wait until Saturday because my parents wanted to meet in St. Joseph. As a back up, we told L we’d take her to the splash. She thought we meant Great Wolf Lodge and was starting to pack her bags for an overnight stay.
Fortunately, she was not disappointed when we got to the park and happily played with all of the other kids that were cooling off on one of the first hot days of the summer.
After about an hour, J asked me about dinner. She was thinking pizza from Cottage Inn, but I just wasn’t feeling that. I was kinda thinking burger.
I tried to look up a menu for Andrea’s Cafe in downtown Galesburg, but the EMA Enterprises website doesn’t translate well to mobile. I eventually found one not on the EMA website and took my chances that it was up to date.
J didn’t have her heart set on pizza so she was on board with ordering from Andrea’s. I handed her my phone so she could pick something out for L and herself. Once we corralled L, I called in the order. We were only a few minutes from downtown Galesburg, so we took our time getting there.
Andrea’s Cafe and Pizza too is on West Michigan Avenue in Downtown Galesburg. The building has been around for a while. I can’t find anything online, but I believe it may have been a hotel or a saloon in a previous life. The parking lot is actually in the back of the building. While there is a door on the street side and some street parking not far from the entrance, the restaurant is set up to enter from that back parking lot. Read more…
J came home from work exhausted. She didn’t sleep well the night before and just wanted to take a nap. Taking a nap with a rambunctious three year old in the house is not always the easiest thing to do, so I suggested I take L to get something to eat then run a couple of errands. J seemed to like that idea.
There are quite a few food trucks that line up at Bronson Park on Friday afternoons for Lunchtime Live. I always have a really hard time walking by Arcadia’s Twisted Tail. They always have something super delicious. Just so I wouldn’t be tempted, I didn’t even walk by their trailer because I know they would have had something I wanted.
The first thing we actually did was head to Camzies Pizza to get a pizza for L. She loves pizza and so do I. I figured I would get her a cheese pizza then grab a sandwich for myself fully expecting her not to eat the whole thing. Read more…
I know…I just get back in to some Michigan blog posts and here I am running off to Chicago again. This will be quick. I promise. Only one stop, but it’s a good one if you like beer.
J and I had to make a trip back to the Chicago area this past weekend. On Saturday, she had to officiate a wedding in Orland Park, then we had a wedding to attend in Oak Brook Terrace, and on Sunday, we had to make it further south to attend my niece’s fifth birthday party. It was a busy, whirlwind weekend with lots of stops.
Saturday’s first stop provided me with an opportunity to check out a local brewery. J was officiating a wedding at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park. I wasn’t needed there and didn’t want to invite myself to someone else’s wedding, so I dropped her off then took off to find something to pass some time. Luckily for me, there are a couple of breweries just down the road in Tinley Park.
The brewery I chose was Hailstorm Brewing Company on 186th Street. The building is part of a large warehouse complex between 81st and 80th Avenues just north of Interstate 80. There’s is very little signage on the building other than a window decal. They put a sandwich board out near the road so I knew I was in the right spot. If you’re familiar with the old Michigan Brewing Company in Webberville, it reminded me a lot of that. Read more…
- 1628 Division Avenue South
- Grand Rapids, MI 49507
- (616) 452-4011
- No Known Website
I would guess my affinity for tacos is pretty obvious by now. It’s been hard to find a really good taqueria in Kalamazoo, but they are all over in Grand Rapids. Sometimes, it’s hard to pick which one I want to eat at.
I left work the other night to run an errand on my dinner break. I needed more Ancho Chile Powder which I only seem to have luck finding at Mexican grocery stores. I decided to head to a place on Division Street South in Grand Rapids and I figured I could pick up tacos at my favorite taco place on my way back to work.
The grocery store I pulled off at was El Especial Supermarket & Bakery. It’s part of the National Supermarket chain which has two other locations in Grand Rapids. I knew exactly what I was looking for, so I headed to the spice aisle and grabbed what I needed.
As I was heading to the register, I noticed some people sitting at what looked like a carry-out window. I walked over to see what it was and whaddya know, they had a little taqueria right there in the store.
Instead of making a second stop, I decided just to order tacos from there. I put in my usual order of four steak tacos. The man who took my order asked if I wanted everything on them. I said no onions and hoped that was it. He took the eight dollars and change then headed to the flat top to grill up some steak strips and warm the tortillas. Read more…
My dad has this weird obsession. I mean, it’s not totally weird and something my brother and I probably started when we were younger. He likes to collect things. His two obsessions now are Diecast Dirt Late Model Racecars and Chicago White Sox Bobbleheads.
