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Why would I use white vinegar?

I use it (1) whenever a recipe calls for it, (2) to clean my coffee maker as directed by the manufacturer, and (3) diluted to rinse my ears in the shower each day as directed by my ear doctor to flush out wax and prevent ear infections which I otherwise have several times a year.

Jul 05, 2013
Michigander in General Topics

Detroit - 3 days in July

One block west of Inkster Road on Cherry Hill (only one block from Dearborn Heights) is a perfectly safe place for any tourist to drive for one of the better burgers around. There are nasty parts of Inkster just like most anyplace else, but this isn't one of them. Remember that most of the country wants to trash all of Detroit with the same kind of ill informed generalization.

Jun 17, 2013
Michigander in Great Lakes

What is your absolute favorite dish from your cultural heritage?

My heritage is Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish. My favorite is a toss up between my great aunt's mandel brodt recipe and a college friend's matzoh brei recipe.

Jun 14, 2013
Michigander in General Topics

Detroit - 3 days in July

Don't stay in Dearborn with its immense Arabic population without having some Middle Eastern food. My favorite place is Al-Ameer on Warren Avenue. My Lebanese-Greek friend compares the food to what he was served at home as a child. They bake their own pita and serve it warm. It's fantastic. Go there for dinner.

If you like burgers, go for lunch to Jon's Goodtime Bar on Cherry Hill Road in Inkster.

There are several good places for lunch or dinner in Mexican Town. I like Armando's, Xochimilco, and Mexican Village.

Jun 10, 2013
Michigander in Great Lakes

Which foods can be brought from Canada into the US?

I've brought back restaurant leftovers from Windsor several times without any problems.

But several years ago, after a week in a cottage, I was pulled over for a US agricultural inspection at Port Huron because a fresh apple was visible in the car -- it was confiscated. They got so excited about it that they didn't inspect anything but my cooler where they found baby carrots labeled from California and an orange labeled from Florida (both of which I was allowed to keep) along with some bottles of pop. I could have had illegal immigrants or cases of alcohol in my trunk for all they knew!

Since then, I've declared nothing, but all I bring back to the US is the left overs from a box of my favorite President's Choice cereal and a few bottles of fruit jams and preserves bought in midwestern Ontario.

May 01, 2013
Michigander in Great Lakes

Lambton County - Lake Huron shore from Sarnia to the Pinery

Well, I'm back. We made it to Grand Bend for lunch on the 20th, so we tried Best's, one of the places listed in the newspaper article that julesrules posted a link to. The write-up in the article was totally accurate -- they had tons of ice cream flavors and better than average burgers. However, instead of fresh cut fries which we were hoping for they served battered fries that went straight from the freezer to the deep fryer. [More and more of the places that we've gone to regularly in that part of mid-western Ontario seem to have made the same switch.] The ambiance was pure fast food though the patio would have been nice if it hadn't been too hot to sit out there. As I'm lactose intolerant, we won't be back, even for ice cream.

We saw Armen's in Southampton which several people recommended, but we didn't end up going. Duffy's and the Highview in Southampton have deteriorated under their new managements. We had a very nice dinner at A Taste of Europe in Port Elgin. Elsewhere on Chowhounds there have been rhapsodic posts about Klara's Kountry Kitchen near Underwood. It changed hands several years ago, and we like it as a cheap place for a good bacon and eggs type breakfast under the new name of Power Valley Inn & Restaurant.

Lambton County - Lake Huron shore from Sarnia to the Pinery

I've been to the big Keady market once, and there was a nice selection. I went to the Saturday market in Goderich once a few years ago, and it was a wonderful surprise as well. I go to the Kincardine Saturday market whenever I'm up there. The selection isn't nearly as much as in Goderich, but I've gotten plenty of good stuff there, too, which is why I keep going back.

Lakes Superior and Huron road trip in October 2012

If you drive across the UP, take a side trip to Hancock on the Keeweenaw Peninsula and stop at the Kaleva Bakery (it's been 15 years since my last visit, but the place was an institution and is probably still there). They had table service as well as a bakery counter and specialized in Finnish pastries and UP (as opposed to Cornish) pasties that were wonderful. BTW, order gravy with your pasties if you want to stand out as a tourist. Yoopers eat them with ketchup.

Lambton County - Lake Huron shore from Sarnia to the Pinery

Thanks, julesrules and pakmode. JR: your recommendations are outside of my target area, but I'll hold onto them for future use because we drive through there in both directions every year. PM: Armen's is in Southampton which is just 7 km. north of our cottage, so it would be very convenient because we're in Southampton almost every day. I'm wary of trying it, though, because of reviews on other sites. Some people report fantastic food, but others report bad food, high prices, and horrible service -- like being ignored by servers and waiting an hour and 45 minutes for an over priced pizza. How long ago was your most recent good experience there?

Lambton County - Lake Huron shore from Sarnia to the Pinery

Thanks, DockPotato. Like you, timing is the reason I'm looking for someplace closer to Sarnia than Grand Bend. By the time we wake up, pack the car, drop the dog at the kennel, drive from Detroit to Port Huron, cross the bridge, wait to pass through immigration, and stop at an ABM to withdraw Canadian dollars for the week, it's late enough that we're ready for lunch before we cross into Huron County. We did eat lunch at the Colonial Hotel in Grand Bend several years ago, and it was OK. We'll bypass Forest and find something. There are 3 or 4 places in our target area where we can stop for lunch and not starve -- just nothing worth posting about here. But I'll keep checking over the next week in case someone else posts a suggestion.

Lambton County - Lake Huron shore from Sarnia to the Pinery

DRD, pakmode, and DockPotato: Thanks for your suggestions. Based on your replies, I'm guessing that the reason we can't find a satisfactory lunch place in the specified location is that there must not be one, at least not right on roads 7 and 21. How about a 7 km. side trip to Forest on County Road 12? Various web sites list 4 or 5 places there, but I can't find any reviews. We're not looking for anything fancy -- just good burgers or sandwiches and (maybe) fresh cut fries. Our big meal of the day will be at the Bruce in Kincardine where we'll spend the night.

Lambton County - Lake Huron shore from Sarnia to the Pinery

Thanks, DRD, for the suggestions. We're already planning on taking a slight detour in Goderich to drive around the square and check out the recovery from the big tornado last year. How recent is your information? Did Culbert's Bakery survive OK? It would indeed be nice to stop for some donuts to take to the cottage (if they survive our munchies during the rest of the drive). BTW, as of last month there's a periodic Great Lakes cruise that's originating in Detroit where I live with the first stop in Goderich.

Lambton County - Lake Huron shore from Sarnia to the Pinery

Can anyone recommend a good place for lunch on or near Lambton County Road 7 or Ontario Highway 21 between Sarnia and the Pinery? We make the drive once a year on our way to a rented cottage in Port Elgin, and the 2 places where we used to find a nice lunch are no longer options: the Chipican in Sarnia has gone downhill under the new management, and the Lake Shore Cafe in Plympton-Wyoming was out of business the last couple of times we drove by. We're looking for something reasonable in the range of $10 per person. We're willing to get off of our route if it's only a few km out of our way. We'll be making the drive on Friday, 20 July, 2012.