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March 2014



Design with Your Droid XBox Love Can They Ask Me That? Running Tours Beer & Women Faces of Health Care Lean Muscle


Food Forecast Vegan Dishes Local Trends

Events Art of Comedy Food Forecast Fashion On The Run



Essential • Entertaining • Enlightening

Teaching with Technology There’s an App for That West Michigan Women’s Expo Voluntary Re:Action

Dirty Thoughts

2 Chix & A Mix

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10 Things to Embrace About Change................................................ 6 Is it Me, or the XBOX? ......................................................................................... 10 Can They Ask Me That? .................................................................................... 38 Mix Up the Magic .................................................................................................... 49 Running Tours................................................................................................................. 54 Beer and Women .................................................................................................... 60


Design With Your Droid...................................................................................... 36 Fashion on the Run ................................................................................................. 40 Designing an On-Trend Home................................................................... 46 What’s New For You .............................................................................................. 62

Health & Beauty

Faces in Health Care........................................................................................... 24 Face in Bloom .............................................................................................................. 30 Lean Muscle................................................................................................................... 44

Food & Drink

Uncork the Madness ................................................................................................. 8 Eat Fresh, Eat Local ............................................................................................... 12 Food Forecast Trends ......................................................................................... 18 Vivid Vegan Dishes ................................................................................................ 41


Voluntary RE:action .................................................................................................... 4 Teaching With Technology ........................................................................... 20 There’s An App For That ................................................................................... 22 West Michigan Women’s Expo ......................................................... 32 Dirty Thoughts................................................................................................... 42 What’s New: Local Trends.....................................................45 What’s New at WLM ...................................................................48 March Events.................................................................................50 The Impressionist: The Art of Comedy ................52

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elcome to our volunteer column sponsored by Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Discover which volunteer position best describes you. Pick a cause and react voluntarily!

n The Coach

Support women taking action to meet employment and/or educational goals at Women’s Resource Center. Opportunities: Computer Lab Assistant, Mentor, Resume Coach, Intake Interviewer Sign Up: Look for Supporters tab at

n The Hostess

Beacon Hill at Eastgate is looking for a friendly volunteer to assist wheelchair and walker residents to their seats. This job includes pouring meal time beverages and visiting with residents during the meal. Opportunities: Hostess, Visitor Sign Up: email or (616) 608-8266

n The Caregiver

The Volunteer Anne Wepman has seen the birth of the Model A, the first hand-held hair dryer, man walk on the moon, and the dawn of a new day with the discovery of penicillin. This year, she braved a polar vortex to celebrate her 100th birthday at Michigan Blood where she volunteers every week, and has for more than 40 years. On Mondays since around 1970, Anne has served cookies and juice, chatted with, and kept a watchful eye on Michigan Blood donors. “Anne has been volunteering her whole life,” says Barbara Wepman, Anne’s daughter. “She volunteered for her synagogue, Butterworth Hospital, and Kent Community Hospital before coming to Michigan Blood. She says she’s going to do it until they fire her,” Barbara laughs. “Anne really cares about our donors and they can tell and appreciate it,” says Donna Martorano, Director of Volunteer Services at Michigan Blood. “We get people who are blood donors who come back specifically on Monday afternoons, between noon and 4 p.m., just to come and visit with Anne.”

Ele’s Place, a healing center for grieving children and teens, is seeking caring adults to volunteer as facilitators of children’s support groups. There is no previous experience required. Opportunities: Support Group Facilitator Sign Up: or call Kristyn Sterk at (616) 301-1605

n The Sleuth

Kent County Search and Rescue is looking for volunteers willing to undergo training to search for missing people in and around the Kent County. Opportunities: Search and Rescue Crew Sign Up:

n The Companion

Just “being there” as a companion to a hospice patient may be just what he/she needs. Volunteer respite care volunteers are being sought out by Faith Hospice. Opportunities: Respite Care, Visitor Companions Sign Up: Call Volunteer Services at (616) 356-4859

n The Crafty Artist

Do you enjoy story telling, crafts, or recreational activities? If so, Spectrum Health Rehab & Nursing Center needs you! Opportunities: Activities Volunteer Sign Up: Contact Volunteer Services at (616) 486-3024 or e-mail volunteers.

n The Kookie Cookie Baker

Help create a comfortable place for families to stay together while their children are in the hospital by bake cookies for them at the Roland McDonald House. Opportunities: Crazy Cookie Bakers Sign Up:

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beautiful & bountiful Grand Rapids Community Foundation has awarded $2,257,000 in grants to the Grand Rapids Downtown Market and Fulton Street Farmers Market over the last three years.

Spring is in the air, which means good things are soon to come from the farms of West Michigan. We’re proud to play a part in helping local farmers get their bounty to the community, through our grant support of the Grand Rapids Downtown Market and Fulton Street Farmers Market. G R F O U N DAT I O N .O R G

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Kyle of trends, technology, gadgets This month, WLM is providing plenty . We’re confident that regardless and discovery to satisfy your curious mind overtaken by the ostrich or y savv be it her of your trend status, whet e you need to be to keep up with syndrome, this edition will get you wher the latest happenings.

benefits of embracing change (6). Start by recognizing the life-enhancing beauty trends. With wholesome Educate yourself on the latest health and t food frenzy, update your diet with lates and nutritious being the focus of the n dishes (41). Missi Bastiaanse and food forecast trends (18) and vivid vega offer their new healthy cookie Mix a Amanda Diephouse from 2 Chix and intolerances (49). While you’re and ies allerg food cting mixes for desert, respe blossom with natural, vegan and skin detoxifying your internal system, let your organic make up (30).

life with smartphone applications. The Technologically speaking, upgrade your nearly every realm in life. Some are options are expansive enough to cover plain easy. Increase your safety by tasks ary essential, while others make ordin d or testing your BAC before hitting locking your home from across the worl your indoor foliage tell you when it the road from a dinner party (22). Have adjust according to your needs watered (42) and your thermostat daily schedule (62)! ing the newest decorating and design Keep up with the latest style fads by utiliz te, visualize your future furniture and applications. Perfect your painting palet with your next home project (36). hire a personal professional to help you ss applications and devices, luggage fitne with ls Prepare for spring break trave t running gear to keep you dry and tracking technology (22) and the lates comfortable (40). to experience your new While you’re updating yourself, remember dly grab a craft beer from one Prou ds. Rapi d Gran in surroundings right here around the Calder City with a Run of the scads of breweries in the area (60). a calorie-burning tour (54). certified ambassador hired to give you rs, designers and comedians during Look for famous business owners, docto and Laugh Fest. This city is this year’s West Michigan Women’s Expo n! ratio inspi relentless with its innovation and We’ll see you out there. Richelle Kimble Editor


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10 Things to Embrace March is known as The Winds of Change. Our lives are ever changing. New things happen every day – we get a little older, people come in and out of our lives, and we take on new roles and responsibilities. We need to take the opportunity to embrace the ways that we can change both inside and out. Here are some change agents to consider:


1 Reboot yourself. Just like a computer, we can restart ourselves. Rediscover what makes you feel happy and alive.


Finish what you start. Many people have difficulty completing a task.

About Change by Peaches McCahill

Embrace new roles. You may find yourself in a role that you have never had before or perhaps one you wished you didn’t have. Are you a new bride, a divorcee, widow, grandmother, mother, or a stepmother? Whatever your new role, stay positive and learn to accept all that it has to offer.

“What I like most about change is that it’s a synonym for ‘hope.’ If you are taking a risk, what you are really saying is, ‘I believe in tomorrow and I will be part of it.’” – Linda Ellerbee

Make a conscience effort to finish.


Improve your diet. Eliminate processed foods and simple sugars. Focus on healthier food items and you will have more sustainable energy and life force.


Be a person of your word. Do what you say you are going to do!


Respect the opinion of others. Be open and listen to what others have to say because the world is filled with different ideas. It may benefit you to consider a different perspective.

10 Believe in yourself but never stop searching for that fourleaf clover.

How about a make-over? Have you been sporting the same hairstyle and lipstick color for the last decade? Try a different look, a new cut or different color. It is a simple way to feel anew. Besides, you can always return to your old ways.



Be on time. If this is a challenge, I have an easy fix. Set your clock five minutes early. Plan extra time to assure you are being respectable to others.

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Address problems head on. This is something I often struggle with. I find that I would rather avoid conflict and hope that it goes away. In the end, I have found it is better to face issues before they spiral out of control.

AbouT ThE AuThor

Peaches McCahill is founder and president of The McCahill Group, a leading provider of health, wellness, beauty and talent solutions. She is passionate about the power of positivity in life, and aims to inspire people with simple suggestions.

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U N C O R K the Madness

by Roz Mayberry


hat is March Madness? Traditional society thinks of St. Patrick’s Day, crazy rabbits and basketball. In the wine world, it’s about “M” wines. Ten years ago, it was all about Merlot, but recently, wine lovers have gone quite mad over a couple of new “M” wines— Malbec and Moscato.

Malbec: a Gift froM the andes

In the red world, Malbec is all the rage. It’s a delicious red wine whose roots lie in southwest France where historically, it has been one of the traditional five blending grapes in the red wines of Bordeaux. It has become popular here as the signature grape of Argentina where it has thrived in the high foothills of the Andes since its introduction in the mid-1800s. A dry red, it goes well with beef (Argentina is the world’s largest producer of beef). It is a versatile red wine, medium to full bodied, and dry; it is a nice alternative to the often more


tannic Cabernet Sauvignon. Here is a delicious and easy pairing: Malbec with charcoal grilled steak (or a grilled chicken breast) and Argentinean chimichurri sauce.

chiMichurri sauce

For the sauce, mince 1 cup tightly packed Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, 1/4 cup fresh oregano, and 4 large cloves of garlic in the food processor. Add 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons of kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. Blend. With the processor running, drizzle in 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil. The sauce will be coarse and creamy. If you want a chimichurri charge, marinate the steak in it before grilling, paint it on as you grill, then serve it with the grilled meat. Add a simple salad, a bottle of Malbec and you have an easy March meal. You can find a good Malbec from $10. The more expensive ones are usually oak-aged. Try the smooth, easy drinking Alamos Mendoza (left) or the slightly heartier Uno Mendoza.

Moscato: not just a Girly drink

Even though it has been around for quite a long time, Moscato is the hot, newest wine trend. Moscato is probably one of the oldest cultivated wine grapes in the world, with its historical roots in the Ancient Fertile Crescent and its virtues much sung by ancient Greek and Roman poets. Now it is grown pretty much everywhere. It can be lovely, just plain pretty, with its delicate floral aromas of honeysuckle and orange blossom and fruity flavors of apricot and honey. Moscato comes in several forms — a syrupy, ambrosia of a dessert wine from Greece, Spain or Southern France; a still version that can range from fairly dry to quite sweet and can come from South America to Australia, to California, to Germany; and, most pleasant of all, the Moscato

d’Asti, a slightly effervescent version from the mountainous northwest of Italy. Although Chardonnay still rules as the most popular wine in the US and accounts for one in five bottles sipped, Moscato has grown by over 30 percent in volume in the past couple of years. Why? Because it can be downright yummy! It goes down real easy. It’s sweet, yet lively and refreshing, and except for the syrupy dessert version, it has low alcohol content. Warning: Moscato has become so popular (with its reality TV stars and fans sipping it) that the market is being flooded with cheap, weak and watery versions. Make sure to talk with the Wine Steward in your retail store for guidance. You’ll soon find your favorite. For a late night snack or a weekend luncheon with the girls, chill Moscato and serve it with fruit and cheese. It’s especially good with blue cheese drizzled with a bit of honey and slices of ripe pear. Or, try it with chunks of chilled cantaloupe wrapped in paper-thin slices of prosciutto. Try the Vietti Cascinetti Moscato d’Asti, the best of the light, effervescent Astis from Italy Or, for the sweeter, still version, try Quady Moscato or Red Moscato.

