Jun 17-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: June: Jun 17-04
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 06:50 am:

I spent a few days over at Isle Royale last week for a much needed break from the hubbub of everyday life. We did some kayaking, a bit of hiking, met a few Pasty Cam fans and wet some lines fishing too. On one of those days trolling around Middle Isle Passage and the Rock Harbor Lighthouse, we spotted the arrival of the Greenstone II on it's maiden voyage to Isle Royale. Of course the gas barge had a helping hand from the Tug, Shelter Bay, which you can see in the first shot, pulled the Greenstone all the way from Houghton. Lake Superior must have given them quite a ride, because there were some dandy waves making us rock and roll while fishing. Then once they passed through Middle Isle Passage, the Tug unhooked her and proceeded to connect side by side to guide the barge to Mott Island. The gasoline supply over there was getting low, so now it will be replenished, ready for the boating season to get into full swing at the Island.

Did you hear about all the commotion at Pasty Central yesterday? Michigan's Governor Granholm put our kitchen crew to work with an order for another state's Governor, the one on the left coast. This morning a fresh package of delicious U.P. style pasties should arrive on the Governator's doorstep in Sacremento, thanks to a decisive victory by the Pistons this week!

By Dave H. TN on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 06:52 am:

Good morning from The Smokies of TN.
First Post

By Phyllis M, IL on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 06:57 am:

Good Morning! Sorry I didn't get back to you yesterday Mary Lou - but the Westlake Cabins in Eagle Harbor faces the beach. Hope you have a great trip! My husband and I will be up to Eagle Harbor the beginning of August - just counting down the days now!

By Roudy Mi on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 06:58 am:

Any one interested in the "North Beach Diet"?

By Matt, MI on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 07:05 am:

North beach Diet ?

By JVO New Richmond MI on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 07:13 am:

Only 2nd to the UP the Smokies is one of the most
beautiful places I know.

By Dave H. Smokies TN. on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 07:32 am:

Yes it is JVD. Born in the U.P. Dollar Bay,became a Troll in the Detroit area at 19 in 69.Now i'am a Northern Hillbilly here in the South for about a year now.It's just like it is back home in so many ways, except for that white stuff, we don't see much of it.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 07:51 am:

I like the sound of "North Beach Diet." Mornin'

By bill ball on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 08:01 am:

Tug and ship info at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2251094412

By ts on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 08:20 am:

Sounds like Dave H left the copper country a yr after C&H closed--went detroit--worked motor car co.--30 an out--married a tenn women--she wanted to go back home??

By Roudy Mi on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 08:29 am:

North Beach Diet-- Pastys,Vollwerths,Jilberts, Trenary Toast,Thimbleberrys,Blueberries,potatos,Toivo and Eino's sauce all in proportions of your choosing. Apologies to dose producers overlooked
Tank you please.
Dat work boat made me hungary!

By Kevin K. Lodi, CA. on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 08:40 am:

Good Morning from the left coast.
Only 30 minutes from Sacramento, maybe I'll drop in for lunch with Arnie today, Pastys would sure hit the spot.

By Roudy Mi on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 08:54 am:

The "North Beach Diet" in action!

By Mel, Kansas on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 08:59 am:

"The first new vessel to be launched from the Fraser Shipyard in nearly 40 years will be the Greenstone II, a 70 foot fuel barge that will be used to take fuel from Houghton, Michigan to Isle Royale. It wil be towed out of Fraser and to Houghton by the tug Miss Laura. On Monday morning, it was still sitting in dry dock (top and above left) but it should move out later in the day with departure from Duluth set for late morning on Tuesday."

From Duluth Shipping News in their current year photos. The Greenstone II is NorthShore all the way. =)

By Colleen Perkins, Nocona Hills, Texas on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 09:59 am:

Oh My!!! I love your website... If it weren't for my Daughter who lives in Tucson, AZ sending me an article about the Championship Victory of the Pistons I would have never known y'all. I'm origonally from Madison Heights, Michigan and relocated to Texas about 3 yrs ago and my only complaint was missing the beautiful U.P. trips and the Pasty's. Thank you and I know we'll enjoy our Pasty's when they arrive next week. Love the pictures. Keep up the wonderful website. Hi Auntie LaBelle and Cuz from Marquette!!!

