Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Romantic Sunset Cruises and Fishing Tours - Discover Lake Michigan

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When making your plans for this summer, make sure you include Captain Craig Koepke and ITO Charters into the equation. Whether it is a Saturday night "Sunset Cruise" or Fishing during the day, everyday of the week, and Evening fishing on the weekends, your Lake experience by way of someone who grew up in the "Pond" will create memories that will carry you for years to come! Imagine watching the sun set in a way that you will never see on land. Or, imagine hauling in the big catch and standing proudly with your catch in hand!

Our very own Saturday Night Stever, experienced this first hand with his father and brother. The look on their faces when they brought in the cooler filled with their catch in hand! Listen to the interview for more details then contact the Captain! Experience beautiful Lake Michigan and Michigan City, Indiana!

Contact the Captain for your special time on beautiful Lake Michigan!

Monday, May 26, 2014

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Ladies of the Diner Shine! MERmaids know how to serve it up right!

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Host Diane Blanchette and ArtSees Diner Radio creator/producer make up "The Ladies of the Diner" during their Monday night featured broadcast, "Midwest Mondays" lovingly known as the MERmaids, they serve up a lively helping of hospitality. This week the "Ladies" are celebrating as their recent show was chosen as a "Today's Best" by Blog Talk Radio staff. This honor is not to be taken lightly as there are hundreds of broadcasts daily and to be chosen is not an easy feat!

Tune in and listen as the Ladies bring you guests and events from Kankakee, to Chicago over to Michiana, down to Indianapolis!
The Ladies of the Diner, Mary E and Diane Blanchette celebrated the following:

If you would like to be treated to the finest hospitality on radio, then kindly drop Mary E. a line at artseesdiner@gmail.com. Also be so kind as to listen live, tweet us your comments, recommendations, thoughts to @artseesdiner follow us on Facebook @ArtSeesDiner like us on Facebook at @MidwestMondays and call in to our live broadcasts at 646-595-4620

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Moe Did It Again, The Pickle and Turnip

The Pickle and Turnip, located in downtown Michigan City, Indiana is the newest endeavor of Moe Mroueh. After outgrowing his prior establishment, Sahara, located south of the downtown area, it was time to move up and northward! Champagne and LaLuna stopped in last night to enjoy the new place. We were not disappointed! Moe has chosen to decorate his newest endeavor in a very bright, minimalist approach. Simple, classic, clean lines. Much like you would find in an upscale loft in the heart of Manhattan. While the decor is simple, the cuisine is not. The food is better than ever. We shared the best avocado salad we have ever had. The hummus is without a doubt the best anywhere around, and the dolma (stuffed grape leaves) are to die for! We enjoyed our favorite wine, served up right by Moe, Ksara Reserve du Couvent.

Make sure you like The Pickle and Turnip on Facebook so that you can be made privy to the wine events that are a big hit. Get your reservations now for the "First Friday" of June.

The place was quickly filling with diners, and everyone of them was having a wonderful time. With this in mind, it really is a good idea to make reservations. After all, it was a Monday Night!

The Pickle and Turnip is located at 827 Franklin, Michigan City, IN 219-871-1223

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"Jack Lemmon Returns" Starring son Chris Lemmon

*Make them laugh at the same time that their heart is breaking.* That was the goal of Jack Lemmon as learned by Jean-Louis Barrault, the French actor, director and mime. While Jack Lemmon found his place in the theatrical world by way of making people laugh, he feared being "pigeon-holed." He desired to transform himself into other characters for what appears to be the purpose of impacting his audience in the same profound way in which he was affected by his idol Jean-Louis Barrault.

"Jack Lemmon Returns" was as close to sitting down with the great Jack Lemmon himself. His DNA was alive with all the mannerisms, heart, passion and talent through his gifted son Chris Lemmon' portrayal of "good ole dad." Through the gifted story-telling of Hershey Felder, the audience was given a supreme duality in that we were exposed to the supremely talented Chris Lemmon all the while reminiscing with his father Jack Lemmon. When did Chris become Jack and Jack take a backstage seat to Chris?

I found myself realizing the importance of timing in all things. This play could not have been done earlier in Chris's life. The timing is now. As Chris has passed into the wisdom period that men enter into somewhere after the age of 50. When is that period? It is different for every man, but for this man, the timing was perfect. The maturity of Jack Lemmon was also evident, as the story revealed a man with regrets and no regrets. How could Jack's life have been any different? Jack's imperfections were made perfect in the careful weaving of memories shared by son through father and father through son. It was through this careful story telling and merging of two souls that Chris attained what his father sought; to make his audience laugh while their heart was breaking.

I smiled the entire time, realizing that I was in an intimate setting, the closest that I will ever be to Jack Lemmon, one of the greatest actors of all time. Jack Lemmon represents what is rapidly declining, my mother and father's generation. Jack Lemmon was like an Uncle to me. I cannot think of Jack Lemmon without fondly remembering my Uncles and my parents.