Roz has been the wine consultant for D&W Fresh Markets for 17 years and teaches the wine courses at Baker College’s Culinary Institute. She’s a wine judge, a member of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council and passionate for good food and good wine.

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Whether you’re looking to impress your guests or looking for that hard to find item; our experts at D&W Fresh Market provide unique and fresh solutions for everyday life.

Chef Amy Sherman

Taking Craft Beers Beyond the Glass Chef Amy Sherman’s love and culinary passion extends beyond just the kitchen. Amy is an avid fan and “selftaught” craft beer expert. This makes her the perfect resource to help you bring food and craft beer together. Here are some seasonal recommendations: Founder’s Porter: Brewed right here in Grand Rapids. Porters pair beautifully with a smoked brisket, or gouda cheese fondue. New Holland Poet Stout: This is a very easy drinking oatmeal stout, with great notes of chocolate and creaminess. Try it both in and with a beef and mushroom stew. Left Hand Milk Stout: Brewed with lactose, this stout is extra creamy and on the sweet side. Enjoy with a Hershey bar, brownie, or a large slice of chocolate cake.


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Is It me, OR the xbOx? by Eric O’Brien


t started innocently enough; it was new, shiny, looked great in my living room and promised to “get me,” at least digitally. After the announcement at the video game conference E3, I became intoxicated by it. I would flirt innocently on Amazon, nervously clicking preorder and then shut my browser as to not move too quickly. Eventually, I caved and took the plunge into this new relationship despite my wife’s reservations.

In late November the XBOX One arrived. At first, we had the growing pains that a new relationship goes through; the XBOX would take too long loading, my voice commands would go largely ignored, and eventually I would get frustrated and then sleep on the couch. Turns out never going to bed angry may carry over to technology because after a month or so, the XBOX One began to recognize my tastes. Movies I never knew I wanted to see would show up as suggestions, games that it knew I would love would pop up to pre-order, and channels that went unused would disappear from my channel guide to save me the hassle of having to plow through them to get to what I wanted to watch. I could shout from another room and the XBOX One would leap into action executing my whims at will. If the XBOX One was turned on while I was not in the room, when I entered it would stop what it was working on and greet me by saying, “Hi Eric,” while the rest of my family would barely look up from iPads, phones or puzzles. It was beginning to feel like I had made a connection, with of all things, a machine. This was all fine until one day my wife walked in as I was talking to the TV, an action that prior to having the XBOX One was looked upon with bewilderment and perhaps some bit of sadness by her. Now, my wife paused and quipped, “It is like you have a better relationship with the XBOX One than you do with me.” She meant it in jest, but was there something to that? Is there a danger in all of this artificial intelligence gathering data and spitting it back at you seamlessly and on some level, natively?


We are living in a society that is completely mediated. Almost every interaction you have with other people occurs with a device involved at one or many points within the interaction. It could be a text message, phone call, an Instagram photo, a tag on Facebook, a hashtag on Twitter; in 2014 if you are looking to make a personal connection, it happens in a virtual space.


spend time with

friends without your

device and work to be in the moment, not working to capture the moment at the expense of living in it.

The next time you are out to dinner or getting coffee with a friend, take a look around. How

many people do you see engaged with a device while feigning interest in a human being? Chances are good that it will be over 70 percent. The next step is to spend time with friends without your device and work to be in the moment, not working to capture the moment at the expense of living it. People might look at you strange when you are not recording the concert at the Intersection and instead merely watching it, but that subtle change in your lifestyle might impact the way you look at all this technology. Sure, the XBOX One is reading my mind, but I put it in my living room knowing it would do that. How many people don’t give a second thought to putting a camera connected to the Internet on top of their television and letting it go unchecked. If you thought the Snapchat hacks were bad, wait until the XBOX One videos start coming out. Robin Dunbar came up with a mathematical formula to figure out how many people you could have an honest human connection with digitally — that number is 150. But when Dunbar was testing this, we did not live online nearly as much as we do today. How many honest human connections can we make if we don’t look up from our phone long enough to even make eye contact with the barista?

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Big O Smokehouse is a locally owned and operated company committed to putting out top quality foods. They specialize in smoked products and offer top quality buffalo, venison, and sea food. The wide variety of smoked products are great for party appetizers or if you just want a healthy protein filled snack. Visit them in Caledonia or find their smoked fish at your local stores. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Carrettino Italian Market & Wine 4301 Kalamazoo SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508 (616) 827-3902 Featuring Sicilian and regional Italian groceries, many products are available exclusively at Carrettino. Be sure to visist the deli where Greg, Mike and

Gina Russo create lots of wonderful Italian foods, including Italian sausage, meatballs, sauces, pasta salads, cannoli and more. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D&W Fresh Market Cascade, Caledonia, Gaslight Village, Knapp’s Crossing, Breton Village Each D&W Fresh Market is a premiere grocery store for premium meats and cheeses, a great wine seleciton and fresh produce, providing value for all of your fresh foods and grocery needs. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Fred’s Italian Restaurant Pizzeria & Grill 3619 Plainfield Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616) 361-8994 Great food, great prices, great fun! A family tradition since 1963, Fred’s offers legendary pizza and delicious entrees, salads and desserts with a generous selection of wines, liquors and beers. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Hudsonville Ice Cream Since 1926, the family-owned company has been making great ice cream. Ice cream is the only thing they make, so they are focused on creatinging the best. Hudsonville Ice Cream has delightful flavors for all seasons. Look for limited edition flavors identified by their red lid. Try their newest flavor, Toasted Almond while it’s available. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Kingma’s Market and Butcher Shoppe 2225 Plainfield NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505 (616) 447-2090 Kingma’s features a huge selection of Michigan produced specialty groceries along with a full-service butcher shop, cheeses and a large selection of fine wines and beers, many locally made.

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Satisfy Your Cravings . . .

Fred’s Italian Restaurant

Kingma’s offers the finest in wines, beers, a full-service butcher shop, cheeses, great selection of produce ranging from Michigan apples to zucchini, dairy, baked goods, snacks, chocolates, nuts and candies. 800 Wines • 400 Beers • 300 Cheeses • Olive Bar • Dips Great Wall of Chocolates • Made to Order Gift Baskets

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the state. They are pleased to bring to you a wide array of cuisine such as their signature Fettuccine Michael, a local staple for over 30 years, alongside an extensive wine list. Be sure to ask about Pietro’s family style dining and house wine programs! –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Rockwell’s/REPUBLIC 45 S. Division Ave Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 551-3563 Rockwell Republic takes great pride in their commitment to the use of only the freshest ingredients available. They serve delicious American and Asian food made from scratch using fresh, locally farmed cuisine, incredible sushi and martinis galore. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The Cheese Lady 315 Fuller Avenue NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 242-9880 Specializing in cheeses from Michigan and around the world, gourmet and specialty groceries, soups and a nice selection of wines. Gift baskets, party trays, catering and private parties available.

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Specializing in cheeses from around the world. • Over 100 Cheeses • Sampling Encouraged • Michigan Beers and Ciders • Wine • Cheese Accompaniments • Gift Baskets • Party Trays • Catering

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A Taste for All Seasons


Look for Hudsonville Ice Cream’s TOASTED COCONUT

At Hudsonville, we think ice cream should be enjoyed all year ‘round. We have flavors in our blue cartons that are always available. And like the seasons around the Great Lakes, the flavors in our red cartons are ever changing. Hudsonville Ice Cream has A TASTE FOR ALL SEASONS.


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Chocolate for Lunch? Grand Rapids only chocolate lounge is Now Open serving not only a full chocolate menu but Organic Coffee & Tea as well Start with Our Signature “Cha-Co-Lot” served in our antique silver coffee pots Then sample our Paring Stand

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EAT FRESH, EAT LOCAL Slow Food West Michigan (718) 260-8000 Slow Food West Michigan advocates for a good, clean, diverse, sustainable, accessible and fair food system. They educate the communities by collaborating with food growers, distributors, artisans and other community organizations. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Terra gr 1429 Lake Dr SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (616) 301-0998 Inspired, handcrafted foods that nurture both body and community. Terra follows the seasons for only the freshest, health-filled ingredients from the region’s most dedicated growers. Open seven days a week. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– The Local Epicurean 111 S. Division Ave Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (616) 206-5175 The Local Epicurean features more than 125 organic, handmade pastas including vegan and gluten-free. Gift baskets are a specialty and could include hard-to-find Itallian cheeses,

proscuitto and house-made sauces. Classes in pasta, chocolate and infused butter making are offered five days a week. Handmade, organic chocolates can also be found here. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Timbers Inn Restaurant &Tavern 6555 Belding Rd. NE Rockford, MI 49341 (616) 874-5553 Enjoy great home cooking and friendly Michigan faces in a comfortable lodge atmosphere. With its crackling fires in fieldstone fireplaces, knotty pine walls displaying trophy moose, caribou and fish, Timbers Inn is a reminder of those enchanted days gone by. Happy Hour specials seven days a week. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Twisted Rooster 1600 East Beltline Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616) 301-8171

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Food by Jen Foley photography by Two Eagles Marcus


was the year of quinoa, chia and kale. While trends such as these are not necessarily disappearing, we can expect to see several new ingredients, food philosophies, and preparation methods joining the ranks of these already popular items. With such a large percentage of the population discovering food allergies, chefs are focusing on offering menu items free from many of the “hot” allergens like gluten, soy and dairy. While most consumers expect accommodation at a restaurant if requested, many establishments are now getting ahead of the problem, offering delicious items on the regular menu that are considered safe for most. Upscale cuisine is continuing to change as well. The trend of fancy comfort food has exploded onto the scene with no signs of stopping. Many fine-dining establishments have begun to serve menu items you might expect to find at your local diner, but with an upscale twist. Crowd pleasers like fried chicken, braised stews, and fancied up macaroni and cheese create that “something for everyone” feeling in even the nicest of restaurants. In terms of international cuisine, Mexican looks to be in the spotlight for 2014. Mexican food is expected to evolve into a fancier version for a variety of the already adored cuisine. This really means that chefs are working on serving real, traditional Mexican, not just burritos and tacos. Due to this trend, more Mexicanborn and trained chefs are expected to open restaurants in the US.


While organic ingredients are not going anywhere, the focus is transitioning more toward local ingredients. With big-name grocery stores now offering USDA organic meats and produce, consumers are becoming more and more interested in procuring food directly from the source. In 2014, farm-to table cooking and shopping at the farmer’s market looks like it will be more popular than ever for chefs as well as for everyday cooking.

Mexican Seared Mahi with Cilantro-Mango Salsa Makes 2 servings 2 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/2 1/4 2 2 2

mahi filets, about 5-6 ounces teaspoon chili powder teaspoon cumin teaspoon nutmeg cup fresh mango, cubed cup red cabbage, thinly sliced tablespoons jalapeno, minced tablespoons red onion, minced tablespoons cilantro, chopped Juice of 1 lime 2 tablespoons canola or safflower oil Salt and pepper to taste

Season the mahi filets with the chili powder, cumin, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a skillet until it’s very hot. Add the filets to the pan, flesh side down, and cook until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side. Transfer the fish to a lined baking sheet and bake it at 375º F for 6 to 10 minutes, or until cooked through (depending on the thickness of the

fish). In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Taste the salsa to make sure the seasoning is correct. Serve the fish topped with the mango salsa.

