Weekday wonder For the second year in a row, Detroit's Eastern Market is open two days a week. In addition to the traditionally busy Saturday, you'll find the market open this summer and fall on Tuesdays, with farmers, flowers, produce dealers, specialty products and prepared-food vendors. The market calls it a "weekly community celebration through the inclusion of special events highlighting the agricultural, social, culinary, and artistic treasures of our city, region and state." We call it a fun thing to do on a weekday. Shed 2 is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 30.
Sugary succor The good folks at Hard Luck Candy Vodka have come up with a fun contest. It's called "Enjoy the Sweet Life," and it asks those who enjoy their candy-flavored vodkas (Red Fish, Root Beer Barrel, Lemon Drop and Orange Dream) to submit images showing how they've enjoyed their summer with the beverage of choice. Submissions could be photos of fans posing with a bottle, drawings of the bottles or logo, or any creative imagery that somehow depicts the brand. You must be 21 years or older to enter. Deadline for submission is Sept. 10. First prize will be $500. To submit a photo, "like" Hard Luck Candy on Facebook and submit your photo there.
Coney time The Second Annual American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating Challenge has been announced, and registration is open for competitors who are hungry to earn the title of American Coney Island Coney Dog Eating Champion. Individuals and teams of four will compete to consume the most coney dogs — that's "with everything," i.e. hot dog, bun, chili, mustard and onions — in 10 minutes and possibly beat the current record of 10 coneys. This year's winner will receive a newly created coney championship belt, as well as prizes from a variety of local retailers, restaurants and other supporters, including a year of free meals at American Coney Island. This celebration of Detroit appetites takes place 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, with the big chow-down at 5:30 p.m., at American Coney Island, 114 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit; event will be open to the public with a suggested $5 donation for admission; $10 registration fee for individual competitors in advance, $15 day of the event; $300 for team competitors in advance, $350 day of the event; registration fees will go to the Keros Family Scholarship Fund; to register, call 586-219-0995. See americanconeyisland.com to register.
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Simply . . . Gluten-free Quick Meals: More Than 100 Great-Tasting Recipes for Good Food Fast
by Carol Kicinski
Thomas Dunne Books, $29.99
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