God Bless Y'all........

By Dorothy on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:08 am:

roudy put me in line for the North Beach Diet sounds like my kind of diet Dorothy from Escanaba



By Dave H. Smokies of TN. on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:23 am:

Is this something new? From now on the Early Bird of the day has to write a document on his/her life? Wonder if that new rule would keep the competion down on those wanting to be 1st? ts you hit the nail on the head,except no motor car co.

By Joe Finn, Rhinelander, Wi on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:40 am:

Before this week is out Gov. Arnold will be glad the Lakers lost. He is getting good U.P. products.

We warn you that The Globe article had one glaring inaccuracy: They misspelled the URL of this website. Here's a clue for the Ironwood paper: PASTY.COM

By Dave - Colorado on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:40 am:

Dave H.
I think you may have hit on something... a short bio from each day's "early bird" would be fun...


The North Beach diet sounds rather wholesome, but your list is missing the "breakfast of champions" from my days in Marquette... donuts and beer! The lemon filled are particularly tasty when accompanied by a nice cold one...

By Greta, Milwaukee on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:49 am:

Along with pasties, the Ahnold is also being sent 6 Kromers, courtesy of Jacquart's Manufacturing in Ironwood. Another good UP product!

By Ms. Katie on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:52 am:

EEEEEUUUUUUW! Lemon filled donuts and beer! You have to be young and dumb to LIKE that! LOL And for breakfast yet!

By UP_gal on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:52 am:

Dave - Colorado
Gag, gag. If we are creating the " North Beach Diet"...please make that beer and donut breakfast an option ( not required).
Might I add some saffron bread to the menu?

By Carol, Illinois on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:55 am:

Can you tell me what Vollwerths & Jilberts are? I've had the pleasure of sampling pastys, Trenary Toast and Toivo and Eino's sauce. And, I've heard of Thimbleberrys but have yet to try them. But, I'm totally unfamiliar with the Vollwerths & Jilberts. Can you enlighten me?

By Mary Lou on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:58 am:

Roudy....How about the huge cinnamon-bun from Hillside ??... the lumber-jack cookies from Toni's Country Kitchen...a few muffins from the Jam Pot and smoked fish from Copper-Harbor.....oh yes, having this feast sitting on a rock over-looking Lake Superior with pasty crumbs on your chest....Ahhhhhhh a Perfect Day!!!

By UP_gal on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 11:00 am:

Jilbert's Dairy makes absoulute killer ice cream. I love the Mackinac Island Fudge and the Amaretto/Cherry/Mackinac Island Fudge is the best. Vollwerths makes wonderful sausages...My favorite is the summer sausage.

By maijaMi on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 11:07 am:


Roudy: How come no fresh Lake Superior fish on the North Beach Diet?

By Vern H. formerly of DB on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 11:09 am:

Dave H., were you in the Class of '69 at DBHS

By Dave Hiltunen Smokies TN. on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 11:23 am:

Yes, Vern H. I was in that class for awhile.You know me & i know you.I made a mistake in earlier post.I was 18 in 69. You & I also were Confirmed at the same Church. Still have my picture with you in it.

By Roudy Mi on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 11:29 am:

I just touched on a few items that first came to mind. I knew I could count on the rest of the items to be filled in by the connoiseurs of the culinary arts of the "North Beach". Speaking of beachs, lets not forget smelt.

By Vern H. formerly of DB on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 11:31 am:

I kind of figured it was you from postings going back awhile. I, also, still have the picture.

By Brian, IL on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 11:42 am:

I didn't know what a Kromer was either. Thank goodness for Google. Turns out I actually have one, just didn't know it had a name. Check out http://www.graywolfwoolens.com/krommer.htm

By Dave - Colorado on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 11:52 am:

Ms Katie and UP_Gal:
Yes, that was a very long time ago... My tastes have changed, as has my body's ability to recover from such abuses... but I must say... you provided the reaction I was looking for... :)

By sandstone princess on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 12:25 pm:

I love the North Beach diet;>
My favorite UP story about yooper only food is the one about the couple from Penn., he was on the board or something at Tech. I met them coming AND going. She thought that you could get Mac. Island Fudge ice cream in PA!! Told her ( in Mpls) that it was a regional thing, the crest-fallen look she gave me was precious.
Hi to all the Jake gals and sistahs and other assorted friends and relatives.

