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When Food Tastes Better…


New Beaverton Tavern Menu updated (as of May 2016) in another post! Click HERE.


This week, I’ll be finishing up the last of my posts on our trip to Michigan. Here’s something I learned:

Food tastes better and is more appreciated and savored after a HARD workout.

It was mid-July and I wasn’t quite back into running. Yet, I still knew that I needed to get some sort of exercise. This was when I was working on my LOST 42K virtual race. During that time, I did some longer walks than I had done probably in the past year. But on both occasions, two meals that I loved last year didn’t please me much. In fact, I was somewhat disappointed. 😦

First up, the nachos and puerco flautas at the Beaverton Tavern this year were good, but didn’t leave my taste buds as satisfied as they usually do – even after a 7.65k power walk around the lake and back. I still think I will get them again next time. Maybe things were just “off” for me that day.

As an aside, I need to post their menu, in case you are looking for it. If you aren’t, check the interesting variety of food at this place! {Or just feel free to scroll down past them.}

First is the Menu found in the Gladwin Buyers Guide.

And now some photos of the menu from the dimly lit bar. You can click on the photo of each menu to enlarge them.

Apostrophe Pet Peeve

Apostrophe Pet Peeve

Have you ever had South of the Border Spaghetti?

Have you ever had South of the Border Spaghetti?


Pizza or Dessert?


Later in the trip, when we dined at Castaways in Bay City I knew that I wanted the Island Burger because I adored it so last year. But again, I just wasn’t thrilled nor satisfied. I am almost 100% positive that it was the fact that last year I ran 3+ miles in 95-degree heat beforehand. This year, I was still out of commission from running and I just took the dogs for a walk. It wasn’t a very long one. Sham continues to be a little difficult on a leash. I didn’t work up a sweat at all. It was a bummer.

So was my burger.

It’s amazing how much running can do for you mentally. During a run, I’m fighting with myself most of the time. After a run, I feel incredible, lighter and happier. And later, when I’m up to eating, it makes food even more pleasurable.

One thing that I’ve discovered is that working out is the true form of relaxation. Why? I wouldn’t say the working out itself is particularly relaxing. However, the relaxation part is how you feel afterward. There’s a sense of accomplishment. Afterward, you can sit on your butt if you want to and just watch TV or read or do anything you want…


You aren’t relaxing at all if you just come home and “relax” because you think you deserve to do so. Instead, you’ll feel guilty for all the stuff you aren’t doing, like the workout you promised yourself or the mess you’ve meant to clean up. And you’d probably have the energy to do that cleaning after you’ve worked out, too.

Have you noticed you enjoy food more when you’ve worked out?

What is your definition of true relaxation?



Latitude 43 Grill & Bar – Bay City, MI


We made it! This is my final post on Restaurants Impressions throughout Michigan during our summer vacation there. I spread them out to about once per week so that I wasn’t throwing them all at ya at once. Whew. Now I will most certainly remember what to order/not order and where to go/not go on our next visit!

Our last stop? Latitude 43 Grill & Bar in Bay City, Michigan.

Affectionately called Latitudes, this restaurant is newer to Bay City. It opened in the fall of 2010. Our first visit was in September of 2011 when Rob and I met his friend Brad for lunch while we were in town.

I remember ordering the Turkey Burger and not being impressed. But Rob has since asked me if I’ve ever liked a turkey burger at a restaurant anywhere. He has a point. Maybe I was spoiled by my mom’s turkey burgers growing up.

When we were both doing Weight Watchers, my mom would make turkey burgers under the broiler quite often. I know many people don’t like the idea of a kid going on a diet. But I was actually a heavy pre-teen and did lose a lot of weight while learning to eat healthily on Weight Watchers. {That was back when you ticked off the boxes for food groups!} I even remember her taking out the tube of ground turkey and showing it to me to illustrate what one pound looks like.

Okay, back to Latitudes.

This summer, we went with some friends who really frequent the place! April and Brian had a few recommendations and also ordered some items that weren’t even on the menu. {It’s good to be a regular, huh?} One or our favorite non-menued {also non-photographed} item was the Cheese Balls.These were basically balls of gouda coated in seasoned breading and flash fried. They were served with a sweet chili sauce. Yeah, they had me at cheese. But these things had flavor, too.

For his meal, Rob chose:

House Sirloin

He ordered it blackened and it was cooked perfectly medium rare. For $11.99, you just can’t go wrong! Seriously, you aren’t going to find a decent steak around these parts of Minnesota for that price. I like that you can choose your sides here and was surprised by Rob’s choices: Jasmine Rice {not pictured} and Cottage Cheese.  Perhaps he was getting sick of the usual fries we’d had all trip, too.

After all the burgers we’d been eating, I was craving some chicken:

Chicken Pesto Sandwich on a Pretzel Bun – Tender grilled chicken crowned w/pesto, roasted red peppers, provolone cheese & mixed greens.

Seriously, Minnesota needs to catch on to the Pretzel Bun craze. Maybe it’s the German in me. I don’t know. Still, the sandwich was good, but not great. I’d try something different next time. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for this kind of food. We’d been eating so much of it on this trip.

In fact, our friend Brian started his meal with a salad and when I saw it, I knew that is what I should have ordered. Not because I was feeling guilty about being healthy, but because I actually had a craving for those vegetables the moment I saw them. When his entrée came out, he offered me a bite:

Char-grilled Salmon

This, too, hit the spot for me – well-seasoned and perfectly cooked. It was then that I regretted my choice. Oh well, I was very indecisive and not all that up to par that night anyway. But at least I know what I’d like to get next time!

We’ve all wished at sometime or another that we would have ordered someone else’s meal instead.

What dish was it for you?