With our newest storefront now open in Grand Rapids, our family has been taking many more trips over to explore the city. Earlier this week was one such trip. If you haven’t been to Grand Rapids in awhile or ever, I highly encourage you to put it on your “must visit” list. So does Lonely Planet, ranking it as the top city in the US to visit in 2014.
So what does a family with a kitchen store in downtown Grand Rapids do and eat when they go to work and play? To get a glimpse, here is a brief run down of our day.
First, we headed to our store right in the heart of downtown. After bringing in a few new boxes of inventory and catching up with Sarah, our store manager and resident Grand Rapids nutrition expert, we were quickly joined by Valerie Lego from WZZM 13 News to shoot a quick segment about the arrival of our store and how we hope to make eating healthier in Grand Rapids a reality.
I was able to highlight a few of our favorite products and share some insight on how having the right gadget handy can make a big difference when you want to eat better in the new year. Want to watch the segment? You can do that here:
After we wrapped up the interview, I said goodbye to Sarah and went to check in on the boys over at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum where they were having a blast with dad. Blowing bubbles, organizing chicken eggs, coloring, and role playing were all on the agenda that day. A great excuse to step away from the television and play! With the museum so close, its also a great way for the boys to have a little fun while I work. For some reason, a kitchen store just isn’t as appealing to 7 and 6 year old boys as it is to me…. go figure.
Then it was on to lunch… my favorite part of any trip really. Aaron found a little hole-in-the-wall sort of place just a few blocks away from the Children’s Museum, so off we went to find something delicious. And we weren’t disappointed.
We chose a pizza place so that the food wasn’t too far out of the boys comfort zones. Our find? Cult Pizza on Jefferson Ave. in downtown Grand Rapids. Here’s what we loved: Their pizzas are hand crafted and you can order by the slice. All their veggies, meats, and cheeses come from local West Michigan farms. They don’t let pizza conventionality hold them back. What we didn’t like? The cult-like vibe. I mean, we get it – its part of the branding, but it, along with the matching artwork, was a bit creepy for the boys and I. Despite that, once the pizza arrived it really did have our full attention. It was unique, veggie-loaded, and flavorful – my favorite sort of food combination.
And if you follow us on Facebook and were wondering what the “unusual” ingredient on my pizza was, well, this was it – butternut squash puree to replace the sauce. It was BRILLIANT! And delicious. I’m definitely going to be trying this at home. The boys weren’t as geeked out about this pizza as I, but they did enjoy the meat lovers slice they each had. Aaron, lover of all foods, enjoyed them all.
After the yummy lunch we checked back in with Sarah, set up a new bank account, and then headed back home. All in all, a successful day and a reminder why I love owning my own business… I get to work and play all at the same time. Its the best.
Okay, now its your turn.. what’s the most unique food you’ve ever had on top of a your pizza pie?