Truffled Mushroom Mac ‘n Cheese Makes 8 servings 1 1/2 1 8 5 7 1 1 2 1/2 1/4 1

stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter cup all-purpose flour quart whole milk ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, grated ounces mild white cheddar cheese, grated ounces gruyere cheese, grated pound cavatappi noodles pound mushrooms, sliced (mini portabella and shitake recommended) tablespoon olive oil teaspoon truffle oil cup brandy Salt and pepper to taste cup seasoned bread crumbs

In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté until just golden. Set aside. In a large pot, boil water. Add a handful of salt and cook the noodles as per the package instructions; until they are just al dente, but not soft. In a large pot, melt the remaining butter. Add the flour and whisk until the mixture forms a paste. Continue to whisk for another minute to allow the roux to cook. Continuing to whisk, slowly add the milk. Cook the mixture, stirring often, until it is thick enough that the back of a wooden spoon

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is fully coated. Turn of the heat. Add the cheese to the milk mixture and stir until it has just melted. Add the truffle oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix in the noodles and the mushrooms until well combined. Pour the mixture into a buttered 9x13 baking dish, top with the breadcrumbs and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Bake at 375 F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is golden and the inside is hot and bubbly.

Allergen-free Chocolate Chunk Cookies 1 1 1/2 1/2 2 1/2 1/2 1 1 1/2 1 1/2 1/2

cup gluten free flour teaspoon baking powder teaspoon baking soda teaspoon salt teaspoon cinnamon cup sugar cup brown sugar egg mashed ripe banana teaspoon vanilla cups gluten free oats cup dairy free, soy free dark chocolate chunks

Cream the banana and sugars until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla and mix. In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to wet in 2 separate batched, mixing well between each. Add the oats and Jen Foley is a Grand chocolate and mix by hand Rapids based chef and until just combined. Scoop owner of La Bonne 1 tablespoon cookies onto Vie Personal Chef a lined cookie sheet. Bake Service. You can find at 350º F for 10 minutes, her online at www. until golden on the bottom and edges and soft in the center.

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Charlie & Company

Director Steven Feldman, Creative Director Barbara Peacock, Executive Producer Jonathan Hoffman, Actress Danielle Augustine, Producer Adam Mellema, and Charlie.

Teaching Kids with Technology


eing a parent is the only job in the world that you work twenty-four hour days, seven days a week, with no vacation, breaks, or required training. When I tasked myself with finding the right educational materials for my child, I didn’t know what resources I had in my backyard. Well, not literally my backyard but close. I recently “bumped” into a very nice Golden Retriever named Charlie. Anyone who knows me knows that I greet every pet I meet (as long as its owner says it’s okay). I happened to adore this sweet pup; little did I know it was Charlie from Charlie & Company.

by Angie Hultgren

iPhone. As a parent and self-diagnosed pet lover, I am on the lookout for opportunities beyond YouTube and Siri that will make me a better parent and make my child a bit smarter. I was originally opposed to letting my child interact with technology, but with publishers such as School Zone keeping children’s education in mind, I have learned to embrace some of the experiences technology has to offer.

What I like even more is that School Zone has a love for dogs like I do. They even bring them into the office like I wish I could. When I met Charlie, I thought he was just a cute Come again, you say? Charlie just puppy and while he is, he also happens to be the star character helps to educate our children. of an educational program for School Zone knew Charlie was The show features performances and the right pup for the job. He just children from a Michigan-based original music by Brian Vander Ark. company, School Zone. The family has that sweet disposition and owned and Grand Haven based company is renowned he invites a lot of love. If you are a kid, you can’t help for its educational based materials; School Zone is a but fall in love with Charlie. leading publisher of workbooks, software, flash cards, books and now mobile learning apps. Charlie has no easy task. He, along with eight of his other “character” friends, are put together in a series Now that we live in this digitally savvy world, I of television programs that chronicles the learning have a toddler who wakes up every day, points to the adventures of the group. The programs are produced to computer and says “puppy.” This is when I search for help teach children between preschool and first grade puppies on YouTube or ask Siri to find photos on my learn about math, reading, creativity and more. The


time spent with Charlie & Company is made to be an adventure. They take the children on an imaginative path to places like the gym, a construction site, and even the fire station. The important part of this learning tool is you are in charge. As a parent, you know what content your child is viewing. The episodes are 22 minutes long, so you also know the length of time your child is viewing each show. Several episodes of Charlie and Company are available through the School Zone “Little Scholar” tablet. The tablet also includes music and other educational materials for children. It is okay if you are on the fence about using technological tools for education. Exploring a variety of options is a step in the right direction. For more information about School Zone, visit or

Angie Hultgren spends her days as a Marketing Strategist with the Bengtson Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery. She loves being a Cool Wife, Toddler Chaser, Writer and Professional Pet Lover.

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There’s an App for That


beep, a ring, or that buzz in your pocket, your phone is begging for your attention and if you are anything like the other 145 million Americans who have a smartphone, you will shift your attention to it. In fact, according to, we check our phones on average 100 times a day and the ubiquity of smartphones had us shell out over 5 billion dollars in 2013 to upgrade to the latest “it” device. You could be an Android user or an iPhone user and still find yourself thinking that your phone should do more than check email, text, post status updates on Facebook, Instagram photos, and occasionally do some heavy lifting. Don’t worry; there’s an app for that. According to Apple’s own statistics, they surpassed 1 million apps in their store and 60 billion total downloads of apps in October 2013, which was nearly three months after the Google Play store hit the same mind-numbing number. With over 2 million apps in two different stores, what are the must have apps you need now? With spring break around the corner, you need your beach body and an app that will help get you there: Map My Fitness. This is a great exercise app that can track your runs using the phone’s GPS, track your intake of food, log workouts, meet friends in the area doing the same routines, and you can upgrade to the MVP version to get coaching along the way. It also scores high because it pairs with the newer trend of wearable workout devices such as the Nike Fuel Band, Jawbone UP + UP 24, and the Fitbit. Map My Fitness will talk to all of these devices, thus why it is one of my must haves on my phone.

Travelling for spring break? There are two apps you should not leave home without. If you love food and the adventure of trying new places, Foodspotting is the app for you. Using the GPS on your device, it will locate where you are in the world and provide venues based on the type of

by Eric O’Brien food you are interested in. Results include user generated reviews to help you weed out the over and under rated diners, drive-ins and dives that appear in search results. If you are travelling overseas, try the winner of “app of the year 2013,” Duolingo, a free app (with in-app upgrades) that helps you learn a new language using mini games. This process called gamification, helps you learn along the way with a clever and crisp design. You can learn Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese. Log in easily with your Facebook account, as the app tracks your progress so you can share with your friends. Finally, if you’re someone who does any sort of group or teamwork on the job, no doubt you have used Google Drive or Dropbox, but there is one app any professional who lives on their phone simply should not over look: Evernote. In Evernote, you can take notes on the phone, take photos of notes you handwrite, upload memos or documents from your work computer and they will live on one app in one place – everywhere you are. The most resent upgrade was a series of Moleskine journals that are specifically designed to work with the camera of your phone and the structure of Evernote to create a digital home for all of those ideas. Within the app, you can send the notes to co-workers, set reminders, and even add audio attachments. As far as productivity goes, Evernote is my must have. Apps, like your music library, are very subjective, so this is meant only to be a primer on some areas in which your phone could help make your life better. What apps are you using? This tech-curious mind would love to know.

Check out some other handy smartphone applications to simplify the complication in your life: Frequently lock yourself out of your house? Try Lockitron, which enables you to control your house security by the click of a smartphone. If you’re frequently downtown, download Parkmobile, an application that allows you to pay at parking meters directly from your phone. No more bulky change! Stay safe with iBreath, a breath-test device that attaches to your iPhone or iPod and tells you your blood-alcohol content level on the spot. For the traveler, use Trakdot, an application that allows you to keep track of your gear, no matter where in the world you are. The device is placed in your luggage and comes with tracking notifications in case it gets lost. If your job requires plenty of networking, try using CardMunch to organize business cards of people you meet. A photo of the card will create a listing in a digital address book and connect you with that person on LinkedIn.

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Laura J. Kelsey MD Dr. Laura Kelsey received her Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and her M.D. from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. She completed her residence training in Grand Rapids and is a Board Certified General Surgeon. She joined the Grand Rapids Vein Clinic in 2005 to focus exclusively on the treatment of venous disease, excelling in the treatment of venous insufficiency. Dr. Kelsey is passionate about education and has presented at international meetings on the subject of blood coagulation, deep venous thrombosis, prophylaxis, and the treatment of other venous disease. Dr. Kelsey is a member of the American College of Phlebology and presently serves as president of the alumni board of the M.S.U. College of Human Medicine. Having spent most of her life in the state of Michigan, Dr. Kelsey is a valued member of the Grand Rapids community.

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Dr. Stephen Dalm Nisha McKenzie PA-C Grand Rapids OB/GYN Dr. Stephen Dalm and Nisha McKenzie, PA-C specialize in personalized and complete women’s healthcare at Grand Rapids OB/GYN. “We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to practice in an environment where we can spend time with our patients and help them both feel better and improve their quality of life.” They offer comprehensive care to address issues including pelvic pain, endometriosis, irregular menses, abnormal pap results, fibroids, decreased libido, and hormonal imbalance. They are also well equipped to deal with bladder disorders and urinary incontinence. “We are committed to providing the most up-to-date medical care in a compassionate and caring manner,” boasts Dr. Dalm. Dr. Dalm has practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Grand Rapids for more than 20 years. He has five children of his own and is active in the community, he enjoys supporting the arts and local culture. Nisha was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area. She has practiced in Grand Rapids since 2002, focusing primarily on Women’s Health. She is married and she and her husband are enjoying raising three young children. They offer comprehensive bladder function testing as well as a range of treatments from exercises to medications to surgery-including daVinci Robotic surgery and Interstim for Overactive Bladder. On-site 3D/4D ultrasound is available for pregnant patients as well as medical and relaxation massage therapy. Not to mention they offer in-office sterilization and treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding.

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Jannah H. Thompson, M.D. is a Michigan native who has been practicing in Grand Rapids since finishing her Urogynecology Fellowship in 2010. The fellowship focused on advanced training in pelvic reconstructive surgery and voiding dysfunction. Diane C. Bigham, D.O. from Illinois has been serving the Grand Rapids area since 2004. She completed a fellowship in Menopausal Disorders and sexual dysfunction. The co-directors of the Continence and Pelvic Health Center of Urologic Consultants offer comprehensive female pelvic health services and general urologic care. Dr. Bigham and Dr. Thompson are board certified urologists, who specialize in: • Urinary and bowel incontinence: testing and minimally invasive treatments are available including Botox and Neuromodulation • Menopausal disorders, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and sexual dysfunction • Pelvic reconstructive surgery (treatment of uterine prolapse and repair of cystocele and rectocele) including minimally invasive/ robotic surgery utilizing the da Vinci robot at Metro Health and Spectrum Hospitals • Voiding dysfunction and pelvic pain; On-site physical therapy is available • Urologic Consultants promotes groundbreaking advances in healthcare made possible by conducting quality clinical research trials.

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Face in Bloom

FLORAL INSPIRED COLOR PALETTES photos and article by Laura Naughton • hair and make up by Rebecca Gohl


ut with the cold, in with spring hues. Dreary winter is finally winding down and we’re all looking forward to the vibrant colors of spring. It’s time to reinvigorate your color palette with a little inspiration from Mother Nature. Check out these colorful cosmetic combinations inspired by a few of my favorite flowers using products from a selection of natural and organic makeup lines.