By Kris, MTU Grad on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 12:36 pm:

Mary Lou,
I was thinking the same thing about the Hilltop Sweet Rolls. They have to be on the North Beach diet. They'd never show up on any other diet. YUM! YUM!

By J, Houghton on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 12:56 pm:

Addition to the North Beach Diet: Gullamoijaaka

By RnR on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 01:08 pm:

No offense to Vollworth's fans around the world (I "grew-up" on "Summer Sausage", too). . . but does the North Beach diet include any tasty recipes for animal-free pasties? How about wild Cranberry sauce?

By Roudy Mi on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 01:12 pm:

With Rice Lake cranberries?

By RnR on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 01:16 pm:

And Rice Lake Blueberries. Things that make you go "Mmmmm . . ."

By mickey, mi on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 01:32 pm:

How about smoked fish and a muffin from the Jam Pot?

By RnR on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 01:33 pm:

If "The Jam Lady" or "The Monks" won't send Carol some Thimbleberry jam to sample, we'll have to take up a collection. And soon. Maybe airmail or something. Isn't that one of The Big C's, "thou hast not lived 'till ye have tasted Thimbleberries"? (from the Keweenaw, of course!)

By Patrick - Zeeland MI on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 01:46 pm:

I'm all for the North Beach Diet. It basically sums up what we eat when we come up and visit... For desert you should try the Cream Cheese Muffins from the Monks w/ Thimbleberry Jam and or the brownies they make with Thimbleberry Jam and or Raspeberry Jam in them...

Any my Pastys have to come from Toni's!

By Barb, in Beautiful Downtown Jacobsville on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 02:03 pm:

Well, MY pasties have to come from Still Waters (Pasty Central)!
They are absolutely the best!!

By in WI on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 02:03 pm:

The diet must include BARONI'S pasta sauce over your carb of choice..AND A SIDE OF SMOKED WHITEFISH PLEASE..

By UP_gal on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 02:12 pm:

We so often end up talking about food. And now have created our own diet. Not that we didn't have one all along..."Roudy" just gave it a name!! LOL We need a recipe page. ( hint, hint ) And let's not forget the sportsman's "On the Wild Side" page.

By Judy Chesaning, MI on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 02:23 pm:

All this talk of good U.P. food and I am having warmed over Chinese food for lunch. Yes...I am crying!!!!!

By Lorelei, MI on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 02:34 pm:

Another addition to the North Beach Diet~
How about some warm rieska with slathered butter, and a dollup of raspberry jam. Accompany with some "cooked" coffee.

Wow, what am I doing here? I am getting all worked up for some down home eats!

By Phyllis M; IL on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 02:43 pm:

How about the North Beach Diet to include meals at the Eagle Harbor Inn, Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, the Jam Pot; Evergreen Inn and the Landing to include favorite places to eat when in the UP?

By Bootjack, MI on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 02:43 pm:

Ever try live smelt going down your throat w/ a can of beer trailing behind--MMMMMMMMhhhhhh...GOOD!!!

By finngal fl on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 02:50 pm:

Suomi restaurant makes pasties also. And nisu, add that to the North Beach Diet.
j...houghton, try a k instead of a g...

By SMELT SWALLOWIN' on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 03:02 pm:


By maijaMI on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 03:12 pm:

to north beach diet: also gotta add Ambassador pizza!

By Roudy Mi on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 03:33 pm:

Apparently this "North Beach Diet" is gonna work across the social spectrum. Jump in any time Wheatman.

By Bthecute1, San Jose on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 03:33 pm:

Surely, Kevin of Lodi: You will be disappointed. You don't think Governor Arnold Schwarzenenegger is going to share those pasties. One taste of those delectable pasties and he will be moving to Michigan to take over Governor Granholn's job. Look out Michigan, here comes the "terminator".

