November 2014 - Wine tours and Foodie Tour

November 2014

I want you to know 2014 was one of the most outstanding color seasons since we moved here twenty one year ago. It's one of top three most beautiful years. The color is lovely but the fact that Leelanau has become a wine and food paradise is really spectacular. The first experimented vine plantings were in the 60's and 70's. Boskydel Vineyards in Leelanau was the very first in 1965. The vineyards now number over 25 in Leelanau. Here's a great trail map for your special tastings.

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<A HREF="">Also Check out the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Annual Holiday Wine Tour </A>

RESTAURANT: Food Finds in Leelaanu County

The following is a short list of Leelanau Foodie Specials. Give them a try.....

1) <A HREF="">Hansen Food Market "The Good Cook's Store</A>" ---91 West Fourth Street, Suttons Bay 231-271-4280

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Hansen's back deli counter has Miguel's famous enchiladas, braised chicken or pork, and many homemade delights.

2) <A HREF="">Village Cheese Shanty</A> ---199 River Street, Leland 231-256-9141

I like the Salty and proprietary pretzel bread with sliced chicken breast, fresh goat cheese, lettuce, tomato and pesto mayo.

3) <A HREF="">Barb's Bakery</A> ---112 North Mill Street, Northport 231-386-5851

Good doughnuts that are moist, cakey batter with crisp exterior and sweet sugar glaze. I also love the cinnamon twist !!!

4) <A HREF="">The Garage</A> ----108 Waukazoo Street, Northport 231-386-5511

House-smoked pork butt, sauce and crunchy slaw piled on mini-buns and washed down with cold beer. Our family is also crazy for the their ribs and roasted sweet potatoes.

5) <A HREF="">Tandem Cider</A> ----2055 North Setterbo Road, Suttons Bay 231-271-0050

Tandem's hard apple alchemy commingles McIntosh, Rhode Island Greening and Northern Spy apples in a sweet tart equilibrium. Paired with pickled eggs.

6) <A HREF="">The Cove</A> ----11 East River Street, Leland 231-256-9834

Smoked chub in a spicy homemade bloody mix with vegetable garnishes. This is really different and amazing drink.

7) <A HREF="">Riverside Inn</A> ---302 River Street, Leland 231-256-9971

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Highly Prized acorn-fed Krobota hog belly is braised tender, seared crispy and served with pear jam, apple cider gastrique and sourdough croutons.



RECIPES OF THE MONTH: Judy's Special Oven Dried Tomatoes

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Preheat oven 200 degrees
Cut Horizontal thickly - 12 tomatoes
4 cookie sheets cover with foil then parchment paper and spray with Pam.
Place cut tomatoes on sheet then sprinkle with olive oil, a bit of sugar, Montreal seasoning, minced garlic, chopped oregano, Parmesan cheese.
Place all sheets in oven and start checking to see if they are drying after three hours.
Keep cooking until the tomatoes shrink and brown and the liquid starts evaporating.
Sometimes I cook up to 6 hours depending on the tomatoes.
Put in container with all the olive oil, spices, and remaining liquids,
Cover and put in the refrigerator.


Closed Sales in October-

<A HREF="">>Lots 136 and 137 Cherry Wood Court MLS 1789059 $26,000.00</a>


<A HREF=">10903 E Elnora Dr Northport MLS 1786590 $669,000</A>

<A HREF=">French Road 19 acres vacant MLS 1785380 $149,900.00</A>

<A HREF="">6043 Culver Rd, Traverse City</A>

Under Contract - Inspections Continue:

<A HREF="">9150 Grandview Rd MLS 1784319 </A>

<A HREF="">Lot E-1 Whitehill Drive MLS # 1707699</A>

Price Adjusted For Faster Sale-

<A HREF=">New Price -MLS 1783738 - 676 South Lake Leelanau Dr. $420,000

<A HREF=">North Manitou Trail N. Lake Leelanau Water View Parcel
MLS 1786133 $50,000 -

New Listing:

<A HREF="">100 ft on Lake Michigan - Sunset - Direct Waterfront - .79 acre parcel - Cathead Bay Dr. 1791635</A>


A used car dealer is having a mid-life crisis. He is so happy that his estranged son decides to skip college and join the used car business. The son is an excellent salesman but his attitude is not good. The movie shows how they out their differences. 3 out of 5 stars.

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Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore star in this movie. It was funny at times but not a satisfying movie. Blending two familes is not an easy thing to do as I well know. But this film just didn't do it for me...boring in many spots. 2 out of 5 stars,

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This is such a WINNER ! It's funny, sad, lot of insightful characters and themes. An elderly couple getting through life on a daily basis will be enjoyed. 4 out of 5 stars.

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This is a true heart warming story about Paul Potts, a man devoted to singing opera. He was bullied his whole life because he was so different from all the other blokes in the steel mill in Wales. This is the story how he won $100,000 ion Britain's Got Talent. Our whole family love it. 4 out of 5 stars.

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At the Bijou,.. GONE GIRL
This is one of the best thriller movies I ever saw. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn't read the book so it was all new to me. What a psychological thillers! I didn't for shadow the ending, not what I expected. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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<a href="">BAY THEATRE:</a>

DOGMAN 2 -The Wrath of the Litter
Written and Directed by Leelanau County's Rick Brauer. Dogman terrorizes this Midwestern community. Things has settled down, but as you will see things are really not well. Unseen in the near-by forest are a litter of Dogman pups standing upright over seven feet tall.

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coming up next is INTERSTELLAR
Staring Matthew McConaughey, Anne hathway, Jessica Chastain and the wonderful Michael Caine. Our time on earth is coming to an end and a team of explorers travel beyond the galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. Critics gave it 75% in the Rotten Tomatoes, Viewers 99% ... This is a winner. Go see it.

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November 1, 2014 - Bizet's Carmn, One of the world's most popular operas. At the State, 12:55pm.

<a href="">Leelanau Farmers Market is closed until May 2015 </a>

<a href="">Click Here to access the Traverse City Official Website</a>

<a href="">Click here to access the City Opera House 106 E. Front Street Traverse City .Phone 231-941-8082</a>

<a href="">Click Here to access Interlochen Center For the Art Official Website</a>

There are so many wonderful properties for you to buy in Leelanau County. You are never more than 5 miles from a body of water to look at and take a swim or a trip on your boat. Please call me or text me at 231-218-7653 from 8 am to 9pm. Of course, email me at
I look forward to assisting you with your goals and dreams.

Judy Levin

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