White Magnolia Let your skin blossom like the majestic petals of one of spring’s first flowers, the magnolia, with this breathtaking color palette. This subtle combination of ivory, tans, and browns on the eyes and cheeks paired with gentle touches of deep fuchsia on the lips is a perfect everyday look that highlights one’s natural complexion in just the right spots. For this palette, check out NVEY’s certified organic cosmetic line which is free of talc, parabens, sodium laureth sulphate (SLS), propylene glycol, GMOs, and petroleum based ingredients and is never tested on animals.


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Purple Hydrangea Flourish with the radiant color of the purple hydrangea. Create a ravishing evening look using deep lilac and plum tones around the eyes and sultry rose tones on the cheeks and lips. To achieve this look, check out Zuii Organic’s certified organic product line which is created with natural floral ingredients, essential oils, vitamins and minerals, does not contain petrochemicals, parabens, talc, or genetically modified ingredients and is cruelty-free. Laura Naughton is a production Stylist and owner of LKN Studio, a model, and a connoisseur of natural regimens for everyday beauty. For information on Rebecca Gohl, visit

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New to expo 2014 Fashion your Seatbelt with New Yorker Andy Paige, Colette Heimowitz with Atkins Made Easy, Wine Tasting with Leelanau Wine Cellars (Voted Best Michigan Winery), a Beauty Bar, the “Shizzle Design” Sisters, Wine & Canvas, a Mini Hair and Spa Area, and a heartwarming exhibit of “What Matters Most.” Women’s Expo was created to refresh, renew, and rejuvenate the busy lives of women. The Expo is created and designed on learning (when you educate women you liberate them!), shopping and living it up with those you enjoy being around while supporting women in business, in the community. This is your time, this is your Expo. A wealth of information can be gained at the expo in areas of wellness, community involvement, financial education, and goal setting in a fun and entertaining setting. The Women’s Expo is a stage for testing products that have been created by local inventors. The knowledge you can pick up at the expo is second to none. In times of technology takeover, the rare, faceto-face interaction is happening at the expo!


We welcome the return of Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort as our title sponsor. They will bring a chance for you to win prizes and experience spa teasers offered at their resort. There are a number of vacation travel and kids’ summer camp ideas at this year’s expo, so come prepared to make spring break and family summer vacation plans. With spring around the corner, there’s no better time to hang out with your girlfriends and catch up. This expo is what we like to call “spring break for women.” Call your friends and come down and celebrate; after all, women deserve a weekend designed just for them! With that being said, you won’t want to miss the display “What Matters Most.” The West Women’s Expo is something to feel good about. It is our mission for women to simply enjoy themselves, whether it be some much needed pampering, discovering a healthcare solution or financial guidance. Perhaps you have spring home improvements planned or a home update or remodel that can be accomplished, too. Over 400 exhibits and seminars will be showcased. The exhibitors are looking forward to meeting women face-to-face and providing a product or service tailored just for you! With so many experts at hand under one roof, this wealth of information can be found no where else. I would like to extend a special thanks to Lake Michigan Credit Union for providing a Caribbean

Vacation Prize ($2000 cash value), complementing our Caribbean theme. They love seeing their current members at Expo and enjoy adding new ones! Ladies, gather your neighbors, friends, and relatives and let’s continue our annual spring tradition of heading down to beautiful downtown DeVos Place to refresh your life, rejuvenate your body, redecorate your home, rediscover yourself, find health solutions, and renew your wardrobe look. It’s time to explore new get-away ideas, taste products, get pampered and shop. Coordination of this annual event is achieved through a combined effort of many individuals and organizations, sponsors, media and businesses exhibiting with women and their families in mind. It is with great satisfaction that we provide women in West Michigan with such a wonderful community event. As an annual tribute to my amazing and inspiring mother Mary Grace, take time for yourself and love spending time with those special to you. Come join us and celebrate the coming of spring!

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For those home design fans out there, if you’re not familiar with the website, let me introduce you to your new best friend. It is an incredibly well designed, user-friendly site featuring hundreds of thousands of high resolution photos of all things home. By allowing you to search according to style, room or keywords such as “concrete countertops” or “walnut flooring,” the process for searching inspiration is made painless. Favorite photos can be saved into personal “ideabooks” and shared. Houzz also features search applications to find local area professionals to help with your project. The app gives the same access the website does, right at your fingertips. If modern design is your bag, check out the Dwell app as well. Similar to Houzz, but created by the same publishers at Dwell Magazine, it offers design ideas, video and text in addition to photo inspiration.


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Whether your project involves minimal rearrangement or a complete overhaul, this application invites you to become the designer. The trickiest part of remodeling or furniture placement is often being able to visualize the outcome while making decisions. This app allows you to take a photo of a room, scale it and drop in furniture, fixtures and accessories. With a swipe of a finger, try different paint colors on the walls. In addition to the 3D modeling magic other features include inspiration photos, tips, trends and articles.

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For the low price of $1.99, hire your own personal contractor in a phone. This feature packed home improvement planner assists in home renovation by providing the information needed to complete your project. Enter room measurements and let Handy Man do the math on how much trim, paint or flooring is necessary. The app offers prebuilt material lists for common household projects or you can build your own, including entering price information to estimate project cost. Video tutorials are a helpful bonus.

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Snap a photo of any color inspiration and instantly receive its match from Benjamin Moore’s Color Capture, which has more than 3,300 paint colors. Share and save custom color combinations or browse their color collections and product catalog. Sherwin Williams offers a very similar app, Sherwin Williams Color Snap, matching colors to their line of paint.

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Don’t have a real level handy when you need one? Pull out your smart phone and use the iHandy Level app. This nifty little application acts just like the real deal by installing a level sensor that allows you to accurately hang pictures and artwork or figure out the correct roof pitch by placing the phone on the surface that needs to be taken into account. There are scores of other design apps, some costing more than others depending on their complexity, but these will give a good start for those home design projects. Click on an app and let the inspiration begin! Ashley Cole is a professional interior designer with a passion for all things style. Her work has been featured on HGTV as well as numerous publications. www.

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recently got together with an old friend (let’s call her Jane) who was looking for job search advice. Jane had been applying and interviewing for months to no avail. She was particularly disappointed when she applied for a job for which she was well qualified and had, what she thought was, a great interview. She told me that she got along famously with the employer, who seemed to really want to get to know her. He asked where was she from (Cuba), how old was she (38), was she married (yes), did she have kids (yes, two). Jane thought the interview went so well, and she was shocked that she didn’t get the job.

Ultimately, there is no telling why she didn’t get hired. Perhaps the interviewer was simply naively interested in getting to know Jane. However, federal and state laws prohibit prospective employers from asking certain questions that are not related to the job they are hiring for, and this employer opened himself up to a discrimination lawsuit. Generally speaking, employers should not be asking about your race, gender, religion, marital status, age, disabilities, ethnic background, or country of origin. None of this information addresses the skills needed to perform a job, and to not hire a candidate because of any one of these is discriminatory. Employers may legitimately want to know if a candidate is going to be able to maintain a daily work schedule if she is a young woman responsible for children, but they cannot ask. Employers must focus on whether the applicant says he or she can do what is necessary to perform the job. Here are some examples of what is okay and what is not during an interview:

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It is okay for an employer to ask what days and hours an applicant can work. It is not okay to ask if the applicant has child care available on the weekends. It is okay to ask if you have any physical or mental handicaps that might affect work performance, but it is not okay to simply ask if you have any handicaps. It is okay to ask if you have ever been convicted of a crime. It is not okay to ask if you have ever been arrested. It is okay to ask if an applicant is legally eligible to work in the United States, but not if he or she is a U.S. citizen. It is okay to ask if you have a high school diploma or a college degree. It is not okay to ask when you graduated. What should you do if you are interviewing with someone who asks what you think may be an illegal question? First, you could just answer the question, especially if you don’t believe your answer would prejudice you. Second, you may try to answer the “intent” of the question. For instance, if asked whether you are a U.S. citizen, you may answer that you are authorized to work in the U.S. Finally, you may try to avoid the question or simply refuse to answer. If you believe that you have been discriminated against when applying for a job or while on the job because of your race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability, you may file a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). To file a charge, contact an attorney who handles labor issues or contact your local EEOC office.

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Here are a few delicious and simple vegan recipes to get you started:

Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce and Bell Peppers Makes 4 to 6 servings 1 1 1 1

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Set oven to 375 F. Cut the spaghetti squash in half. Gut the inside of it like you would with a pumpkin. You may drizzle it with olive oil if you’d like, but it will cook fine without it. Put it in the oven for 30-40 minutes. While it cooks, cut the bell peppers into slices and sauté them over medium heat with 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil. Once they are tender, add the sauce and cover the pan. Lower the heat to low-medium and let the sauce warm up. You can test if the spaghetti squash has finished cooking by poking at the outside of it with a fork. When it’s done, you will be able to break the skin easily. Let it cool for 5 minutes before pulling out the inside of each half. The inside will be the consistency of angel hair pasta. Put the squash in a bowl and pour the sauce and peppers over it for a healthy alternative to pasta.


n recent years, research into animal rights violations and animal treatment in the meat industry has caused many people to give up consuming meat altogether. In conversation, when someone admits to being vegan or vegetarian, that person is met with a series of questions: how do you get your protein? Do you miss meat? Why did you decide to cut it out? Although the lifestyle may seem extreme, becoming a vegan can boost one’s energy as well as lessen one’s risk for heart disease, high cholesterol levels, cancer, and other illnesses. Animal-based foods are the only types of food that contain cholesterol, and our bodies actually create all of the cholesterol that we need. As a result, avoiding meat can help control or lower one’s cholesterol. Further, since animal-based food is high in saturated fat, by cutting it out you are likely to consume less fat. Of course, you do have to be careful that you don’t replace meat with more carbohydrates and sugar. If done right, though, eating vegan can also help prevent obesity and diabetes. Replacing animal products with plant foods is also beneficial to the environment. According to medical guru Dr. David L. Katz, MD, eating plants, rather than feeding plants to animals and then eating the animals, makes much more efficient use of land and water and lessens pollution.

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Quinoa Vegetable Salad as Food, Inc. This detailed, investigative movie highlights the toxic living conditions of most farm animals as well as the amount of antibiotics used and the lack of sanitation during the butchering process.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

1 bag of quinoa Your favorite seasonal vegetables (mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and broccoli) Olive tapenade or a sauce or salad dressing that you like — Italian works well 1 bunch of kale Boil water over high heat. The bag of quinoa lists how much water to use per cup. Two cups of quinoa is sufficient. Once the water is boiling, put the quinoa in it, cover it, and lower the heat to low-medium. Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the quinoa is soft, stirring occasionally. While the quinoa cooks, chop up the vegetables and sauté them in a separate pan with 1 tablespoon of oil. When the quinoa has about 5 to 7 minutes left, add the kale to the pan to steam it. When it’s done, put the quinoa and kale in a large bowl. Add the vegetables and olive tapenade and stir. You now have a salad that’s delicious either hot or cold and filled with protein and nutrients.

If you decide to give the vegan diet a try, here are some foods you’ll want to have stocked: quinoa and soybeans — which are complete proteins —avocado, chickpeas, kale, bell peppers, broccoli, onions, fruit, and tofu. You may also want to pick up Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. It is a straightforward guide to going vegan that explains why it will make you feel great and look fabulous. Skinny Bitch includes a meal guide in one of the final chapters that will make you sigh with relief when you see it: you don’t need to give up all of the flavorful meats and cheeses you love. Instead, you can replace them with fake meats and cheeses that mimic the taste. Another helpful tool is Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry. His imaginative dishes often have the zest and full flavor of a meaty dish.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel like cooking, head out to Gaia House, Bartertown, Marie Catrib’s, or Freshii for some hearty vegan and vegetarian dishes. Favorites include veggie fajitas, Mediterranean salads and platters, and veggie burgers. Your body will thank you for it later, both at the doctor’s office and in the mirror. Emily Morris is a Detroitbased writer, poet, and social media editor. Along with providing writing services to clients, Emily works as the Communications Director of El Sueño (“The Dream”) Project.