The last couple of years, my dad has stalked the White Sox schedule looking for bobblehead giveaways. He has a couple shelves full of them and the collection keeps growing. It’s not a bad thing. He enjoys going to games anyway and this gives him more of a reason to try and get one of us to go along with him.
I know what you’re thinking, what does this have to do with the Kalamazoo Growlers….or are you thinking that because I haven’t even mentioned the Growlers yet? Well, now you are and yes, this story does have a Growlers connection.
Last weekend, the Growlers were giving away Chris Sale bobbleheads. If you’re not a baseball fan, Chris Sale is a pitcher (and a pretty damn good one) for the Chicago White Sox. He also played in the Northwoods League for the LaCrosse Loggers in 2008, so for some reason, the Growlers were giving away bobbleheads at the game last Friday.
J and I went to a game at Homer Stryker Field back in 2010 when the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League called the stadium home. The baseball wasn’t great, but we enjoyed the intimate atmosphere of the stadium and were looking forward to the Field’s new life as home to the Growlers.
J had picked up some vouchers from work for free general admission tickets. We had four people instead of the usual three because I had a friend in town visiting and he wanted to check out a baseball game. Granted, he was hoping to go to a Midwest League game somewhere, but we just wanted to spend our Independence Day weekend close to home and as stress free as possible.
A lot of the changes at Homer Stryker Field since the Growlers came in are cosmetic. The layout of the field and seating areas hasn’t changed. The big noticeable things are the Miller Lite Party Zone in left field, the Bell’s Bear Cave private group party area and the Home Plate Club which is situated between the General Admission seating and the Suite/Reserved sections of the main grandstand. Both the Miller Lite Party Zone and Bell’s Bear Cave have seating right down on the warning track for what I assume is a pretty great view of the game. There’s also other perks with each section which includes unlimited food and some drinks as well. The Home Plate Club is another very cool section of the ballpark. It features tables surrounded by old seats from Baltimore’s Camden Yards plus wait service, exclusive food options, and growler delivery right to the tables. Unfortunately, like the Bear Cave, these don’t appear to be tickets you can buy on a single game purchase. They’re meant for businesses and groups to purchase on a half or full season option. Read more…
It seems like we’ve been busy on every Friday this year when they’ve held the event, so it took over a month before we could finally make it downtown for lunch. I texted J at work and told her L and I would meet her down there and since it was technically a holiday (July 3rd), I had a feeling it wasn’t going to be too crowded.
L and I got downtown before J, so I started wandering from food truck to food truck trying to find L something to eat. I got a little sidetracked at Arcadia’s Twisted Tale because they had burnt ends and chipotle mac ‘n cheese. As I was ordering that, L noticed J and ran off to her.
J had said she saw a place to get L some chicken strips, so they were going to do that while I waited for my lunch.
J was standing in front of Singh Cruisin’ Cuisine when I caught back up with her. This food truck out of Battle Creek specializes in American and Indian food. It’s owned by the same people who operate A Taste of India on Michigan Avenue in Battle. Read more…
I really miss having minor league baseball in town. The last two places I lived before Kalamazoo (Peoria, IL and Lansing) both had Midwest League teams. I spent a lot of time at the ballpark in Peoria and even more in Lansing (I worked for the team for a summer) and loved every minute of it. It’s low A ball, but I watched quite a few players who have moved up to the Majors.
Without driving to Grand Rapids, Lansing, or South Bend, the next best thing would be the Northwoods League teams. It’s not great baseball, but there have been some huge names come out of the college summer league. Max Scherzer and Chris Sale both played for the LaCrosse Loggers, Curtis Granderson played for the Mankato Mashers (now the MoonDogs) and Ben Zobrist played for the Wisconsin Woodchucks. It’s one of those things. You never know who you’re going to see.
We had just gotten home from our long vacation and wanted to do something with L. We hadn’t seen her for a week, so we were trying to find something fun to do out of the house. Our plan was to take in a Kalamazoo Growlers game, but the stadium was underwater and they had to cancel. We were still in the mood for baseball and I noticed the Battle Creek Bombers were at home, so we headed over there instead.
The Bombers play their home games in C. O. Brown Stadium in Bailey Park on the northeast side of Battle Creek. The entrance to the park is right at the intersection of Capital and Eaton Street near the Battle Creek River. The park is quite visible from the road and is surrounded by parking lots and smaller baseball and softball fields.
The park was built in 1990 and actually hosted Midwest League teams from 1995 to 2006. Minor league baseball left Battle Creek when the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays relocated to a new stadium in Midland and became the Great Lakes Loons. Read more…