Aurora: The "food scene" in Ann Arbor rocks. There's the farmers market on Wednesday and Saturdays, right outside the Kerrytown shops. Kerrytown is a haven for foodies - Zingerman's is right around the corner, plus there's a great market right in the shops, as well as real butcher and an amazing fishmonger. Plus Partners in Wine and Cheese, and Cav's Cafe, with amazing quiche. Cav sets up a grill outside on market days. Also in Kerrytown is Kitchen Port. I think it's gone downhill since I worked there five years ago, but it's still a pretty neat shop for getting all things kitchen and cooking related, and they do cooking demonstrations/classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
I have been to the farmers market by the Kerrytown shops.
I got really great asparagus and sweet onions. I especially remember some really wonderful honey I picked up. It was great stuff packaged in a simple, unassuming jar. When I put that on the breakfast table, Honey Bear on my lazy susan of condiments looked at me. His assuring, perpetual, wide-eyed smile turned into an inquisitive frown. He said "Why, Dawn? Why? Am I suddenly not good enough? I didn't have an answer for him. I really thought the new honey in the simple jar would be a welcomed addition -- friendly competition. Honey bear was mad, in fact, he was furious. Who knew such a sweet little creature could behave so terribly? I was surprised. It was his innocence that first attracted me when I snatched him from the shelf and put him in my shopping cart, but this was a different Honey Bear -- a Honey Bear that knew some things; a Honey Bear that had been around. I cannot reveal the rest of what he said to me as sat at my table in disbelief while my tea grew colder. Finally, he hung his head in shame, jumped off the lazy susan, and left the table with a final departing kick that spilled my tea all over the table. I found him a few monts later. He found his way to the back of the shelf. He was crystalized, of course. There was nothing I could do. The honey I got at the Kerrytown farmers market was that good.
I spent hours in Kitchen Port, much to the dismay of my companions. I remember that it is upstairs. There also a market that is along the line of a charcuterie that is downstairs, right? Past the market, I remember a rather lousy restaurant called Sweet Loraine's. It's biggest problem was that it seemed to overreach. What was truly memorable, was the end of market visit to Zingerman's Deli and the well-worth-it wait in line. It's a small place that is loaded with wonderful specialty items. The cheese, the meats, the breads, the prepared foods, and oh my god -- THE SANDWICHES! I just love the Bennie's Brooklyn Ruben. I have ordered from the catalog, but it is not the same as being there.
OK, when's the gathering? We could go to Ann Arbor on the train if none of us us up for driving.
On another note...
Board question: how do I make it include the name of the person I'm quoting?
You can make the quote include the name of the person you are quoting by going to that person's original post and clicking on the quote button that is above and to the right of the post. That will open a standard reply window that will include a box beneath the box where you will include your post. That box will include the post that you wish to quote. You can edit the post to include only the portion of the post that you wish to address. Be careful not to change the content of the post when editing it down to the portion that you want to quote. When you are done with your response, and you "Add Reply" the quote will lead your response in your newly added post. It will contain the name of the poster in addition to the date and the time that the quoted post was added to the thread.
This is different from going to the persons quote, copying the portion that you want to quote, hitting the quote key within your reply, pasting the copied portion and hitting the close quote key. It let's everyone know that you are quoting someone, but it will not include the indentifiers.
I have used both methods in this post.