The Cooking Runner

Gourmet Italian Lunch in a mental hospital…

on October 21, 2012

…and let me tell you, it is one of my favorite restaurants of all time!

Instead of waking up and running the dunes this morning, we spent the day in Traverse City. (which is a different kind of fun than running dunes!)  For those of you that do not know where Traverse City is, it is just east of the most beautiful place in the country! Yes, it was a year ago, but nothing has changed… we went there today too.

Getting back to TC…We found this wonderful jewelry maker, Becky Thatcher Designs. AMAZING work! We drove to her Glen Arbor location to chat with her. After our hour long chat, Adam was handed a pair of earrings to give to his wonderful wife…Thanks Becky!!! (yeah I felt the tears well up.  I am that girl… that cries about everything, even gorgeous earrings!)

We had lunch at our favorite spot, a mental hospital. Ok, ok, it is not a mental hospital anymore, but it used to be! The Traverse City State Hospital or Northern Michigan Asylum was built in 1885.

Before medicinal therapies were used, it was thought that you could use beauty as therapy.   The grounds of this building are GORGEOUS. Currently, the main hospital is 75% restored. The entire “village”  is one of the largest, historic preservation and adaptive reuse redevelopments in the country. It now houses restaurants, a day spa, boutiques, and condos. Not sure about the condos though…kinda creepy! We had lunch at Trattoria Stella…one word…yum. 

This is what ATS ate, but I had an amazing porcini cream soup. For dessert we had squash gelato and raspberry honey gelato. Squash gelto you ask? YES… it tasted like a sweet potato casserole in gelato form. It was so good. ( side note… I spilled an entire glass of ice water all over the table… yet again, I am that girl…that only needs one glass of wine to be a hot mess!)

Wines Tried: Talismon Brut, L.Mawby Winery

                           Late Harvest Riesling, Blustone Vineyards 

The perfect end to a perfect day!

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