3 Offbeat Breakfast Dishes in Flint & Genesee

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What better way to kick off a lazy Sunday morning than with a delicious, warm breakfast that causes passersby to stop and say, “Ohhh, what’s that?” For those of you looking for something that goes beyond your standard scrambled eggs and toast, here are a few of Genesee County’s less traditional options.

If you normally get a breakfast sandwich, try the…

If you love steak and eggs, ask for the…

  • Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict at Capitol Coney (4021 Van Slyke Road, Flint). It’s exactly what it sounds like: homemade biscuits topped with pulled pork and a poached egg, topped with homemade hollandaise sauce. Served with your choice of potato. Breakfast available 24 hours, seven days a week. 

If you always order the veggie omelette, you’ll love the…

  • Hungry Hippie at The Laundry (125 W. Shiawassee, Fenton). A cast iron skillet is loaded with polenta, roasted zucchini, yellow squash, red onions, bell peppers, fresh tomatoes and goat cheese. Oven-baked and topped with two over-easy eggs and Spanish romesco sauce. Breakfast served until noon. 

What are your favorite breakfast joints in Flint and Genesee, and what do you order while you’re there?

4 Cool Ways to Break a Sweat in Flint & Genesee

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Considering that health and wellness are ever-popular New Year’s resolution themes, here are a few ideas for staying fit in Flint & Genesee this winter.

  1. Check out a pair of snowshoes at For-Mar Nature Preserve. On the off-chance the snow doesn’t stick this winter, the Burton-based nature preserve also offers walking sticks for visitors looking to stroll the property’s seven miles of hiking trails.
  2. Scale a wall of ice at Peabody Ice Climbing. The Fenton-based venue provides both a great place for experienced climbers to train as well as a controlled environment where newbies can learn the ropes from a certified guide.
  3. Skate around the University Pavilion Ice Rink. Starting Jan. 2, the outdoor rink will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and from 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays. Local indoor options include Crystal Fieldhouse Ice Arena in Burton on Flint Iceland Arena, both of which offer public skating sessions and gear rentals.
  4. Take a winter run. The Ididarun 8 Mile Challenge will take runners along snow-covered roads at trails in Linden on Jan. 9. Afterward, they can warm up with hot, homemade soups and breads provided by the high school’s cross country team. Then, on Feb. 6, participants will carry logs and climb over cars during the Frozen Fun Run in Davison.

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3 Holiday Festivals Happening in Flint & Genesee

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Believe it or not, December is here! And from roasted chestnuts to an elf parade, there are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit in Flint and Genesee — regardless of whether or not there’s snow on the ground. In fact, there are at least three family friendly festivals scheduled this week:

Flushing’s Candlewalk Holiday Celebration, Dec. 3-4

Thousands of softly glowing candles will light up the streets in downtown Flushing during this event, which runs from 6-10 p.m. Visitors will enjoy holiday music, ice sculptures, wood carvings, live performances, a train display, refreshments, horse drawn rides and more. There will also be chestnuts roasting on an open fire, warming stations and Santa arriving in the grand parade, on Thursday night, to light the ceremonial tree.

Fenton’s Jingle Fest, Dec. 5

Starting at 10 a.m., visitors can head to downtown Fenton for holiday shopping, live music, horse drawn wagon rides, a live Nativity, children’s games, Christmas tree decorating and Jingle Jog (3 p.m.), food vendors, a bake sale and a holiday lighted parade (6 p.m.) followed by an annual Christmas tree lighting and fireworks.

Davison’s Christmas on Main Street, Dec. 5

Celebrate the holiday season in downtown Davison with an elf parade, hay rides, reindeer games, refreshments, craft tables, live music, strolling carolers and more. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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3 Things to Do at St. John Applefest

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St. John the Evangelist of Fenton is bringing back Applefest for its 43rd year. The festivities begin Thursday, Sept. 17 and run through Sunday, Sept. 20.

