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Paw Paw Brewing Company

July 24, 2019
  • 780 S. Gremps Street
  • Paw Paw, MI 49079
  • (269) 415-0145
  • Website
  • Menu

J and I had a few nights without the kids and we wanted to take advantage of eating out without having to entertain them.  Monday night we just weren’t feeling it and I had an UberEats coupon so we just ordered in.  We didn’t want to repeat that Tuesday night though.

J texted me about an hour before we got off work and said she wanted to go out.  I had been wanting to go to the new Paw Paw Brewing Company and asked if that was OK.  She was on board.

I got off work a little early then we headed to Van Buren County.  I have already written two blog posts about Paw Paw Brewing (2012 and 2018) but a few months ago they moved from their small building on East Michigan Avenue to their production facility on S. Gremps Street on the southwest side of town.  The new taproom is in the back of the building.  There’s a great outdoor patio right as you walk in but there was some kind of event happening in that space so we had to go inside.

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Arclight Brewing Company

July 23, 2019
  • 544 N. Main Street
  • Watervliet, MI 49098
  • (269) 332-0718
  • Website

There are more and more breweries popping up and it’s getting really hard for me to keep up.  We try to get to all the ones that do food but the ones that don’t are usually reserved for when I’m by myself.

I dropped the kids off at my parents last weekend for an extended visit.  On my way home, I stopped in New Buffalo for dinner but wanted to try out one of the breweries along I-94 that I haven’t been to yet.  There are a couple of options but I chose to wait until I got back as far as Watervliet.

I picked Arclight Brewing Company.  The brewery has actually been open about six years on the north side of Watervliet’s downtown.  The building on North Main Street (M-140) just north of the Paw Paw River is the former Brookfield Chrysler Jeep Dodge Dealership.   They kept the large garage doors but replaced the actual door with glass doors that lead out to a patio along the busy street

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New Buffalo Bills Wood Fired BBQ

July 22, 2019
  • 603 E. Buffalo Street
  • New Buffalo, MI 49117
  • (269) 469-9992
  • Website
  • Menu

The kids get to spend a few days with Grandma and Papa without Mom and Dad.  My parents have babysitted overnight a few times but they’ve never stayed this long.  We wanted a break from daycare costs and we get one week a year we can take.  I wanted to go to my parents anyway this weekend because J was going with some friends up north so we thought this would be a good week to leave them there.

I spent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning with them.  I haven’t been to back to my hometown in a quite a while so it was nice to walk around the small village and see what’s changed.  I had to be back at work Monday morning though so around noon, I made sure everyone had what they needed them I started heading back towards Michigan.

I had a couple of places I wanted to stop and since I was by myself.  I could have went in to the city and gotten an Italian beef but I decided to hit a few Michigan places that I’ve never had time to get to.

I picked New Buffalo Bills Wood Fired BBQ in New Buffalo as my choice for lunch.  The restaurant is on the east side of New Buffalo right across the street from Redamak’s on US-12/E. Buffalo Street.  The parking lot and main entrance are actually the backside of the building accessible from Bronson Street.

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Classic Cinemas Paramount Theatre

July 22, 2019
  • 213 N. Schuyler Avenue
  • Kankakee, IL 60901
  • (815) 936-6843
  • Website

Did anyone notice how hot it was this weekend?  I mean, I can handle heat but it was oppressive.

J went on a girls weekend trip with some friends to Newaygo so I was home with the kids.  I decided to take Friday off and drive to my parents house in Illinois.  We had planned on leaving the kids there for a week at some point this summer anyway so this week worked out perfectly.

My mom had asked if she could take the kids to see the new Lion King movie sometime this week.  I don’t know why she felt like she needed to ask but I’m glad she did.  I asked if we could go Saturday since it was going to be so hot.  We had to “run to town” anyway to go grocery shopping so we got moving with the idea of making it to the 11 AM show.

I was really excited to be going back to the theatre I saw so many movies at growing up in the area.  I saw Star Wars Episode One, Toy Story, The Blair Witch Project and so many other movies at a classic movie palace that somehow survived.

Classic Cinemas Paramount Theatre is a five screen theater in downtown Kankakee.  The theater is on a block of Schuyler Avenue between Oak and Chestnut.  The original theater dates back to 1931 and it still has the classic marquee hanging over the sidewalk at the entrance.

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Landmark Taphouse & Grill

July 17, 2019
  • 21 N. Main Street
  • Three Rivers, MI 49093
  • (269) 858-3066
  • Website
  • Menu

We dropped the kids off to spend the night at Nana and Grandpa’s, then J and I headed back home for an evening of quiet.  We hung out at their place for a while and watched the kids as they went swimming in the lake but just before dinner time, J and I headed back to Kalamazoo by ourselves.

I say “just before dinner” but it was “just before dinner” for even the earliest of dinner eaters.  Yeah..it was 3:00, but we didn’t eat lunch after eating a late breakfast and we wanted to hit a new place in downtown Three Rivers.

Landmark Taphouse & Grill is on North Main Street which is also BL US-131 through downtown Three Rivers.  It’s one of the old brick buildings connected to the buildings on either side of it with the restaurant at street level and space for commercial or residential above it.  Part of the building used to be Pub 21 with the other half being a totally separate space.  Landmark has brought the two spaces together.   Read more…

Royal Cafe

July 17, 2019
  • 701 E. Main Street
  • Centreville, MI 49032
  • (269) 467-4181
  • Website
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Daycare is expensive.  We got out of it for so many years because J worked 3 AM to noon and I worked 3 PM to midnight.  We rarely overlapped at work so there was always someone home to take care of the kids.

That all changed a couple of years ago when I moved to a shift that was 9:30 to 6:30.  We started hiring a nanny for three hours in the morning until J got home at noon.

Then it changed again earlier this year when J changed jobs and now works a more traditional 8:00 to 5:00.  Now we need someone all day so we put the kids in a center.  It’s expensive enough during the school year but summer…..dayum.

We’re trying to cut down on some of that expense with the help of J’s mom.  She agreed to take L every so often on a Monday or a Friday so we could save a little bit of money.

This past Monday was one of the days L was going to Nana’s.  B was really jealous and since the kids are going to my parents next week and then on vacation, J’s parents aren’t going to see the kids for a couple of weeks so she agreed to take both of them.

They got me up around 9:00 Sunday morning and asked if we could go to Nana’s and Grandpa’s early.  I said I didn’t care as long as I could stop for breakfast somewhere.  I wanted breakfast food.

I picked the Royal Cafe because it’s pretty close to my in-laws place and it wouldn’t be that far out of the way on our way to their house.

Royal Cafe is on the eastside of Centreville just inside the village limits on East Main Street or M-86.  The parking lot is kind of shared with Firm Foundation Ministries so it looked like there were a lot of cars in the lot when we pulled in but they were all still in church.  Read more…

Grand Coney (Michigan Street)

July 16, 2019
  • 809 Michigan Street NE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • (616) 776-5580
  • Website
  • Menu

It’s been a while since I worked a Saturday night shift and let me tell you, I don’t miss it.  Long, hard hours with minimal breaks because staffing is bare bones on weekends.

I put in a 12 hour day without a lunch break and when I got off work at 12:30, I was hungry.  I really didn’t want fast food or pizza nor did I want to go to a bar.  Luckily, Grand Rapids actually has a 24 hour diner.

Grand Coney now has three locations in Kent County but only the original on Michigan Street and Eastern Avenue is open all the time.

I pulled in to the parking lot just before 12:45 AM.  There were a few other cars in the small parking space in front of the long, multi-tenant building but it wasn’t packed as the bars wouldn’t let out for another hour or so.

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