Dirty Thoughts

had a friend of mine tell me it’s OK to have “dirty thoughts” if you’re a gardener. This made me laugh because I love the smell of soil. When we reach March and the frozen tundra begins to thaw, our thoughts turn to the smell of good clean dirt. When we’ve been cooped up inside all winter in dry forced air and a confined space, we discover how much the rich healing texture and smell of soil and sunshine influences how we feel. I’m convinced that soil, fresh air and foliage are significant contributors to how we feel and our overall health. Don’t take my word for it; I’m not a doctor, just an “entre-manure.” A bag of potting soil this time of year can have big remedial effects for the winter blues. Remember as we move into the spring season that there is a direct correlation between the health of your soil and healthy produce, flowers and herbs you are able to grow in your garden. Your houseplants have had a long winter too. They have cabin fever, are tired of the dry air in the office or the home, and have probably collected a little dust on their foliage. Lack of light is already a problem throughout winter so don’t compound the problem with dusty dirty foliage. Using some warm water and a pair of soft cotton gloves, dip your hands gloves and all in the warm water and gently using your fingers to wipe (don’t pull or tug) the foliage. This is a quick gentle easy way to clean the foliage and improve photosynthesis.

Are you tired of winter and want to force the issue? You can force landscape branches into bloom indoors in March to deal with your cabin fever. Spring flowering trees and shrubs need a period of cold dormancy in order to bloom, thus, by February and early March, they’ve experienced sufficient dormancy to flower. A close look in the landscape reveals swelling buds of Lilac or Forsythia. Look for swollen plump buds on healthy young branches. Cut the branches at an angle with a good clean by-pass pruning shear. Cut the branches long enough to display in a vase (usually 12 to 18 inches is a good length). Plunge the freshly cut branches immediately into water; we don’t want the branches to dry out. You will see best results if you put them in an area with bright indirect light, not a direct sunny window. The warm indoor temperatures will stimulate the buds to wake up without “blasting” them in a window with direct sunlight.


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Contingent on the species you’ve pruned, you can expect the buds to swell and open within 1 to 3 weeks. When the buds begin to open, you can display them in the vase or use the branches as supplements to a floral arrangement. Forsythia, Pussy Willow, Witchhazel, Honeysuckle, Cornelian Dogwood, Cherry, Juneberry, Crabapple and Bridal Wreath Spirea are all relatively easy spring bloomers to force into bloom indoors. If you’re feeling creative, some Quince, Deutzia, Lilac, Red Twig Dogwood, Wisteria, Magnolia, Peach, Pear or Rhododendron might be fun to try.

Rick Vuyst is CEO of Flowerland, host of the Flowerland Show on NewsRadio WOOD 1300 and 106.9 FM as well as Mr. Green Thumb on WZZM TV 13.

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Treasure hunting has never been so rewarding as it is when you shop Night Forest and their delightful mix of vintage and new jewelry pieces. In addition to beautiful jewelry you’ll find new tops, scarves and handbags to complete your look.

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974 Cherry Street SE HOURS: Tues-Sat 10-6 (616) 458-6354 Trendy merchandise in a hip eclectic setting. New and gently used designer apparel, accessories and home décor are offered.

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f you are asked to think of muscle, you will probably imagine a buff male model or a bulky wrestler. We often associate muscular physiques to body builders, models, athletes and males. On the contrary, we have to be aware that those people are not the only ones who need to build and maintain muscle. Lean muscle is essential for every individual regardless of gender, status or occupation. I know most of you do not want to build large muscles, but having muscle doesn’t necessarily mean looking bulky. You can still be slim while keeping your body well toned. Many of us are conscious of our health and often focus on losing and maintaining weight. For instance, when a person is overweight, the usual goal is to lose weight, but what exactly does losing weight mean? Weight loss may be due to lost water, body fat or even muscle. As a personal trainer, I’ve had hundreds of clients come to me with an increased percentage of body fat due to losing so much lean muscle from dieting. Losing fat while building lean muscle is what should be focused on; having lean muscle is not just for appearance’s sake. Sure it can make you look good and feel sexy, but it definitely offers a lot more than that. It does wonders for our body, which has significant effect on our overall health and well-being.

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Here are some of the benefits of having lean muscle: Good physique and increased strength. Lean muscle makes a person look better, as it can enhance the natural curve or shape of the body and allows clothes to fit better. Increase in muscle mass also provides more strength and stamina. This keeps an individual strong in order to perform daily activities and enhance productivity. Weight and body fat control. Body fat can never be converted to muscle and vice versa. Nonetheless, lean muscle can hamper the deposition of fats in body caused by excessive calorie intake. Lean muscle is metabolically active, and even at rest, it burns more calories than body fat. Calories are burned efficiently, making it easier to lose weight and even body

by Kimberly Olson fat. Building and maintaining lean muscle is in fact one of the best ways to achieve long term fat loss and weight maintenance. Prevention of diseases. The role of lean muscle in the prevention of certain diseases is related to its contributory effect in lowering body fat. Lean muscle can be helpful in combating obesity, which is a risk factor for several diseases such as heart problems and diabetes. An overweight person can build lean muscle to burn fat and calories more efficiently. This may lead to eventual fat and weight loss, and lower the risk of developing diseases associated to obesity. In case of diabetes, lower body fat positively affects insulin sensitivity. A person who has more muscle than fat responds better to insulin. Likewise, muscle plays a significant role in glucose metabolism. It maintains normal concentrations by absorbing glucose from the blood. Moreover, muscle supports the bones and helps maintain strength and density. Having enough muscle mass and function can actually help prevent osteoporosis. Better response to injury and stress. Our muscles also help us respond and recover better from stress or injury that causes muscle protein breakdown. For aging adults, lean muscle provides protection from injury especially in the hip bones, spine and joints, and eases the pain of certain diseases such as osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Now that you know the importance of lean muscle, you can move on to the next step. In order to build and maintain muscle, you need proper diet and exercise, as usual. I recommend that you consult with a nutritionist for a customized meal plan and a personal trainer for an appropriate workout program.

Nutrition and fitness expert Kimberly Olson, CNC, CPT is the creator of FitKim, a nutrition and fitness blog that teaches people how easy it is to be healthy.

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Local Trends

Discover fresh tech and trends at these hot spots surrounding you. Grand Rapids is filled with cutting edge ideas for the insatiably curious!

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StoneSthrow is now carrying vintage style jewelry to match your vintage décor! Their new line of pewter and pearl jewelry is perfect for last minute gifts or spring pick-me-ups. the Grand rapidS Ballet school is now offering The Boys Class, a creative, energetic and creative class focused on developing flexibility, strength and endurance for boys 5 and older. Gear up for the Gazelle Girl halfmarathon with brand new electronics. Gazelle SportS has the latest items such as the Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS to track your distance and pace. Celebrate 16 years of service with Gentle touch at the West Michigan Women’s Expo. Catch their March deals on the newest laser packages and innovative permanent make up at booth 404. Catch Broadway Grand rapidS’ upcoming performances: Laugh Fest’s An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin and Mamma Mia. wealthy at charleS is having a Sterk Furnmiture Company of Grand Rapids Launch Party on March 20th, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. See what’s new by Grand Rapids’ newest furniture company. Have you heard? Mercy health St. Mary’s recently approved a $48 million renovation plan that will transform their downtown campus, upgrade spaces with the latest technologies, and accommodate patients more effectively. Mercantile Bank recently upgraded their online, mobile and bill pay banking systems for easier navigation. Also, don’t miss the Mercantile Giving Together Facebook program that gives $5,000 every quarter of 2014. the Grand rapidS art MuSeuM has introduced a Digital Scavenger Hunt for Kids – no paper, just GeLo technology using Bluetooth Smart Beacons alerting when a scavenger hunter enters a signal zone. Available for download through App store on iPhone/iPad. Cooking with wine seems easy enough, what about mixing things up with beer,

hard cider or spirits? Try something new with Cider Mustard Pork Loin, Bloody Mary Flank Steak and Citrus Lager Vinaigrette. Join Chef Amy Sherman in the culinary claSSrooM on Tuesday, March 18, 6-9 pm, as we unlock the liquor cabinet. $40 per person. Register at 1-888-296-5850. rylee’S ace hardware is offering a new paint line called Valspar that offers brilliant color options for any project type with very low or zero VOC levels. Did you know that Bella FurS has a consignment division that accepts gently used furs and sells them alongside vintage pieces for wonderful prices?

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Check out woMen’S health Boutique’s new Bravado Nursing Bras that are designed for both comfort and style while pregnant and breastfeeding. FeMale pelvic Medicine is celebrating Dr. Van Drie and Dr. Bennet’s recent Urogynecology Board Certification. Through March 31, the Shade Shop is offering rebate deals on various Hunter Douglas energy smart window fashions that will lower your monthly bill.


Join Flowerland for a day of learning (March 22) about growing yourself to optimal health. Justin Morgan will be presenting Healthy Soil, Healthy You and Stacey Hirvela will be presenting Healthy Plants, Healthy People. Join keyStone pharMacy in their monthly seminars and open chats to learn about new therapies and treatments. Don’t miss the Natural Approach to Stress and Hormone Happy Hour events in March.

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pcoming trends will usher in a new era of home decor by welcoming an “anything goes” attitude as designers mix old with new; DIY and highend; as well as rustic and sleek to create eclectic, one-of-a-kind looks that are just as personal to the homeowner as they are unique.

An electronic thermostat which can be operated remotely outside of the home and gets to know your family’s unique heating and cooling preferences, can help increase your home’s overall efficiency. Conversely, other high-tech gadgets, such as an umbrella dryer, may not be as practical for everyone. Be selective in what you choose to bring into your home and focus on investing in tools/appliances that will benefit the whole family to help keep your space from feeling too cluttered or messy.

“We’re seeing a lot of flexibility in the way people approach design throughout their homes, a trend we think will continue to grow in the coming year,” says industrial designer Judd Lord. “People are learning that high-end design doesn’t always equate to perfectly matched pieces. In fact, many well-appointed homes achieve a seamless look by employing a variety of design principles and influences.”

Punctuate your space sparingly

With neutrals expected to dominate the color landscape, there’s a growing interest in incorporating bold patterns throughout the home, whether isolated on an area rug or highlighted in the tiles on your kitchen backsplash. Bold accent colors, such as skydiver blue, lemon zest and even stark black are also becoming more prominent and will add intrigue to muted palettes.

While achieving this aesthetic may seem incredibly simple, it can be easy to go overboard when blending multiple patterns, accents and colors all under one roof. Follow these simple tips to create a wellappointed home.

Incorporate white, the “new” neutral

Tranquil tones, especially whites, offer a timeless backdrop against pops of vibrant colors and eclectic furnishings to create a space that’s visually interesting without being overwhelming. Whites come in a vast variety of hues for your desired atmosphere. For example, cool whites create a sense of contemporary freshness. Antique and ivory whites provide a warm, traditional feel. In the kitchen, glass front appliances in a cool white finish are especially prevalent in niche, high-end markets, but you can also achieve this look by having walls and cabinets painted or refinished in a variation of this hue. Installing creamy white fixtures can also help bring this aesthetic home in a different way.


Brizo Solna kitchen faucet The contemporary Brizo Solna kitchen faucet by Delta is offered in a soothing matte white finish and also incorporates SmartTouch Technology, allowing the faucet to be turned on and off with a simple tap of the hand, wrist or forearm, to better assist you in the kitchen while also helping to keep your faucet looking clean.

