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It seems that each little village in Door County has a unique aspect onto its own. They all have their local charm, but if you dig deep enough, some small quirks begin to emerge. I think I found that happening right before my eyes in Egg Harbor. If Sister Bay is deemed food alley, then perhaps you can loose yourself in the Egg Harbor food triangle. Nothing is more inviting than the smell for fresh baked bread, the kind where you can even taste the love. MacReady uses their from-scratch breads to make fresh sandwiches like this tasty special with herbed cream cheese spread, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes of the season. Delicious! Park your car and walk your foodie butt around the downtown. I started at MacReady Artisan Bread company where they offer hand crafted artisan breads, the big, lumpy, fundamental, age-ol bread making kind. Owners Jenny and Michael were on hand, so I had a quick chat while I ogled the loaf rack. That's when Jenny noted that Egg Harbor is becoming unique because instead of a strip of different restaurants, the village has a great cluster of specialty food stores and food artisans. "Yeah... you're right!" I acknowledged. Jenny and Michael are so good at what they do, your biggest hurdle will be talking yourself out of taking too much home, be it that natural grain hippie loaf, the perfectly chewy bagel bread, or the buns, cookies, rolls...all so good. John cuts a full wheel of cheese in half to display the beautiful color. With my baguette in hand I marched down the street to Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese for an amazing cheese tasting. Stop in, if for nothing else, to finally see all those fancy cheese knives hard at work as cheese monger, John Witteborg, peels samples right from the big wheels. More amazing, is not only that he has the style and making of every cheese mastered, but the story of all the cheese makers too. Emerge from your cheese coma and ramble across the street for some gourmet sweets, then to Fat Louie's porch for tasting of olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Finish at the far reaches of the triangle with great craft brews and Wine Spectator award-winning bottles of wine. The entertaining part of a stop in Egg Harbor is not only the ridiculous amount of knowledge each store owner has about their craft and product, but that it was like a food scavenger hunt. After a short walk and several tastings, you end up with a build-your-own picnic. Who needs to pack a basket when you can build an experience, some memories, and a great lunch to head to the beach, bluff or state park?
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