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Holiday Market's The Smoke House: Just Say "No." [Detroit area]

Boag, did you ask to see the actual, on-site smoker? Do they boast an on-site chef, or experienced BBQ cook? Or, do they just follow a written "process".

Reply below seems to indicate that no ambient smoker thermometers or meat thermometers are in use...

Aug 20, 2014
RedTop in Great Lakes

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

That's a farce. Right?

Aug 20, 2014
RedTop in Food Media & News

Tomatoes "clustered" on our plants...

Great advice. Thank you.

Aug 09, 2014
RedTop in Gardening

We're coming! We're open! We're closed! Antietam? Discuss the cataclysm...[Detroit area]

Based on what I've read, I don't think the News or the freep are real happy with what occurred at Antietam. Just sayin'.

Aug 06, 2014
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Tomatoes "clustered" on our plants...

Great information, earthygoat. Thank you.

Aug 03, 2014
RedTop in Gardening

Tomatoes "clustered" on our plants...

Thank you for your reply, healthytouch.

These were about eight inch plants when they first went into the ground. None of them had buds at that time. And we have not pinched any buds off either. Wife has used a delicate hand trimming away leaf overgrowth, and the "sucker" branches are removed. So the plants are getting some good attention as well as adequate water.

Aug 02, 2014
RedTop in Gardening

Tomatoes "clustered" on our plants...

We have five heirloom tomato plants (2 Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter, Bloody Butcher and Black Prince), and one Beefsteak plant. All of the plants (except the Mortgage Lifter)have clusters of tomatoes at a point about 16 inches above the soil. All of them also have a second wind, and blossoms covering the top third of the plants. Can any garden 'hounds explain why these plants grew their fruit in clusters?

Aug 02, 2014
RedTop in Gardening

Chicago to Saginaw and Back Recs needed

You're really stopping at Tony's???

Jul 31, 2014
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DTW: Better Made Rainbow Chips

To clarify, rain, I am a Rainbow Chips fanatic. I love everything about the product...except the price.

It's been years since I bought a bag at the Gratiot factory, but I remember them being the most costly product offered there.

My purchase limit is maybe four bags a year. Luckily, I'm the only one in the house that will eat them.

Jul 25, 2014
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DTW: Better Made Rainbow Chips

The BM Rainbow Chips are stocked everyday at the Kroger I shop. For months Kroger has been selling 2-for-$4 10.5 oz bags of their Original Chips; but charging $3.99 per bag for the Rainbow Chips. Gotta be someones favorite at that tariff.

Jul 23, 2014
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The Earle Ann Arbor

Nice report. Thank you.

Jul 19, 2014
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Long long Detroit report

I'd have a coronary if I tried to do even half of what you did, Joanie. Even in a month!

Thanks for your report.

Jul 11, 2014
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Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Great thought and suggestion, Markcron. But if I bought a bean roaster home, I'd have to live the rest of my life with a frying pan indentation in my forehead...

Jun 11, 2014
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Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Thanks for the list, trapani. Sprout House in GP is one of our favorite shopping experiences. We'll check out Mighty Good there.

Jun 11, 2014
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Food Shame -- What is a fairly common food that you've never tried. Even though you are probably an adult now and can go and try whatever you want?

Escargot. Tongue. Brains. Eyes. Rocky Mountain Oysters. Chicken Lips.

That's about it.

Jun 10, 2014
RedTop in General Topics

Need appetizer ideas for 80 people in a venue without kitchen facilities! [in Singapore]

Six foot subs, chips & dip, and coolers for cold beverages. There. Done.

Oops, forgot the wedding cake. That, too. Simple. Complete.

Jun 10, 2014
RedTop in General Topics

Growing veggies in the front yard

You mentioned dogs in your initial post...

Do you get a chorus of barking started by any purse dogs and then picked up by the big voiced dogs when people are about? In our neighborhood, that happens and tends to keep walkers and solicitors on the sidewalk and moving forward--not sideways.

Jun 10, 2014
RedTop in Gardening

Growing veggies in the front yard

Don't fret about it. We planted a Beefsteak tomato plant in our front flower garden last year. It grew to nearly six feet. Harvested close to 80 one + pounders from the plant, and never had any flinched. (we do have two 70 pound dogs who are ever watchful).

Jun 10, 2014
RedTop in Gardening

Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Thank you for that info, Tom!

Jun 10, 2014
RedTop in Great Lakes

Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Great replies all. Thanks for the suggestions, 'hounds.

Friday, or Saturday we'll drive over to Chazzano; and go on from there...

Jun 09, 2014
RedTop in Great Lakes

Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Hi, Jim. Zingerman's products are not available anywhere we grocery shop...

Jun 08, 2014
RedTop in Great Lakes

Most robust coffee beans available in Detroit

Back when Caribou Coffee had free-standing stores in metro Detroit, my family quickly decided that its' Mahogany brand really suited our desire for a robust, savory drink. Now looking to form another LTR with a notable replacement. Any suggestions?

Jun 08, 2014
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Chicken Wings in Detroit?

Sweetwater Tavern, on Congress, just east of downtown. In Detroit, proper.

Overwhelmingly positive reviews from all over the internet. I agree!

Jun 08, 2014
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So annoyed with dinner guest

Me, too!

May 31, 2014
RedTop in Not About Food

So annoyed with dinner guest

SO true. Thanks for this reply!

May 31, 2014
RedTop in Not About Food

Do you butter your French toast?

Yes. Done that way by my parents, continues on with me.

May 26, 2014
RedTop in General Topics

between Lansing and Interlochen MI

Isn't the bacon at Tony's deep fried? That would account for the weird aftertaste.

May 16, 2014
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The Last Great Bastion of Racism

This is going to be an amusing thread to follow!

Detroit for 4th of July

<<Will have a car, but love to walk and wonder how much more cautious I should be than I normally am in Boston>>

Yes. You will have to be more vigilant than if you were doing a walking tour in Beantown. There are a score of locales in Detroit that are visitor-friendly; there are hundreds of locales that are not. The Detroit correspondents on this site will give you terrific advice on what you should experience. If you take that advice to heart, you will take away wonderful experiences of your travel here.

May 14, 2014
RedTop in Great Lakes

What are you putting on Toast?

If plain old lightly salted butter has got you bored, YOU'RE NOT PUTTING ENOUGH ON!

lol