Recently I got the urge to wander (and take photographs). To satisfy that need, a friend and I spent some time in Michigan looking for photographic subjects. Here are some of the results:
On another trip, Kathy (my wife) and I made our way to Cadillac, Michigan.
The following photos were taken on Drummond Island (Michigan).
There are lots of travel possibilities in Michigan. I like nature the best!
In my travels I often find interesting food. Almost no food excites me more than great BBQ. Of course I'll always remember Jack's in Nashville. And Red, Hot and Blue is just a memory now since the local one closed here in Michigan.
Recently I was enjoying a fun day of photography in the Howell, Milford and Pinckney areas in Michigan with a good friend. We realized we were getting hungry and began looking for a good place for lunch. We found it.
Chef Chris' Boogie Woogie Bar-B-Que is located in Hamburg (pretty close to Pinckney, Michigan). This area is not very far from Ann Arbor (home of the University of Michigan). But you won't find BBQ this good in Ann Arbor!
Chef Chris is an interesting guy too. Besides smoking some of the best BBQ around these parts, he is also into blues music. No surprise there -- BBQ and blues go hand in hand. However, Chris doesn't just enjoy the blues, he sings the blues and plays harmonica with a band called the Blue Plate Specials and most recently, the Ramp Shakers.
Chris Sirwinskis was born and bred in Michigan, but his soul reflects the Mississippi Delta Blues and somewhere along the line he developed a talent for Southern BBQ. I tried his pulled pork sandwich (one of my favorite things) and the bread was different (really great) and the pork was amazing. I did not drown it in BBQ sauce; there was no need as it was the best tasting pulled pork I have tasted in the past two years. He smokes much of his meat over oak and cherry woods. The pulled pork is enhanced with several spices and it is really good.
Chef Chris' Boogie Woogie BBQ
5589 East M-36
My wife and I stopped at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore before heading on to Evanston, IL. While we were there, we found a small BBQ place called Smokeys Southern Barbeque. Now their BBQ and sides were outstanding. But the best reason to visit is their pecan and chocolate pecan pies! Man are they good -- no, they are great!
Jaime Salas was happy to let me photograph her pie creations.
Kathy enjoyed the pulled pork and I did as well, but I really enjoyed the baked beans and potato salad too. The BBQ sauce was Kansas-style; sweet and tangy. Of course I had to try the chocolate pecan pie (I was nice enough to share with Kathy). Wow -- we both found the pie to be special (really good).
Below, I am happy having eaten some great BBQ.
Experienced photographer who has used Canon equipment for several years. I use Photo Shop Elements to finalize my images.
Enjoying the Cliffs of Moher - Ireland
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