Here are three ways to join in the fun:

  • Eat an apple. Festival goers can choose from dumplings, cider (frozen and traditional) and more. Event organizers say they usually sell more than 2,600 pies – baked fresh with apples purchased from area orchards – during the event.
  • Listen to some Bob Seger (as performed by tribute band Lookin’ Back). The six-member band will take the stage from 8p.m. to midnight on Friday. Also performing during the festival will be Westfall and Rook.
  • Go for a run. The festival’s road race kicks off Saturday morning, with a 10K run, followed by a 5K Run/Walk, 1-Mile Run and ¼-mile. Online registration ends Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. Late registration will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. at St. John School, and day-of registration will be available at the entertainment tent at the north end of the school from 7-8:30 a.m.

The full schedule includes:

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For more information about the event, visit www.facebook.com/SJApplefest.

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Foodie Fave Friday: 7 Orchards Making Cider in Genesee County

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We have a few more weeks before we start seeing peak fall color, but apple season is already underway in in Genesee County. Here are seven area orchards where you can enjoy freshly made cider, among other fall-favorite treats:

  1. Almar Orchards in Flushing: With more than 30 varieties of apples, Almar produces the popular J.K.’s Scrumpy Farmhouse Organic, a fermented hard cider that has no artificial flavors, additives or preservatives.
  2. Koan’s Orchard in Flushing: Situated on more than 100 acres, this country store offers freshly made cider, doughnuts, jams and jellies. The shop, at 12183 Beecher Road, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and winter seasons. (810) 659-8720
  3. McCarron’s Orchards & Bakery in Flushing: This small farm market and bakery features seasonal fresh cider made from McCarron’s own apples and pressed on-site at their cider mill.
  4. Montrose Orchards: Ready for cider, donuts and hayrides? The orchard – home to a farm market, bakery, pumpkin patch and more – will host its annual Fall Kick Off Sept. 19-20.
  5. Mueller’s Orchard & Cider Mill in Linden: This family operation offers freshly squeezed cider, a variety of doughnuts and family activities, including a petting zoo.
  6. Porter’s Orchard Farm Market & Cider Mill in Goodrich: Stop by for traditional apple cider or an ice-cold apple cider slushy. In addition to the bakery/donut shop, Porter’s offers a fall corn maze, a pumpkin patch, hayrides and more.
  7. Spicer Orchards in Fenton: This farm market, winery and cider mills has a 10,000 bushel storage area, a sorting machine, donut shop, bakery, cider mill, family-fun activities including a fall maze

For more information about area orchard and farms, click here.

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Fenton Village Players to Perform ‘Addams Family: The Musical’

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You know what they say about the Addams Family: They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky. They’re all together ooky, and starting this Thursday, their story will be told by the Fenton Village Players.

In this musical tale, Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.

Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents

Performances be held from Aug. 6-9, Aug. 14-16 and Aug. 21-23. All performances will be held at 7 p.m., with the exception of Sunday shows at 2 p.m.

For more information about the play, directed by Stevie Visser and produced by Joy Carr and Jill Tomlin, click here.

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Foodie Fave Friday: ‘Taste in Fenton’ Falls on July 30

EventPhotoFull_Taste in Fenton Sponsor LogoFrom cake pops to smoked pulled pork sliders, there will be something for everyone at “Taste in Fenton” next week.

Based out of the Fenton Community and Cultural Center, the July 30th event will offer food sampling and music in addition to a kids zone, raffle, pie eating contest and beer stein holding contest.

Participating restaurants will be offering taste-sized portions of the following menu items:

  • Beale St. Smokehouse BBQ
    • Smoked Pulled Pork Slider
    • Memphis Style Ribs
    • Sweet Northern Corn Bread
  • Biggby Coffee
    • Menu Coming Soon
  • Crust
    • Menu Coming Soon
  • Spring Meadows Country Club
    • Honey Chipotle Pulled Pork Slider
    • Smoke Salmon Crostini
    • Cake Pops
  • Tami’s Sweet Treats
    • Homemade Buttered Noodles
    • Caramel Corn
    • Assorted Cookies
  • Fun With Frosting
    • Gourmet Cupcakes
    • Cake Push-Pops
  • Legend’s Sports Café
    • Pizza Slice
    • Wings
    • Baked Mac & Cheese
  • The Laundry
    • Menu Coming Soon
  • Tropical Smoothie Café
    • Smoothies

Tickets will be sold at the event for $15. Those purchased in advance of the event are available online for $10/person.

For more information about Taste in Fenton, which runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., click here.

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