By SUZANNE/ WISCONSIN on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 03:35 pm:

A must for the North Beach Diet-fresh, warm, sourdough bread from the bakery at Copper Harbor, slathered with real butter and thimbleberry jam from the Jam Pot with a mess of fried perch from Lake Fanny Hoe. Can't wait for our annual fish fry with friends at Fort Wilkins campgrounds. Just a little slice of heaven for a couple of weeks. Copper Harbor here we come!!

By Bthecute1, San Jose on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 03:41 pm:

I think everyone who has changes to the "North Beach Diet" should create their own. Roudy's diet is Priceless. Leave it alone.

Bootjack, Mi. I did that, on a dare, of course. It was a very tiny one. Going smelting was great fun. My mom was fit to be tied, keeping up with my antics.

By Kris, MTU Grad on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 03:41 pm:

and Ambassador Fish Bowls?!

By Bootjack Summer Resident on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 03:48 pm:

I'm all for the Ambassador pizza but The friday night fish fry at the Dreamland is the best.(Fresh Herring)

By No substitutions allowed on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 03:49 pm:

THEY are more additions than changes really..

By kmr, 5 o's on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:21 pm:

You just have to include a Vollwerth's natural casing hot dog, cooked over a campfire. On a stick. With a Thurners hot dog bun. (well, guess you can't have everything!!)

By Tim in Boston on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:30 pm:

Hey, if Arnold LOST the bet, how come we're sending him stuff? Shouldn't the loser of the bet be the one who's paying up?????

By CC Gal on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 04:39 pm:

Will there be any condiments for the pasties at Pasty Fest?

Yes! Plenty of ketchup and Toivo and Eino Sauce

After 400 are given away, will there be more for purchasing?

Yes! Not only from Pasty Central but several other local pasty kitchens as well.

Will Toivo be attending this event?

Yes! Rumor has it he will parachute into Agassiz Park

Do you need any volunteers?

Yes! For more information call Main Street Calumet at 906-337-6246 (337-MAIN)

By Bthecute1, San Jose on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 05:07 pm:

Ahhhh, so you Yoopers finally get it.
ARNOLD is the winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Greta, Milwaukee on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 05:42 pm:

The history of Kromers can be found at www.stormykromer.com. Jacquarts Manufacturing in Ironwood bought the rights to make them after the original Stormy Kromer company went out of business. They are a must for living in the Yoop or anywhere else that gets cold. Kromers now can be had in many colors and even camouflage. Check it out. They are also now being made for the Minnesota Golden Gophers with the Univ. of Minn. logo on them under a special contract.

By Colleen Perkins, Nocona Hills, Texas on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 06:19 pm:

Any more Lighthouse pic's???

By mel, WA on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 06:28 pm:

We're hoping that once Arnold feasts his peepers on our unique pasties, he'll realize he was horribly deprived. Once he tastes them, he'll know he was... ;) Then he'll immediately retreat to the delightful shores of Lake Superior and spend the rest of his life basking in the sun (snow?) chowin down pasties. Eh?

By UP_gal on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 07:01 pm:

Coleen: Have you checked the Pasty Cam archives?

By D.K. WESTLAND MI on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 07:10 pm:


By Gary, CO on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 07:39 pm:

re: J, Houghton post earlier today: If you meant to refer to Finnish Fish Stew in the North Beach Diet, that would be kalamojakka, unless you prefer feathers in your stew. Might lose more weight with your recipe, though.

By Dave S. - CA on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 07:45 pm:

A Vollwerths hot dog on a stick over a bond fire on the beach is TOPS. I'm in Irvine, CA now and I'd take that dog on a bun rather than the fancy, shmancy Mortons Steakhouse here.

By Colleen Perkins, Nocona Hills, Texas on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 08:02 pm:

UP_gal: I'm checking them out now. Thanks! Didn't know this website until last night... What wonderful pictures of the lighthouses.

By One Finn to Another on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 09:11 pm:

Say Yah to da North Beach Diet, eh!

By Victoria Rae in on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 09:18 pm:

Another great way to celebrate the "North Beach Diet" is to have deer-burgers cooked over an open fire on the shores of Lake Superior or to visit Jamsen's fish shop at Copper Harbor and enjoy a piece of smoked fish, chips and pop on a picnic table lakeside while trying to save your fish from the hungry seagulls!!!

