Suzy, Suzi…this Pasty is for You

I am aiming, dear reader, to write TWO blogs tonight.  This shall be the first.  The second shall be…we hope…upcoming soon.  With details of my Trip dowstate. Depending who appears at the house to visit with Aunt Kathy.

If others appear at the door to visit Aunt Kathy, I shall have to sign out until Later.

But am typing at the speed of lightning now trying to get the TWO blogs published.  Type faster, Kathy!

Suzy...I mean are your Pasties.

OK, this blog is another invitation to photographically play suggested by Suzi at Laundry Line Divine.  I think she suggested that we photograph weird food signs.  Or weird food places.  Or something like that.  She suggested that I would have it Easy because the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is filled with restaurants selling Pasties.

Do the rest of you know what Pasties are?  They are meat, potato, carrot, onion and rutabaga pies.  They were brought over to our fair Upper Peninsula by the Finnish folk, or perhaps also from the Cornwall crowd.  Our babies are weaned on pasties.  We eat ’em like the rest of the world eats hotdogs and hamburgers.

(Excepting for us, of course.  We’re vegetarians.  We could eat vegetarian pasties, but don’t.  We do, however, have memories of years of eating pasties.)

Hey, Suzi, are you impressed that someone named a pasty for you?  LOL!

Hilltop Restaurant. Home of the world famous Sweet Roll.

I took a picture of the Hilltop Restaurant sign as I was leaving L’Anse yesterday.  Not because they have weird food.  Au contraire.  But they do serve one of the biggest sweet rolls known to mankind.  We wean our babies on these, too.  They are the size of small bricks.  They are also very tasty.  Unfortunately, we do not eat these either.  Although, years ago, they made great breakfasts for our camping adventures with the kids. 

(And you want to know why we don’t eat these foods?  Because, truly, Barry and I eat the weirdest food known to mankind.  Tofu, seaweed, shoyu, tempeh…now that’s what some people call weird food.  And there are–truly–few, if any, shops in the U.P. selling our kind of weird food.  Therefore you shall have to view photos of smoked fish, pasties and the like.  Normal weird food.)

Fudge, Smoked Fish, Pasties

If you get close to Mackinac City or Mackinac Island you shall see signs advertising fudge everywhere.  Now that’s weird food.  It is so sweet that your lips will lock shut if you eat too much.  I remember those days.  Weird food.  Does this count, Suzi?

Smoked fish, anyone?

It’s funny when you’re traveling downstate with your eyes alert for weird food everywhere you look.  Barry insisted that I go inside a restaurant and beg the cook or waitress to appear at the door with a smiling face and apron and pasty in hand.  He insisted that would be the Best Photograph.

Sorry, dear reader.  I don’t have the chutzpah to ask the cook to appear in the front door with a pasty.  You shall have to imagine it.

Yep, some more smoked fish

As for smoked fish–it’s everywhere in the U.P.  Smoked trout, smoked salmon, smoked whitefish.  Yum!  Maybe not weird, but weird to see so many places selling smoked fish.

The weirdest food of all. woops! Did I say that?

Finally, I must post a photo of the weirdest food of all.  A restaurant specializing in fat.  No, no, no!  I did not mean to label that so callously, especially in light of my anti-labeling blog yesterday.  Actually I ate–quit gasping!–at McDonald’s yesterday at noon.  A southwestern chicken salad.  Paul Newman salad dressing.  Seemed very healthy.  Was quick.  I was not in the slow-food mood.  As it was, I stretched a six-hour drive into nine hours.

More on that soon!  Will write another blog now.  As long as a nephew or niece or sister-in-law doesn’t show up…

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I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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30 Responses to Suzy, Suzi…this Pasty is for You

  1. Dawn says:

    The Hilltop Cafe! I remember that! AND the ginormous sticky buns. Which I do not believe I ever ate…I don’t think. I’m amazed it’s still there, from the early 80’s when I lived there…and that they still make the biggest sticky buns in the world!

    Glad you had a safe trip…I do think smoked fish and pasties are weird, even though I used to live among them.

    • Kathy says:

      The Hilltop has been open since we moved to the U.P. in the late ’70s, Dawn! Our daugher worked there during high school. Big sticky buns. the biggest on the planet.

  2. K says:

    MM- Pasties- there’s a little jamaican restuarant down here that makes jamaican pasties. I love them. Now I am hungry.
    I agree with you about McD’s Yuck.

