Today, we had a wonderful time driving to South Haven, MI. My dad’s friend, Bill, invited us to go pick peaches and blueberries. First stop was at his new vacation house and I posted some photos of the gorgeous interior and the serenic view surrounding. We went to pick peaches at an orchard close by b ut we skipped the blueberries since we got them already in a box. Frank picked them for us. At the orchard, we ate peaches, I had 5, Lior had 4. It was a lot of fun and for Lior was a first experience. Mom and dad remembered the childhood times and I cannot wait until mom will do peach preserves and jam.
We stopped to few fruit markets on the way to buy tomatoes, grape tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, corn, apples and yellow string beans. I picked some nice organic strawberry marmalade and raspberry jam. Lior got some peach hot sauce.
Trying to find a place to have lunch (or early dinner), dad remembered of a place where he ate before. Finding the place, we went to the back yard and ordered. The staff was very friendly and I had a feeling they have great food. We ordered as follows: for appetizers, fried pickles and jalapeno poppers with a raspberry vinaigrette salad.Pizza baked in a stone oven outside was prepared for us. Dad ordered broasted chicken , potatoes and coleslaw. Lior ordered jumbo wings (and they were huge) dipped in original house hot sauce. Mom and I shared broasted potatoes with green onions, willy chips and a salad. While waiting for the food that was prepared fresh, we played bags. Of course, team Mom & Dad won. The owner, Pat, the Maui Gipsy as they call her, came to talk to us and we couldn’t stop complementing her on the food. Lior got a jar of her special sauce to bring home. To surprise us, she brought us homemade clairs filled with her original homemade blueberry icecream. It was really delicious, the flavor was not too sweet yet delicate, the color was so appealing I couldn’t stop looking at it. I have to be honest, I’ve never had such good icecream. Everything was so pleasant that I am considering go back there for my birthday on labor Day weekend.
The restaurant is located at 10336 Blue Star Hwy in South Haven, MI (JUST 5 MINUTES FROM downtown). Their menu, typical American, is a large variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads, the list of appetizers is very appealing and most important, the owners are eager to accommodate special diets such as Vegan.
Being stuffed with such good food (and kinda greasy, but we considered some indulgence cannot hurt once in a while), we decided to go to downtown south Haven and walk the promenade. The weather was beautiful but windy. The waves on the lake were high and we saw many kite surfers. It was fun to watch them and I couldn’t stop admiring the force they needed to maneuver the kite. I took as hort film of one of the guys that was actually “posing” for us. He was good, oh well, until he lost his board at one point. That movie, after light editing, will be posted on youtube shorlty. We took a bunch of photos, admired the beautiful homes around the shore and the marina, the boats. Then, took a short walk by the little boutiques filled with candies, fudge, icecream and other goodies but we were too stuffed to eat. Just look. Lots of tourists, street performers, sunset, cute little puppies….it was a pleasant way to end the evening.
The drive back home was 2 hours, no traffic. We had a beautiful sunset and later on clear skies with stars. Fromt eh highway, we could see the fireworks at US Cellular filed. I can say that it was a beautiful and exciting day, driving back home with a trunk filled with fresh, organic vegetables and fruits, great memories and last, bellies full with great food.
Thank you Dad for driving us, thank you Mom and Lior for the awesome company.