Monday, August 19, 2013

Fun in Grand Rapids

Good morning!

I’m back in Traverse City after a fantastic long weekend. Late Thursday morning, I drove down to Grand Rapids to pick up my college friend Aimee from the airport (she lives in Arizona now). We stayed in Grand Rapids for two nights before heading to Bad Axe on Saturday for a wedding. I will have a wedding related post up later this week, but first I wanted to talk about some of the fun we had while we were in Grand Rapids!

We stayed with our friend, Babs, and her adorable pup, Charlie.


That face. Seriously makes my heart melt.

Aimee and I met Babs through Kappa Psi – we were all in the same pledge class – so it was fun to be reunited after not seeing each other for a while. Babs was in the pharmacy class below us, so she graduated from pharmacy school this year and just recently became licensed. Exciting!

On Thursday night, the three of us met up with a few of our other friends that we also know through pharmacy school. We spent some time at Ashley’s apartment drinking homemade sangria and catching up before heading out for dinner.


(From left to right is Babs, myself, Aimee, Ashley, and Ashley’s friend Devin).

I didn’t get any pictures at dinner, but we had so much fun talking about everything that’s happened over the past year that we’ve been apart. Great start to our weekend!

On Friday Babs had to work so Aimee and I went downtown to stop by some of our favorite places. Our first stop? Lunch at Marie Catrib's!


Marie Catrib’s is a farm-to-table establishment with a focus on organic, high quality food. They have a very unique menu, but are well known for their sandwiches made on their fantastic homemade bread. Everything is so delicious!

I got one of my all time favorites, the Vermaire; also known as the Chicken Cranberry. Check out the description in the above photo!


Now THAT is a sandwich.


I was a happy camper and could not wait to dig in.


Aimee got fish tacos and she raved about them.


Love that they were served with a entire half of an avocado!


Of course, you really can’t stop at Marie Catrib’s without drooling over the dessert display. It didn’t take much convincing for us to pick out a couple of treats to enjoy. We decided to choose two things and split them – I went with the blackberry cheesecake and she picked the Nutella cupcake. The photo that I took of them is blurry, but you can probably imagine how amazing they were!

Our next stop after lunch was Founder's Brewing Company was for a couple of beers. Eric actually drove over from Lansing to meet up with us.


For those who are wondering, Eric and I are on okay terms. We still talk, but not nearly as much as we used to. Eric, Aimee and I actually used to all be best friends in college so it was fun to get together and catch up.

After a couple of hours at Founders, Eric drove back to Lansing and Aimee and I went back to Bab’s place and waited for her to get off work. By this time, a second lab had joined the party and we had a ton of fun playing with the doggies while waiting for Babs.



So cute Smile

Aimee and I were itching for a night on the town, so after Babs got home we all went out!


We stopped at a local dive bar and had a couple drinks with Babs before she had to head back home. Unfortunately she had to work the next day so she dropped Aimee and I off in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids before driving home. Aimee and I had such a blast hitting up all of our favorite spots and loved that we could just walk from one bar to the next.


One of the places, McFaddens, was playing 80’s music and we went crazy when they played Whitney Houston’s hit, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” Please tell me someone else loves this song as much as we do!

That became the song of the weekend and I had it stuck in my head for days. We even requested it at the wedding we went to on Saturday. Ha!

After closing out McFadden’s we grabbed a cab and then crashed hard after getting home a little after 2:00 am. What a blast!

Up next, Ryan and Gina’s wedding!


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