Keep your technology in-check

Technology innovations have infiltrated nearly every area of the home. Add smart features in areas that work best for your family, while being sure to keep things simple in parts of the home where technology may not always be desired.

Be selective in what elements you want to stand out and incorporate patterns and bright colors sparingly to add visual interest and depth. A beautiful herringbone pattern in your wood floor, for example, could be lost if you choose to cover it with an extremely lively area rug.

Add timeless glamor with metallic accents

While pulling inspiration for your home from the pages of today’s magazines will help ensure your decor is on trend, also consider building in some timeless accents to help ensure your space is designed to last. Chrome is currently the most popular finish, however, brass and gold can help enhance a home’s warmth. Experiment with a variety of brushed, polished and distressed finishes to find the style you like best.

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We found it appropriate to not only give you an edition chock full of new ideas, technologies, adventures and trends, but to also fill you in on who is new at our magazine! Look for these recent and future additions as you turn the pages every month.

Emily Morris is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan where she double majored in English and Spanish and sub-concentrated in Creative Writing. She currently is working as an editor for SocialBiz, a social media company in Detroit, and is the communications director for El Sueno Project, a non-profit program that follows 75 fourth graders through their high school graduation, proving them with tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment programs. A future seeker of her masters in Social Work, Emily has developed a passion for helping others through troubled times; her and a friend are currently writing a book prospectively titled The Other Side of Sunday, which chronicles the death of her friend’s mother and how to properly heal through mentally exhausting times. Look for her articles monthly for inspirational suggestions on improving your personal wellness. Toresa Blakely, also known as Coach TMB, is a certified life coach that will be writing inspirational life-advice articles monthly. As each season changes, new challenges arise; Coach TMB aims to help others find their power within, strengthen their aspirations and guide them to reach their goals. Toresa began her career at Goodwill as a job coach and worked her way to a Life Skills Instructor. After keeping that position for five and a half years, she acquired her professional certification in 2007 to aid her own life coaching business, In Life Now. Toresa uses her personal experiences she faced in hardship to empathize with her audience. She is also an empowerment speaker, author, and talk show radio host.

Peaches McCahill is a single mother of five, a caregiver, and the president and owner of the McCahill Group, a 29-year-old provider of comprehensive health, wellness, beauty and talent solutions. After receiving her master’s degree in makeshift corporate wellness at Michigan State University, Peaches began the businesses with her late-husband in 1984. She was ingrained with entrepreneurial sprit at a young age and inspired by the challenges she faced both growing up and in her adult life, which include her husbands cancer-defeat and her youngest son’s cancer battle. She is innately pressed to share her gracious and giving spirit for life and to make a difference in the community. Look for her “10 Things To Do Right Now” article monthly for advice on enjoying and benefitting from the simplicities in life.

Megan Stubbs is a young and booming board certified sexologist from Grand Rapids. With her undergraduate degree in Biology from Grand Valley State University and her doctor of education in Human Sexuality from San Francisco’s Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, she is a rounded, knowledgeable professional who knows not only the surface of human theory, but also the science behind it. Megan strives to be a resource for her whole community, and aims to break societal norms and empower everyone to respect themselves and others. She will be a monthly resource for improving self-confidence, offering relationship advice, and providing suggestions and solutions for overall life enjoyment with those who surround you.

Liz Marie Galvan is a young, Grand Rapids native with a knack for interior design. While living in North Carolina during her husband’s deployment, she stumbled upon the online community of bloggers and felt at home and inspired to create one of her own. Three years later, her popular DIY and interior design blog ( reaches over 15,000 followers. The intent of her blog is to simply share her passion with others. Liz recently graduated with an interior design degree and plans to continue her education when her and her husband move back to Grand Rapids this year. Look for her DIY articles monthly beginning in May!


Roz Mayberry is a sprightly 71-year-old wine connoisseur. She has been the Wine Consultant for D&W Fresh Markets for 17 years and teaches wine courses in the Food and Beverage Management program at Baker College’s Culinary Institute of Michigan. She also is a frequent judge at national wine competitions, has served as a member of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council and its committees. A member of the American Chef’s Federation, she is passionate about good food and good wine and will be sharing her expertise monthly. Look for her “Roz Says” character for tips and tricks on enjoying your vino.

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or the domestically challenged like myself, creating edible masterpieces in the kitchen can be difficult. Creating one that is healthy too? That must be magic.

With the additional obstacle of food allergies, cooking and baking can yield exasperating challenges. Thankfully, Amanda Diephouse and Melinda “Missi” Bastiaanse opened 2 Chix and a Mix, a dry cookie mix company in Holland, Mich. that provides recipes to accommodate allergies and health awareness. At 2 Chix and a Mix, the goal is to maintain a healthy lifestyle while providing enjoyable foods to eat. Their mission is to offer a choice that is both healthy and delicious that can be created in homes everywhere.

“We have created a family favorite and made them as healthy as we could while still tasting great,” explained Diephouse. “We developed our mixes by recognizing everyone as an individual, which means there could be multiple allergies within a household. Our mixes give you the freedom to make a product that can be altered to everyone’s needs and they’re a great, refined sugar free treat kids love.” Both Diephouse and Bastiaanse have history as health coaches, which is how they first crossed paths. Diephouse plucked Bastiaanse’s business card off of a bulletin board in a coffee shop and contacted her. Two weeks later, they met and discovered they had

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much in common, including passions for food, health and wellness. With the birth of 2 Chix and A Mix, they found a way to blend each of these passions together to create a local business. “We decided on mixes because we wanted something that would get people back into their kitchens,” said Bastiaanse. “If they have a mix with healthy ingredients we can educate them at the same time on how easy it is to make a treat healthy.” Eating healthy is not always synonymous with the word “easy,” but thanks to 2 Chix and A Mix, any culinary master or layperson can create healthy treats with one of their five cookies mixes. “Each mix is made with rice and organic flour and there are no refined sugars in the base mix,” said Diephouse. “The mixes can also be made vegan and three flavors of mix are completely dairy free.” What sets Diephouse and Bastiaanse apart from other entrepreneurs, other than their fascinating and incredible product, is their deep passion for helping others discover and live healthier lifestyles. “We want to help people live a long and happy life they can enjoy. We want to teach them that you don’t miss out when being healthy, and to inspire the energy to discover more in life,” said Diephouse.

The company is more than a hobby for these two women; they have strong ambition to grow their passion beyond West Michigan. “We will be nationwide in five years. We want to be available in every local market in America and to provide a health program to help people discover a healthier lifestyle,” said Diephouse. 2 Chix and A Mix is a company with a beautiful mission and is powered by women with passion. Learn more about them at, “like” them on Facebook, or e-mail them with any questions. Their products are available online and in local markets throughout Grand Rapids and Holland (visit their website for a complete list of stores). Pick up one of these trendy cookie kits and mix up the magic in your own kitchen!

LeAnn Secord is a fundraising professional, devoted therapy dog mom, and a comic book nerdess with a fondness for cupcakes and video games.



Through May 7

Growing Up Grand! Follow Gerald Ford from his birth in Nebraska, to his growing up in Grand Rapids, to his graduation from the University of Michigan. A firstof-its-kind look at the making of our 38th president.


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Ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle: Skating is $1 (17 and under) and $2 (18 and up). Skate rentals free with a photo ID.

March 4-27

D&W Fresh Market presents culinary classes including Candy Making, Girls Night Out, Diabetic Friendly Meals, Heart Healthy Desserts and Mexican Fiesta! Visit culinary-classroom for details.

Through March 23

Civic Theatre presents “Les Miserables.” This Tony Award winning masterpiece follows the story of former prisoner Jean Val Jean, who is on the run from police officer, Javert, rescues Fantine’s daughter, Cosette, and sets out to make a new life for himself.

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Grand Rapids Public Museum presents Dinosaurs Unearthed! A comprehensive

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Dream it, Build it: A LEGO Certified Professional Exhibit at Grand Rapids Public Museum.

exhibition that explores the exciting discovery of feathered dinosaurs and their connection to modern day birds.

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Grand Rapids Art Museum presents The Emily Fisher Landau Collection. Adults $8, senior adults and college students with ID $7, youth (ages 6-17) $5, children under 6 are free.

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Discover Meijer Garden’s special, two year exhibition showcasing revolutionary sculptor, Bernar Venet. Five of Venet’s large-scale sculptures will be displayed outdoors on the front lawn.

Mercurial Silence: Artist and metalsmith Caroline Gore investigates how grief and loss manifest in society. Roman myth, materials, and objects inform this exploration with their relationship to the commonalities across human experience. UICA.

March 1

Master Arts Theatre presents “Stand and Deliver.” This drama is the compelling true story of a dedicated East Los Angeles teacher, Jaime Escalante, who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus. $14+. 17th Annual Bid for Bachelor and Bachelorettes to benefit Friends &

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Butterflies Are Blooming: features butterflies from tropical regions around the world flying freely in the 5-story Tropical Conservatory. The 80-degree conservatory is filled with thousands of exotic butterflies from tropical regions around the world. Frederik Meijer Gardens. $12.


GRAM Selects ArtPrize 2013: Encore. This exhibition underscores the significance of Grand Rapids’ annual ArtPrize event by presenting selected highlights from ArtPrize on a year-round basis.

Learn fun recipes you can create using home grown vegetables and herbs from your pre-planned garden beds with the Canning Diva at Rylee’s Ace Hardware at noon. Free. The Grand Rapids Symphony presents their annual Celebration of Soul Dinner and Awards Presentation with Dee Dee Bridgewater. A celebration of AfricanAmerican musical expression that bridges cultures through the shared language of music. DeVos Place. 5:30 pm. $125. Cool Brews Hot Eats: It’s the perfect time for a tour of our incredible breweries, beer bars and Grand Rapids’ newest promotion that blends two things that make Grand Rapids a great destination: craft beer and fantastic food!

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Disney On Ice: Princesses & Heroes. Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail. $15. VanAndel Arena. Tips: The Musical. From “Open” to “Last Call,” TIP$ follows the expletive-ridden exploits of those who serve your coffee, pour your beer, and make your food, all while belting out ballads of life, love and catastrophic frustration. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. $15.



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See Joe Anderson in his sketch comedy act Don’t We Boys March 14 and 15 at Compass College, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. both days.

The Art of Comedy by Kerri VanderHoff


ecause it’s March, and LaughFest returns to Grand Rapids, I began thinking a little more about comedy.

I know for us regular folks who can’t tell a joke it all seems so spontaneous and effortless, but the really good comedians, in the midst of being hilarious, seem to know how to turn a mirror on us, to cut right to the truths about society, to even get away with making us a little uncomfortable at times while we sit there together laughing. When you peek behind the laughter, that sounds a bit like the definition of art, especially contemporary art, don’t you agree?

The fact that comedians are artists constantly perfecting their craft really dawned on me while living in Los Angeles.

“Bringing laughter and joy to others is just as much a source of happiness for me personally,” she said.

I asked Anderson what it takes to become successful at this art form and what talent and craft is involved.

She tries out her stand-up material in front of friends for a second opinion before performing in front of an audience. She also thinks a good way to perfect delivery and timing is taping herself, both on stage or practicing at home, for self-critique.

“The first thing I say to those looking to pursue comedy is ‘do you like to write?’ If not, well it’s probably not the future for you,” he said. “When I hear something funny, I write it down and figure out how to say it later on so it’s still funny.”

“I’m also a big advocate for learning from the greats,” she added. “Watching the masters at work is an excellent way to study comedy.”

