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Nine Things to Put in Your Mouth, Right Now

1. Egg, Cheese, and Ham Crepe, Flint Crepe Company

With as many options and fresh, seasonal ingredients as these guys offer, one gem that is hiding in plain sight is one of my favorite things to eat, period. Deceptively simple, the egg, cheese, and ham crepe is as French as the Marseillaise and satisfying without being heavy.

2. Pour-Over Iced Coffee, Wildroot Coffee at Woodside

You haven’t had iced coffee until you’ve had one prepared this way: carefully brewed by hand with a fine filter and a beaker of ice. It takes a couple of minutes to make – just like all good things, your patience will be rewarded. You can even select your own coffee variety for a truly custom brew, made just for you. Slightly sweet, toasty, yet clear and shimmering, this is the only way to go for good coffee in the summer.

3. Bocci Bolognese, Ruggero’s

Renowned for pizza, Ruggero’s on Corunna Road actually offers a much broader menu with authentic Italian recipes that go back generations. Recently I tried this pasta stuffed with prosciutto ham and cheese, and sauced with a shimmering, perfectly mild yet tangy sauce. It’s a thing of beauty, and, unlike pizza, will genuinely make you feel like you’re eating like a grown up.

4. The Slammer, Pesto’s

Another landmark for Italian fare, I am told that their menu is augmented by frequently changing specials that are consistently impressive. But my staple selection? None other than “The Slammer”. I must confess, I’m not really sure about the name – is it an oblique reference to crime, or an indication of how fast I’m going to scarf this thing? Dagwood himself would swoon: It’s a “grinder” style sandwich, stuffed with ham, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, and a crazy-good green olive dressing. Order the full-size version, and you might have enough to take home for a midnight snack.

5. House Burger, Soggy Bottom

What is that house sauce, and why have I never had anything that delicious on a burger before? Why, Soggy Bottom? WHY? Or maybe it’s the caramelized onions. Yeah, that’s it.

6. Fish & Chips, Blackstone’s

I have it on good authority from an authentic Dubliner gentleman that the only way to properly garnish this dish is with malt vinegar. So ask your waiter.

7. Ham & Cheese Croissant, Crust

I think that every city in the world should be judged first by its ham & cheese croissant. It’s a yardstick of civilization. I’ve had them in Paris and London. I’ve had them in New York, Portland, Seattle, and Chicago. Fenton? You’ve made my shortlist of awesome. The good folks at Crust won’t even ship them to their other locations, because to refrigerate them would ruin them. So if you don’t live or work in Fenton, make the drive, order the ham & cheese croissant, and bask in the glory.

8. Spicy Tuna Bento Box, Chubby Duck

Actually, the spiciest thing included in the box isn’t the tuna roll – it is the spinach soup. Holy chili peppers! The roll is made to order, with a seared tuna, crunchy veg, mild garnish, and perfectly cooked rice.

9. Strawberry Phyllo, Pesto’s

Pesto’s is on this list twice? Yep: they offer a dessert with layers of super-flaky puff pastry with sweet strawberries, mascarpone, and whipped cream. I’m pretty sure this dessert ensures a romantic evening all by itself.

Christian Sands Trio plays Flint Jazz Fest Saturday, 8/13


The 2016 Flint Jazz Festival features Grammy-nominated pianist Christian Sands with his trio next Saturday, August 13th at The Meadows north of The Flint Institute of Music. Open lawn seating, bring your own lawn chairs. Admission: $3 for Saturday, $5 for Sat/Sun.

Hailing from New Haven, Connecticut, Sands was mentored by pianist Billy Taylor, who gave him his first big break: closing one of Taylor’s sets at the Kennedy Center. Sands went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music, where he recorded with Bobby Sanabria’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra (on Kenya Revisited Live) in 2009.


Sands has toured internationally with bassist Christian McBride’s group Inside Straight. In 2014, Sands became a Finalist for the American Pianists Association Jazz Fellowship Awards.

Sands has cited musical influences Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, and Marcus Roberts. “They’re coming from the tradition of bringing people into the music, but also moving it forward into new directions”.

5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Bobcats
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Kevin Collins Drum Company
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Swingin’ Chopin
4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tapology with Bruce Bradley
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Lunar Octet
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Christian Sands Trio

Sunday — A night dedicated to Joe Frye, “Flint’s Jazz Ambassador.”
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ferguson / McDonald / Hill Trio
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. OVACiiR
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. People’s Jazz Band
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dave Bennett Quartet

Back to the Bricks: The 2016 Flint Car Show

Bullitt_posterBack to the Bricks is this week, and it’s kicking off Tuesday with best car movie ever made: Bullit (1968), starring Steve McQueen. US23 Drive-In Theater (5200 Fenton Road in Flint) is having a kick-off car show party with a DJ and a free showing of the epic car-chase classic. We bet you’ll be ducking for joy with all of those hubcaps flying toward you on the giant outdoor big screen. Bring a date and cozy up with the real King of Queens.

Tuesday, August 16th
5 pm: Car Show and DJ, US23 Drive-In Theater, 5200 Fenton Rd
7 pm?: Drive-In Movie: Bullit (1968) starring Steve McQueen, US23 Drive-In Theater, 5200 Fenton Rd

Wednesday, August 17th
4 pm: Cruise Opening Ceremony, 4300 South Saginaw Street
5 – 9 pm: Car Cruise, Downtown Saginaw Street
5 – 9 pm: Pinewood Derby, Thomas Appliance, 5600 S Saginaw Rd

Friday, August 19th
5 – 9 pm: Car Cruise, Downtown Sagniaw Street

Saturday, August 20th
8 am – 5 pm: Car Show and Drag Racing Cars Display, Central Flat Lot
9 am – 5 pm: Car Corral, Saginaw St. & Court St.
10 am: Car Show Opening Ceremony, Central Flat Lot