PUB BRUNCH — Morning tipplers can now stumble into Detroit's Woodbridge Pub Sunday afternoons for a brunch menu that features bottomless mimosas between noon and 4 p.m. for $11. At 5169 Trumbull St., Detroit; 313-833-2701.
LOUIE, LOUIE — When it was founded in Chicago in 1991, Bar Louie was just a neighborhood spot. Now that it has spawned a chain of 44 franchise locations, savor the ironic success of the chain restaurant that "doesn't feel like a chain restaurant." With premium drinks, cheap bar food and quirky design elements, they have locations in Livonia, Ann Arbor, Clinton Twp. and, since August, at 44375 12 Mile Rd. in Novi's Fountainwalk; 248-662-1100.
EAT GREEN — Want to have great, healthful food that's good for the environment? How about in a restaurant that's LEED gold-certified, with nature-friendly bamboo and cork flooring, and VOC-free painted walls, capped with solar panels on the roof? Mind Body & Spirits is scheduled to open just such a restaurant this month in Rochester, at 301 S. Main St. Expect upscale fare with a smaller carbon footprint. Learn more at mindbodyspirits.com.
EAT THE PAGE
Biker Billy Hufnagle is a vegetarian, though it's hard to fathom after seeing the recipe for chicken fried bacon in Biker Billy's Roadhouse Cookbook Adventures in Roadside Cuisine (Lyons Press, $19.95). See, Billy doesn't eat all he passes along. He gathered this collection of roadhouse recipes while riding across the country, discovering little-known eateries. From the "cordon bleu burger" served in Hamilton, Texas, to the "com tay cam" plated in Ormand Beach, Fla., Billy will regale you with tales and recipes of the road.
A TASTY BEVERAGE
Since 1891, New Jersey's Boylan Bottling Company has produced tasty gourmet sodas. They started with birch beer but today offer a range of flavors, including orange, grape, cola and many seltzers. What sets Boylan's apart is the company's commitment to using the finest ingredients, such as cane sugar, as opposed to the cheap and ubiquitous high fructose corn syrup. Our favorite flavor is creamy red birch beer. It has the mild, wintergreen-like essence of the original birch beer with the velvety addition of vanilla.
There isn't a heck of lot to say about a cookbook holder, but if you haven't tried one, it may seem unnecessary or extravagant. But if you've used these handy items, you know that they work a lot better than trying to hold your book open with a skillet or bowl that will likely slip off, causing you to lose your place. It also prevents the cook from splashing liquids on the recipes, which can sometimes make them illegible. This one has a stable hardwood base and is adjustable to hold most books at a comfortable reading angle. Find it at cookswares.com.
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