Posted on March 19 2012

a trip to Ann Arbor!

We headed over to the east side of Michigan to visit family, and some friends in Ann Arbor as well. This sunshine has been amazing!  Dan and I snuck away to Ann Arbor for a full afternoon on Saturday of meeting up with friends.  We had so much fun over a lovely lunch meet-up with Amanda and Cree Jones.  It’s so fun meeting people in real life, after knowing them a little online.  They showed us around, we saw the Treasure Mart and popped in briefly to the Robot Repair Shop of 826michigan.  We just had a great time outside, chatting it up over some delicious sandwiches at Zingerman’s Deli.  Amanda and Cree are seriously the nicest people ever, and I am so excited to hang out more!

I’ve always been bad at taking pictures when I’m with people.  That’s not a terrible thing, but not only do I fail to capture pictures of whatever we’re doing, I don’t get any pictures of people!  (I do take a great many pictures of Jack, but for whatever reason, that’s different.  I mean, he is a person, but he’s my child and taking pictures of him is sort of like breathing.  Not as necessary to life, but a habit, nonetheless.)  So, as for our trip I’ve just got a lot of pictures of things at the Farmers’ Market and Zingerman’s.  I always leave everywhere I go lamenting that I didn’t take any pictures with people!

After lunch, our friend Vanessa who works at Zingerman’s gave us a little tour of the place.  The shelves are just so full of amazing things and beautiful signage, people are handing you salami and cheese and bread, all while you’re shoulder to shoulder with strangers who are oooh-ing and ahhh-ing over the same menu and the display of gelato, trying to decide what to get.  I had a huge dumb smile on my face which must have read, “I don’t know what to do” because every employee I encountered said something along the lines of, “You’ve never been here before, then?  How can I help?”  I have.  It’s just that when I’m thrown in the midst of shelves of a dozen different kinds of mustards while someone is handing me chunks of sourdough with chocolate, I will look lost.

After peeling myself away from the infinite varieties of olive oil, where Vanessa gave us an impromptu lesson on the proper way to taste olive oil, we hopped over to the house with all the desserts.  I opted for a strawberry gelato.  It was perfect.  Then I realized why I have a kinship with Zingerman’s – we both turn thirty this year!  I think I’ll take a cue and celebrate all year long!

After catching up a bit with Vanessa, we went to have coffee with another friend over at Comet Coffee.  It was fun to see that they serve coffee from Ritual, an amazing coffee shop in San Francisco!

Such a good Saturday in Ann Arbor!

  1. Amanda Jane Jones says:

    yay to new friends!! We had so much fun. Let’s get together again soon. ;)

  2. NicoleD says:

    Love Zingerman’s!! I have yet to go to the deli (sadness!) but I’ve been to the Bakehouse and Creamery a couple of times and have always left happy. Your tee is so cute :)

  3. Emily W says:

    You are the cutest!

  4. anne says:

    I demand that you take me with you next time. I demand it. Too much fun.

  5. Vanessa says:

    So nice to see you both! Great photos. I’m glad you had a good time :)

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