Pandora-Friendly Patios: Harmony Brewing Company

Pandora-Friendly Patios-2Pandora-Friendly Patios is back and this week we’re featuring puppies, pizza, and brews at Harmony Brewing Company.

Harmony is located in the heart of Eastown and offers indoor and outdoor seating. Pandora loved all of the birds that were fluttering around the patio during our trip.

IMG_7040I started with the Harmony Salad that features mixed greens, sunflower seed sticks, carrots, dried cranberries, and your choice of dressing. I opted for the lemon oil. I am typically not a salad girl. I’m more of an appetizer featuring carbs and plastic cheese kind of girl, but this salad has changed my life. I have been craving this salad ever since I had it and cannot wait to go back and order it again.

IMG_2967The C-3PO featuring basil pesto base, shredded cheese blend, pepperoni, charred pineapple and red onions. I don’t eat pork, so we modified this pizza and swapped out the pepperoni for mushrooms. The staff was extremely understanding and didn’t give us a hard time about substitutions at all. The pesto base was awesome and I would definitely order this pizza again.


Pandora was less than pleasant on this outing, she wouldn’t lay down or sit still. She ran up to the server repeatedly and barked at the birds on the patio. Luckily, we were the only people on the patio. Our server was so sweet and put up with Pandora’s bad manners.


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Harmony offers beer flights at a reasonable price. I’m still acquiring a palette for craft beer, but their Grapefruit Moon (a 6.2% IPA Grapefruit Shandy) is phenomenal. It is said to be the original grapefruit IPA and I have to say, I like it better than Perrin’s version.


The Herbert pizza was my favorite pizza of the day. Probably the best pizza I’ve had all summer. It has a balsamic and oregano base, shredded mozzarella, fresh spinach, goat cheese and prosciutto. Again, we substituted the pork prosciutto for mushrooms. The balsamic oregano base is different but SO good. I can’t say enough good things about this pizza–and I’ve eaten a lot of pizza.

Harmony is one of my new favorite spots for pizza. I went in to do this blog because I knew they were pet friendly and I have a couple of friends who work there, but I was blown away by their food. It’s not your typical “brewery food.” The prices are reasonable, the staff is awesome, and the food will leave you wanting more. Whether you have a fur child to take with you or not, Harmony should be on your list of Grand Rapids spots to check out.



Pandora-Friendly Patios: Maru Sushi & Grill

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When I think of summer in Grand Rapids I think of two things: construction and patios. Everyone is looking for the best patio to sit on while they drink and socialize. These Beer City dwellers just suffered through six months of snow and no sun, can you blame them? I enjoy a patio as much as the next West Michigander, however I love a patio even more if I can bring my four-legged best friend. This has led me to start a summer blog series: Pandora-Friendly Patios. Each week, Pandora and I will venture out into the far corners of Furniture City to feature dog-friendly patios and offer a short review based on their food and pet accommodations.


We started our journey at Maru Sushi & Grill in East Hills. Maru offers a wide variety of sashimi, nigiri, sushi rolls as well as hibachi grills. Monday is 25% off all sake and their cucumber sake was the perfect drink to have while sitting on the patio. Pandora was greeted with a bowl of water as well, earning our server extra points.

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12 Things I Know My Mother Hates But I Do Anyway


“Don’t hate the player, hate the game”

A list of things I know I shouldn’t do, but I do anyway because my mother is an enabler and never punishes me.

1. Bringing each piece of food away from my bowl, and eating it in the middle of the living room floor, leaving crumbs for her to step on.

2. Kicking a single piece of food under the stove and whining incessantly until she recovers the lost piece, despite the fact that my food dish is full.

3.  Snuggling right up close to her face and promptly yawning. Nearly killing her with my bad breath.

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That’s a (Crunch) Wrap




Mum arrived on Tuesday morning. It was pouring rain, so we retreated to the Waterfront for lunch and to wander the mall a little bit.



The rest of the crew finally landed in Cape Town Wednesday morning. We spent the day at Boulders Beach and the Waterfront.  At last, I went for a spin on the Cape Wheel.


We went to Rape Crisis, so that I could say goodbye to my coworkers (friends) and so that my family could see the office and meet everyone. We walked around Observatory for a little bit before heading to Devil’s Peak Brewing Company for a midmorning beer tasting. After Devil’s Peak, we went to The Honest Chocolate Cafe so that I could drown my sorrows in dark chocolate. We devoured a dessert style bunny chow; a South African specialty. We burned off some of those chocolate calories by walking Green Market Square and shopping for souvenirs.

Next we went up to Bo Kaap so that everyone could see where I lived, and so that I could say goodbye to “the corner shop guy,” and his wife, who always looked out for me, and facilitated my Coke Light addiction. Finally, we went to Eastern Food Bazaar for dinner, where we ordered enough food to feed a small army. The weather wasn’t ideal, but we made the most of it.



Cape Of Good Hope

My last day in Cape Town. *sad face* We went to The Cape Peninsula. I had been to Cape Point previously, but this was my first time at the Cape of Good Hope. The Baboons were the highlight of the trip for me. They were crawling (and peeing) all over cars, chasing the Asian tourists, and fighting with each other for Pringle containers.


After The Cape, we headed to the Hout Bay Market so that I could have one last South African crunch wrap. On our trek to the market, we drove Chapman’s Peak during sunset, which offered my favorite view of Cape Town thus far.


It has not yet sunk in that tomorrow morning is the last time that I will wake up in Cape Town. It will take a few weeks of me being home and “back to normal” before I will be able to fully process my experience, feelings and thoughts. All I know, right now, is that I will never forget this experience and that I cannot wait for my next trip to Cape Town. I’m coming in the summer and I’m surfing in Muizenburg.

Stay tuned for next week’s blog recapping our African safari. Spoiler alert: Simba is making the journey to his homeland.

Fun Facts

  1. Eastern Food Bazaar has upstairs seating that triples the size of the place.
  2. Baboons like Pringles, specifically Salt and Vinegar Pringles.
  3. If you look a Baboon in the eyes for too long, it will chase after you.

Until next time Cape Town.


Manic Monday

“It’s just another manic Monday, I wish it was Sunday May”

I survived. I have completed my internship, my family arrives tomorrow, and in two weeks I’ll be back in Grand Rapids. I’m excited to see my friends and family, but I wish that I could pause time for a little while. I have finally settled in to Cape Town, my job, using public transit and having no central heating, and already it is time to go. I regret wishing my time away in the beginning, because now I am devastated to leave this beautiful place that I have called home. I have felt such a sense of purpose and independence, and I’m not ready to give that up. I’m glad my family is coming to visit, I think it will make my transition back home easier, and will help them better understand my experience.

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