Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…

Everyday, open-7 p.m., $1.75 highballs, $2.50 house chardonnay, $2.00 drafts, $1.00 off everything else.
310 Cass St., Traverse City

Sunday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m., $1 off all drinks.
422 North 5th St., Roscommon

Lulu's Bistro
Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., $3 wells, $2 off drafts, select $5 wines.
213 N. Bridge St., Bellaire

Boyne River Inn
Everyday, 3-6 p.m., 1/4 off drinks.
229 Water St., Boyne City
Rendezvous Lounge, Odawa Casino
Thursday & Friday, $2.25 domestic drafts, $3.25 well drinks, $3.25 house wine.
1760 Lears Rd., Petoskey

Choice Bits!

Round-the-region snapshots of the dining scene. 

RUTHIE'S CHICKEN & DAIRY TWIST: Roasted chicken and ice cream, malts and shakes.
201 N. Bridge Ln., Bellaire. 213­-533­-8538.

Practically an Up North institution, the place to find out the latest fishing or snowmobile news from the locals and visitors who gather for their hearty breakfasts, steaks, burgers, soup & salad bar, & homemade desserts.
10921 Main St., Honor. 231­ 352­6585.

When you've worked up an appetite from all the bowling and karaoke that Boyne City Lanes has to offer, you'll find a selection of hearty fare to choose from, including homemade soups & desserts. Cocktails are served at the Lanes,with live entertainment and glow ­bowling nights.
1199 West Boyne Road, 231-­582­-6353.

Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. Full Chinese menu, as well as Hunan & Szechuan entrees.  Daily specials, special combination plates,  a lunch & dinner All You Can Eat Buffet. 
616 S. Mitchell St., Cadillac, 231­-876­-8888.

Take a trip back to the '50s where chili dogs & frosted mugs of root beer are still served up by carhops at this All ­American institution. Elvis has been known to make an appearance during their annual summer “A&W Cruise Night” in August, as do cars from the 50’s and 60’s that we remember well.
At the bottom of the hill, 21 Lake St., Frankfort,  231-­352-­9021.

From Antler Ale to Wolverine Wheat, Big Buck specializes in microbrewed beers. Offering the usual beef and buffalo burgers, steaks, and ribs, plus more unusual fare, like their portabella sandwich with red onion marmalade and provolone cheese.
550 S. Wisconsin Avenue, Gaylord, 989­-732-­5781.

A refined atmosphere, subdued lighting, and an appetizing selection of epicurean treats awaits the diner at this Harbor Springs corner landmark. Menu selections range from their smoked whitefish ravioli appetizer to their Atlantic salmon, baked polenta and eggplant, tomato basil fettuccine, or filet mignon ­ and their brunches include one of the best versions of Eggs Benedict around.
101 State Street, downtown across from Bar Harbor, 231­-526-­1904.

Pool tables, a full bar, friendly service and a varied menu make the Village Inn popular with families and locals.  Dinners include Lamb Skewers, Blue Corn Enchiladas, Charbroiled Whitefish, Lasagna and Ribeye.  Also burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and pizza.  Lunch and Dinner.
Just north of the blinking light 116601 Lacorre Ave. on M­22,  Empire. 231-326­-5101.

One of Petoskey's first restaurants, Jesperson's is famous for homemade pies and fresh turkey. Breakfast and lunch.
312 Howard, Petoskey, 231­-347­-3601.
Located in Building 50, grilled panini's, soups, wraps, baked goods, specialty coffees and teas.
1200 W. 11th St., Traverse City, 231-­947­-7740.

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Tastemakers: Brownwood Farms Festival Cherry Butter/ Bacardi Torched Cherry

Rick Coates - July 5th, 2010
Brownwood Farms Festival Cherry Butter
Brownwood Farms is celebrating their 65th anniversary this year. When they started in 1945 along the shores of Torch Lake, one of their first products was a cherry butter. Now, to celebrate the National Cherry Festival, Brownwood has launched Festival Cherry Butter.
Typically cherry butter is made with tart cherries but Brownwood decided to mix things up and use Michigan dark sweet cherries, resulting in a smooth and sweet product that spreads well over the morning English muffin or mixed into a smoothie. For a flavorful dessert try as a topping over Moomer’s vanilla ice cream or drizzle it over cheesecake.
‘Festival Cherry Butter’ joins ‘Simply Cherries’ and ‘Cherry Sauce’ in the private label series developed by Brownwood Farms and The National Cherry Festival. Proceeds benefit The National Cherry Festival Foundation, a not for profit organization that provides scholarships and supports other community organizations.
‘Simply Cherries’ combines the two most popular Northern Michigan cherries, Montmorency tart cherries and dark sweet cherries to create a wonderfully diverse topping. ‘Cherry Sauce’ combines the sweetness and texture of Michigan apples with the distinct tartness of Michigan cherries. All three products are available throughout Northern Michigan
In addition to specialty stores throughout the Midwest , these Cherry Festival food products, will be featured each day at the National Cherry Festival. They can be found July 3-10 in the Cherry Farm Market Tent located at the Festival Open Space Park. For details check out cherryfestival.org or brownwoodfarms.com. ---Rick Coates

Torched Cherry

The spirits industry, in an effort to keep pace with growing popularity of wine and craftbrews, has put its focus on flavored or infused liquors. It seems to be working and the latest entry into the marketplace, Bacardi Torched Cherry, certainly will help to continue that trend of popularity.
Released this past April, Bacardi Torched Cherry has been making a splash among flavored rum fans. It is made with Barbados cherries and infused with torch plant aloe. Now, with Cherry Festival this week, look for this rum to be all over the place. Okay, so even if Bacardi is not using local cherries, they can’t be faulted for staying true to heritage of rum. After all, rum is a tropical drink and should be made with tropical ingredients.
Bacardi Torched Cherry is smooth and may be enjoyed as a sipper, well chilled (put the bottle in your freezer) in a shot glass. The infusion of the torch plant and cherries creates a tropical fruit explosion on the palate.
Fans of Cherry Coke will love this; just mix one part Torched Cherry with three parts Coke and add ice. Another popular cocktail is the Torchade; simply replace Coke with lemonade. Other possibilities include using cranberry or iced tea. My favorite cocktail with the Bacardi Torched Cherry is the Burnt Berry; this is a spritzer style beverage with one part Torched Cherry, 1.5 parts Sprite and 1.5 parts pomegranate juice.
Typically, I am not a fan of these infused liquors; I like my rums, vodkas, scotch and bourbon in their traditional form, but Bacardi Torched Cherry made a positive impression on my palate. Look for it in your favorite beverage shop and ask for it at restaurants and taverns. Certainly, it will take front row and center with other cherry products this week.---Rick Coates

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