Lusting for a way to slip away from the April melt and muck? Go as far as the lofty hills of Petoskey’s Gaslight District for a for a kick of curry, kaffir lime leaves and coconut milk. Thomas Vangyi’s meticulously prepared, authentic tom yum made with galanga (a rhizome related to ginger), delicate pad Thai noodles or spicy masaman curry scattered with roasted peanuts will take you away. Don’t miss the Apple Yum Salad, a luscious combo of sliced green apple, mellow cashews, roasted onions, coconut and a homemade Thai dressing that was named a Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine Best Eats 2008. Thai Orchid Cuisine, 433 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey, 231-487-9900.

Photo(s) by Todd Zawistowski