Just got back from an extended stay up north. We left last Wednesday night to go to Allison Krauss and Willie Nelson on Thursday, came back Friday, picked up our kids and headed back up to Bay Harbor for 5 nights. Anyway, I am a "foodie" as they say. We travel all over and I've been to some of the purported best restaurants in the country, Michelin stars all that hoopla. Anyway, I had two experiences over this past 9-10 days that really stood out and I will remember for a long time. Hermann's in Cadillac. I've been there before, but it was years ago. Anyway, the Gooey Burger. Ridiculous. Over the last few years I moved a little away from making complex dishes, to trying to perfect really simple things, like hamburgers, fish n' chips, pizza crust, etc. The Gooey Burger at Hermann's is darn near perfect. And his mushroom soup is probably the best I've ever had. My wife had his potato pancakes and they too were probably the best I've ever had. His attention to ingredients and making simple things as perfectly as possible is unbelievable. The other experience I had was Walloon Lake Inn. Everything there was awesome. Oysters, Lobster pierogies, shrimp and grits. All of it outstanding. Anyway, just thought I'd share my culinary highlights from my trip "up north."