Chris Lemmon with perfect timing, delivery, musical mastery reacquainted us with an old friend and introduced us to "Hot-Shot" in a style that only a Lemmon could do! Bravo Chris, I feel like I should come back over and over again. I left the World Premiere performance, May 12th feeling much like I do when I leave a wedding reception of a family member. You know that feeling, you come back together with Aunts, Uncles, cousins, neighborhood friends that you haven't seen for a long while and the time spent with them brings you back to a simpler time. You do not want to let go of that wonderful feeling of familiarity.

Bravo, Brava, to the Director, Emma Marie Hay and crew for a simple, but elegant affair and fellow crew members. While the average age of the audience was north of 50, any aspiring actor or actress needs to acquaint themselves with the classics.

“Jack Lemmon Returns” will continue at The Royal George Theatre located at 1641 N. Halsted Street for an open run with performances as follows:

Wednesdays and Thursdays 7:30 p.m.

Fridays 8 p.m.

Saturdays 2 and 8 p.m.

Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets 55 and can be purchased at the box office, by phone at 312-988-9000 or online at www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com

To see what others are saying, visit www.theatreinchicago.com, go to Review Round-up and click at “Jack Lemmon Returns”

Special thanks to Noreen Heron and Associates.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Cool Runnings Jamaican Restaurant Comes to Michigan City

The rich ethnic flavor of Michigan City, Indiana continues to grow with the newest addition to the community. This ethnic explosion, just might be the thing that sets us apart from some of our surrounding areas. The heart of the community is becoming quite International. Please read on...

It all began when a sweet voice with a heavy Jamaican accent said, "Ms. LaLuna, my family is opening a restaurant Saturday, and I work there." With a cute shyness she handed me the brochure from the restaurant with as much care as a someone would pass a baby. I asked her more about it and she was beaming with pride over her family's accomplishment. I promised her that I would visit the restaurant on the "birth" of this new endeavor.

As promised, I arrived about 12:30 and walked in to find 2 smiling faces welcoming me into the restaurant. The lovely lady at the counter said, "you are Kayla's teacher? She said to expect you." Never before have I been so happy to have fulfilled what I said I would do. We began conversing about Jamaican cuisine as I have never really indulged in it before. Immediately she shares with the chef, a man filled with pride over his fair and ability to deliver top-notch cuisine that I am Kayla's teacher and that I need to sample "jerk chicken." Together they scrambled to get me a tasty portion of a wing. Immediately as the meat touched my palette the herbs and spices took me to a whole new place. I was no longer in a quaint little shop on 11th and Franklin, but, rather I taken to balmy breezes, rich accents, beautiful color and alive with a feeling that I had become a part of their world. To my joy and satisfaction another patron walked in and shared that he had never delighted in Jamaican food before and said, "I want to eat, but, do not know what to order." Again the dance began with the owners reaching deep into their Jamaican hospitality to educate him as well as to the flavor of "Jamaica Man!"

I settled on a quarter chicken all white meat with red beans and rice, smothered with gravy and steamed cabbage. Along with the meal came a plantain slice and a little extra jerk sauce. The reviews from Steven were, "this cabbage is spectacular!" "OMG, another favorite!" "another reason to say, Michigan City has the best food!" As for me, the delightful herbs and spices danced on my tongue and sent me into a succession of "mmmm!', "Ohhh, yeah!" "this is exceptional!"

I could see the care taken to chop up vegetables, and fresh herbs and spices. I tasted the careful melding of those ingredients with main ingredients so that it was a flavorful explosion. The care, quality, price and quantity of food is nothing short of Exceptional! We will be traveling to Jamaica by way of a culinary vehicle many times this summer and beyond.

Cool Runnings Jamaican Restaurant is tucked in a small strip-like mall right next to the South Shore train line, 11th St. Stop. Parking is available on the street and in a parking lot on the corner of 11th and Franklin. There is some room for dining in. Just imagine sitting in the window eating jerk chicken and plantains as the South Shore train pulls up in front of you. Rarely will you ever find a location anywhere else in the heartland of America that has window seating, quality ethnic food and a train going down the middle of the street.

Cool Runnings Jamaican Restaurant, 112 11th St. Michigan City, IN 46360 Telephone 219-210-3885. Offerings include, chicken, ox-tail, curried goat, fish, along with traditional sides: red beans and rice, macaroni and cheese, steamed cabbage, plantains, festivals, candy yams, sweet corn.

Some of our other favorites located in the heart of "City" include:

  • The Pearl Chinese Restaurant
  • Pickle and Turnip, Mediterranean, formerly Sahara's
  • El Bracero, Mexican
  • William B's Steakhouse
  • It's Vegas Baby, Viva Italia (Thursday nights only)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Hell’s Kitchen Art Festival with Founder Mike Felber, Guest Musician, William Rottman

It is gonna be a Hell of a good time! If you cannot make it to Hell's Kitchen May 16th to the 18th for an amazing nonstop party, then listen in to the plans by CEO Mike Felber and check out the organization line.
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Also take a spell and listen to music by William Rottman one of NYC's Favorites. Special thanks to Douglas C. Rapier of BoPoMoFo, for the closing Blues tune.