Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Being tourists in Grand Marais

Playing the Tourist

On Saturday, Mom and I went in to the town of Grand Marais to do a little shopping, have a little lunch, and pretend we were tourists.

Grand Marais is a beautiful little village on the shores of Lake Superior. There are lots of sights to see, things to do, and good places to eat (photo to the left is of yours truly in full tourist-mode along side Grand Marais harbor).

We stopped in at the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op, a place I always go to when I am in town. This is great opportunity for me to pick up some various pantry items that I cook with frequenty, things such as organic green split peas, whole wheat pasta, as well as some treats like trail mix and chocolate-covered almonds!

Afte that, we visited the Cook County Farm and Craft Market, where we bought a loaf of artisan buckwheat bread from one of Mom’s friends (wonderful stuff!).

Following a quick walking tour of the harbor, where we said “hi” to a few of the resident and ever-present ring-billed gulls, and after taking a few pictures, it was time for lunch.

Today we dined at Chez Jude, a place Mom had been wanting to take me to for some time now, as she thought it would be the kind of restaurant I would appreciate.

Chez Jude is a cute little resturant that was created in an old house with a lovely view of the harbor. This is the kind of place that focuses on serious food made with locally-produced ingredients, and artfully presented.

Mom had the breast of chicken tartine, which was essentially an open-faced baguette sandwich with wood-roasted and sliced chicken, tomato, and onion, served with a cucumber salad and pommes frites, a meal which she liked very much. I had the wood-fired pizza balsamico with strip steak, boursin cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and asparagus spears, drizzled with a reduced balsamic vinegar syrup. It was absolutely excellent.

I would highly recommend this restaurant. The food is of top quality and presented beautifully. But be warned; it is not the kind of place to go if you are looking for a simple burger or sandwich. This is a place for foodies who are looking for something more along the lines of an upscale dining experience on the North Shore. If that is your kind of thing, by all means, go.

Photo below: Mom and me dining at Chez Jude

And that concluded our morning as tourists! Once we got home, it was off to the woods for a little birdwatching (more on that in another post!).

Until next time,

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