Rebecca’s in Northville, MI

Rebecca’s in Northville, MI

I’m 34 years old, so I grew up most of my childhood without the internet and I still wonder what we did without it. I’m happy that we have websites like Yelp to find information and great places we might otherwise overlook. Reviews on Yelp were how I stumbled onto a little restaurant in Northville, Michigan called Rebecca’s Family Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor. They don’t have  website of their own, though they do have a Facebook page. Without a review focused website I may never have tried this place.

We arrived on a beautiful Sunday morning just in time to beat the crowd to Rebecca’s. We grabbed a two-person table in the corner near the window as the place was beginning to fill up.

We were greeted promptly by friendly staff. I opted for the much raved about sweet potato pancakes with a side of turkey sausage links. Josh had the buttermilk pancakes and a side of hashbrowns. Despite the busy morning our food came out surprisingly fast and we were not disappointed at all by our breakfast!

The sweet potato pancakes were thick and soft. The spices they used made them almost taste like pumpkin pie! The turkey sausage was nice and flavorful, not greasy and lightly browned. Josh really enjoyed his pancakes and hashbrowns too.

The walls are decorated with sweet Americana merchandise. The diner feel makes for a cozy atmosphere. You can tell that there are a quite a few regulars here as well.

I sneaked a peak at their lunch menu which had some great sounding shakes and tempting sweet potato fries with a brown-sugar glaze – do you a see a theme here? I’ve got it on good authority that the shakes and sweet potato fries are excellent too!

I think we’ve found another breakfast spot to frequent. It’s a little bit further out for us, about 25 minutes, but I will attest that it certainly seems it was worth the trip! We’ll be back for lunch this summer.

What are some of your favorite Michigan breakfast spots?

Chocolate Sourdough Bread

Chocolate Sourdough Bread

I have to thank my friend Kate in Chicago for kindly sending me a lovely care package of sourdough starter and for sharing this recipe. Thanks, Kate!

I had always wanted to use a sourdough starter for homemade bread, but never had before this. It can be a touch daunting for all the details on keeping the starter ‘fed’ before the day you intend to use it, but luckily Kate also sent me a great set of instructions to follow. You can find some helpful instructions on the King Arthur Flour website.

This loaf of sourdough filled with chunks of Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate turned out to be delicious. I ate a slice for breakfast toasted with a touch of Bumble and Brown each morning the week I made the bread, though it’s also good without any extra fuss as well.

Check out the Chocolate Sourdough Bread recipe (and others) on Kate’s section of the Instructables website. You can use your own homemade sourdough starter, purchase some at the store, or, if your lucky like me get some from a friend.

Have you worked with sourdough starter before? What was your favorite recipe?

Dessert at Nico and Vali, Plymouth, MI

Dessert at Nico and Vali, Plymouth, MI

I can’t really tell you why it took my husband, Josh, and I so long to try dessert at one of our favorite restaurants, Nico and Vali. Maybe we were trying to save ourselves from eating even more delicious food at Nico and Vali in Plymouth, Michigan. We tend to make a trip there once a week already, for breakfast or lunch mostly. Well, regardless, we did finally succumb to the sweet endings recently, and I have to say we were not at all disappointed. Even served on adorable little flowered plates!

Josh opted for their Chocolate Tuxedo Cheesecake, with layers of various white and milk chocolate goodness which he devoured. I, being a non-traditional, non-chocolate fanatic female, decided on one of the lighter fruit based cakes, Boscaiola. Mmm… so good!

The buttery Boscaiola crust is imported directly from Italy and it topped with a light vanilla mousse layer, vanilla cake and a glazed deliciously tart mix of cranberries and currants. It’s not too heavy or rich, just the right balance to end one of the lovely Italian meals at Nico and Vali (I love their grilled zucchini sandwich for lunch!).

I suppose it’s a good thing that we go there most often for breakfast, which I admit would be a bit odd to end with dessert. But, if the need strikes us early in the day, we still have the option of taking a pre-cut slice from the deli case for later…