He often will make lists of things that are currently making him mad, happy or otherwise, and works ideas from there. Often it means embodying the idea and being it to the extreme, taking on the attributes and letting the audience laugh at him.

Joe Anderson is a Grand Rapids based comedian who tours the country regularly, most often with his sketch comedy group Don’t We Boys.

Mostly, you just have to have a real passion for it and love what you are doing. According to Anderson, “When people are good at something and are enjoying what they do, it’s fun to watch. Whether that’s a barista making a great cup of coffee or a comedian on stage, the passion the person has for it translates to others.”

He knew early that comedy was the path he would follow. In ninth A friend and I heard about a coffee grade, he wrote a funny monologue house where a group of comedians that received a great response from Jill Zwarensteyn gathered to work out new material. The the audience and it gave him public was welcome, so we decided to clarity of what he wanted to do go. The comedians went up with pencil and notes in with his life. While he never wavered from that, he hand, trying different deliveries of the same joke, and knew that to make it his profession, he needed to prove received feedback and suggestions from the others. it was a viable decision. To him, that meant finding out Some of their material fell flat, some was funny right where he stood in the larger market. He performed at off the bat, and other parts had potential. The really clubs in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and fascinating part to me was that this was a small stage was grateful to learn that when comedy is good, it of a long process. To learn more, I talked to a couple of works everywhere. professional comedians. “It’s important to make sure you aren’t receiving too Jill Zwarensteyn is a Grand Rapids native now living many ‘false positives’ on your material,” he explained. in Los Angeles. She grew up admiring Lucille Ball and “I needed to know — am I funny to people who don’t discovered her own love of entertaining. know me?”


Building great material and knowing your audience gives you confidence to let the passion for performing take over. “It boils down to being prepared, then getting up there and owning it,” he said.

Kerri VanderHoff is a co-creator of the award winning collaborative program and works at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, focusing on a new project called the GRAM GoSite.

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March 2

GR Youth Symphony & Classical Orchestra. DeVos Performance Hall. 3 pm. $13 adults, $11 students.

March 3

The Grand Rapids Griffins have teamed up with Easter Seals Michigan for the third annual Corks, Pucks and Brews wine and beer tasting at the Goei Center. Griffins players serve over 100 varieties of wine and craft beer samples to guests, highlighted by live music, hors d’oeuvres and silent and live auctions. 6-9 pm. $35. Must be 21+.

March 4

Beans, Beans, the Musical Fruit. During this hands-on class at D&W Fresh Market, Grandville, you will make Tuscan White Bean Salad, Vegetable Bean Soup, Hummus, White Chicken Chile and Low Fat Cassoulet. 6-9 pm. Register at 1-888-296-5850. Arena District’s 9th Annual Mardi Gras: Take time to indulge on Fat Tuesday. Food and drink specials will be featured at several Arena District member venues along with live street entertainment. Guests will also be entertained by various street performers participating in the event. Visit Arena District 9th Annual Mardi Gras on Facebook for more information. Mardi Gras celebration at Fountain Street Church to support Grand Rapids Red Project. Silent auction and live entertainment. 7-10 pm. $40. Call 459-8386 for tickets and details.

March 6

Skillet with Jeremy Camp, Mandisa, Brandon Heath, Peter Furler and We As Human. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. $19.50 - $99. Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Performances by Juho Pohjonen, Piano; Kristen Lee, Violin;

Arnaud Sussmann, Violin; Paul Neubauer, Viola; David Finckel, Cello. St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. $40 adults, $10 students.

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First Friday presented by Avenue for the Arts: Galleries. Experience the work of local artists and artisians, food and drink specials and more.

Vivian Love Kyle • Intuitive Angel Reader 5th generation medium, intuitive artist and Spiritual counselor with 25 years experience. You take home a sketch of your personal angel.

Little Black Dress Party. JW Marriott Grand Rapids. 9 pm – 12 am.

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LaughFest presents Pop Scholars: A four-man, Grand Rapids based, fastpaced improv team at Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. LaughFest presents Jim Gaffigan; one of the top five most successful touring comedians in the country.

Margaret Newman Nickelsen • Psychic Reader 34 years experience reading for people from all walks of life. Each reading is unique, personal, in and atmosphere of calm assurance. Your Divine Self guides your reading.

March 9

LaughFest presents Mike Birbiglia: Over the past 12 years comedian Mike Birbiglia has developed a one-of-akind storytelling style in the world of standup comedy. DeVos Performance Hall. 7 pm. $27.50 - $37.50. www.

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Gilda’s LaughFest: Broadway Grand Rapids presents An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. $35 - $60.

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Pictured above are running ambassadors (from left) Dave Minier, Amy Kornoelje, founder Caroline Cook, Linnae Satterlee, Laurie Sienkowski, and Gary Kowalczyk. Ambassadors not pictured include are Laura Howell, John Judnich, and Rudy Malmquist.

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to increase the frequency with the help of her hired Running Ambassadors. Each tour guide is a Certified Trained Ambassador through Experience Grand Rapids, ensuring the information provided will be accurate and entertaining.

Caroline Cook, a Gazelle Sports employee, an avid runner and a local townsfolk, recently launched a fresh business called Grand Rapids Running Tours. It offers calorie-burning education to both out of city tourists and residents who wish to learn more about their home city.

Each ambassador is passionate about meshing their fondness of running with the idea that the best way to see and experience Grand Rapids is on foot. Grand Rapids Running Tours strives to reach those who feel the same way. In addition to sharing these ideas, the sharp-witted ambassadors will deliver history, trivia and facts about people and places encountered during the tour. Participants are encouraged to stop for sights, photos or enjoyment of what surrounds them.

As an attempt to marry her passion for running with her enthusiasm for Grand Rapids, Cook pitched the idea to her family and friends in September 2013 and began brainstorming. After collecting positive feedback, she decided to take the plunge and let her idea expand beyond her own running along the downtown sidewalks. “The nod from people I trust coupled with my determination, enthusiasm and my personal history of bringing concepts to life was all I needed to start me on my journey,” Cook said. Online registration opened on February 17, 2014. Already, Cook conducts several tours a week and plans


Currently, Cook has developed three “classic tours” for year-round participation. These include Lapping the Landmarks 5K, Art Dart 5K and Steeple Chase 10K. Seasonal tours such as Beer City USA 5K, Market to Market 10K, Art Prize, Halloween Haunted and Twinklin’ Rapids themes will appear as the dynamic culture of Grand Rapids changes seasons. The routes are pre-determined by Cook and include a developed theme and script with researched facts and information. She said that choosing the routes and

creating the tours was her favorite part considering the infinite possibilities. “I live downtown and run these streets frequently,” she said. “All I need is a thread of a theme in mind, a big dose of curiosity, a Garmin watch to track the mileage and a computer to do the research. Before you know it, I have an incredibly interesting route!” Long term, Cook envisions providing service to the professional world, incorporating weekly employee wellness runs and having direct involvement with downtown conventions. She looks to always provide tours for business travelers and visitors to Grand Rapids, as well as to provide the local running community with knowledge and an opportunity to stay fit. The excursions are not limited to avid runners and the scheduled tours. Cook invites all interested, regardless of fitness level, to contact her and schedule a customized tour based on individual or group interests, time availability, and number of miles. For large groups or companies, Cook offers a discount on crowds larger than ten. Visit www. for more information on this trendy tour.

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March 11

Join Mara Schmid, lifestyle educator of metagenics, as she discusses the affects of stress on our bodies, thyroid and adrenal connection, and tips to de-stress and effective supplementation at Keystone Pharmacy 5:30 pm to 7 pm. RSVP by email to Meanwhile Movie: TBA. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. Tickets for members $5, non-members $6.

March 12

LaughFest presents Jay Leno: One of the country’s premier comedians, Jay has performed hundreds of comedy shows around the United States for the past 20-plus years. DeVos Place. 5:30 pm. $250.

March 13

Networking Divas Conference: Networking experts and professionals offer an intense day of business and professional development. JW Marriott Grand Rapids. $147. LaughFest presents WST-3K: a team of the area’s best comedic performers updating a collage of famously bad cult and public access films screened at the historic Wealthy Theatre. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm.

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Grand Rapids Ballet Spring Gala (performance and dinner). Meijer Royce Center for Dance. Tickets $150. Contact Mary Sumners at 616-454-4771 ext. 12. Irish on Ionia 2014: Irish on Ionia doubles in size and adds a second stage for 2014 event. The annual St. Patrick’s Day street party hosted by McFadden’s Irish Saloon is back and bigger than ever. One stage will feature Irish-inspired music and the other will feature an array of DJ’s. 7 am – 11 pm.

March 15 – 16

Spring Bridal Show: Meet wedding professionals face-to-face all under one roof. Save Time and Money with vendor discounts and show specials. DeVos Place. $9.

March 16

LaughFest presents Sinbad: Actor and Comedian Sinbad arrived on the comedy scene with a “hit-em in the face” style of comedy that has kept audiences laughing in the aisles for the past two decades. Fountain Street Church. 4:30 pm.

March 17

Brit Floyd “Discovery World Tour” 2014: A spectacular new live production featuring music from all 14 Pink Floyd studio albums plus a dazzling light and laser show. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. $37 - $47.

March 14

Meanwhile Movie: TBA. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. Tickets for members $5 / non-members $6.

Indoor Campout: Enjoy campfire stories, creating your own constellation, making binoculars to use in a museum wide scavenger hunt, flameless s’mores, hotdogs, and exploring the new “Just Fort Fun” exhibit! Grand Rapids Public Library. 6 pm – 8 pm. $8 member, $10 non-member.

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March 18 – 20

Broadway Grand Rapids presents Mama Mia!: the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. DeVos Performance Hall. 7:30 pm. $32+. www.

March 20 – 21

Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement. Van Singel Fine Arts Center. 7:30 pm. $32.50.

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Open Doors Open Hearts: the Open Door Women’s Center at Dégagé Ministries has served over 2,100 women in crisis. The event will include hors d’oeuvres, food demonstrations, massages, a raffle and more. Celebration Cinema Wave Room. 5:30 pm. $25. LaughFest presents Chris Tucker: American actor and comedian, Chris Tucker is best known for playing the role of “Detective James Carter” in the Rush Hour film series. Grand Rapids Community College. 8 pm.


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Grand Rapids Symphony Classical: Symphonic Dances. This fast-moving program shares a collection of danceinspired works by American composers. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. $18 +.

March 14 – 16

West Michigan Women’s Expo: Learn the latest cutting edge advancements in women’s products and services: health and wellness, beauty, fashion, food, fitness, travel, shopping and fun. DeVos Place. $9 adults, $7 children 6 – 14, 5 and under free. Expect to see outrageous jumps, crushed cars, plenty of concretestreaking action, and some of the most

Ultimate Sport Show: World class taxidermy, antique lures, trout pond, woodcarvers, pellet range, fishing simulator, rock wall and fly casting instruction. DeVos Place. $10 adults, $4 children 6 – 14, 5 and under free.

March 20 – 30

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents “Driving Miss Daisy.” Spectrum Theatre. $20 adult, $5 students.

March 20

Regina Carter at St. Cecilia Music Center. 7:30 pm. $40 adults, $10 students.

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Violin Virtuoso Regina Carter Takes Listeners on a Southern Comfort Journey at St Cecilia Music Center Detroit born violinist Regina Carter is a master of improvisational jazz. In 2006, she was awarded the MacArthur Fellows Program grant, also known as a “genius grant.” Her music influences include Motown, Afro-Cuban, Folk, Swing, Bebop and World music. She has released nine albums under her name, and has worked with Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Billy Joel, Mary J. Blige and others. On her new Southern Comfort release (Sony Music Masterworks) she explores her own roots and the folk music of the South. The album release coincides with an international tour, with a stop in Grand Rapids at St. Cecilia Music Center. The musicians on this recording bring a diverse mixture of backgrounds to the project, including guitarists Adam Rogers and Marvin Sewell, bassists Chris Lightcap and Jesse Murphy, accordionist Will Holshouser and drummer Alvester Garnett, who also provided arrangements. Stefon Harris, Xavier Davis and Nate Smith also contributed arrangements.