By Kate, CA on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 09:49 pm:

I'd love to see a pic of Aaahhhnold with a pasty in one hand, a vernor's in the other and a Stormy Kromer on his head!

By grimace on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 09:56 pm:

AH ! The North beach diet aka the "North entry diet" , yes I HAVE seen this wonder of weight
loss. It occurs after 3 to 4 hours aboard the Ranger 111 in 4-6 foot waves.

By in a state of confusion on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:03 pm:

OK, so I still don't know WHY the pasties are going to california. I thought the deal was that the winning team got the goods, not the other way around. However, pasties are a winning meal any way youse looks at it.

By Kate in St. Paul on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 10:17 pm:

Don't forget pickeled eggs, aka "boneless chicken dinner" from
the B and B.

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 11:36 pm:

Vollworth's makara (ring bologna) and the natural casing hot dogs are the best! Jilbert's maito (milk) also the best. We like the ring liver sausage baked in the oven or the microwave. Rieska and thimbleberry jam would be heavenly! Not too crazy about kalamojakka. Don't know how to spell it. Had too much of it when I was a kid. What kinda Finn doesn't eat fish? This one doesn't. :>)

By ILMHitCC on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 11:40 pm:

Can't wait to get my (almost) daily Mariner North sandwich! Try a different one every day - best anywhere!! Have to throw some smoked chubs, kesa makkara (Vollwerth's, of course) and squeeky cheese on the menu, too. Just need a road pop to wash it down. Do miss the fresh whitefish eggs, though. Not so much of that around anymore.

By mojakkalover on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 11:54 pm:

Check out www.mojakka.com

By Kevin K. Lodi, CA. on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 12:08 am:

Doesn't sound like a fair bet, Mich. would have got stuck with In n out burgers! And Arnie gets pastys and Vernors ? Whats up with that?

By DH, Shakey Temecula, CA on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 12:29 am:

Another non fish eating Finn here. My mother had Lake Trout all the time as a child (she grew up during the peak of the fishing activity in Portage Entry) and never once cooked fish after she left home. Baked halibut is about as far as I venture into the seafood world.

We did have a little grill rack above the rocks on our sauna stove were we cooked a ring bologna(Vollworth's, of course) every now and then. Nothing better.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 01:49 am:

Okay, if we're gonna have a North beach diet, it must include lutefisk and a large bowl of viili! (If that doesn't ruin your day, you must be a true yooper)!

Oh and Ken and Mimi from da UP that's makkara, not makara, and of course kalamojakka = kala (fish) + mojakka (stew -- some would say 'soup', but in my experience it's much heartier, thus more like a stew).

Interestingly, as noted at
http://www.mojakka.com/ 'mojakka' is really more 'Finglish' than Finnish, as the word is virtually unknown in Finland today.

By Bthecute1, San Jose on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 02:01 am:

Off we go a smelting. I remember as a kid, maybe about 20 in the family would get together. We would go at night, somewhere in Bootjack along a stream-river whatever, build a very large bonfire. Raided Grammas for a washtub and cooking pans. I remember the smelt were so plentiful that one dip of that tub and it was full, my goodness...those little fish just jumped right in. :)

By cheryl mi on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 06:23 am:

Good morning to all, Sun's coming up, birds are chirping. Looks like a nice day.

By Karen P, MN on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 07:25 am:

To set the record straight on Arnold eating pasties: the idea is something on the line of "eating crow". The loosing govenor eats the "regional dish" of the winning team while wearing a winning team jersey. As everyone else has already pointed out, because the regional dish is a pasty, Arnold gets a real treat, hardly eating crow!

By Campman,5045-22 on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 07:35 am:

No mention of Venison in the diet?

By Alan, Kansas City MO on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 09:03 am:

Maybe Still Waters can make some crow pasties, just for Ahnold!

By Stuart in Michigan on Tuesday, June 22, 2004 - 09:41 pm:

Go to [news channel] on [www.boatnerd.com] for info on this picture.

By Jill, Michigan on Friday, June 25, 2004 - 10:26 pm:

If anyone finds the picture of Gov. Arnold from California wearing the Piston jersey eating the "Michigan" food please forward it to me.
Thank you!

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