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Grand Rapids, MI
Entertainment Editor — Grand Rapids Press, MLive

John Gonzalez is a Journalist, MLive Michigan's Best, baseball coach, Believer, husband,Dancing with the Stars fan, American Idol, pop culture guy.

Vote to determine Michigan's Best Pie in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan — Vote on Michigan's Best Pie: Upper Peninsula/Northern Michigan Thanks for all your nominations. Now it's time to vote for Michigan's Best Pie. Our Upper Peninsula/Northern Michigan poll will help us determine a "People's Choice" winner -- and other finalists -- for the region.

The Cherry Hut in Beulah to open for holidays; nominations for Best Pie in U.P./Northern Michigan — BEULAH, MI -- Anyone who vacations in Benzie County knows that a trip to the area is not complete until you stop at The Cherry Hut, a restaurant off U.S. 31 that has been a mainstay since 1922. The restaurant serves a full menu of burgers, sandwiches, specials, an assortment of cherry products and its signature cherry pie.

East Lansing Film Festival opens Oct. 30; see the 'Pie Lady of Pie Town' — It's the opening weekend of the East Lansing Film Festival, and all I can think about is pie! The popular film festival, which is celebrating its 17th season, opens today (Oct. 30), and I'm busy doing pie research as we get ready to begin the voting segment of our statewide search.

Michigan's Best Pie: Our MLive writers and local experts agree it's a great crust — I'm in "research mode" as we get ready to go on the road again, this time in search of Michigan's Best Pie. As many of you know, we kicked off our search on Monday by asking our readers to make their nominations. The nomination deadline is 3 p.m. Oct. 30.

Michigan's Best Pie: How to make your nominations before Oct. 30 deadline — In case you have not heard, our latest statewide search at MLive is for Michigan's Best Pie. We're looking for a pie with a great crust, tasty fillings and baked with a lot of love. If you have not made your nomination (or you just want to make sure we have your favorite place on the list), the nomination deadline is 3 p.m.

Michigan's Best Pie: More than 30 nominations so far...keep them coming in — More than 30 nominations have come in so far for Michigan's Best Pie, and that's not counting social media channels like Facebook or Twitter where people are telling us where to find great, locally made pies. As part of our Michigan's Best series, I'm working with our entertainment reporters from around the state to coordinate this statewide search.

The best pies in Northern Michigan and Upper Peninsula? We're looking for Michigan's Best — I had a great time in the Upper Peninsula this weekend. We delivered the Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar plaque to Hoppy's in Kenton. And on the way back I stopped at the Huron Mountain Bakery in Marquette, which was on our search for Michigan's Best Doughnut. It's always an adventure.

Gonzo's Top 5: Toast the Season on Leelanau, 'Sister Act' at Miller Auditorium and more — It's Halloween weekend, so that means trick-or-treating, candy, parties and plenty of spooky fun. If you're looking for a list of some of my favorite haunted houses, check out my Michigan's Best Haunted House list from 2012. You can find it at

ABC's 'Great Halloween Fright Night' to feature contestants from Lewiston — LEWISTON, MI -- It's prime scare season, and Dave Gugel and Andy Bauer, a couple from Lewiston, wouldn't want it any other way! "We just love it," said Andy, a graphics designer who works with his husband to come up with the creations for a drive-thru display, gift shop, haunted house and cottages where guests can spend the night.

Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar: Hoppy's in Kenton says 'thank you' — KENTON, MI - I drove 500 miles for a party. But it was worth it! Hoppy's Bar, located in southern Houghton County in the Upper Peninsula, was packed on Saturday night (Oct. 25) as patrons came out to celebrate Fred and Jane Osinski's bar being named Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar.
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Oct 31, 2014

@jtmox I know there was a bakery I tried that was unbelievable. Let me think on it. Near St. Joe's.

Oct 31, 2014

RT @MLive: Breaking: Michigan AD Dave Brandon to reportedly resign

Oct 30, 2014

RT @GTPie: @MichiganGonzo Could your Twitter profile pic be any more perfect? Now that is some #pielove!!

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