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“Each arranger brings out something musically that’s unique to them which speaks to me,” Carter expressed. The 11 tracks on Southern Comfort include Carter’s interpretations of Appalachian songs, Cajun fiddle music, gospel and coal miner’s work songs in addition to party tunes infused with funky, contemporary sounds. “In the Appalachians there were Scottish and Irish descendants, slaves and Native Americans. It was a cultural hodgepodge and the music resulting from it is intoxicating. This disc was to pay homage to my family,” said Carter, “but it turned out to be so much more.” Carter performs at St. Cecilia Music Center on March 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 / $35 / $10 student.

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Hormone Happy Hour: Ask Keystone Pharmacy’s Women’s Health Specialist/ Pharmacist anything you want to know about menopause. Mary’s invited guest is CNC Brandi Grimmer, adding a nutritionist’s point of view. This open chat is a great way to get started with solving the puzzle of symptoms that comes with “aging well.” 5 pm – 6pm at Keystone Pharmacy. Snacks provided, RSVP appreciated by calling (616) 558-8334.

Learn how to attract bluebirds and orioles to your backyard during a free demonstration at Rylee’s Ace Hardware. Sandy, Rylee’s Ace bird expert, presents birding tips that will have these beautiful birds camping out in your yard and at your feeder. 10 am.

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D&W Culinary Classroom in Grandville features Girls Night Out - Tropical Tease. Time to break out the grass skirts, leis and drink umbrellas! It’s all about tropical fruits, tropical foods and, of course, tropical drinks! Chef Char is ready to lead the party through the tropical islands. Hands on. - 6-9 pm. Register by calling 1-888-296-5850 or email Art in Bloom Cocktail Reception: part of the Art in Bloom weekend. Proceeds from this event benefit the Summer Art Camps program offered to children ages 5-13 at the museum. Members $75, non-members $85. Grand Rapids Art Museum. 6 pm – 9 pm. Flowerland Presents Healthy Plants, Healthy People featuring discussions “Healthy Soil, Healthy You” with Justin Morgan at 11 am and “Edible Spots and Pots: Small-Space Gardens for Growing Vegetables and Herbs” with Stacey Hirvela at 12:30 pm. Free. Flowerland. upcoming-events

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Art in Bloom annual exhibition celebrating the combined beauty of art and floral design is at Grand Rapids Art Museum this weekend. The events showcase floral arrangements inspired by works of art from the Museum’s collection, created by a selection of the region’s most talented floral designers. The weekend is filled with activities including family and adult studio programs, floral demonstrations and the Art in Bloom Cocktail Reception. Bid in the silent auction on paintings by talented West Michigan artists, and most importantly— remember to vote for your favorite floral designer. Visit website for more details and admission prices for each event. Grand Rapids Symphony Pops “Symphony Idol”: Three finalists from TV’s smash hit American Idol perform jazz, rock, Broadway, country and pop. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. $18+.

March 22

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March 23

Demi Lovato: The Neon Lights Tour. Van Andel Arena. 7 pm. $37.50 - $65. Paws, Claws & Corks to benefit Humane Society of West Michigan: Guests will enjoy fabulous cuisine, beer and wine samples and an incredible auction. DeVos Place. 6 pm - 9 pm. $100 per person. E-mail ncook@ for more information.

March 25

Meanwhile Movie: TBA. Wealthy Theatre. 8 pm. Tickets for members $5, non-members $6.

March 26

Open Circle to benefit YWCA: Come join us to celebrate the fantastic work that the YWCA West Central Michigan is able to provide with community support. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. JW Marriott Grand Rapids. (616) 459-7062 ext. 218.

March 28

Substance Youth Summit: Get ready for an exciting night hosted by JR Pittman of Ignite Radio 99.3 FM. Substance is known for having high-energy shows with crowd participation and a lasting message of hope in Jesus Christ. Wealthy Theatre. 7 pm. St. Cecilia Music Center- Eat Drink Be Merry: Delicious wine and beer tasting hosted by Martha’s Vineyard. Includes a delicious variety of sips and bites as well as a silent auction for fabulous packages and items. St. Cecilia Music Center 6 pm - 9 pm. $35.

March 28 & 29

Grand Rapids Symphony Classical: Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. This eloquent and profoundly moving choral work was forgotten for nearly 100 years following the composer’s death. Its rediscovery inspired a worldwide Bach revival. DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. $18+.

March 28 – 30

Cottage and Lakefront Living Show. DeVos Place. $10 adults, $4 children 6 – 14, 5 and under free. www. Grand Rapids Ballet presents MOVEMEDIA I. Peter Wege Theatre. $25 adults, $12 students.

March 29 – 30

West Michigan Pet Expo. DeltaPlex Arena. $8 adults, $5 chidren, under 5 free.

March 30

Bryan Adams “The Bare Bones Tour.” DeVos Performance Hall. 8 pm. $32 - $77.50.

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h, beer. That All-American, pale gold-frothy goodness served to menfolk by scantily clad lassies in sports bars with weird lighting and an abundance of flat screen TVs across the nation. Wait, no. Lets try that again. Ah, beer. That nearly transparent American ambrosia, dredged through the snow by carefully selected Clydesdales in emotional wrenching scenarios to satiate the parched throats of hardworking menfolk. Unless beer was introduced to you during a Superbowl halftime commercial and you have been walking around in a haze of tasteless mediocrity ever since, you know that neither of these introductions apply. For those of you who haven’t yet noticed, breweries seem to spring up overnight here in West Michigan. There is a growing beer tourism industry and local grocers and restaurants have increased their craft selection. The last five years have seen an increase in craft beer festival attendance, beer blogs, home brew supply companies, tap makers and hop growers, brewer guilds and beer appreciation groups. In other words, the craft beer industry is booming. Some may wonder: Where are the women in this craft beersplosion? They are everywhere. While it is true that the production side of the craft industry is disproportionately male, that ratio is changing, and a new generation of women are busting through the stereotypes that have plagued female beer lovers since, as Sheryl Rose, aka “Momma Cat” of the Grand Rapids based Pussycat Beer Guild puts it: “Women went from being household brewers traditionally, to being marginalized by the maledominated mass produced beer culture prevalent over the last several decades.”


The steel grip of “Big Beer,” companies such as Anheuser- Busch has been slipping in recent years, spurred on by the growing “Conscience Movement” and the increased accessibility and demand for craft products. “The craft beer boom brought a return to flavorful beers that have engaged women’s discerning palates,” Rose said. “It’s undeniable that we’re currently experiencing a steady rise in the number of women who not only enjoy beer, but also in the number who choose careers in the beer industry from brewing to business ownership.”

“Everyone likes a beer, they just haven’t found it yet.” “The stereotype is that you are not feminine or sexy if you drink beer,” says Kelli Cain, Head Beer Broad at “You need to drink vodka, or you need to drink wine.” Cain is one of six women who were invited to the upper room of Hopcat, a beer bar in Grand Rapids. The women were brought together to discuss the growing prominence of the fairer sex in Michigan’s craft brew miniverse. Cain says that when she arrived

at a crossroad in her career — to private label a vodka or promote the beer industry — her decision was made by love of the product, not society’s expectations. The reactions she received were pleasantly surprising. Instead of her male counterparts being leery of a woman working in craft beer, they embraced her presence wholeheartedly. Megan Smith, Director on the Board for High-Five Co-op Brewery, as well as legal liaison agrees. “Especially in West Michigan, I think there is a larger realization that women have a desire to be part of the industry, women are driving a lot of the purchasing in the industry, and we are worthy of taking note.” High-Five is the first cooperatively operated brewery in the Midwest. Tiffany Ewigleben also serves on the board as secretary. She is also a prominent food and beer writer in the area. Both she and Smith comment on the friendship between brewers and the eagerness to work together and support each other, rather than compete. Ewigleben adds, “There is this whole idea of communal sharing with craft beer and that is so inherent to being a woman.” Kelli Williams, CEO and Domestic Bloggess at Momma Needs A Beer! Blog, says that women gravitate toward craft beer because they don’t market toward only men, whereas the Big Beer companies are still “all bikini clad” advertisements. She also brings up a particularly sore subject for these lady beer lovers: “They look and say ‘Whoa, it’s a woman! Give her a sweet beer.’”

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Craft beer is swiftly becoming a prominent part of Grand Rapids (and West Michigan) culture and identity, and these women are at the forefront. From left to right: Kelly Cain, Alyson Eibam, Megan Smith, Kelli Williams and Gabi Palmer.

Steph Harding, a beer photographer, hates when she goes to a place and asks for beer suggestions and one of the first three is always fruity. “It just makes me want to order something so far off the map,” Harding said. Williams chimes in, “Yeah, give me a double IPA!” Understand that it is not the fruity beer that these women detest; it is the notion that women can only like certain things. Gabi Palmer, who is the assistant brewer at Schmohz Brewery in Grand Rapids, says that often if a woman says she really doesn’t like beer, she will provide something fruity or sweet to “start them out and open their mind [to beer]. Once they try that they are more adventurous and will try other things.” The ladies continue on and the conversation never lulls and topic never changes. They discuss the finer details of home brewing, in which all have dabbled, as well as their “gateway” beers- those brews that turned them on to the idea that beer could be something more than the media would have you believe. These included everything thing from Stroh’s Dark (Palmer) to Ying Ling (Ewigleben and Cain). The world of craft beer is vast. There is an overwhelming amount of information regarding various types of beers, breweries, seasonal brews,

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and a myriad of other aspects to the industry. A walk through a decent beer store will confirm this. So, what advice do these beer advocates have for those who are just beginning their craft brew journey? Megan: Take Ben Darcie’s Beer Appreciation Classes! If you are looking to start understanding beer and the process take the time and go to his classes. He understands that beer is a huge subject and he’s not going to cram it into two hours, he is going to give it the 12 hours it deserves. Take the time to self educate. Sit down with different beers and compare your taste to other reviews. Find the flavors you like and be brave enough to ask your bartender for them. Kelli Williams: Go to a brewery and get a flight, which is usually five or six sample size beers. You may not like them all, but you will find something you do like. Gabi: Go with a group of friends to a brewery and get a sampler of everything they have on tap. All of you try them, then pick your favorite and order a pint of it. Write down the name because some of the names are out there and you may not remember it. Steph: Go to a brewery, not a bar. The staff at a brewery will likely be more knowledgeable about their products. Or walk into a beer store like you know what you are doing and grab an empty six-pack and fill it

with [with singles]. You may choose something just because you like the label. If you try it and don’t want to drink it, you can always cook with it! Kelli Cain: Know that nobody is wrong. You need to sit down with beer and talk about it: What are you tasting? Do you like it? And Why? Sit down with another friend and say, “Tell me what you think.” Tiffany: You’ve got your own mouth and your own palette. It is important to recognize that you can like what you like. I think that is the scariest thing for some people when everyone around you likes something and you don’t and you think ‘Is it ok that I don’t like this?’ Trust you palette, trust your mouth, and trust yourself. The bottom line, says Cain, “Everyone likes a beer, they just haven’t found it yet.” Alyson Eibam is a craft beer loving freelance writer, photographer, and occasional filmmaker finishing her geography and planning degree at GVSU. She resides in Grand Rapids with her husband, her two daughters, a great dane, and a cat.



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