On Tuesdays, Mana’s Kitchen in Bay City opens at 9 a.m. I looked at my watch; it was only 8:30 a.m. Deciding to take a chance, we dialed their number. Our reward was an amiable male voice on the other end of the line. Yes, they were open for business. No, they didn’t serve pancakes on Tuesdays, only for Saturday brunch. However, they did have in-house baked scones and croissants. For lunch, they would make croissant sandwiches with chicken salad; those loyal to Mana’s Kitchen would drive for miles to savor them.
The agreeable voice called out in a direction away from the phone:
“Are we getting any greens today?” Turning back to us, he shared his news:
“There’ll also be salad.”
We inquired how long the drive to Mana’s Kitchen was from where we were staying.
“An hour. You want to stop at Whalen Island on the way. It’s pretty close to where you are. I make sure that everyone who visits us at Mana’s Kitchen knows to stop at Whalen Island. It’s a special kind of place.”