Food Stuff 

More beer! — You may have noticed last week's article on Michigan craft brewing. If you'd like a chance to sample Michigan brews this week, drop in at the 12th annual Summer Beer Festival. It happens July 24-25, in Ypsilanti's Depot Town. For more information, see the website of the Michigan Brewers Guild at

Tractor power — Ann Arbor's Blue Tractor BBQ and Brewery is honoring summertime with a new menu of seasonal fare paired with craft brews. To add kick to the deal, order from the special menu on Sunday through Thursday nights and you'll get a complimentary pint of beer.

New Rose — Not only has Ferndale's Rosie O'Grady's moved into a new, larger location on Nine Mile Road. Instead of being just a party bar, they want to draw people in for lunch and lounging with a large outdoor patio. Drop in at 279 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-591-9163.

Pick a wiener — Did you know that July 23 is National Hot Dog Day? Did you even know there is a National Hot Dog Day? Well, for the fans among you, here's a stellar chance to show you care at your favorite local dog-stop.


Cowboy turned chef and restaurant owner Grady Spears has collaborated with food writer June Naylor to offer up something of a combination of cowboy campfire cooking and fine dining. It's The Texas Cowboy Kitchen by Grady Spears and June Naylor (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $19.99), which takes Tex-Mex and Southwestern dishes on a trip uptown. Expect such recipes as barbecued quail tamales and Dutch-oven strawberry cobbler, illustrated with tempting black-and-white photos.


Originating in Taiwan in the '80s, bubble tea was once the combination of black tea, brown large pearl tapioca, condensed milk and honey. Variants of this novel drink have surfaced all over the world. We like the fruit versions you can get at places like Thang Long in Madison Heights. Essentially it's an exotic smoothie available in flavors like honeydew and avocado. The dark and chewy tapioca pearls floating around don't taste like much but they sure are fun to suck through an oversized straw.


This stunning Alessa tea kettle, designed by Michael Graves in 1985, has been accenting kitchens for years, as more than a million of these sleek beauties have been sold. The red bird-whistle and the blue handle offer attractive contrasts to the stainless-steel body. The 2-quart capacity is perfect for boiling enough water to make fresh lemonade. Dissolve a cup of sugar in a cup of boiling water. Add a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add four cups of cold water and refrigerate until chilled. 

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