  3. Colleen Lloyd says:

    Kathy, I hadn’t thought of pasties for years! We used to make them when the boys were young. Sort of a French Canadian/Scottish version. We’ve been enjoying the tradition of hot Aussie meat pies, available everywhere you go here… often served with mushy peas spread on top. Sometimes delicious and sometimes not! We too are eaters of much weird food. Wishing you a wonderful trip.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh Colleen I am thrilled to know another Eater of Weird Food. YES!!! Mushy peas spread atop hot Aussie meat pies?? Sounds fascinating! And I, too, wish YOU a wonderful trip.

  4. Kathy – Oh my gosh — my stomach is growling. From everything healthy, to distinctly unhealthy, and all tht’s in-between. Another great post! Riding in your front pocket is a special treat — thank you.

    By the way, my hard drive “died” today and is in “repair heaven.” Len has graciously loaned me his laptop. I will not be posting a blog tomorrow, unless Dell’s overnight delivery of a new hard drive is delivered upon. I may (or may not) talk with you again soon.

    • Kathy says:

      Laurie, I am so sorry to hear about your “death”. I hope it gets fixed soon! Although it sounds like you said–somewhere–that it’s looking like Monday. You poor thing. Been there, suffered that…

  5. Oh Kathy I do love smoked salmon a few times a year.

    Stop and have a ice cream…With chocolate for me!!


    • Kathy says:

      Oh Kim IF I could eat ice cream I would have one ASAP! But I can’t–my gall bladder wouldn’t allow it–at least right now. Smoked salmon sounds good…

  6. Karma says:

    Never heard of pasties here in New England! (Well, perhaps, but they have a VERY different meaning, not for a family-oriented blog! LOL!) I’m glad I got to see your funny food pictures. I had some thoughts and ideas, but didn’t actually stop to take pictures on my drive to where I am today, the most eastern point here in MA. I shall remedy this today, and get a post up tout suite!

    • Kathy says:

      Karma, I was half-tempted to Google pasties and find out to what you’re referring–LOL–it’s a good thing I’m on vacation without extra time to get me in trouble! Looking forward to seeing what pictures you get. Be sure to nudge me when you post them, OK?

  7. fountainpen says:

    Dear Karma: Do you know that in the UP, pasties are pronounced with the short A sound
    as in PAST-tense…… it is PASTy

    not as in PASTE… in PASTEy…..

    Signficant difference!!!!!!!


    • Kathy says:

      So fountainpen, is the non-family-version of pasties somehow pronounced with a long A?? Thank you for telling folks that pronounciation. Very good!

      • karma says:

        Ah, thank you for correcting my pronounciation of the food pasty! I’m surprised this clarification didn’t ring any bells for you Kathy – or tassles, or glitter .. nudge, nudge, hint, hint.

  8. kathusitalo says:

    We are kindred travelers.
    We easily stretch 6 hour drives into 9, 4 hours into 6, etc.
    Never understand the drivers who speed pass us on US-2, seemingly oblivious to that stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline.
    Did you drive through Naubinway? You passed our Carnegie Trail east of town.
    Also, we have numerous photos of the smoked fish and pasty signs, too!
    Happy trails.

    • Kathy says:

      Kath, I surely DID drive through Naubinway. East of town, you say? Too bad I didn’t know where–I could have walked on YOUR beach! I’ll bet you have lots and lots of these signs!

  9. Barbara says:

    LOL!!! I’m with Karma! Up until reading this blog I thought pasties were “adhesive coverings applied to cover a person’s nipples.” Did a double take when I saw your first sign… I can’t imagine a sign saying that here in New England!

    • karma says:

      Ah yes, Barbara! That’s what I was thinking of! So you are a New Englander too, eh? I see your blog is called “By the Sea” so I’m thinking you live some place wonderful!

    • Kathy says:

      Ohmygoodness, Barbara, who would have THUNK? From now on maybe dozens of people will Google this blog looking for…adhesive coverings applied to cover a person’s nipples?????? Ohmygoodness. Alas. I just read this to my mom and dad and we got a good laugh.

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  11. Cindy Lou says:

    Seriously Kathy? You didn’t know what the other kind of ‘pasty’ is? My grandpa (a troll from down near Lansing) always said it wrong and then did a ‘nudge, nudge’ kind of smile!

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  13. Well, amazingly, something is working with this link to your site.
    YEAH me and pasties! I cannot wait to eat one. I do bake them, once every ten years or so. Which veggie ones do you like, Kath? Jean Kay’s in Marquette, maybe?
    Hugs to you from your cyber playmate! S

    • Kathy says:

      Hi there Ms. Suzi! Glad to discover that you played again! Sounds like you’ll be able to enjoy a pasty in the U.P. pretty darn soon. I used to make them all the time…but can’t eat much fat anymore…bad gall bladder…so now I just like to smell them! 🙂

  14. Tammy McLeod says:

    Wow, that’s a lot of smoked fish. Looks like you and Suzi had a fun outing.

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