i've unintentionally turned into a michigan food blogger these last two posts, and i haven't even waxed philosophical on the finer points of donut holes yet! don't worry, friends, you'll see THAT post before the summer is out.
one of the places i can't wait to visit up here is bortell's fish market. it's hidden on the lake road south of ludington, just around the curves north of bass lake. they have a lovely array of fresh, pickled, and smoked fish for purchase, but the best part is that they'll lightly batter the fish right there, and fry it up for you to eat on the way home or at picnic tables under shady trees. the fish experience i look forward to is the fried smelt-- on the photo of fresh fish they are on the far right. essentially, they are little fish with their heads cut off, but otherwise intact. fried up, they taste like fishy french fries-- fins, tails and all. i love the little fellers!
the next thing i get is a nice container of pickled herring in wine sauce. this takes a couple of days to nibble through this as it is soooo rich. i bought a bit of smoked whitefish, and although this is not my thing, my kids love it.
i'll squeeze in at least one more trip before heading home, a memory to last a year.