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 Post subject: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:50 pm 
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Hello my fellow PPKers.

I don't think that there are (m)any of you from the Grand Rapids area, but I just wanted to put out the fact that there really are some awesome places in my neck of the woods that you should probably venture over here to come to. (Basically, I am jealous of all these PPK meetups and want you to come out of your way to hang out with me.) So here are a list of reasons that you should come to West Michigan.

Food! We have lots of restaurants that are either fully vegan, vegetarian, or do a damn good job of catering to those needs.

Stellas is a bar that serves over 200 kinds of whiskey, several micro brews, and has an extensive vegan menu including seitan wings, stuffed burgers, and all sorts of delectable bar food.

Bartertown Cafe is a new, cooperatively owned/worker run, restaurant that is vegan (though they do offer cheese as a replacement if you'd prefer) that has raw options and sources as the vast majority of its produce locally.

Marie Catribs is a hip little restaurant owned by a cute Lebanese woman and has one of the best veggie burgers I've ever had. (The sweet potato/quinoa burger was listed as one of the 5 best veggie burgers in the country on some list I saw.

There are many others, but the last I will mention is Brickroad Pizza which has a fantastic vegan menu including garlic breadsticks, a plethora of pizzas, sandwiches, and pasta dishes. I went there yesterday for their 8 dollar lunch buffet which included this fantastic mushroom and rice soup that was somehow very reminiscent of clam chowder.

Beer! We have several great breweries in Grand Rapids that pump out some fantastic beer. Founders Brewing Company and Brewery Vivant are both awesome and should probably be consumed on a regular basis. We also have a number of bars that serve only craft brews from the region and around the world. So, if you like good beer, there is no shortage over here!

Finally, coffee! We have a large array of local coffee shops that focus on the roasting of the beans. Sure, a couple of them are a little pretentious, but the coffee is fabulous. And, if you want to venture another 40 minutes, there is a great coffee shop that features vegan baked goods, equal trade coffee, bubble tea, vegan chocolate for mochas, and rice or soy milk at no charge.

If this isn't enough to get you to come visit, I don't know what else to tell you! I guess if you don't share the same loves in life as me (food, beer, and coffee), this wont be very persuasive...


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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 7:58 pm 
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Ethiopian! My dad used to live just a few blocks from Teshlou's Little Africa, and it's the best!

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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:46 am 
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Oh yeah! Little Africa is fantastic! That one slipped my mind.


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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 2:28 pm 
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Seconded on Stellas, and while I have not yet been to Bartertown...My buddy Ryan who works there is an amazing cook so Im sure the food rules.

Grand Rapids is a really bisqueing town. Steam Pig giant art sculpture downtown is enough for a visit

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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:56 pm 
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Oh you know Ryan? Nice. He was the mastermind behind pretty much every vegan menu in Grand Rapids. I've only met him a couple times, but he seems legit. And yeah, I didn't even mention the Steam Pig or Art Prize in general.

Yes, Bartertown's food is fantastic.


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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:37 pm 
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Should we do a meet up? I live a little south of GR and am needing some PPKers.

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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
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Hey, Peachy, I'd totally be up for planning a meetup when I'm home if it'll work.

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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:26 am 
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I've been super envious of all the meet ups that I see in other areas on here, so I would totally be down for one! I'm not sure how many other PPKers live in the area, but participating in a meetup would be a dream come true.


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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:07 am 
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Mlk weekend anyone?

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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:21 pm 
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I'm in!


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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
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This coming weekend. What shall we do?

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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
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Pizza?

Will we have Toddler Peach in tow?

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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:31 am 
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If there is "pizzie" involved tiny peach'll be there.

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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 5:36 pm 
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Ohhh..Brick Road?! There will be plenty of "pizzie" involved if that is the case. That place is the best.


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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:30 pm 
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Yeah. Saturday? Time?

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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:29 pm 
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I can for sure do Saturday. Dinner time is best for me, though I can fannaggle my schedule to accommodate everyone else. I will be cleaning a church in Muskegon (one of my part time jobs) and have to make sure I pick up our puppy from "daycare" before 8.


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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:36 pm 
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Also, have you seen anything about the Wake Up Weekend coming up this weekend? The vegan brunch at Brick Road sounds fantastic, as does the chili cook off and some of the lectures.

http://wakeupweekend.com/2012-schedule/


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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:26 am 
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I'm afraid I won't make it in with the winter storm coming, but I'm still hoping everything will work out!

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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:29 pm 
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Shall we just reschedule due to the uncertainty of this weekend? Maybe hope to wrangle in a few more PPKers in the process?


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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
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I'm very interested in visiting Grand Rapids, but 'tis a couple of hours away for me. Maybe I'll plan a weekend trip in the future. It sounds like an awesome place!

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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:57 pm 
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It really is an awesome place. I've lived here for 8 years or so, and am finally beginning to truly appreciate it. If you were to visit, I'd be more than happy to give you suggestions or show you around a little or something!


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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
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If you want to reschedule that's fine. Dr. Apricot, toddler Peach and I were thinking 1pm Saturday. Takers?

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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:17 pm 
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Ah shoot, I won't be able to make it by 1. I am in Muskegon cleaning for one of my jobs. Enjoy! :)


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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:24 pm 
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We had some amazing buffalo tofu pizza! Sorry you couldn't make it--you missed some amazing toddler antics.

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 Post subject: Re: West Michigan (Grand Rapids, in particular)
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 5:34 pm 
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Oh goodness, the buffalo tofu pizza is the best! And toddlers are hilarious. I'm sad I missed it, but am glad you had a good time! :)


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