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City Barbecue (Kentwood)

November 6, 2019
  • 3050 28th Street SE
  • Kentwood, MI 49512
  • (616) 678-2355
  • Website
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L has really gotten in to ice skating.  She’s doing both the KOHA Learn To Skate and the Greater Kalamazoo Skating Association Learn to Skate right now.  She can’t decide if she wants to play hockey or figure skate but either way, she really likes being on the ice.

The GKSA program has a half hour of free skate time that parents can sign up for.  L has really wanted me to skate with her during those times so even though I pay for it the next day, I’ve been doing it.

I got tired of using the rental skates though.  I wanted to get my own pair but didn’t want to buy new since I barely use them.  I always used to buy used sports equipment from Play It Again Sports but Kalamazoo doesn’t have one of those… I went to Grand Rapids.

There are two PIAS in the Grand Rapids metro.  I went to the one off 28th Street.  I got what I needed then got back on 28th Street to head home.  I knew I had plenty of food options along that stretch but it was the BBQ place that drew me in.

City Barbecue is a chain of BBQ restaurants out of Dublin, OH.  They have about 50 restaurants in seven states.  The only two in Michigan are this one in Kentwood on 28th and Radcliffe across from the Woodland Mall and one in Troy just off I-75.

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Ghost Isle Brewery

October 29, 2019
  • 17684 US-12
  • New Buffalo, MI 49117
  • (269) 469-9069
  • Website
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Holy crap I turned 40 this year.

My birthday was in the middle of the week and my parents wanted to meet for lunch.  I had plans the weekend after so I asked if they could do the weekend before.

We typically meet in the New Buffalo/Michigan City area.  I usually find a place to eat we haven’t been to and hope it works out alright.  That’s kind of how I roll.

Both my parents and I noticed a new brewery on the north side of New Buffalo on separate trips to the border town.  I’m always open for a new brewery so I asked if they’d like to meet us there at noon when it opened.

Ghost Isle Brewery is fairly close to the I-94 exit on the north side of New Buffalo.  The new construction restaurant sits off US-12 about half a mile from the Red Arrow Highway intersection.  Read more…

Taco Bob’s (S. Westnedge)

October 28, 2019
  • 1502 S. Westnedge Avenue
  • Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • (269) 903-2201
  • Website
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So, yeah, it’s been about a month since I blogged about a place in Michigan and even longer than since I’ve had a Southwest Michigan blog post…my apologies, but again, this blog is my journal so I blog when I travel.

It took a while to get back in the swing of things once we returned from Puerto Rico but we had no choice but to jump back in.  Our plane got back to AZO at a little before 10:00 on Monday night and both J and I were back at work 9 AM Tuesday morning.

We didn’t really eat out much that week because we had eaten out a lot on vacation.  I was ready to stop eating leftovers by Friday though so I ventured out at lunch time.

I really could have taken the easy route here and just walked to Taco Bob’s on The Mall but there’s a new Taco Bob’s…and I needed a new blog post.  So here we are.

Taco Bob’s recently moved down Westnedge to the old Dairy Queen building near Westnedge and Crosstown Parkway.  It’s right across the street from Happy’s Pizza if that helps for reference.  This is a walk-up location with no inside seating but it does have something I don’t think any of the other Taco Bob’s have…..a drive thru. (Yeah, this was wrong.  Portage Street and Centre Avenue both have drive thrus.)

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Air Margaritaville (San Juan)

October 21, 2019
  • Avenue Aeropuerto, San Luis Munoz Marin Airport
  • Terminal B
  • Carolina, PR 00979
  • (787) 791-0300
  • Website
  • Menu

Alright.  This is it.  Last of my blog posts from Puerto Rico.  If you’ve stuck around…thanks!  If I lost you as I drug this out over three weeks…sorry, but as I’ve said many, many times, I use this blog as a journal so that’s why I blog about our travels outside of Michigan.

Our final day in San Juan was Monday.  We got a late check-out at our hotel because our flight wasn’t until 2:30.  Our car to the airport picked us up about noon and it’s only a fifteen minute drive out to Luis Munoz Marin Airport in Carolina.

We were pretty early for the flight and getting through check-in, USDA inspection, and TSA went pretty quickly.  We still had over an hour and a half before our plane started boarding so we decided to eat at the airport.

There are not a ton of options at this airport but there was enough to choose from.  We pretty much went for the biggest place with the biggest menu of bar food…it was also pretty close to our gate.

Air Margaritaville is an extension of the Margaritaville chain of restaurants.  The Luis Munoz Marin location is in Terminal B not too far from the TSA check-point.  There aren’t any walls separating the restaurant from the rest of the concourse but it’s pretty obvious by the change of color in floor tiles.

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Below Zero (Condado)

October 18, 2019
  • 1106 Ashford Avenue
  • San Juan, PR 00907
  • (787) 230-0057
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We didn’t plan on getting dessert after dinner but sometimes it’s just too tempting.

We had just finished up with dinner our last night in San Juan.  A few doors down we spotted a rolled ice cream place.  We actually debated about whether we wanted it or not…mostly because we were so stuffed from dinner.

Eventually we did come to the conclusion that we needed to stop.

Below Zero appears to be a chain of rolled ice cream shops in Puerto Rico.  The one we stumbled upon is in the Condado sub-barrio of San Juan on Ashford Avenue near Avenida Magdelena.  It’s a very time space that’s marked by a very bright sign above the front door.

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Cafe del Angel

October 17, 2019
  • 1106 Ashford Avenue
  • San Juan, PR 00907
  • (787) 722-1245
  • Website
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So, we’ve eaten a lot of typical American food on this trip.  That’s perfectly fine with me.  I had some really delicious burgers and J still says she had the best pasta she’s ever had.

We needed to try some Puerto Rican food though.  J and I both had a dish we wanted to try.

We walked to brunch that morning right past a place that had people standing outside handing out menus.  We already had a plan for lunch but I grabbed one in case we wanted to walk back for dinner…..spoiler alert, we did.

Cafe del Angel is on Ashford Avenue right across the street from the La Concha Hotel.  The restaurant has a pretty large patio out front with a bar.  There’s an inside area that you get to by walking through the patio like area but it was a decent evening out so we just took a seat near the bar.  Read more…

Casa Bacardi Distillery Tour

October 17, 2019
  • Carretera 165 KM 6.2
  • Catano, PR 00949
  • (787) 788-8400
  • Website

If you’re going to be a tourist in San Juan, there are certain attractions you just have to hit.  Castillo San Felipe del Morro and Castillo San Cristobal are two obvious ones.   The third can be seen from El Morro across Bajo Tablazo in nearby Catano.

Pretty much everyone knows the name Bacardi.  Heck, when J and I first started dating, her go-to drink was Bacardi and Diet Coke.  I’ve never been a huge rum fan but I do like factory tours so our last full day in San Juan, we grabbed an Uber and headed out to Casa Bacardi.

Desilleria Bacardi is just off of PR-165 in Catano, Puerto Rico.  It’s about a 20 minute drive from San Juan or you can take a ferry across the bay which drops you off about two miles away.  The main gate is guarded but tell them you’re there for the tour and they’ll let you back to a parking lot near the tour check-in.

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